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Welcome to Otter Class! Our teachers are Mrs Kersey and Mrs Weedon. We are an EYFS class and welcome children in Nursery (from 3) and Reception.   We are supported by Mrs Jones and Mrs Cullen.

Our classroom is engaging and bright, and full of wonderful opportunities to play. We are also fortunate to have a fantastic outside space 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. Our topic this half term is 'Home Sweet Home'.

Otter Class EYFS Overview

Otter Class Learning map Autumn 1 2023

Otter Class Learning map Autumn 2 2023 Otter Class Learning Map Spring 1 2024

Phonics Overview 


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