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EYFS – Archive 14/09/2020

Welcome to EYFS!

Welcome to our EYFS page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

Nursery Team – Miss Witte and Mr Loadman

Reception Team – Mrs Houghton and Mrs Martin



This week you will all find out who your teacher will be in Year One. Reports will also be available to collect from school this week. You have all worked so hard this year and I know although this year has been a little strange, you have all been absolute superstars and I am so proud of all of you! Xx

I will continue to make welfare calls this week and will make sure I speak to everyone before the end of term.

Missing you all, stay safe and well, Love Mrs Houghton xx


We have been looking at the Rainbow Fish story this week, you all have Rainbow Fish activities in your home learning packs. I would love to see any of the activities and tasks that you do, remember you can post pictures and photographs on Purple Mash.

There are still some Home Learning packs to collect from the office.

Also any Nursey children starting Reception in September need to collect their Induction packs from the office and the paperwork needs completing before the children start. All families were sent an email and a text with this information.

I will be making some welfare calls over the next couple of weeks to make sure I speak to everyone before the end of term.

Missing you all, stay safe and well, Love Mrs Houghton xx


Hello, it was lovely to speak to most of the families this week in Nursery and Reception. If I left a message and didn’t manage to speak to you I will be in touch again before the end of the summer term.

A huge thank you to all the children who keep putting lovely comments and work on the Purple Mash Blog. There are some of you I haven’t seen on there, so if you can try and go on this week. There are some new 2 Do’s linked to the Seaside topic and I have changed the theme in Mini Mash to the ‘Seaside’.

I have loved seeing what you have been up to at home, both Abigail and Evie have started their packs, well done girls xx

To all of those families who have collected packs, there are activities and tasks to spread out over the next few weeks. If your child is staying at home and you haven’t collected the Home Learning pack, they are available from the school office. Any children returning to school will be following the same topic and tasks as the ones set out in the Home Learning packs.


Hope you are all safe and well. There will be Home Learning Packs available from school next week, a text will come out to let you know when these can be collected.

I have loved seeing what you have been up to at home.

Activity Bingo Board

Love Mrs Houghton x


I can’t believe it is June already! The time is flying by and the summer weather seems to be paying us a visit, let’s hope it lasts for a little while.

New Topic – We would have been starting our Seaside/Water topic this half term. Don’t worry though there are lots of things you can still try and investigate at home.

Water Activity Bongo Board

Love Mrs Houghton xx


Half Term is here!!

Home Learning – You have all blown my socks off with how you have been helping around the house.

Keep checking the Website for more work and ideas after the half term break. If the schools return as proposed in June, I will be putting some work packs together for those of you still learning from home.

Take care and stay safe, Love Mrs Houghton xx


Hi, hope you are all safe and well. It was lovely to speak to your grown-ups this week and find out how you have been doing. If I didn’t manage to speak to you last week, I will try again this week.

Home Learning – It was lovely to hear how you have been doing from your parents and hear how well you have been coping during the last few weeks. It is great that so many of you are practicing phonics and Maths, but also great to hear how some of you were helping round the house and learning different life skills. So with that in mind I would like to set a little challenge for you this week. Could you all do something at home that will either help or make everyone smile.

Purple Mash – I have set new 2Dos on Purple Mash and don’t forget to add any photos on the Blog or your baking, cooking, or chores that you have helped with.

Take care and stay safe and well

Love Mrs Houghton xx


Purple Mash – Wow!! THANK YOU to everyone who has commented on the Blog and added their work in the 2Dos. I am still working out the best way to work it but have been blown away by your pictures, work and comments so far.

A little reminder about how to use the program for anyone new to Purple Mash.

Using a tablet, phone or laptop you can log on to https://www.purplemash.com/burnside-dh4

Once you have logged on, click on the green ‘sharing’ icon on the top left of the webpage.

Then click on the ‘Shared Blogs’ tab and you should see the file entitled ‘Nursery and Reception Blog’.

Once on you should be able to see any posts that have been added.

To add your own message or pictures you click on the big green + sign on the top right of the webpage.

There are also 2Dos set and by clicking on the 2Do button at the top you can see and complete these.

Another Bingo Board with some ideas and activities to keep you busy!

Take care and stay safe and well

Love Mrs Houghton xx


Wow, I can’t believe we are into May already.

Pyjamarama Day – On Friday 1st of May it was ‘Pyjamarama’ Day. Mrs Kelly spoke about it in her weekly blog and it was all about having fun reading in your pyjamas. We are reading one of David Walliams books in the Houghton household at the moment, ‘The Beast of Buckingham Palace’. We had a snuggly bedtime storytime and read a few chapters in our pyjamas with some marshmallows and hot chocolate for ‘Pyjamarama’ day.

Purple Mash – THANK YOU to all those who have already commented and checked out our Early Years Blog on Purple Mash. For anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, I have set up a Blog on Purple Mash for parents and children. This is another way we can stay in touch and you can find ideas for activities and learning while we are still in lockdown. The good thing with Purple Mash is you can add photos or comments to let us know what the children have been up to.

Using a tablet, phone or laptop you can log on to https://www.purplemash.com/burnside-dh4

Once you have logged on, click on the green ‘sharing’ icon on the top left of the webpage.

Then click on the ‘Shared Blogs’ tab and you should see the file entitled ‘Year 1 Blog’.

Once on you should be able to see any posts that have been added.

To add your own message or pictures you click on the big green + sign on the top right of the webpage.

You should all have received your log in details from the school admin.

Learning at Home – Any Reception children wanting to do more Maths at home you can log onto


There is also a good site with interactive videos that will help with learning, log onto Oak Academy learning at


We all miss you very much and hope you are all staying safe and well.


Hello again!!

Get Singing – Singing is one of the key ways we learn and communicate in Early Years. There is a great website that has lots of songs the children can join in with and learn.


They have a Song of the Week and if you scroll down to the section for EYFS and KS1 Ages 4-7, there are lots of age appropriate songs for the children to learn and sing along to. They also have songs to listen to in categories such as ‘Silly Stuff’, ‘Relaxing and Soothing’, ‘Songs to get moving’ and songs that are ‘Empowering and Inspiring’. Music is so important for young children and is a great way to engage them at home.

Twinkl – Twinkl have extended the free home learning offer. If you logged on and registered with the initial free code, you should not need to do anything. If you did not get round to registering before the Easter holiday there is a new code.

www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and put in the offer code – CVDTWINKLHELPS

Reading – There are some great ebooks on oxford owl. Go to the website to share lots of lovely stories.


There are also lots of good phonic ebooks on the webpage.


Here is a Bingo board of different activities you could try at home.

16.4.2020 Hello to all of the Nursery and Reception children from Burnside, I hope everyone has had a lovely Easter. It will have been a little different to usual, but I’m sure you all enjoyed some yummy chocolate and spent some time with your family.

Well-Being – I know that we would normally have been returning to school on Monday and it will still feel very strange to have such a long time not at school. I will be putting on activities and ideas to help with your learning at home every Friday. However I want you all to know that looking after yourself and how you feel is just as important. Teacher have super powers and we will help and support all of you when you come back to school. You need to share your calm, your strength and your laughter with all your family and stay safe and well.

Phonics – Every day Ruth Miskin who created the Read Write Ink phonics program we use is putting on free phonic sessions evert day and you can access each one for 24 hours after it has been streamed. Go to www.ruthmiskin.com then scroll down to the Home Page and click the link to the You Tube channel

9.30am – Speed Sounds Set 1 and 10.00am Speed Sounds Set 2 There are also word time and spelling sessions that will help yout child to keep up to date with their sounds and phonic awareness. Please encourage your child to build the sounds into words and read then with you on a regular basis.

Stories – David Walliams has a story sessions where your child can listen to him reading his short stories. You can access this at www.worldofdavidwalliams.com

Topic – Our new topic would have been Minibeasts. I would like you to see what small minibeasts you can find in your garden or out on your exercise walk. Look under stones, rocks pieces of wood, in between cracks in paving and see what small amazing creatures you can see. Could you draw your favourite minibeast and some of you could write labels to go with your picture. Also to keep us fit and active I would like you to move around your garden or in your house where you might have some space like a minibeasts, you could crawl like a spider, or zoom like a bee. What other minibeast actions can you think of?

3.4.2020 Hope you are all ok and staying safe at home. Today we would have been breaking up for the Easter break. I think it is important we all still celebrate Easter as the message of new life and hope is a very important one, especially at the moment.

Easter – You could make your own Easter cards at home, even if you just draw a lovely Easter picture. Reception you could write a special message on your card or picture. We are boiling eggs in our house to paint and decorate, you could still do this at home. If you don’t want to use real eggs, draw an egg shape and draw a lovely patterned egg.

Springtime – As the weather hopefully get better you could make some pictures to represent the change in the Season. You could use natural resources from the garden to make a picture or go on a Spring walk as part of you daily exercise and draw the different signs of Spring you see.

Stories – If you have access to You Tube and search for Spring Stories EYFS, there are lots of lovely animated books and read aloud stories for you.

I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend, I will put some new activities for you after the Easter break, stay safe and thinking of you all. Mrs Houghton xxx


To all the Nursery and Reception children, a big hello! I hope you are all safe and well and are enjoying spending time with your family. I miss you all lots, but know you are staying safe and well at home. I am proud of all of you. There are lots of things you can be doing while we are not at school. You need to spend a little time at home working through your packs, but is important you do lots of other things with your time as well. You can bake a cake, draw some lovely pictures to make the people in your house smile, spend time reading stories and make up imaginary worlds with your toys, so you can go on special adventures in your imagination. Keep checking the blog and I will post ideas to keep you busy over the next few weeks. One thing I would like you to do this week is draw or paint a beautiful rainbow to make everyone happy. If your grown ups let you, you could then put it up in your window for the whole world to see.

I have spoken to Miss Witte, Mr Martin and Mr Loadman and they all send you their love. I will speak to you all very soon Mrs Houghton x

Week Beginning 24.2.20

We have set up a brand new Reading Area in our class. We have got some gorgeous new books and feel very lucky to have a space to read quietly and share books with each other.     


Week Beginning 3.2.20

We had a brilliant Number Day. Thank you to all the parents that came into Reception to share number activities with the children. We made looked at shapes, counted numbers, worked on puzzles, completed calculations and shared lots of mathematical vocabulary and language.

Week Beginning 27.1.2020

We have finished reading ‘Max the Brave’, and have had lots of opportunities for learning. We have discussed the description of a mouse and the painted characters.  What do you think?

This week we have been reading the Story ‘Aliens love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort and look forward to doing lots of activities about the characters and objects in the story.  We have used the paints to create observational paintings of our beautiful daffodils.  The children did a fantastic job.  We are excited to celebrate Chinese New Year, and have made a dragon to show in a special celebratory whole school assembly.  We have had a very creative week!

We even had time for a little science experiment.  We made our very own whirlpool, using bottles, water and tape!

Head Teacher Award – Freya for being an all round Superstar!

English Award – Logan A for writing with growing confidence

Maths Award – Masie-Mae for improving her number formation

Week  Beginning 20.1.2020

Another busy week! After last week’s visit to the beach and seeing the Mole Sanctuary, we made our own small world area ‘Burnside’s Mole Sanctuary’. The children have been really interested in finding out more about moles and this lead to an interest in other animals and where they live. In the outside area we made our own mole tunnel. We have been developing our number formation this week as this is something we all decided we needed to improve. We have used formation rhymes and songs to help us.  

Head Teacher Award – Logan A for following all the Golden Rules and having a fantastic week

English Award – Olivia R for writing with growing confidence

Maths Award – Masie-Mae for improving her number formation

Week Beginning 13.1.2020

We are back in our routines and are working very hard during our Adult Led sessions. We are loving our new Weather Topic and have made noticed lots of different types of weather and the impact the weather has. Some of us were able to talk about seeing the Australian Bushfires on the news. Reception saw how the weather changed during our visit to the Beach this week. The waves were very big this week and we chased the waves as they went in and out. We have started our new Core Book, Max the Brave. It has helped Nursery talk about different feelings and think about times they have been brave.

During our visit to the beach we noticed the ‘Mole Sanctuary’ beside the carpark. This has inspired lots of learning and a brilliant topic all about moles. We have found a set of stories called ‘The Mole Sisters’ and are enjoying finding out all about moles.

Week Beginning 6.1.2020

We have all had a lovely Christmas break and are happy to be back in routine and back at school. We have welcomed some new Rising 3 Nursery children into our Early Years provision and they have settled well.

We have had a busy first week. We used Mrs Houghton’s Christmas Wreath to create some enchanted forest pictures. The foliage still smelled fresh and we talked about how we could describe the touch and feel of the pine needles. We have had frost this week and again discussed the appearance and texture of this. We were given some lovely new books by Mrs Kelly and are looking forward to sharing them and developing our Reading area.

Head Teacher Award – Olivia for being kind and a good friend to everyone

English Award – Mary for writing with confidence

Maths Award – Jacob and Logan T for recognising all the number digits up to 20

December 2019

We have had a busy December. We have been carrying on with our Phonics, Reading and Maths and have been working very hard. We have also been doing some extra activities that have lead up to the Festive Break. We had a Christmas Fair and had to make things to sell to raise money for Charity and the School. We made Christmas Cards and Calendars, we were very creative. We also did a Christmas show, we have to learn songs, words and actions and perform in front of an audience. We also had a Christmas Jumper Day, a Christmas Party and a Pyjama Day.

Week Beginning 18.11.19

We had another trip to the beach with Coastal Schools. We found lots of natural and man made waste. We did a litter collection to take some of the rubbish with us in the bin. We played games and worked together to complete little challenges on the beach. We looked for the most unusual pebble we could find and found a heart shaped one. We also completed a Scavenger Hunt for pebbles or rocks with holes in them. We finished with a drink of warm juice as it was very cold at the beach.

Head Teacher Award – Freya for fantastic number work

English Award – Jacob for reading CVC words

Maths Award – Evie for working with numbers up to 20.

Week Beginning 11.11.19

This week we made large class poppies for Remembrance and shared during a special whole school assembly. 

We have been working very hard with our sounds and have been blending the sounds together to hear, make and read CVC words.

We love the Reading books we have started taking home to share. We love the special stories we share at home and talked this week about when we read at home and school.

We also shared a musical story with Dr Renwick. We listened and joined in with actions, words and phrases and we retold they story in class.

Week Beginning 04.11.19

We all came back to school ready to learn after the half term break. We shared some of the things we got up to over the half term and some of us shared our holiday news through little presentations we brought in from home.

It was ‘Children in Need’ and we got a very special visit from ‘Pudsey’. We all came into school in Pudsey and Blush clothes and raised money for the charity.

Week Beginning 14.10.19

Another busy week!

In Nursery we are sharing lots of stories for pleasure and are bringing in our books from home to share. We are reading stories more than once so we get familiar to the events in the story and the language used.

In Nursery and Reception we had a visit from a lady who taught us to be Ice Cats. We played different games that will help us stay safe in lots of ways.

We can crouch like a Hedgehog, squash like a Superhero, move like a train and growl like an Ice Cat.


English Award –

Maths Award –

Head Teacher Award –

Week Beginning 7.10.19

This week we have talked about Houghton Feast, the parade, fireworks and the fairground rides.  We love to celebrate Houghton Feast in Houghton.

We made firework pictures with chalks and pastels. We used straight and curved lines, we smudged some of our marks to give them a different effect. We also used the computer program Purple Mash to make Firework images.  The children used words to describe the sounds that they could hear. 

“bang”   “rainbow sky”   “boom”   “shine”   “sparkle”   “twinkle”

Thank you for the support during the parade, we really do appreciate it.


English Award – Olivia L for working hard to learn her phonic sounds.

Maths Award – Travis for counting in and around the classroom.

Head Teacher Award – Dean for being a good friend.

Week Beginning 30.9.19

Wow! Wow!

We had out first Coastal Schools session this week. We had an fantastic time, we observed the effect the weather has on the coast as it was a wet, dull day. There were channels of flood water and the colours of the skyline were different due to the weather conditions. We did not let the weather stop us, we just dressed appropriately to still have a brilliant learning experience.

We had a scavenger hunt and found lots of different materials on the beach, we sorted and matched and them made a natural number line using what we had found. We cannot wait till our next session!!


English Award – Jack for trying hard with his letter formation

Maths Award – Lilly for working independently with numbers and shapes

Head Teacher Award – Masie-Mae for an brilliant attitude towards school

Week beginning 23.9.19

This week we celebrated National Singing Day on 26th September. Reception and Nursery both went into whole school singing assembly to join in with the songs. It was the first whole school assembly we had been to. We loved the singing and joined in with the songs we knew.

Week beginning 16.9.19

We have worked really hard this week and had lots of fun with a Maths Escape Room challenge. We had to work in teams, communicate clearly with each other, listen to instructions and solve maths puzzles and problems.

This week, Nursery children have been exploring the different areas of the provision.  We have followed our own interests and have been keen to show off what we can do!


HeadTeacher Award – Olivia R for having a mucn more settled week

English Award – Logan A  – for writing his name

Maths Award – Harvey – for solving maths problems in our maths challenge

Week Beginning – 9.9.19

The children have settled really well into Foundation Stage. We welcome all the new Nursery and Reception children and are so pleased with how they have made friends and listened to instructions.

We were very excited to share with the children our new outside sand and water areas. The children have loved exploring and creating in these new areas.


HeadTeacher Award – All of Reception and Nursery for settling so well

English Award – Oliver  – for completing his first picture and mark making with meaning

Maths Award – Logan T – for using number names past 20