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.

Mrs Pilkington is the class teacher, Mrs Ali and Mrs Shaw are the class teaching assistants 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 on a Monday afternoon and will just be changing into pumps at the moment. Please ensure PE kits are in school on your child’s peg. When we begin to change for PE again, 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 ‘Proud Cloud’ 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

Remote Learning – W/c 4th January

Remote Learning – W/c 11th January

Remote Learning – W/c 18th January

Purple Mash Gallery – 14th – 16th October

Home Photo Gallery – 14th – 16th October

Latest News from Earth Class


Week 3 Remote Learning – W/c …

Good morning, Thank you for supporting us with the remote learning. We appreciate it can be challenging at times and if there is anything that we can do to support you, please let me know. This weeks remote learning plans are available on the website, Teams and have been emailed to you. I look forwa…

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Week 2 Remote Learning – W/c …

Good morning, Thank you for all of your efforts with the online remote learning last week. Lots of children logged in and we have had some very successful phonic sessions. This week we will be holding 1:1 reading sessions on Teams and continuing with the Phonic sessions. The remote learning plans ha…

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Week 1 Remote Learning – 4th …

Today you have been e-mailed the remote learning documents. Activities are also on Education City and Purple Mash. Over the week we will be sending you log in details for Microsoft Teams. If you are having any technology issues, please e-mail me. Thanks, Mrs Pilkington 🙂

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Home Learning 19th – 22nd Oct…

Good morning Earth Class Families, I hope that you and your family are well. Attached to this e-mail are documents and resources to support home learning this week. We are celebrating Globe Trotters Week and our chosen country is England. I have included maps for the children to look at. If you have…

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Home Learning 14th – 16th Oct…

Good Morning Earth Class Families, Here is the learning challenge grid for this week. In addition to this there are daily activities set on Purple Mash and Education City. I have attached guides to help you log on, should you need it. Log in details for purple mash and education city can be found at…

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Autumn 1 – Week 1

This week has been a huge success for all of the children in Earth Class. The Year 1 children returned with enthusiasm and eagerness to see their friends and adults in class. They then welcomed the new Reception children into class for induction sessions on Thursday and then the full day on Friday….

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