The EYFS is a distinct phase of education with its own curriculum from birth to the end of the Reception year.

What does ‘EYFS’ mean?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

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What do we do in Bluebell Class?

To find out what we are going to be learning in Nursery this term, please click on the ‘Learning Web’ link:

 

YN, Bluebells class, learning web, summer 1 2024

 

Storytelling

We follow the ‘Talk4Writing‘ approach in our adult-led literacy curriculum.

At the beginning of the new school year in September we focused on the classic children’s story ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. This is a gentle tale of three baby owls that reassures young children that Mummy will always come home. Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. So they sit on a branch and wait… Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return. But, at last, she does and they bounce up and down with joy, welcoming her home.

Before half term we read and enjoyed the traditional tale ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children learned lots of language relating to size such as humungous, enormous, biggest, smallest, tiny, weeny, middle-sized and medium. We cooked and tasted porridge and decided that, like Goldilocks, we prefer it when it is neither too hot nor too cold but “just right” !

 

In Autumn 2 we focused on ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. Baby Bear wants to go on one more adventure before bed – a quick trip to the moon. Mrs Bear isn’t pleased, and anyway, she says, Baby Bear doesn’t have a rocket. Luckily, there’s one under the stairs . . .

In Spring 1 2024 our core story is ‘Peace at Last’, another wonderful story by Jill Murphy. With a snoring Mrs Bear, an excitable Baby Bear and a house full of tapping and dripping and ticking, peace is hard to come by – will Mr Bear ever get a decent night’s sleep?
The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make Jill Murphy’s delightful Peace at Last an all-time favourite bedtime story with children and adults everywhere.

In Spring 2 2024 our core story will be ‘A Seed in Need’ by Sam Godwin. This is an information book that is a simple and engaging first look at the life cycle of plants, for very young readers.