Wales and Ireland – 4+

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

Welcome to the Summer Term

Welcome to our final term in 4+, our new topic is ‘Mad about Mini beasts’ The children will be looking at a selection of different books which will include Ahhhhh Spider, Snail Trail, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Bad Tempered Ladybird, Frog life cycle and Mad about Mini beasts. They will be using 3d junk modelling to make different Mini beasts, improving the Bug hotel, writing stories about Mini beasts, solving mathematical problems in Mathematics by sharing and halving.

The 4+ trip will be to Herrings Activity Farm on Thursday 27th June, don’t forget to sign a permission slip and pay your money on Tucasi. We are looking forward to it.


IF YOU REQUIRE A PACKED LUNCH PLEASE RETURN FORM ON MONDAY 17th JUNE, thanks. – Minibeasts – cbeebies minibeasts – minibeast activities – minibeast hunts – minibeast activities


Lunches – don’t forget to update your child’s choice for lunch on Tucasi. Packed lunch or school dinners.

Please label your child’s school uniform; we are still having lots of jumpers/cardigans go missing with no names so we are unable to return them.

Maths Afternoon

We are going to change the Phonics afternoon to Maths. This will be an opportunity to spend time with your child completing different maths activities for number and shape, space and measure. Please see the dates below when you can come in. The session will be 2.15-3pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Wales Class Ireland Class
Thursday 25th April
Thursday 2nd April
Thursday 9th May
Thursday 16th May
Thursday 23rd May
Thursday 30th May
Thursday 6th June


IRELAND CLASS ONLY – outdoor learning


It is with great pleasure that we are now able to offer the children of Ireland class the opportunity to do some outdoor learning every Monday afternoon during the summer term. A letter has gone out to inform you which group your child is in, if you’re unsure then please speak to Miss Baker.

Summer 1st half


Monday 29th April- Monday 3rd June 2019

Summer 2nd half


Monday 10th June- Monday 1st July 2019

Group 1 – Miss Baker Group 1 – activities in the classroom with Mrs Cowley
Group 2 – activities in the classroom with Mrs Cowley Group 2 – Miss Baker


Children will need the following –  in a named bag for life

  • Wellies and extra pair of socks if needed
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (puddle suits are ideal)
  • Trousers/leggings and top/jumpers as you see appropriate.


The children doing Outdoor Learning will need to be collected by the quiet area (come through green gate on main playground) at the normal time of 3:25 pm. The children doing normal activities with Mrs Cowley will be collected at the usual door by Ireland class (at the usual time of 3:25 pm)

We hope you are as excited as we are about this new project. We believe the children will gain essential life skills through these sessions and cannot wait to get started.

Transition from 4+ to Year 1

To prepare the children ready for Year 1 they will be taking out their reading record and book from their book bag on a Monday and Thursday morning. We will NOT be going through book bags; any letters/money will need to be handed to the adult on the door in the mornings. Children will be having their lunchtime break in the main playground with children from Year 1-6.

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, Ava & Lily.

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.

PE – Tuesday 23rd April – Tuesday 21st May

Don’t forget children will need to leave there PE kit on their peg to help them to get dressed independently. Children will need a white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers.


We look forward to starting swimming on Tuesday 11th June – please bring in a swimming costume, towel and flip flops in a named carrier bag. Plus a bag to store your wet costume.


Thank you all for your understanding through out the year, please continue to support your child with their learning at home and update observations on Tapestry.


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.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to come and talk to us about your child’s development.


Mrs Baldwin and Miss Baker

Early Years Leader, Wales and Ireland Class teacher


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

This is an opportunity to share something related to our topic Mad About Minibeasts, if you have anything else relating to our topic, please feel free to being it in –
7th June – Go on a Minibeast hunt
14th June – Write a list of different Minibeasts
21st June – Draw a mini beast to share with the class
28th June – Find out about an interesting fact about a Minibeast
5th July – Make or draw a picture of a frog
12th July – Share something you’ve enjoyed doing in 4+


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.


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