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Seedlings and Saplings Nursery and Reception


A very warm welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit

Seedlings and Saplings


Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome to Autumn Term Two, we hope you have all had a lovely break and the children are ready for another exciting term. Our topic this half term is "What does light mean to you?" within this topic we will look at a range of celebrations such as Diwali, Bonfire Night and Christmas. The Seedlings will be looking at the story of "The Tree That Is Meant to Be" by Yuval Zommer. The Saplings will be looking at the story of "Stick Man" by Julia Donaldson.  


For the latest Covid 19 guidance and advice please refer to the documentation available on the school news section.


For more detailed information please see the class newsletters below.


To ensure we are complying with all advice to ensure the safety of the children and staff we will continue to ensure that the unit is well ventilated by opening windows and, as always, providing outdoor play, whatever the weather? With this in mind, please ensure your child wears suitable, warm clothing and a water proof coat. 


Thank you 

The Early Years Team



Arrival and Finish Times

Nursery/Seedlings Arrival Time8.30am and 12.30pm afternoon children 
Nursery/Seedlings Collection Time3.30pm
Reception/Saplings Arrival Time8.45am
Reception/Saplings Collection Time3.15 to 3.25pm


Arrival and collection points for Seedlings will be the main entrance to the unit located opposite the main school reception.


Saplings will arrive at the main entrance and be collected at the classroom door leading onto the main playground.

Key Dates

Tuesday 16th November                         Nursery  Drop in

Thursday 18th November                        Nursery  Drop in  

Monday 6th December                            Early Years (Artful Playground) Show

Friday 10th December                             Christmas Jumper Day

Wednesday 15th December                    Early Years Nativity 

Monday 20th December                         Christmas Party Day

Tuesday 21st December                          School closes at 2pm for half-term         


Our topic this half term is 'What does light mean to you?" our focus stories will be "The Tree Thats Meant To Be" by Yuval Zommer for the Seedlings and "Stick Man" by Julia Donaldson for the Saplings.  


We follow the Revised Foundation Stage Curriculum 2021 which is currently split into 7 areas:

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design



Seedlings- In the Seedlings we will be following Phase 1, Experiencing Phonics. The children will take part in daily activities taken from the seven strands which are:

Environmental Sounds

Instrumental Sounds


Rhythm and Rhyme


Voice Sounds

Oral Blending and Segmenting

Saplings- In the Saplings, we are consolidating Phase 2 and recapping the importance of vowels. 



Seedlings- The focus this half term is 'Number and 2D shapes'.

Saplings- The focus this half term is 'Representing Number and 2D Shape'



This half term our themes for RE will be 'Special People and Christmas'.



We are delighted to inform you that Go4it Sports will be working with our children each Thursday morning. Sapling children will require a PE kit of shorts and tshirt and pumps. Seedlings do not need a PE kit but are able to come to school in their trainers on Thursdays.



Example of the Seedlings Christmas cards

Outdoor play come rain or shine!

We are getting to know our new class.