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Our unit is made up of 4 classroom bases:

Holly • Maple • Cherry • 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 bases are

Oak and Cherry.

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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Would you like to see what children in FSU have been up to? Check out our photos here.  

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·-We are storytellers! We are listening so carefully to our Pete the Cat story and learning to tell it with our special story map

- Some of us will be finding out about alliteration and sound bumps in words and our new starters will be busy learning their new friend’s names!



We have been writing our own non-fiction books… we are authors! Our books have a front cover, an information page, and a diagram with labels.

In letters and sounds we have been busy bees… look out for the home learning to see what your group have been focusing on. We have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes ... we know that 2D shapes are flat and 3D shapes are flat! We have learnt that 3D shapes that faces, edges and vertices!

-Ask me about Pete the Cat!

- What does he step in?

- What colour does it turn his shoes?

- Why is Pete sad?


Read your new books three times (every week).


Look out for the home learning with this week’s wow word … it’s fact. Do you know any facts about donkeys?


New to Nursery - you will have been allocated a key worker. Please see the display near the coat pegs to see who your child’s is or ask a member of staff. Soon you will be invited to a ‘building a picture’ meeting where you will be able to discuss your child with your key worker and ask any questions that you might have.


Those who have been with us for longer… we recently shared Learning Journals during morning drop-offs - thank you to all the parents who took the time to have a look through these. If you haven’t had a chance to see your child’s Learning Journal recently, please let us know and we can provide this for you.



Friday 24th May – Break up for half term

Monday 3rd June – Back to school

Monday 1st July – Class Swap Day

Thursday 4th July – Sports Day (Reception children will need to wear ‘sporty’ clothes and trainers) 









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

Small Talk - how children learn to talk Talk Together What to Expect, When? Developing cutlery skills Attention and Listening PANTS-768x324

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.