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Badger Class

Teacher: Mrs E Davies




Welcome to Badger Class, where playing is learning.   


Your child’s development and happiness is at the heart of everything we do, and we feel that children learn best whilst having fun.  Our aim is to feed your child’s curiosity and to inspire them to aim for the stars.  We use concrete, meaningful and practical learning opportunities that support the children to become independent problem solvers, who are continuously eager to expand their knowledge and skills and have a conscientious attitude to their own learning. 



What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum? 


Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.  


Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:  

· Communication and language 

· Physical development 

· Personal, social and emotional development 


These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.  


As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:  

· Literacy 

· Mathematics 

· Understanding the world 

· Expressive arts and design.  


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities.  The activities will be tailored to meet your child’s individual needs. 


Our approach to the curriculum helps to embed those early skills in a rich and exciting way.  We teach children not what to think, but how to think. 


What does a day in Badger Class look like? 


Once the children are confidently and happily settled, the pace in the classroom will begin to pick up.  We provide a wide range of experiences and activities, some of which are directed and some self-initiated. 


The children will come into class, have registration and then practise their letter formation . Children will then have dough disco (a dance using play dough that encourages the use of fine and gross motor skills) and phonics. 


Children will begin to learn Phase Two phonics from early in Term One.  Once they are secure in all of their initial sounds and have developed a basic understanding of segmenting (cat – ‘c-a-t’) and blending (c-a-t – ‘cat’), then they will move onto Phase 3, which mainly consists of learning digraphs (two letters that make one sound, e.g. ee).  At this stage, their reading and writing is really able to begin to flourish.   By the end of the year, we aim for the children to be confident with Phase 2, 3 and 4 so that they are ready to move onto Phase 5 in Year One.  Please see the attached phonics document for further information.  


Next, we move onto literacy where the children will put their phonic skills to practice.  Each term, or even week, there will be a different theme (often using a book as a stimulus) and a variety of relating play based activities that encourage the children to develop their reading and writing skills.  


They then head to assembly and have play time outside with the rest of the school, where they can develop physically and socially.  


After break, we teach mathematics which consists of a whole class circle time followed by a group task.


It is then lunch time for the children.  They can bring a packed lunch or depending on the day they can choose hot dinners, a baguette or a jacket potato.  All of the final 3 options are accompanied by a salad bar.  Once the children have finished eating, they may head outside to play. 



In the afternoons we have a topic focus, where we explore expressive arts and design, personal, social and emotional learning (primarily taught following a programme called Jigsaw), physical education and understanding the world.  


*On Thursday’s the children have PE. Please ensure they are not wearing jewellery that day, have earrings covered with tape and have the full Wick PE kit.  


We always finish the day with reflection, stories and songs.  


In the Early Years in particular, we really value the resource of our natural world.  The children can learn so much from being outside, therefore we keep the reception door open all day so that the children each get the opportunity to spend time learning outside, no matter the weather.  We ask that all children keep a pair of Wellington boots in school so we can go outside even in wet weather and an all in one puddle suit that they wear at lunchtime, so they can play on the field and in the woods in the winter time. 



Outdoor Clothing


Topics for the year: 


Term 1- Marvellous Me and Autumn  

Term 2- Light and Dark 

Term 3- Dinosaurs  

Term 4- Jack and the Beanstalk  

Term 5- Circus followed by Mini Beasts 

Term 6- Under the sea & The seaside


Despite having exciting and stimulating topics planned for each term, we will also have the flexibility to follow the children’s interests on a daily basis.  For example, if they spot a snail in the garden that they are interested in, we may start learning about insects, building bug hotels, measuring snail trails, etc.   


How can I support my child at home? 


-Give them your focused time and attention as you talk to them about their day, or whatever it is they fancy chatting about and remind them of how proud you are. 

-Recognising numbers and counting objects to ten, then twenty. This could be looking at house numbers on the walk to school, counting how many items are in the shopping basket whilst in Asda, counting toys, etc. 

-Name practise and letter formation.  Children should be forming their names and letters correctly, using cursive writing and therefore remembering their whoosh and flicks.  This could be done in sand, in flour, in slime, on paper, with finger paints and all sorts. 

-Phonics games ( 

-Listen to your child the school books that are sent home from October onwards as often as possible, and also continue reading bed time stories to your child. 

-Join in with their curiosity and imagination and have fun together :) 


Thank you for visiting the website. 


I hope this has given you a good insight into what happens in Badger Class, but to see more have a look on Instagram.  Each day, we upload photographs to share what we do in the classroom. To have a look search our Instagram name: @eyfsbadgerclass 

Badgers's Classroom

Badger's Outdoor Area

Badger's funky fingers station

2019-2020 cohort


Term 1- Photos of the learning in Badger Class:


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Learning to read from left to right using colours (for Elmer) and musical instruments.

Feelings and Emotions- The Colour Monster and Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

The Kindness Elves

After reading the story of The Kindness Elves, Badger Class received letters from the elves encouraging them to carry out various acts of kindness.  At the end of the week, the Badgers were sent a parcel full of cupcake ingredients and a recipe.  The Badgers took a vote and chose to send the cupcakes to Bristol Children's hospital to make the nurses and poorly children smile.  The nurses were delighted to receive the cupcakes and told Miss Hoddinott that they were delicious! 

The children baked apple and blackberry mini muffins using apples from Christiana's garden. 

Superheroes! (AM- Supertato and PM- real life superheroes)

We read The Little Red Hen for Harvest and learnt how bread is made.  Our favourite part of this was making bread with Mrs Willmott and Miss Hoddinott.  Once we knew how to do it, we invited our grown ups in and taught them! 

Percy and the Park Keeper

We loved reading the Percy stories and particularly enjoyed learning about the autumn animals (particularly finding out which animals are nocturnal and which animals hibernate) but our favourite part of the week was visiting the park to compare it with Percy's.  We had great fun using our gross motor skills on the play equipment.  It also inspired us to design and create our own parks! 

We finished off a long first term by learning about how Diwali is celebrated.


Badger Class have settled in so well and are so eager to learn.

Term 2- Light and Dark

We wrote letters to thank soldiers for being so brave and protecting our country and they sent us some photos to share how pleased they were to receive the messages.

We also had our first visit to the church! 

We explored light and dark this week and thought about different sources of light.  

We looked at our reflection, found our shadows, played with torches and even went on a nighttime walk through the woods with Miss Hoddinott and our parents.  The best part was of course stopping for hot chocolate! 

Making Christmas cards with our Y6 buddies for a local elderly residential home.

Term 3

Week 1- Polar Regions and reflecting on Christmas

The Billy Goats Gruff (Imitation)

The Billy Goats Gruff (Innovation)

A visit to Bristol Museum

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

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As part of learning how Chinese New Year is celebrated, we watched a dragon dance and then had a go ourselves. The class was split into two halves, one half playing musical instruments with Mrs Willmott and the other half learning how to do the dragon dance with Miss Hoddinott.
Music- The children named the instruments and listened to the sounds they each made.. They then explored louder, quieter, faster and slower and tried to follow a beat to replicate the music we heard in the dragon dance video. What beautiful music they created!
Dancing- The children came up with ideas based on the dance they had seen and suggested moving our bodies fast and slow, high and low (on tip toes or crouching down low) or by wiggling. They worked really well as a team to stay in line under the red material.

Our Classroom Museum

We had a classroom museum displaying some of the fantastic work we have done through the term!  

The children became the tour guides and made badges, made invitations, collected tickets and showed their grown ups around the museum sharing all of their knowledge about dinosaurs. 

Thank you to all of the parents that came to visit our museum.

Dragon dance

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E-learning ideas Year R



View sheets provided at home

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I See Maths

My mini maths


Hit the Button (online games)


Please practise counting objects with good 1:1 correspondence, recognising and ordering numbers to 20, adding and taking away using single digit numbers, exploring sharing, halving and doubling, recognising 2D and 3D shape, making patterns and exploring measure.



View sheets provided for home- storytelling focus.

Mr MC Phonics – Daily videos 11am

Live Dough Disco (fine motor skills) Shonette and Spread the Happiness  Currently free- Username: March  Password: home

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Continue reading the books sent home.


Free children’s stories online: 


Shakespeare’s animated tales (free books for a month)

Audible – Free audio books for a month

Epic Books

Youtube- Bare Foot Books (online songs and stories)

Many authors doing video readings of their books (keep an eye out on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram).

Teach Your Monster to Read




PE with Joe- The Body Coach (9am Mon-Fri)

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Supermovers (movement breaks, concentrating the mind).

Go Noodle (dancing, movement breaks- currently free).

Zoo Live Feeds (Lots on Google)

Virtual tours (museums, etc)

The happy scientist

Science Bob (experiment videos)

Explorify Wellcome

Classroom Secrets

Hamilton Trust

Amazing educational

Classroom Secrets

Look on Pinterest, Red Ted Art or The Art and Design Room Challenge (Facebook) for home craft ideas.

Zoom- You could have virtual play dates with other children in Badger Class or family members.