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Resources designed to improve provision and practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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Resources designed to improve provision and practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
EYFS Maths Planning - White Rose/Numberblocks based - 12 weeks
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EYFS Maths Planning - White Rose/Numberblocks based - 12 weeks

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12 weeks of Maths planning for the Autumn Term in Reception. The plans are based on White Rose and Numberblocks approaches and are fully editable, featuring assessment points from Development Matters and continuous provision opportunities. We focus mainly on number recognition to 10 in the Autumn term, as well as comparing length and introducing 2D shapes. The planning features 60 separate Maths sessions, and as such can easily be continued into the Spring term for settings that prefer a different pace or who may choose to repeat sessions for further consolidation. Resources that I use alongside this planning are also available for purchase in my store. Spring Term planning is now available here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/white-rose-numberblocks-maths-planning-spring-term-eyfs-12196549
EYFS Maths Planning and Resources bundle
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EYFS Maths Planning and Resources bundle

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This bundle includes 12 weeks of Reception Maths planning for the Autumn Term (based on White Rose and Numberblocks approaches), as well as the resources we use alongside it (number flashcards, Numicon cards, picture cards, 2D shape hunt, bar charts etc.)
Reception Maths Medium Term Planning - Autumn
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Reception Maths Medium Term Planning - Autumn

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An editable medium-term planning format for the Autumn Term in Reception, for Mathematics. We cover Number and Place Value (to 10) and Shape, Space and Measure (2D Shapes; Comparing lengths; Introducing money). Features assessment points from Development Matters to show curriculum coverage.
White Rose / Numberblocks Maths Planning - Spring Term EYFS
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White Rose / Numberblocks Maths Planning - Spring Term EYFS

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12 weeks of Maths planning for the Spring Term in Reception (60 lessons). The plans are based on White Rose and Numberblocks approaches and are fully editable, featuring assessment points from Development Matters and continuous provision opportunities. During the Spring term, we focus on: Partitioning numbers (using part-whole models and 5 frames; 10 frames) Number bonds to 5 Exploring numbers 6-10 and splitting them into their smaller parts Combining and comparing groups (simple addition) Number bonds to 10 Measuring time Measuring weight 3D Shapes Number formation 1-10 Resources that I use alongside this planning are also available for purchase in my store.
A-Z Sound Mat - RWI Letter Formation Photo Resource
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A-Z Sound Mat - RWI Letter Formation Photo Resource

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An A-Z sound mat to support early writing development. Each sound features the letter formation picture prompt from Read Write Inc but uses photo-realistic images instead of clipart - to support younger pupils, EAL and SEN learners who benefit more from real-life imagery.
Counting in 2s Powerpoint Activity
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Counting in 2s Powerpoint Activity

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This Powerpoint activity features a selection of high quality images to support counting in 2s in real-life contexts. Animations demonstrate how to form groups of 2 and numerals appear to count the total. There are 10 slides in total to support ‘skip counting’ to 20.
Classroom timer - fill up the marble jar! (5 minutes)
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Classroom timer - fill up the marble jar! (5 minutes)

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A simple Powerpoint animation for use as a timer in the primary school classroom. Children must complete an activity before the jar fills up with marbles (5 minutes). Great for tidy up time in the Early Years, simple classroom activities or for building an understanding of time.
Classroom Timer - fill up the marble jar! (2 minutes)
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Classroom Timer - fill up the marble jar! (2 minutes)

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A simple Powerpoint animation for use as a timer in the primary school classroom. Children must complete an activity before the jar fills up with marbles (2 minutes). Great for tidy up time in the Early Years, simple classroom activities or for building an understanding of time.
Classroom Timers
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Classroom Timers

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Two classroom timers (2 minutes and 5 minutes). Children must complete an activity before the jar fills up with marbles. Great for tidy up time in the Early Years, other simple classroom activities or for building an understanding of time.
EYFS Observations 'Cheat Sheet' - Examples of evidence in each area of learning
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EYFS Observations 'Cheat Sheet' - Examples of evidence in each area of learning

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A ‘cheat sheet’ grid for EYFS practitioners that provides examples of activities for each of the 17 areas of learning within Development Matters. Designed in line with the EYFS exemplification materials, this has proved invaluable within my Reception class. Useful to display on a classroom wall for easy referral for all adults looking to capture evidence for a specific area of learning. Also covers the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
EYFS Next Steps document (based on Development Matters Early Learning Goals)
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EYFS Next Steps document (based on Development Matters Early Learning Goals)

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A bank of ‘Next Steps’ statements for EYFS, based on the Early Learning Goals and age band statements from Development Matters. Useful for adding the next steps to observations, as well as for setting targets for parents’ evenings or reports. Designed to help move children on to their ‘next step’ across all 17 areas of learning, as part of teachers’ formative assessment. Also includes Exceeding statements for HA pupils.
EYFS Observations - Teacher Tools Bundle
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EYFS Observations - Teacher Tools Bundle

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Three invaluable resources to support teachers and practitioners taking observations in the Early Years. Bundle includes: Teacher training Powerpoint and handout pack - Examples of high quality observations in the Early Years. The presentation details what makes a good quality observation and how observations can reliably inform assessment and provision. Useful for staff training or INSET sessions, particularly for teachers new to EYFS or Early Years Practitioners that could benefit from extra guidance. Real examples of EYFS observations from Learning Journals are included with photographic evidence. These observations are then analysed - what makes them good observations? How could they be improved? Examples of evidence table - a ‘cheat sheet’ for practitioners that provides examples of activities for each of the 17 areas of learning within Development Matters. Useful to display on a classroom wall for easy referral for all adults looking to capture evidence for a specific area of learning. ‘Next Steps’ document - a bank of ‘Next Steps’ statements for EYFS pupils, based on the Early Learning Goals and age band statements from Development Matters. Useful for adding the next steps to observations, as well as for setting targets for parents’ evenings or reports. Designed to help move children on to their ‘next step’ across all 17 areas of learning, as part of teachers’ formative assessment. Also includes Exceeding statements for HA pupils.
EYFS Observations: Examples of high quality observations in the Early Years
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EYFS Observations: Examples of high quality observations in the Early Years

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A Powerpoint presentation and separate PDF handout notes that explore how to take high quality observations in the Early Years. Useful for staff training or INSET sessions, particularly for teachers new to EYFS or Early Years Practitioners that could benefit from extra guidance. The presentation details what makes a good quality observation and how observations can reliably inform assessment and provision. Real examples of EYFS observations from Learning Journals are included with photographic evidence. These observations are then analysed - what makes them good observations? How could they be improved?
Talk Homework - Editable Template
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Talk Homework - Editable Template

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We have used Talk Homework in my Early Years setting with great success. We send home this template each week with a different question for parents to discuss with their children. Questions may be related to something we have done in class that week, gathering prior knowledge for a new topic or an opportunity to discuss life at home. For example, “We made pancakes in class this week! Can your child tell you how/why we made them? Can they tell you about any other special occasions that people celebrate?” The template features a graphic outlining the ‘rules’ of Talk Homework for parents - e.g. turn off the TV, write down exactly what your child says, give them thinking time etc. It includes an editable text box for your own questions, and further space for parents to write down their child’s response.
EYFS On Entry Maths Assessment
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EYFS On Entry Maths Assessment

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On Entry Maths Assessment for the Early Years - featuring Number assessments as well as areas of Shape, Space and Measure. A simple one page document ideal for capturing a snapshot of children’s mathematical understanding on entry and as children develop throughout the year.
EYFS Home Corner Role Play - Houses Around the World photo display posters
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EYFS Home Corner Role Play - Houses Around the World photo display posters

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A set of display posters for the Home Corner, showing photographs of typical houses and rooms in countries around the world, with labels to support early reading development. Countries included are: Japan, Spain, Sweden, England, Australia, India, Cuba, America and South Korea. Great for encouraging discussion of similarities and differences and supporting children’s development of People and Communities and Understanding the World. Could also be printed and turned into a non-fiction book for the Reading or Home Corner.
EYFS Airport Role Play - Pilot and Cockpit Controls for display
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EYFS Airport Role Play - Pilot and Cockpit Controls for display

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A set of cockpit controls for use in an airport/aeroplane role play, to support Reading and Mathematical development through purposeful play. Includes speed controls (numbers to 10), position display, sentences to read (e.g. turn on the seatbelt sign), cockpit photograph, world map and flight speed dial.