Lion and Lion Cub

 Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Year Practitioners

Mrs Knowles – Foundation Stage Coordinator

Mrs Wheeler – Lower Foundation, Nursery Nurse

Miss Balmond – Lower Foundation, Teacher (part time)

Miss Ibbotson- Lower Foundation, Teacher (part time)

Mrs Marshall – Upper Foundation Class 1 Teacher

Mrs O’Neill – Upper Foundation Class 2 Teacher

Mrs Stewart – Teaching Assistant

Miss Shaw – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Turner-Broadhead – Pupil Premium Assistant

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.


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
Whatever Next (Space)
Handa’s Surprise (The world/animals around the world)
• The Land Before Time (Dinosaurs)
• When I Grow Up (People who help us)
Rosie’s Walk (Journeys)

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

Our Long Term plan 2019/20

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


Our Topic this Half Term


This half term you child’s topic is – Land Before Time (Dinosaurs)
Please click on the link below for more information.

Land Before Time (Dinosaurs)


What is going on this Half Term

Friday Morning: each week Parents and Carers are invited use our fantastic new library. You are welcome to share books from our wonderful new library and listen to your child read different books. This is also an opportunity to update your child’s individual reading card.

Topic Launch: Dinosaur Egg Discovery

Educational Visit/Visitors: Living Eggs – Ducklings

Aspire Afternoon/Parent Partnerships: Dinosaur Museum

Topic Finale: Dinosaur Museum/Easter bonnet parade


Things to Remember

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

Wednesday – Homework is to be handed in

Wednesday –  Indoor PE kit.

Friday – Library morning. Homework handed out

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!