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Cliffedale EYFS

Welcome to the home page of the Foxes and Squirrels. We are looking forward to sharing some of our learning with you.

Meet the EYFS team

Mrs Smith and Mrs Syed are our Co-EYFS leads. Mrs Syed registers the Foxes and Mrs Fender registers the Squirrels. Mrs Smith will be joining us on a Thursday afternoon as well as Fridays.

Mrs Towsey, Mrs Down and Mrs Lamyman are our teaching assistant team working with the Foxes and Squirrels.



Below are 4 documents full of tips to help you to support your child's learning at home:

Useful Websites to Support Learning:

Phonics Play - There is a free selection of Phonics games that we use in school to reinforce our learning in Phonics. Jolly Phonics songs are also a fabulous way of helping your child to remember the phonemes that we are learn. You can find them on YouTube.


Top Marks - There is a free selection of Maths games that we use in school to reinforce our learning in Maths. You can find a number of fun counting, ordering, matching, adding and taking away games on this website.


Cbeebies - There are a number of games, videos and stories available to support our Topic learning on the Cbeebies website. You can often find some of our weekly stories being read by famous people on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories.

World Book Day

The children have had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day today. The Foxes and Squirrels looked absolutely fantastic dressed as characters from their favourite stories! We had Mary Poppins, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, some smashing superheroes and some perfect princesses, to name but a few. We were very lucky to enjoy a performance from the Hobgoblin Theatre Company whose production was about fairy tales, but not as we know them! The children thoroughly enjoyed their performance and they listened very carefully throughout. We have also enjoyed reading some of the stories that the children very kindly brought in for us to share. It was fantastic to see the Foxes and Squirrels sharing their love of books and reading!

Book Bus

Today, the children spotted something different about our school playground...there was a big, red bus parked in it! We had a visit from the Book Bus! The children were very excited to climb aboard and have a look at all the different books. Some of the children even had some pennies to spend and it’s safe to say we had some satisfied customers who absolutely loved their new books. It was great to see the Foxes and Squirrels so excited about books!

Picnic with an Astronaut!

To celebrate our fantastic learning about space, this term, today we enjoyed a 'Picnic with an Astronaut'. In preparation, the Foxes and Squirrels had been incredibly busy baking moon rock cakes, making alien jelly and creating alien spaceships! The adults were so impressed with the children's language as they were talking about ingredients and the processes involved in cooking. We particularly loved their use of the word, 'dissolve', as they watched the jelly cubes disappear into the water! Truthfully, the Foxes and Squirrels were lucky that they had any moon rock cakes left, as there were some school adults that were very tempted to enjoy some in the staff room because they cakes smelled and looked so good!

Thanks to all their hard work, we had lots of yummy food to taste at our picnic. Just as we were talking about to begin our picnic, a special message came through to Mrs Syed's computer; it was from the astronaut, Tim Peake! He was up in space, aboard the International Space Station, and he read us a story - all the way from space! After this, the Foxes and Squirrels settled down around the table to enjoy the moon rock cakes and alien jelly that they had been busy making yesterday! The children thoroughly enjoyed having a chat with their friends as they enjoyed tasting all the yummy food that they'd made.

The adults are so proud of all that the Foxes and Squirrels have achieved this term, and we cannot wait to see what they achieve in the coming terms! 

Our First Celebration Assembly

This morning, in our first Celebration Assembly, the Foxes and Squirrels showed and talked about their work during our Topic this term, ‘Zoom to the Moon’. They were all very brave, standing in front of the whole school to talk about the rockets and space pictures they had made, their work packing a suitcase to go to the Moon, and their knowledge of planets. At the end, we all joined in to sing one of our favourite songs from this term, ‘Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon’. Well done, Foxes and Squirrels, we are so proud of you!

A Visit from a Racing Car Driver!

Today, the Foxes and Squirrels were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Allen, who very kindly brought along his super racing car and lorry for us to have a look at! Mr Allen told us all about his racing car and about his work as a Mechanic; he also told us that he has won 100 races! The children really impressed Mr Allen with their knowledge of the different parts of a car and how a car works. What a treat for our Foxes and Squirrels!

Christmas Performance

We are so proud of our Fantastic Foxes and Super Squirrels! They were all absolutely fabulous in our Christmas performance; they sang beautifully, joined in with all of the actions and said their words very clearly! Not to mention, they all looked amazing! We really hope you enjoyed our Christmas performance as much as we enjoyed performing it. Well done, Foxes and Squirrels

A Visit from a Vet

This week, the Foxes and Squirrels had a visit from Claire, a local vet. The children told Claire all about how to care for animals; she was very impressed! Claire reassured us that we were doing everything right when caring for Dale, our EYFS guinea pig. Claire also gave Dale a check-up; she checked his eyes, teeth and nails. After giving his nails a quick trim, Claire was happy that Dale was in good health! Claire was also joined by a furry friend, Rufus, a lurcher. He was so gentle and placid; the children thoroughly enjoyed stroking him gently and Rufus definitely enjoyed all the love and attention that he received from our lovely Foxes and Squirrels!

Come and See Where We Work

The Foxes and Squirrels had lots of fun showing their special adults around the EYFS classrooms. It was lovely to see the children light up when telling their adults about what happens in each area and pointing to pieces of their work!

Our EYFS Classrooms

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P.E 1
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P.E will be taking place on a Friday morning. P.E kits need to be in school and earrings need to be removed.

Thank you

The EYFS team

Dale is our EYFS guinea pig! He loves cuddles and is a super listener - he particularly enjoys listening to children read!

Dale is our EYFS guinea pig! He loves cuddles and is a super listener - he particularly enjoys listening to children read!  1
Dale is our EYFS guinea pig! He loves cuddles and is a super listener - he particularly enjoys listening to children read!  2

Obb and Bob are our EYFS fish!

Obb and Bob are our EYFS fish! 1


EYFS Information Evening Presentation

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