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Maple Class

Welcome to Maple! We are the EYFS.

Welcome to the Early Years Team: Mrs May, Mrs Heathershaw, Miss Hurley, Mrs Ferbrache and Mrs Salmon. We welcome children in the Early Years (Nursery and Reception) into our class.

Maple Class Room

 We have a different topic every half term, which encompasses the children's interests and needs. All the children have the opportunity to participate in an adult led phonics and maths activity every morning. We also have exciting challenges to explore within our enhanced provision. We know that purposeful play is REALLY important and we love to explore different challenges within the provision. The children will have many opportunities to learn in our lovely outdoor environment too. 




The New EYFS Framework 2021

There are seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS framework. All areas are important and inter-connected. Our children’s learning experiences enable them to develop skills and competency in all areas, not just academically but also socially, emotionally and physically.

The seven areas are split into Prime and Specific areas. The three Prime areas which are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and have the language for learning are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

There are also four Specific areas, through which the three prime areas are further strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Then, the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning weave through all seven areas of learning. Children in the early years are becoming more powerful learners and thinkers and the characteristics develop as they learn to do new things, acquire new skills, develop socially and emotionally, and become better communicators. Children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other.  

Have a look at our topic rolling programme and phonics overview. Further detail can be found under the Curriculum tab.

EYFS Rolling Programme Reception Phonics Overview

Can I see in the dark?

What makes me marvellous?

Marvellous Me Learning Map - Nursery Marvellous Me Learning Map - Reception

Home learning challenges - Reception Phonics home learning challenges - Reception

Where is the treasure?


How does your garden grow?

Our topic for the Summer term is 'Hungry Caterpillar'.

Hungry Caterpillar Learning Map Hungry Caterpillar Home Learning



Who lives in a castle?


Our topic for Spring 2 is 'Who lives in a castle?' Reception are looking forward to visiting Castle Drogo.

Castles Learning Map

Who helps me?

We started 2023 with the topic 'Emergency?'

Emergency Home Learning



Check out the animation we made!



 What do people celebrate?

Last half term we asked the question 'What do people celebrate?'

Let's Celebrate Learning Map

 Who lives with me?

We started the year with the topic 'Fabulous Families'. 

Fabulous Families Learning Map Fabulous Families Home Learning

Grandparent Cafe

Sparks in the Sky


Sparks in the Sky Learning Map-R Sparks in the sky- N