The Weatheralls Primary School

Welcome to Seedlings & Saplings

(Early Years Foundation Stage Unit)

In Seedlings and Saplings (age 3- 5 years) we inspire children through the use of themes and books that ignite the children's imagination and open new doors to the wonders around them.   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 in a warm and nurturing environment.

Our morning sessions for pre-school children runs alongside and with the reception children from 8.55am until 12.00 noon during term times.  The pre-school is covered by the 3 and 4 year old funding of 15 hours a week.

Mrs Michelle Mountford, Mrs Lisa Howlett and Mrs Tina Cole



Welcome Booklet for parents/carers 2019

NHS Transition Guide - Is your child ready for school?

This is a handy guide to help you 'What to Expect, When'


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!




Themes around our exciting learning

(All children in the EYFS experience and enjoy our themed planning at an age related and appropriate level - for e.g. Preschool will enjoy listening to a story and can still take part in orally retelling a story alongside a child in reception who is then being moved on to write a retelling. Preschool also take part in lots of physical development activities that will enhance their fine motor skills ready to write which the reception age children love to do and this will only support and strengthen their skills)

Autumn Term 1 2019: Ourselves and our families

Autumn Term 2 2019: Light and Dark

 Spring Term 1 2020: Frost, Food and Festivities

Approach to number - an overview of Strategies and Methods

Please see this helpful guide to explain Maths Mastery and how you can help your child at home.


Maths Medium Term Overview Autumn 2019 

Maths Medium Term Overview Spring 2020

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


Home Learning

Shared Home Learning - Your child will take home a 'Shared Learning Book' in Saplings.  These books focus on sharing and celebrating each child's achievements at home and in school in order to reflect on achievements and next steps whilst including the child's voice in this process as much as possible. 

In Reception, as soon as your child is ready they 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. All children are also encouraged to take a library book home and be read to.  The value of sharing a book from birth enhances early speech and language skills too!


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


Helpful Links

The Safer Strangers and Safer Buildings Code

Powerpoint of the ALPHABET SONG

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