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Welcome to The Early Years Foundation Stage


The staff working in this year group to support your child's learning are: 



Miss Jayson, Miss Gibson, Mrs Davies, Mrs Calliste



Mrs Taylor, Mrs Pali, Mrs Buyukcan, Mrs Badaru


Mrs Smithers will cover teachers' PPA time in both classes.

Homework and Routines

Homework activities


Each week, you will be given new activities to complete at home and then upload onto Tapestry to share with the teacher if you can. If you are unable to upload work onto Tapestry, your child can bring their work into school to show the teacher.

The type of activity will be rotated, with a literacy or topic homework one week; and a maths homework the following week.

Book Bags

After half term, please send your child to school with their yellow or blue book bag, clearly labelled with their name. These can be purchased from the school office. They will need to put it in the designated box in their classroom.


They will bring their book bag home every Friday. The bag will contain:


  • One guided reading book or one guided reading homework sheet linked to the phonics that we have been learning in class .


By the end of the autumn term all children will be taking home a guided reading book. Your child will begin to read parts of these books by themselves, but you may also wish to read to your child or share the reading together. Reading these books will give your child the opportunity to start applying their phonic skills that they have been learning in class.


  • One library book chosen by your child. Please take the time to share this book with them, discussing the pictures and talking about the characters.


Please ensure that reading books are returned in book bags by Wednesday so that a new book can be sent home on Friday. We will not be able to send a new book home until the previous one has been returned.

Tapestry Learning Journals

By now we hope you have all returned your permission slip in order for us to set up your

online tapestry account. This means that you will be able to log in (with your own personalised login details) and view your child’s photos, videos and observations made by the staff. You will have the opportunity to reply to comments that the teacher has made and even upload your own photos or videos from home, which we would love to see. We hope this will enhance our partnership with you in providing your child with the best learning opportunities possible. 


If you have any questions about Tapestry or need some help getting logged in and using Tapestry, please email the school office or ask your class teacher.

Parent Consultations/Spotlight Month


All parents/carers will be invited to a "starting points" consultation at the beginning of November. Then throughout the year your child will have a "Spotlight Month". This is when we will focus on making observations of your child, and think about their individual next steps and targets. Following the Spotlight Month we will invite you for a consultation to discuss your child's progress and next steps for their learning.

EYFS Curriculum

Our curriculum forms the basis of what drives our provision and practice, and facilitates progress for all children in our school. We offer a co-constructed curriculum which means that practitioners have the freedom to deliver the curriculum in ways that motivate our children by following their interests and planning on a short-term basis to address the current needs of the children. 


Our co-constructed curriculum has 3 key elements:

  • Individual children (A Unique Child) – How they learn and what prior knowledge they have. 
  • Practitioners (Positive relationships) – high quality adult interactions! 
  • The Environment (Enabling Environments) – A learning environment that allows children the opportunity to discover and explore. 


There are seven areas of learning and development:

  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


The Characteristics of Effective Learning:

These run alongside all areas of learning. When planning and guiding what children learn (skills and knowledge), it is important to reflect on the different rates that children are developing and adjust our practice accordingly. The Characteristics of effective learning are important as this is how children learn.

The 3 Characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  • Active Learning – Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.


After half term, the children will begin Phase 2 of our phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’. This will be a 10 – 15 minute session where the children are introduced to a new sound each day. Throughout the week we will play games to help the children apply their phonic knowledge in a real context. 

Children will soon be learning to blend sounds together in order to read simple words. You can support your child to develop their skills by helping them to practise reading simple words that include some the sounds that we are learning. Below is a list of words that your child will be learning to read over the Autumn term.



































Bold = tricky words (cannot be sounded out)


During the Autumn term, we are ensuring that the children have access to lots of physical activities as part of our daily outdoor provision.

We will begin formal PE lessons in the Spring term and we will let you know which day this will be on.