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Welcome to EYFS!

The Teachers and Teaching Assistants in EYFS are:

Hedgehogs Class

Ms Massbery

Mrs Brooks
Teaching Assistant

Mrs Shaw
Teaching Assistant

Rabbits Class

Miss Piper

Miss Ansell
Teaching Assistant


Mrs Ryder
Teaching Assistant


Team Leader: Ms Massbery

We are really excited to be part of your child's first experience of school and aim to build on your child’s pre-school experiences in order to give them the best possible foundations to their educational journey. At Steyning C of E Primary we plan exciting topics that are linked to the children’s interests and which engage children in their learning. We observe the children during their self-initiated play and focus on what they can do and how we can support them to move forward in their learning, making timely interventions to develop their play and understanding. We believe that communication between school and home is key to help us get to know your child as quickly as possible. We have a fun, vibrant and welcoming learning environment that is enabled to ensure the children working within our unit are able to make the most of every learning opportunity. We are lucky to have an amazing outdoor learning area to complement our classrooms, and the children have free access to these areas throughout the day. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework curriculum and plan opportunities for open-ended learning based around the key Characteristics of Effective Learning, which are: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically.

We have a wonderful staff team of dedicated, experienced and nurturing teachers and teaching assistants in our EYFS unit. Ms Massbery is the EYFS lead and Hedgehogs class teacher and Miss Piper is Rabbits class teacher. We are lucky to have full time teaching assistants in both classes: Mrs Brooks (M-Th) and Mrs Shaw (Fr) in Hedgehogs class and Mrs Ansell (M,T,Th,F) and Mrs Ryder (W) in Rabbits class. We also have Mrs Salsbury and Mrs Hickman working with small groups of children. All the adults working within the EYFS unit are highly experienced in working with young children and provide a caring, friendly, and knowledgeable experience for all children.

We look forward to working with you,

The EYFS team

Summer 1 Topic - Why Do Ladybirds Have Spots?

Incy wincy spider climbed up the waterspout! Why do ladybirds have spots? Why do spiders spin webs? It’s time to find out more about minibeasts and their habitats.

This half term, we’ll start off with our exciting visit from ‘Jaws and Claws’, who will be showing us lots of different minibeasts and creatures. We’ll also investigate our school grounds to carry out a minibeast safari! Magnifying glasses clutched firmly in hands, we’ll look under logs, leaves and stones for creatures that wriggle, crawl or fly. We’ll find out about minibeast habitats, features and colours, and compare them. Observing caterpillars in our classrooms, we’ll think about how they move. Can we move like that too? To get to know these creepy crawlies better, we’ll monitor different habitats in our outdoor learning space. Can we predict what will be these minibeasts’ favourite foods? How do minibeasts change as they grow? How many different ways can we sort minibeasts according to their features?

Help your child prepare for their project
Minibeasts are marvellous! Why not visit your local pet shop together and take a look at some exotic minibeasts. Can you find out what countries they came from? You could also try worm charming in your garden. Put a large hoop on an area of earth, water the area with a watering can, and tap your fingers lightly on the ground. Can you entice any worms to the surface? Alternatively, read minibeast-themed stories together, such as Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Bad-Tempered Ladybird, to find out more about these incredible creatures.

Communication and Language – We will be listening to lots of minibeast and creepy-crawly themed stories and sharing these together so that we become more familiar with them. We will be retelling stories to our friends using puppets and Talk for Writing Actions. We will share poetry and songs linked to the minibeast theme and practise these together to gain confidence and fluency. We will share a range of non-fiction texts about minibeasts to find out more about these wonderful creatures. We will work together to build confidence in sharing our own experiences with the class.

Personal and Social Development – We will continue with our work on self-regulation with the children, helping them to show resilience and perseverance in the face of a challenge and identifying and moderating their own feelings socially and emotionally. We will continue to work with the children on the key areas of building constructive and respectful relationships as we work and play together.

Physical Development – Our PE focus for this half-term is based around the theme of ‘moving’ in gymnastics. We will explore moving in different ways on the apparatus. We will explore making a range of shapes using different body parts. We will continue our dough disco sessions to develop our fine and gross motor skills and develop the foundations of a handwriting style which is fast, accurate and efficient by practising the accurate formation of lower-case and capital letters. We will continue to practise using a range of small tools such as pencils, paintbrushes and scissors competently, safely and confidently.