Welcome to the home page of the Foxes and Squirrels. We are looking forward to sharing some of our learning with you! You can also find out what we have been up to by following our school’s Twitter page: https://twitter.com/cliffedale_sch
PE will be on a Friday morning - we ask that long hair is tied back, and earrings are removed.
Meet the EYFS team
Mrs Syed is our EYFS lead. Mrs Syed registers the Squirrels and Miss Flynn/Mrs Leeks registers the Foxes.
Mrs Towsey and Mrs Down are our teaching assistant team working with the Foxes and Squirrels.
A big hello to all of our Fantastic Foxes and Super Squirrels! We are missing you all lots, but we really hope you are enjoying lots of time at home with your family! Let's hope this sunny weather continues!
Thank you to everyone who has been updating their Tapestry with lots of lovely pictures of what you have been up to. It really does help us to feel connected and it brings a huge smile to all of the team's faces! Make sure you scroll down our page to see pictures of what your friends have been up to and all of the super learning that you are doing! :) Don't forget to use the school's home learning email address to send in any of your learning too: email@example.com
Our new topic for this term is, 'Minibeast Magic!' We will be looking at all things to do with bugs and insects; including types of minibeasts, where to look for minibeasts, and the lifecycles of some minibeasts. The perfect topic for exploring your garden or exploring your local area on walks or bike rides!
Each week, we will be uploading work packs for you to have a look at. The first page of the pack will give you an overview of the coming weeks, and also details 2 Topic activities for each week. You will then find activity sheets for English, Maths and Topic for that week. We have also included a weekly plan for Phonics. This shows how to incorporate short Phonics sessions into each day. We have included detailed instructions to support you - the children will be very used to the format, as we use this in our Phonics lessons at school!
Help and Support
Adults - please feel free to email the home learning email address if you would like any support with the activities. We are here to help :) If you scroll down our page, you will find documents to support learning at home, as well as useful websites to support learning. The team will update these as often as possible with new resources to support you, as they arise. You can also look on our Home Learning page on the school website, which can be found under Parents - Home Learning. Don't forget to also keep yourself up to date with government guidelines and recommendations.
Please be reassured, you are doing a fantastic job, and anything you do with your child will be of benefit to them and their learning! :)
After working so hard on some fantastic hats, it was finally time to show them off! The Foxes and Squirrels have had a super World Book Day! Their hats were absolutely fabulous and the adults were incredibly impressed by the time and effort that had clearly gone into each and every one. We enjoyed trying to work out which character or story each of their hats were inspired by; we had everything from 'The Cat in the Hat', to 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', and from 'Hairy Maclairy' to 'Room on the Broom'! During the day, we also enjoyed some fun World Book Day activities. The children designed their own bookmarks, based on their favourite stories. They were also challenged to make a book! We chose to make a version of our story this week, 'Rabbit's Spring Adventure'. We were absolutely blown away by the children's re-telling of the story, super segmenting, and beautiful illustrations! What a fantastic day we have had!
We now have 4 happy, healthy and very chirpy chicks! They are currently on a mini break at Mrs Leeks’ house for the weekend! We are looking forward to seeing them grow next week!
On Monday, we had our little visitors delivered - 10 eggs! UPDATE: We now have 3 little chicks! The children have absolutely loved looking closely and observing any changes!
This week, in English, we have been using our own story map to re-tell the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We also chose our own actions to help us to remember the super describing words that the author uses, like ‘thick oozy mud’. The Foxes and Squirrels then used our story map to help them to re-tell the story on a storyboard. We have thoroughly enjoyed re-telling the story and we hope you enjoy watching us perform it for you!
This week, the Foxes and Squirrels have really been showing us all of their learning through their play. They have chosen to do some writing, applying their Phonics knowledge. Some of the children have made books and written stories. The children have also been busy talking about the world, as well as making and talking about planets. We were also inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' painting - lots of the children decided to create their own versions, which were beautiful! The Foxes and Squirrels have also enjoyed playing a new bean bag throwing game that we have got - it was so much fun throwing the bean bags into the right holes. We are so proud of each every one of the Foxes and Squirrels! The team hope you have a lovely holiday!
This week, we enjoyed celebrating NSPCC Number Day to raise money for the NSPCC. The Foxes and Squirrels came to school dressed up in Number themed outfits - we had some really super ideas and we enjoyed talking about all of the numbers that we could see on each others' outfits! We enjoyed some number games in PE - the Foxes rolled one dice, with numbers on it, and the Squirrels rolled one dice with different actions on it; we had to do the right number of actions. The children were fantastic and practiced their counting while being active! We also enjoyed doing some Maths activities, inside and outside - these involved creating different shapes with lolly sticks, using the numicon and cubes to add quantities together, and representing numbers in different ways. It is safe to say we have had a very fun Maths day!
We had a Fantastic Friday! We started off by sharing our learning with the rest of the school during our Celebration Assembly. The children showed their super space pictures, as well as their super Topic work in which they drew and labelled what they would take to the moon with them. We also challenged the rest of the school to answer quiz questions about space. Our quiz masters were fantastic! We finished off by singing 'Zoom Zoom Zoom, We're Going to the Moon' together!
It was then time for PE. This week, we had a very fun time doing yoga! The children were absolutely amazing; they listened very carefully to their instructions and watched closely so that they could practice each of the different yoga poses. It was a very calm start to our Friday! A very big well done to Martha, who was Mr Pirie's partner. She received a Merit for her super listening and demonstrating skills!
Mrs Leeks and I have been very busy creating 2 new displays, using all of the fantastic work that our Foxes and Squirrels have been busy doing. Our first display was our special 'Can't you Sleep Little Bear?' display. This includes beautiful art work of the two bears and the big moon, as well as some super writing about the story. Our next display shows off all of our aliens that we painted from the story 'Aliens Love Underpants'. We are very proud of each and every one of the Foxes and Squirrels - they are really beginning to show off all of the skills that they have been learning at school. Well done!
This week, we have been learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year. We looked at the origins of Chinese New Year, as well as how and why people celebrate Chinese New Year. In particular, we enjoyed watching videos of Chinese New Year street celebrations, including dragon processions. We then had a go at creating our own street procession which included music and dancing and, not to mention, our own Chinese dragon! We also created our own Chinese New Year lanterns. What a fabulous way to learn about another culture!
What a busy week, filled with lots of Christmas cheer! This week, we held our beautiful Christingle Workshop - the children were super at making their Christingles and holding them very carefully while the candles were lit. Thank you to all of the adults who came to help us and join in the celebrations. We have had our very first Bronze, Silver and Gold house point certificate assemblies! Well done to all of our Foxes and Squirrels - it took Mrs Leeks and I a long time to count up all of your housepoints because you have earned so many over the term! We have also enjoyed lots of stories around the Christmas tree this week, shared by lots of different school adults - thank you to Mrs Smith, Mrs Marshall, Miss Graham, Mrs Peacock, Mrs Crossland, Mrs Bryan and Mr Murphy for taking the time out to share a Christmas story with us! We have also had a visit from Santa! He even dropped off some gifts for all of the children to enjoy! Thank you, Santa! As well as all of this, the Foxes and Squirrels enjoyed their first ever Cliffedale Christmas lunch! We made our very own Christmas party hats to wear during the meal; they looked fabulous! All that remains is to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a restful and fun holiday! See you in 2020 for some more super learning!
Today was a fantastic day in EYFS! The Foxes and Squirrels didn't know it, but the adults had a surprise in store for them! The children were amazed to go out for snack time and see a real race car pull onto the playground! The Foxes and Squirrels described it as 'fast' and 'loud'. Mr Allen - the driver - told us all about his car and we asked him lots of questions about his job. He was very impressed when we could name lots of the different parts of the car and talk about how the car works. We also found out how Mr Allen keeps safe when he is racing. Mr Pirie and Mrs Syed were also very excited to be asked if we wanted to sit in the car, which the children found hilarious as it is not easy to get into a racing car! You would think that alone would be enough excitement for one day, but no! It was then time for our Christmas treat for working so hard since starting school. We started with a dancing competition - there were some fantastic moves, but Vincent, Martha and Penelope were named Best Dancers. We then played a game of Musical Statues - it was such a close competition and we had to end with two winners as it was just too close to call! Well done to Iris and Vivienne for winning the game of Musical Statues! We then played Pass the Parcel and we had two runners up - Thea and Lily. Our two overall winners were Elsie and Danielius! Well done! After that, we pulled some Christmas Crackers and settled down for a cupcake and some juice to refresh ourselves after a very fun-filled Christmas treat! It was a pleasure to witness all of the children filled with so much Christmas Cheer after a very busy two terms at school. Well done Foxes and Squirrels, you deserved these little treats!
It was finally the day of our Christmas performance! After many, many practices, it was amazing to see it all come together! The Foxes and Squirrels were absolutely amazing! The children said their lines brilliantly, sang beautifully and joined in with the actions fabulously! The adults were so proud of all of the children! As our Star said, "We hope you enjoyed our Christmas story!" Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This Friday was our first Celebration Assembly! The Foxes and Squirrels were so excited to tell the rest of the school all about our learning during our Topic, 'On the Move'. Some children talked about their super paintings of Thomas the Tank Engine and friends. One of the Foxes talked about how steam engines work and how trains have changed over time. Some of the children talked about the emergency vehicles that they painted, including how the people that use them help us. Finally, some children showed off their super descriptive writing about different types of cars. It is fair to say that the teachers and children were incredibly proud of all of our hard work! We also lead the school assembly song; we chose 'Wake Up, Wake Up', as we have been practicing this song a lot this term! Well done, Foxes and Squirrels!
This week, the Foxes and Squirrels observed their first Remembrance. We talked about the significance of poppies and the children very respectfully observed the one minute silence at 11 o'clock. This week, we also enjoyed coming to school in our spotty clothes and Pudsey accessories! The children looked fantastic! We took part in Joe Wicks' 'Big Morning Move' and the children were super at getting active! We talked about why we give money to the charity 'Children in Need' and who our money could help.
We also need to say a big well done to Thea who won the Pudsey colouring competition!
This week, the Foxes and Squirrels have loved learning all about Diwali - the Festival of Lights! The children were fascinated by the story, and can re-tell the main events, particularly why Hindus celebrate Diwali - to remember Rama and Sita following the trail of lights home, after defeating the 10 headed God Ravana! This week, we have enjoyed lots of Diwali themed activities; including making Diwali cards, rangoli patterns and diva lamps, as well as exploring Indian dancing in PE. What a super start to our new term, Foxes and Squirrels!
The Foxes and Squirrels had a truly super day for their first STEM day on Monday! We went to assembly, and when we came back, there were Little Pig footprints and Billy Goat's Gruff footprints through each of the classrooms! The animals had left notes with 2 challenges for us to have a go at throughout the day. The 3 Little Pigs asked us to make a strong house for them to hide in away from the Big Bad Wolf - it needed to be strong enough so that the Big Bad Wolf would not be able to blow it down! The Billy Goats Gruff asked us to make a sturdy bridge that was also quiet enough for them to go over without the troll hearing them! All of the characters left us lots of different materials to make our houses and bridges, and the children had to decide which materials would be best to use. The children were very inventive when designing and building their houses and bridges, they had some super ideas! The Year 6 House Captains also came down to help the children, and they were absolutely fantastic; the Foxes and Squirrels loved sharing their ideas with the older children. It is safe to say our first STEM day was a big hit, and we hope the children came home and told you all about what we had been doing!
This week, our Foxes and Squirrels had a visit from a few members of the local community - not 1, but 3 vets! We were so excited as we had been talking about what animals need in order to be safe, healthy and happy, so we were very eager to share our knowledge with our visitors! First, we enjoyed a bit of talking time, talking about what pets we had at home. We then shared our knowledge about looking after pets with the vets, and all three of them were very impressed! It was then Dale’s turn! Each of the vets checked Dale over; they checked his heart using a stethoscope, they checked his teeth, and he even had his nails clipped! Overall, the vets said that we were looking after Dale brilliantly! The Foxes and Squirrels were then given a bit of a challenge! The vets had brought along a little friend, a Siamese cat, who had a microchip; the children had to use a special scanner to find the microchip so that the cat could be reunited with it’s owner! Luckily, the children were very good at this, and the cat was returned to it’s owner! It was fantastic to see our Foxes and Squirrels showing members of the community how super we are at Cliffedale, well done!
PS. The Siamese cat was not real, please don’t worry!
We have had another super week in EYFS! The children are really settling into school routines and we are really seeing their love of learning shining through. The Foxes and Squirrels are really getting to grips with the classroom and we are seeing some super independent learning! It has been lovely to see and hear about so many of the children practicing some new skills at home, too. This week, the children have particularly enjoyed exploring our Home Corner, which is always a popular area of the classroom!
There has been some super learning going on in EYFS, this week! We have been busy learning about repeating patterns; many of the children have been developing their own repeating patterns, using the resources in the classrooms, and at home! The team have been incredibly impressed with the children's love of learning, which we have particularly seen within their Phonics. We enjoyed practicing our letter formation on large rolls of paper, and lots of the children have been choosing to practice their letters, which is fantastic! The Foxes and Squirrels also enjoyed some time playing with the parachute as part of PE this week. All of the hard work that the children have been putting into their art work recently has really paid off! Our 'I Love Animals' and 'EYFS gallery' displays are looking amazing! Well done on a fantastic week, Foxes and Squirrels!
We have a had a busy week, this week, in EYFS! The Foxes and Squirrels have attended various assemblies, over the week; including our whole school Celebration Assembly! Mrs Smith and the other adults commented on their super listening skills and how well the Foxes and Squirrels have settled in. Our learning has been in full swing - the Foxes and Squirrels having been learning new sounds in Phonics; listening for initial sounds in words; practicing their letter formation; as well as talking about and comparing the size of different animals. We have also had our first PE lesson and the adults were very impressed with how the children were able to change and get dressed, showing lots of independence! We had fun going to the hall and playing some listening and movement games. Dale has definitely been enjoying having lots of children in the classroom! He has had lots of lovely cuddles from our Foxes and Squirrels (and Mrs Towsey!), this week!
Our Foxes and Squirrels are really settling in to life at Cliffedale! They are super additions to the Cliffedale Family, and the adults are feeling very lucky to have such a wonderful group of children!
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.