Welcome to our Early Years page

Class Teachers

Mrs Blunden

Mrs Negus

Mrs Whitbread

Teaching Assistants

Ms. Boltwood

Ms. Methven 

Working together morning - Friday 

Children need their book bag and Reception children need their PE kit in school every day

PE is on Monday and Thursday for Reception children. For the Nursery children its every other Thursday.

Phonics homework given on Fridays.

Library books are changed on a Friday.

Termly Newsletter

What have Early Years been up to?

Home Learning Links

Monday 6th July and Tuesday 7th July Suggested Learning Activities

Hello everyone, we hope you have been enjoying the sunshine. Mrs Whitbread went to Walton on the Naze at the weekend. It was lovely, we made sand castles on the beach, had a paddle in the sea and ate lots of ice cream! What did you do? Can you draw a picture of something you have done recently and tell us about it? Perhaps you could write some sentences or ask an adult to write your ideas for you. We would love to see your drawings.


Literacy Activities


Listen to the story ’Into the Castle’, click on the link below;


Talk about the story with your child. What happened? Where was the story set? Who were the characters? Was there a main character? Can they name any features of the castle? Ask your child to draw their favourite part of the story and talk or write about why it was their favourite part. I like it when…My favourite part of the story was when…because…


Another Activity;

Share the ‘Castle Information PowerPoint’ (see link 1) with your child. Talk about the pictures and see what they can remember. What did they learn? Would they like to live in a castle? Why?

Then label a castle (see link 2).


Daily Handwriting/Fine motor Activities

Remember to practise your handwriting every day. Here is a link to support your child with how to record each letter correctly;


If you have some play dough can your child make a castle or a character that might live in the castle. Can they use the play dough to make the letter ‘C’.


Phonics Activities

Castle begins with ‘c’. Find objects or name words that have the ‘c’ sound. If you can draw the objects or record a list of words that have the ‘c’ sound. How many can you find/name? Now can you say or write a sentence for each ‘c’ word.

Phonics Videos and Games;


https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk (username: march20 password: home)


Maths Activities

Watch Numberblock castle, click on the link below;



Another Activity;

Hidden Jewels Game

Children often enjoy hiding games, especially if they involve gems, jewels or golden coins!
Put three bowls over one, two and three jewels.
Quickly lift and replace one bowl and challenge children to say how many there are.
Swap the bowls around rapidly for a minute. When you stop, can they point to the bowl with three? Lift the bowl and see if children can instantly say whether they are right. Encourage your child to say how many there are without counting them. Repeat the activity changing the amount of jewels under each bowl.

Maths Games;




Music Activity

Sing your favourite rhyme or song and upload the video to Tapestry.


Creative Activity

Imagine you are a character that lives in a castle. Tell a story about your character. You could dress up or use castle characters if you have some. What might they say? How might they speak? What do they do? What happens in your story?

Below are some links you may like to share with your child at home;

CBeebies – My First (Castle visit);


CBeebies Games;


Story - The Three Wishes;


Stansted Mountfitchet Castle;


This week is STEM week - we have been focussing our learning around dinosaurs and discovering all about Mary Anning - ask your child why she is famous. 

The role play area has been transformed into a vets. We are enjoying this area.

It was very cold today. It started to sleet. The children enjoyed trying to catch the flakes. We discussed why the ground was wet. Ask your child what we found out.

This half term the children are learning about wild animals. The children have been painting some of these animals and starting to write a caption about their work.

Today we followed a trail on a map to find the mystery at the end. Ask your child about the mystery. When we returned to school some of us made our own maps.

This week we have been exploring which writing markers will write best on shiny silver foil. Ask your child what they found out.

"Is it shiny?" is our new theme of learning. We started the new topic with a wow adventure - looking for the missing shiny things. We searched in the garden to find the missing shiny objects. We will also be thinking about "will it sparkle?" and exploring a range of questions about materials and their properties.

This week we have been thinking about festivals and celebrations - we have talked about Diwali, fireworks, Chinese New Year, birthdays, Halloween, New Years Eve, etc. We have been enjoying a range of activities about these celebrations.

This week we based our learning around the story 'Room on the Broom.' The children looked fantastic in their outfits. Thank you for supporting our celebration.

We have been using large movements to strengthen our muscles tohelp us with our mark making.

In PE we worked together to make the parachute move.

This week we had some special visitors in school. They are helping all the children to create a special school mosaic.

Heres a glimpse of some of the things the children have been doing at school. 

Today all the children celebrated Roald Dahl day. The children all dressed up as one of the characters from his many books. 

Everyone looked fantastic.


What characters can you see?