Early Years

Welcome to the Early Years!
Who Are We?
Class Teachers - Mrs Harrison, Miss Bibby & Mr Lovatt

Teaching Assistants - Mrs WebbMs Couchman, Miss HillMrs Lansley & Miss Cooper
Tiddler's Presentation 2020 - Parts 1 & 2

Part 1


Part 2


Distance Learning in the Early Years


During the Summer Term in the Early Years we have a new focus book to enjoy together. It's called 'Egg Drop' and it is written by Mini Grey.

Having spotted the school chickens enjoying this one we thought we'd give it a go!

It seems especially appropriate as we all enjoyed watching our school chicks hatch during the holidays.

Below is a link to the story.


We continue to be very proud of how busy and clever your children are being during their time away from school.

We love following their adventures through Earwig and Teams. Keep up the good work!


The links below will take you to our timetables for next week.

These will also be available on Teams, along with lots of other resources.


Click HERE to view our current Preschool timetable.

Click HERE to view our current Reception timetable.


We've also added Book Detective challenges this term. These can be used with any book your child chooses. Please find the links below.


Preschool Book Detective Challenge

Reception Book Detective Challenge


Distance Learning Weekly Timetable

And so begins our period of distance learning as we all adjust our new ways of working. Routine is key to keeping us all happy and healthy and with that in mind we have put together a simple timetable to help you all organise your time with your children. This loosely matches a typical school day in the Early Years. Please dip into this as much or as little as you like in these early days. We appreciate that it will take time to find a new routine. 

We've included links to websites and our own YouTube videos. Please bear with us while we get things up and running.

We'd love to see what you all up to so please send us photos and updates.

Click HERE to view our current Preschool timetable.

Click HERE to view our current Reception timetable.


Our Current Planning Mindmap 


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The 'Early Years Foundation Stage' (EYFS) is the stage of a child's development from birth to the end of the Reception year at school. It is based on four important principles:
A unique child
Positive relationships
Enabling environments
Learning and development

Play underpins all of the EYFS. Children must have the opportunity to play indoors and outdoors. It is through play that children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
There are three 'Prime Areas' of learning in the EYFS, that are viewed as the most essential for a child's readiness for future learning and healthy development.

The Prime Areas are fundamental, work together and move through to support development in all other areas;
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Physical Development

There are then four 'Specific Areas' of learning which build upon the prime areas.
The Specific Areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society;
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
None of these areas of learning can be delivered in isolation from each other.
There is more information available on the EYFS at the websites below. Click on an image to be taken to the website.

EYFS at Black Firs
With this in mind we are proud of our offer here at Black Firs. We strive to ensure the environment is stimulating and the children have the freedom to use their imaginations and make connections in their play.

We follow the children's interests in the themes we develop. While the themes come from the children's ideas and play, we then bring them to life with a book.
Recent examples of this include;
an interest in Hospitals, so we used 'Dr Miaow's Big Emergency' by Sam Lloyd
an interest in Superheroes, so we used 'Michael Recycle' by Ellie Bethel
an interest in Aeroplanes, so we used 'Pigs Might Fly' by Jonathan Emmett
an interest in Princes and Princesses, so we used 'The Princess and The Pea' by Lauren Child
and an interest in Pirates, so we used 'Capitain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs' by Giles Andreae