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Welcome to the start of another school year which is always an exciting time for everyone but particularly the staff and children in our Early Years Unit. Our nursery children and many of our reception children are starting with us for the first time and we would like to extend a very warm welcome to all the children and their families. We look forward to continuing this exciting journey together. 


This half term our learning and activities will be based around the theme, 'How can I get to know my new class' and the book, 'The Everywhere Bear'. Details of the learning opportunities, activities and lines of enquiry the children will be involved in are available to view on the parents notice board. You can also view weekly updates below.


All the important information you will need is available in our newsletter. Copies are available to view on this page and on the parents notice board in the unit entrance hall. You will also receive a copy in your child's book bag. Please ask if you do not receive one.


We are excited to announce that Rick, one of our sports coaches, will be working with the children on Thursday mornings. Reception class will require a PE kit as soon as possible and we would like our nursery children to come into school wearing trainers on Thursday mornings. Nursery do not require a PE kit.


Thank you for all your support during the transition stage during the first week of term. We are delighted to report that the children settled quickly and lots of exciting learning has been taking place.


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the team.


Thank you in anticipation of your support and help

The Early Years Team


Important Dates


Wednesday 4th September     Start of term

Sunday 15th September           Dedication of the new school year service (To be held in school)

Tuesday 17th September          Individual school photographs

Monday 7th October                 Meeting for Reception parents- You will receive information about the curriculum, school day 

                                                   have an opportunity to discuss your child's first weeks in school

Wednesday 9th October           Meeting for Nursery parents- Details as above

Friday 18th October                  End of half term


We will shortly be sending details about our first 'stay and play' event. Please look for details here and on the parents notice board. We will also send a text with the date and details of how to sign up.


Phonics/Early Reading

Nursery- Nursery will be working on various aspects of phase 1 including, 'rhythm and rhyme', musical instruments, environmental sounds. Mrs Geelan, our music specialist, will be supporting us with these aspects on Monday mornings.

Reception- This half term Reception class will begin working on phase two of the Letters and Sounds programme. 

Guided Reading for Reception takes place twice weekly and the children will shortly be receiving their first home reading book.

Nursery and Reception are read to daily and we ensure we read a range of texts including rhyme books, poetry, non-fiction, fiction and non-worded picture books. 

The children have access to an attractive reading area which contains a range of texts, comics, soft toys to read to, story puppets and rhyme spoons.


Home Reading Books

Nursery- Will shortly be bringing home a rhyme card to share at home. Details to follow.

Reception- Will shortly be bringing a reading book home. Details to follow.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about phonics and reading. How these key skills are taught will be covered during the parents meetings in early October.



This half term the Reception children will focus on numbers; counting and recognition. They will also look at 2D shapes, their names and properties focusing on shapes in the environment.


This half term the Nursery children will focus on Number. We will explore number names and number language through spontaneous activities, play and teacher led activities. 



All the children have daily access to our outdoor learning environment and a range of physical and sporting activities including balance and two wheel bikes, climbing, balls, netball hoop and running space. In addition we have PE with our sports coach Rick on Thursdays. This half term the Rick is teaching team games.



We are using 'Chatter Boxes' to teach 'belonging' and 'we are all special'. The children are learning our daily prayers and we have a weekly assembly led by Mrs Howard.



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