Saplings

Welcome to Saplings

Our children learn through play in a safe and fun environment.

We are an ECAT (Every Child a Talker) school with a strong focus on language development as this is so important to the children’s learning and progress.

Our children’s needs and interests guide our curriculum and inform our planning for a range of activities that they will enjoy and learn from.

We like to be outside in all weathers and have lots of exciting adventures, exploring using all our senses.

All of our children in Saplings are given a key worker who will work closely with the children in our group times and support the children’s emotional and cognitive needs.  Staff in Saplings are committed to building positive relationships with all of our children and ensure engagement is sensitive to the children’s learning style and needs.

We observe and note the high-quality interactions with our children and share our achievements with parents on Seesaw and though learning stories. 

We are grateful for all of our parental support.  Parents are encouraged to share information from home in daily dialogue at hand over times and through Seesaw.  We recognise that parent partnership has a huge impact on children’s achievement. We work alongside parents to support toilet training.

As your child grows, we work closely with parents and nursery staff to ensure their smooth transition into Oak class.

Mrs SmithSaplings is our 2 Year Old preschool. It is currently split into morning and afternoon sessions of 3 hours. Mrs Smith is the Nursery Nurse, who leads in Saplings, and she is supported by Mrs Tonge and Mrs Foulds.

In Saplings many of the learning experiences children have aim to develop and embed communication and language skills. To support this aim we work closely within the ECAT (Every Child A Talker) framework.

We also teach phonics daily and children in Saplings predominantly are taught phase 1 from the Letters and Sounds framework. 

Parents are encouraged to share books and stories at home as research shows that children who are regularly read to go on to become better readers than those who don’t have early book and reading experiences.

Further information on Letters and Sounds, ECAT and supporting early reading can be found in the English section of the website.


School drop off and pick up

Entrance: Nightingales gate
Drop off: 8:35am
Pick up: 11:35am

Nightingales gate will open at 8.30, 11.35 (Saplings only), 12.10 (Saplings only) and 3.05

Staff will open classroom doors to receive children at 8.35am and let them out at 3.10pm

Parents of children in Saplings are asked to enter school with their child through the Nightingales gate and walk on the right hand side towards the Saplings building. Parents are asked to wait in the outside area until staff open the classroom doors. At the end of the session, parents are asked to come through the Nightingales gate and wait in the same area for a staff member to open the doors

What do I do if I have another child in another year group?

Take your child to Saplings first.

If your elder child is in KS2, they can walk round to their classroom on their own, going through school site where staff will be present to help them or guide them if they are unsure. If your elder child is in KS1, you can make your way to the other entrance after dropping your child at saplings first


Rhyme Challenge
Saplings Curriculum overview 21-22

Bedtime Reading Tips for Toddlers

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