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Welcome to the Early Years page.

There are three classes in the unit –  Nursery, Rainbow and Sunshine Reception classes and there is lots of learning and lots of fun!


The key staff working in Early Years this year will be: Tracey (Rainbow Reception Class Teacher), Helen (Sunshine Reception Class Teacher), Camilla (Nursery Class Teacher), Kirsty and Lucy (Learning Support Assistants) and Jo and Fartuun (Nursery Teaching Assistants).

 If you have any worries or concerns please feel free to approach any member of the team. It is usually best to speak to us at the end of the school day but anything urgent please speak to us in the morning.

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum followed at Riversdale, you can look at the medium and long term plans for each year group.

Medium term plans

Yearly plans

Foundation Stage (Nursery) Newsletter

6 January 2015

Dear Parents / Carers

Happy New Year.  We hope you all enjoyed the holidays.

Our topic this term will be ‘traditional tales’, which is always a favourite with the children.  It will give them the opportunity to share some wonderful tales which we will use to teach all areas of the Early Years curriculum.  For example, it will complement the children’s willingness to communicate their thoughts; encourage active participation; increase verbal proficiency;  provide numerous opportunities for role play and encourage writing, drawing and mark making.  Additionally, we will be using Lego (due to its huge popularity and creative versatility) to support and explore many of the traditional tales the children will be sharing.  The children are already ‘master builders’ and we look forward to seeing their creations explored through the world of fairy tales.

Very importantly, we also want to take the opportunity to remind you all to complete the Wandsworth Primary School application.  The deadline for this is Thursday 15th January 2015.

We will be resuming phonics teaching this week with the letter ‘k’.  The children did tremendously well last term with their letter sounds and we are looking forward to their continued enthusiasm as we progress through the alphabet. As during last term, from Monday to Thursday, the children are invited to bring in any object beginning with the letter sound for that week to show at circle time. 

As always we would appreciate your empty cartons for our junk modelling activities (with the exception of toilet rolls) and we will collect them at the gate).  Book bags will come home today, containing the letter / rhyme of the week.  Book changing will resume this Thursday 8th.

Finally, please find attached an envelope in which to return the £6 snack money for this half of the term.  We are looking forward to hearing all the children’s holiday news and a busy Spring term ahead. 

With all good wishes,

Yours sincerely

Camilla, Jo and Fartuun.

Reception classs Rainbow weekly timetable 2014-15
Rainbow Class timetable 2014-2015 Term 1

We have activities set up that cover all of the areas of learning-Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Expressive Arts and Design.  Some activities the children can explore independently and others are focused tasks that require adult input. Each class has appropriately levelled focused adult tasks that the children must complete during the course of the day.

If you would like to print the timetable, here is an A4 sized PDF version


Reception class Sunshine timetable 2014-15
Sunshine Class Timetable Term 1

If you would like to print this timetable, here is an A4 sized PDF version
Nursery timetable
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receptions explorations
Each day the children have adult led focused activities and a choice of lots of different activities to play independently with their friends both inside the classroom and the outdoor area. We spend time in our own classes but at certain parts of the day we mix up together.
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