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Exe Valley

Maple Class

Welcome to Maple! We are the EYFS.

Welcome to the Early Years Team: Mrs May, Mrs Heathershaw, Miss Hurley and Miss Williams. We welcome children in the Early Years (Nursery and Reception) into our class.

We have a different topic every half term, which encompasses the children's interests and needs. All the children have the opportunity to participate in an adult led phonics and maths activity every morning. We also have exciting challenges to explore within our enhanced provision. We know that purposeful play is REALLY important and we love to explore different challenges within the provision. The children will have many opportunities to learn in our lovely outdoor environment too. 


The New EYFS Framework 2021

There are seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS framework. All areas are important and inter-connected. Our children’s learning experiences enable them to develop skills and competency in all areas, not just academically but also socially, emotionally and physically.

The seven areas are split into Prime and Specific areas. The three Prime areas which are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and have the language for learning are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

There are also four Specific areas, through which the three prime areas are further strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Then, the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning weave through all seven areas of learning. Children in the early years are becoming more powerful learners and thinkers and the characteristics develop as they learn to do new things, acquire new skills, develop socially and emotionally, and become better communicators. Children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other. Our unit offers four spaces, three indoor and one outdoor, where learning takes place. Children access these throughout the day sometimes on both a free flow and timetabled basis. Have a look at our topic rolling programme and phonics overview. Further detail can be found under the Curriculum tab.

EYFS Rolling Programme Reception Phonics Overview

This half term our topic is 'Treasures in the Garden'. We are looking forward to exploring what lives in our gardens, both at school and home. We will be thinking about what plants and animals need to grow and be healthy. We have already had lots of fun planting seeds!

Treasures in the Garden Learning Map




We finished the half term learning about Chinese New Year. We joined Ash for a celebration!