Early Years

Welcome to Early Years!

In Early Years we have two classes (Gold Class and Silver Class), who work and play together.

Gold Class is a Reception class of 30 incredible children led by Ms Del Corso and Silver Class is a Reception class of 30 equally incredible children led by Mrs Coates-Dale and Ms Mutter. We have a great team of teaching assistants in Early Years: Miss Crook, Ms English and Miss Seed. We work hard together to build a happy and engaging learning environment for everybody to thrive in and to have the best possible start to their exciting school learning journey.

Our topic for the Spring 1 term is Habitat Hunters and we will be learning all about different habitats where animals live, different climates around the world, what animals need to survive, and learning about certain endangered species around the world. 

This half-term we will be progressing through Level 2 Phonics with the Floppy’s Phonics Programme, where we will learn additional phonemes with more than one letter (digraphs e.g. /ch/, /sh/, /ng/ etc). Children will continue to blend sounds to read and segment sounds for writing, and continue to learn new tricky words that do not follow the phonic code. In maths we will continue comparing numbers beyond 5, finding more than, fewer than and equal to. We will also explore and compare mass, capacity, length and height using non-standard units.

Children will continue to bring reading books home this half term and have guided reading in school weekly. Please make sure to bring book bags, reading records and books into school every day just in case your child reads with an adult or reading buddy on a different day.

This half term we will start joining Forest School led by our Forest School Teachers, Ms Mutter and Ms English. Every child will have Forest School weekly on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Forest school is about: spending regular time in nature; allowing the child to lead the way; developing the whole child, it supports their physical, social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual development; building a community; and giving children opportunities to take risks that are appropriate to them.


General Information

You will receive weekly newsletters through Parent Mail outlining what we have covered during the week and how you can support children with consolidating their learning.

P.E. lessons will usually take place on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays (and possibly on Fridays), and will either be outdoors or indoors. Please keep PE kits in school so we can take advantage of opportunities on other days too.  PE kit consists of: navy blue shorts, white t-shirt, navy blue tracksuit (top and bottoms), velcro strap trainers or plimsolls and spare socks in a draw string bag – remember to name all clothing and bag clearly! 

Children have a fruit snack and milk every day (the milk is available through Cool Milk and free for all children up until the age of 5, after which you will be asked if you wish to continue and contribute to the cost). Children should bring in their own named water bottles to school and take them home daily to be cleaned.

If you have any questions about school, please contact the Office by phone, email, in person or come and find us!


Useful Information

EY Curriculum Workshop 2023

EY Curriculum Descriptor Spring1 24

EY Curriculum Descriptor Aut2 2023

EY Curriculum Descriptor Aut1 23

YR long term planning overview 2023-24


Penpals – Example letter formation before joining

What to expect in the EYFS – A guide for Parents

Early Learning Goals

Floppys Phonics Letter to parents and carers

Floppy Phonics extra practice zone

Supporting children to read at home