Early Years Foundation Stage – Reception

Teachers : Mrs. Dade and Mrs Gualda are the teachers in Sunshine Class. Mrs. Dade works Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Mrs Gualda Thursdays and Fridays.

Mrs Matthews and Mrs Murfet are the teachers in Rainbow Class. Mrs Matthews works Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Mrs. Murfet works Thursdays and Fridays.

Teaching Assistants : Our teaching assistants are Mrs Albrow, Mrs DeBoick, Mrs Reynolds, Mrs Scott, and Mrs Smith. 

All teachers have time for Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA).  Mrs Reynolds will covering  both classes at this time.

Mrs. Dade is the Early Years Leader and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).

View Reception curriculum information here 

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EYFS Weekly Update – 11.01.2019

We are all enjoying learning new Makaton signs and next week we are going to learn the sign for friends. We have also been trying to learn the ‘Something Special Hello’ Song that is available on the Cbeebies website.

The children have really enjoyed all our activities linked to the Polar Regions. Mrs Matthews took the Reception children on a Penguin Hunt in PE on Wednesday and Mrs Dade took the Nursery children on Thursday. Luckily we found the big penguin behind the curtains!

Next week in Maths we will all be focussing on 2D and 3D shapes and in Reception symmetry too.

As the weather has now got much colder can we please remind you to bring mittens / gloves and hats into school and labelled with your child’s name please.


The children have really enjoyed all our activities linked to the Polar Regions particularly our role-play area they are all very good at catching fish in our hole in the ice! We have been finding out what happens when you add salt and warm water to ice and ice painting. Next week we will continue with finding more about the Polar Regions, we will be listening to more penguin stories and making penguins. As it is getting colder here we will be making some bird feeders for our garden.

Our sound of the week will be ‘m’; please can you bring in some objects for us to look at beginning with this sound.


We have our indoor PE session on Wednesdays. The children will just need shorts (not tracksuit) and a t-shirt, both of which need to be labelled with your child’s name please.

We have been focussing our learning around some books about Penguins and linking them to the activities we have been doing in Maths. We will continue this next week and would love to see any pictures, books or stories that you may have at home.

We are very pleased with how hard the children are trying to write their names although some of them are too keen; some children are trying to join up their writing. It is important that they are forming the individual letters correctly before learning to join them. When practising at home please remind your child to use a capital letter at the beginning of their name and all other letters lowercase.

Rainbow Class will be making bird feeders next week and taking them to the woods on Monday to leave for the birds. Please make sure your child has wellies on that Monday if it is wet.

We feel the children are ready to come into school independently now. Many children try but unfortunately there are so many adults in their way they are struggling to get to their pegs or into their classes. Mrs. Reynolds is at the door to take any messages and these always get to the teachers as soon as the doors close. If you need to speak to the teacher please pop in – but let your child put their own things away.

We hope you have a lovely weekend from all the EYFS Team.


Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning is a fundamental part of learning at in the EYFS and we operate a free flow system where the children can choose whether to learn outside or inside. The children have access to the outdoor area throughout the day and we set up activities that support and enhance the learning of what we are doing inside. At times these activities can be messy and whilst we do our best not to get too muddy and aim to put on aprons – there are times when the children will get dirty! Please can you provide wellies that we can keep in school.



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