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Fir Tree School

Reception - Elm

Welcome to Reception - Elm Class 

My name is Miss Hayter, I will be your child’s teacher this year. There are also three teaching assistants in Elm Class, Miss Bell, Miss Guest and Miss Dobson. Please note on a Thursday and Friday I will not be in class as this is my management and paperwork time. Miss Bell will be in charge on these days. If you need to relay any information please speak to Miss Bell and she will pass this on to me.

Miss Hayter
Miss Hayter


The children will have PE on a Friday morning with Mr Nobes. Children should have a named PE kit on their peg including a pair of PE shoes. Please try to encourage your child to dress and undress independently at home as this will help them be prepared for when they will do this at school.

In Elm Class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS).
This describes the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and
learning needs. Within the Framework there are seven areas of learning and development.

The three Prime Areas are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future. As children grow, the three Prime Areas will help them to develop skills in the four specific areas. Children in EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place indoors and outdoors.

Documenting Learning

Each child has a learning journey which documents their learning throughout the EYFS. Inside your child’s learning journey will be short observations, photographs and work samples. Each long term your child’s key worker will observe your child for a period of time and write a narrative based on what they have seen. This helps us to identify what the children can do and what they need 
to do next. This is then sent home for you to share with your child and write a comment on before we put it in your child’s learning journey. We also ask parents to contribute to the children’s learning journeys by filling in ‘WOW’ slips for when your child has a ‘WOW’ moment.


Each term we cover a different topic in class. This term our topic is All creatures great and small. Please see the topic map to find out what we will be covering in each area of the EYFS curriculum.

Phoneme articulation:

In Elm Class the children take part in daily phonic sessions. The children learn phonemes through Jolly Phonics using the actions and songs as an aid. Here are the songs and actions the children will be learning.