Welcome to Early Years!

We hope your child settles well into school and enjoys their learning experiences. We know this is a new experience for all of you so don't forget we are around at the beginning and end of every day if there are any concerns, questions or information sharing.


Miss Duncalfe /
Mrs Martin
TA: Mrs Russell
Mrs Joseph (PPA support)


Ms Curry
TA: Mrs Goddard


Ms Cottingham
TA: Miss Shaper
Mrs Davies

Thank you for attending the Early Years 'Six Weeks In' meeting. We hope you found it useful. If you couldn't make it the presentations are available below.

6 weeks in reading and phonics

2018 talk

Thank you for attending the Early Years 'Transition' meeting. We hope you found it useful. If you couldn't make it the presentation is available below.

Transition meeting presentation

Thank you for attending the Early Years Reading meeting. We hope you found it useful. If you couldn't make it the presentation and handouts are available below:

Reading meeting EYFS

Reading ELG

Independent reads

Questions to ask when reading

Our curriculum

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first, These are:

These prime areas are those most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Having done these jobs the children are free to choose an activity within the classroom.

Our daily routine

At about 9.20 we have a short carpet time when we have a teaching input on, for example, phonics or mathematics

After this one of the adults might work with a small group of children while the rest of the children select an activity of their choice, supported by the other adult.

At 10.20 we have snack time, when we sit down together and have a piece of fruit and a drink of milk or water.

Lunch is at 11.45- the reception children are served first and the class teachers stay with them until they are seated and settled. After lunch there is another playtime in the KS1 playground, along with the year 1 and year 2 children. Some of the Reception teaching assistants are on duty at this time as well as the mid day supervisors.

In the afternoon we have another carpet time followed by more group work or self chosen activities.

Learning to read

Learning to read is a long and complicated process. Phonics is one strategy we teach children to help them decode words. Phonics refers to the sound made by letters. We use the Read, Write Inc. approach to teaching the letter sounds.

It is very important that we teach the correct pronunciation when introducing and practising phonemes.

These links demonstrate the articulation of each phoneme.

click on this link and hear the correct pronunciation with 5yr old Sylvie - a nice one to watch with your child.

Term Topics

This term is all about settling into school, making friends and learning daily routines. Our topic is Me and My World. We learn about the community in which we live and the people and services that help us. We enjoy exploring familiar songs and rhymes and learning about our school values.

EYFS Skills overview Autumn 2019

Autumn Walk

At the beginning of the term we went on a lovely Autumn walk around the school grounds. We looked for signs of Autumn and discussed these in the classroom. We also collected leaves which had fallen from the trees to use in our art work.

Click each gallery below to view more photos..

Fire Service Visit

The fire service came to visit us at school this Autumn term. The fire fighters came to each reception classroom and we discussed what fire fighters do and safety information. The children saw the the fire engine, they were able to go inside and had a go at squirting the hose too.

Village Walk

We have been on a wonderful walk around the village. As part of our 'Me and My World' topic we have been learning more about the community in which we live and the people and services that help us. Back in the classroom we made village maps and wrote about what we saw in the village.

Compton House Nursing home

Early Years went to Compton House Nursing Home to spread some Christmas cheer. The children shared their favourite Christmas stories with the residents and sang them a song. It was a positive and meaningful experience for all. Thank you to all the staff and residents for making the children so welcome.

Compton House Nursing home

Our topic this term is Vroom Vroom. Our learning is centered around vehicles and transport. We even get to visit the Bluebell Railway!

EYFS Skills overview Spring 2019

Reading Pop In

Spring term has seen the start of our regular 'Reading Pop In' sessions. The children have thoroughly enjoyed listening to and sharing stories with all the parents and grandparents.

Reading Pop In

Spring Walk

We went on a sunny walk around the school grounds to spot the signs of Spring. We could tick off many of the things from our 'Eye spy' sheets such as daffodils, buds and blossom. We even visited the school pond to see what we could find!

Heading Spring Walk

Bluebell Railway Trip

We enjoyed a fantastic trip to the Bluebell Railway at the end of term. The day was filled with fun and lots of information. Among some of the day's activities was a steam train ride to Kingscote, a visit to the museum, a look around the Steam Works and a chance to stand on the footplate of the train! The experience was a wonderful end to our Vroom, Vroom transport topic.

Bluebell Railway Trip

Chicken Visit

Two hens came to school for the day! The children stroked them and learnt about how to care for chickens. They looked at them carefully and did some wonderful sketches.


Our chicks are a highlight of the summer term! Each class put some eggs in an incubator and we counted down the days until they hatched 21 days later. The children were fascinated to watch the chicks grow. We kept them in school for just over 4 weeks and it is incredible how much they’ve grown.