Larch - Foundation Stage and Year 1

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     Welcome to Larch Class - Year R/Year 1




Our Class Teacher is Mrs Ashwell

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Poutney


EYFS Curriculum Map 2021 - 2022

Year 1 Curriculum Map 2021 - 2022

Autumn Term 2021 - Class Newsletter for Reception children

Autumn Term 2021 - Class Newsletter for Year 1 children


Remote (Home) and blending learning in the Early Years' Foundation Stage

Tapestry Online Learning Journal

Tapestry is a learning platform that we use in the Early Years Foundation Stage to create an online learning journal for each pupil.

For children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, remote or blended learning will be sent via Tapestry and Purple Mash in the event of a pupil self-isolation, a bubble closure or a full lockdown.

Donington Cowley Endowed Primary school is committed to working in close partnership with families, recognising each family is unique. Because of this, remote learning will look different for different families, in order to suit their individual needs. As a school, we will provide support for parents on how to use Tapestry and Purple Mash and where possible, provide resources that will help you to support your child’s learning journey.  

Remote learning will help parents/carers to support their children’s learning, by providing a mix of real, hands on, physical and online activities. Using feedback from families, we will endeavour to work with children’s particular interests and needs, whilst identifying the focus for the week ahead. 

How to use Tapestry

Please click on the links provided to access information videos that support parents on how to use Tapestry.  

How to add an observation on Tapestry

How to access documents on Tapestry.

Setting your notifications

If you have any problems accessing the platform, please contact us so that we can discuss the best way to support you.

We encourage families to add comments, photos and videos to Tapestry to provide feedback on how things are going at home. If there is a concern around the level of engagement of a child, families will be contacted via e-mail to assess whether school intervention can assist with engagement.

Purple Mash

Purple Mash is a creative educational website for children. It can be accessed from home on a PC, tablet or laptop. Your child’s log in information has already been sent home and can be used to log in using the following web address https://www.purplemash.com/donington

Activities for the children to complete will be put in the ‘My Pins’ tray and completed work should be saved into the ‘Finished Work’ tray.

Providing structure at home

We would encourage parents/carers to support their children’s learning by: 

  • Providing a quiet space 
  • Encouraging children to do their best 
  • Ensuring children stay safe whilst online

Where possible, it is beneficial for young children to maintain a regular and familiar routine. We would recommend that each “school day” maintains structure. Please click below to see our suggested daily timetable

What will learning look like?

We will send a weekly overview of suggested activities linked to the Prime and Specific areas of learning related to a book or topic. The overview may also provide links to Oak National Academy, White Rose Maths, Numberblocks, You Tube and other appropriate materials. 

The expectation is for phonics, writing, maths and reading to take place each day to support your child's learning. It is important that your day reflects the nature of our Early Years and learning is supported with lots of opportunities to play, be active and hear stories being read. 

We will be providing links to myON (an online library of reading books), and there are lovely books that can be accessed on Oxford Owl.

Any questions, please contact us on our class emails:



Kind regards,

Mrs Farrow (EYFS Leader)

Mrs Ashwell


In Larch our class book this week is ‘Funnybones’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.  We have enjoyed lots of activities based on the story including learning about nocturnal animals, labelling the body and making skeleton prints using different blocks and white paint.