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Our EYFS Teachers are:

Mrs. Lightwing (EYFS Lead) & Mr. Bennett

Our EYFS Teaching Assistants are:

Mrs McMillan 

Mrs Bowmaker

Mrs Smith

Miss Redford

Mrs Taylor

See what we are up to through our yearly learning objectives for Nursery and Reception.


We ask that our children are read with every week at home and that book bags are brought in regularly to enable us to change reading books.

School Uniform:

Children must attend school in their full school uniform. 

July 2018

Hola! As part of our first topic, we are learning all about the people and communities in the country of Mexico! Our children loved playing with the Mexican props in the classroom and exploring all the different ways they can dress! We set up a photo booth and the children enjoyed exploring different ways of dressing! 


September 2018

Welcome back! See what we are up to this term through our Autumn Medium Term Plan!

This week the children have been settling into our routine and have been making new friends in our class. The children have been amazing and have taken Whitecliffe Academy in their stride! We are all so proud of the children’s efforts in class and out of class. 

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The children brought in photographs of their families and discussed who is in their family! It was great to see the similarities and differences within our families! The children then went on to draw their families on our iPads and Interactive Whiteboard.

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The children have been reading the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. They retold the story using our Goldilocks themed tuff spot. We enjoyed shouting ‘SOMEONE’S BEEN IN MY BED’ to our friends!

We used our porridge oats to make our very own flapjacks, we each had a turn adding ingredients and we were surprised how much sugar was in our school-made snack! We made sure we brushed our teeth after we ate our delicious flapjacks!

We started Read, Write Inc. with our children and they are working so hard to remember and write their sounds. 

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We have been exploring where we live! After reading, ‘Funny Bones’ and finding out that the skeletons had a Zoo, Park and a Police Station, we decided to find out what is in our local area! We walked around Carlin How with our parents and looked at the differences and similarities in our homes, roads and cars! We found out that we have a Post Office, Hairdressers, Garage and Community Center. 


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We have been learning all about autumn! We have been exploring outside and finding leaves of all colours! We counted the leaves we found and crunched them in our hands and feet! We have also been learning about Harvest Festival and looking at the different foods that are harvested and celebrated at this time of year. 

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We visited Saltburn Fire Station to learn about fire safety. The firefighters explained how to keep safe on Bonfire Night and how we could take care of our pets when they get stressed. It was very informative and our children loved hearing about how they could be safe around fires. We were able to experience what it was like to be a firefighter by wearing their uniforms and using their hose pipe! It was an amazing day and a huge thank you to all the firefighters who helped us that day! 


November 2018

Remembrance Day was a special day where the children reflected on those who has been lost in the wars. The children created poppies and listened to why we wear poppies. Our class visited the cenotaph to pay our respects and lay our poppies. 

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December 2018


EYFS have been celebrating Christmas and the children were lucky enough to visit Santa at Skinningrove Mining Museum. All our children and parents walked down to Skinningrove. 


January 2019!

Happy New Year! Welcome back! This term we are learning all about Winter! The weather has treated us to some sparkling snow and frosty flakes over the first few weeks. We made sure that our children were able to experience the snow to the fullest and we sledged with our friends and explored the icy, white outsides. EYFS made sure they wrapped up in their warm coats and hats to protect them from the frost



February 2019


In February we read the story of ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ and the children enjoyed going on their own ‘Bear Hunt’ whilst walking through all the different areas in the story. We sang:

‘We’re going on a bear hunt,
We’re going to catch a big one, 
We’re not scared…’

Chinese New Year


We celebrated Chinese New Year by hosting our very own Chinese New Year Assembly for the whole of school. We painted our very own Dragon and read many Chinese stories to learn about the traditions and culture of China. 

March 2019

This half term we have been finding out all about animals! The children explored our local area to see which animals we could find outside in our playground and at home. We were absolutely amazed by what found when exploring out school! We then began to look at animals in the jungle! We read stories such as, ‘Elmer’, ‘The Lion Inside,’ ‘Mingo the Flamingo’ and Rhino’s Great Big Itch.’ The children have loved learning about the different animals from around the world. We were fascinated by our fantastic trip to Flamingo Land with our parents. Children and adults were wowed by the workshop where we could touch and feel the animals. 


This week, we had an uninvited visitor in our classroom and they left a mess! After returning from assembly, we found flour all over our floor! Luckily, the perpetrator had left some footprint in the mess. We worked quickly using our detective skills and measuring skills to find out it was the Giraffe! Fortunately, the giraffe had been kind enough to leave us the book, ‘Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.’



After we read the story of ‘Rhino’s Great Big Itch’ we noticed that the Rhino in the story had a very small horn! The children decided we must make a horn for the Rhino, so created our Rhino horns after looking on the iPads at some real-life rhinos. Some of the children noticed that the horns are sometimes textured or smooth and used what they knew when creating their horns.


We decided to talk about what we liked about our horns and how we could improve them further. Check out our video below!



 The children noticed that all the bare trees had begun to grow their leaves back. We discussed how the days were getting longer and the flowers were beginning to bloom and blossom. The children went on a Spring Walk to explore our outside and look for signs of new (plant) life around us!

To prepare for easter, we have explored the reason we celebrate. We read the story of Jesus’ Crucifixion and we acted out the story with our friends. We were shocked by how cruel Jesus was treat and we discussed how we should always treat each other with respect and never betray our friends. 


Summer 2019


We have been learning about ‘Down in the Garden.’ We found mini-beasts in our school garden and read the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar.’ We decided to look at the food that the hungry caterpillar ate and decided if it was healthy or not. We created our very own fruit skewers using apples, pears, plums, strawberries and oranges.


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We visited the Wildlife Trust at Margrove Park to learn more about the world around us. The children said that they ‘had a smelly tea party’ for all the mini-beasts and they were able to explore the outside world around them. 


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