Cygnets and Swans
Early Years - Nursery and Foundation
Mrs A Williams - Early Years Leader/Teacher - Monday, Tuesday am and Thursday
Mrs G Eate - Teacher - Tuesday pm, Wednesday and Friday
Miss M Howe - Teacher - Every morning
Mrs D Foots - Nursery Nurse - Full Time
Miss C Hepplewhite - Teaching Assistant - Full Time
In early years we use play to develop children’s learning.
As well as supporting children's play, we also have:
- Phonics - daily sessions (Click here for phonics information including a presentation)
- Maths - daily sessions - Click here to view the Melbourne EYFS Maths Presentation
- Music, PE, Forest School - and other subjects - throughout the week
Forest School is when we don our wellington boots and waterproofs and venture onto our amazing school environment to work on a much large scale. This may be making our own kites and then flying them, building dens in the trees or using the schools fire pit to make toast…yummy!
PE is on a Wednesday morning, please ensure your child arrives at school in their P.E. kit.
Our current topic is... Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside.
Please find our topic map and medium term plan below.
Your child will have an individual reading book for you to read/share at home with your child. As well as us listening to individual readers during the week, the children who are in Reception and for some Nursery children (who are working within Phase 2 phonics), will also be involved in guided reading sessions which will take place on a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has their reading record in their book bags everyday so we can record this information for you.
Some children will also have received word lists to practise reading. Each list contains words that your child will be able to use their phonic skills to decode. Your child will be asked to read their word list to an adult each week in class. Therefore, please ensure the word list remains in your child’s school bag when they are not using it.
Please make sure you return your child’s reading books on a Thursday when they need changing.
Pink News books
Your child will have received their pink books this week. These are for you to record any activities, events or things your child has done at the weekend. Please return these on a Monday, as we share these during snack time at the beginning of the week.
Yellow Maths Challenge Books
On a Wednesday your child will receive a maths challenge to complete. These are short practical maths activities for you and your child to share at home. Please make sure you return the book by Wednesday so we can stick the next challenge in your child’s book. If they do not have their books we will send the challenge for you to add to their books.
Over the year children in reception will receive phonics homework to support the level of learning. These may be letters to learn and practice writing, words to decode or tricky words to read. If your child is in nursery please keep practising nursery rhymes and listening skills with your child.
All children have a library book mark. At the beginning of a term we take the children into the school library where they are able to choose a book to take home. These books are for you to share with your child. We change these books once a week. When you have shared the book with your child, please return it to a member of staff who will then take your child to the library to choose their next book.
We send home a weekly “Wee News” email on a Friday, this is just to let you know what we have done during the week, what we are moving onto next and other important dates. We hope you find this useful.
We ask that children bring indoor and outdoor shoes to use in school. In summer this can be plimsols for inside and school shoes for outdoors, and in winter wellington boots for outside and school shoes/plimsols for indoors. Please make sure your child has both especially in the wet weather. Also please ensure you send your child with a named hat in the good weather, as we do play outside a lot.
Please send your child with a water bottle daily. This should only have water in it please, as we are a healthy school.
Please also make sure ALL your child’s belongings are labelled, as you can imagine a jumper/cardigan with no name in our large class is very tricky to find the correct home for.
Getting in touch
We look forward to giving you an update on your child's progress at the Parent Consultations in October and in the spring term, but if you need to speak to us sooner please ring the office to make an appointment.
Please visit the Contact Us page for the school's contact information.
Class web links
(Clicking on the image or logo below will take you to the relevant website)
We use an electronic learning journey, called Tapestry. Once your child has spent a few weeks in the setting we invite you to join the site online so that you can have and contribute to your child's learning journey. Through this secure site you we will be able to see all the exciting things your child has been doing while in school.
We use a reward system in school called Class Dojo these are online creatures that your child can personalise, and if your child follows school rules and routines and strives to do their best, they will receive Dojos through the week. Again you will receive an invite and you can log on to ‘Class Dojo’, where you can see one of the ways we give positive feedback.
We are also on Twitter, so watch out for our tweets! You can find us at @mcps_class1. We use twitter and the school website if we need to remind you of events such as home clothes days or if it is bad weather and the school has to close. It’s worth logging on.
Click here to view a range of websites offering materials and activities to support your child's learning at home