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.

Remote Learning – W/c 4th January

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Remote Learning – W/c 1st February

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Purple Mash Gallery – 14th – 16th October

Home Photo Gallery – 14th – 16th October

Latest News from Earth Class


Remote Learning – Spring 2 &#…

Good morning Earth class families, I can’t wait to see what wonderful things you all learn this half term. The theme for this week is Little Red Riding Hood and then on ‘Fantastic Friday’ we will be having an animal themed day. See you all on Teams later today 🙂

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Remote Learning – Week 6

Good Morning! Well, it’s the last week of the half term and we have lots planned. It’s really important that you read the e-mail that has been sent directly to you as it contains times for sessions. These may have changed from the usual time slot due to new and exciting activities. On Tuesday 9th Fe…

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Remote Learning – Week 5 R…

Good morning, The theme of this week is an incredibly important one as we all want the children to be happy and healthy. We are thinking about ‘Marvelous Me!’ Activities are on Purple Mash, Education City and have been uploaded to Teams, the website and e-mailed directly to you. Have a great learnin…

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Week 4 Remote Learning – W/c …

Good Morning Earth Class Families, I hope that you had a lovely weekend, and I can’t wait to see the children on Teams for phonics today. I’ve emailed the activities for this week and there are daily activities to be completed on Education City and Purple Mash. Please can you support your child to l…

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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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