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Mendham Primary School

Seedlings Class

Welcome back, we hope you all had a fabulous Easter despite the array of varying weather on offer!

Learning: All through the summer term children will be working on expanding their concentration skills further and to begin to work for longer periods of time with an adult in readiness for their own next stage of school.

This term we will be learning about the world, our country and the local area as part of the world, we will incorporate map making and map reading into our work and will also look at how things used to be in and around Mendham.

We will also look at lifecycles; animals (inc humans) and plants and doing our own planting and growing. When we look at lifecycles we will look at how a baby turns into a child, teenager and then into an adult. To help with this could I please have a photo of each child as a baby emailed to me. If there were any adults willing to help, I would love photos of you as a baby, child, teenager and now. I promise not to share them beyond the classroom! I cannot guarantee that photos will not become dog-eared so probably best not to send originals.

In phonics, Reception will continue their learning of the phase 3 sounds and continue to develop their application of sounds in reading and writing. Meanwhile Nursery will begin to develop their story telling and basic reading strategies using wordless books. We may even send some of these home to those that are ready.

In maths we will be embedding composition of numbers to 10 and then at numbers beyond 10. Children will develop their counting skills when we look at counting patterns and odd and even numbers. We will also continue to learn about adding more and taking away, doubling and sharing quantities.

What you need reminder:

  • Children will still need to keep One FULL spare set of clothes on their peg to include – top/trouser or skirt, socks or tights, pants, jumper. This is even more important as the weather gets warmer and the need for coats and waterproof trousers becomes less.
  • Named water bottle
  • Waterproof trousers if you have them.
  • Coat suitable for the weather conditions.
  • Reading wallets: There will be returned to school weekly on a Monday (or for Nursery your first day in school each week). The same process of changing books will continue.
  • Wellies.

As the weather warms up children will also need a sunhat and will need to come to school with sun cream applied.

PE: Will continue on Tuesday afternoons. Children should bring their kit with them on a Tuesday morning. A PE kit should contain jogging bottoms, shorts, t-shirt, sweatshirt, spare socks and trainers suitable for use on a wet muddy field.

Wednesdays: Seedlings will now have the pleasure of being taught by Mr Lamoureux on a Wednesday morning. This will be particularly beneficial to the Reception children who will get a chance to know him and him to know them before their move into Pine class.

The fun will continue in the afternoons with Mr Norfolk who will be teaching science.

National offer day: Friday 16th April is the national offer day for places in the reception year group in September 2021. If you applied before the deadline you will be notified by email or post on or around this date. If there are any problems or you wish to withdraw from the place you have been offered please contact the admission team on 01473 260992, also let us know so that we are aware of what is happening. If your application was made after the closing date the admissions team will now consider your options and will be in contact soon.

You will receive more information from school soon regarding transition days and parents meetings in the run up to the end of term.

Finally: At any point before or during the return to school feel free to drop me an email me on if you have any questions or concerns.

Many thanks

Nikki Jones