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Welcome to EYFS - Birch Class

Although we have two classes in our Early Years Unit we work as one for parts of the day.  


Our exciting topics are immersed throughout the setting so all children are experiencing the same learning opportunities which are tailored to the individual needs of the child. We are adaptable in our approach and work to incorporate the interests of our pupils as we plan activities and follow their curiosities.


This year our topic themes are:


Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Belonging to our family
Arctic Adventures
Friendships and Feelings
Healthy Choices
Holidays and Special Events


Our learning environment includes our outdoor areas, providing the children with a place to explore, be hands on and observe the world around them. We offer a range of planned activities, both focused adult initiated and child-initiated opportunities throughout the Unit, enabling the children to build their own learning journey.

Reading is at the core of our learning, we want the children to experience a wide range of texts and build a love of reading.

Our Unit Author is Julia Donaldson. The children will read stories and poetry daily and they will be encouraged to create and perform their own stories.

As the Children progress through Early Years we aim to provide them with the skills needed to become confident, independent, resilient and reflective learners who are proud of their achievements and ready to move into Reception.

Birch Key People

Mrs V Chandar
Early Years Teacher/ EYFS Lead

Mrs M Bailey 
Early Years Teacher

Mrs P Kaur 
Teaching Assistant

Miss K Spencer 
Teaching Assistant


Current learning

This Autumn 2 term we will be exploring : Celebrations


We will look at them through exciting stories such as:






Home Learning

Home Learning challenges will be set using Tapestry each half term.  

Reading - when pupils are ready to begin learning to read, a reading diary and book to match their phonic ability will be sent home, this is usually during their reception year.

Reading and looking at books together are strongly encouraged both at home and at school. Children will be able to read and look at books with adults throughout their daily session. 

We also offer a library service and an opportunity for parents and carers to come into the class and read with your child on a weekly basis. The books are not signed in or out, all we ask is that you return one before taking another.

Focused vocabulary will be posted on Tapestry linked to our focused themes. The words are taken from the texts we are reading in school. To help the children build a broad vocabulary we encourage them to use the words in sentences. Hearing the words being used in a variety of contexts will help embed them.

Things to Remember...

Please ensure your child has weather appropriate clothing each day i.e. waterproof coat, sun hat, welly boots etc.  We access the outdoors regardless of the weather. You may wish to leave a pair of wellies in school.

Please ensure all clothing and footwear is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Children in Birch class will do a range of physical activities - so please ensure they have sensible footwear and clothing which allows them to move freely.
All children need to bring a water bottle daily. Please ensure this is clearly labelled.