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Early Years Foundation Stage


We believe that all of our pupils can achieve and each pupil has their own personal talent; our WOW performances at the end of our topics showcase these talents, for example dancing, singing, role play and large scale artwork. This term we enjoyed showcasing our Wow via our YouTube channel. Our Wow beginnings immerse pupils in experiences that inspire them throughout their learning – next term we’re looking forward to visiting the woodland area at the Junior School! This term our Topic has been Colours of the World, encompassing many different celebrations. We particularly enjoyed learning about the story of Rama and Sita and learning a song about this too - you might have heard Oak class sing this in our Wow.


Our curriculum encompasses child initiated experiences, balanced with group inputs and one to one teaching time. All of our pupils have the opportunity to access our spacious outdoor area every day, where they flourish into resilient, collaborative and confident learners. Our inside ‘Sunshine room’ promotes Expressive Art and Design, alongside fine motor and water play. Recently our pupils have been enthusiastic in the home corner role playing their own version of the story Peace at Last. Outside the ‘Enchanted Wood’ offers imaginative play – with a storytelling chair, sensory kitchen and large sandpit, as well as large water wall and planting area. This term children have been creating their own music and performing to each other on the ‘Enchanted Wood Stage’, Jingle Bells being a firm favourite. Our playground promotes gross motor skills, with large climbing equipment and a construction shed. The large open construction items e.g. crates, planks, tyres and reels also promote pupils’ imaginative and collaborative play. This term pupils have been working together to build their own pathway to guide Rama and Sita home, as well as creating large Rangoli patterns. 


We teach Read, Write Inc phonics every day and pupils swiftly learn phonemes, graphemes and develop their blending and segmenting skills. They develop a love of books and are motivated to start to read, Read, Write Inc story books. This term children have been celebrating their success with phonics – beginning applying the phonemes and digraphs they have learnt to read words independently. They have also begun to apply this in their mark making, beginning to label their drawings in response to what they have read. We use numicon to teach number and pupils quickly learn to count, add and subtract. They soon develop knowledge of number bonds, through visual representation. This term pupils have been learning about the different colours, shape and values of the numicon tiles. They can recognise each tile automatically, order them 1-5 and some 1-10. They have also begun to explore number bonds and different ways to create the same number.


At Hillborough Infant and Nursery School, first and foremost we develop our pupils’ love of learning. Our school drivers are at the heart of our curriculum and consist of possibilities – this term we explored all the possibilities stories give to our imaginative play and endeavoured to help Mr Bear to find somewhere to sleep; community – this term we shared photographs of our own families, we became part of the Hillborough family and joined in with many celebrations; arts – this term we used our little fingers to make unforgettable rainbow keepsakes; wellbeing – this term we have learnt about making good choices and made lots of new friends! We can’t wait to start our new topic The Wonderful World of Julia Donaldson.