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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.

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
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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.

This term our topic is called ‘All Creatures Great and Small.’ Please take a look at thetopic map to find out about all the exciting things we will be learning this term. I am also sending home weekly rhymes in order to prepare for our rhyme challenge assembly.

I am encouraging the children to bring in items from home that interest them, for example, photos, leaflets from family trips etc. This will form a basis of my planning and the items will be displayed on ‘Our Wow Moments from Home Tree.’ Please can I ask that the children do not bring in toys from home as they might get broken or misplaced.

Please click on our class timetable to see how your child’s day will be structured
at school.

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.
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