Early Years – Apple, Ash & Beech Classes

Welcome to Early Years 

We are made up of Apple (Nursery), Ash and Beech Class (Reception). We have so much fun playing and learning together in our Early Years unit. We enjoy spending time reading, drawing, creating, singing, building, imagining and exploring together with our friends and teachers!

Staff in Early Years

Year Group Class Name Teacher Teaching Assistants
Nursery Apple Class Mrs Harley Mrs Fisher

Mrs Hamilton

Miss Shafiq

Reception Beech Class Mrs Browning Mrs Irving

Mrs Akhtar

Mrs Catton

Mrs Machin

Ash Class Miss Kemp


The Early Years Foundation Stage (or EYFS) is made of up 7 key areas of learning. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and language
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Your child will have the opportunity to develop in all of these areas through carefully planned activities and lessons, all linked to the main topic.

Nursery 2019/2020 Topics:

Autumn OneColour

Autumn TwoColour/families

Spring OneFamilies

Spring TwoThe Very Hungry Caterpillar


Reception 2019/2020 Topics:

Autumn OnePeople Who Help Us

Autumn TwoLet’s Celebrate Autumn

Spring OnePolar Explorers

Spring TwoNaughty Bus


All children in Early Years participate in a weekly PE lesson. Children will need their PE kits in school every day. When we come back to school, more information about when our PE lessons are and what we are learning will be available here.


We expected all children to read their school book at home every day. Reading books are changed once a week and children choose a library book to share at home. Children who read regularly at home are rewarded with special prizes. Lots of practise will ensure your children make progress with reading and as a result, across the rest of the curriculum as well.

Highlights of the year (so far!)

In our first term of the school year, Reception had lots of visitors who came to tell us all about their very important jobs. We had a visit from a vet, a dentist, some police officers, some paramedics and some firefighters. The best bit was writing a postcard that we put in the post box. It was so exciting when they were delivered to our houses!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar really got Nursery chatting! It was brilliant to see them retelling the story so clearly.

Nursery and Reception both joined in a fantastic Nativity play at Christmas time. It was amazing how well we all learnt the songs, dances and even had a go at saying some lines! Our teachers and families were very proud of us!

Nursery had an amazing time exploring colours and experimented with different ways to make colours. They found out so many interesting things!