Lion (Reception) and Lion Cub (Nursery)

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Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

Please watch this short video to find out everything about Hendal EYFS!

For a sneak peek at our classrooms and outdoor area click the image below.

Early Year Practitioners

Mrs Knowles – Foundation Stage Coordinator, Lower Foundation Teacher

Miss Balmond – Lower Foundation Teacher (part time)

Mrs Wheeler – Lower Foundation, Nursery Nurse

Mrs Marshall – Upper Foundation Class 1, Teacher

Mrs O’Neill- Upper Foundation Class 2, Teacher

Mrs Stewart – Upper Foundation Class 1, Teaching Assistant

Miss Norton – Upper Foundation Class 2Teaching 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 (Comprehension, Word Reading and Writing)
  • Mathematics (Number and Numerical Patterns)
  • Understanding the world (UTW)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)
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;



Nursery Rhymes




Our Topic this Half Term

This half term your child’s topic is – Minibeasts

Please click on the link below for more information.

Curriculum Planning Minibeasts Summer 2 LF

To help us learn new vocabulary we have set up our ‘Word of the day’ please support your child in using this word at home each day to help extend their vocabulary. 

Each week we will learn a new nursery rhyme in school, please support us by practising this at home with your child. At the end of each half term we will invite parents into nursery to listen to some of our rhymes. 

Please continue to use activities from the ’50 things to do before you are 5′ app. We would love to see what you have been getting up to if you would like to add your pictures on to EExAT. 

What is going on this Half Term

Topic Launch: Releasing our butterflies

Educational Visit/Visitors: Stick insects

Aspire session/Parent Partnerships: Nursery Rhyme performance

Topic Finale: Creepy crawl assault course

Things to Remember

Water bottle – Everyday

Spare clothes -Everyday

Baking money- £1 each half term

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 2021/22

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 (Journeys)

Please click on the link below for more information.

Curriculum Planning Rosie’s Walk – Summer 2

What is going on this Half Term

Friday Afternoon: You will be able to pick up your child from 3pm to access our library. You can check out a book and swap it the following week.

Topic Launch: Rosie’s Walk Physical Literacy

Educational Visit/Visitors: Living Eggs – Whistlestop Valley

Aspire Afternoon/Parent Partnerships: Sports Day

Topic Finale: EYFS Graduation

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

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!