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Cygnus Class - Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to Cygnus Class! We are the Foundation Stage incorporating Nursery and Reception. We take Nursery children from the term after their third birthday and they can attend morning sessions from 8.50 am to 11.50 am. 

Mrs Hulbert is our teacher and Mrs Pike and Mrs Bryant are our teaching assistants.

We hope you enjoy reading about all the exciting learning we do and looking at the photos of our exploits.

The new class of 2021 2022 have settled into their new school and class very well and have made a very positive and encouraging start to their learning journey. What an exciting journey it is going to be!   We are very much looking forward to taking this journey with them all the way through their first year at school. We are excited to see them grow and flourish through investigation and exploration in a nurturing and enabling environment.

We hope you will enjoy the journey with us and see how your child grows and develops.

We are very lucky to have a brand new classroom with lots of new and exciting resources.

Enjoy looking through the pictures below to see how the children's journey began.


Here are some of the things the children need to enjoy the fun:


Our Forest School session is on Wednesday afternoon.

For Forest school and playing in the outdoor area in bad weather the children need waterproof trousers, a waterproof jacket and wellies, these also need to stay at school.




Supporting your child's learning at home: 

We have put some documents below which you might find useful - Our topic forecast for the term will let you know what we are learning about so that you can talk to your children about it at home or share books etc, maybe put something in the blue scrap book which relates to the topic e.g an Autumn leaf that you have found on a walk.

I have also added a document which lists the Early Learning Goals and the steps which lead to the them - this is what the children will be expected to achieve by the end of their Reception year. All our learning is planned to meet those expectations.

You will be informed as the year progresses, how your child is progressing towards them at Parents' evening etc. There is also a document which will support you in helping your child with their reading at home, giving you some ideas of the types of questions you can ask them, but always remember to ensure the reading is fun AND NOT A CHORE!  

I hope you find this useful in supporting your children at home towards their goals.

Here are some websites you might find useful to support your child's learning at home, but please remember, not too much screen time, they would much rather be spending time with you!

Also please remember to keep your children safe on line by supervising them at all times when using the internet.,uk   click on 'free' and select phase 2 or 3 games. v2  - Maths games counting and ordering


In addition to these, please take some time to look at the article below to give you some ideas for supporting your child's learning. It will direct you to some helpful apps.




Early Years apps approved by DfE to help families support children with home learning


Parents are now able to benefit from new technology to support their children learning at home, with 6 new apps available to improve reading, writing and speaking. These apps cover activities ranging from interactive story books, handwriting exercises using Artificial Intelligence, and educational video games. The technology announcement comes as new data reveals three quarters of children aged five and under have used smartphone or tablet apps at least once in the last six months to learn.

The expert panel who accredited the apps, chaired by Professor Jackie Marsh of the University of Sheffield and appointed by the Department for Education, included children’s digital media consultants, early learning charities and researchers at universities.

The 6 apps - published on the Hungry Little Minds website – are part of the government’s drive to help parents make informed decisions about the use of technology in creating positive learning environments at home.

In new research published on 21st February 2020 by the Department for Education, early education at age two for disadvantaged children is found to have a positive impact on their speaking ability, with learning at home contributing to this. Over half of parents surveyed (52%) say they played pretend games together or took turns playing fun activities with their child every day.

The data highlights the important work by the government to tackle the barriers some parents face in supporting their child’s learning at home, including time, confidence and ideas of things to do.

To take a look, go to:


Our topic for the Autumn term is Our changing World.  Here are some of the things your child will be learning during this topic.  I hope this helps you to support them with vocabulary, reading, research and some trips and visits with your family.   

Below you will find some documents to help you understand how the children in Early Years Foundation stage learn, how you can support them and the expectation for what they will achieve by the end of their Reception Year.

A brand new Cygnus Class! Class of 2019/2020.

Our class is made up of Swans who are our Reception aged children and Cygnets who are our nursey aged children.   We all swim and learn together in the same classroom and work together as a team with our teacher Mrs Hulbert and classroom assistants Mrs Freeman, Mrs Hammett and Mrs Hodson.


We have had our first half term at school and have had so much fun. We have grown already and we have done lots of lovely learning.

Our topic is called 'Our Changing World' and we have explored and investigated lots of things about the world around us including animals and their habitats, life cycles,patterns found in nature, keeping fit and healthy, where some of our food comes from and all about the parts of our body.   Phew!!! We even did some food tasting and made a very healthy soup. 


Look at all the fun we have had while we have been learning inside and outside.

Spring term 2020


We have started our Spring term with an exciting new topic called Explorers. During this topic we will be 'visiting' lots of countries around the world and finding out all about where they are, what they eat and what their country is like. We will be learning about different types of food, how and where it is grown and how it gets to us.

Our role play corner has turned into a jungle with an explorer's camp. There are even some wild animals hiding there!

During our learning about food we have celebrated Chinese new year and been cooking and tasting Chinese food. Mrs Hulbert was the chef and cooked up a storm with a wok. After our writing about how the Chinese zodiac started, we all had a fortune cookie to taste.

We have explored our local area and found out what is around us. We found some wild animals on the school grounds and some lovely horses whilst out on a walk.

Using some fruit and vegetables that we had been investigating, we made some beautiful artwork based on the work of the artist Guiseppe Archimboldo. We were not allowed to eat it!!!!


Mrs Pike has been taking us outside for Forest school and we have enjoyed getting dirty and exploring mud! We produced some pieces of art made from mud.


Back in the classroom we have been practicing our counting and investigating how to find totals. 

Have a look at the photos of all the fun we have had being explorers.