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EYFS – Julia Donaldson

Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage!

Our EYFS Lead and Reception Class Teacher is Chantell Hosten-White.

Our Nursery Teacher is  Sophie Brown.

Our Lead Practitioner is Domenica Torrano and our Learning Support Assistant is Abby Hayes.

EYFS Curriculum Leaflets

Please see our Curriculum Leaflets for this academic year. These Curriculum Leaflets aim to provide you with key information regarding your child’s learning and curriculum each half term.

EYFS Family Learning Projects

Please see the Family Learning Projects for your child in EYFS. There is a Family Learning Project per half term and they are linked to our learning adventures in class. See how many of the tasks you and your family can complete.

  • Nursery – Counting to 10 & Story of the week

    Our Nursery children have been practising comparing and recognising quantities and the changes in numbers using words such as ‘more’ ‘lots’ ‘same’ ‘too much’”.

    Also, attached are some pictures of the children exploring the story of the week ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’ with the learning outcomes; to begin to demonstrate an awareness of our senses and why they are important to us. To be able to talk and demonstrate the different sounds that are mentioned in the story. And to be able to expand their curiosity for reading through exploring other stories relating to noises and adventures.

  • Reception – Jack and the Beanstalk

    The children received a sad video email from the giant in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Due to Jack chopping down the giant’s beanstalk, he had no way of getting home. The children decided to plant beanstalks to help the giant, get home. You may notice them growing as you walk past our window.
    After planting our seeds, we explored different food that is grown and tried new textures. I think the watermelon was our favourite.
    We discussed the importance of eating healthy food and brushing our teeth.
  • EYFS – Art Week 2023

    Art Week
    For our Art week project this term, Reception were exploring the artist Alma Thomas.  We learnt about Alma and how she was inspired by science and nature. She encouraged the children that she worked with to look closely at nature, and to create art which made them happy. Alma loved using bright, bold colours in her paintings. She would regularly use small, rectangular blocks of colour.
    The children began exploring some of her most famous pieces ‘Sunshine’, ‘Space’ and ‘Springtime in Washington’. We developed our colour mixing and tool skills.
  • Marks in the snow…but where do they go ?

    In Reception, the children have had fun investigating and turning into trackers, researching who made the marks and tracks in the snow.

  • R is for Robot

    This half term, the children have been exploring counting, shape and measures. During one of our maths lessons, we explored the school to see what shapes we could find and discussed what made each object that shape. Later, we read the story ‘That’s not my robot’ and used shapes to create our robots and using the Ipods, we took pictures of our work.

  • Annual campfire and pumpkin soup experience

    Every year, we celebrate the harvest and pumpkins with the children to create ‘our famous pumpkin soup’. The children created a recipe, brought the ingredients and prepared the soup; ready to be cooked on the campfire.

  • M is for measuring

    This week the Reception children were  inspired by last weeks annual pumpkin soup and bonfire experience; to develop their knowledge about capacity . The children recalled their previous knowledge of big and small and expanded their vocabulary to include, tiny, massive, gigantic, little and petit.  The children experimented with objects from their environment and sorted these into groups of small and big.

    Later during the week, linking our learning to ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ we tried various measures of porridge and ‘had a go’ at seeing how many spoonful’s it takes to fill each bowl.

  • ‘Make and Bake’ week and World Food Day

    As part of our Design Technology food week,  each class was given the challenge of designing and making a dish from a country in the chosen continent.  Reception was given Europe and due to our story focus being ‘Room on the Broom’ we decided to create cheese wands using French cheese.  During the week, we tasted various cheeses and experimented on our recipe.  Some of the cheeses were very strange and reminded us of “smelly stinky feet”.                                                                                                                                                                                                    After created our cheese wands, we had a go a making French biscuits. Our magic from our wands didn’t work very well, as our biscuits came out of the oven very floppy, hehe.

    On Friday 21st October, we also celebrated World Food day.  On this day, the children were able to come in school dressed in  clothing that reflected their cultures and beliefs . During the day, we prepared for our food sale in the hall, where all the classes joined together to sell what they had created.  Food was shared  from different countries and we tried them all.


  • D&T week: Pizza making!

    During Design and Technology Week, each class were asked to make a cultural dish, dedicated to their given continent.  Nursery were given Europe, so we decided to make Italian Pizza’s!

    The children had lots of fun throughout the week, learning about Pizza, where it’s come from and how it is made. Taste testing ingredients, design pizza’s with arts and crafts and listening to Italian speaking and music were some of the many activities the children participated in this week! To complete a fantastic week of learning, the school celebrated ‘World Food Day’. We had our own stall in the school hall where all of the children’s Pizza’s were then displayed for the parents to purchase!

  • W is for writing

    The children have been very excited to share their knowledge of sounds this week and have been practicing their writing whenever and wherever they can.