Fittleworth C. E. Village School

Fittleworth C. E. Village School


Beech Class

 Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The adults in Beech Class are:



                        Mrs McKee                                         and                         Mrs Organ



W/B 15/10/18

Our final week before half term. The children in Beech class have had a brilliant start to school.

Last week we enjoyed our first harvest festival and sang beautifully in church. We found some frozen dinosaur eggs in our outdoor area and really enjoyed helping them hatch!!! This week we are learning about shapes and are going to make some roarsome dinosaur shape pictures. 

PLEASE REMEMBER this Friday 19th October is an INSET day and school will be closed.


We spent last week revisiting all the sounds we have already learnt and we learnt about blending those sounds to make words. We met Fred Frog who can only talk using sounds and he made some words like 'sat' 'pin' 'pat' which we sounded out and blended together and then said the words. 

You can sing the Jolly Phonics song at home with your children. Here is all the sounds we have already learnt. 


Phase 1 Jolly Phonics song

This week we are learning three new letter sounds 'o' 'c' and 'k' 

Watch Geraldine learning about 'o'

Watch Geraldine learning about 'c'


In Maths this week we are learning about shapes. We will be naming different shapes and looking at he properties of these shapes. We will also be focusing on the similarities and differences between these shapes. 

Here are some number games we enjoyed playing in class last week. 



W/B 1/10/18

This week the dinosaurs have taken over! We have a wonderful dinosaur jungle (small world) in our classroom and a dinosaur swamp has appeared in our outdoor area. We learnt about one of the largest dinosaurs that roamed the planet, the Argentinosaurus and talked about meat eating dinosaurs (Carnivores) and plant eating dinosaurs (Herbivores) 



This week our focus sounds are 'm' 'd' and 'g'

Geraldine learns m

Geraldine learns d

Geraldine learns g

A fun game to practise SATPIN sounds


This week we have started looking at numbers beyond 10, we have been pegging numbers onto a number line and helping Muddles (our very mathematically confused puppet) to put the numbers into the correct order.

maths games


Don't forget that Thursday the 11th October @ 2pm is our school's Harvest Festival service at St. Mary's church Fittleworth. Everyone is welcome to come and you can pick your child up from school after the service.  


W/B 24/9/18

We have had another busy week in Beech class. The children are settling in really well and have learnt lots of new routines. They did really well getting themselves changed and ready for PE on Monday and we were really lucky to have Lydia join us and teach us some wonderful yoga poses. We would still love to see some wonderful Autumnal treasures you may have found on a walk, conkers, acorns or just some beautiful autumn leaves. We are also beginning to talk about DINOSAURS, which will be our new topic up until half term.



This week our focus sounds are 'p' 'i' and 'n' Don't forget to use your yellow sound books to practise these sounds with your child at home. We have enjoyed watching Geraldine searching for these sounds too! Please click on the links below to watch Geraldine at home. 

Geraldine and Mr Thorne 'p' sounds

Geraldine and Mr Thorne 'i' sounds

     Geraldine and Mr Thorne 'n' sounds 


We are always singing a variety of number songs and are learning to recognise and learn numbers to 10 and beyond. Please use the number cards at home to play number matching games with your children. you could also take pictures of them playing with the cards and stick this into your orange home communication books. 


W/B 17/9/18

We had a great week last week in Beech class. Your children have been working really hard on learning how Beech class works, big school is a little different from playgroup! Although we are still constantly learning through play there are a lot more routines to follow, learning to line up and face the right way, while not talking can all be quite a challenge but I am pleased to say they are all doing so well. I can imagine lots will be very tired when they come home though.


This week we are very excited to be starting our phonics sessions. Today we learnt the 'S' phoneme, the children were brilliant at telling me lots of things that began with S. During the course of the week we will also learn the 'a' phoneme and 't' phoneme. Please use the yellow sound books (in your book bags) to practise these sounds at home and allowed the children draw or attempt to write any words that begin with these sounds. You may want to look through a magazine with your child and cut pictures out of items that start with that sound and stick those in to. Please can you leave the sound books inside your children's book bags so hat we are able to see all the lovely work they have done. Please find the attachment below for the Jolly phonics parent guide.


Jolly Phonics parent guide

 Geraldine is a giraffe who helps us learn our phonics you can share this at home with your child to remind them of the 's' phoneme. A fun video of Geraldine the Giraffe searching for 'S' sounds 

Geraldine searching for 'a' sounds


You will also find inside your book bags your child's first reading book and their reading diaries. These first books will contain no words but are an opportunity to talk about the book together and get to know the characters. There is lots to talk about together on each page and a story to follow. Please can you sign the reading diary to say that you have read the book and write a comment telling us about what your child thought of the book or any comments that they made about the story. PLEASE keep reading diaries and reading books inside your book bags each day so that we can change books and check your reading diaries for any comments. Here's a link to the BBC website which tells you more about each character in the Oxford Reading Tree stories. THE MAGIC KEY


In your book bags you may have already spotted your word wallets and number cards.

Please use your number cards however you wish to help your child practise counting and number recognition. 

The word wallets  contain names of the characters from the Oxford reading tree books, please look at these with your child and read through them together. During the term we will add more words for your child to practise and read with you at home. Please can both the word wallets and number cards stay in the book bags so that we can use them in school too.



WB 10/9/18

All the Beech class children have settled in amazingly well and have coped really well with their first few full days. This week we will be getting used to a WHOLE week of full days! We will be continuing to share our treasure boxes and the children will have time to free flow (self initiated learning). Each child will bring home a rhyming book each night for you to read to them. We will be introducing the children to our reading scheme within the next few weeks.


In Beech class we are really enjoying singing together and wanted to share our favourite songs with you. Please click on the links to hear and see the music videos.

A round of Applause for the Dinosaurs by Nick Cope

The Solar System Song

The Funky Planet Song

oh and of course we couldn't forget The Baby Shark song!!!!

Baby Shark

Any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask.

Have fun singing!


We are going to spend this week settling in and getting to know one another.

If you would link to see our weekly timetable please click here


Please click here for the Parent Guide to the EYFS 


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum (2014) has 3 prime and 4 specific areas of learning:

Prime Areas


Specific areas

The curriculum is delivered through topics that change each half term.  The children will take part in whole class, group and one to one adult led and child initiated learning activities. For the remainder of the time they have ‘free flow’. Play underpins all development and learning for young children. Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult support, and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.  ‘Free flow’ provides opportunities for children to be active, independent learners and enhances all areas of learning. Observing children during their play provides the foundations for assessment in the Early Years.