Mitton Manor Primary School

Mitton Manor Primary School

Early Years






What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum covers seven areas of learning and development. This includes three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas.

The Prime Areas are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas of learning. The three Prime Areas of learning and development include:

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


The Specific Areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society. The four Specific Areas of learning and development include:

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


The EYFS curriculum is delivered to our children through a mix of adult directed activities and child initiated and child led activities. Every child is unique and their individual needs, ideas, interests and learning styles play a core role in the planning for our weekly and daily tasks and activities

The value placed on play in the early years is very high. Children learn best when they are having fun; through carefully thought out and structured play activities. All members of staff in Early Years class are highly skilled in moving the play forward and supporting children’s learning.




Summer Term Topic:

In EY, we have lots of opportunities to follow the children’s interests through the use of busy jobs and Rainbow Challenges. However, over the last couple of years, Mrs Thomas and I have created Summer Term topics based completely around the children’s interests. In the past, we have had Pirates and Mermaids and The Greatest Show! I explained to the children that Mrs Thomas and I had been spying on them all year and have created a topic just for them. We have noticed that they are interested in lots of things, such as:

  • looking after animals
  • exploring in the digging patch and digging for bones
  • searching for fossils 
  • creating imaginary animals 
  • creating animal homes 
  • creating posters to save the planet and different environments (under the sea – plastic)
  • elephants
  • tigers
  • turtles

So, we created...



Planet Early Years! J Dinosaurs and Endangered Animals!
This topic will begin with a look at dinosaurs and the fact that they are extinct. We will then follow this with how some animals, which are around today, are in danger of becoming extinct. We have lots of lovely texts to look at which will link up lots of our learning! One of the books we will begin with is ‘Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish’.








We've had lots of fun so far this year...

Brick laying!


Looking for 3D shapes... 


Firefighter visit! 


Halloween pumpkin investigation... 


Discovering dinosaur bones in the digging patch!


Mark making together during a Funky Fingers session 


Getting some housework done!


Mark making outdoors!


Letter formation in the special sand trays! 


Adding the numbers 11-20 to our playground markings!


Thinking about who looks after us in our community... 




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Useful Websites and Online Games!

Below are a list of websites and games that Miss Hopson recommends looking at. frownno



Teach Your Monster to Read!

Teach Your Monster to Read is an online phonics adventure which will lead into reading full sentences. I love this game because it is super engaging! The children love creating their own little monster and completing the games. The graphemes are also introduced in the same order as we teach them. To use Teach your Monster to Read, you do need to sign up with an email address. I have done this for free on my laptop, however, I think an tablet app is available but may cost!



Letters and Sounds

This website contains lots of phonics games! My favourite games from this website are Yes/No Silly Questions, Picnic on Pluto with Obb and Bob and Buried Treasure. I find this website super useful as, not only does it have lots of games, it has lots of information on phonics and the phonics phases.




Free eBook Library - Oxford Owl

I recently signed up to this website for free and have been using lots of the eBooks in class. There are loads of eBooks available for lots of different age ranges. 



CBeebies Numeracy Games

This webpage is full of numeracy games, videos and resources! There are also lots of links for parents. Fab!






Useful YouTube Links!
Below are some YouTube videos that we use at school to support our learning. We have lots of fun singing along and dancing to these songs, so you may have already heard your children humming these tunes! smiley 


Jolly Phonics Songs in ORDER! (Letters and Sounds)

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

A tricky word/sight word song for children covering the, I, go, no, to, she, he and we. Tricky words, these are tricky tricky tricky tricky tricky words! Don't let them trick you!

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song

Phase 3 tricky words/sight words featured me, be, was, you, my, all, are, they, was.

Alphabet Phonics Song

Alphabet Phonics song with letter names and sounds. Every letter has a name and sound!