Wales – 4+

Mrs R Baldwin – Early Years Leader
Mrs K Hubbock – Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Johnson – Teaching Assistant

Thank you for taking the time to visit our page and 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.


Spring Term 2

Once Upon a Time

4+’s new topic for the next half term will be Once Upon a Time and we are holding our ‘Stunning Start’ on Monday 24th February 2020 for the children.

Throughout the term we will be reading our favourite stories and discussing them in more detail. The children will have opportunities

– to act out their favourite story,

– design their own fairy tale creatures.

– An ending to my favourite fairy tale story.

– Labelling pictures

-Writing a list of characters and props

– They will be creating character profiles on the characters in the Fairy tale stories.

–  They will be retelling stories in the correct sequence.

– Exploring and experimenting with sounds and words by writing simple sentences.

– We will be practising playing in our role-plays with other children, understanding that we play in ways which respect each other, and listen to each other’s ideas.

– Exploring emotions and feelings in stories and empathising with characters.



4+ Once Upon a Time Topic – Spring Term 2




Please can you check your child’s uniform, as every week we still have uniform that isn’t named. Water bottles are to be picked up every Friday which will enable you to wash them out properly ready for the week. Don’t forget to bring them back in on Monday’s. It is important to ensure children are drinking water throughout the day to carry nutrients to our cells and control our body temperature. Research suggests hydrated children perform better in school.


These are the different groups for Phase 2 and 3 Letters and Sounds which we will be covering with your children, here is a list of the order that we will be covering 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 l ll ss ff



Group 6 – j v w x

Set 7 – y z zz qu

Group 8 – ch sh th ng

Group 9 – ai ee igh oa

Group 10 – ar or ur ow

Group 11 – oi ear air ure er


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

Every Friday the children have the opportunity to share something from home to encourage speaking and listening skills. The list of items to bring in to share with others are as follows –

24th February- The Jolly Postman-

Draw a picture of your favourite fairy tale character.

2nd March- Jack and the Beanstalk-

Bring in some seeds for us to plant or a drawing/picture of something growing

9th March- (Science Week)

Find an interesting fact about your endangered animal – Wales (tiger) Ireland (Polar bear)

16th March- 3 Billy Goats Gruff-

Make a troll mask and show us!

23rd March – Goldilocks and the Three Bear

Bring in favourite teddy bear.

30th March- Alternative to 3 Little Pigs-

bring in a textured material to discuss how it feels/what it is used for



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 9th January for WALES 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.



Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for helpful reminders and find out what we have been learning about throughout the week.

But don’t forget you will need to send in your user name to the school office before we can accept you.

Thank you for your continuing support, Mrs. Baldwin