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EYFS Information

Working Together

Starting school is an exciting step! At East Dene we aim to help each child to look forward to, and settle quickly into a new school routine. We develop a good partnership between home and school in the very early days – one that we hope will continue throughout your child’s learning journey through our school. We are always happy to see you either before 9.00 am or after 3.15 pm for an informal chat, please come in!

Settling In

We want your child to settle in easily and to feel part of the school family – free from worry in their new surroundings. The following suggestions may help with this settling in period and enable your child to feel comfortable, safe and happy at school.

Please encourage him/her to:

  • Play and share with other children
  • Go to the toilet independently
  • Hang up his/her own coat
  • Dress and undress independently
  • Use a tissue or handkerchief
  • Eat with a knife and fork
  • Tidy up toys and games.

To help your child’s school day run smoothly

  • Please use the school book bag to carry home reading books.
  • Please send reading book and diary into school every day
  • Please label all school uniform, including PE kit and make sure your child brings their PE bag to school at the start of each week.
  • Please arrive on time; doors open for morning jobs at 8.45
  • Try to always be punctual at the end of the day too. Children worry if you are

A huge welcome to the new EYFS starters 2020-2021!

We are so pleased to hear that you have chosen our school and that your child will be joining East Dene Primary this year. We know that this is a very exciting time for children and parents alike and we very much look forward to meeting you all.

Next year the EYFS F2 class teachers will be:

Class F2N: Miss Norris

Class F2MG: Miss Gordon (3 days) and Mrs Murray (2 days).

Support staff: Miss Jobling, Mrs Wheeler, Mrs Kassim

Next year the EYFS F1 class teachers will be:

Class F1M: Mrs McMichael

Support staff: Mrs Whitlestone

All our staff are very experienced EYFS teachers and are skilled in ensuring an excellent transition into school. As I’m sure you are aware transition will have to be a little different this year, but we will not let that stop us from ensuring your child makes the perfect start to their time with us at East Dene Primary

To assist with your child transitioning into our school, this section of the website, will allow you and your children to become more familiar with our teachers and our school.

If you do have any questions, please feel free to make contact using the email address

Take care and stay safe

Best wishes

Mrs L Ridge     Head teacher
Mrs J Vickers   EYFS Lead/Deputy Head
All  EYFS staff

Transition Booklet

Check out our helpful transition booklet. It has everything you need to know about Foundation here at East Dene.

View transition booklet

Welcome Videos

Where to go


Tour of the school

Home learning 2019/20

Within EYFS reading is at the core of all our learning “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home”. Each half term each F2 and F1 child will receive the gift of a high quality picture book along with an activity sheet of ideas to use at home around the book.

Autumn 1 books are…

F1  Book

F2 Book

Below are the activity sheets each child has brought home for Autumn 1.

Autumn 2 books are…

Below are the activity sheets each child has brought home for Autumn 2

Home Learning Spring 1

F1 – Zoe’s Beans take home activity

Home Learning Spring 2

F1 – Nellie Big Book take home activity

F2 – Six Little Chicks take home activity

The activities the children complete at home around the books are displayed and celebrated within the unit.


Reading Bears

Each child will receive a reading bear to share their home school reading book with. The children will complete an adoption slip which will be attached to the bear and give it a name. The bear will be attached to their reading packet.

Upcoming Trips and Events Foundation Stage 2019/2020


  • Autumnal Walk to Clifton Park
  • Parents Math fun morning
  • Parents Phonics fun morning


  • Visit from a Superhero
  • Visit from a Dragon

Summer 2:

  • Sublime Science Workshop
  • Visit to the seaside

Paddington’s Postcards!

Exciting news – EYFS have now signed up to the Paddington’s postcard scheme by UNICEF 2019/20. This means the children in EYFS will receive a postcard and information about the countries Paddington visits around the world each month.

Throughout the year within EYFS we will be looking at our local area and comparing its similarities and differences to the places Paddington visits.

Specific area of learning links:

  • Understanding the world
  • People and communities
  • The World

Weekly sessions to share with your child.

All parents and carers are welcome to join us at our weekly drop-in sessions. These sessions are held from 8.45am – 9.10am.

  •  ‘Name Writing’ sessions every Monday
  • ‘Share a Story’ sessions every Tuesday
  • ‘Pencil Skills’ sessions every Wednesday
  • ‘Stay and play’ sessions every Thursday

Below you can find documents for Foundation Stage 1 & 2 that list books we recommend your children read.

Foundation Stage 1 Recommended Reads

Foundation Stage 2 Recommended Reads

Practicing Cursive Letter Formation

Download the Pre-Cursive Letter Formation Worksheet

Download PDF Version

Top tips for reading!

Each half term we will send home and upload a newsletter with some top tips for helping your child with reading at home. This term is all about Fred talk!

Fred Talk

One of the first steps when learning to read is oral blending.  This is sounding a word out (Fred talk) and then being able to blend the sounds to say the whole word.  Fred is a frog that we use in our phonics lessons at school and he can only sound words out.  You could practise sounding words out when you’re out and about and at home.  This will help your child with hearing the sounds in words which is a really important skill in early reading.  Here are some examples of how you can practise Fred talk at home. Have fun!

Take a look on our school website under ‘Read, Write, Inc’ for a list of all sounds.