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 King


Miss Cowderoy
TA: Mrs Goddard


Mrs Scott
TA: Miss Shaper

Naming Clothes

Please ensure all your child’s clothes and belongings are clearly labelled.
Please include water bottles, P.E. kit and lunch boxes.
P.E. kit should be in school EVERY day.


The weekly planning preparation and assessment time will occur on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons when the children will be taught by Mrs King & Mrs Banbury, Mrs Goddard & Mrs Joseph and Mrs Brough & Miss Shaper.

Our curriculum

Four guiding principles shape our practice in early years. These are:

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.

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

In Early Years, developing the skills of early reading is a priority. Whole class, short phonics sessions take place every morning. During the summer term, children transition to phonics groups merged with key stage one.

Children take home decodable texts closely matched to their phonic ability from our wide range of book banded books. Additionally, children choose books from the book corner to take home and share alongside the decodable texts sent home to support their phonic knowledge.

A wide range of quality texts are promoted throughout the learning environment- both inside and outside. Children are read to throughout the day and opportunities for the children to share, listen to, act out, re-tell and read books are provided and encouraged. Book corners are stimulating and accessible, owned and loved by children, indoors and outdoors.

Reading behaviours are modelled and familiar texts are read often. Children are encouraged and supported to join in with repeated refrains and learn stories ‘by heart.’

Children have the opportunity to read to an adult on a one to one or small group basis at least once a week.

Home school diaries communicate reading progress between home and school, and include teacher and parent feedback.

Opportunities for independent writing and role play linked to familiar texts and personal experiences are provided in all areas of the learning environment, both inside and outside.

Parent workshops are provided to encourage and support early reading and highlight the importance of reading regularly at home.

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.

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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.