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Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage

In Early Years, learning takes places both inside and outside. The children have lots of opportunities to learn through play, exploring and developing learning experiences which help them make sense of the world. They become independent learners who think creatively as they investigate and solve problems.

Our Topics


This term our topic is called 'Seasons and Celebrations'. We will be learning about all four seasons and different celebrations and festivals such as Diwali, Fireworks Night and Christmas. We will also be reading books such as 'The Stick Man' and 'The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud' and 'Kipper's Snow Day'.


Trips/ Visitors 

Due to COVID-19, we will not be taking part in any school trips this term. 


This term, our topic is called 'All Around the World'. We will be travelling to a different continent each week and learning about various celebrations, music, food, traditions and cultures. Some of our key text books are; Amma Tell Me About Diwali, 'We all went on Safari' and 'T’was the night before Thanksgiving'. 


Trips/ Visitors 

Due to Covid-19, we will not be taking part in any school trips this term. 


At Haimo we use the 'Letters and Sounds' programme to teach phonics.
 In the Nursery, children start Phase 1, which concentrates on developing speaking and listening skills.

 In Reception, phonics becomes a big part of everyday life. The children work on Phase 2, 3 and 4 throughout the year.


In Phase 2, children begin to learn the sounds that letters make (phonemes). Phase 3 introduces the remaining, more difficult and less commonly used phonemes. Phase 4 provides many opportunities to consolidate and refine phonic knowledge, while introducing more spelling patterns, tricky words and increasing children's vocabulary. 

Below are some 'helping- at home'websites that you may find useful.