Roxton Church of England Academy

In faith we learn and grow together


Welcome to Fir Class


We are Fir Class and we are in Reception and Pre-school/Nursery, we are taught by Mrs Pallant and Mrs Buck in a large, bright classroom with access into our own enclosed outdoor learning space. We follow the Early Years Curriculum, so our learning may look different to the rest of the school, don't be fooled we are all working very hard. 

General Class Information


School Times

The school gates open at 8.25, we welcome the children at the pedestrian gate and take them into school with their classmates.

School begins at 8.30, our learning starts as soon as we enter the classroom so please be prompt.

Lunch begins and our morning session ends at 12.00 (some pre-school children leave then).

Our afternoon session starts at 13.00 (again some pre-school leave then)

End of the school day is at 3.30, we will bring the children to you at the large gate.


What children need in school

Reception children must wear school uniform, many of our pre-school choose to wear it too but it is not compulsory for these children. Every day is PE day for Fir Class, we are always working on our physical development so we ask that they are always comfortable and can move freely in the clothes they wear, so we can play, explore and investigate without the worry of ruining their clothes.

We also ask for a change of clothes, we do enjoy messy play and love the sand and water so we might need to get changed, we may need extra spare clothes in case of any toileting accidents.

Water bottles; it is thirsty work in Fir, we do provide milk to the children until they are 5 (after this age it is subsidised) and a healthy snack is available for everyone, you may provide a piece of fruit or vegetables from home if you like.

Weather appropriate clothing; we go outdoors in all weathers so we need wellies and waterproofs for the rain, warm clothes (layers preferably, along with a coat) when it is cold and sun hats and be wearing sun cream when it is warm.

We ask that children do not bring toys from home, although we can accommodate children’s needs if they it will help their transitions. We have a treasure shelf that some children use so their things are safe, visible but not available to play with.

We ask that anything brought into school is labelled clearly with your child's name and that you show them where you have put it and what it looks like (until they can recognise their own name).


PE Kits (updated Summer Term 2022)

We would like the children to have their PE kits kept in school, this will enable us to practise getting dressed and undressed and to be able to do PE more frequently.
PE kit is:-

  • Navy shorts or jogging bottoms
  • Plain, round neck, white t-shirt (one with the school badge is available from the uniform shop on the school's website if you would like)
  • Navy sweatshirt or zip up (school sweatshirt is fine)
  • A pair trainers that they can fasten themselves.
  • Socks if tights are worn


What can I do to help my child

Talk to them; this is the best thing you can do, not only does it expose them to language and vocabulary but it shows them how a conversation works, how to listen, very importantly know the power of their own voice and so much more.

Read to them; we do teach phonics at school and, once they can blend, they will bring reading books home. But this isn't where they will get a love of stories and an understanding that text conveys information. Exposure to as many different genres of writing is so important to children.

Encourage independence; this is so difficult, especially with our busy lives but a child who can dress themselves, put on and do up their own coat, change their own shoes etc will be so much more confident in the classroom. We always help children if they are struggling, but do encourage them to have a go first.



Children will be awarded Dojos during the day for a wide variety of reasons; from good behaviour, working hard, displaying our school values or the new learning super powers. Every 10 dojos children get to go in the very special shiny dojo box and choose a prize. You can keep track of your how many dojos your child has earned on the dojo app.

We also use dojos to stay in contact with you, sharing pictures, news and celebrations both publicly on the class story and through the messenger service. We reply to message during working hours, as quickly as we can, this can be delayed during the school day as we are with the children. So in an emergency, please contact the office in the usual way.



  • We ask that if your child is unable to attend school for any reason, you report to school by 10am.
  • Please, where possible, arrange any medical appointments outside of school hours.
  • If for any reason your child will miss school please contact school in advance for a leave of absence form.

Fun at Church

Pupil Voice

What we think about being in Fir class.

These are some the amazing things children in Fir class have said about our school during a circle time.


"I like playing with my friends, I like playing outside in the garden and Grandma Fantastic."

"I like playing in the small world with my friends."

"My teachers make me safe, and we learn about god."

"I love my friends, I like to make things in the creative area."

"I like to do colouring."

"I like playing with the cars and the new animals and dinosaurs. I like singing and stories too."

"I do lots of learning and playing, I like phonics because I do lots of sounds and I love playing with my friends."

Values Ambassadors

Values are very important to our learning at Roxton. We focus on each for a term, over the course of our 2 year rolling programme, our school values are; 

  • Aspiration and perseverance 
  • Responsibility
  • Community - Summer term 2024
  • Love and Friendship
  • Respect
  • Belief 

We believe this helps the children understand the true meaning of each of them, we award regular value awards as part of our weekly celebration assembly to reward the children displaying them.


Our Values Ambassadors are children who display these qualities all the time. 


Summer term 2 Learning in Fir


Main Topic

Big Wide World

In the Big Wide World project, the children will find out about the world in which they live. They will learn about different climates and explore habitats, including their flora and fauna. They will locate the United Kingdom on a world map and compare life in the United Kingdom with life elsewhere. They will also learn about caring for their environment, both locally and beyond.



Mini Project


In the Splash mini project, the children will explore water play and learn about the different forms and bodies of water. They will learn about freezing and melting and make ice lollies. They will investigate objects that float or sink and explore capacity.




Books we will read this term

We read books all the time in Fir class, here are some of the books we are reading as part of our Topic, On the Beach