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Curriculum Newsletter EYFS


26th – 29th March

As part of our topic, down on the farm, we had a great day out at Hall Hill Farm. We meet all of the new spring animals, including new born lambs and baby chicks. We had a fun time having a ride on the farmer’s tractor as well as feeding the baby lambs with a bottle of milk. After lunch we enjoyed ourselves on the soft play.

This week we have also enjoyed the Easter Fair and the Family Learning afternoon where lots of our parents came in to make Easter crafts with us.


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26th -29th March

This week in reception we have been talking about what we do with our families to celebrate Easter and why we celebrate Easter. New life has been the focus of our week this week. We have thought about new animals that we might see in the fields as well as the new flowers and leaves that are beginning to appear.

Not only have we been busy in our classroom with making painted Easter eggs, play dough chicks and doubling chocolate eggs, we have enjoyed the Easter Fair and the Family Learning afternoon.

We have worked so hard this half term.  We are looking forward to our Easter Holidays so we can spend time with our families and tell our friends and teachers all about it when we return to school!


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Return to school – 15th April

Lateness-N-31 minutes R-32 minutes

Attendance-N-93.8% R – 94%


19th -23rd  March

This week we have been down on the farm. Our book of the week has been ‘Little Red Hen and the Ear of Wheat.’ We have had great fun making our own wholemeal bread and observing the changes over time from the ingredients to the baked bread. In the creative area we have had fun making handprint hens for our classroom display. In maths we used eggs to order items according to size after having looked at the life cycle of a chick in key groups.

We are looking forward to developing our knowledge next week during our visit to the farm. We have been talking in class about the different things we might see at the farm.

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19th – 23rd March

In reception this week our book of the week has been ‘Aliens Love Underpants.’ We really enjoyed listening to the story and found it very funny!

After reading the story together we have all individually written a letter to the aliens asking them to return the underpants. In the creative area we have made alien hats and designed our own underpants that the aliens may want to steal! Some of us have even written our own story but changing the title to something else that the aliens might love. We have thoroughly enjoyed playing in the water tray this week as there was a washing line with underpants hung on it for us to wash.

In maths this week we have started to learn about how we double a number using songs and practical resources.

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Upcoming events

27th March-Easter Fayre 1:15pm onwards

28th March – Nursery Farm trip.

29th March-Family Learning 1:15pm onwards and Last Day of Term

Lateness-N-31 minutes R-25 minutes

Attendance-N-96.3% R-95.6%


12th -16th March

3…2…1…BLAST OFF!!!!

This week have started our new topic, Space. On Monday we talked about all the things that we know already about space and then we asked each other what we would like to know about space. Some of the things we want to know are, “Why do astronauts wear space boots?” and “Why do some of the planets have rings around them?”

During the rest of the week we have been reading the story “Whatever Next.”  This story is about a bear who imagines that he has travelled to the moon. Lots of our learning this week has been about our story and using our own imagination to pretend we are heading to space.

In the different areas of the classroom we have been painting pictures of aliens and writing lists of the things that Baby Bear took to the moon. Our role play area has been transformed into a space station!

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In Nursery this week we have been learning all about farms and the role of the farmer. We discussed what we would like to be when we grow up. Our book of the week was “Farmer Duck,” and we have learnt lots of new songs including, “There was a farmer who had a dog his name was Bobby Bingo.”

We are looking forward to our trip to the farm on the 28th March.

In the Classroom we have also started to transform our animal arch into a farm. We helped our teachers to make a large red tractor. We explored compost and hay in the sand tray and looked at the different habitats of farmyard animals as well as counting eggs in the water tray for maths.

In EYFS we had a little visitor in our classrooms this afternoon………a 2 day old chick! We enjoyed giving the chick a gentle stroke.

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27th March-Easter Fayre 1:15pm onwards

28th March – Nursery Farm trip.

29th March-Family Learning 1:15pm onwards and Last Day of Term

Lateness-N-5 minutes R-19 minutes

Attendance-N-97.9% R-97.0%

5th-9th March 2018


In Reception this week, we had some special visitors to the class who left us secret messages during the night for us to find the next morning. These messages could only be read by using secret UV light pens.  We had to work together to read the messages and come up with a plan or write a letter to catch the villains and save the superheroes.  We have had to use our maths skills to help free the superheroes locked in a spider web, and have enjoyed creating superhero shields in the creative area.  In the playdough area, some of the boys decided that they wanted to make their own superhero models.

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‘The tiger who came to tea’

What an amazing week we have had in Nursery. On Tuesday we had a special letter delivered from a girl called Sophie. Sophie asked if her friend Tiger could come to tea as it was his birthday.  We had lots of fun making food and drinks ready for the party, we wrote shopping lists and letters to Sophie telling her that we would love the tiger to come to tea. The tiger came today (Friday), we had a lovely party and all sang happy birthday when we gave the tiger his birthday cake.

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We have also been observing our seeds that we have planted, we now have a better understanding of how things grow and changes over time. We take turns to water the seeds as we look after living things and take care of our environment.

We have been making something very special to bring home on Sunday, which I’m sure you will all love!

On Friday we had World Book Day in school, were we took part in a whole school investigation about who stole the Golden Pen!  We examined the crime scene then went away to write letters to the robber to ask him to return the pen.  We also drew and labelled traps that could be used to catch the robber.

We also had a book swap in the afternoon where we could bring old books from home and swap them with friends.

Upcoming Events-

12th,13th,14th March-Parents Evenings

13th March-School CD recording takes place

27th March-Easter Fayre 1:15pm onwards

29th March-Family Learning 1:15pm onwards and Last Day of Term

Lateness-N-5 minutes R-8 minutes

Attendance-N-94.2% R-95.9%

26th-2nd March 2018

Our Book of the Week this week is Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes, through reading the book we have learnt that we always need to be kind and helpful to our friends.  We have also had a baking week in both Nursery and Reception. On Monday we spoke about what ingredients you need to make pancakes and what toppings you could put on top. On Tuesday and Wednesday we made our pancakes with our teachers and added our own toppings. We spoke about what toppings were healthy and what toppings were unhealthy.

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In Nursery we have started our Growing mini topic, we filled a tuft spot with compost and planted seeds. We cant wait to watch them grow over the next few weeks.


On Thursday we had a non-uniform day to raise money for NSPCC, on the morning we had representatives from the charity come in and give an assembly about who to go to if you are worried or feeling unsafe.  We were able to raise £170 for NSPCC!


In Reception we have been busy making rockets using cardboard boxes, lolliepop sticks, feathers and paint to blast off into space. However on Thursday we had a letter sent from Tim Peake to say that he had to use our rockets to get back up to space!

Upcoming Events-

1st March-World Book Day Family Learning 9:10-10:00

12th,13th,14th March-Parents Evenings

27th March-Easter Fayre 1:15pm onwards

Lateness- N- 0 minutes R-132 minutes

Attendance-N-88.3% R-95.9%

5th-9th February 2018

We cant believe its time to break up for Half Term already! We’ve had such an amazing start to the term, learning so much about our new topics.


This week in nursery we have had lots of special visitors. We had a lovely family learning session on Tuesday when lots of our parents and carers came in to join in the fun in the jungle. We made some amazing animal habitats using celery, corks and leaves. Everyone had lots of fun exploring the animal arch and discovering animals that were hiding in there! Tracey from ‘Hartbeeps’ also visited our nursery. We danced and sang the afternoon away using musical instruments, bubbles and sensory light spinners.

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Our book of the week was ‘Mr Wolfs Pancakes’.


On Tuesday we were so excited to find out that our parents and carers were coming in to see what we have been learning. In Reception we showed our adults how to make Superheroes using lollypop sticks , built dens using blocks and Lego to catch the Evil Pea, caught all the esca-peas in the water tray using fishing nets and tweezers and finally we showed them our amazing PJ Masks reading area and Superhero Headquarters.

On Friday we made our own Valentines Day cards for people who we love the most, we used different shades of pink collage materials and stuck them onto a heart.

We would also like to wish Tyler a big Happy Birthday!

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Ethan was put into the Golden Book because he blew the teachers socks off by ordering numbers 1-20 in two minutes!!

Rosie was also put into the Golden Book because she is an amazing artist.

Joel-Jay got a certificate and a Dip in the box for being a fantastic new big brother!

This week, both Nursery and Reception have started to look at the book ‘Mr Wolfs Pancakes’ in preparation for Pancake Day next Tuesday. We are going to make our own pancakes to try with different toppings. We have all enjoyed reading the story then doing lots of fantastic pictures and writing for our classroom.

We would also like to say a sad goodbye to a few people this week.  Ava and Crystal are off to another school and we wish them all the happiness with their new friends.  We will be saying goodbye to both Miss Oxberry and Miss Graham who are off to other classes next term.





Nursery-40 minutes

Reception-93 minutes

Upcoming Events-

9th February- Break up for Half Term

Monday 19th February- Return to School

20th February-Foundation of Light Learning Workshop

22nd February- NSPCC day, non uniform and bring £1 donation

1st March-World Book Day Family Learning 9:10-10:00

12th,13th,14th March-Parents Evenings

27th March-Easter Fayre 1:15pm onwards

29th January- 2nd February 2018

This week Reception had a visit from the Evil Pea, he came into our classroom and stole our Super Vegetables then hid them around our classroom. We had to work together to create traps to catch the Evil Pea before he could do any more damage!  In the creative area we created our own capes and masks using a range of materials then acted out superhero roles in the Superhero Headquarters.  We have enjoyed reading the series of Supertato books and watching how he has defended and saved his friends. We have had to put our detective hats on outside and look for clues as to where the Evil Pea was hiding.  Following our Supertato interest, we made our own Butternut Squash soup for the whole class to try!

Our Hero of the week is Thomas, for always trying so hard to write his name!

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This week in nursery we have been having lots of animal fun! Our book of the week was ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. We had a great time creating our own animals from the story in the creative area using a variety of resources. We made lots of different animals including giraffes, zebras and tigers. We had slithering fun with the play dough making snakes with shapes and looking at patterns. We also enjoyed an animal hunt outdoors as well as a walk in the forest, where we collected sticks and leaves and other natural found objects to be used in our classroom. We are really looking forward to the family learning session on Tuesday the 6th of February so we can share our topic. Parents can see how much fun we have while learning. I’m sure you will all have a roaring time!





N-17 minutes

R-51 minutes

Upcoming Events-

6th February- Family Learning Day 9:10am-10:00am

9th February- Break up for Half Term

Monday 19th February- Return to School

20th February-Foundation of Light Learning Workshop

22nd February- NSPCC day, non uniform and bring £1 donation

1st March-World Book Day Family Learning 9:10-10:00

12th,13th,14th March-Parents Evenings

27th March-Easter Fayre 1:15pm onwards


22nd-26th January 2018

This week in Reception we have introduced our new topic all about Superheroes! We have started by reading the book ‘Supertato’.  We then transformed the role play area into a Superhero Headquarters where we can track the superheroes, answer the phone and go on the computer, it’s also filled with superhero pictures and masks so we can become any superhero.

In the creative area we have been making our own Super Vegetables by adding googly eyes, capes and masks to broccoli, carrots and potatoes.  In the water area we have had frozen peas, which we have collected using tweezers and counted into cups.  Over the next few weeks we will continue to develop this further following the childrens ideas.

Our Hero of the Week in Reception is Bobby, for having a fantastic week both at home and in school.  Ruby won the Dip in the box and chose a My Little Pony toy, she got it for always being a kind friend in class. Ava was put into the Golden Book this week for being a good girl in sensory group and Amelia was put in for always putting in 100% effort with everything she does.

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Again Nursery have had a busy week. This week we have started a new topic called ‘All Creatures Big and Small’.  We have been getting our animal arch ready for the animals and creatures, we loved mark making on leaves and making vines ready for the monkeys, we used a variety of techniques, using paint for the backdrop. We will be learning about Jungle animals, pets, sea creatures, prehistoric animals and lots more!

We have given our reading garden a makeover. The children welcomed the arrival of Boris and Doris, our two quiet critters (rhyming words). We know we need to be quiet in the reading garden because Boris and Doris live there. We love our new story stones and have been telling some great stories to Boris and Doris, they also love to be read to!  We now have a Book of the Week, that we all share. This week it was ‘Walking through the Jungle’, we definitely have the loudest roar.


We have been busy in the creative area making a new number and alphabet line to help us with our learning.


We also had some important visitors joining us at lunch time, the parents of the new starters. Freddies dad loved the Yorkshire puddings! Thankyou all for attending our dinner date.

We have looked at another new artist this week, Wassily Kandinsky, we were then inspired to create our own colourful shapes in maths. We added these shapes to our Art display making a lovely hanging mobile.


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N-42 Minutes   R-55 minutes


15th-19th January 2018

We have had another cold and snowy few days in Early Years this week. The children in Reception are onto their last week looking at Winter and it has been timed just right to see some snow!  Through the week we have been listening to the story ‘Jack Frost’, we then created our own winter scenes using different shades of blue paint and collage materials. When it started snowing, the children decided to build a snowman outdoors and named it Jack Frost!  We have also blown the teachers socks off with our fantastic sentence writing about Jack Frost and Elsa.

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Next week in Reception we are going to look at Superheroes, starting with reading the book Supertato! We cant wait to see how our classroom transforms over the next few days.

In Nursery we have had lots of fun reading the Snow Bear story. We created lots of winter pictures using paint and collage materials. We were so excited to see the snow as it was just like our story. Our new friends have really enjoyed exploring all areas of the setting and getting to know their new friends. We have been using lots of winter objects to count and we have worked really hard this week in maths.





Nursery-52 minutes

Reception-112 minutes

Upcoming Events-

Dinner Date for new Nursery starters-Monday 22nd January

8th-12th January 2018

Our first week back after the Christmas Holidays has been fantastic and very creative. The teachers are so impressed by how grown up the children are and how much they have settled.

We have had a lovely week in Nursery, and have been doing lots of exciting things.  We have also been looking at famous artists this week, Vincent van Gogh and Andy Goldsworthy. We have created some fabulous artwork for our art gallery display including our own versions of the ‘Starry Night’ and transient art using a variety of materials.  We are Plains Farm Academy Artists and have enjoyed creating our own artwork.

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We have welcomed seven new friends into our class who have enjoyed exploring their new classroom and meeting their new friends.  We are so excited to welcome back Miss Lay to Nursery, she is delighted to be back!

In Reception we have been looking at a variety of winter artwork from various artists. We have enjoyed recreating these paintings using a range of materials.  Mrs Dunn showed the boys and girls that you can create art anywhere, even in the outdoor area!  We used twigs, pine cones, flour and flowers to create a winter scene in a tyre.IMG_1314[1]

In Maths we have started looking at simple addition, we have blown all of our teachers socks off by how amazing and brainy we are. We have even started writing number sentences independently!


Upcoming Events

After school clubs will be starting from Monday 15th January. Reception have a choice of ‘Learning through Play’ on a Monday and ‘Music and Movement’ on a Thursday.





Nursery-30 minutes

Reception-16 minutes

18th-22nd December 2017

Our last week before Christmas has been filled with lots of festive things!  On Tuesday we had our EYFS Christmas party, where we ate sausage rolls, crisps, chocolate and juice for our party food then played party games like pass the parcel and musical statues.IMG_7179[1]IMG_7188[1]IMG_7191[2]

Through the week we had a note from Buddy and Sam the elf saying that they were going back to the North Pole to tell Santa all about what they had saw in class and to start making all of our toys.  They also left us some Christmas activities to do with our friends through the week.

On Wednesday, Nursery made their own mince pies! They had fun mixing the ingredients and putting them in the oven to watch them cook.


On Friday we had a visit from Santa! He said that all of the boys and girls in EYFS were on the good list and gave each child a present for Christmas!  We also had a pyjama and own clothes day on Friday because it was our last day in school before Christmas!


Our Hero of the week for Nursery is Emily, for being such a kind friend.

Our Hero of the week for Reception is Harry, for always entertaining the teachers with his imaginative stories.

We hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas with their families and friends, and we look forward to seeing you in January.





Nursery-0 minutes

Reception-49 minutes

Upcoming dates- First day back at school-9th January

11th-15th December 2017

We have had a very festive week in Early Years this week.

On Monday we had our EYFS Christmas Nativity, we had so much fun singing and speaking in front of our families and friends.  On Tuesday in Reception we introduced The Stick man story, we read the book together then made our own stick men outside using sticks.  On Thursday we had our Christmas Jumper Day and our Christmas Dinner. All the teachers and children sat together in the hall for our Christmas dinner.

Through the week both Nursery and Reception have enjoyed making Christmas calendars,cards and baubles ready to take home next week for our family.

Our Heroes of the week are Layla for always following the school rules and Isabella for being a fantastic Mary in our school Nativity.

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Nursery-80 minutes

Reception-132 minutes

Upcoming Events-

19th December-EYFS Christmas Party

22nd December-Last Day

4th-8th December 2017

This week in Early Years we have had such an exciting week! On Tuesday we had our Christmas Fayre where Nursery made snowmen biscuits and reindeer cakes and Reception made reindeer dust to sell.

On Wednesday we jumped on the bus to visit the Washington Arts Centre to watch our Christmas show ‘Lily and the Snowdog’.  After the show, we were able to meet Lily and the Snowdog!

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In Nursery and Reception we have started making baubles using a variety of Christmas materials to hang on our trees in our houses.  We have also started creating our Christmas cards with Nursery making snowmen and Reception making a mixture of penguins and Christmas trees.

In Nursery, we have made a Christmas post box to collect all of our Christmas cards for our friends.  In Reception we have made our own snow dogs and polar bears using paper plates and cotton wool.

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Buddy and Sam, the elves in Early Years, have been watching over the boys and girls to make sure they are doing some fantastic work and being lovely friends. Except, they have been a little bit mischievous! Sam has been found escaping Reception and making snow angels on the tables and Buddy has been found messing around in the biscuit ingredients.

Upcoming events:

EYFS Christmas Nativity-11th December at 2pm

Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day-14th December

Christmas Carol by Candlelight-14th December 3.30pm

EYFS Christmas Party- 19th December 1:30pm

Attendance – 

Nursery – 86.4%


Lateness – 

Nursery:   40 minutes

Reception – 156 minutes

Our EYFS Staff:

Miss Lay – Nursery Teacher

Mrs B Dunn – Reception Teacher

Mrs K Cowley- Nursery Teaching Assistant

Miss S Burnett- Reception Teaching Assistant

Miss G Graham-Reception Teaching Assistant

Miss Oxberry-Reception Teaching Assistant


Curriculum newsletter spring 2017 EYFS