Exe Class (Pre School) 2021/2022

Welcome to the new academic year!

Mrs Way (Foundation Unit Lead) and Mrs Triggs (Nursery Lead)

Our Foundation Unit provides education and care for children aged 3-5 years old. It is a fully integrated Pre-school (Nursery) and Reception unit staffed by specially trained Early Years practitioners and teachers. The children work through the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum without any major upheaval between Nursery and Reception years.

We are very proud of our play based curriculum designed to reflect the children’s interests and needs whilst developing positive attitudes toward learning

 If you are interested in your child attending our Foundation Unit please visit the ladies in the office who will be happy to provide you with the relevant information and forms.

Nursery Sessions

Morning sessions 9.00am to 12.00pm

All day sessions  9.00am to 3.00pm

We will also offer the option of starting at 8.30am.

This extra 30 minutes can be taken as funded or bought as an extra at a cost of £2.

If you require more hours than they are entitled to,  extra sessions can be paid for;

Morning sessions -3 hours-£12

Full days – 6 hours- £24

2021 – 2022

The children have settled in well!

We have had a very busy and exciting year already.

Our Exe Class is a fun place to be! 

When children play and enjoy what they do, they have the best potential to learn and develop. It is our first priority to create a happy, fun, safe learning environment for all of our children to flourish.

The children’s ‘Learning Journeys’ are recorded digitally via an app called ‘Tapestry’. This allows us to regularly upload observations and keep parents informed of what the children have been doing. Parents can comment on these observations and even do observations of what children’s learning at home for us to see.

World Book Day!

Thursday 3rd March 2022

Today we celebrated the 25th anniversary of World Book Day. All of the children and staff enjoyed wearing their pyjamas and slippers to school. We celebrated books and the magic of reading in class. Teachers even swapped classes to read to the children!

Sharing Stories with Year 3

This term we are enjoying sharing stories with year 3 on a weekly basis.
This is helping the children develop positive relationships with other adults and older children, which is developing their confidence by being in new situations and is giving them new experiences.

With the older children sharing stories with the children, this is building their vocabulary, which is encountered more words, learning how to recognize and pronounce them than they would by just being spoken to.

Children learn best through observations and positive modelling, so the children reading aloud lets them hear what language sounds like and lets the children appreciates rich language.

This also improves their listening skills.


Today the pre-school children enjoyed cooking Apple and Blackberry pie. We used the fruit that was grown in the school grounds.

The children are enjoing mixing the mixture!

Shape Hunt

We are looking for lots of different shapes around the school.

Sorting Colours

The children are exploring and sorting the animals in their colours.

Father Christmas

We had a very special visitor today!

Messy Play

The children are enjoying exploring the slime.


Our Foundation Years Harvest Celebration Video ! Please enjoy…😁



Home Learning

Week 4 

Happy Easter!  

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and enjoyed some family time! 

Thank you to those who have uploaded photos and videos to Tapestry, they are amazing and you have been keeping me very busy.

I miss you all so really enjoy seeing your posts.

I hope you have been enjoying the stories that we have recorded for you.

As promised, I have uploaded new work and RWI videos to Tapestry. 

Please go and have a look! 




Week 3

We hope you are all well, we are missing you! To ensure you can continue your learning journey, Mrs Triggs will be sending home a pack containing a range of activities for your child to enjoy at home. Mrs Triggs will then be uploading regular learning tasks for you using Tapestry.

We will really miss seeing you every day so would love to hear about what you are getting up to at home. Please feel free to upload any photos or videos to Tapestry.

If you are having trouble accessing Tapestry please email wilcombe@ventrus.org.uk. The admin team with forward your email to one of the EYFS team who will be able to help.


Below are some videos to help support your children’s learning.

Parent RWI PowerPoint


Each term we have theme based on the seasons or favourite stories, that helps to engage the children in their learning.  During the autumn term the children enjoyed activities planned around the stories ‘Fill a Bucket’, ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and ‘The Queen’s Handbag’.