Class Information

Teacher: Miss Grocutt

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Brinkworth and Mrs Evans


Class News

Children in Need

School Council have planned lots of fun activities for Children in Need. We hope you have fun taking part. You ...

Reception Curriculum Evening

Thank you to everyone who came along to our recent Reception Curriculum Evening, we hope you all found it useful ...

Rowan Class Victorian School Day Workshop

A letter from Miss Grocutt about an exciting workshop for Rowan Class ...

Year 1 – 5 visit to the Oxford Synagogue

We are delighted to be taking children in years 1-5 to the Oxford Synagogue to further our understanding. Letter to ...

Reception and Year 6 Heights and Weights

The nurse team will be visiting school on 23rd March to record height and weight information for children in Reception ...

Schools Health Team Newsletter – Term 3

Here is the latest newsletter from the Schools Health Care Team ...

NSPCC – Speak out. Stay safe.

Letter to parents - NSPCC Speak out. Stay safe. Online programme ...

Welcome to the Rowan Class page!

Rowan Class is made up of nursery and reception children. Our classroom has a calm, warm and nurturing feel. We make use of low-level lighting and natural resources. We keep the classroom neutral and let the children provide the colour, this supports a relaxed atmosphere, conducive to learning. Children receive a mix of adult led activities and play time. We come together regularly for stories, singing and rhymes. Planning is based upon the children’s needs and interests, termly topics and calendar events. Children have access to the indoor and outdoor environment throughout the day, inclduinng our mini forest area and can come and go as they please. We enjoy a morning snack togther of healthy fruit, vegetables and milk or water.


At Kirtlington C of E Primary School, we consider the Early Years Foundation Stage to be exactly that, the foundations of the children’s learning and development, the very roots of their journey through school. We build on the wealth of knowledge and skills that the children already have when they arrive. Putting the children at the heart of our curriculum enables us to follow their interests and fascinations. Through an ambitious curriculum, we challenge them to take risks in their learning, developing resilience and determination. We recognise that all children are unique and celebrate and explore differences within our school community. Our school values are embedded in every aspect of school life, including the curriculum and the learning environment. We ensure high levels of well-being by supporting children as they develop the ability to regulate their feelings. By the end of their time in the Early Years Foundation Stage, we want children to be well-rounded individuals, having acquired a wide vocabulary, effective communication skills and a secure knowledge of phonics and reading, giving them the foundations for future learning. Kirtlington children realise the importance of their local environment and have close links with the village community through the Village News and regular visits from members of the community including the church clergy. Children contribute to the nurture of their surroundings by taking part in the upkeep of the local environment.



In Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework, published in March 2021 by the Department for Education. Staff are knowledgeable about the Early Years Framework, and this is based on the learning needs of the children. Through our strong relationships and knowledge of each child we support their emotional security, literacy and the development of their character. Exciting and inspiring first-hand experiences ensure that children become motivated and curious learners. We ensure children develop a wide-ranging vocabulary and take every opportunity to explore new words through daily stories, songs, poems and discussion. Children take part in group reading sessions throughout the week and grow to develop a love of reading. Opportunities for reading and writing are available inside and out. Through indoor and outdoor continuous provision, (the provision that children can access without the need for an adult) children are free to explore and investigate independently. Enhancements are added to the areas of provision based on the children’s next steps, their interests, or our current topic, to inspire children to initiate their own learning and challenge themselves. Adults will join the children in their independent learning to support, question and further the learning. Children receive regular adult directed Phonics, English and Maths teaching and are challenged and supported accordingly. Children are taught about the importance of keeping healthy and are encouraged to take managed risks.


The impact of our curriculum is evident through the curious, kind-hearted, and thoughtful children that leave the class. They show genuine enthusiasm and interest in their learning, spending long periods engaged in both their independent learning and when working with an adult. Children build positive relationships with both their peers and adults, listening and responding positively to one another. Children take pride in their work and enjoy seeing it displayed/taking it home/receiving certificates. They demonstrate good emotional literacy and begin to manage their feelings and behaviour. Their vocabulary reflects the breadth of their learning, children talk about their experiences and knowledge they acquired, and they use new vocabulary in their dialogue. They can link their prior learning to their current learning giving them the roots to their primary education. Children demonstrate their phonics knowledge when reading books and print in the environment and show their comprehension skills when discussing a book. Children have the confidence and personal, social and emotional skills to move on to the next stage in their education. They demonstrate an ability to listen carefully and join in, with enthusiasm.


Information for Parents and Carers


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