Early Years

Early Years

EYFS Staff

Mrs Gibson EYFS Lead Teacher, Reception Teacher

Mrs Ingamells Nursery Teacher

Mrs Merritt Nursery Teacher/Deputy SENDco

Mrs Ho, Mrs Stoddard, Mrs Lavelle Metcalf, Teaching assistants



Reception will start to learn to read and write this term. We will be following the “Read Write Inc.” program created by Ruth Miskin.

This lesson will be taught daily for 30 minutes and children will also have play based opportunities to learn to read and write and also teacher led small group tasks.

We will also be covering the work of Julia Donaldson including Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo, and The Gruffalo’s Child etc.


This Term in Numeracy

 The children will be exploring 2d and 3d shapes within the environment and discussing the properties of shape using the appropriate vocabulary.

Reception children will be concentrating upon counting, recognising and ordering reliably up to 5 and then 10, This includes mastery of number bonds,

Nursery children will be counting aloud, counting sets of everyday items throughout the routine of the day and number recognition up to 5.



Reception class is Friday. Please come dressed in kit.

Nursery PE is Thursday, no kit required.


Topic Work

The topic work that is covered encourages the children to speak confidently and extend their vocabulary and experiences in the following areas.

This term our topics will cover a range of areas in order to provide a context for pupil’s learning.

Our first topic will be “ The Local Environment’ ’This is a whole school topic and EYFS will be given opportunities to learn about local features including Wearmouth Bridge, Roker Marina and Beach and Roker park. Local trips are planned and will be evidenced in display and tapestry.

We will also cover festivals including Harvest, Sukkot, Diwali Advent and Christmas.


Outdoor Provision

Our EYFS area has an amazing outdoor space that we use as often as we can. Accessing the area requires the children to have their own labelled pair of wellington boots. These are kept in school and are only sent home if they are too small or at the end of the year.

The children also need a come to school wearing a coat that is waterproof. Coats and jackets often get muddy or dirty so please ensure that they are washable.

Don’t forget, if your child comes home dirty it usually means that they have enjoyed lots of fun.


Children are encouraged to pay a half termly contribution of 50p a week. This money is used to support baking costs and special events such as Christmas and Easter parties or treats while on trips.

If the children are going on a planned trip parents will be informed by letter and a contribution asked for. The Friends of Dame Dorothy and the school subsidise these experiences and every effort is made to keep costs as small as possible.

On rare occasions the children might be taken out to places in very short proximity to the school

Parent Helpers

Parents and carers are welcome to come in and help at any time. It may be that you have a special skill such as cooking, sewing or woodwork. Perhaps you would prefer to work alongside a practitioner. Please let us know if you would like to join us. This practise is currently on hold owing to the current COVID situation.


Reporting to Parents

Ordinarily, parents are invited to come to two formal parent evenings, including an initial reading meeting early in the autumn term for reception children. A formal report is provided for all children in EYFS at the end of the summer term. This is currently under review and parents will be informed this term about new ways of keeping parents informed.

Parents and carers are encouraged to view their child’s progress on Tapestry. If concerns arise then please contact a member of the team to make an appointment.


As you are probably aware we keep an online account to celebrate the wow moments in your individual child’s learning. These can be accessed on your iPad or Android device. If you are not using your account please do so as it provides a wonderful snapshot of your child within our provision.

Staff love to see when parents comment and reply to the posts.

Also, keep up to date with our regular posts on Facebook.

A few reminders

Please email me at teacher@damedorothy.org.uk if you have any queries or concerns: I’m happy to help!

All children have been provided with a named water bottle. These will be sent home each Friday to get washed and should be returned to school the following Monday.

Don’t forget we post regular updates on Facebook.