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Welcome to Sunbeams. 


We are very proud of our Foundation Stage Unit and the children who learn in it. 


On this page you can find out about all the exciting learning experiences and opportunities that our children have throughout the year. 


We will update the page regularly to keep you up to date with all the wonderful things that we are learning at school and we will include links and suggestions of ways to support learning at home. Don't forget to visit the Pupil Zone for links to games and  some fun websites. 


Please let us know if you have any suggestions for this page and feel free to contact us for more information.


Our Sunbeams Team:

Foundation Stage Leader: Cathy Abel

Foundation Stage Teachers: Tracy Fournier (Frogs),  Rosie Binding (Frogs), Rosie Ashworth-Lewis (PPA)

Foundation Stage Practitioners: Lisa Atkins, Liz King, Sophie Bennett, Becky Rosser, Kieran Pincott, Amy Pedrick, Tasha Smith, Stacey Fry, Tracey Hilleard (HLTA PPA)

Lunchtime SMSAs: Hazell Deverell, Christine Shellard, Briony Dodwell, Michelle Lansdown



Term 2, Week 2


Our first full week back has been very busy, as always. We have really enjoyed sharing stories in the Meadow. Our favourite ones have been, 'Whatever Next' and 'Farmer Duck.' The Frogs have continued to learn their letter sounds and have been beginning to use these in their markmaking. The Tadpoles are keen to make marks too!


In the Jungle, we have been sharing a story called 'Mouse Count' and we have loved using the snake and mice props to make up our own number stories before 'putting something down' on paper to show what we've been doing.


We've had lots of fun at the snack bar, as we have begun to make cookies this week. Apparently, they were voted "The best biscuits ever" by the children!


In the front garden, we have been using the balance bikes and scooters. This has helped us to develop our physical skills, but more than this, it has given us lots of opportunities to share and take turns!


Frogs: Please return any outstanding sponsor money this week and don't forget we are singing at the advent service in 'The Forum' this Thursday. We have been practising our song, "Behind the Window" lots and lots.


Tadpoles: We haven't received any photographs for our 'Catch me reading' display yet. It's not too late to e-mail them to us at 


Finally, this week is 'World Nursery Rhyme Week.' We are going to practise reciting nursery rhymes everyday. You can practise at home, too! Here's the list:

  • Five currant buns
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • A sailor went to sea, sea, sea
  • I'm a little teapot
  • Round and round the garden


Happy singing...


Term 2 Week 1


It's been a great first week of Term 2! Thank you to all who attended our sponsored night time walk. We had lots of fun walking around our field in the dark with our torches and glow sticks! Afterwards we had a treat of hot chocolate and biscuits. Please send in your sponsorship forms by Wednesday next week. 


This week in the Meadow we've done lots of reading. We've been using the pictures to tell stories, finding the sounds we know and making sure we handle books with care. In the Jungle we've been continuing to practice our counting, playing the fishing game. We've had great fun in the front garden using the scooters and balance bikes.


In the Swamp we created beautiful firework pictures! We used our Azurite power and had a 'can do it!' attitude and this was challenging at times. We also went on a fascinating nature walk and spotted lots of signs of Autumn and the leaves were beautiful colours.


We've given out lots of leaves this week - keep up all the great reading at home! 

The frogs have been learning our first four letter sounds so we'll be sending home our Jolly Phonics Books with a letter explaining how to use it and how to practise the sounds


Term 1    Week 7


A big thank you to all the Grown Ups who came to their parent teacher meetings this week. If you were unable to make your appointment please make sure you re-book with your keyworker, 


There has been lots of maths going on in the Jungle this week. We have especially enjoyed playing the counting and number games on the interactive white board. 

Hand washing is still a big focus and the Frogs had a visit from the school nurse who was checking that we were doing it properly. We still need lots of reminders, especially to flush toilets and rub the soap for long enough.  Our artists have been busy in swamp and have produced some fantastic paintings and collage pictures. They have enjoyed mixing the paints to make new colours too. In the Meadow the children have been role playing Teachers and there has been lots of 'writing' going on as they make their own registers. At the snack bar we have been developing our physical skills - peeling satsumas and learning how to spread butter on our toast. The children found it really tricky so you can help by doing lots of practise at home! In our back garden we have been den building and making different ramps to race our cars. 


Next Week is Enterprise week. We will be finding out about different jobs and launching a fundraising project. 


Term 1 Week 6


It's been another busy week in Sunbeams. We have been doing lots of markmaking in the Meadow and role-played 'teachers' with our friends, taking the register for school hot dinners or school sandwiches and writing tallies. In the Jungle, we have continued to make shape pictures, following picture cards and choosing the correct shapes and colours to make flowers, trains, houses, birds and diggers.


A big 'thank you' to everyone who brought in Autumn treasures this week. We have used them to make beautiful leaf men just like the one in our 'Leaf Man' story . Come and see our pictures on the display board in the corridor! 


Next week, the teachers are looking forward to chatting to you all about how your child has settled in at our Parent-Teacher Meetings. Don't forget to check your time and please rearrange, if you think you won't be able to make it!

Term 1 Week 5  01.10.18


A huge well done to the children who got a reading leaf for reading at least 4 times. We appreciate your continued support. Keep up the great work!


This week in the jungle we've been playing Maths games to help our learning. We've been catching the fish, counting the spots on them and matching them to the numerals. We also had the opportunity to continue our learning about shapes by making shape pictures. 

In the swamp we've been using the autumnal materials to make pictures. We've been using scissors a lot and focusing on our scissor skills. 

It's been great chatting at the snack bar and this week we discussed different vegetables for Harvest. 

We've been out on our field investigating signs of autumn, this was great fun. The frogs supported the tadpoles with putting on wellies and we earned lots of ruby gems for being kind and helpful friends.


We've noticed a lot more children washing their hands thoroughly this week with soap. Thank you for reminding children at home of the importance of this. 


Coming Soon.... Parent Teacher meetings for Frogs and Tadpoles.  Sign up for an appointment. 

Term 1  Week 4  24.09.18

Firstly, a big THANK YOU to all the grown ups who came along to our first 'Learning Together' meeting.  We will be sending home further information and asking you to complete a short questionnaire so that we make sure that future workshops are as useful as they can be in helping you to support your child's learning at home. 


This week In the Workshop, children have been learning how to access the resources and use scissors and the tape dispensers to make junk models.

In the Meadow lots of children have been writing cards to Dylan who celebrated his 5th birthday this week. 

The mathematicians have been busy in the Jungle, learning about 2D shapes and our constructions have been inspired by our new selection of books about building and engineering.

In the Swamp we have been painting, making collages and learning how to follow instructions to make play dough spiders. 

There are lots of signs that Autumn has arrived in our garden and our budding 'Nature Detectives' have been digging for bugs, sweeping up leaves and collecting crab apples. These made a delicious apple soup in the mud kitchen. 


Lots of children have gone home this week with poorly tummies so we have had a BIG focus on hand washing. This still needs lots of work so we will send home the instructions so that you can practise this at home too. 


Finally, we are enjoying our singing and nursery rhyme times and our 'Storymaking' is well underway. The children will soon be able to tell the story of 'The Enormous Turnip' by heart.  Please print out a copy of the story & song sheet (below) so that you can join in at home. 

Term 1  Week 3

We have had another busy week in Sunbeams. Have a look at our new slideshow to see some of the things that we have been getting up to. This week the children started to stay for lunch and the new school dinners were a very big hit! Don't forget that for Sunbeams Frogs dinners are FREE,  so make the most of the opportunity and have a look at the menu. 


Next Week...

  • Don't miss the Learning Together & Phonics workshop (for Frogs) on Thursday 27th @ 2pm in the Small Hall.
  • Bring along Autumn treasures for our collection.
  • Make sure you read at home AT LEAST 4 times each week to earn a leaf and a chance to win a prize at the end of the Term. 





Welcome to a new year in Sunbeams 2018-2019.


We enjoyed meeting all our new families on our home visits and we have had a very successful start to our year. Induction is well underway and we are very impressed with how quickly the children are settling in. Have a look at the photographs from this week to see things some of the fun things that we've been doing!



Term 6 ~ week 3

This week ...

In the Meadow we have had a very busy cafe. Children have been writing orders for food and cooking up a feast. 

In the Back Garden our carrots and potatoes have been growing nicely and this week we have enjoyed tasting fresh peas and raspberries. 

In the jungle we had a construction challenge to build models and measure and compare them with our friends. Tyler-Jay, Max and Ethan made some fantastic trucks. Ethan said, "Mine is the middle one and Max's is longer than mine!"

In the Front Garden we have been in training for Sports Day! We have been practising relay races and obstacle races and have been learning how to work as a team. We think we have some potential Olympic athletes in the making so don't forget to come along and cheer us on Tuesday 10th July (weather permitting).

In the Swamp our Artists have been very busy learning different mark making techniques. Brandon particularly enjoyed 'scrimbling' and we were very impressed by Noah's camouflage chameleon!

Jacob and Lucas made some delicious biscuits for the snack bar.


Easter Parade

After a very busy term the Sunbeams team would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter Holidays.

To get you in the mood have a look at the video clips of the amazing collection of Easter bonnets we had in Sunbeams today!


Tadpole Easter bonnet parade

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Red Group Easter Bonnet Parade

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Blue Group Easter Bonnet Parade

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Orange Group Easter Bonnet Parade

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Purple Group Easter Bonnet Parade

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Term 4 week 1

We have been working on building strong muscles in our arms and shoulders with socca-balls and target throwing games. This will help us to become fantastic writers. In the swamp we have been mixing our own paints and experimenting, using brushes and tools to create different techniques. At the snack bar we are making cakes. We have to balance the ingredients very carefully.  As always the Meadow has been full of enthusiastic writers. This week we have been writing about Paw Patrol. In the meadow our mathematicians have been very busy hunting for 2D shapes. 

Maths Monsters Party

A very big thank you to all the parents and carers who came to the Maths Monsters Party. We hope that it helped you to understand how and what your children are learning at school and that it gave you some fun ideas of how you can support mathematical learning at home. 

Maths Monster has already started his family visits so expect a house guest very soon! 


Community Week

We had lots of fun exploring our local community. We went on walks around Southdown, visited the park and the garden centre, climbed right to the top of Roundhill and even went on a bus ride into Bath town centre. Have a look at all the things that we spotted on our journeys. Meanwhile... back at school the children were busy writing cards and carefully weighing ingredients for cakes. We gave these to say thank you to some of the people in our community who help us. Were you lucky enough to receive one?


Term 3 Week 4


Term 3 Week 2


What a chilly week! We have been outside looking for signs of winter and the cold weather was definitely one! We have enjoyed singing our new songs and we are already getting really good at telling our story, 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.' We have been using positional language this week e.g. on, in, under, next to, in front, behind. Maybe you could practise using these words at home too?


It has been great to welcome Amy back this week and we are looking forward to Tracy being back on Monday. We are so glad that they are both feeling better.


Our 'Tiddlers' are settling in well and it has been lovely to see the other children showing them around and helping them to feel at home.


FROGS... a date for your diary... Come to our MMMonster party on February 6th at 1.45pm. See our invitation below. 

Term 3 Week 1


Welcome back after the Christmas holiday. We would like to say a big 'Thank you' for all the lovely cards and presents that we received. We hope that you and your families had a merry Christmas and we wish you a wonderful 2018.


Welcome to our new 'Tiddlers' who are joining our Tadpoles this year. We look forward to getting to know you and having lots of fun together.


Have a look below at our new 'song dice' songs that we will be singing this term. You can also see our storymaking story, 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.' We will be adding the story map soon...

Term 2 Week 5

This week was Maths week. What a lot of fun we had. Have a look at the slide show to see some of the things we have been doing.


Christmas has now arrived! Don't forget that we need  Nativity costumes for the dress rehearsal on Monday morning - the rest of the school are in for a real treat! 


Term 2 Week 4

This week in Sunbeams there has been lots of learning going on...

Now that winter is on the way we have been busy making bird feeders and finding out the names of some of the birds that we see visiting our garden. We have been learning how to follow instructions carefully to make biscuits for the snack bar and In the Jungle we have been counting and measuring. The meadow has been full of 'Pirates' busy writing messages in bottles and writing their directions of where to find the treasure. The Tadpole have enjoyed 'Sunshine Circles' and have been learning to use gentle hands for their peer massage. 

Finally... A big THANK YOU to all of you who came along to the Advent Concert at Bath Abbey on Thursday evening. It is such an amazing opportunity for the children and I am sure you will all agree that we stole the show! 
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Here are the new sounds for this week...





Learning Together

Phonics Workshop 

A Big thank you to all the Frog parents and carers that joined us for our Phonics workshop today. We hope you found it helpful and enjoyed seeing a little glimpse of how we teach phonics in Sunbeams. We would love for you to join us for DEAR Time  (guided reading sessions) or our daily phonics sessions so watch out for the sign up sheets  that will be on our 'Learning Together' wall soon. Here are the sounds that we have learnt so far...














Term 2 Week 3

The first few weeks have flown by this term and they have been crammed full of wonderful learning opportunities. These include...being nature detectives,  learning about shape and size, reading, writing and physical challenges. Have a look at our photos to see the learning in action.


This week was also Anti-bullying week. Our activities were based on the story 'You be You' by Linda Kranz and we all painted a pebble fish to celebrate our individuality and uniqueness. We will be adding these to the whole school display that will be appearing very soon.  

Song Dice Term 2

Term 1 Week 7


We have made it to the end of the first term and we are all ready to have a relaxing holiday.

This week was Time Travel Week. Thank you for sending in so many of your beautiful baby photos. We loved sharing them with our friends and we had some fantastic discussions about how we have grown and changed. Here are just a few - can you guess who they are? 



We would like to say a big thank you all the grown ups who joined us for our first Learning Together Workshop on Thursday afternoon. We hope you enjoyed our storymaking and singing as much as we enjoyed performing for you! Keep your eyes open for the date of our next workshop coming soon. 


Despite everyone feeling a little tired at the end of such a busy term we still managed to squeeze in lots of learning with our friends in Sunbeams Time. In the Jungle this week we have been learning about shape, space and measures as we took on the Construction Challenge: 'Can you build a tower that is taller than a metre?' We needed to use many of our gem powers too - bouncebackability (Emerald), taking on a challenge, (Azurite) and teamwork, (Topaz). 


Finally.... don't miss the First Class photos in this weeks Bath Chronicle!

Term 1 Week 6


'Chop, chop choppity chop. Chop off the bottom and chop off the top!

What we have left we can put in the pot

Chop, chop, choppity chop!'


Sunbeams have been having fun exploring some massive pumpkins this week. We have used our senses to look, smell and feel and have enjoyed pulling out the squidgy, slimy, slippery seeds! 

In the Meadow, we have been very busy role-playing in our new kitchen. It has real food and Frankie even made us a washing machine! We have been building some fantastic models using the recyclable materials in the workshop and have taken on the challenge of joining boxes and containers together using tape and glue. 

Our dinosaur writing box has been extremely popular and we have been doing lots of emergent writing with our special dinosaur pens.


Frogs... show your grown-ups the invitation below, as they are invited to come in to listen to us sing next Thursday.



Singing & Storymaking Workshop

Our Term 1 song dice


Every term we focus on different songs, poems and rhymes. Please click below to find out what we are singing this term. Your child will help you to sing along.

Happy singing! 

Term 1 Week 5


We have had a lovely week in Sunbeams with sooo much learning going on all over the place!


The mud kitchen has been a huge success and Tracy has been blown away and had an amazing time out in the back garden with children making leaf men inspired by the pictures from the book 'Leaf Man'.  The children have also really loved using our digging area this week and there has been lots of maths involving counting worms and recording numbers in various different ways.  (Take a look at the lovely pictures below)


The children are also enjoying the messy play and sensory activities that have been going on in the swamp, apologies if some children have come home looking like they've been working in a bakery!!  We have had so much fun drawing in the flour!  Watch this space for some more fun in the swamp next week...........!




Term 1 Week 4


It has been an exciting week in Sunbeams.  Our frogs have done brilliantly well in their first week full-time and we are looking forward to our tadpoles starting their full sessions next week.


The children sang amazingly in front of the WHOLE SCHOOL in our harvest assembly for their performance of 'Bouncing on a Tractor', we are so proud of them. 


We have had a new Mud Kitchen arrive in the back garden today (very kindly made and delivered for us by Barry) with REAL running water!!! How exciting frown We are all looking forward to using it next week, watch this space for pictures of our mud pies and potions next week!


Please take a look at the pictures below for just some of the things we have been busy doing.  These are a really great prompt to use to talk with your child about what they have been doing, especially when you get the usual response of a 3/4 year old that they have been doing nothing all day (which quite clearly they haven't!!)


We can't wait for another exciting week of adventures........



Term 1 Week 3


We have had another busy week in Sunbeams as you will see from the pictures below!


The frogs have enjoyed staying for lunch this week and all colour groups have met their friends from the other half of their class, the fun really begins next week with all frogs in together!!


The tadpoles are settling really well and we look forward to your two lunch sessions next week.


Take a look at our 'Term 1 Song Dice' to find out about all of the lovely songs and rhymes we are starting to learn.



As Autumn sets in please remember to bring your raincoat even if it is sunny when you come to might not stay that way all day!!


Tadpoles - remember to pay online if you will be having a school dinner next week or bring your lunchbox along with you.

Welcome Back!

All the Sunbeams Team would like to welcome back the families that were with us

last year and say a big hello to all the new families that have joined us this year. 


We are off to a flying start. Our home visits are all completed and the children have all begun their induction. They are already becoming familiar with the routines and they are becoming confident to explore all the different areas of the setting.  Have a look at the slide show to see some of the things that they have been doing this week. 


We have introduced the Learning Power Gems (see below) and the children are very enthusiastic about earning gems to put in the treasure chest. 


Don't forget that you are welcome to take a book from out caterpillar book case to share at bedtime with your child. Please feel free to change these as often as you like. 



  • Frogs ~ please bring your book bag to school everyday and make sure you attach a keyring to help you to recognise your bag. 
  • Frogs ~ Sigh up to 'Meet the Teachers' ~ These meeting are for families who didn't have a home visit this year (children who were Tadpoles last year) so that we can update your All About Me information. 
  • ALL CHILDREN ~ Please make sure your child brings a coat to school. We go outside all year round regardless of the weather!
  • Please bear in mind that induction times change next week as the children begin to stay for lunch, so check your timetable carefully! 



















The children have created a short film to tell you about some of things they have enjoyed doing in Sunbeams.

A Tour Of Sunbeams 2015-2016

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