Welcome to Badgers!
Badgers’ Class is Woodlands Schools' busy Early Years Foundation Stage class.
We welcome pupils between the ages of 2-5 years old for both reception and nursery placements. Children attend both full time and/or 15 hours dependent on their age.
Badgers class is a fun place to learn through play, we have a busy topic led curriculum and enjoy accessing a wide range of activities throughout our school week.
Our EYFS follows the seven areas of learning. Each child has their own EYFS targets alongside their EHCP education goals. Children are assessed throughout their time in Badgers to see what they enjoy doing and how they can access these different activities. We take many pictures to share with parents to show what their children have been up to!
Let's look at each area of the Early Years and give examples of the fun activities wou will find happening within our classroom.
Daily literacy sessions combine our topic based story and our schools Balanced Literacy approach for teaching literacy. Each day we explore different letters, enjoy mark making, learning our letter of the day and sharing stories with one another.
The children love looking at photographs provided by parents each week. Our news, show and tell sessions allow us to develop communication and social interactions between the children in Badgers.
We learn a range of mathematical concepts through story and play. You will find our continuous provision is set up to allow children to access a range of free flow activities both with and without adult support. Our maths table is a highlight and children often enjoy exploring colours and shape through games and iPad apps. We also have a variety of maths activities outside, including our sand and water tables to work on early maths skills and develop play.
We enjoy our weekly number song sessions alongside our colour and shape individual learning activities.
Understanding the world
We develop our understanding of the world through our topic-based learning.
As discussed on our schemes of work available on the website, each term a new topic is explored through play. We will access activities through stories, art and our outside learning.
We also enjoy sharing topic themed days with Key Stage 1 throughout the term.
Expressive arts and design
We love arts and crafts. We are a very messy class who enjoy a range of messy play activities. Each week we have lots of painting, colouring and messy play linked to our topic of the term. We also love exploring music and decorating our classroom with all of our wonderful artwork. We enjoy cooking sessions, dancing and being as creative as possible.
We access sensory circuits each morning, for those who require them, and also enjoy using the soft play area and hall once a week to work on our gross motor skills.
Badgers love being outside in the garden! We particularly enjoy the bikes, slides and climbing apparatus. Similarly, we enjoy being with our friends sharing a ball and playing in the Wendy house.
Personal social emotional development
In Badgers class, we are learning to spend time alongside our peers and work together. We enjoy our group communication sessions, shared story time and group games each week. We love sharing instruments during our morning music class and will spend time together when outside playing. We encourage all of the children to be aware of those around them and to develop these skills throughout play. All of our learning encourages children to work together and wait their turn, share their activity and develop their communication.
Throughout the year we host family parties. We love welcoming all of the children and parents into class to access activities together, socialise and to get to know one another. Our therapists, class team, parent support advisor and leadership team often join us to chat with the families. We spend time outside, accessing toys, arts and crafts and even have squash and biscuits!
Meet the Staff
Ruth Hill Sarah Barker Judith Jordan
Class Teacher Classroom Assistant SNCA
Jan Filby Rebecca Penman Cari Calvert
SNCA SNCA SNCA