Welcome to Explorers class page.
Explorers is our Nursery and Reception class. 

Staff: Mrs Brayshaw (EYFS class teacher) and Ms Marsden (EYFS TA) 

As we enter our first Summer term the children have some new and exciting topics to explore! 

Our Summer term overarching topic is "Eco-Warriorswhere we will be focusing on “Transport” in Summer 1 and “Under the Sea” in Summer 2.

Summer 2

We hope you all had a lovely May half term and we are looking forward to starting a new (and final for our Reception children!) chapter with our learning. Over the next term, the Reception children will be supported with their transition into Year 1, ensuring the children arrive in their new class both happy and confident. To support this next step of their school journey we will be focusing on Under the Sea.

During this topic, we will guide the children to re-examine the place in which we live and reflect on how our daily actions impact our planet and oceans. They will delve into the three R's: reduce, re-use, and recycle, and will be encouraged to become Eco-warriors by participating in activities such as litter picking around the school. Each child will take on roles that contribute to the collective effort to save our planet, fostering a sense of responsibility and environmental stewardship. In addition to exploring global environmental issues, the children will also take a closer look at their immediate surroundings. They will reflect on their year in Reception, reviewing the progress they have made and celebrating their personal achievements. This period of reflection will help them appreciate their growth and set the stage for future learning.

As we approach the transition days, the children will begin to prepare for the next phase in their educational journey. They will familiarise themselves with their new environment and teachers, easing the transition and building confidence for the upcoming school year. We are excited to invite you to celebrate your child's accomplishments in Explorers during their class worship and graduation (for Reception) on Thursday, 18th July, from 9 am. This event will be a wonderful opportunity to recognise the hard work and progress your child has made throughout the year and to celebrate their readiness for the next step in their learning journey.

In literacy our focus texts will be "Izzy Gizmo" and "So Much!" for Reception and "Whatever next" for Nursery. 

To support the children with their role play linking to the topic and literacy text, a space rocket has been set up in the classroom to capture their imaginations and inspire their play. Outdoors, there is a “Under the Sea” themed tuff tray for the children to explore different textures, marine life in order to create their own role play scenarios.

Rainbow Challenge - In EYFS, a key priority is for us to support children to become independent, confident, and resilient learners. We consciously spend the first weeks building positive relationships and creating a fun and safe space that the children both enjoy and feel comfortable in. Starting in nursery they will be encouraged to display independence and take ownership over their learning using the ‘Rainbow Challenge.’ For those pupils and parents who are new to our school the ‘Rainbow Challenge’ is used by the children during their ‘continuous provision time or extended learning’ which occurs after adult input lessons.  The classroom is broken up into areas such as construction, roleplay or reading and each represents a different colour of the rainbow. Children are encouraged to explore their whole environment throughout the week and in doing so gain a coloured lollipop stick for each area they have engaged with. If they complete the Rainbow they are rewarded with a sticker and prize at the end of the week.

A few quick reminders

End of the day- Please inform Mrs Brayshaw/Ms Marsden and Mrs Rourke if there are going to be any changes to your normal home time arrangements or when a different person collecting your child. This is for the safeguarding of your children.

Homework – children will have weekly homework set that supports the learning in school for that week. This could be phonics sounds, maths work or understanding the world tasks. These will be given out on Friday to be returned the next week (this will give you extra time just in case you have had a busy weekend). They will be small, manageable tasks to complete at home to support the learning we do in school. We appreciate that our lives can be very busy at times but please do your best to do these with your child as these tasks will have a positive impact on their learning.

Please read to your child every night, share the phonics bug book, encouraging them to sound out the letters and sing nursery rhymes when you can. This is not limited to books at school, any books that they enjoy! They will also have a weekly “Weekend diary” where the children will be asked to draw a picture of what they have done. Please encourage them to draw pictures and label their drawing with initial sounds and/or simple words e.g., mum/dad/dog/cat. Their ability to recognise sounds will increase over the school year, at the beginning it is the drawing and discussion of your weekend that is important. 


Explorers Topic Cycle 2023-25

EYFS Curriculum and Timetables 2024