Welcome to Otters Class

EYFS and Year 1     

Mrs Roberts - Class Teacher




Mrs Vincent, Mrs Barnes Taylor and Mrs Greenway

Teaching Assistants



Otters Class

Otters class is a mixture of EYFS (Reception) and Year 1 pupils. For the reception children, the teaching is through play, games and adult-led activities. At the start of the EYFS we find out about the children by observing their play, joining with them in play and chatting together. The children then learn through short adult-directed sessions with time to consolidate learning through planned play activities.

As the children move into year 1, they begin to participate in more formal lessons and are encouraged to develop their learning independently. The children enjoy the responsibility of being role models within the class and helping their younger peers, whilst the younger children learn by observing and emulating the older children..


EYFS Curriculum

The EYFS curriculum differs from the subjects taught across the rest of the school in years 1 to 6. There are three prime areas of learning:

• communication and language

• physical development

• personal, social and emotional development

And four specific areas of learning

• literacy

• mathematics

• understanding the world

• expressive arts and design


The curriculum is taught through termly topics. Some areas may also be taught discretely out with the termly topics. 


 P.E. is on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.  Wednesdays are taught by Mrs Roberts, Thursdays are taught by Miss Biggs.  Please ensure that your child has a labelled PE bag on their pegs for these days.  Thanks.

Phonics Support
When you follow the link below, you will find the homepage of Little Wandle. This is the SSP programme that we use at Heytesbury. The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home. You will also find the full Reception and Year 1 teaching programme so you can see what your child will be learning as the year goes on. If you have any questions about your child's learning in both phonics and early reading, please do not hesitate to contact us.