The Claypole Church of England Primary School

Strive for Excellence, Promote Harmony and Value Achievement

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The Claypole Church of England Primary School

Strive for Excellence, Promote Harmony and Value Achievement


Welcome to the Owls!


We have a very exciting term ahead of us as our topic is Wild Animals. During this term we will be looking at a variety of different wild and zoo animals including snakes, monkeys and giraffes. We are going to be focusing on whether we think animals should live in zoos, or in their natural habitat and why?


Charlie the African grey parrot came into our class to visit us, we learnt about what she eats, where she lives and all the different noises she makes.


We also had our trip to the zoo which was very exciting and we saw lots of different animals. When we got off the bus, we met our ranger called Alex, she then gave us a tour around the park, showing us the birds of prey, the tropical butterfly house and the big cats. After lunch we went into the barn for reptile handling where we got to hold a snake and feel a Blue Tongued Lizard and to end our fantastic day, we watched the animal show where we saw Basil the fox, Rio the Kuwaiti and a Kinkajou.

Curriculum Overview

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has it's own curriculum specifically designed for young children and supports their learning and healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development:


Communication and language

Physical development

Personal, social and emotional development




Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. This is similar to the curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children.  It is designed to be flexible so that staff can follow the individual needs and interests of our children and allows children to learn through immersion, exploration, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and in our outdoor learning environment

Additional links: Talking stories, games and interactive activities for Foundation Stage children. Online activities for Foundation Stage. Printable high frequency word lists – an essential! Phonic resources. Phonic games and activities. Numeracy games for Reception children. Over 200 games, activities and animations. Great for confidence building and exploration. Various Early Years activities.   Games designed to help children with basic number concepts.

  • The Claypole Church of England Primary School, School
  • Lane, Claypole, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5BQ
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