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Early Years Foundation Stage Team

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Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage and thank you for taking the time to view our webpage. As a team, we believe strongly in children learning through play; children remain more engaged when their learning is fuelled by their own experiences and interests. The basic skills required for children’s future learning is taught in Early Years; it is one of the most important years in their life. We are dedicated to providing the children with the best start in their development and we are very grateful for all the support you provide them and us during their year in Reception.  

Autumn Term

At the start of the year we carry out a baseline assessment which enables us to identify children’s level of development when they start school. We will then move on to our short term journey learning “All About Me”. During this topic we focus on learning about ourselves and others, understanding how to be a good friend and why everybody is different.

Just before October half term we will begin our learning journey “Bears, Bears Everywhere”. We will focus on species of bears, looking at their habitats and their features.

The children will begin to learn the 26 phonemes and read high frequency words by sight and they will be encouraged to read their school book at home.

In Maths the children will begin to learn what a digit is and continuing to read and write numbers to 20 as counting on and back to 20. They will also be practising matching numerals to quantities.


Spring Term

Our learning journey for this half term will focus on “People who help us”. We are yet to decide on an inspiring and suitable text for this learning journey so any suggestions will be very grateful. We will be looking at the different roles in the community and what they do. In literacy we will look at developing simple sentences to describe their roles. We are expecting them to try to spell words for themselves and write the sounds that they hear. We want the children to consider themselves writers so will encourage them to begin to self- initiate writing for a purpose, fuelled by a variety of stimuli.

In Maths we are focussing on addition of 1 and 2 digit numbers, subtraction, one more/less and capacity. The children will be encouraged to use number lines and count on in their hands and use a variety of methods to solve problems.

During the second part of this term we will begin the topic “Lets’ Dig” and our core text will be ‘Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars, Here come the dinosaurs.’ In literacy we will research facts about dinosaurs and work towards writing our own fact books which we share with Year 2. We believe strongly that writing needs purpose as it provides children with a reason to write.



Summer Term

Our learning journey for this half term is “Shipwrecked” which encompasses learning about Pirates. In literacy we will be looking at examples of letters and their key features. The children will create their own message or letter in a bottle to scare away Pirates that may visit us.

During Maths we will be exploring doubling, halving and sharing of numbers in a variety of contexts. We will also use positional and directional language to create our own maps.

During the second half of this term we will look at the book “Billy’s Bucket”. This seaside themed topic is continued on throughout the school to develop the children’s awareness of the fantastic resource we have on our doorstep. We also explore the environmental concerns related to our coastlines.

In Literacy, we look at creative writing and work towards writing our own stories using many conjunctions. In maths we will be focusing on time, money and 3D shapes.



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