exe valley federation

Exe Valley

Ash Class

Nursery and Reception and Year 1 children.

The Foundation Unit is for all children aged 2-5 working within the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage.)

We have an exciting and stimulating classroom environment. The children are given many opportunities to learn and develop through chosen and adult supported activities and structured lessons to meet the specific needs of the children. 

We follow the curriculum guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum.

 Work is planned across seven areas of learning:
 • Personal, social and emotional development
 • Communication and language: listening and attention, understanding, speaking
 • Physical development: moving and handling, health and self-care
 • Literacy: reading and writing
 • Mathematics: numbers, counting, shape, and measure
 • Understanding the world: RE, Science, History, Geography and ICT
 • Expressive arts and design

 We work on topics and themes, which provides learning opportunities through lots of interesting activities and investigations." In Ash class we believe that learning should be engaging, exciting and focussed! We really immerse ourselves in our topics; creating, finding and exploring as well as independently searching and discovering answers for questions that we find interesting. We believe in collaborative conversations linked to learning, sharing ideas and debating different concepts and views. This allows us to have greater responsibility and power in taking control of our own learning and we find this method rewarding and beneficial! 

Our Day

In the mornings we set out to undergo various, structured or open activities. These activities focus on completing the KS1 core curriculum. We do this by fully immersing ourselves in our learning, completing various sequences of work stimulating our brains and pushing our creative minds to the very outside of the box. We complete a variety of sessions for Phonics, Maths and English for all five days of our school week. We can all see how our learning is developing and our skills and strategies are being utilised to continue making some fabulous progress.

 Afternoons are when we concentrate on our cross curricular activities. These are often linking subjects together such as: science, geography, history, art, ICT, music and PE. Creating this wonderful patchwork quilt of education is embedded in the lifestyle of Ash class and it so rewarding to fully engage and appreciate our topic work in this style.

Mrs Wooalcott, Mrs Skinner and Mrs Heathershaw