Wales and Ireland – 4+

Mrs R Baldwin
Miss P Baker
Mrs A Cowley
Miss G Scott
Mrs K Hubbock

Spring Term

Welcome back, we hope you had a great Christmas with family and friends.

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 through 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.

Out of this World

And we have blast off! For Spring 2 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.

Wales Class

Jessica, Emilia, Nathan, Kayden, Alaia-Rose, Evelyn, Ethan, Valentina, Oscar, Isla, Mason, Jason, Zachary, Kaydie-Marie, Ronnie, Dexter, Rhys, Mila, Grace, Siana-Rae, Annie, Ronela, Ruby, Amelia, Emma, Heidi, Laicee, Mylo, Riley & Lucy.

Ireland Class

Evie, Alfie, Dylan, Tegan, Gracie-Belle, Jenson, Rosie, Leah, Sebastian, Lucas, Alfie, Grace, Jayla, Daniel, Laura, Elliott, Maddox, Harrison, Nathan, Clara, Charlie, Katie, Adam, Amelia, Charlie, Freya, Ty, Maria, Ava & Lily.

A very BIG Thank you –

We are totally blown away by all of the help and support in enabling the outdoor learning area to look as amazing as possible. We couldn’t have done it without all of your hard work. Thank you so much you have all been incredibly generous for the donations we have received.

Thanks for your continuing support.

Snack and Water bottle

Your child will need a healthy snack and named water bottle every day. Children are able to bring in a bottle of juice/carton that they can have with lunch.


This term the children will be developing their ball skills in the hall. They will have the opportunity to play lots of games and practice different skills such as rolling, kicking, throwing and catching.


This term we will be covering Phase 3 phonics Letters and Sounds with your children, here is a list of the order that we will look at them.

group 6 – j v, w, x,

group 7 – y, z, zz, qu

group 8 – ch, sh th ng

group 9 – ai ee igh oa

group 10 – oo ar or ur ow

group 11 – oi ear air ure er

Phonics afternoon

Due to the success of our Gardening 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 21st February
Thursday 28th February
Thursday 7th March
Thursday 14th March
Thursday 21st March
Thursday 28th March
Thursday 4th April
Thursday 25th April
Thursday 2nd April
Thursday 9th May
Thursday 16th May
Thursday 23rd May
Thursday 30th May
Thursday 6th June


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 21st February for WALES CLASS.


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 and CVC words such as; it, on, jog, pin.

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.


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 upload your child’s observations at home of their learning. Someone will have the opportunity to win a £10 Amazon voucher to be pulled from the raffle. 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.

Friday 22nd February – Share a fiction or non-fiction book about Space

Friday 1st March – Share an interesting fact about a planet

Friday 8th March – Make or draw an alien

Friday 15th March – Make a rocket out of junk modelling

Friday 22nd March – Draw an astronaut

Friday 29th March – What do you do to keep healthy?

Friday 5th April – Bring something associated with Easter


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


Please regularly check the website for information and don’t forget to look out for Twitter updates.





We have lots of exciting activities planned for the children and can’t wait to get started. We aim to make your time memorable, exciting and fun.


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.


Mrs. Baldwin, Miss Baker, Mrs Hubbock, Mrs.Cowley and Miss Scott