Welcome to EYFS!

Rowan and Maple classes


Here is our curriculum map so that you can see what we will be learning about throughout the year.

Autumn term 1

Topic: Do you want to be friends?

Sparkling start: Tour of the school and forest area


We have all settled into school really well! We have worked very hard to remember our classroom and outside rules and have had great fun exploring our new environment. Here are some photographs of us having fun in our new classrooms and outside area.


We enjoyed our tour of the school and learning about the different places and the grown ups who help us to learn. We have been enjoying our forest sessions and playing in the brand new mud kitchen and we always keen to get outside (and get mucky!)

In our English lessons we have been learning to write our names and learn some letter sounds. We practise writing these sounds in our Read, Write, Inc Phonics sessions, which we complete daily. Ask our teachers to see our phonics books to show how hard we are working on our letter formation!

In maths, we have been learning to recognise numbers and count a number of objects accurately. Some of us went into the forest on a number hunt. Our maths activities are fun and practical, meaning that sometimes we are learning and we don't even realise!

We want all children in our school to be happy, confident learners who can use a range of strategies to improve our own learning. We are currently focussing on 'mistakes' in EYFS. We want the children to realise that we all make mistakes, as these mistakes help us to learn and improve our work. We are reminding children to be excited about mistakes, as it means they are learning something new!

Autumn term 2

Topic: Will you read me a story?

Fab Finish: Fairytale Party


We are learning lots of different stories this term, including the traditional tales 'Goldilocks', 'The Gingerbread Man' and the Ahlberg stories 'The Jolly Postman' and 'The Jolly Christmas Postman'. We have been learning about repeated language and have done lots of retelling the stories with actions to help us remember them. We have used these familiar characters to help us with our maths learning, such as weighing, ordering numbers and using money. We have also completed art work and completed an experiment, using these characters as our focus and ensuring we immerse ourselves into our topic learning.

An important part of our learning this term has been to learn about Remembrance Day and understand what that means to us. We all had a named poppy to plant in the poppy garden at the front of the school and we held a Remembrance service out there. We also had a special homework project to make our own poppy at home and we were so creative and imaginative, meaning our classroom displays looked amazing! We were very lucky that Mrs Baynes' husband, Sergeant Major Baynes, came into school to speak to us about what Remembrance Day means to him and the other soldiers.   

We are now busy learning song words and lines for our Christmas performance. All children are bringing home song lyrics and words if they wanted to speak, please ensure you practise these regularly at home ahead of the big event! We hope to see lots of you there, and at our Fab Finish 'Fairytale Party' on the 7th December.


Spring term 1

Topic: What happens when I fall asleep?

Sparkling start: Night time event in the day!

The children started the topic by having a night time event in the school day. This included them having hot chocolate and marshmallows, watching a special film about day time and night time and playing sleeping lions. We enjoyed our sparkling start, all we were missing was our pajamas! 

We began the term by talking about the new year and our wishes for the future. We wrote about what we wish for and made wish posters using our creative skills. Here are some examples of our wishes, showing that we are using our phonics skills to help us write sounds, words and sentences.

In the forest we enjoyed being out in all weather and taking part in the Great School Bird Watch, raising awareness of birds in our environment and the RSPB. We made bird feeders using pipe cleaners and cheerios and used binoculars to look closely at the features of local birds. 

This week we have been learning about different cultural experiences, such as Chinese New Year and Shrove Tuesday. We planned to have pancakes in the forest, but unfortunately due to the snowy weather we had to relocate to the atrium. We still had a fantastic time talking about what we like and dislike on our pancakes! We will all be experts when it comes to making them in the school holidays! 

Burrsville Infant Academy
Craigfield Avenue, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex, CO15 4HR
Telephone: 01255 425106 | Fax: 01255 433093
Email: admin@burrsville-inf.essex.sch.uk