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Sycamore Class (Reception) - Miss Cozens

Welcome to Sycamore Class!


Our Foundation Stage Unit has 60 children split into two classes. Sycamore class is taught by Miss Cozens and Willow class is taught by Mrs Hamilton and Mrs Lawson. Foundation Stage have 3 teaching assistants every morning and 2 in the afternoons. The teaching assistant hours are covered by our fantastic Teaching Assistants - Mrs Gladwin, Mrs Croucher, Mrs Raszpla, Mrs Hillyer, Mrs Semanaj, Mrs Rose and Mrs Walker. We start our day in 2 registration groups but spend the rest of our time in much smaller groups. We have 4 indoor rooms, 2 outdoor areas, a large field area and woodland. Around 50% of our time is spent outdoors so we dress according to the weather and make the most of our fantastic outdoor resources. The children take an active role in their learning including planning new topics and themes and how we will explore them. This makes Foundation Stage a fun and exciting place to be.


Autumn Term

Welcome to the Autumn Term in Foundation Stage and welcome to all the children who are starting school for the very first time. Our topic for this term is “Ourselves” and we will be using this to find out about ourselves, each other and the Foundation Stage environment.

There are lots of exciting events happening this term including ‘First Day at School’ photo feature in the local paper, Ward Hendry individual photos, Outdoor Learning Day, Harvest Festival. Christmas festivities will include our Christmas Show, Christingle at St. Margaret’s Church and our Christmas party.

We encourage the children to be as independent as possible and we will be practicing doing things for ourselves. Parents can support this by encouraging their child to practice how to put on wellies and shoes, zip up coats and turn sleeves the right way through and to use the toilet and wash their hands independently. We will also be practicing how to write our names using correct letter formation.

This is our first term at 'Big School' and it is important that children feel happy and secure. Please do come and speak to Miss Cozens or another member of the team if you have any questions or queries.


Weekly Routines:

Sound Books and Phonics: Sound books will be sent home shortly. Sound books will be collected on Mondays and will be returned to the children with new letters and sounds for the children to practice at home. Children will have been introduced to the sounds the previous week. Please take a look at the phonics overview to check which sounds will be sent home. Tylers Green First School follow the Letters and Sounds scheme of work for phonics and we use the Jolly Phonics resources to support children's learning. 
Reading Record Books: please try to read with your child every day and write a short comment in their book to let us know how they are getting on. Children will be encouraged to change their story book each morning as they arrive in school for them to share with their family at home. Children will no longer need to exchange story books from the class library further on into the school year. 
Library Books (Spring and Summer terms): these must be returned every week on Wednesdays. Your child chooses their own library book and therefore may sometimes choose something which they later realise is not as interesting as they thought it would be – this is part of the learning process!

ART APRONS, WELLIES AND RAINCOATS must be in school every day


Key Dates

20th September            9.30am Foundation Stage Parents Meeting

27th September            Outdoor Learning Day. 

16-20th October            Design and Technology Theme Week

20th October                 Break Up for Half Term

30th October                 INSET Day

31st October                 Return to School

22nd November            Parents Evening

23rd November             Parents evening

12th December             9.30am Foundation Stage Christmas Production

19th December             Christingle Service

19th December             2pm Break Up for Christmas


Please take a look below for additional information and curriculum overviews for the Autumn Term.