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A very warm welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit

Seedlings and Saplings


Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome to a new school year and the Autumn Term. We hope you have all had a lovely summer and that the children are ready for a fun filled term. Our topic this half term is 'How can I get to know my new class?'. Our focus book will be Errol's Garden by Gillian Hibbs.


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


Monday 6th September                         School opens for Autumn Term 

Sunday 19th September                         Dedication to the new school year service at Christ Church 10am

Tuesday 21st September                        Individual photograph day

Monday 11th October                            Saplings/Reception Parent Information Evening  5.45 to 6.30pm

Wednesday 13th October                       Seedlings/Nursery  Parent Information Evening   5.45 to 6.30pm

Friday 22nd October                              School closes for half-term         


Our topic this half term is 'How can I get to know my new class?'. Our featured Power of Reading text is Errol's Garden by Gillian Hibbs


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 1, Experiencing Phonics and beginning Phase 2



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

Saplings- The focus this half term is 'Counting and Recognition'. 



This half term our themes for RE will be 'I am Special' and 'Harvest'.



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.



Autumn Term 1 2020

New Parents Intake Meeting July 2020

Nursery Families Intake Meeting July 2020