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Welcome to EYFS


This year we have 30 children in our EYFS unit. We have two teachers Miss Healey and Miss Connell.
Miss Edwards, Mrs Freeman and Mrs Vincent are our wonderful Teaching Assistants.


Excellence is at the Heart of everything we do
‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children          develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high-quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.’ (EYFS Statutory Framework 2021)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based on four principles:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Developing

Areas of Learning

The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning and development of which three are “prime areas,” and four “specific areas.” The prime areas are

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development.
  • The specific areas are
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world 
  • Expressive arts and design

Class Organisation

The children are split into two classes and are taught in small groups for phonics, guided reading, writing and mathematics throughout the day. The rest of the time the children have access to continuous provision both indoors and out. Throughout this time the children also complete rainbow challenges that link to certain areas of the curriculum.

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. When children feel emotionally safe and secure, they are able to explore and find out about the place they are in and the things they can see, touch, manoeuvre or manipulate. In the EYFS the environment is described in terms of three aspects: The emotional environment, the outdoor environment and the indoor environment. 

At Thorn Primary School our vision is that all children are taught in a stimulating learning environment with high quality resources. Our reception classroom is organised into separate areas. Each of the areas are carefully planned and resourced in order to provide the children with many different learning opportunities in their play.

Festivals of Colour - Theme overview for Autumn Term

Letter Patters

Miss Connell's Class

Literacy Learning
In Literacy we have been looking at the poem 'The Old Woman who lived in a shoe' 
This morning we received a letter from The Old Woman asking for our help. We wrote a letter back to her with our super ideas and visited the post box to post the letter. 

This morning we made broth for the Old Woman. We gathered all of the ingredients, carefully peeled and chopped up the vegetables before boiling it on the hob.
This morning we had a special visit from 'The Old Woman' we shared the bread and brother with her and asked some interesting questions.


Maths Learning
This week we have been counting to 10. We have been matching pairs, grouping and looking at a range of objects that are big and small. 

This morning we had our Teddy Bear's Picnic looking at food items that are big and small.

This week we are looking at 'measurement' today we made a potion and found ways of making different sized containers full and empty. 

Festivals of Colour - Me & My World
Our topic this week is celebrating Birthday's. This week we are looking at how we celebrate birthdays, how other countries celebrate, what objects we use to represent our Birthday's.
We have had a busy afternoon making Birthday card's and writing our age, making a birthday cake with the playdoh in the Bakery and representing our age with the number of candles. 

Miss Connell's Class - Our first week

Rainbow Challenges

Miss Healey's Class

Pattern Formation Circles and Spirals.