St Stephen's Church of EnglandPrimary School

Respect, Aspire, Achieve

In our school, whatever the challenge,

we aim high with God in our hearts



Welcome to the EYFS page.

The Reception Unit has two classes, Oak and Elm,
with the children accessing learning across the whole unit. 

This page will provide information on this terms topic,
links to websites, useful resources and important information and dates. 


       Oak Class                                Elm Class 

     Miss Kirkbright                           Miss Parker




Our topic this Autumn half term is: 

'Are all Bears the same?'


This half-term our learning will be based around the story of 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen.  During this topic we will be learning all about the habitats of animals and us. We will be discussing the similarities and differences of these.



Phonics is well under way and children have now learnt a range of sounds and are beginning to orally bend these sounds to make CVC words. Children are practicing their letter formation and pencil control by taking part in funky fingers activities and a range of sensory activities to ensure learning is memorable and engaging for children. Children are also practising their letter formation daily using the Nelson Handwriting scheme.


Following our White Rose maths programme, we will be exploring a range of topics such as representing, comparing and composing numbers to 5.  They are beginning to learn how to write addition number sentences using practical equipment.  Later in the half-term children will explore capacity.


Our RE topic will explore some of the stories Jesus heard - we are starting off with the story of Moses.




Throughout our day we will have play at the centre of all we do, both indoors and outdoors. The weather is now getting cooler, so please ensure children bring hats, scarves and gloves to school which are clearly named.  



 Our new value of the half term is - self-esteem!





Outdoor Play!

It is essential that young children get frequent and regular opportunities to explore and learn in the outdoor environment. At St Stephen's, children have opportunities throughout the day to explore and learn outdoors. During Continuous provision, the doors are open to the outside area all day so children can freely flow from indoors and outdoors as they choose. 

Outdoor play is a vital part of children education and is a statutory requirement in the EYFS. Benefits include improved fine and gross motor skills, developed problem solving skills, improved creativity, boosts confidence and social and communication skills! 

We also have Welly Walk Wednesday where children get to take part in a range of forest school inspired activities. 

There are lots of things parents can do at home to promote outdoor play and learning such as going to your local park, going on a nature walk around the local area, build a den outside, play with water outdoors and plant vegetables and flowers to name a few! The national Trust Website list 50 things to do outdoors before 11 years old, this offers a range of ideas and suggestions on how to get outdoors more and many ideas can be done from outside your home.


Link to the National Trust website 





Autumn Counting

Remote Learning:

During bubble closures we are providing remote learning through the online platform of Showbie. You can find this page through the link below and here you will need to sign in with the details provided from school. You will see a number of folders which link to the different areas of learning and in each folder there will be a video explanation from the Teacher and all the activities linked to the learning that we would like your child to complete and upload back to us.


Link to be taken to the Showbie homepage:


After your work is uploaded the Teachers will be able to provide marking and feedback which we would like your child to act upon in order to gain the most out of the learning provided. 


Below on the webpage is a short video which will help show you how to explore Showbie further and where to find the work that is being provided during the remote learning period.



Please ensure that the uniform policy is followed at all times. Please make sure that no boots are worn especially during the winter months and that the children are wearing sensible black school shoes. Please also ensure that earrings are plain gold studs. 

EYFS Newsletters

Our newsletters are sent out at the beginning of each half term. Please look out for them as they contain information about upcoming events as well as topic information. You can read our latest newsletter here.

Home Reading!


While at school we will send home a home reader with your child for you to help with their reading. It is very important and a vital part of your child's education to practise reading at home. This will help to improve your child's identification of their sounds, blending and segmenting words and improve their fluency of reading. 


The first set of books we send home with your child are usually picture books fro your child to talk through with you. Throughout the book it is important to ask your child simple questions in order to check their understanding.


We now offer daily reading sessions each morning with your child according to their key worker group. Please see the parents notice board for your day and come into class to enjoy some 1:1 reading with your child.


Should you need any help at all please do not hesitate in speaking to a member of staff who will be more than happy to help.


We will have PE every Tuesday afternoon.  We are very lucky to have Blackburn Rovers Community Trust leading our sessions this term.  Please ensure PE kits are in school and clearly named.  Children should have a white t-shirt, black or red shorts or joggers and black pumps.




For further information and support to help your child pronounce their phonetic letter sounds please visit the below website:


Read Write Inc Phonics support

Home learning fun!


Please use the websites below for some home learning fun. Encourage your child to continue to read, write and count as they enjoy their weekend adventures.




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