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Sandown School

Early Years 2022/2023

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Firstly, welcome to the Early Years web page. We have provided an insight into what is happening in school for your child and a general overview of the key information you need to know.

This year the Early Years team consists of Mr Cooke, Mrs Palmer, Mrs Kelly, Miss Hibbert and Mrs Daubney.

Early Years will be having PE on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Please can children come into school wearing their PE kits on these days.



Term 1

Traditional Tales and Rhymes



GZ sticks


·        Communication and Language: Repetitive story language

·        Literacy: Baseline assessment, Traditional Tales, Stanley’s Stick

·        Mathematics: Baseline assessment, White Rose- getting to know you, just like me, Numicon counting

·        Physical Development: Gross motor/ fine motor skills

·        Understanding the world: My family, myself, non-fiction

·        Personal Development: How to make friends, Colour Monster

·        Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring media and materials- decorate your stick, paint colour mixing

Deal Gym

GZ- stick play

Term 2

 Out of this World!





·        Communication and Language: Aliens Love Underpants,

·        Literacy: Phase 2/3 phonics, Christmas list, postcards from Space, space facts

·        Mathematics: (WR- it's me, 1,2,3 and Light and Dark), 2D/3D shape, patterns

·        Physical Development: Large scale apparatus, safe movement, Astronaut training

·        Understanding the world: Bonfire Night, Diwali, Christmas, Halloween, space travel, planets, the Moon

·        Personal Development: Taking turns (Jigsaw)

·        Expressive Arts and Design:  3D rockets, Christmas songs, G. Holzt The Planet Suite, collage


Deal Gym





Term 3

 Jurassic World


Library visit


·        Communication and Language: Dinosaur Roar! Phase 3 phonics

·        Literacy: Dinosaur fact file, rich vocabulary, non-fiction

·        Mathematics: (WR- Alive in 5, Growing 6,7,8), measuring

·        Physical Development: Gymnastics / Dance

·        Understanding the world: tales from around the world, maps, local history, timelines

·        Personal Development: Emotions/ feelings, Jigsaw

·        Expressive Arts and Design: masks, role play, drama, small world


Deal Gym

Deal Library


Term 4

 Spring Watch



Wildlife Garden, GZ

·        Communication and Language: Show and tell- speaking/listening skills, Phase 3 / 4 phonics

·        Literacy: Hungry Caterpillar, What the Ladybird Heard

·        Mathematics: (WR- building 9 and 10, consolidation unit), days of the week, time

·        Physical Development: Team games- tennis, football, rugby skills

·        Understanding the world: Mini beast classification, planting seeds, bug hunt, Spring Watch-BBC

·        Personal Development: Staying safe, Jigsaw

·        Expressive Arts and Design:  finger painting, drama, role play, still life skills- drawing, shading, mixed media, charcoal, pastels


Deal Gym

Pond dipping GZ

Flower field walk


Term 5

 The Blue Planet


Beach trip

Pirate Party



·        Communication and Language: retelling stories, phase ¾ phonics

·        Literacy: Blue Planet, Surprising Sharks, non-fiction, Rainbow Fish

·        Mathematics: part part whole, weight, money (WR- To 20 and Beyond, First, Then, Now)

·        Physical Development: Team Games, ball skills

·        Understanding the world: Natural world around us- local beach, what lives in the sea, protecting our planet, Pirates- history

·        Personal Development: Circle Time activities, P4C

·        Expressive Arts and Design: wax resist, creature design, pattern, texture, Pirates- flags, songs


Beach Trip

Deal Gym


Pirate Day



Term 6

 Wish You were here!



Art Gallery

·        Communication and Language: exploring opinions, cultures and languages e.g. French Day, travel agent role play

·        Literacy: Stories from around the world- Handa, Tinga Tinga

·        Mathematics: Counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s (WR- Find My Pattern, On the Move), doubling, halving

·        Physical Development: Sports Day games, running

·        Understanding the world: As above (CL)

·        Personal Development: P4C, Jigsaw- moving on- transitions

·        Expressive Arts and Design: Art from other cultures, using different media and styles e.g. Gaugin, tribal art, Aboriginal art and songs



Deal Gym




How to prepare your child for starting school


Reading / Phonics

We follow  Little Wandle early reading. Please look at our Phonics and Early reading policy


Term 1 and 2 Phonics home learning



The main focus this term is ‘number recognition and counting’. The children will learn how to recognise, order and sequence numbers to 10 and then onto 20. Keep a look out for numbers all around you and encourage your child to count and sort using numbers and objects. At home try to use mathematical language to help sort and count different objects. Cooking and shopping are two excellent ways to introduce practical maths. We will also be introducing 2d shapes such as squares, circles, triangles, rectangles.


PE / Outdoor Learning

Each week your child will be taking part in indoor and outdoor activities. These will be on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Children will need to come to school on these days wearing their PE kits.


The children will be spending lots of time in our Green Zone and will be participating in lots of fun forest school activities.  The children can arrive into school wearing their warm, messy clothes and their wellies (they can keep these in school).

Year R at Green Zone

 Find out more about what we have got up to at Green Zone by looking at the Green Keeper blogs



It is really important the children stay hydrated through the day so please ensure they have a named water bottle in class. Please ensure only plain water in water bottles please. Any clothing and footwear need to  be  correctly labelled with your child’s name as they do have a habit of going here, there and everywhere! Fruit is provided for morning break but your child can bring in a piece of fruit of their own, if they wish.

One last thing, Friday is ‘Golden Time’ so the children are allowed to bring in their own toy from home, to play with (make sure it is not too big, expensive or precious!)


Hopefully this has given you an insight into what’s happening this term. We are really excited to welcome your child to our Early Years setting and we cannot wait to start our learning adventure. We hope the children will have a fantastic time and that they really enjoy their time in early years. We will provide a caring and happy environment, which will enable your child to explore, create and become inquisitive and independent learners.

Thank You

Mr Cooke / Mrs Palmer