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Church of England Primary School

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EYFS (Reception) – RR Owls RKP Hedgehogs

Welcome to our EYFS Information Page


Hedgehogs are taught by Mrs King and Mrs Patient

Teaching Assistant: Mr Woods

Owls are taught by Mrs Reeve

Teaching Assistant: Miss Dance


In the early years we use Tapestry, an online learning journal for assessment and communication purposes between school and home. Parents have their unique login that offers access to their child's learning journey and the opportunity to post their own observations to contribute a child's learning from home. These observations are discussed with the children and the children are given opportunities to share their learning experiences at home with their friends in school. At Fermor, we pride ourselves on having a good relationship with our parents and Tapestry is a valuable link to that relationship. 



We have PE sessions every Wednesday mornings. Your child will need to come ready dressed for PE, colour group t-shirt, blue shorts and trainers (navy or black joggers are acceptable if the weather is cold) and to bring their school uniform and shoes in their red PE  bag for changing into after PE. 



Swimming is temporarily not happening at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions. We will inform parents when swimming resumes.


Please provide for your child: (All named please)

Wellington books that stay at school.

A water bottle - topped up with fresh water daily.

A book bag - that includes your school reading book and contact book.

An all in one waterproof or two piece for outside play.

An apron for messy play.





Newsletter- Week ending 17th December 


Dear parents,


Can you believe we have reached the end of the children’s first term at school? It doesn’t seem long ago since we first met your children during the school visits in sunny September! It has been wonderful getting to know your children during these last three months. We so appreciate your ongoing support in a challenging and slightly different term. We hope your child has really enjoyed the first part of their Fermor journey.


Next term our topic is ‘Our Wonderful World.’ During this topic we will be exploring different celebrations, our wider world, recycling and reusing and how different families celebrate different festivals. We ask that your child brings in/or shares on Tapestry a photograph of an event/festival your family celebrate as a unit.


We aim to teach the children the importance of looking after our world, including our immediate school environment. With this in mind, we have been thinking about how we can develop some areas in our classrooms and we would like to introduce some real life objects which need looking after and handling carefully, i.e. plates, bowls, teapot, spoons and cups and saucers. If you have any of these items that you would be happy to donate to our classrooms, that would be highly appreciated. We would also like to make our home corner and reading area more personable and meaningful for the children. For Owls, we ask that your child brings in a photograph showing them with member/s of their family. For Hedgehogs we would like a photograph of your child reading. We encourage you to be creative with the setting in your photograph. Perhaps your child enjoys reading in the bath or on the swings?!


PE will still be on Wednesday mornings. Please continue to bring your child to school already dressed in their PE School Kit with their school uniform in a separate bag.

Swimming will commence the week beginning 11th January starting with Hedgehogs class.

We wish you a peaceful and restful Christmas break. We hope you are able to enjoy this time wherever and however you celebrate.


Here’s to a happy and healthy 2021.


Kindest regards,


The Early Years Team

Newsletter- Week ending 11th December


Dear parents,


It has been an exciting, festive and busy week in Early Years this week!


This week we filmed our Nativity show. The children sung the Christmas songs beautifully and were fantastic at remembering the words and actions of the Christmas Story. We will upload the video of the children’s nativity on Tapestry shortly- watch this space! We hope you enjoy watching the show and it brings you some festive cheer! The children can’t wait for you all to see them in their costumes. Thank you for your support with providing extra items for your child’s costume. Please ensure that the video is not shared on social media or other online platforms (as outlined on your Sir Henry Fermor Tapestry Online User Agreement.)


Next week, we will be getting even more into the Christmas spirit by making Christmas decorations, Christmas crafts and writing Christmas cards. We have lots of Christmas activities going on, especially on Wednesday 16th December, which is our Christmas WOW Wednesday!

Firstly, it’s our school Christmas jumper day on this day. We ask that your child comes into school wearing a Christmas jumper on top of their school uniform.

Secondly, it’s Christmas Dinner day. Please remember to select an option for your child for their Christmas dinner on parent pay. There will be a meat option and a vegetarian option (veggie burger). If your child would prefer a sandwich rather than a cooked Christmas dinner, please write this in your child's contact book by Tuesday at the latest. There will be the usual sandwich choice of cheese, ham and Tuna.


Thirdly, the children will have an opportunity to visit Santa in his Grotto. The cost is £4 per visit and money raised will go towards our school. For £4, the children will receive a sweet treat from Santa, a beautiful bag of homemade, environmentally friendly reindeer food, a homemade tree decoration to take home and paint AND… a photo with Santa himself!


Just a friendly reminder that we will not be doing any PE on Wednesday. Also, as the temperature is getting much colder, it is really important that children come into school with gloves, scarves and hats for them to wear during outside play time.


Have a lovely weekend,


Early Years Team

NEWSLETTER- Week ending 27th November


Dear Parents,

It’s been a great week in Early Years this week and the children’s behaviour has been fantastic! Although the days are getting darker and it’s getting a little chillier, all of the children continue to have such a positive attitude towards school and their learning. It’s wonderful seeing them so excited as they arrive at school in the mornings! This week the children completed another successful PE session. They are doing so well at getting changed back into their uniforms- thank you for all of your support with this.



In Maths this week we have been learning all about patterns. We have discussed how patterns are all around us, on animal fur, curtains, wall paper, our clothes etc. Perhaps you could go on a pattern walk around your home with your child and explore the patterns in your household? Or maybe your child could collect some natural objects on a local walk and make a pattern using these items? Please feel free to post pictures of any home learning on Tapestry- we would love to see some pattern work!



In Phonics we have learnt 4 new sounds ‘r’ ‘u’ ‘h’ and ‘b’ as well as some new tricky words ‘into’ and ‘go.’  Where possible, please practise these sounds and tricky words with your child at home. Please remind your child that tricky words are words that we are unable to sound out, we simply have to remember what they look like! The children have been really enjoying mark making this week and many of them are keen to have a go at writing the sounds we have learnt using chalk, shaving foam and good old fashioned felt tip pens and paper! The children are also showing an enthusiasm to blend sounds together to read whole words which is fantastic.


PE kits

Quite a few items from PE kits are being lost and misplaced. Please can we ensure that all items of the school PE kit and uniform are clearly labelled. Also if your child brings home an item of clothing which does not belong to them please return these to school as soon as you can.



The final swimming session will take place this coming Monday (Monday 30th November.) This is Owl’s swimming session.



We are going to be organising and filming a nativity show for this upcoming Christmas period for you all to enjoy. Hopefully this will add a little festive cheer and sparkle to your Decembers!

This week we have been busy assigning nativity roles for your children. We will contact you separately through tapestry to inform you if you need to provide extra items to complete your child’s outfits.


We hope you are all keeping well during this difficult time.


Wishing you all a peaceful weekend. Thank you for all of your continued support.

Many thanks,

Early Years team

Week ending 13th November 2020


Dear Parents,

We have arrived at the end of another busy week. Thank you for your kind donations this morning to Children in Need - to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. It is good to take part in this worthwhile cause that has been making positive changes in children's lives for 40 years!


Hedgehogs began the week with their first swimming session. We were proud of how the children listened well to the swimming teacher and on return to the classroom they were all enthusiastic about the experience. Owls class have their first swimming session on Monday 16th November. Wednesday was our first PE session in the KS1 hall. All the children loved joining in with the bean game and the traffic light game and especially enjoyed noticing how their hearts were beating faster. Thank you for making sure the children came to school in their PE clothes and after PE it proved to be a smooth transition back into their school uniform. That will be our routine for now every Wednesday morning.


Other events that have happened this week include Remembrance Day (Poppies). We talked about remembering the people who went to war and watched the lovely animated short film on Cbeebies. The children loved telling me in the afternoon about the loud noises and the poppies that grew in the fields. Some children wanted to be creative and printed their own poppies with apple halves or used their fingers to make the petals on the poppies.


This week in phonics we have learnt new sounds m, d, g and o. These sounds are coming home today attached to your reading record. Please practice the pure sounds - not putting uh on the end. We recommend you check out Oxford Owl pure sounds on youtube for tutorials of all the sounds (so you won't be caught out by your child). Saying the pure sounds makes it easier to blend the sounds to make words. We have also started today to learn some tricky words - these are words we cannot sound out e.g I, the (you just need to know them).
Soon we will send some tricky words and high frequency words home so you can learn them. These are the words that we see most frequently in books so repetition is the key.

This week we are sending some decodable captions home to read in your reading record to practice blending at home. It is so important to spend a little bit of time practicing and we would appreciate a comment in your reading record as to how your child responded to blending.


In maths, we have been looking at capacity and enjoying telling each other when a bottle or container is empty, half full and full. Keep practicing at home even at bath time by asking how full the water is etc. You can extend by saying 'the water is nearly empty now' as you let the bath water out. We will focus on numbers 6-10 next week as we introduce a 10 frame.


We hope you enjoy your weekend together.

Kind regards

The EYFS Team




Week ending 6th November 


Dear parents, 


We hope you have had a restful half term break and managed to have lots of fun with your family (despite the rain!). We have been really impressed by how well the children have settled back into school this week and it was great to see the children returning to school with such positivity, enthusiasm and energy. The children have enjoyed sharing with one another what they have been up to over the half term- pumpkin carving seemed to be a very popular activity!   


As always, it’s been a very busy week in Early Years. The children have had their flu sprays, visited the swimming pool and even baked some bread! The children were so excited to visit the swimming pool and they can’t wait to get started with their swimming lessons. Swimming lessons will commence the week beginning 16th November (Hedgehogs will be swimming this week and Owls will be swimming the following week.) Please remember to provide the following for your child: a swimming costume, a swimming hat and a onesie/tracksuit. Also, please ensure that each item from their swimming kit is clearly named. 


We are starting PE next Wednesday (11th November.) In order to make the transition of getting changed a little easier and speedier, we ask that on each Wednesday you bring your child to school already dressed in their PE kit carrying their school uniform in a separate bag. We will be sending any PE kits home that are already in school this coming Friday. 


In Phonics this week, we have been learning about the letters ‘p’ ‘I’ ‘n’ and the sounds they make. We are starting to blend the sounds we have learnt to read simple whole words such as ‘pin’ ‘in’ ‘sit’ etc. Please support your child’s phonics learning at home by going through the flashcards (attached to the reading record) each time you read with your child. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to Phonics, please let us know and we can support you. 

In Maths this week, the children have been learning how to compare quantities of objects using vocabulary such as ‘more’ and ‘fewer.’ We have also been comparing heights using the terms ‘shorter’ and ‘taller.’ The children have enjoyed comparing heights with each other to see who is taller! Next week we will be looking at capacity. Perhaps you could explore capacity at home by filling up different containers and using the words ‘full’ and ‘empty’ to discuss their capacity.   


With the second lockdown now upon us, we understand that this is a really challenging time for many families. If you have any worries at all in regards to school life during this lockdown period, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Wishing you a restful weekend. 


Stay safe. 


Best wishes, 

The EYFS team 

Welcome to our EYFS information page

(Early Years Foundation Stage)


RR Owls are taught by Mrs Reeve

RKP Hedgehogs are taught by Mrs King and Mrs Patient

Our teaching assistants are Miss Dance and Mr Woods

New to EYFS Open Day Powerpoint

Your First Year in School 

The Early Years Foundation Stage aims to develop children to their full potential through play based learning. The areas of learning are divided into 7 areas of learning:

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Specific Areas:



Understanding The world

Expressive Arts and Design


At Fermor, we provide a safe and stimulating environment. The teachers and TA’s observe and assess learning to inform next steps. We see every child as an individual and plan exciting and playful activities based on the children’s interests and development.


Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. This is referred to as the Characteristics of Effective Learning.


Forest School:

Children in reception attend Forest School weekly. This takes place in our attractive woodland area. Experiences include outdoor woodland games, craft in the natural environment and cooking over the fire. Play is recognised as an important part of Forest School and activities are based on the children’s interest and unique way of learning.


˜Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults, regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland environment˜

Forest Education Initiative (FEI)


Parent Partnership

At Fermor we pride ourselves on our partnership with parents. We use Tapestry, an online learning journal, to share the children’s development as well as communicate important information and dates with parents. This is a two way communication, with parents adding their own observations of their child, which is shared with the class. The children love to share their experiences whilst developing their confidence and language skills. 



At Fermor we feel that the transition from pre school to nursery is a big step for children (and parents). Therefore we provide supportive opportunities for the children to visit their new classroom and get to know the team through stay and play sessions, story times and nursery visits in term 6. Before children start in Reception, a home visit is offered to new parents, giving the opportunity to talk informally with the Early Years Foundation Stage staff.


Parent quote: “I love how much time they spend learning outdoors. The muddier my son is when I pick him up the more fun he has had learning that day”

Parent V


British Values

We promote British Values through Learning and Play. We support children's Personal Social and Emotional development (PSED)  by developing their self confidence and self awareness;  giving opportunities to the children to make choices about what they choose to learn and the resources they will need. We encourage the children to manage their own feelings and behaviour. The children put together a list of expectations and rules and this is reflected on regularly.  Each class has a class value. Hedgehogs is Joy and Owls is Hope.