Reception are following Development Matters.

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Year 1 children follow the National Curriculum.

Children in Earth Class have an individualised curriculum based upon their current interest and environmental themes. We strongly believe in a child centred approach and therefore follow an ‘In The Moment’ style of teaching and learning.

“Children are born with a natural desire to explore and learn and practitioners can support them in this.  We do this by creating an enabling environment (both physical and emotional) and through the relationships and interactions that the children experience.  We do not plan ahead, rather we remain “in the moment” with the children as they explore and learn.  We observe carefully, and enhance the learning whenever we spot a “teachable moment”.  Our observations, interactions and the outcomes are recorded afterwards.” Anna Ephgrave

The classroom is designed to allow easy access to resources and equipment in a way which encourages all children to become motivated and independent learners.

Earth Class is a mixed class of 24 children aged 4, 5 and 6 years old.

Miss Wheeler is the class teacher, Mrs Shaw is the class teaching assistant and Miss Pickervance is the apprentice teaching assistant.


The children have access to a large outdoor area with various physical challenges all of the time. We will be doing PE each week and we are now changing into full PE kit. Please ensure PE kits are in school on your child’s peg. Each child will need black shorts, black pumps and a coloured t-shirt which is a house colour. The first t-shirt is provided for reception children upon entry.


We listen to the children in Year 1 read in class everyday. Children in Reception will read with an adult in class 2-3 times weekly. Please can you ensure reading books and reading records are in school everyday to support us with this. Reception children will begin with a book which is intended to be read to them for a ‘share a story’ session whilst they begin the reading process. We focus upon reading for pleasure to begin with. Once a child is ready to have a book with words in, I will discuss strategies with parents and carers about how to begin supporting your child to learn to read.

When you listen to your child read or share a story together, please sign the reading record as 5 dojo points will be awarded for every day that they have read at home. When your child earns 250 dojo points the reward will be a non-uniform day. We will notify you when your child has earned 250 dojo points.

Home/School Links

We always love to hear what your child has been doing at home. If they have won a certificate or medal from a club that they attend outside school or they have done something to make you proud like learned to ride their bike, we would love to hear about it. If you have a photograph, please e-mail it to: and we can display it on our display.

Help to log in to home learning websites

Here are some help files to support you logging on to Education City, Purple Mash and Oxford Owl. If you have forgotten or lost your log in details, send me an e-mail and I will happily send them to you.

How to log in to Education City

How to log in to Purple Mash

How to log on to Oxford Owl

Latest News from Earth Class


December & January

We’ve had a busy few months in Earth class here’s just a few of the things that have been happening; In December… We had an elf in our class, we made Christmas poems- party hats- cards- letters- wreaths & decorations, we had our party day, starred in our own nativity, we were amazed by rainbows,…

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8th November 2021

This week we have been doing lots of work for our new class story, The Gruffalo. We have been describing the characters from The Gruffalo in big class sessions, in which we have all contributed to creating ‘wanted’ posters for our missing characters! Some of us decided to apply our new describing sk…

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1st November 2021

This week we did lots of arts and crafts to prepare for both Diwali and Bonfire Night. Diwali was celebrated on the 4th November and Bonfire Night on the 5th! We have some children in our school who celebrated Diwali with their families on Thursday and they were very excited to tell us all about it…

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18th October 2021

This week was Globetrotters’ Week! We looked at South America, specifically a country called Brazil! We were visited by a nice lady who taught us how to dance the Samba! We were also visited by another lovely lady who told us an amazing story about the animal kingdom! Later in the week a really funn…

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11th October 2021

This week our Year 1 class went to Blackpool Zoo with Mars Class! The rest of us stayed in school and practiced some skills like painting and playing our piano!

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Week Commencing 27th September 2021

This week we started to look at our class story ‘Dear Zoo’ in more detail! We started to incorporate our story into PE lessons, by choosing animals from the story and imitating their movements whilst travelling. We also did lots of drawing and creating this week..

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