Reception – Fir Class

Welcome to Fir Class

Welcome to Fir Class, the learning environment for our Reception children. Mrs Roberts and Mrs Price are our teachers and our teaching assistants are Mrs Clark and Miss Scott. Our teachers encourage us to be confident and resilient learners who strive to succeed!

In Fir Class we have a happy, caring and stimulating environment that promotes enthusiasm and a love for learning. We believe that every child is unique and full of potential and endeavour to ensure that all children reach this through play and carefully planned activities. Our engaging curriculum and learning environments encourage children to become responsible and take ownership of their learning.

In the mornings we enjoy learning new sounds to help us to read using the Read Write Inc. programme followed by our English and Maths lessons.

In the afternoons the children in Fir Class enjoy taking part in enriching CIL activities that enable them to develop and become independent learners. We aspire to build on the children’s own knowledge and skills by planning in the moment experiences which prepare them for the wider world. Provocations (open ended activities) are set up in the environment to stimulate conversation and ideas amongst the children. This allows them to become leaders of their own learning by freely exploring, creating and thinking critically.

Our topic for this term is ‘Celebrations and Wonder’. We are going to be exploring the night sky through current events such as Bonfire Night before we zoom off to Space.

In Forest School and outdoor learning, excitement is in the air when exploring nature. We are very excited to use our school farm as this allows us to learn new skills such as caring for and looking after the animals as well as observing the changes in the calendar. We will look forward to noticing the changes that occur over autumn and into winter.

Fir Class autumn term curriculum letter 2023

Useful information:

Every child in Fir Class will be given an independent reading book at their assessed reading level. Please read with your child as regularly as possible as this makes a huge difference in all areas of their learning. Please aim to read and share stories with your child for 10 minutes on a daily basis and also remember to record in your child’s reading diaries when you have read to ensure that they don’t miss out on the reward of a free book once their bookmark is completed.

Here’s the standard of reading that we aim for in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Click here to learn more about  Phonics & Reading at Longlands.

P.E. will take place on a Wednesday afternoon.

Our Forest School sessions will take place on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure that your child comes into school with their Forest school clothes ready for this – waterproofs and wellies are a must!


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