Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery  Blue                                          Nursery Yellow                                                   

Teacher - Miss J Tilt                                  Teacher - Miss H Barker

Teaching Assistant - Miss R O'Connor     Teaching Assistant - Miss B John


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

Teaching Assistant - Miss C Hollinshead


Reception Blue                                       Reception Yellow

Teacher - Miss J Taylor                             Teacher - Miss L Perry

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


The Acorn Room

Mrs H McDonagh

Miss S Baddoo


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

This term our topic is 'Super me'. Our first focus story in Nursery will be 'There's a Dragon at my school.' by Jenny Tyler. 

Nursery Parents, please remember to help your child to make their ‘All About Me’ box. It provides a great opportunity for us to get to know your child better and the transitional objects can help them to settle. In Nursery, we will be working on developing the children’s independence skills. Please support your child to use the toilet, wash their hands and put their coat on independently. If your child is struggling with toilet training or you need any advice, please speak to your child’s key worker. Please bring a spare pair of clothes for your child, in case they have a toileting accident or get messy. Please ensure all clothes are clearly labelled with your child’s first and second name.

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: 

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. Last year, we made cakes, biscuits and pizzas! Everyone in the EYFS had the opportunity to learn how to sew too. 



Outdoor Learning

In the Early Years Foundation Stage the children can access the provision outside. We believe there’s no such thing as bad weather, therefore we play outside in all types of weather, even rain! Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat and wellington boots which they can keep on their peg.


This year the children in Reception will partake in forest school activities on a weekly basis (RB: Wednesday, p.m. and RY: Thursday, p.m.). Miss Barker, our forest school practitioner will lead the sessions which will run throughout an afternoon.


Your child will need warm, waterproof clothing and footwear. 

There will be an opportunity to talk about the forest school activities the children will be engaging in on Thursday 13th September (15:45).



We will be introducing the children to phase one phonics this half term. We will be learning all about environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion and voice sounds. To support your child at home you might like to go on a listening walk and record the different sounds you hear. You also might like to make your own tambourine. You could see if you could play it loudly, quietly, quickly or slowly. Below is a link with a few ideas to inspire you. http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Homemade-Musical-Instruments.html



In English we will be learning vocabulary linked to our topic, exploring books and developing our early reading skills. We will be developing our writing skills and starting to practise our handwriting.


In mathematics we will be learning to count, recognise, order and write numbers, whilst developing our mathematical vocabulary and understanding.


In phonics we will be learning to recognise, name and say the phonemes of the alphabet and using them to read and write simple words whilst learning to read the words: the, to, I, no, go and into by sight.


Important Days - Reception

  • Homework will be given out on Wednesday and must be returned by the following Monday. If your child needs help with their homework, please speak with their class teacher before the return day.
  • PE is on a Friday. Please ensure your child has shorts, t-shirt, trainers and something warm for outdoor PE such as a tracksuit.
  • There will be a reading information evening on Thursday 20th September (15:45). Reading books will be given out at this session and will be changed every Monday thereafter.. Please ensure that you have left a comment in the reading record each time your child reads at home.