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Explorers YR

Welcome to our EYFS page. I am Mrs Dobrin and I look forward to seeing you all back to school. 


In Explorers children are actively involved in their learning and follow both adult guided and child initiated investigation, exploring, play and learning. They take ownership and accept challenges, concentrating and developing their own ideas drawing on previous experiences to help them solve problems and reach conclusions.


We believe that strong positive partnership between parents and staff are fundamental to developing your child's independence and a love of learning. In Explorers we have a safe and secure environment where we establish routines and respond to the children's individual needs as all children develop and learn at different rates.


Explorers is a busy, happy place to come and learn.


In EXPLORERS we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets the standards for promoting the learning, development and safety of children.  To plan effectively we need to know the children well, identifying their interests, exploring how they like to learn through observations and interactions. We monitor their progress in each area of learning through our observations, formative and summative assessments throughout the year.


To support our planning we use the 'Dimensions' curriculum.  The Dimensions Curriculum follows the new Development Matters and Early Learning Goals detailed by the Department for Education.

Our first theme this year is 'Happy to be me', which is all about us! We will learn all about our different body parts, our similarities and differences and will learn about each others families. What senses do we have? How do our five senses help us? How are you similar to someone in your family? How are you different? Who is in your family? 

Autumn 2 - Humpty Dumpty and friends!

Theme Overview

The next unit of learning is a unit called, ‘Humpty and Friends’. It is all about nursery rhymes. During this unit we will be learning in different ways. We will be learning as many different nursery rhymes as possible and ensuring that we understand all the words in the rhyme. We will be thinking about the rhyming words and learn to identify rhyming words. We will also be talking about the characters and the things they get up to in their rhyme.

Please read, sing, listen to and watch as many nursery rhymes as possible. Nursery rhymes have a lot more to offer than just entertainment value. They introduce children to the idea of storytelling, promote social skills and boost language development. They also lay the foundation for learning to read and spell.

It is good to read books over and over again. It helps children learn the words which helps develop vocabulary, amongst other skills.

Encourage your child to join in when sharing rhyming books and talk about what you have read. Discuss unusual words and teach your child to ask what something means if they don’t know.





What you could do at home


Ask your child if they know any nursery rhymes that are about an egg? Do they know what happened to Humpty Dumpty? Sing the nursery rhyme together. Are there any actions you could put to it?


Sing together the nursery rhyme ‘Three Blind Mice’. Can you find any other nursery rhymes that mention mice? Make some mice finger puppets to use when singing the nursery rhymes.




Learn and sing the nursery rhyme ‘Little Bo Peep’, identifying the rhyming words together. Read the book ‘Sheep in a Jeep’ by Nancy Shaw. Talk together and recall as many rhyming words as you can from the book. Create a list of all the rhyming words. Explain that we are learning about nursery rhymes and they are called ‘rhymes’ because they all have rhyming words in.






Learn the nursery rhyme ‘Jack and Jill’. Why do they think Jack fell down? Use water colours to paint a picture of

your favourite nursery rhyme character.


Can you think of some songs or rhymes about spiders? Learn and sing ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and ‘Little Miss Muffet’. Play ‘Orchard Toys Insey Winsey Spider Game’ It is great for counting and turn taking.


Think about all the nursery rhymes that mention food and create a list. Can you try the food from the nursery rhymes together e.g. plums, cottage cheese, sausages, jelly, current buns...the list is endless !(although I don’t recommend 4 and 20 blackbirds baked in a pie!)

Holiday Homework and WOW start for Spring 1

Spring 1- Under the Sea


‘Under the sea’ is a thematic unit based on the sea and the creatures that live in it. We will learn about different types of fish and their habitat, we will label fish and look at their life cycle. We will also be learning about sharks, dolphins and whales—comparing them. We will learn about looking after our teeth and how appearances can be deceiving.

We will be learning about lots of crazy crustaceans and sharing poetry about them. We will also be learning about friendships and how we can help everyone feel included.


Spring 2


‘Jurassic Park’ is a thematic unit based on dinosaurs and some of the Jurassic period. We will learn about different types of dinosaurs, big ones and small ones. We also learn about fossils and where they come from. We will continue to learn about making friends and how to work and play cooperatively. We will use imaginative play to learn from each other, hopefully we will have some dinosaur experts amongst us!