Welcome to The Early Years Foundation Unit (Class 1)

Welcome to Apple Class

During Summer Term nursery will be taught by Miss Pickering and will remain in the EYFS Classroom. Reception children will be taught by Miss Jones in the Year 1 Classroom.


In Apple Class you will find Miss Jones (EYFS Teacher), Miss Corkin (Higher Level Teaching Assistant), Mrs Taylor (Teaching Assistant) and Miss Crookes (Teaching Assistant). We welcome you and look forward to learning more about your child and helping them to have a successful year. We believe that when children are happy in their environment they will learn and grow as individuals. 

A range of fun and interactive activities are provided for your child to experience and enhancements within areas are planned to develop independent learning. If you would like to know more about the Early Years Curriculum please see the Early Years Curriculum page.


Tapestry is our online observation and assessment tool. It allows you to view what your child has been learning about, activities they have been involved in and their independent work. Please could you send photos/comments via Tapestry, so that we can share any achievements and special events that your child has been involved in outside of school. We love to know what they learn at home too!


Reading books and library books are changed on Thursday. Each child in Reception will read with an adult three times a week at school. We ask that you listen to your child read at home as much as possible.  Please make sure reading books and diaries are in school on Thursdays.


Our PE day is Tuesday afternoon, for reception children.  Please make sure named kits are in school.  An outdoor kit would be useful, jogging bottoms and a jumper are ideal so we can get outside when the weather allows. 

Forest School

We are lucky enough to have Forest School every week in our fabulous garden. Nursery children will have Forest School every Tuesday morning and reception will have Forest School every Wednesday afternoon. Forest School is led by Miss Corkin and another member of staff. The children should come to school in their Forest School clothes. They will need something that you don’t mind getting muddy! Please could children wear long sleeved trousers/leggings and long sleeved tops, so they are able to climb trees safely. We have waterproofs to put on over the top and children can change into wellies. Please provide your child with a pair of wellies to keep in school. 

Getting ready for school

Derbyshire have produced a document 'Ready for School' in order to help parents prepare their children for starting school, this can be found through the link https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk 


A healthy snack and drink of water/milk is provided for your child free of charge, however once they reach their 5th birthday milk has to be paid for if it is still required, you can do this via www.coolmilk.com.

If you would like to chat about your child's progress or have any concerns please come in and speak to your child's key person, they will be happy to help. Also I am always available if you require further information, please don't hesitate to come in.

Miss Jones