Sandown School


Early Years 2020/2021



  • Group 1: older children born September-February.
    • Thursday, 2nd September - Meet at Green Zone Group 1A 10-11am
    • Thursday, 2nd September - Meet at Green Zone Group 1B 1.30-2.30pm
    • Monday, 6th September - Come into school all Group 1 9-11.45am (no lunch)
    • Wednesday, 8th September - Come into school all Group 1 9-1.15pm (with lunch)
  • Group 2: younger children born March-August.
    • Friday, 3rd September - Meet at Green Zone Group 2A 10-11am
    • Friday, 3rd September - Meet at Green Zone Group 2B 1.30-2.30pm
    • Tuesday, 7th September - Come into school all Group 2 9-11.45am (no lunch)
    • Thursday, 9th September - Come into school all Group 2 9-1.15am (with lunch)
  • Friday, 10th September - All children full-time 8.40am - 3.00pm from  now on. 


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.

If your child is in isolation due to Covid-19 symptoms or is waiting for the results of a test in your household please inform the school via the Schools COVID phone (07928949737). Remote learning then will be made available for you via Tapestry. 


Term 1

Getting To Know You

Possible enrichment

• Communication and Language: Elmer- ‘everyone is special’
• Literacy: Baseline assessment
• Mathematics: Baseline assessment
• Physical Development: Gross motor/ fine motor skills
• Understanding the world: My family, myself, my senses
• Personal Development: How to make friends
• Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring media and materials

Trip - Deal Beach

Term 2

Autumn Watch/ Special Days

Possible enrichment

• Communication and Language: Repetitive story language
• Literacy: Describe Stickman. Phase 2 phonics, Christmas list
• Mathematics: 0-10, sorting, matching, patterns, 2D shape
• Physical Development: Large scale apparatus, safe movement
• Understanding the world: Bonfire Night, Diwali, Christmas, Halloween
• Personal Development: Taking turns
• Expressive Arts and Design: Design and decorate your stick, Christmas songs

Trip - Deal Library, Deal Gym Local Park to collect conkers


Term 3

Traditional Tales and Rhymes

Possible enrichment

• Communication and Language: Role play- 3 Billy Goats
• Literacy: retell traditional tales, repeated phrases ‘run run..’
• Mathematics: 0-20, addition, more than, grouping amounts
• Physical Development: Bear hunt- under over, etc
• Understanding the world: tales from around the world, maps, local history
• Personal Development: Emotions/ feelings
• Expressive Arts and Design: masks, role play drama, small world

Trip - Deal Castle, Deal Gym

Term 4

Out of this World

Possible enrichment

 • Communication and Language: Show and tell- speaking/listening skills
• Literacy: postcards from Space, space facts, Aliens Love Underpants
• Mathematics: 3D shape, less than, subtraction, measure
• Physical Development: Astronaut training
• Understanding the world: The Moon and the planets
• Personal Development: Staying safe
• Expressive Arts and Design: 3D models – rockets and planets, G. Holzt The Planet Suite

Trip - Deal Gym  

Term 5

Spring Watch

Possible enrichment

• Communication and Language: retelling stories
• Literacy: Hungry Caterpillar activities
• Mathematics: part part whole, weight, time, money
• Physical Development: Team games- tennis, football, rugby skills
• Understanding the world: Mini beast classification, planting seeds
• Personal Development: Circle Time activities, P4C
• Expressive Arts and Design: finger painting, drama role play, still life skills

Trip – Walmer Castle, Deal Castle, Flower Fields


Term 6

The Blue Planet

Possible enrichment

• Communication and Language: exploring opinions
• Literacy: Pirate stories, Shark in the Park, Rainbow Fish
• Mathematics: Counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s.
• Physical Development: Sports Day games
• Understanding the world: sealife, protecting our seas, local beach
• Personal Development: P4C, moving on- transitions
• Expressive Arts and Design: role play pirates, sea creature art

Trip – The Beach, Deal Gym



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 practise 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 practise 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 Tuesady 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).



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