Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery  Blue                                          Nursery Yellow                                                   

Teacher - Miss N Farrell                           Teacher - Miss H Barker

Teaching Assistant - Miss M Kwan           Teaching Assistant - Miss S Choudhury

Teaching Assistant - Miss S Baddoo        Learning Support Assistant - Mrs J Artingstall


Reception Blue                                       Reception Yellow

Teacher - Miss J Tilt                                 Teacher - Miss L Perry

Teaching Assistant - Miss S Marshall      Teaching Assistant - Miss C Upton


Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 

In Nursery and Reception, we follow the EYFS framework which sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years. 

Children engage in a mix of adult led and child initiated activities. Where possible we base the children's learning on their interests which inform our topics.

Topics (click here to view our current topic overview) 

During the Summer term we will be learning about Living things and their habitats and looking at a selection of the following books: 

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar (by Eric Carle)
  • I Love Bugs! (by Emma Dodd)
  • Mad about Minibeasts

We will be learning about life cycles and will be observing the life cycle of a butterfly. We will be observing changes in our local environment and will visit Cringle Park to see what has changed. We are also planning to take a trip out of the city. 

Reception will host Upton Priory School to celebrate and teach our friends about Eid.


During the Spring term we learnt about Space. We looked at the book Here we are: Notes for living on planet Earth (by Oliver Jeffers) and shared our learning during our parent assembly. We also looked at the books Whatever Next! (by Jill Murphy) and On the Moon (by Anna Milbourne).

In Reception our talk for writing story was Monkey and Me (by Emily Gravett). Having learnt the story we innovated the story using our knowledge of space before inventing our own stories. We are very proud of the books that we wrote



During the Autumn term we celebrated and learnt about Eid by looking at the book 'Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns' (by Hena Khan). We learnt about our emotions when sharing the book 'In My Heart: A book of Feelings' (by Jo Witek) and discussed our school rules when looking at the book 'There's a Dragon in my school' (by Philip Hawthorn). We then learnt about witches by sharing the books 'Room on a Broom' (by Julia Donaldson) and 'Rich Witch, Poor Witch (by Peter Bentley) before beginning our Christmas celebrations by learning our innovated story 'There's an Elf in my school'. Reception also thought about their own elf when looking at the story of 'That's not my Elf' (by Fiona Watt).


Here are some of the fun ways in which we learn: 


Parental involvement

We know the importance of parental support in ensuring each and every child reaches their full potential. That is why we invite you into the EYFS for our weekly (Nursery) or fortnightly (Reception) Come and Play sessions on a Friday morning (8.55 - 9.40). These sessions provide an opportunity for you to find out what your child is learning about in school and how it is being taught to them to enable collaborative learning between home and school. For more information regarding learning in the Early Years, please read the document below: 

In addition to Come and Play we invite parents to join us when we visit different places within our local community and for special events such as Mystery Reader.

During the year you will also have the opportunity to celebrate your child's learning for example during our assemblies and celebrations


Here are some examples of when our parents have joined in with our learning:


We have the opportunity to engage in enrichment activities too. For example, in Reception we bake in our key worker groups. So far we have made cakes, biscuits and pizzas! Everyone in the EYFS had the opportunity to learn how to sew too. 



Phonics and Writing - Reception

In English, we will be using our focus stories to inspire discussions, extend our vocabulary and build our story language. In addition, we will continue to develop our reading and writing skills through our phonics, guided reading and writing sessions.

All children will be learning to blend to read and segment to spell by applying their phonic knowledge. Please encourage your child to write for different purposes at home, for example, shopping lists, cards, labels.

Below is a link to a website with lots of free phonics games which your child could play at home.



We will be learning to spell the following sight words: the, to, I, no, go, of, into. Please practise spelling these words at home.

We will be continuing to practise our cursive handwriting. The children will continue to learn how to form each letter alongside learning the grapheme phoneme correspondence in phonics. Please support your child by practising the sounds they have learnt in phonics that week (see learning journals).


Important Days - Reception

  • Homework will be given out on Friday and must be returned by Wednesday. If your child needs help with their homework, please speak with their class teacher before the return day.
  • PE is on a Wednesday. Please ensure your child has shorts, t-shirt, trainers and something warm for outdoor PE such as a tracksuit.
  • We will send home two reading books per week which we will change on a Friday. Please ensure that you have left a comment in the reading record each time your child reads at home.

Mathematics - Reception

In maths this half term we will be practising recognising, ordering and writing numerals to 20. We will be developing our understanding of addition, subtraction and doubling. We will also be continuing to compare height, length, weight, and capacity.


Spare Clothes - Nursery

Please ensure your child has at least one spare set of clothing on their peg. Our spare clothing supply is very limited due to clothing not being returned. Please ensure that clothing is returned as soon as possible. If you have any unwanted socks, tights, trousers and t-shirts please bring them into school as they would be much appreciated.


Reading Records - Nursery

We will send home one Nursery book every other week for you to share with your child at home.  You could ask your child where the story is set, what the problem is, who the characters are, and what the solution might be. Please ensure that you have left a comment in the reading record each time you read a story at home.


Learning Journals - Nursery

At parents’ evening, we discussed your child’s learning journal. This will be sent home every Friday. Every other week we will set a piece of homework to complete, please return this by Wednesday. This is so we can continue to put in pieces of work for your child to share with you at home. It also enables us to see the progress they are making over the year.