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 currently on maternity and leave and will be back with us very soon. Mrs Leeks will be covering her maternity leave. Mrs Leeks also teaches in EYFS, and Mrs Towsey and Mrs Down are our Teaching Assistant team working with the Foxes and Squirrels this year. 




Monday 21st June - The Foxes and Squirrels were Super stars at Sports Day.

Week beginning 21.6.21


This week our learning is based around a pirate theme. In English Drama we will be re-telling the story of Jed the pirate 
and thinking about what would  we would pack. In maths we will be measuring  measuring distance how many steps to the treasure etc. In the afternoons we will be learning about compasses,Direction  and using the Beebots.

This is a super story. If you would like to listen to the story please see the link below.

Week beginning 14.6.21

This week our learning with be based around the story 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. In English we will be creating story maps and using the story sack to help us to retell the story. In maths we will be subtracting using a number line. During the afternoon we will be creating seascapes and also making a paper plate fish bowl.

Our 9 little chicks are doing really well and the children will be caring for them until they leave us on Friday. This week we are also expecting the arrival of Obb and bob, out two new EYFS goldfish. Dale is certainly not feeling lonely down in EYFS.

Our homework this week is to draw and label a lighthouse. We are looking forward to seeing your pictures on Tapestry. This week when the children change their book they will also be bringing home a reading for pleasure book to share with you at home. Please record when you have shared this book along with the usual book, using our new on line recording system. We will be awarding extra gems this week each time a read is recorded.

Have a lovely week,
The EYFS Team

The Foxes and Squirrels had an amazing morning at the den making workshop.

We hope you had a lovely half term break and enjoyed the sunshine. It is hard to believe that we are already in term 6. This is the final term in EYFS for our current Foxes and Squirrels. We will be doing lots of work with the children to help them prepare to become Year 1 in September.


We have a very busy term ahead. All of our learning has a summer and seaside focus and we hope to be spending lots of time learning outdoors. We are also expecting the arrival of our eggs. The children will have the opportunity to see them hatch out  

Please keep checking our class page for hatching updates.


Thank you for your continued support,

The EYFS Team.

Learning Overview for Term 6

On Monday we took delivery of 10 eggs. We have been watching closely and on Wednesday morning our first little chick hatched and throughout the day more of our chicks hatched.

Parachute Fun

Mark Making, Small World and Role Play

A Christmas Hello from Dale the Guinea Pig!

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

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!

Welcome back, Foxes and Squirrels!

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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.