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Early Years Welcome Meeting - Friday 28th September

Our Learning

This half term we are learning about traditional tales and trying to answer the question,

"Can you tell a story?"

We have been exploring the story of Jack and the beanstalk as well as some other well known stories.  

See our curriculum web for more details.

Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years and Foundation Stage at Halsford Park School prepares the children for the wider world through consistent modelling of good behaviour strategies and language, helping children to relate to both their peers and adults in a positive way, and helping children develop vital life-skills, such as safety, kindness and considerate behaviour.

Day to day, the children learn by working and playing in a free-flow environment in which they have constant access to a wide variety of resources, including computers, role-play areas, creative and outside areas. By fostering independence and encouraging initiative at all times, the children learn through self-initiation and play in a safe, friendly and stimulating environment.

All teaching and learning is based around the government non-statutory document, Development Matters, and children work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals in the Prime and Specific Areas.
Teachers work closely with the children to ascertain and follow their interests, and so adapt the curriculum and learning to their specific needs. Short teaching inputs, group work, and one-to-one reading help ensure that the children are challenged and that the pace of learning is maintained.



Please follow these helpful links to find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage..

Our Learning


Over the coming weeks we will be talking lots about Christmas and trying to answer, "How do you celebrate at this time of year?".

We will also be getting ready for the Key Stage 1 production making sure we know our class song and actions ready for our performances on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th December. 




Find out Friday 


Please join us to find out what we have been learning throughout the week and how you can support your child at home. 

Find out Friday for the Spring term will begin on Friday 11th January at 2.40pm and take place on the following dates;

Friday 25th January (Please note this is the PTA Film Night)

Friday 8th February

Friday 1st March

Friday 15th March






Tapestry is an online resource which enables you to access your child's online learning journal.  You will need to provide the school with an email address in order to do this.  once you have done this and been registered by the school you can access this via this link:


You will also be able to add your own comments to the observations that have been made and share what your child has been doing at home with us!

Phonics Play 


You can access this free resource to play phonics games at home.  The children particularly like the 'Buried Treasure' and 'Obb and Bob'games.


Oxford Owl


Take a look at this free reading resource which includes e-books containing the Oxford Reading Tree characters.