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Welcome to Sapling!

Welcome to our Reception class page! We are the smallest children in the school and are always "busy learning."  Mrs Prickett and Miss Cracknell are our teachers and Mrs Hart is our Teaching Assistant.  Throughout the year, I will add links and information about ways to help your children's learning at home, as well as keeping you up to date with what we have been doing at school.


Key information:

At school your child needs - a water bottle, sun hat (for the summer sunshine), warm coat, hat, gloves and scarf (for the winter cold), wellies in a bag, a coat, a book bag and a P.E. kit.   Please ensure that all of your children's items are clearly named.


Please bring your child's bookbag to school everyday.  They will need it to check their reading books, keywords and other bits and pieces.  We will also put information in there for you to read.


Please can you ensure that your child's P.E. kit is at school every day to allow us flexibilty with PE lessons. We will typically have gymnastics on a Wednesday, dance on a Thursday and games on a Friday but these are subject to change due to hall use and weather. PE kits will be sent home at the end of every half term for washing. Children are not be allowed to take part in P.E. with earrings in. 


It is very important to us to promote British Values from an early age. This is how we do so:



  • Speaking and listening activities promote discussions
  • Making decisions together
  • Listening to each other’s opinions
  • Turn taking, sharing and collaboration

Individual Liberty:

  • Freedom for all
  • Developing a positive sense of themselves
  • We listen to every child through pupil voice
  • Through our PSHE curriculum the children’s rights are promoted
  • The children are encouraged to make the right choices about how they learn and how they behave

Mutual Respect and Tolerance:

  • The classroom rules help children to understand how to share and look after each other
  • The children learn about different cultures, faiths and religions. They are encouraged to show respect and tolerance for different people, faiths, cultures and languages
  • The children study art and listen to music which reflects multicultural Britain
  • The children celebrate special days and festivals throughout the year

Rule of Law:

  • The children learn about their rights and responsibilities. They also learn about consequences of behavior and also learn to distinguish between right and wrong.
  • The children have agreed to abide by the rules and understand that these rules apply to everyone
The Characteristics of Effective Learning are important learning behaviours that we support the children to develop throughout the Reception year.  They are split into 3 categories:


Playing and exploring ~ Engagement

Can I do this?


Active learning ~ Motivation

Do I want to do this?


Creating and thinking critically ~ Thinking

How do I do this?


We can help children become effective learners by playing with them, listening and responding to them, acting as a sounding board, supporting them to pursue their own interests, inspiring them, modelling discovery learning and both guiding them and supporting them (without taking over).

The characteristics of effective learning are important learning behaviours that we support the children to develop throughout the reception year. They are split into three categories:


Playing and Exploring - Engagement:

Can I do this?


Active Learning - Motivation:

Do I want to do this?


This is a useful website to explore the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and to find out more information about how to help your child to try new things at home and to develop a growth mindset. 


Creating and Thinking Critically - Thinking:

How do I do this? 

First 45 Key Words

This is a copy of your child's first 45 key words. Please help your child with learning to read these words at home, as many of them are very common words, and many also cannot be read phonetically. We will check the words on a weekly basis and give the children new words when they can read the ones in their packs.  Once your child can confidently read their first 45 key words, they will be able to achieve their 45 keyword award, getting a badge and certificate to celebrate their achievements.  If you have any queries, please let me know.
On 6th November 2018 Miss Latimer delivered an Early Reading and Phonics workshop. Please find the PowerPoint presentation attached below.

Early Reading and Phonics Workshop