Early Years

May 2017

Dear Parents

Welcome back after the Easter break!

The summer term is always a very busy one with the children in their final term and end of year events such as sports day!  However it is also very lovely when the sun hopefully shines and the children can spend more time in the garden doing lots of activities outside.

We are now starting to work hard on our garden so that hopefully it will look beautiful in the summer. We are very lucky to have had some parents working in the garden with the children and we have carrots, peas, potatoes and lots of other lovely things planted already.  Hopefully we will be sampling these at snack time!

There is a promotion on currently at the Coop stores whereby you can collect tokens in exchange for garden plants. We would be very grateful if any parents would be happy to do this and donate the plants for our garden and I have attached a card to collect the tokens for your perusal.

This half term Nursery are exploring ‘Under the Sea’, discovering what wonderful creatures and plants can be found in the ocean. The children will be learning facts about the different animals as well as creating something wonderful for our under the sea ball at the end of the term.

We will also be exploring water, understanding where we can find it and what we use it for.  Finally before we finish the half term with our under the sea ball we will be becoming pirates for a week, having fun exploring the vast oceans

Butterflies will be exploring the coastline this half term as well as under the sea. We have started by looking at a map of the United Kingdom and located places that are familiar to us such as Capel St. Mary, Ipswich and London.

We will then look at our coastline and the children will be able to add their lovely holiday pictures or places they have visited to the map. This is work in progress so please feel free to add post its/photos/drawings etc- that would be fabulous!

We will also find out what life on an island is like but looking at Katie Morag stories and maybe make our own island too! Finally we will discover and investigate the wonderful sea creatures that live in the oceans and seas and have a look at one of our favourite stories ‘The Rainbow Fish.’

The second half of the term will be working on planting and growing in our garden. As well as looking out how plants grow, we shall also be finding out about what our body needs to help us grow and look at healthy eating and exercise. 

Just a few reminders for the summer term.

  • Please make sure your child has suitable clothing. At this time of year the weather can be very

           deceiving!  Even though it’s sunny it can be very chilly so please provide a coat for break time

  • Nursery children also need suitable footwear for playing in the garden as they do lots of climbing and physical activities outside.  Some sandals and slip-on shoes can be dangerous so we would be grateful if you could check please.
  • When the weather is hot and sunny please provide your child with a named sunhat that can be kept in school at all times. Could you also make sure that you have applied sun cream to your child in the morning as we cannot apply it during the day. There are now products that provide all day protection so we ask you not to send sun cream in with the children as they have a habit of applying it to each other!

We look forward to a busy and exciting summer term. .  As always if you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to come and speak to a member of the team, we are here to help.

The Foundation Team


Celebrating Chinese New Year with Butterflies, Reception Class

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January 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! The children have settled back well and we look forward to a busy and exciting year ahead. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to the new Nursery children and parents that have joined us this term.

Our topic for this half term will be based around the theme of ‘Once upon a time’. We have chosen this as it allows us the freedom to follow a number of different avenues that arise from the children’s own interests.  Initially, we are starting off with storytelling and for the next few weeks will be focusing on rhyme. The children have enjoyed sharing various stories written in rhyme and we have had fun making up our own nonsense nursery rhymes as well as rhyming strings.

For the next few weeks we will be looking at ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson. We will be making our own gigantic Superworm and making up our own rhymes about the Superhero ourselves. Amongst other exciting activities, we will be exploring the outdoors, finding out about worms, exploring their habitats and also making our own wormery,

The children continue to make good progress with their phonics and reading and we would like to thank you for your help with this. We appreciate that they are often tired after a long day at school and may be reluctant to read but please remember it is just as valuable to read to them , maybe encouraging them to find tricky words, certain letter sounds etc.

The children are now heard read once a week rather than twice. We feel it is important at this stage to spend time focusing on building their phonic skills and encouraging them to implement them in their writing. The phonics and writing workshops enable us to develop these skills which in turn will move their reading on.

On a Monday Group 1 (surnames A-L) will be heard read and on a Friday Group 2 (surnames M-Z).

We really enjoy looking at their Home Journals together too! They have done some super work and we hope you enjoy sharing them with your child. Don’t forget, if you have any lovely things to share with us such as photos, pictures, writing connected with our topic do bring them into school and we will share it on our Learning Wall.

Just a few reminders to help your child in school:

  • Please could you make sure all items of clothing including shoes and PE kit are named.   This will encourage your child to be more independent in that they can find their own clothes and obviously prevents them getting distressed when items get misplaced such as PE time.  PE for the Butterflies will be on a Friday morning.
  • Please provide your child with a named water bottle each day.  The children are not allowed juice/squash, just water please.
  • A waterproof coat is needed as the children will be outside at times in light rain.
  • Could Nursery children please keep a pair of soft shoes and Wellingtons in school as well as a change of clothes for when needed.

 Once again if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff, we are always available.

Foundation Team

Curriculum EYFS April - May 2016


A very warm welcome to Butterflies and Caterpillars!

Here is this September 2016 newsletter

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Church Visit

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