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 : Sunshine Class: Mrs Smith.  Rainbow Class: Mrs. Deboick.  Mrs Reynolds will be supporting both classes.  Mrs Scott works in Nursery and Reception additional cover throughout the week. Mrs Murphy also provides cover throughout the week.

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 – 09.11.2018

We have all loved the windy weather and the children have enjoyed flying kites and running with ribbons! Our week has been very much focused on fireworks and we have enjoyed looking at your photos and videos on Tapestry. We have been making our own fireworks pictures using pastels, chalk, junk modelling and lots of glitter!

In the hall we have enjoyed pretending to be fireworks using ‘pom poms’ and moving our bodies like fireworks. In Reception we listened to The Dance of the Firebird by Stravinsky and moved our bodies in response to the music and how it reminded us of what we had seen at the firework displays.

We really appreciate the junk modelling resources you have been donating, however, please don’t send in egg boxes or toilet roll tubes.

Please could you ensure that your child has wellies in school – we do have some but these may not be the correct size and we don’t have enough for everyone.

Next week we will be focusing on a variety of special days. Monday 12th November is the start of Anti-bullying Week we will be thinking specifically about being a good friend and that it is okay to be different. Please ask your child to wear odd-socks in support of this.

Next Friday 16th November is Children in Need Day! Your child can come into school wearing something ‘spotty & sporty’ for Fit Friday; we will be doing some Pudsey activities during the day. We hope you can make a voluntary donation for this wonderful charity and we may have a visit from Pudsey if he has time on such a busy day!

Finally, a reminder that the school Christmas Fair will be held on Friday 30th November this year and, following tradition we are putting together a luxury hamper to be raffled on the day. We are kindly asking for any donations to be passed to us by Wednesday 21st November please. These can include bottles, toiletries, candles, tinsel and small non-perishable food items in EYFS’s class colours which are, for Nursery – Gold & Silver -and- Reception – Red & Silver


Nursery decorated some biscuits with coloured icing and sprinkles. Reception made some biscuits which they decorated using different coloured icings which they drizzled over to create and firework effect.


Next week we will be thinking about other bears and focusing some activities around the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. This links really well with our phonics as this book has lots of rhyme and gives us the opportunity to explore lots of different descriptive words and noises! Thank you for all the items beginning with ‘s’ for our sound table. Next week please could you bring in items beginning with ‘a’


We were so proud of the children today and how respectful they were during the minutes silence…even those who were playing outside!

Next week Sunshine Class will be going to the woods to make bird feeders. Each week in our book club we pick a different aspect of the book that we ask the children to talk about. This week we will be asking them to tell us what their favourite part of the book is. Please could you discuss this with them when you are sharing the book at home too.

Today your child will be bringing home a name card for them to practise writing their name at home. This is written in the pre-cursive style that we are teaching at school. If you have any queries or would like another copy of the handwriting information we gave you in the initial starting school packs, please let us know.

We hope you have a restful weekend from everyone in the Early Years 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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