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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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-have been listening to and joining in with our new story Owl Babies

-have been joining in with “I want my Mummy!”

-have been exploring playdough… we have been rolling, squeezing and squashing!


- We have been creating a poem map for our ‘Bonfire Night’ poem and using it to perform our poem.

-In phonics we have been learning:

Mrs Vining’s & Mrs Thornton’s group have been practising reading and writing captions with the sounds we know.

Mrs Chubb and Miss Jones’s group: have been revisiting the sounds they have learnt so far.

Miss Vooght’s group: s a t p

-In number time we have been learning to count sets and combine them to find out how many altogether.

Ask me about the story


What happens first, next and after that?


What can you remember


Read your new reading book 3 times

Practise some careful counting at home

Practise balancing on one leg

Talk about our word of the week

Practise writing your name

Start to talk about performing our Nativity

Diary Dates

Friday 15th November: Children in Need

Tuesday 26th November at 9am: Re-scheduled Toileting Workshop for Parents (Nursery)

Tuesday 3rd December at 9am: FSU Christmas Show Thursday 5th December 4:30-6:30 Christmas Fayre Thursday 12th December: Christmas Dinner Day

Friday 13th December at 7:45am: Breakfast with Santa Wednesday 18th December: Last day of term




Nativity: Dress Rehearsal

- Monday 2nd December – 9.15am

(costumes in school please)

Costumes to go home with children after the dress rehearsal and children to come into school dressed and ready on Tuesday morning with their uniform in a bag to change into afterwards.


Performance to parents

- Tuesday 3rd December – 9:15am









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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.

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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.