Welcome to Dolphins!

        Class Teacher: Mrs Shaw                                          Teaching Assistant: Miss Bailey





General Information

In our school we follow the EYFS curriculum. This emphasises the need for children to learn in an active way through play and practical activities, both inside and outdoors. 


The 7 areas of learning within the Foundation Stage are:

  • Communication and Language (CL)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Literacy (L)
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Expressive Art and Design (EAD)
  • Understanding the World (UW)


These areas are covered by:

  • a daily phonics session
  • a daily maths session 
  • daily song and story time
  • weekly topic activities
  • weekly circle time 
  • creative activities in the outdoor classroom
  • forest school
  • children have the chance to learn indoors and outdoors throughout the week


If you would like to find out more about our curriculum and long-term themes please visit this page on our website:




Once the children have been allocated a reading book and reading record we will endeavour to read 1:1 with your child once a week (in addition to daily whole-class reading). 


Our P.E. time will be on a Friday morning.  Please ensure your child has a labelled indoor and outdoor P.E. kit in school, on this day.


We would love for you to be involved in our learning. We will update our class page regularly and share learning observations via the EvidenceMe app. If you are having any problems accessing this app please speak to myself or a member of the admin team. 


Nurturing Nature

This half-term we will be learning all about our environment and celebrating everything nature! We will begin by being inspired by Yayoi Kasuma's art and developing printing skills to create a nature picture.

We will be learning about plants through stories such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Pattan's Pumpkin', exploring life-cycles and observing plants and flowers as they grow.

We will be creating 'me maps' and learning about our environment, which we will explore with a trip to our local M&S and other amenities that are within walking distance. We will talk about how plants grow to bear fruit and vegetable and locate these within a supermarket. 

Inspirational People

This half-term we will be learning about inspirational people. This will begin with learning what the word 'inspire' means and how this links to our school values and ethos. We will be using literature such as 'Greta and the Giants' to explore aspects such as Climate Change and how we can be inspired by others to make positive changes in our own lives and environments. 

We are excited to explore more about the world around us and differing types of transport. We will learn about Neil Armstrong, as well as 'amazing women in space'.  

Feathers, Fur and Fins

This half-term we will have a focus on animals with feathers, animals with fur, and animals with fins. We will learn the locality of these animals and their habitats. 

We will be using lots of key texts such as 'The Little Red Hen' to orally rehearse stories, develop our vocabulary and practice rhyming. 

In maths, we will be learning about the composition of numbers up to 5. We will talk about 'fewer' and 'more than' as well as 'equal to'. 

We will also be celebrating events such as 'Maths Rocks' and 'Lunar New Year'. 


This half term we will be exploring and learning about different celebrations. We will be talking about celebrations that are important to us, our families and different communities. 

As we move closer towards Christmas, we will be having a History and Science focus where we will be learning about toys, their uses and toys within living memory (e.g. toys played with when we were babies, compared to toys we play with now). Please see our curriculum newsletter for more information. 

Happy Me!

We are so proud of how well the children have settled into their new learning environments and routines. In the first few weeks we have done lots of exploring, mark-making, painting, threading, circle-times and dancing as well as learning about ourselves, others and our families. 

Here are some pictures of our first term at school. 

Crocodile Snap Pencil Grasp Childrens Song

Crocodile Snap is a children's song designed to help children improve the fine motor skills the need to hold a pencil.

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