Reception - The Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage charts the development of children from birth until the end of the year in which they are five. It is built on the principle that all children are unique and that their learning and development is brought about by forming positive relationships with others, both adults and peers and by exploring concepts and the world in which they live, in an enabling environment- that is one which offers a wide range of stimulating opportunities to help them to make sense of their world. The Reception year provides the culmination of the Foundation Stage. At Elmlea we believe we offer an exciting, inspiring curriculum to engage our pupils and give them an introduction to the experiences and skills that they need to develop for life-long learning. We work towards achieving learning outcomes in seven areas of learning and development.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

We deliver this curriculum through purposeful play inside and out and a variety of enjoyable, challenging activities, both adult-led and child initiated.


Our Reception Classes – Willow, Maple, and Oak

At Elmlea we have three Reception classes, each with a teacher and full time Learning Support Assistant (or two part time assistants). Additional support staff work with each class between 11am and 1.30 pm. The three classes share their own self- contained outdoor play area, which includes a grassy area with large climbing equipment. Before your child starts school, they will have the opportunity to visit the classroom and spend time with their teacher, having a story or short play session. Links will be made with their preschool setting to ensure a smooth transition. We believe it is in the interests of all our children to have time to settle into a new situation with a reduced number of their peers initially and so we operate a staggered entry system where children attend part time for the first two weeks of September.

All our new starter information is available on the Parents / Reception 2020/21 of the website. 

Years 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1)

Year 1: Classes 1SH, 1C and 1F
Year 2: Classes 2V, 2M and 2SA

In Year 1 and Year 2 there are three classes and three teachers. Each class operates independently - as in Reception - and the class teacher organises the teaching for their own class.

Teachers plan in year groups and identify the skills to be learned through recorded and practical activities. Through on-going assessment, each teacher can plan the next step of learning.

The work covered in all classes in the year group is the same but may be presented to the children in different ways by the class teacher.

In each year group we are committed to “Take Time to be a Child.

Each topic is fun, challenging, and relevant to the children’s interests and experiences. Each topic begins with a WOW moment to inspire the children. Through topic-based work, children are stimulated and their knowledge beyond the classroom is extended. Our topics involve Bristol, Dinosaurs, The Great Fire of London, and Castles!

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Provision and Inclusion at Elmlea

‘Everybody Matters Everyday’

Elmlea Infants’ School is an educationally inclusive school, welcoming all children and adults. We recognise individual gifts, talents and differences, celebrate all cultures and religions and value everyone’s opinion.


Organisation of the School Day

The school day begins at 8.50am with registration at 9am.

During our staggered entry period for our Reception children at the beginning of each academic year, children attending morning sessions should arrive at 8.50am for registration at 9.00am, with children attending afternoon sessions to arrive at 1.05pm for registration at 1.15pm.

We encourage children to:

  • Hang up their coat
  • Self register
  • Put their reading book into the box to be changed if they have read it
  • Put their book bag in their drawer


Lunchtime Arrangements

At Elmlea Infants’ School children can choose to eat either a school dinner or a packed lunch. Children will need to choose to have a school dinner or a packed lunch on a termly basis and it will not be possible to change from one week to the next. (For new reception children – Term 1 and 2 is done on a weekly basis)

As you may be aware, school meals are now free to all infant aged children.

If your child is having a school meal, they will have the option to choose between a hot meal or a salad meal. Children can swap between these two options through the first week but must then remain with these choices weekly through for the term.

Nut Allergies

We are a nut free school due to a number of children who suffer from nut allergies. Packed lunches should not contain nuts or nut products, such as peanut butter, Nutella, some cereal bars etc.


Eligibility for Free School Meals


At Elmlea Infant School your child will be offered an infant free school meal that all children in England are eligible to receive in Reception, Year 1 and 2.  If you think your child may be eligible for ongoing free school meals please check the information provided by Bristol City Council as by registering for free schools meals school funding in affected and your child may also be eligible to receive pupil premium funding.  Link to Bristol City Council information on eligibility for Pupil Premium and Free School Meals in Bristol.

Every child registered for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium generates valuable income for the school. If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child at Elmlea Infant or Elmlea Junior School, please speak to Lorraine Wright, Executive Headteacher.



School uniform projects a smart image, children representing the school at events and on school trips are expected to wear school uniform.

Boys and Girls

Pale blue polo shirt *

Royal Blue sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan *

Grey trousers or shorts

Grey skirt, pinafore or trousers          

Blue and white check summer dress


Plain white or grey socks (long or short). Grey tights for girls.

Sensible school shoes (black or navy) – no laces please

Sensible sandals (black, navy, brown or white)

Please note:  For safety reasons shoes with high heels or platform soles should not be worn. 

Jeans, cords and trainers are NOT acceptable school wear.

*Uniform with the school logo is available from:
The Famous Branches School Wear Specialists, 190 Henleaze Road, Bristol BS9 4NE.

Tel 0117 9620011

Order online :


PE – Infant School boys and girls

Royal blue PE Shorts (available from the school uniform supplier)

Black slip-on plimsolls (Velcro please!)

The pale blue polo shirt is worn as part of the everyday uniform AND for P.E.  Hopefully this eliminates the need for lengthy changing times involving shirt/blouse buttons. 

P.E. Kitbags containing slip-on plimsolls and royal blue shorts are kept on your child’s cloakroom peg.  Kitbags will be sent home at the end of each term to allow for washing and checking that plimsolls still fit!  Please check plimsolls regularly.  

Remember, children will be undressing and dressing themselves, so make fastenings as easy as possible to manage.


Other Items

Reading Book Bag (available with school logo from the school uniform supplier)

Drawstring PE Kit Bag (available with school logo from the school uniform supplier)

All children require a P.E. kit bag large enough to hold their clothes, shoes and painting overall

For art and craft – A long sleeved painting overall.  This item is essential – children use it every day

A named water bottle



Optional items

Royal Blue fleece jacket * (available from the school uniform supplier).

Waterproof fleece jacket and windcheater in a bag, sun hat, winter hat and mittens All items of clothing and bags must be clearly marked with your child’s name.  Unnamed lost property is displayed at the end of each term and unclaimed items are donated to charity shops. 


Cloakroom space is very limited.  We ask that children do not bring back-packs or holdalls to school.  The reading book bag is sufficient for carrying daily book needs to school and is stored in the children’s drawers. 


For safety reasons we ask parents to check that jewellery is not worn to school.  Even studs in pierced ears are considered hazardous and may exclude your child from participating in P.E. lessons.

Children with long hair should keep a ponytail tie-back or a supply of rubber bands in their P.E. kitbag. Long hair must be tied back for P.E./Games lessons.

N.B.  During the summer months, when girls are wearing summer dresses, they will need to keep a pale blue polo shirt in their kitbags for P.E. lessons.

Children who wear glasses must have a special safety sports strap in the P.E. bag to be worn for all physical activities.


School Clubs and Activities



ELASC Breakfast and After School Club

ELASC Contact details: Lizzy Fehily Mob:07870 366315 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Breakfast Club

A morning Breakfast Club run by ELASC and is held in the Elmlea Infant School building every term time day from 8am to 8.50am.  The club is run in accordance with the National Childcare Standards as laid down by the Government.  ELASC is  registered with and inspected by Ofsted.  It holds membership with local organisations such as BAND who monitor and support such provisions.  One session includes breakfast with a choice of items such as cereal, toast, yoghurts and a drink.  


After-School Club

An After-School Club run by ELASC is held at the Northcote Scout Hall, Great Brockeridge, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS9 3TY and is run every term time day from 3.15-5.45pm.  Children attending the ELASC After School Club are collected by the Club Supervisors from outside their classrooms and walked to the Scout Hall. 

Please contact the ELASC Club Manager for the cost of sessions.  Childcare vouchers are accepted for both Breakfast and After School Club sessions.

Places in both the Breakfast and After School Club are limited, parents/carers are advised to make early contact with the ELASC club manager to discuss/book places.




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