Lion (Reception) and Lion Cub (Nursery)

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage


Please watch this short video to find out everything about your child’s class, curriculum, first week and more!

For a sneak peek into your new classrooms and outdoor area click the image below. We can’t wait to welcome you on Tuesday 7th September!

Please see below for the dates and times your child will attend on their first day/week.



Early Year Practitioners

Mrs Knowles – Foundation Stage Coordinator, Lower Foundation Teacher

Mrs Thornton- Lower Foundation, Teacher (part time)

Mrs Wheeler – Lower Foundation, Nursery Nurse

Mrs Marshall – Upper Foundation Class 1, Teacher

Mrs Stewart – Teaching Assistant

Mrs O’Neill- Upper Foundation Class 2, Teacher (maternity leave)

Miss Tandy – Upper Foundation Class 2, Teacher (part time – maternity cover)

Miss Balmond – Upper Foundation Class 2, Teacher (part time)

Miss Norton – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Turner – Pupil Premium Assistant (maternity leave)


The Early Years Curriculum

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) Is made up of 7 areas of learning.

3 Primary areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
  • Communication and Language (C&L)
  • Physical development (PD)

4 specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy (Reading and Writing)
  • Mathematics (Number and Space, shape and measures)
  • Understanding the world (UTW)
  • Creative development (CD)
We enjoy learning outdoor and we play outside everyday. Please bring your rain coat, hat, sunglasses and sun cream so we can learn outside.

LION CUBS (Nursery)

Curriculum Overview

Welcome to Nursery. Throughout the year your children will learn through the topics;

  • Colours
  • Pets
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Growth
  • Dinosaurs 
  • Minibeasts


Our Topic this Half Term

This half term you child’s topic is – Minibeasts

Please see below for our weekly Learning Flower Letter which outlines our weekly focus in Nursery.

Week Beginning 7/6/21

Week Beginning 14/6/21

Week Beginning 21/6/21

Week Beginning 28/6/21

Week Beginning 5/7/21

Week Beginning 12/7/21

Week Beginning 19/7/21

Please use the resources below to support with nursery home learning.

Minibeasts interactive game – what can you see? 

Minibeasts counting game – how many legs? 

Let’s count minibeasts

Minibeast numbers

Minibeast Hunt Sheet

Pack a suitcase sheet

Different types of holidays

All about Summer

Seaside shape cut and stick sheet

LION (Reception)

Reading at Hendal Primary School

Phonics: Your child will learn to read following the ‘Floppy Phonics Sounds and Letters’ Programme. This programme is designed to support the rigorous and systematic approach to teaching synthetic phonics. The programme offers opportunities for multi-sensory learning. Our caring teaching staff plan exciting lessons to meet the needs of all individual children.

Reading: Our phonics resources are fully integrated with our ‘Oxford Reading Tree‘ scheme of books. These books include the well-known characters, storylines and illustrations of Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog! Our reading books are organised into coloured bands based on the level of challenge and length of text. We have a wide selection of other books within the coloured bands to ensure children are exposed to a variety of texts with the intention of all children developing a love for reading that will ensure success in adult life.


Curriculum Overview

Welcome to Foundation stage. Throughout the year your children will learn through the topics;
Marvellous Me
On The Way Home (Traditional Tales)
When I Grow Up (People who help us)
•  Handa’s Surprise (The world/animals around the world)
• Whatever Next (Space)
Rosie’s Walk (Journeys)

Click the link below for more information including our exciting Topic Launches, Educational Visits, Aspire Afternoons, Parent Partnerships and Finales.

Long Term Planning 2020/21

You can also speak to your class teacher  for additional information.


Our Topic this Half Term


This half term you child’s topic is – Rosie’s Walk

Please click on the link below for more information.


Curriculum Planning Summer 2 Journeys


What is going on this Half Term

Friday Morning: Your child will pick a library book. Books are available outside our classroom before school.

Topic Launch: Bowlands Farm

Educational Visit/Visitors: Kirklees Light Railway

Aspire Afternoon/Parent Partnerships: Garden Fate 

Topic Finale: Graduation Assembly


Leo the Lion’s Reading Challenge

Leo the Lion is taking a break from visiting homes at the moment but has set us a reading challenge. You will find the challenge below along with some of the contributions we have received so far. Keep it up!

Things to Remember

Please send you child with the correct equipment on the following days:

EVERYDAY – book bag

Wednesday – Homework is to be handed in

Friday – Library morning. Homework handed out

PE kit- to be sent on Monday and to take home Friday for washing

If you need any support or have any questions regarding how you can support your child’s learning at home or require further resources please speak to you child’s class teacher.


Parent Partnerships

We welcome any opportunities for parents to share their skills and knowledge.

Please listen to your child read at home every day and record this in your child’s reading record.

Milk is available to children at a cost of £1.00 per week from the term that your child turns five. Letters will be sent home as a reminder. Families who are in receipt of low income benefits will qualify for free milk for their child.

To register and pay for milk online, please click on the following link;

We ask for a £1 voluntary contribution each half term to help towards buying baking supplies.

Parents and Carers will be invited into school at 3:00pm on Wednesdays to share your child’s learning journey and English books.

Please see the School Dinners page or Mrs Brailsford in the school office for more information about our School dinners.

Learning Environment

Please take a look at our bright, stimulating and language rich environment…


At Hendal EYFS your child will

Watch a chick hatch from it’s egg and watch it grow for 2 weeks! The children will care for the chick’s needs and learn responsibility.

Develop entrepreneurial skills and understand the value of money by making crafts and selling them at our Annual Garden Fair.

Take part in exciting, stimulating school trips linked to our topics that include places such as Wakefield One library and Museum and Kirklees Light Railway.

Have amazing experiences such as a farm visiting school for the day and walking an alpaca around the playground!

Become a confident reader through our Floppy’s Phonics Scheme and develop their love of reading in our brand new library!

Enjoy a visit from a real life scientist during British Science Week!

Take part in Odd Socks Day where we celebrate our individuality and what makes us unique!


Enjoy our fabulous outdoor provision, playing together whatever the weather!

Have the opportunity to cook and bake in our newly refurbished kitchen!