GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Froebel Class (Nursery)


Froebel Class

Class teacher: Mrs Clark

Learning Assistants: Ms Gibson, Ms Shickle and Ms Morgan

Welcome back to Term 4 in Froebel Class! 


This term our STEAM focus is Art. The children will be exploring different ways of making marks, differentiating colours and investigating how colours can be changed. Children will be learning to talk about what they like about different art and they will be creating their own piece of art for our STEAM showcase applying the skills they have developed.                     .  

The areas of learning and development 

There are seven areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving. 

These are the Prime areas: 

  • Communication and language: the number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. By commenting on what children are interested in or doing and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children's language effectively. Reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, will give children the opportunity to thrive. 

  • Physical development: Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness. 

  • Personal, social and emotional development: PSED is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. 

We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are: 

  • Literacy 

  • Mathematics 

  • Understanding the world 

  • Expressive arts and design 

This term we will be exploring the following principles within each of the specific areas: 


Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured and tell own stories. 

To talk about principal characters and events in the stories they listen to. 

Recognising familiar words and signs, such as own name. 

Making up stories, play scenarios, and drawings in responses to experiences. 

Engage in extended conversations about stories, learning new vocabulary. 


Exploring colour in pattern and extend or create simple ABAB patterns 

Notice and correct an error in a simple repeating pattern. 

Using fast recognition of up to 3 objects, without having to count them individually (‘subitising’). 

Recite numbers past 5 

Understanding the world 

Talk about colours they can see in their environment  

Using all their senses in hands on exploration of natural materials 

Explore collections of materials with similar or different properties 

After close observation draw simple representations  

Expressive Arts and Design: exploring media and materials 

Manipulating and playing with different materials and using their imagination as they consider what they can do with the materials. 

Exploring paint using fingers and other parts of their bodies as well as brushes and other tools. 

Developing manipulation and their control of tools. 

Exploring colour and colour mixing.  

Exploring different materials freely to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to make. 

Drawing with increasing complexity and detail such as representing a face with a circle and including details. 

Using drawing to represent ideas like movement or loud noises. 



It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. 

Our Read Write Inc phonic scheme starts in nursery with the children beginning to learn the rhymes that match the letters, please look on our website for these.  Children will be learning to listen to the sounds in words as we introduce ‘Fred Talk’. 

This term we will be continuing to build the foundations to early phonics by teaching children to discriminate sounds, including environmental, musical, body percussion and voice sounds. At this stage in children’s development, rhythm, rhyme and alliteration are very important, so do please read lots of Nursery Rhymes at home to support our work in class.   

We are very excited to be continuing ‘Talk through stories’ this term, which provides the opportunity for children to really explore key texts, understand the principle of the story, learn new vocabulary and explore new characters. Each week we focus on one key text which the children will become very familiar with.  

Our literacy key texts for this will be: 

  • Elmer by David McKee 

  • Aliens Love Underpants by Claire-Freedman  

  • On  the Way Home by Jill Murphy  


Please ensure that you find daily opportunities to read to your child and support them on their journey to becoming a reader. 

Key Dates 

World book day: 4th March 2022 

Parent meetings: 7th and 10th March 2022 


As always, if you have any questions , please come and speak to us. We tend to have more time at the end of the day as our priority in the morning is to settle the children and begin our learning. 

Thank you for your continued support – we are looking forward to sharing your child’s achievements with you at the upcoming parent’s meetings and continuing to capture their learning through Tapestry observations.  


Mrs Clark 

Nursery Teacher 

Useful parent links:

Tiny Happy People

Hungry Little Minds

Oxford Owl

50 Things App



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 Dojo, 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 in September, before they start school. This allows both the child and the parent to meet the teacher in the security of their own home environment.


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