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. 




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.