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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 know more about what your Reception child is learning during Number Time?

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Holly / Maple

•How exciting! The bear has come back to visit us! We will be learning the story ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ and writing postcards to the bear.

•In Letters and Sounds we are learning these sounds:

Miss Moss / Miss Sansom’s groups: ar ur ow

Mrs Vining / Mrs Dudley’s group: h b f l

Mrs Boddy’s group: ck eu r

•In number time we are using numicon to explore that numbers can hide in numbers. We’ve found out that 3 and 2 hide inside 5, and 2 2 and 1 also hide inside 5!


Oak / Cherry

•Are listening and joining in with nursery rhymes … some we know and some are new!

•Are listening to our friends and listening to different sounds.

•Are counting carefully to find out how many ….?

Holly / Maple

•Read your book three times and put it in the box on Friday

•Practise reading the See It and Say It words when you’re out and about

•Solve some number problems at home


Oak / Cherry

•Sing some nursery rhymes together – which is your favourite?

•Listen to sounds together eg. Walking to school – leaves crunching, an aeroplane …

•Count objects together.

Holly / Maple


•Please have a look on our parent pages for Holly and Maple base for a selection of resources that can support your child’s learning as home, such as sound mats and number lines


Some dates for your diary:

Tues 27th Feb: Forest School Day – All reception

Thurs 1st March: World Book Day –pay £1 to come dressed up as a character from a ‘traditional tale’

Fri 9th March: Reception’s Mother’s Day Assembly – 9am in the hall

12th – 16th MarchBritish Science Week – we will be scientists for the week!

Friday 23rd MarchSport Relief day 

Thurs 29th March Last day of term

Letter Families Phase 2 and 3 sound mat 0-20 number line