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Welcome to the Wonderful World of Class R!

We love our little ones and we have started our learning journey with heaps of enthusiasm and fun! 

We regularly upload photos and some videos of our busy days at school.

We hope you enjoy looking at our page with your children!

Lots of love, 

The Class R Team x x x  


(Curriculum design, coverage and appropriateness)

  • To work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential from their various starting points.


  • To understand and follow children’s interests and provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum to support learning, grow cultural capital, consolidate and deepen knowledge and ensure children meet their next steps.


  • To create an indoor and outdoor environment which supports learning.


  • To prepare children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage and ensure children make good progress from their starting points.


  • To support transition into KS1.



(Curriculum teaching, delivery)

Transition from nursery to school

As Early Years Practitioners we pride ourselves in our welcoming, robust transition programme. The process begins as soon as we receive our intake list. Administration emails are sent/delivered to our new families via the school business manager. Early Years teachers contact new families via email welcoming them to our Shakespeare family and introducing themselves. Details of our home school messaging app and school Facebook page are shared so that families can immediately connect with teachers and the school. Class Dojo is our chosen communication platform and parents receive an invitation to connect. All transition information including dates for events are shared via Class Dojo and the school Facebook page to maximise accessibility. The induction meeting is held in late May/ early June. During the meeting our Early Years ethos, daily routine and curriculum is introduced. Parents are invited to sign up for home visits, stay and play sessions and arrange any appointments if they would like to discuss specific needs or concerns. Early Years teachers visit the children in their nursery settings and speak to the keyworkers regarding our new entrants. Alongside nursery visits we also conduct home visits should parents wish to arrange. During home visits we chat to the children and their families based on our road to school document (school readiness and children’s interests). In July new entrants are invited into school for two half hour story time sessions and during the first week of the school term children come into school for two, two-hour play/ story sessions before beginning full time hours straight away. Contact with families is maintained throughout using Class Dojo.


At Shakespeare School we follow the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage framework. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives a set of common principles and commitments in how to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

At Shakespeare we pride ourselves in a robust and successful transition programme. From the knowledge that is gained from transition, it is then decided how planning will be weighted during the first term. For example, low Physical Development cohorts are immediately introduced to ‘Funky Finger’ stations, indoor PE box and gross motor challenges. Squiggle as you wiggle sessions provide a mixture of gross and fine motor skills working on mark making, following the pre-writing development stages.

Once baseline assessment has taken place, and we believe the children to be ready, a daily 15-minute phonics session is taught using the RWI programme. As the children begin to learn more sounds this time will increase slightly in order to teach a deeper understanding of reading and writing. Children will learn to write in pre-cursive print. We believe that teaching lead ins and outs (whoosh in, whoosh out) supports early handwriting and means that handwriting doesn’t need to be relearned by the time a child reaches Year One. Although we encourage pre-cursive handwriting, we celebrate all early marking including children who find it more comfortable to print.

Our careful planning cycle consists of high-quality observations and pupil discussions, this enables us to assess the children and plan accordingly to meet the children’s current needs. Each week the EYFS teachers plan using a carefully thought out mix of ideas from the development matters documents and the children’s interests. A typical day in EYFS includes daily mathematic, phonics and literacy sessions. These normally include a pacy and exciting class input and then differentiated independent and focused tasks.  Alongside creative Literacy and Numeracy planning, we also take pride in planning cohort specific imaginative and awe-inspiring topic lessons which will cover all the areas of learning. This ensures that our curriculum is broad, balanced and progressive and that the learning environment is engaging.  

The children will learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate understanding through the seven areas in the EYFS curriculum. Each area has its own educational programme which shape and the activities and experiences in our early years setting. The seven areas of learning are;


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


  • Physical Development


  • Communication and Language


  • Literacy


  • Mathematics


  • Understanding the World


  • Expressive Arts and Design 


In the EYFS the staff understand the importance of providing our children with extended learning opportunities that help develop cultural capital. Planning will ensure children experience trips out into the community, further afield and visits from people in the community. We also participate in competitions and family involvement days.

TalkBoost has been put in place and children are assessed during our baseline period. TalkBoost provides a complete speech and language toolkit that identifies children’s individual communication and language needs and provides tailored intervention sessions.

Shakespeare is a large school, thus the EYFS staff comprehend the importance of teaching children to become independent learners. Children are encouraged to think for themselves, plan and investigate in all areas of learning. Staff use our dinosaur themed characteristics of learning characters to promote this e.g. ‘Even though you found that difficult, you didn’t give up. You are being a Tryosaur!’ 

Staff are firm believers in children having the autonomy to take controlled risks- whether this be taking a risk in a piece of work, a controlled physical development risk or a risk in relationships i.e. with a friendship. With risk often comes failure- and from failure staff can build up children’s resilience. Thus, children gain an excellent understanding of self- awareness and self-control. 

We take pride in the relationships we build with families and carers. We keep them informed about their child’s learning in a variety of ways including ‘learning journey’ open afternoons, workshops, Class Dojo, ‘come read with me’ sessions and parent consultations. 


Transition into Year 1

From Summer Term 1, the EYFS teachers will meet to discuss their views on preparation for Year 1. Ideally, small changes will be made to prepare the children for their transition into Year 1 e.g. an increase in focused tasks, setting children differentiated challenges. This is to ‘get the children ready’ to become more independent learners and develops intrinsic motivation. 

Towards the end of the academic year children visit the Year One classrooms in order to support the transition between EYFS and Year One. Class teachers meet with the Year One teachers to discuss each individual child.



(Assessment, attainment and next steps)

  • We strive to ensure that our children’s progress across the EYFS curriculum is good from their varied starting points. We also strive for children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception and to be near National expectations.


  • Evidence in children’s Learning Journeys support all areas of the EYFS curriculum.



  • Class teachers use observations to make formative assessments which inform future planning and ensure that all children build on their current knowledge and skills at a good pace.


  • Summative assessment compares children’s attainment to age related expectations using month bands in the Development Matters.  This is tracked to ensure rates of progress are at least good for all children, including vulnerable groups such as those with SEND or who are disadvantaged.



  • Assessment judgements are moderated both in school and externally with local schools. Experienced staff undertake moderator training through the LA which helps validate school judgements.




Comparative Analysis of Reading, Writing and Number

May not have met GLD due to not gaining expected or above in Prime areas.



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EYFS CURRICULUM MAP... Take a look at what is in store for our little lovelies!

EYFS medium term plans- Literacy and Communication and Language

πŸ‘±β€β™€οΈπŸ»πŸ»πŸ» Goldilocks and the Three Bears... WE love this traditional tale! πŸ‘±β€β™€οΈπŸ»πŸ»πŸ» We have had so much fun role playing, hot seating and practising our language and communication skills. We have also looked carefully at the story- the vocabulary that the author used and what the characters were saying, thinking and feeling throughout the story. We have learned some facts about bears, hibernation and nocturnal animals. As if this wasn't enough, we have explored positional language and measuring height and mass.

Storytime for kids Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

More fun learning... This time with a character called 'Odd Dog'.... Measuring and practising one more and one less, as well as much more! We have been using our reading dogs to help us with our comprehension skills too. Our teachers are so proud of us because we are becoming independent learners- especially when we practise our phonics.

KIDS BOOK READ ALOUD ~ Here Comes Jack Frost

Exploring Winter and the freezing cold β„β˜ƒ We have been discussing winter weather and cold places. Exploring ice and saving animals from icebergs was so much fun! We had to investigate melting and freezing water first! A story called 'Here Comes Jack Frost' inspired our learning!

OUR EXCITING NEWS!! πŸ€΄β€πŸ‘‘... Earlier in the school year we sadly lost our wonderful Queen. We sent a lovely handmade card and message to Buckingham Palace to tell the Royal Family we were thinking of them and how much we loved Our Queen. We have had a lovely reply from the Palace!!

Full speed ahead with phonics and reading after our Christmas break. We are so proud of our children learning to work with a partner to practice their skills. They are helping each other and praising each other which is lovely!❀ We also have a lovely new reading corner!

Our beautiful Nativity!! We are so very proud of our EYFS children who sang and performed so confidently. Thank you to our wonderful families for providing the super costumes πŸŽ…πŸ‘ΌπŸŽ„β€

The Magical Snow Garden - Bedtime stories for kids, children's books read aloud.

We thought it would be lovely for the children to share this lovely story with you... It has inspired us to produce some wonderful Literacy and Maths work as well as bringing out our creative side! We love Wellington!

Ta daahh!!! We have displayed all our beautiful work from our book about Wellington the penguin who made a garden in the snow! He persevered and achieved something nobody thought was possible!

What busy couple of weeks we have had being inspired by a gorgeous book called 'The Magical Snow Garden'! We have been using phonics to spell words, written our very first sentence, explored shapes and their properties, ordered and written numbers, explored and continued patterns and used our fabulous creative skills to make flowers and shape penguins.

We love Pudsey! 🐻 We made Pudsey hats and spotty biscuits! A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR FAMILIES FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATIONS!!😍

For Anti-Bullying Week we joined in with odd socks day and created our own odd socks. We talked about being kind to everyone, even if they are different from us. We talked about who we could reach out to if someone is being mean to us a lot.

CBeebies | Poppies animation

'Poppies' is a BBC Children's remembrance animation. The animation sees The Great War experienced by the animal inhabitants of a WW1 battlefield. Visit us at

Poppy Day... We found out about why we have poppy day, which is also called Remembrance Day. We watched a lovely film to help us understand why we have this day. Our teachers were so proud of us when we stood with the rest of the school for the 2 minutes silence and Remembrance service. We were so respectful. We have also made poppies, done some beautiful writing and printed poppy wreaths.

Our favourite number this week was five! We worked with a five frame and we made sure we knew that an amount of objects stays the same even if they move positions on the frame. The amount only changes if we put more objects on or take some off. We also used our problem solving skills to make towers of five cubes in different ways. We practised our subitising skills too. We realised that if we turned or flipped some shapes they were the same as one we had already made!

We came back to school after half term ready and raring to go with our learning... It's a good job as we had the busiest week EVER... Halloween, Diwali, Bonfire Night and more.