The Street, Elmsett, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 6PA

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Welcome to

Elmsett C of E Primary School

Hedgehogs Class - Reception

We aim to give the children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for future progress throughout the school and life.

Planning Documents

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Ship Ahoy!

The children have embraced their topic Ship Ahoy, they have made a fantastic pirate ship in our outdoor area and have even found treasure. To celebrate life on the open seas we had a Pirate Day and invited parents to enjoy a Pirate themed Forest School during the afternoon.

Our Curiosity Cube

We returned to school after Christmas to find a spotty purple egg in our cube. 
We had lots of questions....Where did it come from? What will hatch out from the egg? Later that morning, we found a letter in a book we were reading 'I want a pet', asking us to look after the egg for a few weeks.  We thought about how to care for the egg, making signs to remind us and visitors to our class. 
After many weeks, we came into school to find it had hatched. We must let the owner know, so we wrote letters and posted them in our local post box.

Cooking Spring Term

The children have enjoyed creating many delicious and cute animal inspired things to eat. From prickly chocolate hedgehogs to cheesy worms. Chopping, mixing and rolling skills have improved considerably over this half term. 


We love jumping in puddles!


Lunar New Year

We celebrated the Year of the Tiger by making Chinese lanterns, eating noodles and shredded vegetables for snack, and made our own lions to perform our dances. It was a memorable day. 



Bee Keeping

Miss Simmons, our TA talked to Hedgehogs and Otters Class about her hobby of Bee Keeping.  She showed the children how bees are kept and where they take the pollen they have collected.  She brought in the clothes she wears and the equipment she uses to make the bees sleepy while she collects the honey.

The children had the chance to try some honey, which they enjoyed.  They also wrote about what they had learnt about Bees.


We walked to the Methodist Church with Otters to see the wonderful display outside. We looked at the photo sheets explaining how several dogs were heroes during the war.

We also painted or collaged poppies, remembering the people who have given their lives for their country in war.

Plant to Plate

The children picked  the rhubarb grown at the allotment to bring back to school to make Rhubarb Cobbler and Crumble.  They were brilliant at making a bridge and they worked in pairs with one child being the safety officer ensuring their partners fingers weren't too close to the blade! 

Bird Watching

The children enjoyed taking part in the RSPB Birdwatch

They saw robins, blue tits, magpies, jackdaws, sparrows and blackbirds in the wildlife area and playground.  They ticked off the birds they saw on their checklists provided by the RSPB

Nativity 2021

The show must go on, and it certainly did!  We performed, The Sleepy Sheperd with an exceptionally small cast due to illness. We all adjusted brilliantly to our multiple roles and shone brightly on the stage. Our grown-ups were super proud!


Hedgehogs have made Christmas Cakes with Mrs Seeley. They then enjoyed decorating them ready to take home for Christmas.

Hedgehogs Class 2021

Hedgehogs Class  have settled in well at Elmsett School 

Cooking - September 2021 

This half term we have been busy baking delicious star and moon biscuits, moon rocks and pumpkin muffins and sausage rolls with Mrs Seely. We are now experts at cracking eggs.  

Hedgehogs Class  dressed in yellow to support the Children's Appeal at Ipswich Hospital.  Elmsett School raised £65 in support of this charity.

Road to Tokyo - Olympic Sports Day

All the children had an amazing time trying archery, Kombat, rowing, handball and volleyball. Archery was their favourite activity.

School Allotment 
In May, we walked through the beautiful buttercups to explore our school allotment. We were busy weeding and planting our seedlings; radishes, tomatoes and lettuces which we grew from seeds in our outdoor garden area. There was an abundance of rhubarb growing, which we happily picked and took home that day. We found feathers and eggshells, some children used their maths learning, by doubling the number of spots of one side of the many ladybirds found.  Everyone loved exploring the willow maze. Huge thanks to Mrs Newman, for helping us explore the wonderful world around us.

May 2021

The Children have been busy planting sunflowers, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries and raddish in their activity area.

Nativity December 2020

This year we moved our Nativity outside. Mrs Hooper kindly videoed our performance of 'Our First Nativity', which was then shared with the parents. All children performed brilliantly and looked amazing too.  

Buckle’s Wood

On a sunny Autumn day in September, with high levels of energy and fascination we explored Buckle’s Wood. Ready with our magnifiers we used our senses to explore the world around us.

Children in Need 2020 

On Friday 13th November, we made a donation to wear spots and moved a long to a Joe Wicks workout. 

Children in Need 2020   On Friday 13th November, we made a donation to wear spots and moved a long to a Joe Wicks workout.
Children in Need 2020 On Friday 13th November, we made a donation to wear spots and moved a long to a Joe Wicks workout.

Starting School

At Elmsett CEVCP School, children begin school full time, from the September following their fourth birthday. Prior to starting school, we offer a programme of taster sessions in school as well as visiting your child in their pre-school setting.

Visiting the School

You do not need to visit the school prior to making an application, but we welcome visits from prospective parents who wish to do so.

We can supply you with a copy of our Prospectus (also downloadable from this site) and a copy of the Suffolk County Council “Admissions to Schools in Suffolk.”

Daily Routine (9.00am – 3.20pm)

Children begin arriving at 8.50am. Each morning begins with a phonics session followed by a short physical activity. The children then enjoy a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities which take place both indoors and outdoors, before having snack time. When they are developmentally ready, they join the rest of the school for assembly.   Lunchtime is from 12.05pm – 1.15pm. During this time, the midday supervisors look after the children. The afternoon session is from 1.15pm – 3.20pm.

In Hedgehogs we follow an EYFS curriculum where the children learn skills and acquire new knowledge and understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. The EYFS curriculum focuses on the three prime areas of learning most essential for children’s readiness for future learning and healthy development. The four specific areas of learning build upon the prime areas.

Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

During their first school year, photographs, observations and assessments of each child’s development in all areas of learning, are carefully collated on the online learning journal ‘Tapestry’.  Parents have open access to their child’s journal and have the opportunity to comment on each observation and to submit their own observations of their child so together we can celebrate their achievement at home as well as school.

Observation, assessment and planning

Good planning is the key to making children’s learning effective, exciting, varied and progressive. Effective learning builds on and extends what children know and can already do. Planning at Elmsett demonstrates that the principles of EYFS are put into practice and is always informed by observations made of the children, in order to understand and consider their current interests, development and learning needs. All staff who work in the Foundation Stage are involved in this process. The planning within the EYFS incorporates the children’s interests. These plans are used as a guide for weekly planning, however, they may be altered in response to the needs of the children. Regular assessments of children’s learning are used to ensure future planning reflects identified needs. Assessment in the EYFS takes the form of long, short and recorded observations which are used to inform the profile kept on each child, this is shared with parents. At the end of Reception a written report is made for each child and sent home to parents. Progress is discussed regularly on an informal basis as well as two parent consultations a year.

Welfare Requirements

Schools, which admit children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, are required to conform to certain welfare requirements, previously known as the Day Care Standards. The following information details ways in which we, at Elmsett CEVCP School, have taken on board all statutory welfare requirements. Parents can therefore feel reassured that their child is well looked after as well as well educated at our school.

Child Protection

All practitioners have received training in and have an up-to-date understanding of safeguarding issues and are able to implement the Child Protection Policy and procedures appropriately. Our policy is in line with local guidance and procedures. Staff can respond appropriately to: Significant changes in children’s behaviour Deterioration in their general well-being Unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse Neglect Any comments children make which give cause for concern. [See Child Protection Policy]

Staffing, Including Safe Recruitment and Appropriate Qualifications, Training, Skills and Knowledge

All staff and regular volunteers who help in the classroom have had an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure [DBS] check, which includes a Protection of Children Act List / List 99 check. We keep a Single Central Record of all checks. When recruiting new members of staff, decisions are made using evidence from references, full employment history, qualifications, interviews and identity checks. All applicants for vacancies are expected to declare all convictions and / or cautions, as well as court orders which may disqualify them from working with children or may affect their suitability to do so.
All members of staff are aware of the need to maintain confidentiality.
Staff members are never under the influence of alcohol or any other substance which may affect their ability to care for children. There is no smoking anywhere in the school building or its grounds. Children are therefore always in a smoke-free environment.
All members of staff are appropriately qualified. All teachers are graduates with qualified teacher status.  Teaching assistants have attended child protection and first aid training and are encouraged to attend other training when appropriate. Induction training for new members of staff includes training in e.g. health and safety, equal opportunities and evacuation procedures. We have a programme of Performance Management for all members of staff.

Ratio of Adults to Children

The legal requirement for Early Years children in schools is 1 teacher to 30 children. In addition to adhering to this ratio, we also benefit from the help of teaching assistants and volunteers. These ratios are adhered to during breaks, during the time allocated to teachers for planning, preparation and assessment, on educational visits and in the case of staff absence.


Admittance during school hours can be gained through the office, all other doors are kept locked.
Visitors are required to report to the office where they sign a visitors’ book and are asked to produce ID where appropriate.

Health and Safety

We take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of all children, members of staff and visitors. 
A health and safety policy is in place and is up in the staff room for all members of staff to see. It includes procedures for identifying, reporting and dealing with hazards, accidents and faulty equipment. 
We have an annual fire risk assessment and have a clearly defined procedure for the emergency evacuation of the premises. We have appropriate fire detection and control equipment, all of which is regularly checked. All members of staff understand their roles in the event of fire. Fire exits are clearly identifiable, free from obstructions and easily opened from the inside. Evacuation drills are carried out termly and are recorded in a log book.
Staff have had training in general health and safety, fire safety, first aid and paediatric first aid.
Under certain circumstances, we can administer medicine during the school day.
We will notify our Local Authority in the unlikely event of any serious accident or injury to a child.
Children who are suffering from an infectious illness should remain at home in order to safeguard the health of other children.
[See relevant policies, e.g. Health and Safety, Collecting Children, Missing Child and Medicine Policies and Risk Assessments. Risk assessments refer to a wide range of school activities, e.g. educational visits, the keeping of pets and the conducting of certain curricular activities].

Behaviour Management

See our Positive Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy.

Educational Visits

These are planned carefully, with health and safety in mind. 

Recording Keeping

At the beginning of an academic year, we request the following information: Full name Date of birth Gender Ethnicity Religion, if any Name and address of each parent / carer Information regarding who has legal contact with the child and who has parental responsibility if these are different Which of these adults the child normally lives with Emergency contact details of these parents and carers and of any other individuals who may collect the child from school in an emergency Any dietary requirements or allergies Any special health requirements. The above information is securely held in the school office. If parents wish to look at personal files on their children, a written request must be made to the Headteacher. The school takes into account data protection rules when disclosing records that refer to third parties. Where requested, comments from parents are incorporated into children’s records.

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to working with parents and other agencies to meet the needs of all our children.

Homework Information for Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs will receive weekly homework in a ‘Learning at Home Book’, which will begin after the October half term break. This homework will be either mathematically, phonically or topic based and will be relevant to the learning they have covered in the week. Homework will be sent home on a Friday and can be returned any time before the following Friday. In Reception homework is optional although the children do enjoy showing you what they can do and its completion is beneficial to their learning.

Children will bring home their first reading books as soon as they are confidently blending their letter sounds together, when they have reading books please read with them every day, books will be changed twice a week on a Monday and Friday. In the meantime, please continue to read to your children.