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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.


Spring Term

Welcome to the Spring Term in Foundation Stage and a Happy New Year. We have lots of exciting activities and events planned for this term. Our topic is 'People Who Help Us', particularly police, firefighters and paramedics. We will also look at occupations after half term. 


Weekly Routines:

Sound Books and Phonics: Children have now been taught all single letter sounds and are now being introduced to sounds with 2 or more letters. Please continue to send sound books to school on Mondays and they 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 and please remember to name them. 

PE Foundation Stage have now started PE. Our PE day is on Wednesday mornings so please make sure that your PE kits are in school on this day and all items are named. 


Growth Mindset: Tylers Green First School are a Growth Mindset School and encourage children to have a positive outlook with their learning. The Children have been introduced to MEG and MITCH, two superheroes who help the children maintain a positive mindset with their learning. Please look for the link below to see the acronyms for MEG and MITCH, and how they can help the children learn.

Tylers Green are also looking at supporting children with other aspects of learning. We are encouraging children to be resilient learners, and will be given a sticker for their leaf, which is on display in the classroom. 


Key Dates

10th January                  M & M Production - Aladdin

5 - 12th February           One World Week 

5th February                  African Drumming Workshop

12th February                Break Up for Half Term

13th March                    Parents Evening

14th March                    Parents evening

29th March                    2pm Break Up for Easter


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