Pre-School 2022 - 2023

Mrs Rea


Mrs Till


Pre-School & Reception

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Offley Primary Academy. 




Mrs Till (Owls Class Teacher Mon, Tues, Wed am)


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Mrs Rea (EYFS Lead & Owls Class Teacher Wed pm, Thurs, Fri)



Mrs Sinclair (Frogs Practitioner)



Mrs Roberts (Hedgehogs Practitioner)



Mrs Harrop (Class Cover)



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Miss Graystone (Class Teacher) - Red Team


Mrs Scrase (Teaching Assistant) - Yellow Team 


Mrs Maddox (Class Cover)


Miss May (Class Teacher) - Green Team


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Mrs Naylor (Teaching Assistant) - Blue Team


Mrs Clarkson (Class Cover)


Mrs Crutchley (Teaching Assistant)


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Mrs Taylor (Teaching Assistant)


Miss Bellini (Teaching Assistant)


The Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning consisting of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.

All children learn across the seven areas of learning and they learn through their play with a combination of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities both indoors and in our fantastic outdoor areas. Children are observed during play in order to assess their stage of development and in order to plan for their next steps and their future learning.



Here at Offley Primary Academy we aim to deliver the content of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework, giving children a secure foundation.  We intend to provide the best quality learning environment for our children to be active participants in society, responsible contributors to it and capable of achieving independence.  We aim to develop the knowledge and skills that our children will need to live in tomorrow’s world.  ‘Joy in learning – a fun, challenging journey to be the best we can be!”.



Learning takes place through a balance of child initiated play and adult led learning. This includes the direct teaching of reading, writing and maths and daily opportunities for children to practice and consolidate their growing knowledge through high quality provision that promotes child- initiated learning.



Here at Offley Primary Academy we aim for our pupils to become unique individuals who form positive relationships with both adults and peers. We strive for our children to become independent, curious learners who explore, take risks and ask meaningful questions.  We aim to ensure that our children are confident learners who are ready for the next stage in their learning journey.


Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (

Development Matters - non-statutory curriculum guidance for EYFS (



A warm welcome from the Pre-School Team
Week Beginning 22/05/2023

Continuous Provision 
In provision this week we have been exploring the mermaid lagoon in the messy tray, role playing ‘Bright Stanley and the Mermaid Tale by Matt Buckingham’ which is the text we have been reading this week, matching number and quantity in the maths area with the seaside creatures, playing a matching pairs game called ‘Sneaky Shark’, forming letters in the sand, making mermaid tails from playdough and role playing at the train station. We have really enjoyed the outdoors this week with the glorious sunshine. Mrs Roberts has been planting with the children over the past couple of weeks and we are already seeing things starting to grow! The children have planted carrots, peas, cress, tomatoes and pumpkins! 

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This week in phonics we have focusing listening to how many syllables are in words. We used an underwater scene to spot sea creatures and had a go at clapping the syllables. We also learned a trick where if you hold you hand under your chin and say a word for example, jellyfish, each time your chin moves down or touches your hand that means 1 syllable. In jellyfish your chin moves down 3x meaning it has 3 syllables. We have also been using musical instruments to create different ocean sounds such as calm waves, crashing waves and stormy weather. The children were encouraged to guess which musical instrument was being used for the ocean sounds when it was hidden under the blue sea! We have also played ‘ Rick goes fishing’ and has practice blending CVC words such as f-i-sh, d-o-g and s-u-n. 

For maths this week we have been matching number and quantity. We have been counting the sea creatures and matching them up with the correct number. Towards the end of the week we enjoyed a fishing game and were comparing amounts using the language more, fewer, most & least. The children were amazing!  

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Glow Disco 
We have also had a glow disco this week using our bright glow sticks! We moved and grooved to this Sea Animal song moving along to the music with our bright glow sticks. 

This week our Makaton signs have been creatures we can find in the sea… follow the link below J 


The children really enjoyed playing ‘Bright Stanley’s Golden Ocean’. The children chanted “Bright Stanley, bright Stanley can we cross your golden ocean?” Bright Stanley would say only certain children were allowed to cross safely (e.g. only if you are wearing a hat). Everyone else had to cross without being caught! The children were fabulous at following instructions – well done superstars!!  


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Remember to send us some photos on LearningBook. 

Love from the Pre-School team 



Pre-School Messages

  • We request that no jewellery should be worn due to the active nature of our learning. It is also a good idea to have long hair tied back at all times. We are  always on the move!
  • Please ensure all clothes and belongings are named. Jumpers, cardigans, gloves, hats and so forth easily get lost and are tricky to find if not labelled. We encourage independence from day one. Children are responsible for their own belongings.
  • It may be the Autumn Term but the weather is always unpredictable! If we are lucky enough to have some more sunshine, please ensure that you apply sun cream before your child comes to school and bring a labelled sun hat!
  • Please leave toys and teddies at home to avoid them becoming lost or stolen. Everything we will need is here at school.

A huge thank you for your continued support :-)


Useful Websites

Preparation for starting school | PACEY

Children’s Speech and Language Therapy :: East Cheshire NHS Trust

Alphablocks - CBeebies - BBC

Numberblocks - CBeebies - BBC

Counting songs - BBC Teach 


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Offley Primary Academy

Offley Road
Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1GY

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