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Saplings Class

Welcome to Saplings Class

This year, Saplings Class will be taught by Miss Mawby and Miss Flavin, with Mrs Martin and Miss Cowley supporting the children.

This Term's Theme - 'Me, Me, Me!'

Our topic for this term is ‘Me, Me, Me!’. During your child’s first term we will be focusing on helping them to settle into life at Newton Road School. It is important to us that your child is happy at school and eager to learn. We will be working on building positive relationships and establishing routines and expectations. Your child will get the opportunity to explore our classroom and outdoor area and learn how to use and take care of the resources. As a class, we will look at the similarities and differences between ourselves and others, providing the children with opportunities to talk about the things that are important to them. The children will be encouraged to listen to others and develop friendships with their peers.


During your child’s first term at school, they will take part in daily phonics sessions where they will learn a new sound each day. Your child will bring home a sticker showing the sound they have learnt that day, along with a new pack of sound cards at the end of each week. Daily practise of these sounds at home will support your child with their reading. Your child will also begin learning how to blend sounds together; this is a key skill used to help children to read. Take a look at the ‘Reading in Reception’ video on the school website for tips on how to support your child with reading sounds and blending at home.

Throughout the first term, your child will bring home a book from our library. These books are for adults to read to children and will be changed on a Monday and Thursday.


In the Autumn term, the children will develop their understanding of number. This will include learning how to count in sequence, recognise and manipulate numbers to 5. The children will learn how to use objects, five frames and ten frames to support them to count accurately. You can support your child at home with their mathematical understanding by asking them to count objects whilst playing, sing songs that involve counting and recognising numbers whilst out and about.


In PE, the children will begin exploring different movements and develop their balancing skills. They will learn the importance of following instructions and practising movements safely whilst on the playground.

Children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit on their PE day. A gentle reminder that as we are now approaching winter, layers will be needed to keep your child warm. All items of clothing need to be named. Reception parents will be informed soon about when PE lessons for Saplings Class will start.

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Foundation Stage Team if you have any questions.

Interactive Learning

Reading in Reception


Saplings Home Learning

Saplings Curriculum Information