seedlings & Saplings

(Foundation Stage Unit)

Reading Area

                                  Saplings Classroom



Welcome Booklet for parents/carers 2017

Welcome to all families and children starting with us in 2017!  

In Seedlings and Saplings we inspire children through the use of themes that  ignite the children's imagination and open new doors to the wonders around them.  These themes are carefully considered and change depending on our children. We also keenly follow the children's own interests during their 'discovery time' which can take learning in all different directions! This encompasses a broad and creative curriculum which develops the children's confidence, independence, thinking and problem solving skills.

Our Curriculum

In the EYFS we follow the 'Development Matters' framework as a guide to teaching and learning alongside our own daily lesson plans which follow a theme that is adapted and guided by the children's interests.

Early Essence - Your child's interactive learning journey.  Please click on link with your personal login details.  You can add new learning and / or see what your child has been achieving from the comfort of your home!


Mathematical development in the EYFS

This is the scheme of work which we follow as a guide to ensure a full coverage of the teaching of phonics in the EYFS.

Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics


Autumn Term:  Marvellous Me!! 

Home Learning

Shared Home Learning - Each week your child will take home a 'shared learning book' to complete a small task linked to our learning and to focus on their own 'next steps' caterpillars.  When completed we share and celebrate each child's achievements with each other to show children how much we value their amazing achievements at home and in school. Please also feel free to add anything else your child can do. E.g. Joey counted down from 20 as he ate his crisps 1 by 1. / Joey spotted the street sign and read the word 'give way'. He asked me what it meant!

Your child will also be given a school reading book with a reading record.  Your support in sharing a page or 2 with your child daily is very much appreciated.  5 or 10 minutes is all that is needed.  We endeavour to try and change books / read with children most days so please keep these books in the book bag.


Here are some handy resources to support learning

The First 100 High Frequency Words

Numbers for parents/carer

Jolly Phonics Action Sheet 

Letters and Sounds Key Tricky word mat

Writing tips


Letters Home

Phonics, Reading and Writing Meeting on Wednesday 20th September 2017

Teddy Bear's Picnic on Friday 29th September 2017

Snack Letter 2017-18


Helpful Links

Powerpoint of the ALPHABET SONG

Here is a list of useful websites for parents/carers to use with their children: