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EYFS Reception: Potter Class


New School Starters September 2020 (places also available throughout the school)

We would like to invite you for a tour of our school and give you the opportunity to ask questions about life at Gatehouse Primary Academy.

Dates for visits:

Wednesday 9th Oct 9.30am

Tuesday 15th Oct 5pm

Thursday 31st Oct 9.30am

Friday 22nd Nov 9.30am


Thursday 9th Jan 9.30am

Please contact the school office to book in for one of the visits by phoning 01626 862605 or emailing


We strive to provide a stimulating, secure and happy environment where children’s enthusiasm to learn is encouraged and where the unique personality of each child is valued. 


EYFS Potter Class

EYFS Potter Class 1

            Academic Year 2019-2020


Autumn term 2019

Our current key text: 



Watch a short video about the true meaning behind the story:  


Activities to try at home:


We have been busy preparing for a tea party, writing invitations and getting our classroom ready. We thought of our own version of the story and invited a Giraffe for tea!  

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Key text: 



This book has helped us to show learning about ourselves. 


We made a birthday cake,  had a small birthday party, talked about birthdays and other celebrations and thought about who was special to us and why. 

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Baseline 2019


We are currently getting to know our new EYFS intake through the topic of All about me. We are using our wonderful location to support and enhance this topic. We have made replica railway lines, built our preschool settings with construction and have reflected on things that we celebrate with our families. 

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                                  EYFS 2018-2019

 Mermaids and Pirates 


Our big topic this term will be Mermaids and Pirates. We will start with the text Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt. 



Please see below for ideas to support learning at home. Remember you can email examples of learning from home for us to share with the class to



EYFS News 7th June 2019

EYFS Topic Web Summer term

Newsletter 5th April 2019



Stickman visited EYFS and left us daily gifts. We wrote to him to ask him questions about the things he left. We have learnt parts of the story,  drawn story maps as prompts for retelling. and have thought about different endings. 



Bedtime stories 

The EYFS team had a lovely evening reading stories to our EYFS children whilst they enjoyed hot chocolate and biscuits. Many thanks to all who came and helped to make this a special evening. 


    The Gruffalo

    In EYFS we have been using the story of the Gruffalo to inspire our learning. We have learnt about different habitats, thought about the similarities and differences between habitats before building habitats in our forest area.  

Visiting the forest

Gruffalo Crumble 


We followed instructions, measured using digital scales and showed good turn taking when making Gruffalo Crumble. 

Spring Term Overview

EYFS News 7th December

27th November

EYFS visit to Dawlish Fire Station 


EYFS travelled to visited Dawlish Fire Station where we learnt about some of the dangers in our homes, the safety equipment needed to fight fires and how some of the equipment works. We had a great time exploring the Fire Station despite the wet weather! Many thanks to Dawlish Fire Station. 


''The best bit was squirting the hose.'' Shae


''The Fire Jacket is really heavy.'' Maisie 



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16th November

The Police visit to EYFS  


EYFS children throughly enjoyed the visit from PSCO Michelle and PC Mark. We learnt about how to keep ourselves safe and how the Police help our community. We tried on Police uniform and went into the Police van! 


'' They don't just get baddies, they help us too.'' Isla


''I turned on the sirens! It was so loud!'' Keiran 

EYFS News 9th November

RNLI visitor 


We had a visit from an RNLI volunteer who taught us about how to keep safe at sea. He showed us some of the equipment that the RNLI team use to rescue people. 


''If you need help, you need to wave your hands and shout help, help, help.'' Jacob

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National Teddy Bear Day 


On Wednesday the 10th October we celebrated National Bring your Teddy to School Day. We enjoyed looking after our bears, cooking bear biscuits and visiting the school forest. We learnt the song 'If you go down in the woods today' and we acted the story 'Going on a bear hunt.'                                                                                        

EYFS Newsletter 5 October 2018

Supporting learning at home 

October 2018

Start of the Autumn Term 2018

We have enjoyed getting to know the children and finding out what they already know. This has allowed us to plan play opportunities which will match the interests and needs of the unit. We have introduced routines and structures of the day including; break times, lunch in the hall, rewards and behaviour management and some assemblies. We are looking forward to learning more about the children and the year ahead.

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EYFS Newsletter 15 June

Head Lice - 23 May

A case of head lice has been reported, please check and treat your child's hair as necessary.

EYFS News 18 May

Reception have had nine very fluffy visitors for the last 2 weeks! They have been observing the chicks hatch and grow and have thought very carefully about how to look after the chicks. They have helped to feed, water and clean the chicks out daily- they grew very quickly! Reception were very lucky to be able to use their PTA trip money to pay for the chicks, they have taught the boys and girls a lot about growth, change and caring for living things. The children (and grown-ups) are very sad to say bye to the chicks as they return to Farmer Brown to become free range Hens and Cockerels.

Little Chicks

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World Book Day with the Year 5's

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