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Bishopsteignton Primary School

Cockhaven Close, Bishopsteignton, Devon TQ14 9RJ

01626 775 873

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EYFS Curriculum



 In you child's book bag you will find some letter/sound sheets which they can  begin to practice at home. Can they play 'I spy' to find objects beginning with one of these sounds?  Can they practice forming the letter in the air, on your back or in some flour? 


 Please continue to make a note in the reading diary, or simply sign it, so we know you would like your child's book to be changed. Books will be changed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.








Congratulations to this week's merit recipients:









 PE is scheduled for every Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure PE kits are at school each day.
Diary Dates


 Mon 23rd October – Half Term Break

Have a lovely half term break and we will see you back in school on

Monday 30th October!




What's been happening in Explorers.

Monday 16th - Friday 20th October

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Diwali time is here! This week we have been finding out about Diwali. We have been making cards, singing songs and creating Rangoli patterns. We have explored our school environment  for patterns and created repeated patterns with everything! As it was very windy on Monday and our new sound was kkkk, we made some kites. Some children used their phonic skills to solve the reading challenge sent by the Evil Pea! Some of the children used the instruments to create sound patterns too. We looked at our challenge card and decided which challenge we would take, thinking about the learning skills we would need. Certainly lots of Tryatops today!


Monday 10th - Friday 13th October

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Harvest celebrations have started! We had fun peeling, chopping and mashing the vegetables for our Harvest soup! Thank you for your donations. Using the tools helps us to develop the muscles in our fingers for writing, and it is good fun too! We named and described the vegetables, some children even put them in order of size! The best part was pretending we were in a café, serving the soup to each other! We also read 'Supertato' but unfortunately the Evil Pea had visited our classroom and started to play tricks on us! He sent us some counting and word challenges, we worked together as a team to defeat him!! Imaginations were on fire! Some children decided to make puppets of Supertato and some children worked together as a team to make a hideout. We also had fun recording our Little Red Hen story to show in assembly. Ask your child to use their story map to tell you the story.


Monday 2nd - Friday 6th October

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Role play, story telling and singing have been the highlight of our week so far!  We have continued to learn the words and actions for our story. A love of literacy is certainly growing! Some children enjoyed acting out the story in small groups, some children were interested in maps and wanted to create their own. Lots of great turn taking and sharing! Phonics has been fun, learning to form new letter sounds in the foam and paint and playing lots of word blending games too. We love active learning!


Monday 25th - Friday 29th

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The Shareodactlys have landed! This week we have been learning about sharing and taking in turns with our friends. We have been learning what good learners say and do. We were all brilliant Shareodactyls when we helped the farmer from our Little Red Hen story. We helped the sad farmer to keep the bread safe from the other animals. The Little Red Hen was so pleased that she sent us an email saying that we could eat the bread. We enjoyed sharing this as an afternoon snack! Has your child been a Shareodactyl at home?


Monday 18th - Friday 22nd

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The week has got off to a flying start! We are very proud at how independent the Explorers have been, carrying out their morning jobs in such a positive and calm way! During circle time we have been playing games to find out more about each other. We have enjoyed reading our story 'Pete the Cat' joining in with the repeated singing phrases! After our story we went on a hunt around school to explore our school environment.                                               

Monday 11th - Friday 16th

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This week we have had fun getting to know all the Explorers. They enjoyed attending Singing assembly with their Buddies and receiving a merit each in Celebration assembly! 


Monday 4th - Friday 8th September.

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We have been really pleased with how well the children have settled into their new class this week! The children have loved exploring their new class and making new friends. We have been busy getting to know all their interests so we can begin to include them in our continuous provision. Thank you to all those parents who have returned the 'All About me' booklets, we will enjoy looking through them with the children.

Monday 10th - Friday 14th July

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The Explorer's have had a busy week visiting their new classes during the transition days. The children really enjoyed their visits:

"I liked all the drawing!" - George

"I liked making new friends." - Hugo

"I liked colouring!" - Georgina

" I enjoyed writing the Superworm story." - Amber

Don't forget to dress up as a minibeast on Tuesday for our minibeast day!

Monday 3rd - Friday 7th July

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The Explorers had a great time on their trip to Stover Country Park on Thursday. The children had the chance to feed the ducks, swans and signets and then to hunt for minibeasts. We found tiny frogs, millipedes, slugs, beetles and even a newt! The children loved the pond dipping and discovered a range of creatures in the pond. A big thank you to our park ranger, Del, to all the parents who offered to help and to those that came on the trip.

Monday 26th - Friday 30th June

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This week we have had fun exploring symmetry. We went on a hunt to find symmetrical objects. We created symmetrical pictures on the computer and worked with our learning partners to create  symmetrical patterns.

Monday 19th - Friday 23rd June

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The children loved our visit from Shaldon Zoo on Wednesday and gained  hands on experience with hissing cockroaches, giant snails and stick insects!

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our curriculum celebration of 'The Great Outdoors'. As always the children loved showing their adults around the classroom and carrying out a range of  activities with them!

Monday 12th - Friday 16th June

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The children had an amazing time at the village festival this week. They had lots of craft activities to keep them busy such as making tea light holders from jam jars, making collages of themselves and making paper flowers and string balls! They also enjoyed making wishes to hang from a tree and planting their own plants. We want to say a huge thank you to all the adults who were involved in all the activities and making it such fun for the children. We hope you all continue to have a great weekend at the village festival, the sun is certainly shining for you! Happy Father's day for Sunday we hope you enjoy the cards (in book bags) as much as the children enjoyed making them!

Monday 5th - Friday 9th June

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What a busy start to the half term! The Explorers have begun their new topic about Minibeasts. They have enjoyed drawing them on the computer, making them with junk modelling materials, sorting them according to the number of legs and learning about number bonds to 10 using ladybirds and other caterpillars!

Well done to all the Explorers for taking part in their first sports day on Wednesday!

The Explorers also enjoyed voting for their school prime minister on Thursday.

Monday 22nd - Friday 26th May

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It has all been about collaboration in the Explorer's class this week! The children have worked really well together when role playing, building models and making music. They were really keen to dress up and dance to music and ended up setting up their own version of Britain's Got Talent! We are setting up our role play as an area where they can continue to develop these interests next half term.....We are stars, watch us shine! We hope you have a relaxing half term break, fingers crossed this lovely weather continues!

Monday 15th - Friday 19th May

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We have had fun measuring and weighing this week and solving problems! We've also been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and the children have loved building their own creations with 3D blocks both inside and outside the classroom.

The children collaborated to draw some lovely pictures of the giant form our Jack and the Beanstalk story. We planted out the rest of our bean plants, lets hope they don't get eaten like the first ones we planted!

Monday 8th - Friday 12th May

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The Explorers have been busy planting out their bean plants as they are growing to big for their pots!

We are really pleased with how hard the Explorers have been trying with their writing both inside and outside the classroom!

 In PE the children have really enjoyed practicing a series of rolls (log roll, egg roll and forward roll) and it has been great to see their confidence and control progress over the half term.

Monday 1st - Friday 5th May

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The Explorers have enjoyed getting messy and colour mixing with paints and foam this week. They have been excitedly watching their bean plants grow, the tallest one was 25cm on Thursday then it grew 5cm over night....the children are hoping for a giant beanstalk by Monday! The Explorers always love spending time with the older children and on Thursday the year 6 buddies came down to share stories with us in the sunshine!

Monday 24th - Friday 28th April

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The Explorers have had another busy week. In Literacy we have been learning to retell the first part of Jack and the Beanstalk using actions! In maths we have been grouping objects in 2s,5s and 10s and recognising and ordering numbers to 20. The children had fun making their own clocks to practice reading o'clock times. A highlight of the week was having Kip in on Thursday to teach a music session, the children loved learning a new song and playing a range of instruments. Following on from the Forest School day last week the children were keen to make their own forest friends from sticks, many are on display in the classroom. The children were excited to see the first signs of growth from their bean plants, we are hoping to see even more changes over the long weekend! We hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend and we'll see you back in school on Tuesday!

Monday 17th - Friday 21st April

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Welcome back! We hope you all had a great Easter. The children have been keen to tell us about their Easter activities (and how many chocolate eggs they have eaten!) Thank you to those parents who have already sent in their WOW slips to tell us about how you celebrated Easter, please keep them coming in, we love to hear about  the children's interests at home.

We have certainly embraced our new topic  'The Great Outdoors' this week. The children were excited to receive a letter and a box of beans from the Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk. We have planted the beans and some giant sunflowers and the children are keen to see the first signs of growth.

The highlight of the week was our Forest School day on Thursday. We  had a fun filled day packed with a range of outdoor activities. The children all had the opportunity to use a palm drill and bow saw to make their own necklaces. They loved hammering wooden pegs to make dens and a large maze. A particular highlight was using pulleys to send soft toy woodland creatures, in baskets, up into trees and along a zip wire! 

We would like to say a huge thank you to FOBS for all their help and hard work in clearing the areas for the forest school and also to  the Forest School Leaders, Marijke and Lizz, for planning all the great activities. The Explorers loved the experience and can't wait to do it again!

Monday 27th - Friday 31st March

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We've had a brilliant end to the term with lots of Easter activities going on. The children have enjoyed retelling and writing about the Easter story; painting their own eggs; balancing, counting and sorting a range of eggs and making their own Easter cakes! We hope you have lovely Easter break and look forward to seeing you back at school in April.

Monday 20th - Friday 24th March

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Thank you to all the adults that were able to join us on Monday for our curriculum celebration. The children loved having you in the class to help them with their activities and to share their learning! The Explorers were keen to build and make things this week. We had boats made from junk modelling, Easter animals made from paper and lots of construction with the wooden blocks. A highlight was the building of an 'ark' which led to most of the class singing along and playing instruments to 'The Animals went in two by Two'! The Explorers had great fun on Red Nose day and they really enjoyed their fun run, Billy C ran an impressive 23 laps, closely followed by George at 22! Thank you to everyone who filled out a sponsor form or donated a pound for non uniform!

Monday 13th - Friday 17th March

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The Explorers had a brilliant start to the week with their buddies decorating cakes for the Bishop Bake off! It was also a sad week as we said goodbye to Mrs Gordon and we wish her all the best on her travels around Australia. As a leaving gift Mrs Gordon gave the Explorers a new 'Harry the monkey' who's job is to continue visiting the children's homes at the weekends! The children had great fun getting messy while making their own gloop. We explored the school grounds looking for signs of spring and the children learnt all about baby animals. The Explorers have been awarded  the tidiest cloakroom twice this term and so we made our own posters to tell the rest of the school our top tips!

Monday 6th - Friday 10th March

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Spring has Sprung in the Explorers! The children enjoyed a range of outdoor activities in the latter part of the week. The children loved chalking on the outdoor easel and using the paint brushes and water to 'paint' the fences. Building dens, planting flowers and exploring the new dinosaur small world all kept us busy in the lovely spring weather!


Monday 27th February - Friday 3rd March

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What a busy week we've had in the Explorers! First we celebrated Shrove Tuesday by tasting pancakes and holding pancake races in our House teams. On Wednesday we made Welsh flags for St David's day and in the afternoon a visit form Dee the vet prompted lots of questions from the children about the role of a vet. Then on Thursday we all had great fun dressing up in our pyjamas for World Book Day. From the story 'The Day the Crayon's Quit' we answered the letter from the purple crayon which had asked it's owner to stay inside the lines when colouring. The children all coloured in patchwork squares which we then stuck together to make Elmer the Elephant. Briana won our colouring completion for staying inside the lines the most!



Monday 21st - Friday 24th February

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Welcome back! We hope you had a fun filled half term break. This week we introduced our new Vets role play as a starting point for the children to explore how to care for animals. We also began to investigate different materials with a focus on natural materials.

In mathematics we have continued to practice counting, recognising and ordering numbers from 1 to 20. We have also use everyday language to talk about money, compare amounts and solve problems.

In phonics we will continue to learn our phase 3 letter sounds, digraphs and words. Every time we learn a new letter sound or digraph a sheet to practice the sound will be sent home. The 'Phonics Play' website has a range of fun games to practice the phonics we teach.

Thank you!

Play and Stay - 2nd February

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It was lovely to have so many adults join us for play and stay. The children loved showing their adults around the classroom activities and demonstrating their skills! Thank you!

Chinese New Year

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The Explorer's have enjoyed finding out about how the Chinese new year is celebrated. We have made our own Chinese restaurant where we have practiced using chopsticks, the children also enjoyed tasting real noodles! The children have really persevered to paint the Chinese numerals to 10. We have learnt the story of 'The Great Race' about how the Chinese years were named and in PE we have created our own Dragon dances!

Week beginning 23rd January

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This week the Explorer's have been using the Noah's Ark to help them to add 2 groups of animals together to find a total. We have also been using the animals, pairs of socks and threading beads to practice counting in twos!

Week beginning 9th January

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Our School Councillors, George and Boe, took part in a tasting session this week. They enjoyed tasting fish with vinegar and fish with lemon and talking about which flavour they preferred!

January 2017

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Happy new year! The Explorers have already started exploring their new topic based around animals! The children have been using a cd player to listen to and identify animal noises. They have been working as a team to make a large jungle jigsaw and careful colouring and cutting to make collages for our jungle display.

Our new topic has inspired some children to draw and label animals in our new Jungle hideout. Other children have been practicing their estimating and counting skills while making  long 'snakes' from cubes!