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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.

  • Learning about shapes

    The children have been learning about 2D flat shapes. They have been using lolly and sticks to create 2d and explore 3d shapes. This has given us the children an opportunity to investigate what shapes are around us and to creating different shapes with exiting shapes.
  • Caterpillar Patterns

    Reception have been exploring caterpillars as part of our mini beasts’ interests. We used this interest to inspire us to create repeating patterns.
  • Nursery

    Our Nursery children have been creating lovely recipes with the mud and sand.

  • Becoming artists

    In Early Years, we have been observers and looking at our natural world around us. We noticed how flowers bloomed and researched how to take care of them. We became artists and explored different styles, sketching, painting and using oil pastels.

  • Air Ambulance

    At the end of last term, we had a visit from the Essex Air Abulance, they showed us some of the equipment they use whilst saving people.

  • Social Detectives

    In Early Years, we have become curious detectives, noticing the changes around us and using our senses to explore spring.
    We used different parts of flowers to create nature art and discovered the unique marks flowers can make with paint. We had a go at trying something new and made carrot and cheese muffins.
  • Maths Everywhere

    In Early Years, the children have been exploring different mathematical concepts through different contexts, including storybooks, puzzles, songs, rhymes, puppet play, and games. At London Colney, we believe in making the most of the moments throughout the day to highlight mathematics skills, for example, in daily routines, activities, and other curriculum areas.

  • 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.