EYFS Class 2022-2023
Phonics Home Learning
You might like to use the downloadable information sheets below to help your child learn how to write their letters and say and recognise the phonemes/sounds taught in school.
To familiarise yourselves with the correct way to pronounce the different sounds (phonemes), we recommend that you watch and listen to the short videos using the link below.
EYFS Class 2021-2022
Curriculum Map - Summer 2
Please see our EYFS curriculum map for Summer Term 2.
Curriculum Map - Summer 1
Please see our EYFS curriculum map for Summer Term 1.
Our Christian Value focus this term is Forgiveness.
In Collective Worship the children enjoyed watching a short animated story about forgiveness called, The Angry Bee. The short animated story helped the children to reflect on and talk about forgiveness and the words and actions that we can use to show we forgive others.
If you would like to watch the short video, The Angry Bee, please click on the video below.
We are learning The Lord’s Prayer this term in Collective Worship, starting with the contemporary version and then moving on to compare it to the traditional version to coincide with our School History Event. As part of our discussion about The Angry Bee story, we reflected on the following lines in the Lord's prayer:
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Curriculum Map - Spring 2
Please see our EYFS curriculum map for Spring Term 2.
Children in EYFS have explored the Easter Story. They acted out the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem, learned about The Last Supper, about Jesus being arrested and put on the cross, and the story of Easter Day and how we celebrate Jesus.
NSPCC's Personal Safety Programme ‘Pantosaurus’
As part of our PSED lessons, today we used materials developed by the NSPCC, called ‘Pantosaurus’ to help to teach the children about keeping themselves safe.
With the help of a friendly ‘Pantosaurus’ dinosaur, the children learnt about how the parts of their bodies which are covered by underwear, are private parts and are not for other people to see or touch. The children also learnt about how important it is to talk to someone about anything which upsets or worries them.
If you would like to know more about this, or familiarise yourself with the NSPCC ‘Pantosaurus’ materials, which include a video and song, further information can be found using the link below.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions or concerns.
In RE we have been thinking about God and how he created the world. The children went outside to look at the lovely world around us and noticed the trees, fields, bushes, plants and animals. The children enjoyed using water colours to create paintings of the beautiful area surrounding our school.
Understanding the World
The children have been finding out about life in Antarctica and exploring how it is very different to where we live. The children have enjoyed exploring the globe and different books to find out about the oceans and locations of Antarctica and our home.
The Natural World
The children enjoyed exploring what happens to water when it is cooled in the freezer and investigating how to remove small objects frozen in ice.
Investigating Floating Penguins
During the Autumn term the children planted bulbs. The children are enjoying caring for the bulbs as they grow.
At the beginning of the new term the children received a parcel. We wondered what might be inside. When we opened the box we were very excited to discover a penguin sleeping peacefully. The arrival of the penguin has been a great introduction to our story, 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers.
EYFS Class Information
PE lessons will continue to be on Mondays and Fridays. Your child will need to come to school in their PE kit for these lessons. Please ensure children with long hair have it tied back. Please ensure your child's PE kit, coat and school jumper/cardigan are named.
Drinks and Snack Time
We have a drink and snack area, which is accessible throughout the day. We will support the children in developing their skills to independently select a healthy snack. Milk will be provided for children under five or for those that have ordered it.
Thank you for your continued support with home learning. We will continue to use the yellow Home Learning Book to communicate to you, the sounds and words we are focusing on in Phonics each week, so that you are able to support your child in learning these at home.
Your child will also bring home one or two reading books for you to read and talk about together. Please can you write a comment in your child’s reading record each time your child reads, so that we know when it is appropriate to change the book.
We would like each child to read at least 5 times a week. Children who read 5 times a week will be entered into the whole school reading challenge raffle, giving them the opportunity to win a child’s comic to take home and a book for the class to keep.
Please feel free to contact us about any concerns or queries.
Curriculum Map - Spring 1
Please see our EYFS curriculum map for Spring Term 1.
The children were delighted with their surprise gifts!
We enjoyed creating Christmas Arts and Crafts.
We created Christmas decorations and put them on the School Christmas Tree
We love creating in EYFS!
As part of our unit of work, Traditional Tales, the children received a special parcel this week. They eagerly opened it and discovered the story of 'The Three Bears' and a set of puppets. The children have enjoyed retelling the story with the puppets in the puppet theatre and in our Small World Area.
After listening to and talking about the story, The Three Little Pigs, the children had a lot of fun building different homes for the pigs, using our construction equipment and different natural resources.
Following the discovery of the blue and white sack last week, we decided to look closely at the parcels and found one addressed to us! After reading the address we very excitedly opened up the parcel and discovered a new book, 'The Jolly Postman and Other People's Letters' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We looked carefully at the front cover and talked about what we could see using the words title, author, illustrator and characters. The children then used their developing phonic knowledge to word build and write the names of some of the characters.
Please see our Curriculum Maps for Autumn Term 1 and 2.
One afternoon the children discovered a bag next to our school postbox. The children wondered what it might be and who it might belong to. We decided to take it back to the classroom to see if we could find any clues to help us work out what the bag is and who might own it. The children looked at the bag very carefully and noticed it had a picture of a crown on it and the word 'Royal'. Some children thought it might belong to a king or queen and some suggested a postman or post lady might own it. The children eagerly looked inside and discovered lots of parcels, letters, envelopes, postcards and leaflets. The children had lots of fun sorting the mail into these groups. The discovery of the bag has been a great introduction to our story, 'The Jolly Postman and Other People's Letters,' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
Every Tuesday morning, the children participate in Collective Worship, with Reverend Alison. The children particularly enjoyed joining in with our Harvest Festival, which focused on the theme of thankfulness. The children thought about how fortunate we are to have clean water and plenty of food.
Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes
Written by the Author Eric Litwin and Illustrated by James Dean
During the first term, we enjoyed listening to and talking about the story, Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes. The children enjoyed predicting where Pete the Cat might visit on his first day at school and then visiting the same places at our school. Just like Pete the Cat, we particularly enjoyed visiting our new school library and the school playground! We worked together, using our developing phonic skills and knowledge of the Tricky Words, to read and construct simple sentences to show the places Pete the Cat visited.
Our First Trip to the Library
Where is Pete the Cat? Can you spot the puppet?
At the library we looked for other stories about the character Pete the Cat, written by the same author, Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean.
The children enjoyed playing a game together to help them develop the skills to play co-operatively and take turns.
Meeting and Creating Boris the Robot
During our PSED lessons this term, the children have been introduced to a character in a story book named Boris the Robot. When listening to the story, the children discovered that Boris is a friendly robot created by two young children, using bits and bobs found at an old scrapyard. Throughout the year, the children will learn more about Boris and the characters in the story, as we use Boris' experiences to help the children develop their own emotional well being. The children enjoyed working together to create their very own Boris the Robot.
Sharing our Scrapbooks
Since starting school in September, the children have enjoyed sharing their lovely scrapbooks with each other, which they created at home during the summer. The children often choose to look at and talk about their scrapbooks with a friend or two. As their teacher, it is lovely to listen to and join in with their conversations, while they ask each other questions and talk happily about their lives outside school. Thank you very much for creating the scrapbooks. They really are great!
Our First Few Weeks
The children all settled very quickly and had a happy time exploring, learning and playing together, during their first few weeks at school.
Exploring and Learning Outside
Having fun creating, constructing and problem solving with the Octo Play.
I made a sunshine!
Fun in the Water Area, whilst developing the skills to use everyday language related to capacity.
Imaginative and creative play in the Sand Area.
Exploring and Learning in the Indoor Area
Developing language, communication and social skills, whilst playing imaginatively in the Small World Area.
Using our imaginations in the Creative Area, whilst developing our fine motor skills and control.
Using our Imaginations to construct and create in the Construction Area.