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Banks Road Primary School

We can do it!

Banks Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L19 8JZ


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This year all of our classes are named after famous artists to further celebrate the diverse offer of arts subjects across school.

  • We will be looking at Dame Darcey Bussell in detail across the year as an enhancement to our fantastic EYFS curriculum offer.
  • Dame Darcey is a world renowned Ballerina whose exceptional talent has allowed her to embark upon a very successful career, most of us know her best for her role as a judge on BBC's "Strictly Come Dancing!"  
  • Some of her most famous roles include being the lead part in; The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake, throughout the year the music from these wonderful Ballet's will inspire some of our artwork, PE sessions and music lessons.
  • Not only has Darcey Bussell had a wonderful career performing on the worlds stage, she is currently working to inspire a fit and healthy lifestyle encouraging school children to take part in a dance regime, we will look closely at what a healthy lifestyle means for us.
  • We hope to give the children and families of Darcey Bussell class various experiences linked to our wonderful Artist this year!


What we have been getting up to:

Our First Week In Darcey Bussell Class. 02/09/2019


Diary Dates- Autumn Term 2019

Monday 2nd September: INSET day

Tuesday 3rd September: Autumn Term Begins @ 8.50am

Friday 20th September: Jeans for Genes Day

Friday 27th September: Macmillan Coffee Morning


Welcome to Darcey Bussell Class!
We are so excited to begin our journey together this academic year!

I am looking forward to working with all of the children and families who will be part of our Reception class. Please keep checking the class page for any news, pictures and upcoming events!

Miss Smyth


The adults who work in Darcey Bussell Class this year are:

  •  Miss L Smyth - Class Teacher & EYFS Lead
  •  Miss N Roche - Teaching Assistant

EYFS Curriculum Information :

In Reception we teach to the EYFS Curriculum. It is broken up into seven areas as detailed below.

The Prime areas are:-

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 In this area we support children in developing their self-esteem, confidence and independence. We learn to play together, take turns and share.

Communication and Language

In this area we support children to develop their listening, comprehension and speaking skills. We learn to take turns in conversation and remember what other have said and we enjoy listening to lovely stories, we sing lots of songs and nursery rhymes too.

Physical Development

In this area we support children to develop their large and small motor skills such as climbing, running and balancing as well as using tools such as scissors and pencils. We also develop our self help skills and develop independence in dressing and taking care of ourselves.

The Specific areas are:-


Our focus is around enjoying lots of lovely stories and rhymes. We work hard on developing our ability to hear and differentiate sounds in the environment.

We incorporate a whole school Talk4Writing approach where children learn stories through story mapping. From this they will develop their writing skills and find an ability to innovate and create their own stories. 


In this area we use a Maths Mastery approach to learning through incorporating lots of practical activities that help consolidate learning in young children. We will learn how to develop full answers with good explanation and reasoning techniques.

Understanding of the World

In this area we learn about nature and the world around us, we learn about traditions in our lives and those of other people. We use technology for a range of purposes to support us in our learning too.

Expressive Arts and Design

In this area we explore lots of ways to be creative. We explore colours, textures and a wide range of different media to show our thoughts and feelings. This may be through paint, blocks, music, dance, technology or role play.

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This half term's Curriculum Newsletter: