Cliffedale Primary School

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EYFS Foxes and Squirrels

Welcome to the class page of the Foxes and Squirrels! 


We are looking forward to sharing some of our super learning with you! You can also find out what we've been up to each week, by following our school's Twitter page:

Please scroll down to the bottom of our class page to see important documents relating to what we are learning and ways in which you can support your child with their learning. You will also find documents to support parents and carers with using Tapestry.  


*PE will be on a Monday (indoor) and a Friday (outdoor) - the children will need to come to school in their PE kit on both of these days!*

On indoor PE days, the children will need to wear their blue t-shirt, shorts with tracksuit bottoms over the top, socks and trainers. The children will also need to bring a hoodie or a long-sleeved sweatshirt, coat etc. to ensure that they are warm enough for the rest of the days activities.

On outdoor PE days, the children will need to wear their blue t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms, a hoodie or a long-sleeved sweatshirt, socks and trainers. Long hair will need to be tied back and earrings removed.


Meet the Team 

Mrs Syed is our EYFS lead. Mrs Syed is expecting a baby in November! Mrs Leeks will be covering her maternity leave. Mrs Syed, Mrs Leeks and Miss Graham are our teaching team, and Mrs Towsey and Mrs Down are our Teaching Assistant team working with the Foxes and Squirrels this year. 




Thursday 1st April


Well done to all the Foxes and Squirrels, and their parents and carers for their hard work this term! You have all settled back into the school routine very well and the adults have really enjoyed having you all back at school! 

Next term our topic is Mini-beast Magic! We will also still have our meetings with Farmer Ruth to keep learning about life on the farm and lots more exciting things that I will share soon! 


Enjoy the Easter break, stay safe, we can't wait to see you again on Monday 19th April.


Miss Graham and the EYFS team. 

Friday 12th March


Well done Foxes and Squirrels - you have worked so hard this week and are now looking very tired! Today was our World Book Day and the children have been making their own bookmarks and character masks. The children also helped to write a whole class story about 4 objects that the adults brought into school. I have attached the story below for you to all read. The children came up with all the ideas themselves! 


Next week we will be reading Jack and the Beanstalk and using the story to help us describe characters and settings. In Maths we will be learning to use a ruler to measure beanstalks and giants! 


Parents evening will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday - if you haven't booked an appointment yet please choose a time slot using the school cloud system. 

Week Beginning 08.03.2021 Welcome Back!


We are so excited to have the children back to school tomorrow, Monday 8th March! We can't wait to welcome you all at the gates. We have got some lovely arts and crafts activities to share with you as well as some new toys for you to play with! We've also now got a castle in the reading garden and a garden centre in the Foxes room! 

Have a good sleep tonight and we'll see you in the morning :)

Term 3

Happy New Year Foxes and Squirrels and welcome back! It was so lovely to see all of your smiling faces today and we have enjoyed hearing all about your holidays. It was great to hear that Santa had been kind to you all! Luckily, he was kind to all of the grown ups too and we would like to say a big thank you to all of you for the gifts that we received at the end of term. So kind,totally unexpected but very much appreciated! 

Here's hoping for another fabulous term of learning!




Week Beginning 14.12.2020

We’ve finally made it to the last week of term – I think the teachers are as tired as the children! The Foxes and Squirrels have had a great week of Christmas activities. We made hats to wear to our Christmas lunch on Wednesday and placemats to decorate the tables.  It was also Christmas jumper day and all the children looked fantastic – we even had some light up jumpers! In the afternoon, we enjoyed tuning in to the Virtual Pantomime organised by Norfolk Music Service – this was spectacular and ensured the children didn’t miss out on ‘normal’ Christmas fun! On Thursday, we had our Christmas fun day. It was super seeing all the children in their party dresses and Christmas outfits. They danced and sang and partied the morning away! We also had a surprise virtual visit from Santa – he told us he is having the vaccine and reminded us to leave some hand sanitiser next to the mince pie for him. He mentioned that most children are on the 'Good List' and hopes that those who need to will show him just how well they can behave before Christmas Eve. Thursday morning all the Foxes and Squirrels magically turned into reindeer and raised money for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the magic! Stay safe, have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

From All The EYFS Team at Cliffedale.

Week Beginning 7.12.2020

We are one more week closer to Christmas and we can definitely tell down in Foxes and Squirrels. This week we have been making snowmen in our Christmas craft activities. We made a Christingle each and also made one for each classroom to use in the Cliffedale Christingle service. We have been learning some Christmas songs too.

We have had a cheeky visitor this week…Rosie the Reindeer has joined us from the North Pole (Santa ran out of elves!) She has been watching and looking out for super behaviour in class and will be letting Santa know. So far, she got herself tangled up in some Christmas ribbon, flew an airplane around the classroom and was found reading a Christmas story. I wonder what she will get up to next week?

A Christmas Hello from Dale the Guinea Pig!

Week Beginning 30.11.2020

What an action-packed week – we have recorded our part for the Cliffedale Christmas Performance which we hope to be able to share with you in the coming weeks. The children tried their very best and we could tell they really enjoyed singing the songs near the huge Christmas tree.


We have also started creating Christmas decorations for the classroom as well as a Christmas card for the children to take home. There has been lots of glitter and paint involved! We have brought a bit of sparkle to the classroom by decorating our very own Christmas tree. We also had a very special visitor to the classroom this week…Rosie the Reindeer has been sent from Santa to see how well the children are working at school, when she arrived she was swinging from the board holding a letter telling us all about it! We can’t wait to see what exciting things she does each week.


We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to hearing all about it next week. 

Week beginning 23.11.20


This week the Foxes and Squirrels have been busy rehearsing the songs for our Christmas performance, and we had a quick practice in the hall acting out our section of the Nativity play. We hope to be able to show you the finished product soon.

The children have been learning all about the Super Cat – The Road Safety Hero. We learnt to Stop, Look, Listen and Think before crossing the road.

Breaking news – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….as we make a start on lots of Christmas crafts! Look out for pictures on Tapestry over the coming weeks.

Stay safe and have a lovely weekend.

Miss Graham

Week Beginning 16 11 20


Another busy week for our Foxes and Squirrels! We started the week with the fabulous news that Mrs Syed had her baby boy at the weekend😊. What a lovely surprise! Mummy and baby, Zayyan are both doing really well and Mrs Syed is definitely soaking up every minute with her new little bundle of joy!

We have had a great time painting and talking about emergency vehicles in our topic this week. We painted fire engines, police cars, ambulances and life boats. We also talked about the people that drive these vehicles and had a think about what we wanted to be when we grew up! It seems that police officer is the way to go!

Have a lovely weekend Foxes and Squirrels and we look forward to a new exciting week of learning next week!



Week Beginning 9.11.2020

Such a super week once again for the busy EYFS team. We started the week by preparing our Poppies for the Cliffedale Remembrance Service. The children all created both a Cliffedale poppy for their jumper and another poppy for the collective wreaths which you may have seen hung on our Peascliffe entrance gate. All of the adults were so proud of the children for showing such respect for the fallen.

We have also celebrated the Hindu festival of Diwali this week. We have told the story of Rama and Sita and have even acted it out using our masks! We have made our own Diva lamps out of clay – What a messy business! We had great fun making them bright and sparkly to finish them off!

Friday was another important day as we remembered children who are not as lucky as ourselves for Children in Need. It was fantastic to come to school and see all the children in their chosen outfits. There were many Pudsey Bears and spotty outfits on show! The children took part in a Joe Wicks workout video which certainly got their hearts pumping and faces glowing – what a great way to start the day!

Have a fabulous weekend Foxes and Squirrels, and we look forward to seeing you next week for our Cool Cars week.

Happy Diwali - Our Foxes & Squirrels made some beautiful Divas this week to celebrate the Festival of Light

Week Beginning: 2.11.20

It was lovely to have our Foxes and Squirrels back in school after the half term break! The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the activities and resources within the classroom to do with our new theme 'On the Move', which is to do with all things transport! As well as this, the Foxes and Squirrels have particularly enjoyed introducing a story-line into their play this week, and have often acted out their narratives alongside their friends. We have had baby dinosaurs hatching out of eggs needing to be looked after, a King on the climbing frame looking after a Princess in need, and cars needing repairing and washing! It has been so lovely to see the children enjoying interacting more and more with their new friends!

EYFS Phonics Workshop for Parents and Carers 

Parents and Carers, 

Mrs Syed has recorded a virtual Phonics workshop in order to support you with helping your child with their Phonics learning. You can see the slides below, or you can watch Mrs Syed's presentation by going to Children - Video Resource Centre - EYFS - EYFS Phonics Workshop for Parents and Carers 

We hope you find the information included useful. 

Virtual Vet Visit - 22nd October 

The Foxes and Squirrels were very lucky this afternoon to have a virtual visit from our local vet! Hannah joined us via Zoom and she was able to give Dale a health check whilst being held by Mrs Towsey! Unfortunately for Mrs Towsey, Dale’s bladder proved to be working perfectly and she spent the rest of the afternoon with a very soggy dress on! As well as Dale’s health check, Hannah also talked to the children about the different animals that she looks after and explained how to keep animals healthy. 
Thank you Hannah for taking time out of your busy schedule to see us! We had a lovely time!

Overview of Term 2 - Maths, English and Theme

Welcome back, Foxes and Squirrels!

Home Learning 

Wow! The team have been so unbelievably impressed by how brilliantly our Foxes and Squirrels have adapted to home learning this week. They have worked so hard and their fantastic learning was just flooding through onto Tapestry - we couldn't keep up!

This week, the children have enjoyed the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. They have re-told the story using actions, drawn their favourite character, designed and made a house for the 3 little pigs, as well as sorting objects and deciding which group has 'more' and which group has 'fewer'. The children have also practised their cutting skills, letter and number formation, blending and segmenting, as well as enjoying Mrs Towsey and Mrs Down's daily challenges!

The team have absolutely loved looking at all of your super learning, Foxes and Squirrels, and we wanted to show it off! The children have earned themselves a class Merit for doing such an amazing job! Well done Foxes and Squirrels! 

Week Beginning 21.9.20

I'm sure our Foxes and Squirrels have been here before! It certainly feels like it as they are just so super! They are carrying out daily routines with increasing independence and are really starting to show us their super learning. We have enjoyed doing Maths, English and Theme together for the very first time! We have also enjoyed practising our contribution to Cliffedale's Harvest celebration. We hope you enjoy watching us perform 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow'! 

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Week Beginning: 14.9.20

Wow! What a fantastic week it has been! The adults are absolutely amazed at how quickly our Fantastic Foxes and Super Squirrels have settled into school life. They come into school in such a grown up way and are becoming more and more independent when putting away their things. The children sit on the carpet beautifully and have enjoyed listening to lots of stories. We even took part in our first virtual whole school assembly, the rest of the school were so pleased to see us on the big screen! We have also enjoyed our first two PE sessions. We got to go the big hall and enjoyed learning about how to use the space safely. On Friday, we enjoyed our outdoor PE session. We played Simon Says and enjoyed doing some action rhymes. This week, the children have enjoyed exploring the indoor and outdoor environments and have made lots of new friends! We are looking forward to starting our Maths and English learning next week! Well done Foxes and Squirrels!

Overview of Term 1 - Maths, English and Theme

Welcome Foxes and Squirrels! 

It was finally time to welcome our lovely new Foxes and Squirrels into the Cliffedale family! They looked super smart and very grown up in their new uniform and shiny shoes! The EYFS adults were so impressed with how beautifully they came into school and how quickly they have adapted to new routines. Over this week, the children have enjoyed exploring the indoor and outdoor areas, getting to know the school adults and other children, and learning how we do things at Cliffedale. They have been absolute superstars! We cannot wait to get to know the children better and enjoy lots of fun activities together over the coming weeks! Well done Foxes and Squirrels! 

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

You can also find lots of useful information on the Tapestry website, by following the links below:


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

Here you will find a selection of free Phonics resources and games to reinforce your child's learning in Phonics. We use these in school, so your child will be familiar with them. This website also has lots of useful information for parents and carers including understanding what Phonics is, what schools do and how you can support your child. 

Jolly Phonics songs are also a fabulous way of helping your child to remember the individual phonemes that we learn. We love singing the songs and doing the actions! You can find the songs here:


Teach Your Monster to Read

This resource is in a game format. The computer version is completely free, or the content can be purchased as an app for a small fee. The game gives children opportunities to practise their Phonics skills including recognising individual phonemes and tricky words, blending and segmenting while taking their own monster on a magical journey! 


Top Marks

Here you will find a selection of free Maths games that we use in school. You can find a number of fun counting, matching, ordering, adding and subtracting games on this website. 



The Cbeebies website has a number of videos, games and stories available to support our 'Theme' work. You can often find some of our weekly stories being read by famous people on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories.