“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential…experiences between birth and five has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up”

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage”, Department for Children, Schools and Families, (2017)

 

At Smithdown, we ensure the best possible start for children by:

Inspiring children through an imaginative and immersive curriculum, ensuring that the children are happy and enthusiastic to learn, that we foster and nurture the children’s imagination and curiosity

Providing a happy, safe, stimulating and challenging programme of learning and development for the children to experience as they begin their journey through school.

Providing a broad, balanced, relevant and creative curriculum that will set in place firm foundations for further learning and development in Key Stage 1 and beyond and enable choice and decision making, fostering independence and self-confidence.

Using and valuing what each child can do, assessing their individual needs and helping each child to progress.

Developing excellent relationships with parents and carers to build a strong partnership in supporting their children.

Providing a caring and inclusive learning environment which is sensitive to the requirements of the individual child including those who have additional needs.

Please click on the links below for further details of our EYFS curriculum.

Nursery Class Page

Reception Class Page

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD

Please attend all our parent/carer session or speak to staff members for advice helping your child. Below are some websites you might find useful.

EYFS Curriculum – EYFS Development Matters

A guide to your child’s learning and development in the EYFS – What to Expect When?

Videos and resources to support Phonics – RWI Phonics Guidance

Fun, educational games for children to play – Cbeebies

  Free eBooks for children to read online – Oxford Owl

Simple, fun maths activities – Maths Activities

 



 

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Early Years Foundation Stage Chatter

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Mark Making

29-02-2024

This afternoon we have been using the pens and pencils to mark make under the table.

 

 

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Supertato Sequencing

29-02-2024

This week we have been working hard with our friends to put our Supertato story pictures into the correct order.

 

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Imaginative Play

29-02-2024

We have been having lots of fun outside using the boxes and our imaginations. We have been to the supermarket, space and more!

 

 

 

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Supertato’s House

27-02-2024

This afternoon we created Supertato’s house using icing sugar and gingerbread. We mixed the icing sugar and water to use as glue to stick the house together.

 

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Favourite Character Pictogram

27-02-2024

We have created a pictogram of our favourite character from Supertato. We counted to see how many children liked Evil Pea and how many more liked Supertato.

 

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Throwing and Catching

27-02-2024

 

We have been practicing our throwing and catching skills in a group. We worked together to see how quickly we can move the beanbag around the circle.

 

 

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Evil Pea Gloop

27-02-2024

On Monday we made Evil Pea gloop from our story Supertato. You can make this at home by mixing cornflower, water and green food colouring.

 

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Asda

27-02-2024

This morning we have had lots of fun playing in our Asda supermarket. We have been writing shopping lists and paying for our food with money.


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Maths parental workshop

21-02-2024

Thank you to our parents who came to our Reception maths parental workshop this week! We look at how to support your children with their shape knowledge at home.

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Chinese New Year celebrations

21-02-2024

To celebrate the new lunar year, we have been getting crafty in class making representations of dragons using a variety of resources. Look at our fabulous dragons! We also made our own lanterns after learning about the significance of the colour red.

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Superheroes

19-02-2024

We are enjoying Supertato this week and our new Superheroes topic!

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Vegetable Soup

02-02-2024

Last week we made vegetable soup with the items we bought from the shop. We used our cutting skills to chop up the vegetables.

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RLMc Tesco Trip

26-01-2024

This week we have been learning all about chefs. We took a trip to Tesco to get ingredients to create vegetable soup.

 

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Tesco trip

24-01-2024

To continue learning about chefs, we’re going to become chefs and make our own soup! To prepare for this, we went to Tesco to buy the ingredients we need.

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People Who Help Us – Chefs!

24-01-2024

This week we have been learning about how chefs help us! Our lovely school chef came into class to answer our questions. We learnt about the special clothing chefs have to wear and the different equipment she uses to cook our tasty lunches!

 

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Reception RE

23-01-2024

Reception had a wonderful morning listening to the story of Noah and the Ark

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People who help us: Chefs

22-01-2024

This week we are learning all about chefs. This morning we had a visit from our school chef Miss Monica. We talked about her chefs outfit, the kitchen and menus. We then chose to create our own menus

 

 

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Winter ❄️ Cookery

18-12-2023

We have enjoyed making cakes for winter time ❄️

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Santa Dash 8.12.23

12-12-2023

We had lots of fun in Reception on our Santa Dash!

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EYFS Nativity

12-12-2023

Thanks so much to all parents and families for coming to see our Nativity performance today.
Our next performance will be on Thursday 14th at 1.30pm.

Many Thanks.🌟

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EYFS Nativity

12-12-2023

Thanks so much to all parents who attended our Nativity performance today.

Our next performance will be on Thursday 14th at 1.30pm.

Many Thanks

 

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We have had a busy few weeks in Nursery!

11-12-2023

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At the Post Office

06-12-2023

We have really enjoyed our post office role play area and writing letters independently.

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Imaginative Outdoor Play in Reception

29-11-2023

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Mark Making

22-11-2023

We have had lots of fun mark making under the table on the large paper.

 

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Hot air balloons

22-11-2023

We are learning all about different types of transport. We have been making our own hot air balloons using different materials and decorating them.

 

 

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RLMc visit Speke Hall

21-11-2023

Yesterday RLMc had lots of fun visiting Speke Hall. We looked at the changes for Autumn and we even saw a sleeping giant! We visited the giants house, kitchen, music room and even his playground. It was lots of fun!

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Today we have read I Like Trains!

20-11-2023

We have printed trains with blocks and made marks to represent train track, trains and signals.

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We had lots of Pudsey fun on Friday whilst raising money for charity.

20-11-2023

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RLMc Speke Hall

19-11-2023

Parents and families just a reminder that Miss McFarlane’s class will be visiting Speke Hall tomorrow 20.11.23. The children can bring in wellington boots for the trip.
Many Thanks

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Today has been all about the number 1. We made flapjack using 1 of each ingredient.

16-11-2023

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Happy Thursday!

16-11-2023

Happy Thursday from reception. We have been mark making outside and playing with our friends😊

 

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Comparison in Maths

15-11-2023

This week we are comparing numbers and groups of objects saying which group has more than, fewer than or the same amount of objects. We have been building walls for Humpty Dumpty and saying which wall has more, fewer or the same amount of bricks.

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Rhyming Week

15-11-2023

This week we are learning how to rhyme and make rhyming strings in literacy.

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Celebrating Diwali

15-11-2023

We have been learning all about the festival of Diwali this week. We made Diwa decorations and cards for Diwali. We also found how Diwali is celebrated and how Diwali means Festival of Light. 🌟

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Reception Nursery Rhyme Messy Afternoon 15.11.23 at 2.15pm

15-11-2023

Please remember to join us at 2.15pm for a creative arts and crafts afternoon to celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week.

Here are links to the focused nursery rhymes

Jack and Jill https://youtu.be/FYojUSFfuMg?si=SDUiqsd9OnNF5GM3

Hickory Dickory Dock https://youtu.be/yxoSyFkX_eA?si=MJGU2Ya8p0VhAVPG

The Wheels on the Bus https://youtu.be/xWyxe_QGq_g?si=_plPFxNqmR2Yn20d

Heads, Shoulder, Knees and Toes https://youtu.be/9S0_trHxcnk?si=FaZt14pGbqb7jctD

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RAG trip to Speke Hall

14-11-2023

Reception had a lovely afternoon visiting Speke Hall! We followed the Giant trail and spotted lots of the giant’s clothes high up in the trees! We tiptoed past the sleeping giant, making sure not to wake him! We then walked around the grounds, looking for signs of Autumn.

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Speke Hall trip

14-11-2023

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Thank you to all our parents who joined us today to help us celebrate World Nursery Rhyme week. We had lots of fun sharing our rhymes and activities with you all.

14-11-2023

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We have been busy learning about Diwali the festival of light. We have moulded dough into Diya lamps. Made marks to create Rangoli patterns and wrote our names in our cards we have decorated.

13-11-2023

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What a fantastic first morning we had in Reception!

18-10-2023

What a fantastic first morning we had in Reception! #smithdowneyfs

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Dancing and freezing to the beat in music today…

18-10-2023

We had lots of fun in music this morning dancing and freezing to the beat. #smithdowneyfs #smithdownmusic @ResonateHub

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It’s been a busy afternoon looking at big and small…

18-10-2023

It’s been a busy afternoon looking at big and small. We worked hard sorting acorns. #smithdowneyfs #smithdownmaths @MasterTheCurric

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Today we made our own leaf man…

18-10-2023

Today we have read The Leaf Man and made marks to represent the different places he passed in the wind. We then made our own leaf man. #smithdowneyfs

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Using Autumn nature to create our faces

18-10-2023

We have been busy using Autumn nature to create our faces. #smithdowneyfs

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It’s been a busy morning learning dances to Disney classics

18-10-2023

It’s been a busy morning learning dances to Disney classics. I just can’t wait to be king! 👑 🦁 our roar’s are amazing! #smithdowneyfs

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looking at ourselves as babies and talking about our families

18-10-2023

Today we have been looking at ourselves as babies and talking about our families. #smithdowneyfs

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Represent our feelings with colours

18-10-2023

We have been busy filling our jars with colours to sort and represent our feelings. #smithdowneyfs

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Music with Mrs Naylor 🎶🎵👏

18-10-2023

Music with Mrs Naylor 🎶🎵👏

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Music with Mrs Naylor

18-10-2023

Music with Mrs Naylor’s scarfs today 🎵🎶🧣

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Making rainbows in Nursery today

18-10-2023

It has been a busy day sorting colours and making rainbows in Nursery today. #smithdowneyfs

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We have been using the colour monsters from our new book

18-10-2023

We have been using the colour monsters from our new book to match the monsters and investigate five frames. #smithdowneyfs #smithdownmaths #smithdownreaders

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Recognising our emotions…

18-10-2023

Recognising our emotions and placing how we feel on the zones of regulation board. #smithdowneyfs

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It’s a busy morning at the zoo today!

18-10-2023

It’s a busy morning at the zoo today! Preparing food for the animals and learning new vocabulary from our story. #smithdowneyfs

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The story box brought us lots of animals from the zoo…

18-10-2023

The story box brought us lots of animals from the zoo. We enjoyed guessing which one was behind the door. We then went on an animal hunt and painted our favourite animal. #smithdowneyfs

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Playing with the dinosaurs, balls and friends are what we enjoy the most. 😊

18-10-2023

Counting how many children are in school today and then drawing what we like doing in school. Playing with the dinosaurs, balls and friends are what we enjoy the most. 😊 #smithdowneyfs #attendancematters

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Early years learning about different colours

18-10-2023

Today we have been looking and learning about different colours. #smithdowneyfs

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We have been busy today learning Incy Wincy rhyme…

18-10-2023

We have been busy today learning Incy Wincy rhyme and using our motor skills to manipulate dough into spiders. 🕷️ #smithdowneyfs

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Nursery – music 🎶

18-10-2023

Movement and music 🎶 @SmithdownPr @sendco_s

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Fun with foam today

18-10-2023

Fun with foam ✋🤚 @SmithdownPr @sendco_s

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Early years music

18-10-2023

Movement with music @SmithdownPr @sendco_s

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Today has been all about Incy Windy Spider 🕷️

18-10-2023

Today has been all about Incy Windy Spider 🕷️ we learnt the rhyme, used our hands to paint spiders and manipulated dough to create Incy Wincy. #smithdowneyfs

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It’s been a busy afternoon in Nursery!

18-10-2023

It’s been a busy afternoon in Nursery! We have been singing the wheels on the bus song and making marks to represent the different choruses of the rhyme. 🚌 #smithdowneyfs

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Making lots of new friends in Nursery…

18-10-2023

It has been a busy day making lots of new friends in Nursery. 😊#smithdowneyfs

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This afternoon we have been singing the wheels on the bus…

18-10-2023

This afternoon we have been singing the wheels on the bus and then made marks to represent the bus. #smithdowneyfs

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Making our own mindfulness jar to help us breath

18-10-2023

We have been practising breathing and relaxing exercises and then made our own mindfulness jar to help us breath. #smithdowneyfs

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Dough disco

18-10-2023

Strengthening our muscles with some dough disco. #smithdowneyfs

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Our first full day in Nursery today

18-10-2023

We have been so busy playing and learning on our first full day in Nursery today. I am so proud of our fantastic superstars. #smithdowneyfs

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We have had lots of fun in the sun today welcoming our friends back for another busy year in Nursery

18-10-2023

We have had lots of fun in the sun today welcoming our friends back for another busy year in Nursery. We look forward to making lots of new friends over the next few weeks. 😊☀️ #smithdowneyfs

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