Castle Primary School

'Adventure Together; Learn Forever'

"Pupils enjoy coming to school. They feel well cared for and they want to achieve well." OFSTED report, 2017

EYFS/Year 1

Welcome to our class page!


At Castle Primary, we believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial in securing solid foundations that children are going to continue to build upon. It is our intent that the children who enter our EYFS develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst embedding a positive attitude to school and learning. We believe that all children deserve to be valued as an individual and we are passionate in allowing all children to achieve their full, unique potential. With all of this in mind, we begin each new year by looking at the individual needs of our children and taking into account their different starting points- we then carefully develop our flexible EYFS Curriculum which enables them to follow the path of their learning journey, at a point, that is suitable for their unique needs and stage of development.
Children follow the EYFS curriculum, which has seven main areas of learning.

The Prime Areas:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development


The Specific Areas:-

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


The children in Year 1 will follow the National Curriculum.


Spring Term 2021

The children have enjoyed exploring outside this week and learning all about ice and how it is made.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The children were very lucky to have a visit from a pirate today who taught us all about the importance of recycling...

Welcome back! We hope you have all had an enjoyable break and that everyone is excited to be back at school. Please see the Spring Term topic overview which has been sent to you all and is saved at the top of our class page. This will give you an insight into what we will be learning about this term.


We are excited to be having a visit from a pirate this term who is going to be teaching us all about recycling and how we can help to save our plant from too much waste. Watch out for the photos...


We look forward to working with you this term. Please come and see us if you have any questions about our learning this term.


Many thanks

The EYFS Team 

Autumn Term 2021

Merry Christmas

The children have worked extremely hard this term becoming designers, makers, explorers and independent learners. We have been on lots of adventures during out transport topic- off around the world in our 'hundred decker bus' and finding out why it is not a good idea to take an elephant on a bus! 


We have now completed Phase 2 phonics and have started over the last 2 weeks to learn the Phase 3 sounds too. The children are becoming much more confident with recognising these sounds at speed and using their taught sounds to blend and read words. The children in Year 1 have now also started to learn their Phase 5 sounds in order to extend their phonic knowledge and to become independent writers. 


In maths the children have been consolidating their knowledge and understanding of facts within 5- subitising, counting, ordering and number bonds. Our next unit, Alive in 5! will start to look at the part whole model and using a 5 frame to support understanding. 


We hope all our families have a very merry Christmas and that you enjoy a well deserved break.

Thank you for all of the support you have given us in 2021 and we look forward to welcoming you all back in 2022!


The children have enjoyed our class text 'You Can't take an Elephant on the Bus' and sharing their special books with their friends...

We have had so much fun this week getting ready to celebrate Benjamin bear's birthday! The children have written a list of ingredients needed to bake a cake, baked their own cake, decorated it and of course eaten it...

We spent our Thursday getting ready to party by decorating the classroom, making hats and bringing our own bears in to help us celebrate. We hope you enjoy sharing these pictures with your children. 


Party Time!

It's Party Time!

It's My Birthday! The children have been busy this week in literacy getting to know our class text and we have all been invited to a party...

A busy first week exploring our new classrooms and getting to know each other!

We have almost made it through our first week and have been so proud of how well the children have settled in. They have shown great independence and have enjoyed exploring their new classrooms!


We hope you have all received bookbags now, the children need to bring these to school each day please. In the bag the children will have their homework book, inside the front cover is an explanation of what we would like the children to do. Homework books will be collected in on a Wednesday and sent home again on a Friday.


The children also now have a Home Communication Book in the bookbag too. Reading books have been sent home with the Year 1 children and the EYFS children will receive 1 when we feel they are confidently using their sounds to blend some simple CVC words. The EYFS children will bring home a list of sounds and words taught at school each week on a Friday for you to practise at home until they get a reading book.


Please ensure your child has a coat and wellies in school every day, we use our outside areas as an additional classroom, so your child will be outside lots throughout the day.


Thank you for the support you have given us this week and your patience whilst we get to know you all. If you would like to pass on a message to us or you have any questions, please email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Mrs Ballard-

Miss Poole-


Many thanks

The EYFS Team