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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Welcome to our Waterbeach School Early Years Foundation Stage Page

Exciting things the children will be learning this term…

We have three exciting topics to learn about in the Summer term: Jack and the Beanstalk, Dinosaurs and Minibeasts.

Jack and the Beanstalk

When we return after the Easter Holidays, to begin the topic of Jack and the Beanstalk, our role play area will be transformed into a Giants Castle and a magic beanstalk will have grown in the classroom! We will be reading the traditional tale, alongside some alternative versions of the story and sharing our opinions of the stories. We will learn the story of Jack and the Beanstalk using actions to help us and will draw our own story maps. We will then use these story maps to change the characters and the setting of the story to create our very own versions of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children will also get the opportunity to plant and grow their own beans (as well as a few more things) and will learn about how different plants and flowers grow. They will also learn some Jack and the Beanstalk songs which we hope to perform on stage and record to share with you.


Our second topic is Dinosaurs. To begin, we will spend time finding out information about dinosaurs and will find out what happened to them. The children will find out about the difference between fiction and non-fiction books and will learn facts about the different dinosaurs. We will also use technology to help us research about dinosaurs and will be writing our own dinosaur ‘fact files’. We have exciting delivery of fossils and bones from the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge for the children to carefully explore after half term.  We will also learn a bit about Volcanoes and create our own erupting volcano too. The children will listen to different stories from the ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’ series and will care for a dinosaur egg that mysteriously appears in the classroom!


Our final topic to end the term is Minibeasts. We will read some of the stories from the Eric Carle series, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Bad-Tempered Ladybird. Using these stories to help us, we will learn about the days of the week and time. We will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and have first-hand experience of the transformation of caterpillar to butterfly while we care for caterpillars in the classroom.

More information about our Curriculum 

More information about the curriculum content can be found in our Curriculum Captures’ (click here) on the school website. These are useful for parents to see the content of what is being taught and to use this information to help support your child at home.