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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 & 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.


Summer Term

Welcome to the summer term in Foundation Stage. This is a very busy term for all of us as we prepare for the transition to Year 1. This term our theme is 'British Woodland Animals’. We began the term by reading ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ by Nick Butterworth. We will then focus on a different British woodland animal each week including foxes, hedgehogs, rabbits, owls, squirrels, badgers, snakes and insects. An overview of the curriculum can be seen at the bottom of the page. This shows the main adult focus for teaching but the children additionally access a wide variety of activities and resources across our inside and outside environments as part of their child-initiated and child chosen-learning.

This term we will go on our school trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum. Whilst there we will be taking part in an ‘Owl Babies’ workshop where the children will be learning about the habitat of a tawny owl and the nutritional needs of baby owls. 
This term also includes our Country Dancing afternoon and Sports Day. Please check that your child has a pair of plimsolls in school and that these fit them!


The weather is still quite changeable so please make sure that your child has a raincoat in school at all times. On chillier days they will need a coat in school. Please remember that our outdoor areas, particularly the woodland, are shaded for much of the day and are significantly cooler than the playground. Children are often cold in the woodland well into the summer term.

On sunny days children also need a sun hat. Please ensure this covers the ears and the back of the neck. Please apply sun cream to your child before they come to school. Do not send sun cream into school as we are not permitted to apply it to your child. If your child still has snow boots in school you may want to swap these for wellies now. Please ensure that all of your child's clothing is NAMED.


Please do come and speak to Miss Cozens if you have and questions or queries. We are looking forward to an exciting term working with your children.


Weekly Routines:

Sound Books: We will be sending the last few sounds home over the next few weeks. Some more tricky words will also be sent home this term.
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
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!
WEDNESDAY is our PE day so please make sure full PE kit is in school on this day, including plimsolls. Girls must have their hair tied back.

ART APRONS AND RAINCOATS must be in school every day



This week (22-25th May 2017), Sycamore Class are learning about China. We will start the week by learning about the Chinese flag and origami. We will also be looking at Chinese letters and numbers, Chinese buildings, animals and dragons. Later in the week Sycamore Class will also be making Chinese dragon puppets and trying to use chopsticks to eat Chinese food! At the end of the week, Sycamore Class will be learning about Chinese lanterns and also about the Blossom Festival, which is currently taking place.



Foundation Stage use various websites during class time to support their learning. Links to these websites are regularly updated to the class page for the children to access at home. Take a look below at some of the websites that we have used so far. 

One World Week - China

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Curriculum overview summer 2 2017