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Our unit is made up of 3 classroom bases:

Holly • Maple  • Oak


• Every base has its own drop off point in the morning

and collection point at the end of the day.


• Each base has its own teacher and classroom assistant

to greet you and your child every morning, give out

messages, answer questions and listen to concerns.


• Reception (F2) home bases are Holly and Maple;

Nursery (F1) home base is Oak.

Foundation Stage Unit


We provide a balance of child initiated, small or large group planned activities, where adults identify particular skills, knowledge and attitudes your child needs to develop. This means children can make choices and suggest the focus for their play.


• Letters, sounds and numbers are taught daily in groups.


• At Marpool we have several wonderful outdoor spaces.


• We make the most of our environment and spend lots of time learning outdoors.


• We enjoy planting, growing and harvesting our own fruit and vegetables which we use for our school lunches.



• Apples grow in our orchard and we love using them to make apple crumble.


• We look after of all of our animals. We feed and groom the goats. We collect eggs from our chickens and sometimes use them to make scrambled eggs!


• We hatched our very own ducklings and watched them grow.


• At Forest School we climb our trees, toast marshmallows on the bonfire and work together with our friends.

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Nursery This week we are:

Are listening to and identifying everyday familiar sounds

Are exploring sounds made by musical instruments

Are joining in with the ‘Peace at Last’ story

Are counting carefully and joining in with number songs


•We will be learning what a non-fiction book is and creating our own non-fiction books all about donkeys.

•In phonics we have been learning:

  Mrs Vining’s & Mrs Thornton’s groups:

   Mrs Chubb and Miss Jones’s group:



  Miss Vooght’s group: Practising reading and spelling words with the sounds we know

•In number time, we have been learning that numbers hide in numbers! Hiding in 5 are 3 and 2.. you can also find 4 and 1! Have a try at home!


· Talk about your child’s day – who have they played with today?

· Read stories and sing Nursery Rhymes together

· Listen out for rhyming words in stories


•Read your new reading book 3 times

•Talk about our word of the week

•Practise counting some things that can’t be seen. For example, counting your steps or counting noises such as claps.


Diary Dates

05.03.20 – World Book Day. Dress up as an Alice in Wonderland character. Parents are invited to a Mad Hatter’s tea party at 2.15pm


13.03.20 – Sport Relief. £1 donation to wear sporty clothes







Donkey Sanctuary Trip – Monday 2nd March

We are so excited for our trip to the Donkey Sanctuary.

Look out for the letter with lots of information.

Please let your class teacher know by Thursday 27th Feb if you require a school packed lunch.


02.03.20 – Donkey Sanctuary Trip

20.03.20 – Reception Mother’s Day Assembly 9.15am















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Would you like to know more about child development? Here are some leaflets we hope you find useful:

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Do you know the PANTS rule?

Click on the Talk Pants icon to find out more about how to keep your child safe.

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We love to read!  The Book Trust website contains book suggestions for you and your child, games and top tips.

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Thank you to all those who came to our recent Reading Meeting for our Reception children.  Please read the following key messages if you weren't able to attend.

Click here for the school calendar and term dates.


You can also view the latest school newsletter and the lunch menu on the school website.

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Are you interested in learning more about early communication development?

BBC's Tiny Happy People contains a wealth of useful information.

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