Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to EYFS!

The EYFS at The Discovery School is made up of three classes which are all located by the small side gate. The classes and staff are as follows:

  • Newton Class who are taught by Miss Aiston, Mrs Baldwin, Mrs Gray, Mrs Perks and Miss Wilcox.
  • Jenner Class who are taught by Mrs Boulton and Mrs Martin.
  • Einstein Class who are taught by Miss Harris and Mrs Flint.

The children are encouraged to be independent and have already established a good routine.  They are able to organise themselves without support both in the mornings and at the end of the day.  All of the children are encouraged to leave their parents at the school gate (don't worry, there will be EYFS members of staff at the gate to support them). The children are excited to meet their friends in the classroom.  The children in EYFS always work exceptionally hard, but they have a lot of fun too!


In EYFS we learn through playing and exploring our environment, this is known as Plan, Learn and Review (PLR).  The children plan what they would like to do, they do it and, at the end of the session, they review what they have learnt.  The children are encouraged to use both the inside and outside learning environments.  All of the children have the opportunity to play with their peers in any of the Foundation Classes.  We have lots of visitors, for example, the Pantomime and Chinese New Year workshops.  All of the children have the opportunity to attend our Forest School, which is an amazing chance to learn about our environment from a qualified Forest Ranger. The Foundation Stage also put on the best Nativity you will ever see! Then at the end of the year we celebrate our achievements and Graduate before moving into Year 1.


If you have any questions, concerns or queries that you would like to discuss with either your child's class teacher or the phase leader, please contact them using the email addresses below:

  • Mrs S Boulton (phase leader) - sboulton@discovery.kent.sch.uk
  • Miss G Harris - gharris@discovery.kent.sch.uk
  • Miss N Aiston - naiston@discovery.kent.sch.uk 

Our Curriculum:

If you want to know a little bit more about what your child will be learning throughout the year at The Discovery School, please click on the link below:


Development Matters Guidance
This is the Development Matters Guidance that we follow to assist us with planning to ensure the children receive a broad and balanced curriculum.
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At the end of the year they will be assessed based on the Early Learning Goals which can be found below.

Early Learning Goals
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The majority of the children's learning in EYFS is through child-initiated play, also known as Plan, Learn, Review. During Plan, Learn, Review, the children plan what they would like to learn through their play, they then carry out their learning and finalise it by reviewing what they have learnt and how they could take it further. To many people, this looks like they are "just playing". However, through the provision and the adults scaffolding, they are developing many skills that link to the Early Years Curriculum, building friendships and making unforgettable memories.  


The rest of the children's learning is taught through adult-directed lessons or group activities. This includes Phonics, Literacy, Maths, PSHE and PE.


The classroom and outside areas are set up to support the teaching of the Early Years Goals. These are carefully planned and linked to the individual needs of the children. This is called continuous provision. Alongside this, we also plan provision enhancements linked to the topics and the children's needs and interests.

Topic Information:

Term 1 - We are all special

Term 2 - Special people and occasions

Term 3 - Into the woods

Term 4 - People who help us

Term 5 - Lost in space

Term 6 - On the farm  

Year Group Timetable:

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Our Weekly Routines and Homework:

Jenner, Newton and Einstein will be having PE on a TUESDAY. This will be INDOOR PE so please can you make sure that your child has suitable clothing for these sessions (ie. shorts, PE t-shirt and plimsoles). Can you also make sure that all earrings are removed on this day.


We will also begin going to Celebration assembly every Friday. So, if your child has any special sporting awards or certificates they would like to bring in to share during this assembly, please send them in on Friday morning.


Please ensure you have your yellow reading record and your reading books in school every day so that we can read with your child at any point. The Reading Books in EYFS are an amalgamation of different reading schemes, for example; Oxford Reading Tree, Treetops, Rigby Stars and Floppy's Phonics. 


It is also important to read something every day at home and record it in the yellow reading record book. Reading books are changed on a Tuesday and Friday, therefore it is essential that your child’s yellow reading record book AND reading books are in school on these days. Please record in your child's yellow book that they have read even if it is just with a smiley face or a tick beside the date as we will celebrate the children who read every day in our EYFS assembly. Please use these books to communicate with us at any point and do let us know if you feel your child is finding the books too easy/difficult so we can make any necessary changes.


Please bring a named water bottle into school every day so that your child can have a drink whenever they need one. This bottle should contain water only.


Just a reminder: Only school book bags to be brought into school, no rucksacks!


Please name all of your children's clothes and their belongings.


Can you also make sure that you have told your child's class teacher of any clubs they may be attending and alternative arrangements for collection at the end of the day. You can do this by:


  • writing it in your child's reading record books
  • telling a member of staff on the gate in the morning
  • emailing your child's class teacher
  • emailing or calling the school office 

Term 3:

Our topic for Term 3 is 'Into the Woods'. During this term, the children will be learning different Traditional Tales and completing activities linked with these. We will also be learning about Chinese New Year and are lucky enough to have a fabulous workshop coming in to support us with this. 


Phonics and Literacy:


In EYFS, we follow the Letters and Sounds Phonics scheme, with inspiration from Read, Write, Inc. and Jolly Phonics. In Term 3, the children will be moving onto Phase 3, reading and writing words using digraphs and reading and writing simple sentences. We will be learning about different Traditional Tales retelling these. The children will also get the opportunity to make up their own.  




In Term 3, the children will be learning to count accurately to 20, finding one more and one less than a given number to 20 and doing simple, practical addition.  

Key Dates:

  • Thursday 6th February 2020 - Chinese New Year Lion Dance Workshop
  • Friday 7th February 2020 - Chinese New Year talk 

Provision Maps:

Please click here to access the whole school provision map outlining all the interventions taking place in the school.  If you have questions about any of the provision that is taking place for your child, please ask your child's class teacher.