Welcome to Saplings

Gemma, Robin and Michelle welcome you to Saplings. We enjoy a lively, friendly environment where children are inquisitive and keen to explore.

The children in Saplings are encouraged to learn through play and exploration, through being active, creative and thinking critically. The staff aim for the children to be inspired by their experiences; motivated by stimulating environments and equipment; fully engaged in their learning and, ultimately, to be empowered to continue to explore and learn themselves, independently. This is managed through carefully planned lessons and activities and opportunities for adult-led and adult- directed sessions as well as ample opportunity for child-initiated learning.

About the Early Years Foundation stage.

Please see the links below for more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

The Development Matters document outlines how the curriculum progresses through EYFS.


EYFS Profile Links to DfE essential documentation

Early years foundation stage: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)


EYFS Profile handbook


Exemplification materials


Early Years Outcomes


What to Expect, When?


Tapestry Journal

Tapestry  is our online learning journal. The children’s ‘wow’ moments of learning will be shared on this platform and this also allows you to add your own observations and comment on the photos, videos and text we have added. We hope that this will give you a really clear knowledge of your child’s development.


Muddy Maths

During our daily Muddy Maths sessions the children will explore number, space, shape and measurement through our outdoor environment. Through concrete experiences we will lay the foundations for future Mathematical develop.


Learning in Saplings

Our learning this term has been focused on celebrations. 

The children have been learning about celebrations important to them and those important to other people. 

The children in Saplings have celebrated Harvest festival, Bonfire night, Halloween, Diwali and Christmas. 

We also focused on helping others and our environment.  The children helped the rest of the school gain points towards our Silver Bat award by planting a wild flower garden and by building a bug hotel.   Saplings held a cake sale in aid of Children in Need.  We learnt about Remembrance Day and created some beautiful artwork for our local church. 

With daily Muddy Maths and monthly natural learning at Stover Country Park we have had a very busy term. 

Saplings blog

Silver Bat Award

We are super proud that today Hennock Primary gained their Silver Bat Award. https://spark.adobe.com/page/GNejP79xJTGUm/

The Santa Express

https://spark.adobe.com/page/viraK5239ZSU2/ Our Pre-School children and Hennock Toddler Group had a great time on the Santa Express at Trago Mills today!

Church Christmas Display

https://spark.adobe.com/page/oB3DC7fsh4AoS/ The pre-school children in Saplings got very creative this week and created a beautiful display for Hennock church window. Myri said "I liked making an angel" Rose said "I liked all of it, it [...]

Cake sale for children in need


Messy morning


Natural Learning in Stover Country Park


Magic potions

Today the Pre-School children created actual magic in our garden!             https://spark.adobe.com/page/l89VOXPyQHYa2/

Painting in the snow

Look at the fun the pre-school children had in the snow. https://spark.adobe.com/page/FVuZBSsI9TMHj/

Natural Learning at Stover Country Park

On Wednesday 10th January Pre-School joined Hennock Toddlers for a Natural Learning Adventure in Stover Country Park. The session started with a song and dance to warm us up. We then played animal hide and [...]

Santa Express

Sapling and Willow children went on a very special trip to visit Father Christmas. As we set of from Hennock it started to snow, this added to the magic of the occasion. When we arrived [...]

Natural Learning with Hennock Toddler Group

The morning started with us going on a stick hunt so we could build fire. Gin explained we had to look for dead sticks and we could identify them by snapping them or peeling back [...]

Muddy Maths Open Day

The day started with a Peter Rabbit themed treasure hunt, where the children searched the school garden for Natural items hidden by the cheeky squirrel Nutkin.  Luckily all the items were found and the day [...]

Natural Learning at Stover Country Park

On Wednesday morning the Pre-School joined Hennock Toddler group for a morning of Natural Learning fun at Stover Country Park. Gin Methley toddler group leader and level 3 forest school practitioner led the session.  [...]

Preschool Graduation Day 2017

Preschool Graduation Day 2017 What an emotional day filled with excitement and joy. Words can't describe how proud all of the staff at Hennock Primary school felt when we watched the children during our graduation [...]

Preschool visit to Drogo Castle

Saplings, Last week, the children enjoyed a fantastic day at Drogo Castle. The children explored the castle, compared the technology to modern day equipment, adventured through the secrete gardens and went on a mini [...]

Pre-School Open Day

We had a fantastic morning of Natural Learning fun on the 28th of June. It was so lovely to share our beautiful space with so many new families. Massive thank you to all our parent [...]

Saplings Newsletter 7 July 17


Clay Blobster Adventures!

Welcoming Bearnes to Natural Learning HQ

It has been wonderful sharing our Natural Learning with the Reception children from Bearnes.  This week May was serving 'Cloud Soup' in the Rainbow Cafe.  Jaden made a home for his swamp monster [...]

Natural Learning with Foundation Stage

Hennock and Bearnes Foundation Stage have been enjoying some inspirational sessions in Natural Learning HQ with our local, Level 3 Forest School Practitioner, Gin Methley. In these sessions learning happens through child led play.  [...]

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Pre-school Clothing List

Please bring the following items into every session – or leave on the child’s peg.

  • Backpack
  • Spare clothes, including pants and socks
  • Wipes/pull ups
  • Drinking bottle (for water)
  • Sun cream
  • Sun hat (for warmer weather)
  • Wellingtons
  • Coat