Welcome to Our Early Years Class Page

The EYFS Team....


Mrs. McMahon - Class teacher

Below you will find useful information, ideas and class news........so watch this space!

 This half term we are learning about..... 

People Who Help Us1

In Beech class this half term we will looking at how we can be independent and will continue to work on our communication and language skills. Throughout the half term we are exploring People who help us in our local area. We will be looking at what people jobs our, to do this we will have visits from the local fire and police service. To finish off the half term we will be thinking about what we want to be when we grow up. 

WE cant wait to be super busy learners!


Parent Overview - Please take a look at our more detailed overview of what the children will be learning this half term.

Important dates for this half term .


RE this half term....               Giving - Lent/Easter

Explore -  Spring is a time when things begin to grow

Reveal - Lent – a time to grow in love to be more like Jesus and to look forward to Easter 

Respond - Remembering, celebrating and responding the ways we grow

and that Lent is a time to grow more like Jesus and look forward to Easter




Forest School 

This will take place on a Thursday morning. Please make sure your child has forest school kit with them e.g. in winter warm clothes, hats and gloves.

Parent notice

Outside our EYFS classrooms you will see a notice board which will explain our topic for this half term and different activities which you can complete at home with your child relating to our topic. It also gives you the opportunity to take a piece a paper and write down information you would like to pass on to the class teacher.  This might be a 'WOW' moment from home that your child is proud of.

We want to work together to support your children.

Reminders : Please read with your children every day. Children should bring there reading books and bookbags to school every day. Children need to have share information in school with their names on everyday, wellies that stay in school all year and a PE Kit. 

PE will be on a WEDNESDAY!

Chinese New Year - We looked at how people celebrate Chinese New Year. We found out it was the year of the Dragon and created our own class dragon to have a parade with. We also tried prawn crackers and fortune cookies. We discussed what people wear, receive and how they celebrate. Finally, we looked at year of the Chinese calendar we were born to find out what animal we were.

Visit to Lapland day - As a class we created passports and role played the journey to Lapland, Finland by following a map on a plane. When we got off the plane we explored how people lived in Lapland and compare it to how we live in Todmorden. 

Our Christmas Nativity - Magical Christmas Journey - St Josephs is super proud of Beech Class as they performed 3 times to large audiences during our school nativity. We had the role of being stars. 

Bus Trip to Gordon Riggs - We experienced a form of transport by catching a bus. We went on the bus to Gordon Riggs garden center and explore how they prepared to celebrate Christmas. As well as, buying a decoration for the classroom.


We had a great time inviting our parents into our classroom to show them where we do our learning.


Beech Class went on a Autumn walk to Todmorden park. We looked at the local area as we walked down the street. When we got the park we went in the forest and listen to the sound of the rain on the trees. We found different colour leaves and looked at the trees. When we got back to school we created a leaf man with our signs of Autumn. 

Together in prayer

Please follow the link below to access the new starter booklet for parents. This booklet is full of useful information regarding your child`s education in  EYFS at St Joseph`s. 

New Starter Booklet 

Recent Welcome letter



We think we are fantastic but Ofsted thought so too!

Ofsted January 2019 found Early years to be GOOD

"Adults have built trusting relationships with children and their families. They have established a nurturing atmosphere in which children are well looked after. Staff compliment this with clear routines and high expectations of the children`s behaviour. As a result children cooperate well with each other and their behaviour is good."

"The quality of teaching in the early years is now effective."

"The children make strong progress."

"The early years leaders have identified priorities for  improvement and have acted quickly to address these areas."

"Children find activities on offer enticing, because of this, they remain focused for extended periods of time."