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Early Years Foundation Stage Team

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage and thank you for taking the time to view our webpage. As a team, we believe strongly in children learning through play; children remain more engaged when their learning is fuelled by their own experiences and interests. The basic skills required for children’s future learning is taught in Early Years; it is one of the most important years in their life. We are dedicated to providing the children with the best start in their development and we are very grateful for all the support you provide them and us during their year in Reception.


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Autumn term

At the start of the year we carry out the DfE Baseline Assessment which enables us to get an indication of your child’s level of development when they start school. We will then move on to our our learning journey “All About Me”. During this learning journey we focus on learning about ourselves and others, understand how to be a good friend and why everybody is different.

Just before October half term we will begin our BRAND NEW learning journey “Moo, Baa, Cluck, Oink!”. Our key text is ‘A Farmers Life for Me’ by Jan Dobbins, Laura Huliska-Beith and The Flannery Brothers. In this topic we will explore the different animals that live on the farm, what happens on the farm and what farming is like today and comparing it to the past.

The children will begin to learn the 26 phonemes and read high frequency words by sight and they will be encouraged to read their school book at home.

In Maths the children will begin to learn what a digit is, read and write numbers to 20 and counting on and back to 20. They will be practising matching numerals to quantities and sequencing numbers, finding one more/less and comparing different amounts.


Spring Term

Our learning journey for this half term will focus on ‘People who help us’. Our key text for this learning journey is a non-fiction book called “People who help us” and we will be using this in literacy to extend our knowledge and learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.

In other areas of the curriculum, we will be looking at the different roles in the community. In literacy we will look at developing simple sentences to describe their roles. We are encouraging the children to try to spell words for themselves and write the sounds that they hear. We want them to consider themselves writers so will encourage them to begin to self- initiate writing for a purpose, fuelled by a variety of stimuli. Once we’ve discovered and learnt about the different roles in our community, we will move on to Chinese New Year to celebrate this festival. We will be learning to write lists, invitations and menus for our own Chinese New Year festival and exploring the story behind it; this year is the year of the tiger!


In Maths we are focussing on adding and subtracting 1 and 2 digit numbers, learning number bonds to 5 and 10 and identifying 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. The children will be encouraged to use number lines and count on in their hands and use a variety of methods to solve problems.

  During the second part of this term we will begin the topic ‘Lets’ Dig’ and our core text will be “Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars, Here come the   dinosaurs” by Kaye Umansky. In literacy we will research facts about dinosaurs and work towards writing our own fact books which we share with Year 5. We believe strongly that writing needs a purpose.


Summer Term

Our learning journey for this half term is ‘Shipwrecked’ which encompasses learning about Pirates through our key text “The treasure of pirate Frank” by Elspeth Graham and Mal Peet. In literacy we will be looking at examples of letters and their key features. The children will create their own message or letter in a bottle to scare away Pirates that may visit us!

During Maths we will be exploring odd and even numbers and doubling, halving and sharing numbers in a variety of contexts. We will also use positional and directional language to create our own maps. After half term, we will focus on money and space and measure: height, length, weight, distance, and capacity.

During the second half of this term we will look at the book “Billy’s Bucket” by Kes Gray and Gary Parsons. This seaside themed topic is continued on throughout the school to develop the children’s awareness of the fantastic resource we have on our doorstep. We also explore the environmental concerns related to our coastlines.

In Literacy, we look at creative writing and work towards writing our own stories using many conjunctions. In maths we will be focusing on time, money and 3D shapes.


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