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Key Dates for Term 5

Monday 15th April - First day of term

Tuesday 16th April - oral health talk for parents - 2:30pm

Monday 6th May - Bank Holiday, school closed

Monday 20th May - EYFS Stay and Play

Tuesday 21st May - Trip to Chew Valley Animal Park

Friday 24th May - Last day of term

This term we thinking about growth in relation to ourselves. We think about some of the things we need to grow healthily including good oral health and a balanced diet. We also introduce foundation skills for learning about history through observing changes over time and talking about past, present and future. We plant seeds and watch them grow. We think about our families and ourselves as babies and how we have changed. We think about the childhoods of our parents and grandparents and how they might have been different from today. We begin to think about what job we might want to have in the future.

P.E. and Forest School

Elder will have P.E. on Wednesdays and Mulberry on Fridays this term. There is no Forest School this term. EYFS will have Forest School again in Term 6.

School Trip 

On Tuesday 21st May we will take EYFS children on a day trip to Chew Valley Animal Park to enrich our learning about growth and farms. This will take place between the hours of a normal school day and a letter containing further information will come out this term.

Oral Health

One of our key focuses this term is on oral health. We will be taking part in supervised toothbrushing this term to help raise awareness of good oral health. Please return permission forms so your child can take part in this. You can come along on Tuesday 16th April at 2:30 for a talk by a visiting dental professional. In the meantime, you can find out more about taking care of children's teeth on the NHS website.

Here are some tips from the NHS for 3-6 year olds:

  • Brush at least twice daily for about 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste.

  • Brush last thing at night before bed and at least on 1 other occasion.

  • Parents or carers should brush the teeth.

  • Use children's fluoride toothpaste containing no less than 1,000ppm of fluoride                                                                         (check label) unless a dentist advises family toothpaste containing between                                                                       1,350ppm and 1,500ppm fluoride.

  • Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

  • Spit out after brushing and don't rinse – if you rinse, the fluoride won't work as well.

Big Brush Club Flyer for parents

Big Brush Club introductory letter and permission form



To see how your child will be assessed at the end of their Reception year

you can read the Early Learning Goals.

Resources to support at home
Phonics: In phonics this term we will be working on phase 4. This involves introducing new common exception words, reading longer words, and reading words with adjacent consonants such as spring, went, greed etc.
Phase 4 words - flashcards with sound buttons
Phase 4 words - flashcards without sound buttons
Phase 4 caption read and match
Phase 4 common exception words

Please see our Term 4 page for resources to support phases 2 and 3

Writing and Letter formation:

Letter formation templates - all letters
Simple sentence writing - Introducing colourful semantics
Phase 3 - Colourful Semantics resources
Phase 3 Caption writing
Phase 4 Caption writing
Early Number Sense video clip
First Then Now  - scheme of learning
Find My Pattern - scheme of learning

Number cards 1-10

Ten frames

Dot plates to 6 for subitising (subitising is being able to tell how many there are without having to count one at a time)

Bonds to 10 flashcards

stages human life.jpg
chew valley b.jpg
why should i brush my teeth.jpg
Oliver's Garden.jpg
When I Grow Up.jpg
errols garden.jpg
Once There Were Giants.jpg
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