Early Years Foundation Stage




Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

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Class 1

Thank you for visiting Class 1's page!  The Reception children and some of the Year 1 children form the Class 1 group.  Here you can find out what we have been learning about.  You will also find our latest newsletters and other useful information.  If you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to get in touch.


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Spring Term 1 2022

Both the Year 1 and Reception children learn through our topic themed curriculum.  To ensure both year groups access the learning objectives that they need we link two topics together.

This term our Reception children’s topic is called What's that sound? Our learning will be focussed around the noises we hear, noises made by animals, noises that we can make (vocal sounds and instruments) and noisy stories.


The Year 1 Topic is Rio de Vida. Our learning will be focussed on finding out facts about Brazil, writing poetry based on the Rio Carnival and writing based on an Amazonian Folktale.

We started the term with a day learning all about Brazil. Thinking about the Rio Carnival, we made shakers and colourful masks and made tasty 'Brigadeiros' (chocolate treats).

We are planning to have our own carnival later in the term.


Autumn Term 2 2021

This term our Reception children’s topic is called Tell Me a Story and it is all about traditional tales with royal characters. 

Our Year 1 topic is called Magnificent Monarchs and is related to discovering all about significant monarchs from the past and present. We started the term by finding a copy of 'The Queen's knickers' and letter from the Queen!! It invited us to plan and then host a tea party, which was great fun.

Tell me a story: Reception children will learn through traditional stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk.

Where have the magic beans we found around the school come from and what should we do with them?

How did this beanstalk grow in the corner of our classroom? 

They will learn to sequence stories and create simple story maps as well as learning some simple historical facts.

Magnificent Monarchs is a history focussed topic and we will be delving into the past and finding out about monarchs. We will focus on learning about the lives of Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II, Henry VIII, William the Conqueror and Alfred the Great. Who were they? What did they do? Where did they live? What did they wear? Why are they significant in history? We will be using our knowledge to make a timeline as we go through the topic. During the term we will also take part in a Castles topic day with a visit from the History Van which promises to be an amazing fun packed day.

Autumn Term 1 2021

This term, the Reception children will learn about Dinosaurs as well as exploring the topic 'Do you want to be friends?' to help with settling into school life at St Giles.  The Year 1 children will focus on the topic 'Dinosaur Planet' and be fabulous role models to our new Reception children by making them feel welcome at our lovely school.

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Do you want to be friends?

The Reception children will be exploring questions such as - Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? What do you like to play?  In this project, we will explore these questions and more about friendship, being kind, similarities and differences, people who help us and working together.

Extra information

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Dinosaur Planet!

Watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl. They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth. Let’s explore the Dinosaur Planet. Imagine you’re a palaeontologist (that’s a scientist who studies bones and fossils). Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts.  Which is your favourite dinosaur? The Tyrannosaurus, the Brachiosaurus or the Micropachycephalosaurus? Doyouthinkhesawus? Yes, he did. Run!


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Take a look at some of our previous projects

Term 5 Topic

This term Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Infants) are learning 'Who lives in a rockpool?' and to be 'Beachcombers'

On the first day back at school the children discovered an abandoned beach bag in the classroom. Inside were a variety of objects you would need at the beach, plus a screwdriver and a spanner!! Who could it belong to? What would you need those for? They then discovered a notebook containing the address of a girl called Sally. We wrote to tell her what we had found and she very kindly sent us a book all about her adventures on the beach. We are going to use this and some non-fiction texts to investigate all the things you would find on a beach. We will also read poetry about the sea and read other seaside stories. In art we will carefully use pastels to draw shells and also look at the work of some famous artists and become artists ourselves.

Term 4 Topic: Shine and Shimmer

Home learning. Daily activities will be uploaded to:

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Term 3 Topic: The Night Sky

Home learning. Daily activities will be uploaded to:

Year 1 : Class Dojo

Year R: Tapestry

Term 2 Topic

This term Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Infants) are learning about all things Autumn!  To kick off the topic the children have already been on a scavenger hunt around the school grounds.  They were challenged with finding objects and pictures of items all associated with Autumn.  These were clues as to what they are going to be learning about in the coming term. 

Poppies - Remembrance

Woodland animals - Which animals have been visiting our outdoor area? What do they like to eat? Which animals are 'nocturnal?'

Purple fabric - Wear purple to raise money for JIA

Diwali candles - the Hindu festival of light 

Stars - the Christian festival of Christmas

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Term 1 Topic

Our first topic of the year is called Let’s Explore and we will start by exploring and investigating ourselves, our school, new routines and new friends. It is a new environment and it is our aim that all children feel happy, confident and settled about being here.

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