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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.


Summer Term

Welcome to the Spring Term in Foundation Stage and we hope that you had a wonderful Easter break.

Our topic this term is “British Animals”. We are beginning our topic by reading the ‘Percy the Park Keeper’ stories. Each week we will be learning about a different British animal including foxes, hedgehogs, owls, squirrels, rabbits, badgers, rabbits and insects.


Our class trip on Tuesday 15th May will be to Chiltern Open Air Museum where we will be taking part in an ‘Owl Babies’ workshop to support our topic of animals. Other events this term are class assemblies, Country Dancing and Sports Day to which parents are invited. Please see school newsletter for dates. There will also be a whole school Eco week, County Induction Day and Open Evening.


Weekly Routines:

Sound Books and Phonics: Children have now been taught all single letter sounds and have also been introduced to sounds with 2 or more letters. We will be teaching a few more tricky words over the Summer Term so please do send your child's sound books into school on Mondays and they will be returned to the children with new tricky words for the children to practice at 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

18th April                       Outdoor Day

15th May                       FSU Trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum

18th May                       Sponsored Fun Run

23rd May                       Sycamore Class Assembly

25th May                       Celebration Assembly

28th May-1st June         Half Term

4th June                        INSET

11th June                      Class Photos

13th June                      Country Dancing 1.45pm

20th June                      M&M Productions

28th June                      Sports Day10am

2nd-6th July                  Eco Week

3rd July                         Induction Day

5th July                         Reserve Sports Day 10am

12th July                       Open Evening 5-7pm

24th July                       Break up for Summer 2pm


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

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