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Burrsville Infant Academy

Create a Joy in Learning For Every Child

Welcome to Maple and Rowan classes

EYFS 2019-2020


See our curriculum map below to find out which exciting topics we will be learning about this year. 

Topic: Do you want to be friends?

Sparkling start: Tour of the school


We have had great fun settling into school and exploring our new environment. We spend part of the day in our own classes and use the rest of the time to explore the other classroom and outside area. Our teachers have been supporting us to make new friends, learn how to share and to follow our class and school rules. Some of our favourite areas to explore are the mud kitchen, creative activities, role play and construction areas. During our first few weeks of school we are working hard to get into a routine and manage our emotions. Here are some photographs of us exploring our new environment. 

We have also taken part in adult-guided activities, such as learning how to write our name, draw a self-portrait and talk about our families. The adults have given us practical activities to complete, such as counting a number of objects or ordering pictures from a story. This has helped them to find out what we know already and plan what they need to teach us next. 

Things that my grown ups can do to support me at home:

  • Teach me to write my name independently. This may start with tracing or copying to begin with. If I can write my name, help me form letters correctly and use capital letters in the correct place.
  • Practise my number recognition by hunting for numbers in the environment. Play lots of games that involve number recognition. I need to recognise numbers up to 20 and beyond by the end of the year. 
  • Encourage me to dress myself independently and manage my own personal needs, particularly when using the toilet. 
  • Explain that letters have a name and a sound. Introduce me to letter sounds first, but if I know letter names too this is great! Use 'Mr Thorne Does Phonics' on YouTube to ensure correct pronunciation. Begin with the 'Alphabet Series' to teach single letter sounds. 
  • Encourage me to use my words to communicate with other children and adults, including saying please and thank you.
  • Share my reading book and sight words regularly, daily if possible or at least three times a week.

For further suggestions about how to support my learning, please talk to the class teachers. 

Topic: Will you read me a story?

Fab Finish: Fairytale party and Family Fun Time event.


This term our learning was focused on traditional tales and stories. We learnt about how some stories are retold orally and changed over time. We began by learning the traditional tales, 'The Gingerbread Man' and 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. The children enjoyed making their own gingerbread people and enjoyed eating them even more! Our role play areas were linked closely to the stories we had been learning so we could practise retelling these stories and using vocabulary in our play. We applied our learning across the curriculum and completed a science experiment. We also used our counting skills to select the correct number of buttons and practised shape recognition when decorating gingerbread people. We went on to learn about the stories, 'The Jolly Postman' and 'The Jolly Christmas Postman', written by our authors of the month 'The Ahlbergs'.  

We have taken part in lots of celebrations throughout the term. Firstly, we took part in a skipping workshop to help us develop our gross motor skills. We then made our own poppies as part of a home learning challenge and took part in a Remembrance Day service. It wasn't long before we then started preparing for our Christmas celebrations! We worked very hard to learn songs and words for our Christmas performance. We also learnt the Christmas story and spoke about why some people celebrate Christmas or alternative celebrations. In the lead up to Christmas, we completed '10 Good Deeds in 10 Days' which included delivery Christmas cards to the local residents, making a Christmas hamper for the homeless shelter and caring for the school dog. We then took part in Christmas jumper day to raise money for 'Save the Children' and had our first school Christmas dinner! We went to the pantomime to celebrate all of the exciting Christmas learning that has taken place! 

Things that my grown ups can do to support me at home:

  • Continue to encourage me to practise my letter formation and write my first and last name, if I cannot already do so. Practise number recognition regularly, working to and beyond 20.
  • Talk to me about my school day and share my Tapestry learning journey with me at home. Contribute to my learning journey and share my home achievements and celebrations.
  • Share my reading book and sight words regularly, daily if possible or at least three times a week.
  • Ask me to retell stories that I have been learning at school.

For further suggestions about how to support my learning, please talk to the class teachers.