Skinner Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1HG

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St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together


Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage!

Our topic this half term is......

Out of This World!

This half term we will be learning all about our solar system. We will be learning about each planet, moons, stars and space exploration. We will pretend to be astronauts in deep space, scientists investigating other planets and astronomers looking at the stars. 


We are pleased to welcome you to the EYFS page of our school website. Our aim in the EYFS is to help you and your child to settle into school life so that your child’s first experience is good. We aim to work with you as partners in the education of your children. You will from time to time, be invited to the school to discuss your child’s progress and also hear about our approach to the curriculum. As a Church School we see every child as a unique individual and aim to bring out the very best from each child within a caring Christian environment. Our main aim is that children, parents and carers feel happy, secure and valued so our children can progress confidently and happily through their school life.


 Our Classes


In Nursery we have children who attend either a morning session, an afternoon session or who are part of our Seedlings wrap around group.

Seedlings children either attend all day on a Monday and Tuesday and a Wednesday morning, or the attend on a Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and all day Friday.  Seedlings stay for their lunch at school 2 days per week and bring a packed lunch for dinner.

Staff in Nursery

Mrs Saville (Teacher)

Mrs Hough (Teacher)

Mrs Gavaghan (Nursery Nurse) 

Mrs Michie (Nursery Nurse)


Our Reception children are aged 4 and 5. They are split into 2 rooms - Reception 1 and Reception 2.

Staff in Reception

Miss Gillespie (Reception 1 teacher, EYFS lead and Assistant headteacher)

Miss Lunn (Reception 2 teacher)

Mrs Roose (Reception teacher)

Mrs Lambert (Nursery Nurse)

Mrs Houchin (Teaching assistant/Cover supervisor)

Mrs Butterfield (SEN teaching assistant)


Medium Term Plan

Parental involvement in the Foundation Stage

We love our parents to be as actively involved in their child's education as possible!

Every  half term you will be invited to a 'Stay and Play' session which will be themed around one of our areas of learning or our current topic. We love to share our learning with our parents and siblings love joining in too!

We regularly go out of school on local visits to learn about the environment around us. We visit the library many times throughout the year, visit St Giles Church and have previously been to visit Morrison's to do some shopping! Without our parents, these visits could not happen, so thank you very much for your support!

We hold workshops each term to help parents feel more comfortable with different aspects of our curriculum. Throughout this year, we will hold a Phonics workshop, a Maths workshop and a Motor Skills workshop where children and parents can learn how to support physical development.


Ways in which you can support your child’s learning at home.

Home and school both play a vital role in the education of children. We like to work alongside parents to teach children the skills that they will need throughout their life. We will provide your child with a book bag and reading book when we feel that they are  ready, please share this book at home with your child and record comments in the reading record provided.

  • Share stories together and talk about your child likes.
  • Encourage him/her to draw, colour, write and use scissors.
  • Share music and songs with your child.
  • Begin to teach him/her to put on and take off coat, socks, shoes and other clothes.
  • Talk together and share conversations.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions and talk about what they are doing.
  • Teach him/her to use the toilet properly and to wash hands afterwards
  • Point out numbers and words in the environment - in shops, on buses etc.
  • Sing Nursery rhymes and number songs.