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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 Busler. 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 Pitron 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

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, individual photos, Harvest Festival, Inspiring People themed week and an outdoor learning day where we will be working with our Year 1 & 2 buddies. 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 your child's class teacher if you have any questions or queries.


Weekly Routines:

Sound Books and Phonics: Children are currently being taught all single letter sounds are being introduced to some tricky words over the the term. Please can you ensure that your child send in their sound books each Monday so that the new sounds can be sent home to be practiced 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 are encouraged to change their story book from the class library each morning as they arrive in school for them to share with their family at home.
Cold weather: As the weather is turning colder, please ensure that your child have a warm coat in school, and that scarves, hats and gloves are fully named. Although the children can feel warm on the field and playground, the woodlands and other outdoor areas can be especially cold throughout the 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 start PE after Christmas. 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

Please have a look on the school calendar for any significant dates that your child will be involved in during the term. 


Please look on the links below for the Curriculum Overview, and additional websites that can support your child's learning at home.