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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.

  • 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.

  • B is for biscuit

    Following on from our spider cookies last week, the Reception children found a story called ‘Biscuit Bear’ in our library. During our literacy lessons, the children have been expanding their curiosity and questioning skills about how to make biscuits and how he came alive. We acted out the story, developing our own versions and as a class decided, we wanted to change the ending.  During play and learn time, the children linked their maths learning and made a biscuit bear recipe. Next, we decided to make the recipes and decorate the children’s biscuits into different colours.

  • All about four!

    This week, Reception have been developing their understanding of one to one correspondence by using objects in their environment to concrete their learning. In addition to singing songs representing one, two and three, the children have been learning how to write numbers of meaning and supporting each other. Yesterday’s challenge was to use four pens to create as many shapes, patterns, even letters as we could.

  • Exploring Autumn

    This week, Nursery have learned about Autumn and how the outdoors has changed since summer time. Our focus book was ‘Leaf Man’, so we went on a nature walk to collect fallen leaves, sticks and crab apples to make our ‘Leaf Man’ collages!

    The children also baked lots of delicious leaf-shaped biscuits.

  • ‘Supertato’ our hero… or is he?

    Our focus text for the week has been the book called ‘Supertato’. The children took an interest in this story and so we used it as our topic to make our learning fun and enjoyable. Throughout the week, the children were able to develop their communication and language skills through listening to the story and making their own twist on the plot, making ‘Supertato’ and the ‘Evil Pea’ alliances!

    The children teamed up together to come up with a plan on how to save our Nursery.  The children practiced their fine motor skills by peeling, cutting and mashing potatoes to symbolise ‘Supertato’. They then had to figure out how to stop the army of ‘Evil Peas’. As you can see above, they combined the mash and frozen peas together- this developed their expressive art and design skills, physical development and understanding of the world.

     

  • Marvellous Maths

    In Maths, we have been learning about what makes a pair and how to make a group. We explored looking at objects that are pairs, e.g. ears, shoes, hands. After reading ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’, we noticed George the giant wore a pair of socks. The next day, we found a box of socks from George. He challenged us, to match all the socks by looking at the patterns.

    Next, we explored the woods and working in pairs; and found objects that could be a pair, e.g. leaves, stones, sticks. Once we collected our nature objects, we realised we had more than pairs and decided to put the objects in groups.