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At Millbrook Primary School we follow the Statutory Framework for Early Year Foundation Stage. Our curriculum is guided by this and Development Matters.

Statutory Framework for EYFS - Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
 Development Matters - Development Matters – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 We provide a child-centred, creative and engaging curriculum across 7 areas of learning, with a real focus on using high-quality texts and a language-rich environment to support children’s learning and vocabulary development.

 These 7 areas of learning consist of three prime areas and four specific areas.

 The prime areas are:

• communication and language

• physical development

• personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas are:

• literacy

• mathematics

• understanding the world

• expressive arts and design

The reading scheme used throughout the school is Oxford Reading Tree from Oxford University Press. We use their ”Floppy’s Phonics” systematic synthetic phonics teaching programmes to teach phonics.

Here is a welcome video for children starting Reception in September 2021, so please take some time to watch it with your child  Reception September 2021 Welcome Video

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Recent updates from Ladybird class

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    In Ladybirds and Bumblebees we enjoyed learning about The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We had our own caterpillars which we watched grow into beautiful butterflies. We talked about healthy eating and made our own fruit kebabs, they were delicious. We also wrote our own versions of the story.’ 

    • Calendar icon April 26, 2021
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance!

    This week we have listened to the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’. The children researched facts about the jungle and then drew a picture and labelled it. We then made sock puppets of animals you might find in the jungle. We wrote a materials list and sentences about how we made the sock puppets.

    • Calendar icon February 8, 2021
  • Story of the Week – “The Gruffalo”

    In Ladybirds and Bumblebees we enjoyed listening to our story of the week, The Gruffalo! The children created their own Monsters and labelled them. They also enjoyed making Gruffalo Krispie cakes!  

    • Calendar icon January 28, 2021
  • Ladybirds & Bumblebees – “Whatever Next”

    We enjoyed listening to our story of the week, Whatever Next! The children created story maps of the story, wrote a list of things they would take to space and created their own rockets.

    • Calendar icon January 28, 2021
  • Our first few weeks in Bumblebees and Ladybirds

    We have been very busy in Bumblebees and Ladybirds learning lots of new skills. We have been practising writing our names independently. We have also sorted the letters from our names into the right order. We have enjoyed doing ‘Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle’. The children learn new gross motor movements to music. They will dance using the movements and then mark large gross motor marks. This supports the children to become confident mark makers. We have enjoyed starting PE and…
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    • Calendar icon October 5, 2020
  • Balanceability

    The first 16 Ladybird and Bumblebee children have now completed their Balanceability  lessons after school. They have learnt all the skills to ride a balance bike and then to use those skills to ride a pedal bike. All the children were amazing and enjoyed the experience. Thank you to the fantastic Year 6 helpers who help Miss Burrows and the younger children with their Balanceability lessons.

    • Calendar icon March 10, 2020