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Saplings Class

Welcome to Saplings Class

This year, Saplings Class will be taught by Miss Mawby and Miss Bulmar, with Mrs Martin and Miss Cowley supporting the children.

We cannot believe the children have completed their first half term at school already. The Foundation Stage team have been so impressed with how well the children have settled into school and adapted to new routines. Throughout Autumn 2, we will continue to build positive relationships with the children and teach the school’s core values and learning behaviours on a daily basis. The children will be given opportunities to talk about the things that are important to them, listen to others and develop friendships with the other children in the class.

PE lessons will continue to take place on a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child arrives at school wearing their PE kit on this day. A gentle reminder that as we are now approaching winter, layers will be needed to keep your child warm. All items of clothing need to be named.

The children in Saplings class will be accessing the reception outdoor area each day. As it is now getting colder outside, the children will wear an outdoor suit provided by the school. We would also like the children to wear a pair of wellies whilst using the outdoor area. Please provide your child with a pair of named wellies that they can keep in school if you have not already done so.

You should have already received login details for Go Read to record any reading or sound practise that your child completes at home. Your child will be bringing home a ‘Book for Enjoyment’ which is swapped on a Monday. This is a book that should be read to your child by an adult at home. They will also be bringing home a ‘Blending Book’ and a pack of sound cards. These are books and resources that can be read by your child to an adult.

To find out more about what your child is learning at school, don’t forget to sign up to the Interactive Learning Diary where you can view photos and videos of your child whilst they are at school. Please speak to Miss Mawby if you require another copy of your login details.

This Term’s Theme – Blast Off!

Our theme for this term is ‘Blast Off!’. During this topic, the children will engage in a range of space themed activities. We will kick off the Autumn 2 term by using recycled materials to make rockets and jet packs and learn about our solar system, astronauts and the first moon landing! The children will listen to a range of texts that link closely to our topic, such as ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphey and ‘Goodnight Moon’ by Margaret Wise Brown.

During our PE lessons, the children will take a journey to The Blue Planet and will improve their jumping and landing skills. We will continue to learn the Set 1 sounds during our phonics lessons and begin blending the sounds together to read simple words.

In Maths, the children will explore 2D and 3D shape and learn new mathematical language related to the position and direction of shapes. The children will carry out investigations to find out if 3D shapes can roll or be stacked. Later in the term, the

children will compare groups of objects up to 10. We will prompt the children to identify whether a group contains more or fewer, or whether the groups contain the same quantity.

During the Autumn 2 term, the children will learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali and will be encouraged to take part in a range of craft activities that celebrate the festival. We will also explore Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and of course…Christmas! During this term, we will also be inviting a visitor from the church into school to discuss what happens at Christenings and Baptisms.

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Foundation Stage Team if you have any questions.

Interactive Learning

Reading in Reception


Saplings Home Learning

Saplings Curriculum Information