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Term 2 Update December 2020


Hello Cygnets,


The children have had lots of fun learning about Christmas and making Christmas crafts. They enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree and singing Christmas songs. The Christmas sing-a-long will be added to the Class Dojo page next Monday 14th.

We would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!


The Cygnets team.

Hello Cygnets,

Our new topic this week is Space. 

Below is the weekly parent information sheet with all the details.

Have a lovely week,


The Cygnets team!

Welcome to Cygnets Class.


My name is Mrs Reader and I am the N1 Co-ordinator for Cygnets class.


Cygnets is a nursery class at Caldecott for children ages 2 – 3 years, offering funded and childcare spaces for 15 or 30 hours each week. Cygnets class offers the younger children an opportunity to experience nursery in a smaller environment before moving across to Swans class in the main school building.

In Cygnets we will focus on play based learning in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

We value parental input to aid our planning, assessment and teaching in Foundation Stage. When you notice your child doing something for the first time, having a special interest or being really involved with an activity at home, please let us know and we will fill in a 'parent observation' slip for you. This will then be added to their development profile.

When your child makes you very proud, for example, catches a ball or eats all their vegetables! - Please let us know and we will fill in a 'wow' slip. We will put the slips on to our ‘Wow wall’ and later they will be added to your child's profile which contributes to our understanding of their development and interests.





Cygnets before lockdown - March 2020

Ducklings activities during July 2020 - In the Jungle and Under the Sea!

13th July

Dear Cygnets,

This is the final week on our topic about the seaside and the wonderful creatures that live in rock pools. 

The children in school this week will be taking part in sporting activities and sporty obstacle courses! Swans at home… you could create your own obstacle course in your garden or at the park. Don’t forget to send us your photos!

Have a fabulous last week of term and a wonderful summer. 

Best wishes,

Mrs Reader


Monday 6th July,


Hello everyone! We hope you are all having fun and enjoying the Summer sunshine. This week we are thinking all about the seaside, and the amazing creatures that live in the sea and in rockpools. Our activity sheet has lots of ideas that you might like to try at home. Mrs Neighbour is reading two stories this week. Sharing a Shell is a lovely story of a hermit crab and his rockpool friends, who learn to work together as a team. Barry the Fish with fingers is a story about a little fish with a huge talent!


Have a lovely week


Mrs Reader xxx

Update 29th June


Hello everyone

I hope that you have been enjoying the hot weather we have had recently, although it looks as if we are going to have a rainy week this week! We are carrying on thinking all about Jungle and Rainforest animals this week, and we have another wild animal story for you to enjoy, as well as a lot of lovely activity suggestions for you to try at home.  The Jungle Animal topic is proving very popular amongst the children at school and we hope you have had fun finding out about all the different animals and their habitats. Some of the zoos and safari parks are now reopening, but you can also spend a virtual day at the zoo without leaving your house! Try this link to Chester Zoo https://www.chesterzoo.org/virtualzoo-2/

Mrs Neighbour reads ROAR!

Mrs Main reads Monkey Puzzle!

Mrs Main reads the Julia Donaldson story about a monkey on a journey to find his mummy.

Mrs Main reads The Lion Who Wanted to Love by Giles Andreae

Listen to Mrs Main read this endearing story with the well-known theme of love conquering all.

Update 21st June 2020

Dear parents/ carers,

We have had another action packed week and managed to dodge the showers! This week’s topic is Jungle Animals. We are experiencing a few technological issues so the activities for week 4 home learning will hopefully be added at various points over the next few days.

As always we would like to thank our amazing parent community for your continued support and on behalf of our Foundation children would like to wish all our dads…………….

Have a wonderful weekend J



Term 6 week 4 22nd June - Down in the Jungle!

Mrs Neighbour reads Walking Through The Jungle

Come for a walk through the jungle with Mrs Neighbour! Can you hear a noise? What could it be?

Mrs Neighbour reads Giraffes Can't Dance

Mrs Neighbour reads a story about a giraffe who learns to dance to his own tune!

Monday 15th June

Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope you are all well, and enjoying this wonderful Summer weather at home! This week we are carrying on with a farm theme, and enjoying the stories What the Ladybird Heard, and What the Ladybird Heard Next. Below are some activities and suggestions for you to try. Mrs Neighbour has read 3 farm stories, so why not share them with your child, and talk about animals that live on the farm and the sounds they make? Also perhaps you could talk about the names of baby farm animals!


Enjoy your week,


Mrs Reader xxx

Mrs Neighbour reads What the Ladybird Heard - Next!

Mrs Neighbour reads another farmyard tale about a clever little ladybird who comes to the rescue - once again!

Phone calls - Nursery

As many more children are now in school, most teachers are back in class teaching full time. Therefore the phone call system is changing.

If your child is in a keyworker group, they will not receive a phone call as we see them in class.

All of the other children in the class will receive a fortnightly phone call from Mrs Neighbour

A few children may continue to receive a weekly call from either Mr Marsh, Joanne Mew or Sally Coates.

8th June 2020

Hello Cygnets!


I hope you are all enjoying yourselves at home, and have managed to get out and about. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful photos you have been sending in! This week we are thinking about farm animals. There are lots of ideas on our weekly sheet, so why don't you have a look? There are also two farm stories from Mrs Neighbour this week for you to enjoy. I will be calling you this week, and then after that Mrs Neighbour will be calling you in Week 4 to see how you are all getting on. In the meantime, should you wish to speak to me, please email either admin2605@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk or Homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk to make an appointment and I'll happily arrange to call you.


Have fun and stay safe,

Mrs Reader xxx



Farmer Gow's re-opening

The farm park will re-open on Saturday 4 July
Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Day tickets may be pre-booked now

Mrs Neighbour reads What the Ladybird Heard

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Mrs Neighbour reads Farmer Duck

Mrs Neighbour reads about a hard working duck and a very lazy farmer!

Term 5 week 5 - this week as part of our minibeast topic we are thinking about worms, worms, worms!

Mrs Stuart reads Superworm!

Mrs Stuart reads the story of an incredible worm who comes to everyone's rescue!

Mrs Reader reads the Hungry Caterpillar

Mrs Reader shares one of our favourite stories about a tiny caterpillar with a HUGE appetite!

Cygnets gallery!

Miss Dallimore reads Norman the Slug with a silly shell!

Miss Dallimore reads a wonderful story about a slug who wants to be a snail!

Mrs Clark reads The Crunching, Munching Caterpillar!

Mrs Clark reads the lovely story of a caterpillar who dreams of flying with his friends

Cygnets photo gallery

Mrs Reader reads the story of Incy Wincy Spider

A wonderful story of a spider and all the animals he meets on his journey

Dear Parents, Carers and Cygnets,

We want to thank you all for the efforts you are making with your home learning. We know that it has been a long time since we've seen you but we feel very connected to you all through our lovely weekly phone calls, emails and the sharing of the photos of the learning you have been doing. Please continue to send us your photos. We are so proud of all the hard work you have been doing. 

Our new topic is Mini beasts and we will focus on spiders this week. There are some optional activities you can do during the week. We look forward to seeing your photos.

Stay safe and well and we hope to see you all soon.

From everyone in Cygnets.

Ahoy Cygnets! Here are your fantastic pirate pictures from last week.

Mr Wilkes reads Munch!

Mr Wilkes reads a lovely story about his favourite thing in the world - eating toast!

Singing with Mrs George!

Sing and sign some of your favourite songs with Mrs George!

Ways to help your child to learn at home

Here are some of the pictures that I have received from our lovely Cygnets. Keep sending the wonderful pictures!

A Message from the Foundation Stage Team

Mrs George reads Rumble in the Jungle!

Mrs George reads some of your favourite Jungly Tales!

Mrs Stuart reads 10 Little Dinosaurs

Count along with Mrs Stuart as she reads this exciting dinosaur story!

We will miss seeing the children over the next few weeks and hope that they are able to continue with their learning at home. Please find below a list of useful websites to help you support you child's learning while they are at home.

A teacher will phone you once a week to check how your child and the family are getting on. The phone number will show up as the school number or it will be a withheld number.

We wish everyone well at this challenging time.

Stay safe.

The Cygnets Team.

9th April update


Dear Cygnets


We hope that you and your families are all well. It has been so nice to call and speak to some of the Cygnet parents over the last couple of weeks. It has been lovely to hear all about the different activities that the children have been experiencing at home.

We hope that you all have a wonderful Easter and we look forward to speaking to parents again after the Easter break.

Below are a few activities that you might like to try at home.


Have a lovely Easter,


The Cygnets team

Keep in touch -  update 25th March 

We have set up a new email address as follows:


Please use this email address to send photographs or attachments of any work that you would like us to see. We would be delighted to see what the children have been doing and to share their successes and discoveries.

Many little things light up hungry little minds. Children take everything in, and even the smallest things parent/carers do with them can make a big difference.

To support your child's learning, here is a link to some information and recommended applications you can use for children from birth to five: 

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