Ireland – 4+

Mrs J Denham – Class Teacher
Mrs A Cowley
Mrs D Bailey – Class Teacher


Thank you for taking the time to visit Ireland’s page, it is with great pleasure that we welcome your children into the 4+.

The children will be learning through play in each of the different areas, it nurtures their development, encourages communication skills and encourages them to solve simple problems. Children can be spontaneous and encourage them to be independent learners. The areas that we focus on are Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Physical Development, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.


Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are fully rested ready to start the New Year. We have a very exciting topic to start Spring 1 off with…


Destination Outer Space

And we have blast off! For Spring 1 our topic will be all about Space and we will be exploring the wonders of Space and developing our questioning skills. How do you get there? Who has visited there? Who lives there? We will delve into space stories and shoot off into the world of numbers to solve mathematical problems.

We will be using different materials to create our own ‘out of this world’ aliens and rockets.


Snack and Water bottle

Your child will need a healthy snack such as fruit, vegetable or plain biscuit and a named drink’s bottle filled with water only. We will fill the water bottles up every day with fresh water and send them home every Friday. Children can bring in a bottle of juice/carton that they can have with lunch.



Children will need to come to school on a Wednesday for Ireland. The school policy states children are not allowed to wear earrings during P.E and should either be removed before attending school or alternatively your child can remove it themselves before the lesson. If your child decides to do this they are responsible for their items and no responsibility will be held by the adults if anything goes missing.



These are the groups for Phase 2 Letters and Sounds which we will be covering with your children, here is a list of the order that we have looked at them.

group 1 – s, a, t, p

group 2 – i, n, m, d,

group 3 – g, o, c, k

group 4 – ck, e, u, r

group 5 – h, b, f, ff, ll, ss

These are the songs that we sing during phonics which will help them to remember them –



The children have been working really hard with their phonics recently at school so we would like them to continue this at home as well. By this stage your child should be able to blend and independently read CV such as it words and on,

On the Phonics page there is a list of useful apps that can be used at home to support your child with their phonics. Also, the link below shows how to correctly pronounce pure phonics sounds.



This term the children will have the opportunity to have dance lessons with a dance teacher. They will be learning a dance which is related to our topic of Space.


Don’t forget to upload your child’s observations at home of their learning. The observations can be of anything, we like to read and share some with the class. Have they laid the table, got dressed correctly, written a sentence or completed some amazing maths? We would like to hear about it. The Learning journal is a mixture of your observations, adults working in the 4+ and from the child themselves.


Show and Tell

Here is a list of the ideas for Show and Tell, if you have any other ideas relating to Space then we would love to see them.

10.1.20 – Share a Space/Alien book

17.1.20 – Draw a picture of a space craft

24.2.20 – Share an interesting fact about Space

31.2.20 – Draw/make an Alien

7.2.20 – Made a 2d/3d rocket

14.2.20 – Write some aliens for us to read using Phase 2 phonemes (s a t p i n m d g o c k e u r)



Just a reminder to parents/carers please don’t forget to name your child’s school uniform especially gloves/hats/scarves.


Phonics afternoon

We would like to invite parents/carers or grandparents to spend an afternoon with your child completing phonics/writing and reading activities.

The session will run alternate Thursday’s from 2.15pm until 3.00pm in 4+. 1 week will be for Wales and then the following week will be for Ireland. The purpose of this special event is to give you an insight into how the children play and learn phonics in their classroom setting. It is also very valuable for the children to have the opportunity to share their learning with you at school. This in turn builds their own self-confidence and develops their speaking skills in talking about their learning. We appreciate that not all parents will be able to attend and we will be talking about this with the children before the day.

As this will be a learning opportunity for the children we will NOT be able to accept siblings in the classroom.




Wales Class Ireland Class
Thursday 9th January
Thursday 16th January
Thursday 23rd January
Thursday 29th January
Thursday 6th February
Thursday 13th February


We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and support to make this a very valuable and worthwhile experience for you and your child.

We look forward to playing and learning with you on Thursday 16th January for IRELAND CLASS.


Expected levels for Reading, Writing and Maths


This the criteria that we look for at the end of the year for children to achieve by the end of the 4+ year. Don’t forget to add observations onto Tapestry if you see your child completing this at home.


Children read and understand simple sentences.

They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.

They also read some common irregular words.

They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.

They also write some common irregular common words.

They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.

Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number.

Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.

They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.


Thank you for your continuing support, Mrs. Bailey and Mrs Denham