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Hurst Knoll St James'

CE Primary School

Inspiring Faith and Learning for Life


Early Years

Class Teachers:  Mrs. Kelsall (Mon, Tues, Weds) Mrs. McGrath (Weds, Thurs and Fri)

Teaching Assistants: Mrs. L. Johnson and Mrs. Vidler (mornings)

Hi! Welcome to Early Years. Mrs Kelsall and Mrs McGrath are the class teachers for our Reception class. They are supported in class by Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Vidler. Mrs Kelsall works Monday to Wednesday and Mrs McGrath works Wednesday-Friday.


On Tuesday each week we have our PE session. Please send your child to school in their kit and they will stay in this for the whole day. We ask that you please send some spare clothes in for your child as there may be times when they need to get changed.


Our day starts with a morning activity such as practising writing our name or practising forming our numbers. We then teach a maths session and focus on numbers to 10. Some of the areas we work on are; one more and one less, addition and subtraction (within 10) and repeating patterns. We will also work on counting beyond 10 throughout the year.


After maths we have some ‘busy time’ where children will choose what they would like to play with from a range of carefully planned activities. We then have a phonics input. In the session we will learn a new letter from the alphabet and the sound that it makes. The children really love learning phonics because we are really enthusiastic about it and we use lots of rewards such as ‘fireworks’ ‘fairy clap’ and ‘ketchup clap’. I’m sure the children will have lots of fun demonstrating them for you if you ask!


Our topics change throughout the year and we always have an overview of the work we are completing on this page for you to see. 


We look forward to working with you and are sure that the children will love their time in EYFS!


Mrs Kelsall, Mrs McGrath & Mrs Johnson.



Please see the curriculum map below which outlines the work we will be completing this year. The list of 'Red words' are key words from our Phonics scheme that you can use and discuss with your children at home.