Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together


Welcome to Reception!

   Ladybirds Class             Butterflies Class



Ladybird teacher:

Mrs L Ball 


Butterflies teachers:

Mrs Sadowski and Miss Watts 


Teaching Assistants shared across the year group:

Mrs L Jackson

Mrs J Eyers

Mrs Kelly

Mrs Grist


EYFS is a significant year since it forms the foundations of your child’s important educational journey. We feel that at Hayesdown First School, we can prepare your child for this journey.  Your child will learn from a progressive Early Years curriculum through purposeful play and real life learning experiences. This is accomplished by tailoring our curriculum around the seven areas of the learning through a balance of whole class/group teaching and play based learning.  We plan to achieve this through following the children’s interests, engaging and stimulating projects, continuous provision activities, and whole class teaching, while also offering a smooth transition to help them go on to Year 1.

At Hayesdown we have two EYFS classrooms that share a large, engaging area that makes use of a spacious outdoor area, where they can explore, imagine and create together. We take the children on regular welly walks around our school grounds, we visit a farm and an aquarium and we have exciting visitors to enhance the children’s learning and real-life experiences.

Hayesdown places a strong emphasis on reading, therefore we enjoy reading aloud to our children and singing nursery rhymes since it helps children develop their vocabulary and imagination. Read, Write, Inc.’s phonics programme is what we use since it helps children learn to read. To help families in understanding on the programme we follow, the EYFS teachers will offer Phonics workshops throughout the year to help teach the structure and skills involved in teaching children to read and write.

Much of our maths is practical and encourages questioning and exploration as well as introducing key concepts through a range of resources. This helps the children to develop a solid understanding of number and other mathematical concepts in an active and enjoyable way. We will be following the White Rose scheme accompanied by ‘Numberblocks’ to teach maths across the year.

Our projects for this academic year will be:

Term 1– I wonder what makes me special. Term 1 Project Map

Term 2– I wonder why we celebrate.  Term 2 Project Map  

Term 3– I wonder who helps us. Term 3 – Project Map

Term 4-I wonder what happens in Spring. Term 4 – Project map

Term 5 – I wonder what happens in happily ever after. Term 5 Project map

Term 6 – I wonder what is under the sea


Click here to see our long term curriculum plan RECEPTION Curriculum Map .pdf