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Birchwood C of E Primary School

Learning together, through faith, fun and friendship

Information for Parents

Dates for your diary


Sports Day - Thursday 14th July 9:30 am.

Graduation - Tuesday 19th July 9:30 am.

Last day of school - Wednesday 20th July.

Stay and Play Sessions


Please do not forget that we are welcoming Nursery parents and carers into our classroom every Monday morning 8:45 am - 9:15 am and Friday afternoons 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm. Visit the 'Our Special Events' page to see photos. We do hope you can join us; the children love spending time with you at school. Please see the letter below for more details. 

Overview of Learning - What are we learning in FS1?


Please see below our overview of learning. As always, we constantly follow the children's interests and needs which means this plan is subject to change. We love to hear about the children's interests at home so if you feel there is a particular topic that would motivate their learning please let us know! 
This plan is also displayed in class on the noticeboard above the carpet. This plan is broken down further into more detailed weekly plans which are also displayed above the carpet.



The older children have now started their phonics sessions:

  • We are following the Letters and Sounds programme and focusing on phases 1 and 2. A link to an online version of this document can be found below. 


  • We also use the Jolly Phonics songs to help us remember the sounds. Click below to view the video on YouTube. We guarantee the songs will get in your head!


  • Visit the Phonics Play website (link below) to play phonics games and find out more about phonics. 

Jolly Phonics Songs in teaching order

What to expect, when?


Below is a link to a really useful online document called What to expect, when? It provides guidance to your child's learning and development in the early years foundation stage (0-5 years) and offers ideas and tips as to how you can help your child’s learning and development. The booklet divides the first five years into six age brackets and please remember that every child grows and develops at their own pace. If you have any concerns about your child's learning and development or would like a paper copy of the document please speak to Miss McGarry

We're Going on a Bear Hunt


We're Going on a Bear Hunt has become one of our favourite stories in Nursery which we frequently re-read. The children love to join in with the rhymes and actions. See below for a You Tube video of the story. 

We're Going On a Bear Hunt

School Uniform


As you know, school uniform in FS1 is compulsory. Please see the 'FS1 Uniform Flyer' below for full details of what to wear in FS1. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.