Puffin CLASS

Class Teacher:  Mrs Julie Field

Teaching Assistant:  Mr Alex Pappas

Communication, Language and Literacy

We are enjoying sharing traditional tales.  So far this term we have shared 'The Three billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears'.  The children have used the stories as a base for story telling, pictures and writing. Nursery children take part in lots of shared reading to develop the love of books and are encouraged to select a story book from our library each day.  Reception children are asked to change their reading scheme book daily and also enjoy lots of shared reading.  We aim to read with each child daily.  Please share their reading scheme book at home every day and write a brief comment in their reading record. 


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Spending time pursuing child led activities allows us to practise valuable social and emotional skills.  During adult led time, we learn how to take turns, show good manners and continue to be a kind and caring person within a large group. 


Physical Development

Children enjoy a variety of activities to develop their physical skills; a number of activities will develop their large muscles (gross motor skills) these include using the ride on toys, sweeping, lifting and carrying, throwing, catching, kicking, play dough, building with small blocks, cutting with scissors etc.  Children will work with adults to develop their small muscles (fine motor skills) and develop their hand-to-eye-co-ordination through precise activities and this could include picking up pegs and putting into these into a peg board, using hama beads, putting marbles into tubes, threading beads onto pipe cleaners, drawing/colouring/pattern making and much more. 



During Maths the Nursery children are learning to count accurately through both adult and child led activities.  We are learning to say one number name for each item as we touch/move each item.  The Reception children are learning how to add two sets of items and are beginning to write this as a number sentence. 


Understanding the world/Expressive ARts

 We have enjoyed dipping in and out of the KS1 topic 'Colourful Creations' and exploring lots of different creative projects, such as painting, paper mâché and role play.  We have also enjoyed building with the new hollow blocks and bamboo set and used these to create homes to support out story telling.  


The recent cold weather has allowed us to explore the ice and begin to understand some of the characteristics of winter.  


Forest school

The EYFS children are able to explore a safe area of our Forest School site near Wittenham Clumps.  The children have been able to explore the changing colours of Autumn and enjoy splashing in the puddles from the bus to the site.  Forest School takes place on a Thursday afternoon during term 1,4 and 5.


Helping Your Child at Home/Homework

Children love learning to help - encourage your child to help you at home by carrying out small simple tasks. Sorting the washing, laying the table, helping to care for pets etc.  Count everything!  Children will begin by copying the counting pattern and then as their knowledge and skills develop, they will begin to say one number name for each item as they count.  Encourage regular mark making through drawing, painting and writing, using a variety of media (pens, crayons, paint, chalk, sand and mud!). 


The link below is a really good guide on what to expect when - it gives typical development from birth to five years and suggests ways you can support development at home.  Remember children do not all develop at the same speed and you may find your child is working slightly above or below the target age. 


End of Reception Expectations

As the end of the Reception year approaches, children are assessed against their 'Early Learning Goals' and children will be given either an emerging, expected or exceeding score.  We aim for all children to finish the Reception year working at an 'expected' level as a minimum, however there are times when children do not quite achieve this.  If we feel your child is finding an area of learning difficult, we will discuss this at regular points.


Useful Website Links


Useful Information

Home/School Routines





Send PE kits to school for Reception children (PE Monday and Friday)

Home/School learning book/activities sent home








Forest School during

term 1, 4 and 5




PE kits sent home for washing.

Informal Spelling Test - Reception children

Return Home/School learning book/activities


Please send book bags to school everyday,

including the last day of term.

 Timetable - Nursery.docx

Timetable - Reception.docx

School Nurse Newsletter - Term 3 2019

How Do We Learn?

The EYFS class are led by Mrs Field and supported by our Teaching Assistants Mrs Hill and Mr Pappas.  We are very friendly and invite you to pop in for a chat and look at your child’s learning. If you have any queries or concerns there is always time at the end of the day to speak to Mrs Field or if you would like a longer meeting please speak to Mrs Field or the office to arrange a convenient time.


The children in Early Years follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum until the end of the ‘Reception’ year (the September after their 5th birthday).


The small class size enables us to provide adult led learning to a wide range of abilities, ensuring that every child is supported, as well as challenged in their learning.   All individuals are encouraged to achieve their full potential – this means one child’s learning may look slightly different from another child’s.  Your child will have a key worker (Mrs Field) who is responsible for your child’s learning and development including their emotional well-being.


We support a broad and balanced curriculum which embraces the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Class. Your child will experience a great variety of activities based on these seven areas of learning through structured activities and carefully planned play. The seven areas are as follows (with an abbreviation in brackets):

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Physical Development (PD)

Communication and Language (CL)


Specific Areas:

Literacy (L)

Mathematics (M)

Understanding the World (UoW)

Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)


Our Ethos:

We are very proud of our safe and secure place to learn.  Clear boundaries and rules are explored with the children so they understand why they are in place, promoting confidence and security but also a nurturing environment. Children are encouraged to embrace our values through kindness and empathy towards others.  They are supported to care, be creative and enjoy a love of learning, promoting hard work and perseverance through our Growth Mindset philosophy.  


We realise the importance of parents as partners and encourage your input into your child’s development. We value pupils’ wellbeing as being paramount and our philosophy is that a happy child is one who will learn and reach their full potential.


Sharing Your Child’s Learning:

We will update our class page regularly through the term so that you can see what we have been getting up to.  Please also check your child’s books bag each day, we will put letters and reading books into their book bag along with new sounds to learn/words to practise and games to play. Children are encouraged to change their reading book each day and we aim to listen to each child read every day – please write a brief comment in their reading record commenting on their reading.


Your child’s learning will be collated in a special book called a ‘Learning Journey’ which is kept in the classroom.  Their Learning Journey is available for you to share at any time – please ask a member of staff.  It shows the journey your child is making with their learning in all of the seven areas. Continual assessment is carried out on every pupil through observations, annotating their work and questioning. Assessments are recorded in a number of ways in each child’s individual profile including written observations, photographs and projects your child may have been working on.  Parents Evening takes place during the Autumn, Spring and Summer term – please though, come and chat anytime to find out how your child is getting on, we welcome the partnership.


Our Learning Environment:

In the Early Years Foundation Stage we plan our teaching alongside the children’s interests as much as possible. If the class are really interested and engaged in a particular topic or an activity spurs them on, we adapt our teaching and what we are doing to match their enthusiasm!


Our Indoor Environment:

The indoor curriculum provides a stimulating learning environment and opportunities for the children to experience a quiet reading area, writing areas, maths area, small world, construction area, creative area, malleable area and an understanding the world area.  There is a wide range of resources available to the children through planned opportunities for both child initiated and adult led activities.  


Our Outdoor Environment:

The outdoor environment aims to mirror the indoor learning environment.  Children have the opportunity to practise their physical skills, be creative, learn about numbers and shape and the world around them in a much bigger environment with their peers. During the Spring term we will be looking at fundraising to enable us to buy new planters to develop a new growing area.


Forest School:

Your child will have the opportunity to enjoy Forest School throughout their time with us.  Forest School allows a wealth of outdoor learning opportunities. A chance for every child to play, explore and make sense of the world around them, taking risks and growing.