Early Years Foundation Stage

EYFS 2021

Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) page. We are a unit of Nursery (3 and 4 year olds) and Reception (4 and 5 year olds) children. Here you can find out all about our setting and the learning that takes place.


In our EYFS unit we intend for children to be ready, respectful and safe. Ready for the next stage in their learning journey. Ready to be challenged and to challenge themselves.

We teach children to be respectful of others and of the many wonderful differences that make each child unique. We support children to feel safe through our positive relationships and our stimulating environment. We aspire for all children to feel safe to explore, manage their own risks and to make safe choices.

We are determined for our children to be confident, independent and to believe in themselves.

Miss Marley

EYFS lead and class teacher

Miss Gilder

Class teacher

Mrs Capewell

Teaching assistant

Mrs Tofil-Potocka

Teaching assistant

Mrs Fleming

Teaching assistant

Mrs Korzeniewska

Teaching assistant

We are very lucky to have a large learning area for the children to use.  The photos on the left are of our ‘big room’ and our two classrooms and the photos on the right are our outdoor area. All of these areas are where the children will choose their independent learning through play. 

Every class has at least one school councillor to help share their classes’ views and make changes across the school.



Every class has at least 1 dojo master. The dojo masters help show visitors around school and explain what they are/have been doing in class.



Our Curriculum



Click on the tabs below to find out more information about each topic. Throughout the year we will also add pictures of memorable experiences and hooks!

In this topic the children will learn all about traditional tales and how stories are structured. We will read 2 stories using our Talk for Writing skills. The children will learn to orally retell the story, draw a story hill, innovate/change the story and then retell their own version of the story. 

Also during this half term our topic work will include talking about feelings, changes in seasons and our families.

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For this half term we will be focusing on characters and how to change them in the story.

Reception Talk for Writing story


Mr Ridgley, our site manager, found something strange on the cameras today. He gave us the footage and we were shocked to see what he had found. There was a bear in our big room!

Where had it come from? Why was it there? The children had great fun sharing their experiences and ideas to answer the questions.


We made porridge like mummy bear. We made sure that is was not too hot and it was just right. We even made it sweeter by adding our favourite fruit; strawberries, raspberries or banana.

This half term we are continuing to learn about traditional tales. In Talk for writing we are learning a new story where we will innovate the settings within the story. We will also learn some instructions in the style of Talk For Writing to help us follow a recipe.

In maths we are learning to represent and compare numbers 1-5. We will look at the composition of each number and how the numbers can be made up of other numbers. We will find and begin to say the number that is one more and one less than these numbers. We will also learn about the different shapes that are associated with these numbers.

Also this half term in Topic we will be learning about Diwali, Remembrance Day, Winter and Christmas. We will be using art to express our ideas as well as learning about rhythm and pitch in music.

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This half term we will be innovating the houses that the 3 little pigs made.


We came to school after the half term holiday to find muddy footprints on the floor. Who do they belong to? As we followed the footprints it led to some straw, sticks and some bricks. We had a discussion about what made the footprints and why the materials had been left.

We came to school to find some strange footprints leading to out oven in the role-play area. The children were fascinated in where they had come from and came up with some great ideas. “It’s the Gingerbread man.”


We learned the instructions on how to make gingerbread men. The children then worked in partners to retell the instructions and make them. Before we could eat them we were met with another surprise. The gingerbread men had run away! We made lost posters and put them up around the hall. Luckily Mrs Martin found them and we finally got to eat them. They were delicious!!

As well as our experiences linked to our stories we had great fun getting ready for Christmas. From decorating the tree,  to pantos, Christmas dinner, Zoom with Santa, the Elves delivering presents and our Christmas party. What a way to end our first term!

In this topic we will be learning all about travelling. We will learn about transport old and new, how things move and holiday destinations. We will also learn how to keep safe on the roads as well as exploring imaginary and real journeys.

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This half term we will be exploring the problems and solutions in a story and thinking about how we can innovate these.


We received a letter from Mr Gumpy asking for our help!

Memorable experience

To start off our topic we did a transport survey. We walked down the road to the nearest bus stop and counted the transport we could see. We then recorded the tally marks for each piece of transport. We really enjoyed listening for transport, predicting what it might be and seeing the different modes of transport.

In this topic we will be learning all about wild animals that live in Africa. We will learn about African habitats, Camouflage and African culture.

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This half term we will be looking at descriptive language and how we can describe characters within a story.


We had some parcels delivered in the post. We were really confused when we read the labels – scary, grumpy, naughty, jumpy and perfect. We thought about what could be inside, linking it to our new topic and the animals we had explored the day before. We even thought the zoo had sent them. We opened the parcels to find we had been sent a scary snake, a grumpy camel, a naughty monkey, a jumpy frog and a perfect dog.

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Our trip to Twycross Zoo.

To help us to innovate different zoo animals in our Dear Zoo story we went to see them. We had great fun observing them and seeing them up close.

This half term we will be learning about healthy eating, different food groups, the benefits of exercise and the origins of food. We will be following lots of healthy recipes and talking about the importance of a healthy body.
We also get to learn about Superheroes and create our own!

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This half term we will be combining our knowledge of our innovates so far and changing characters and describing them. We will also look at the different options for problems that are created and how we can solve these problems.



Our teachers received a very strange email on the first day back with the subject message ‘Mwahahahahahaha.’ Click the link below to see who it was from?

Evil Pea message

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Coming soon!

We are going on a shopping trip to Sainsbury’s to buy fruit and vegetable and try some new healthy food. I wonder what we will like the best?

To end our year in Reception we will be learning about reflections, mirrors, photography and symmetry. We will draw self portraits and explore our imaginations.
We will also be reflecting on our year and talking about transition ready for Year 1.

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This half term we will be innovating the settings in our story. We will be using our imaginations and our previous learning of imaginary and real journeys to help us write our new story.


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Our Experiences and Opportunities



We do lots of exciting things throughout the year, this may be part of our topic or additional experiences, click on the tabs below to have a look.

Two of the children in our unit have an allotment with their Grandparents. Over the summer they had been growing lots of yummy vegetables. The boys brought them in for us to have and we decided to make a vegetable soup. The children helped to wash, peel and chop the vegetables before adding them to the slow cooker. We all then shared the soup for snack. It was delicious!

In UTW the children have been learning all about Diwali. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and learned about where the name Diwali came from. The story explained the victory of good over bad and how people lit lamps to show Rama and Sita the way home, hence Diwali meaning ‘row of lighted lamps.’

We talked about how the festival is celebrated and listened to one of our friends explain how she celebrates. The children enjoyed working together to retell the story and decorate Rangoli patterns. They even taught each other how to make Diva lamps.

In the week beginning 15th November we raised awareness of two charities; Anti-bullying Alliance and Children in Need. We spoke about how to be kind and what things we could do to help. The children read stories about kindness, painted their hands and worked together to build a kindness tree. The children spoke about what they could do to be kind and tried hard to show different acts of kindness all week.

As part of our Spring 1 topic ‘I wonder how we’ll get there?’ we went to the Derby Museum of Making. We walked there and back observing lots of transport on the way. While we were there we watched the model railway as well as explored the different transport. We found a Penny Farthing that we had been learning about in UTW and made links to our merit point team Royce when we found a jet engine made by Rolls Royce.

As part of our Spring 2 topic ‘I wonder why it looks like that?’ we read ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes – A Village tale from Kenya by Mary and Rich Chamberlin.’ We then made our own pancakes. Some of us had sugar as a topping, some had sugar and lemon and some ate them plain. We even had a go at flipping our own Playdoh pancakes after watching Miss Marley to it. It was harder than we thought.

To help us innovate what pet we would like at the end of our Dear Zoo story we had a visit from Animal Club. Chloe brought along her many pets. We had a great time holding them and learning more about them.

In Summer 1 we are taking part in a 6 week programme called Rammie’s Little Movers. Sara and Jen from Derby County Community Trust came in week 1 to introduce the programme and deliver the lesson. We had great fun listening to ‘Oliver’s Vegetable’ written by Vivien French, acting out the story and practising our Physical literacy skills. We are looking forward to the next few weeks.

Things you need to know.

Please check Class Dojo for your child’s home learning. Also remember that reading with your child is part of their home learning. We would like you to read with your child at least three times a week. 

Our PE sessions are every Tuesday. The children enjoy learning different skills through gymnastics, dance and games. PE is led by Miss Marley and Miss Gilder. 

As part of the curriculum children need to develop their independence when changing. Therefore children are currently removing their jumpers, socks and shoes. This will continue to happen until October half term.

After October half term children will be changing into their PE kits. They will need a white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers or leggings and black pumps. All items will need to be labelled with your child’s name and placed into a PE bag also with their name on.

Last day of Autumn One half term – Friday 22nd October 2021 at  3:30pm

October holdiay – Monday 25th October to Friday 29th October 2021

Inset day – Monday 1st November 2021

Autumn Two half term begins – Tuesday 3rd November 2021

Pantomime – Friday 17th December 2021

Autumn Two half term ends – Wednesday 22nd November 2021 at 3:30pm

Christmas holiday – Thursday 23rd December 2021 to Friday 7th January 2022



Spring One half term begins – Monday 10th January 2022

Spring One half term ends – Thursday 17th February 2022 at 3:30pm

Inset day – Friday 18th February 2022



Spring Two half term begins – Monday 28th February 2022

Red Nose Day – Friday 18th March 2022 – Superhero day

Parent’s afternoon – Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March 2022

Twycross Zoo school trip – Thursday 24th March 2022

Spring Two half term ends – Thursday 7th April 2022

Inset – Friday 8th April 2022



Summer One half term begins – Monday 25th April 2022

Summer One half term ends – Friday 27th May 2022 at 3:30pm



Summer Two half term begins – Monday 6th June 2022

Inset – Monday 13th June 2022

Pantomime – Tuesday 19th July 2022

Summer Two half term ends – Friday 22nd July 2022 at 3:30pm

Contact Us

Firs Primary School
Raven Street
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782

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