Part of the Glyn Academies Trust



Florence Nightingale

Nightingale Class 

Class teacher: Mrs Brent 
Learning Assistant: Mrs Downey 


Franklin Class 

Class teacher: Mrs Richmond and Mrs Newton 
Learning Assistant: Mrs Houston 
This term: 

As well as delivering the EYFS curriculum, Reception and Nursery classes follow the whole school STEAM curriculum.  


We are learning all about Performance Art this term.  

We are exploring this question across the school: 

Can I explore festivals and celebrations from around the world? 

Throughout this term we will be learning about celebrations, thinking about why we might have celebrations – birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, naming ceremonies and finally graduations, which will link to our focus on transitions into Year 1.  We will earn how not all families celebrate the same things in the same ways, exploring similarities and differences and what is unique about each of us.  To start our topic we are focusing on birthdays, recalling individual past experiences and enjoying role play celebrations with music, dance and expressive design and construction.  We will explore the ‘big birthdays’ (30, 40, 50) as we learn to count in 10s in Maths.  We are exploring ‘local to global’ by looking at royal births and weddings and exploring diversity and difference.  Music will play an important part in our curriculum this term as we explore the use of song and dance in celebration, and we learn to sign ‘happy birthday’ using Makaton.  We will take part in the whole school choreographed performance of ‘Treat People with Kindness’ and are excited to learn the words and the dance moves!  Finally, we will be reflecting on what we have enjoyed most about our Reception year and our goals as we move into Year 1.

Curriculum Prioritisation: 
Throughout the year will be focusing on communication and language as it supports all 7 areas of learning and development. Oracy is the golden thread that brings Early Years learning together supporting children’s understanding along with phonics and problem solving. Helping to prepare our children for the next stage of education.  
Below are the areas that would be beneficial to support your child at home with: 
Reading – decoding and blending new words including multisyllabic words, practising independent reading every day at home and enjoying having stories read to them. 
Writing – developing control and consistency in individual letter formation, writing longer sentences and beginning to use narrative features to structure writing (“first”, “next”, “then”) 
Maths – developing fluency in the number system to and beyond 20, learning to partition and combine numbers within 10, developing spatial reasoning and confidence with 2D and 3D shape. 
Useful parent links: 
Year group information: 
The Four EYFS Principles  
The statutory framework is based on four guiding principles which shape practice in our Early Years Classes. These are:  
1) A Unique Child  
2) Positive Relationships  
3) Enabling Environments  
4) Learning and Development 
We are fully committed to the purpose and aims of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation (2014) which clearly states:  
‘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.’  
Our Early Years Foundation Stage aims to create a happy, caring, secure and stimulating environment for all children; we do this through: 
Encourage confidence, independence and a desire to learn; (having quality interactions and provision through our Steam Curriculum) 
Focus on the development of every child as an individual, valuing and building on their previous experiences and responding to their individual needs; (Objective led planning) 
Work in partnership with parents and carers; (daily communications at drop off and pick up, Tapestry, Class Dojos, the weekly newsletter and twice a year parents evening meetings) 
Develop in children an enquiring mind, an interest in learning and an enthusiasm for the next stage of school life; (cultural capital and the characteristics of learning embedded in our STEAM curriculum) 
Provide good foundations for later learning; (RWI phonics STEAM links to the EYFS Curriculum) 
Encourage good social relationships, developing self-esteem and respect for others. (zones of regulation)  
The Early Years Foundation Stage is the statutory curriculum for children 0-5. For us, the EYFS covers our Nursery and Reception classes. Our curriculum challenges and inspires our children, encouraging them to develop into independent, motivated learners who are curious about the world around them. Our children are nurtured within a secure environment, whilst being allowed to explore, enquire and take risks both inside and outside of the classroom. Our children make rapid progress within a child centred context allowing a smooth transition into Key Stage 1.   
It is essential that the transition into school, whether that be into Nursery or Reception, is a smooth and successful one. We, therefore, offer a home visit, before they start school and have a professional dialogue with any previous settings, health visitors, EY SEND teachers and any other agencies. The home visits allows both the child and the parent to meet the teacher in the security of their own home environment. 


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