Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to EYFS

The EYFS at The Discovery School is made up of three classes:

  • Newton Class who are taught by Mrs Hook and Mrs Flint.
  • Jenner Class who are taught by Mrs Boulton and Mrs Martin.
  • Einstein Class who are taught by Miss Harris and Mrs Braund.

We are also lucky enough to share Mrs Isitt across all three classes.  She supports all the children with their learning during Plan, Do and Review (PDR) and supports some children with interventions.  


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 now able to leave their parents at the school gate and are excited to meet their friends in the classroom.  In EYFS we always work exceptionally hard, but we have a lot of fun too.


In EYFS we learn through playing and exploring our environment, this is known as Plan, Do and Review (PDR).  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, Fire Safety and Railway Safety.  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
  • Mrs B Hook - bhook@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Term 3 Important Dates:

  • Tuesday 16th January - Stay and Play
  • Tuesday 6th February - Safer Internet Day
  • Wednesday 7th February - Parent Consultations (3:30pm-5:30pm) - Please sign up for a time slot in the office
  • Thursday 8th February - Parent Consultations (3:30pm-7:00pm) - Please sign up for a time slot in the office
  • Friday 9th February - Dress up as your favourite Traditional Tales character


Click below to find a copy of our timetable.

Termly Topic Information:

Our Topic for Term 3 is 'Frozen/Traditional Tales. We have lots of fun activities planned!


In Literacy, we will be doing weekly news writing, guided reading, retelling well known traditional tales using Pie Corbett's 'Talk for Writing' and sequencing the stories.  We will also be writing captions, speech bubbles and a simple story.


In Mathematics, we will be finding one more and one less than a given number.  We will be focusing on our numbers to 20 as well as ordering and understanding the value of numbers.


We will also be doing other activities such as melting and freezing water, making ice cream and talking about how the liquid turns into a solid, learning multi-skills with the PE coaches and taking part in a dress up day as our favourite Traditional Tale character.

This week's learning:

Literacy: In Literacy this week, we have been writing captions to go with pictures of "The Gingerbread Man" story as well as writing about our weekend news.


Phonics: This week, we are continuing to learn our Phase 3 sounds and practice sounding out and blending.


Numeracy: In Numeracy this week, we have been focusing on identifying and ordering numbers to 20 and talking about the value of these numbers.


Plan, Do and Review: In PDR this week we have been decorating gingerbread men, sequencing "The Gingerbread Man" story, practicing writing our numbers to 20 in the right order, exploring the sand, water and fake snow and using the construction area and mud kitchen.


Thank you to all of you that attended our Stay and Play session on Tuesday afternoon. It was so lovely to see so many of you there :)



Our Weekly Routines:

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


We change reading books on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Please ensure you have your yellow reading record and your reading books on these days.  It is useful to keep them in the book bag every day so that we can read with your child at any point.  You will get two books each time and it is important to read something every day and record it in the yellow reading record book.


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


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


Can you please make sure you have also told your class teacher of any clubs your child will be attending and alternative arrangements for the end of the day.




Big Maths and Big Spell:

Every Friday, the children will be taking part in Big Maths and Big Spell. We will be learning the calculations and the spellings in school but it would also be helpful if you could practice them at home. We will be sending home the Big Spell spellings termly. If you would like any additional Big Maths papers, please speak to your child's class teacher.


We will send home your child's weekly quiz paper so that you are able to see how well they are doing and where they might need some more support.



Important Messages and Letters:

Click below to find recent important messages and letters.

Provision Map:

Click below to read our Provision Map for the current term in Foundation Stage.  We have discussed this with you at Parents Evening.


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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Our topics for the year can be found below and this will show you a brief overview of how we will be learning from term to term.

EYFS Curriculum Overview
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Below is an example of the timetable we use in Foundation Stage

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