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Welcome to EYFS

Our Environment

In EYFS we provide an environment which allows the children to play and explore following their own interests in various areas of the classroom and outdoor area. These areas include; mark making, maths, storytelling, small world and blocks, home corner, mud kitchen, den making and investigation, sand and water, dough, workshop, painting and self-service snack. Please see the photos of some of our classroom and outdoor area. 

In the moment planning


The children take part in daily, practical maths sessions, but maths is also bedded into our daily routine for example counting how many children are at school each day.  

This year we are using a mastery approach to maths teaching. Our teaching is usually based around a number that the children will investigate and explore. For example when learning about number 1 we learnt how to; count 1, write 1, draw a representation of 1, find one more and one less than 1, recognise the 1 pence coin, recognise 1 o’clock and we talked about a 1 sided shape (circle). This approach ensures children have a thorough understanding of each number.


In EYFS the children take part in daily phonics sessions, in which they are split into two small groups. This is to ensure our teaching is appropriately matched to the children’s needs. Some children are continuing to focus on Phase 1 and those that are ready have now moved onto Phase 2 phonics. Please see the video linked (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVyry9jpVjI)to help you articulate the phonemes correctly with your child. Each week the children will bring home an envelope containing all of the sounds they have learnt in class, please support them to practise these at home.   

In Phase 1 phonics, children are taught about:

  • Environmental sounds
  • Instrumental sounds
  • Body percussion (e.g. clapping and stamping)
  • Rhythm and rhyme
  • Alliteration
  • Voice sounds
  • Oral blending and segmenting (e.g. hearing that d-o-g makes ‘dog’)

Typical activities for teaching Phase 1 phonics include 'listening' walks, playing and identifying instruments, action songs, learning rhymes and playing games like I Spy.This phase is intended to develop children’s listening, vocabulary and speaking skills.

In Phase 2, children begin to learn the sounds that letters make (phonemes). There are 44 sounds in all. Some are made with two letters, but in Phase 2, children focus on learning the 19 most common single letter sounds (s, a, t, i, p, n, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, g, o, u, l, f, b)

Phase 3 introduces children to the remaining, more difficult and/or less commonly used phonemes. There are around 25 of these, mainly made up of two letters such as /ch/, /ar/, /ow/ and /ee/. 

Alongside this, children are taught to recognise more tricky words, including 'me,' 'was,' 'my,' 'you' and 'they'. They learn the names of the letters, as well as the sounds they make. Activities might include learning mnemonics (memory aids) for tricky words, practising writing letters on mini whiteboards, using word cards and singing songs like the Alphabet Song.

Phase 3 takes most children around 12 weeks. By the end, they should be able to say the sound made by most, or all, Phase 2 and 3 graphemes, blend and read CVC words made from these graphemes, read 12 new tricky words and write letters correctly when given an example to copy.

Reading at home

Please ensure you are supporting your child with their reading at home (ideally once a day) and sign their reading record when they have read. Children in Reception will bring home a school reading level book, initially this will be a wordless book until your child is ready to begin with worded books. They will also bring home a story book of their choice from our reading area for a parent/carer to read to them (ideal as a bedtime story) to help children develop a love of reading. Please ask your child questions about the story you are reading as this will help them with their understanding.

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