Sandown School

Early Years 2021/2022


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.

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.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

General Themes 

 themes may be adapted to allow for children’s interests to flow  


All About me!

 Starting school My new class      New Beginnings Superheroes  People who help us                           Careers       Staying healthy         Food               Human body. How have I changed?       My family   What am I good at?               How do I make others feel?  Being kind  staying safe 

Terrific Tales!

Traditional Tales 

Little Red Hen - Harvest

Old favourites 

Familiar tales 

Library visit 

Gingerbread Man


The Nativity 

At the Panto 

Christmas Lists 

Letters to Father Christmas 

Amazing Animals!  Life cycles    Safari: Animals around the world  Climates  Hibernation   Down on the Farm               Mini Beasts  Animal Arts and crafts            Night and day animals       Animal patterns David Attenborough  Happy Habitats

Come Outside!  Plants & Flowers Spring Watch          Weather             Seasons        Does the moon          shine?        The great outdoors   Forest School  Planting seeds  Make a sculpture: Andy  Goldsworthy  Reduce, Reuse &  Recycle         Fun Science        Materials        '10 ways to look after my world'?

Ticket to ride!   Around the Town How do I get there?         Where in the world have you been?         Where do we live in the UK and world?             Fly me to the moon!       Vehicles past and Present  Design your own transport!  Who was Neil Armstrong 

Fun at the Seaside!         Under the sea        Off on holiday     Where in the         world shall we               go?       Send me a postcard!     Marine life   Fossils – Mary Anning       Seasides in the past        Compare: Now and then! 

Seaside art 


Possible Texts and 

‘old favourites’ 

Owl Babies 


Stick Man 

The Smartest Giant 

The Colour Monster

The Rainbow Fish 

Funny Bones 

The Big Book of Families 

Pete the Cat 

The Jolly Postman 


Farmer Duck 

Hansel & Gretal 

The Ugly Duckling 

Christmas Story / Nativity 

Rama and Sita



The Emperors Egg

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

Aghh Spider! 

Tiger who came to tea 

Diary of a wombat

Elephant and the Bad Baby

Pig in the Pond

The Tiny Seed 

Oliver’s Vegetables 

Jack and the Beanstalk 

One Plastic Bag 

Jasper’s Beanstalk 

Stanley's Stick

A stroll through the seasons


The Snail and the Whale

The Way back Home 

The Naughty Bus 

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing 

The Train Ride 

Bob, The Man on the Moon 

Non-fiction Space

Oi! Get off my train! 

Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

Under the Sea Non – Fiction

P is for Passport

The Journey 

Surprising Sharks

Passport to Paris 

World Atlases 


‘Wow’ moments / Enrichment Weeks 

Autumn Trail 

Remembrance Day 

Nurse / Firefighter visit 

Harvest Time 


Favourite Songs 

Talent show 

Roald Dahl Day 


What do I want to be when I grow up? Video for parents. 

Guy Fawkes / Bonfire Night 

Christmas Time  / Nativity 

Diwali ?


Black History Month

Remembrance day 

Road Safety 

Stories by the Fireside 

World Space Week 

Children in Need

Anti- Bullying Week 

Zoo Lab visit 

Chinese New Year 


Story Telling Week 

Random Acts of Kindness  Week 

Valentine’s Day

Internet Safety Day 

Animal Art week

Let’s go on Safari -  An animal a day!

Walk to the park / Picnic 

Planting seeds 

Easter time 

Weather experiments 

Weather Forecast videos 

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Vincent Van Gogh Study

Mother’s Day 

Queen’s Birthday 

Science Week 

Eater Egg Hunt 

Post a letter

Food tasting – different culture  

Map work  - Find the Treasure 

Start of Ramadan 



Let’s fly – aeroplanes, travel agent

Visit to the beach 

Under the Sea – singing songs and sea shanties

Fossil hunting 

Father’s Day 

Heathy Eating Week 

World Environment Day 

Anniversary of the NHS

Pirate Day 

Ice – Cream at the park



How to prepare your child for starting school


Reading / Phonics

As part of the children’s journey into reading, all children will be given core phonic texts. In class we will be learning to recognise, sound and write initial sounds e.g. s,a,t,p,i,n,m,g,o,c,k and then they will begin to blend into words. It is important that you spend ten minutes a day reading with your child. This may at first be difficult for them but as you keep scaffolding their learning you will see big improvements over a short period of time. We expect you to read the book a few times until your child can read most of the words in the text by sight or is able to blend each sound into a word e.g. C-A-T = CAT. If your book has no words then encourage your child to make up their own story based on the pictures they are looking at. Please remember it is also important to read stories and books that they are interested in to develop a life-long love of reading.


We will change books when we feel children are becoming more confident. Please write comments in their reading record to tell us if they have read with you and please inform us of any improvements or difficulties. To consolidate their learning please also regularly look at the high frequency words in your reading record. These are key to their progression in reading and you will find that many are words that can only be read by sight e.g. the, I, you, go – these are words you cannot sound and blend. Please choose a few words a week to learn and then tick or highlight once they have been learnt. We will send home, next week, the ELG word list (45 words) that your child is expected to know by the end of the year. These will be regularly assessed in school


Each day we will teach a phonics lesson and the children will learn new Letters and Sounds. We will post on Tapestry the Letters & Sounds that we learn each week. At home, please have a go at writing the letters and words, remembering to practice each phonetic sound that is learnt. It is important the children become confident with holding a pencil and forming their letters correctly but we are all aware that children do develop at different times and different rates. We will be holding a Reading Seminar at the end of Term 1. This will provide you with ideas on supporting your child with their reading and also teach you how to recite the phonetic alphabet and learn how to sound and blend words. Details will follow shortly so please keep a look out in your book bag.



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 water bottle, which is correctly labelled, in class (We do have a water fountain outside if they forget). The bottle will be kept in school throughout the week and sent home on a Friday. Please make sure all the clothes and footwear are 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