seedlings & Saplings

(Foundation Stage Unit)

Reading Area

                                  Saplings Classroom



Welcome Booklet for parents/carers 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!



Click on the link to see mathematical development in Early Years


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.


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



Autumn Term:  Marvellous Me!! 

Spring Term 1: Polar Regions

Spring Term 2: Spring Is In The Air


Home Learning

Shared Home Learning - Each week 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: