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Fir Tree School

Reception - Elm

Welcome to Reception - Elm Class 


Class Teacher: Miss Clare Hayter

Supported by: Miss Katelyn Braginton, Miss Martyna Eblowska. Miss Nikkita Dunne & Mrs Claire Willson


Welcome to Reception - Elm Class 
Welcome to Elm Class with Miss Hayter. The teaching assistants that will be supporting in Elm Class are Miss Eblowska, Miss Braginton, Mrs Willson and Mrs Dunne.
On a Thursday I will not be in class as this is my paperwork and management time. Miss Eblowska will be overseeing the class on this day.
Due to current restrictions that are in place it may be difficult to communicate with parents at drop off and collection times. If you need to relay any information to me then please write it in your child’s reading record and tell the adult who is near the gate that it is in there. At home time we may hand you a written slip if there is anything you need to know about your child’s day. You can also use the email function on this page to contact me.

Contact the Class Teacher HERE


The children will have PE on a Tuesday afternoon with Mr Hosier. Children should have a named PE kit on their peg all week including a pair of PE shoes. Please ensure every item of clothing is labelled with your child’s name on. 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.PE kit will be sent home each Friday to be washed.

Topic Map and Timetable

As we are using ‘In the Moment Planning’ we do not follow a specific topic each term, instead we will be following children’s interests and focussing on particular skills for development.
Please view our class timetable, this will show you how your child’s day will be structured at school.

Topic Web- Autumn 2020

Curriculum Map



In Elm Class the children take part in daily phonic sessions. Please view the clip below to help you articulate the phonemes correctly with your child. Each week a slip will be stuck into your child’s reading record which will tell you which skills/phonemes your child has been learning in class. Your child will also be provided with a phonics bookmark. This is to use at home to help your child remember phonics sounds and high frequency words.



You will be expected to support your child with their reading. Ideally you should read with your child for ten minutes every day and sign their reading record when they have read.
We will change books in class on a Monday and Thursday. Your child may be sent home with one or more books. It is important that your child tries to read these books more than once and that you ask them questions about what they have read. This will help their confidence and fluency.
Initially children are given story books from the book corner for a parent/carer to read to them until each child has enough phonetic awareness to be given their own school reading book with words. Please ask your child questions about the story you are reading as this will help with their understanding.  Please view the reading leaflet (on this page) for some interesting facts and handy reading tips.
Each child will take part in guided reading and shared reading at school. We will not read on a one to one basis with the children until they are on a school reading book with words.
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) each child has a learning journey that documents their learning throughout the EYFS. This year we are moving from paper based learning journeys to an online system called Tapestry that you will be able to access at home.
We will use Tapestry to record observations, comments,  photos and videos to show progress across the Early Years Foundation   Stage, this will compliment other forms of observing and assessing already in place, you will be able to access your child’s Learning Journey from a computer via  or by using the ‘Tapestry’ App on mobile devices.


Focus Children

Once every long term your child will be a focus child for the week. We will be observing them closely while they play to find out about their interests and how they are progressing.  We send a sheet home for parents/carers to fill in as we value the knowledge and understanding you have of your child. This helps us to plan for your child’s future learning and development. We also ask that you send in recent photographs of your child enjoying activities outside of school that they can share with the class.

School Dinners

School dinners are free for Reception children. If your child is having a school dinner please order this online via Parent Pay. This needs to be done by 8am.

Water bottles
Each child needs their own named water bottle. This will be kept in class for your child to access throughout the day, then sent home each day to be cleaned.
I look forward to teaching your child and working in partnership with you this year. 
Miss Hayter

Reception Timetable 

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