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Hurst Knoll St James'

CE Primary School

Inspiring Faith and Learning for Life


Early Years

Class Teachers:  Miss. A. Kendrick (Mon and Tues), Mrs. S. Kelsall (Weds - Fri)

Teaching Assistants: Mrs. K. Molloy, Miss. R. Cummings

Hi! Welcome to Early Years. We are really lucky in EYFS to have two teachers! They are Mrs. Kelsall and Miss Kendrick. Miss Kendrick will be working with you on a Monday and Tuesday and Mrs. Kelsall will work with you on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are also supported in class by Mrs Molloy and Miss Cummings. 


On Tuesday and Thursday each week we have our PE session. Please send your child into school in their PE kit. They will stay in their kit all day and do not need to get changed. In EYFS, 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 phonics session. 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!


We also teach a maths session, and focus on numbers to 20. Some of the areas we work on are; one more and one less, addition and subtraction (within 20) and repeating patterns. We will also work on counting beyond 20 throughout the year.


Our current topic is called ‘Once upon a time’. We are really excited to talk to the children about all of their favourite stories. We will keep you updated about any special times, topics or activities that we do with the children as the year goes on!



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


Mrs Kelsall and Miss Kendrick.

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.