Skelmanthorpe Academy

Skelmanthorpe Academy

Elm Street, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9DZ

01484 863306

Adams (Reception Year 1)


Welcome to Adam's class, the home of EYFS (Reception and Year 1).

This year, our class teacher is Miss Maynard in Reception and Year 1  and Mrs Smyth in Nursery.

Working alongside them is Miss Scott, Mrs Booth, Miss Stronge and Mrs Thorpe.

In Nursery and Reception (EYFS), learning is interactive, creative and fun! Children learn through a rich play-based curriculum, bursting with first-hand experiences. 

Our EYFS unit aims to support children to become confident, motivated and happy learners who take ownership of their learning and build the foundations to their futures. 

Psychologist Jean Piaget notes "Play is the work of childhood." Mr. Rogers elaborated: "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning."

Within the ‘Foundation Curriculum’ there are seven areas of learning and development;

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 
  • Communication and Language 
  • Literacy 
  • Mathematical Development 
  • Understanding the World 
  • Physical Development 
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Throughout the day, children will work alongside adults in focused whole class learning and group activities, linked to Phonics, Maths, Writing and current class topics. These aim to build children's positive attitudes towards learning, support their personal, social and emotional well-being and develop self confidence and positive self-awareness. Within school we use the growth mindset motto "I can't do it....YET". This enables children to feel safe to take risks in their learning and develop skills of persistence. 



Using Little Wandle phonics, we aim to develop children's knowledge of sounds and words and provide them with the skills for early reading. Throughout school, we value building a love of reading. Once children are ready to read, we will send home key words and a reading book along with a reading record diary for you to comment in about your child's progress to enable us to continue the learning journey together.


Anning class places speech, language and communication at the heart of learning. Daily movement activities and mark-making experiences lay the foundations for developing  writing. Play dough is a fantastic resource to use at home to gain strength and control for writing. 


We develop early mathematical skills and concepts through practical play based and adult focused activities.

As a school, we follow the White Rose Maths schemes of learning. Please find the overview for the year here.

Outdoor learning

In our free-flow learning environment, healthy and safe physical development is highly important. Children can learn both indoors and outdoors, developing an understanding of the world and be creative in their responses to their surroundings.
Each week we will visit the wooded area at the top of the school field, exploring nature, taking-risks in our learning and expanding creativity and imagination!

Personal, Social and Emotional well-being

At the start of every week throughout school, we have our JIGSAW (PSHE) learning time. Each half we will focus on topics linked to supporting children's awareness of themselves and others around them. The topics are as follows;

Autumn 1 - Being Me in My World

Autumn 2 - Celebrating Difference

Spring 1 - Dreams and Goals

Spring 2 - Healthy Me

Summer 1 - Relationships

Summer 2 - Changing Me


In addition to JIGSAW, we elect and anti-bullying ambassador who awards a 'Kindness Award' each week and a School Councillor who attends half termly meetings, promoting the voice of the child. 


Topic - Knowledge Organiser

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