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Welcome to EYFS at Fleetdown

We would like to welcome you all to our EYFS page! We hope that you find this information useful. If you have any additional questions, please speak to a member of the EYFS team or message us through Class Dojo. 


The Reception Team 2023- 2024

Mrs R Hothi- EYFS lead, RWI Lead and Neon Fish Class Teacher 

Mrs C Annett - Music & Music Pathway Lead and Parrot Fish Class Teacher

Miss J Hadley- Community Pathway Lead and Rainbow Fish Class Teacher

Mrs A Alexander- HLTA

Mrs M Ould- Associate Teacher 

Mrs L Holmes- Associate Teacher

Miss V Jennings- Associate Teacher

How Your Child Will be Learning

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.


As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. 

Term 1


During Term 1, the children will experience a gradual transition from Nursery to Reception. Children will continue to have opportunities to access play-based learning experiences during the first few weeks before being introduced to Read, Write, Inc (Phonics) and a short input session for Maths. We will be focusing on who we are as a person, what our likes and dislikes are, our family and friends, how we are feeling and what makes us US! 


We will be focusing on the well-being of the children making sure they are feeling happy, safe and valued within their environment, as well as helping the children to adjust to the everyday routine of school. 

Term 2 


What a fantastic start our amazing children had in term 1. We are so proud of each and every one of them with how well they settled in to Reception. We are now going in to term 2 with lots of exciting events taking place. During this term, we will be learning about Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita. The children will be taking part in an Indian dance workshop and making Indian sweets as part of the celebration. We will also be learning about the importance of Pudsey the bear and how the aim is to improve children’s lives by ensuring they are safe, happy and secure. The children will be taking part in activities for road safety week to make sure they are safe around the roads and then we will move on to learning about Christmas and getting ready for our Christmas performance! Alongside our exciting curriculum activities, we will be introducing the children to baking this term where they are to follow a recipe themselves and bake their own cakes by using scales- how exciting! 😊

Term 3 


We're back after a lovely Christmas break and ready to learn! During Term 3 we are going to start the term by talking about friendships, how to make them and how to keep them - after we discuss what you all did over the holidays! After that we will be using a variety of traditional tales to guide our learning including Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and more. We will also be undertaking some science experiments focusing on ice and water so be prepared to get a bit chilly! Finally, we will end our term learning about Lunar New Year also known as Chinese New Year, we will be trying food from different cultures, learning about the traditions that they follow during this time and even have a fun filled workshop with some special visitors.

Term 4

Welcome back to Term 4! This term we are going to start by going on an adventure to the rainforest, what it looks like, how it's different to where we live and what animals might live there. After this we will be learning about food, how to have a balanced diet and what food does to our bodies. This term we will also be celebrating World Book Day, Red Nose Day, Holi and Easter.

In our maths lessons we are going to be learning about length, height, measurement, time, 3D shapes as well as securing our knowledge of numbers to 10.

Term 5


Where has the time gone, term 5 already! This term we are going to be learning about our planet and the other planets in our solar system before creating our own planets, what would you name your planet and what would it look like? Later in the term we have a very exciting trip planned to Godstone Farm where we will be meeting a variety of farm animals and learning all about their lives!

Can you explain how you are feeling and why? One week we are going to be digging deep into feelings, why we feel that way, how we can help ourselves feel when we are feeling sad or angry as well as how we can identify how someone else is feeling.

The last week of term we are going to have a real focus on maths, we will be setting homework to create your own maths game and finally inviting parents into school to play these games with their children and their friends.

Term 6

The last term, we made it! The EYFS children have done so well this year and come along so far, we should be so proud of all of them!

This term we have lots of fun things planned, we're starting the term by learning about the changes in seasons as now it is summer and how to stay safe in the sun. After this we are going to talk about our oral hygiene, why it is so important to look after our teeth and what happens at the dentist.

In week 3 we are learning all about space, the planets and we'll even imagine ourselves as astronauts! We will also be discussing diversity; what makes us different and what makes us the same as others, does that matter and should we treat anyone differently because of it?

We also have our sports day on Monday 1st July so we hope you can all join us!

Later in the term we have our transition day where the children meet their new teachers and spend a day in their new classrooms.

To end our year we will be having a carnival celebration day as well as a teddies bears picnic where we will invite the parents in to join us!


Together Everyone Achieves More