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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 back to the Summer Term we hope you have all had a lovely break.

Our topic for the next half term is ‘Do All Stories Have a Happy Ending?” We will be exploring this topic through a range of Traditional Tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs.


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, a water proof coat or alternatively wears a sun hat and sun cream if we get some lovely sunshine. 


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 19th April                    School Reopens

Wednesday 27th April              Nursery class trip to Smithills farm.

Thursday 5rd May                    Election Day.  – School closed for Voting

Friday 6th May                         Reception class trip to Blackpool Zoo

Monday 2nd May                      Bank Holiday – School closed

Friday 27th May                       Term ends 



Our topic for the next half term is ‘Do all stories have a happy ending?” We will be exploring this topic through a range of Traditional Tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs and The Gingerbread Man.


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 learning to be independent in our writing remembering to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We are also beginning Phase 4 of Phonics and learning to read words with consonant blends. 



Seedlings- The focus this half term is 'Comparing Groups, Simple Number Problems and Shape'

Saplings- The focus this half term is 'Counting and Problem Solving' and we are also exploring money and its uses. 



This half term our themes for RE will be Friendship and Special Places. 



EdStart will be continuing to 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. 



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