Outdoor Club

Whilst the Autumn sun was shining, we decided to play with the water outside. Lots of exploring different sized containers and how is the best way to transfer large volumes of water from one place to the other without getting too wet in the process!

We picked and ate some more raspberries and tomatoes, which are continuing to grow and had a go at trimming our willow tunnel. It now looks fantastically tidy. Well done outdoor club”


Forest School

It was our first trip to the woods and we were fantastic at getting ourselves ready and dressed in our waterproofs.

We held hands around the tree to try to measure how large the trunk was. We all fitted round it and then looked at how tall it was and wondered if we could climb to the top.

We looked at the acorns under the large Oak tree on the school drive.

The children felt the bark of the Wellingtonia tree on the town croft. “It feels all squishy!” “Yeah and a bit soft….why is it soft?”” The leaves are really spikey”.

We journeyed along the railway line, finding insects, plants, bridges, gates, stiles and even a troll!

Once in the woods we had a chance for a quick snack.

We had time to explore the woods, hiding in den’s, swinging and balancing on the slack lines and hammocks.

Thank you to our fantastic volunteers for coming and helping the children and enjoying the outdoor space with us. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

Term 1 Update

Just a quick note to say how brilliantly the children have started their year in Maple Class. They have been enthusiastic in their exploring and willing to have a go at all the new activities and adapted to the busy routines of school life superbly.

We have explored shapes and numbers, discussing sizes and counting as we play.

We have explored with our senses, using our fine motor and gross motor control to help us to learn and explore, inside and out.

I keep getting told how fantastic they are at playtime, lunchtime, assemblies by other adults around the school, so they should be proud and be congratulated by all! Welcome to St Mary’s Maple Class!

Mrs Sanders.

Maple Term 1 Newsletter – ‘Once Upon a Time’

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Dear Parents,

Firstly, we would like to say how impressed we have been with the children since they have started with us. They have all settled into school life amazingly!

Our topic for this first term is ‘Once Upon a Time’. We will be spending time exploring some familiar stories such as ‘The 3 little pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding hood’. Alongside this, we will be working on number recognition and formation. We will also be developing our foundation understanding of letters and sounds.

Our key stories this term are ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’

Home Learning

We encourage children to continue their learning at home which will enhance their progress at school. There will be a meeting on Wednesday 19th September 2.45pm in the Hall, to discuss home learning, reading and phonics. We have sent home a picture book home for you to enjoy together, we will then send home phonic reading books following the meeting.

Phonics – If you are supporting you child with their phonics at home please visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ksblMiliA8  to ensure you are teaching the pronunciation of the sounds in the same way. There is also a link to the jolly phonic songs below.

As the year progresses and children’s understanding develops, home learning tasks will adapt and increase appropriately.


Please read with your child regularly.

At this stage it is really helpful to encourage the children to use the pictures to tell stories.

We change the children’s Home Reading books regularly. Their books and book bags will however be needed in school every day for 1:1 reading.

You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in the reading diary but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments book.

More information about our reading strategies will be given at the meeting.

Letters & Sounds

Every week the children will bring home their phonics booklet with the highlighted sounds and tricky words they have been working on in the week.

In their homework book, the children can practice these sounds by writing them, finding words that start with them and cutting pictures out of catalogues.

It would be really useful to support the children in identifying these sounds when reading with them.

Also to connect our learning in school with home, could you please find something small from home that starts with one of our sounds, for example P – pirate or S – Snake and bring it into school on Monday (ensuring it is named). This is so we can create a ‘Sound Table’ which the children can use.

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • Can the children please always bring a coat particularly as the British weather is unpredictable.
  • Our regular PE day is Friday but PE kits should be in all week as we fit in other sessions where possible.

Forest School

We are planning to start taking the children to the woods for Forest School sessions throughout the year. These will be on a rotational basis with the other classes in the school.

Our first two sessions will be on Thursday 4th October and Thursday 8th November.

Your child will need waterproof trousers and jacket, a pair of wellies, a small rucksack instead of their book bag, which they can carry independently to hold their shoes, a water bottle and a snack

Useful websites

We hope you all have a lovely first term supporting the children in their learning and please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Sanders and Miss Bews