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Welcome to Ash Class (Reception)

In Ash Class you will find:

Miss Cummings (EYFS Leader / Class Teacher)

Miss Smith (Teaching Assistant / Key Worker)

Mrs Clegg (Teaching Assistant / Key Worker)

        Miss Cummings                    Mrs Clegg                            Miss Smith

What is happening in Autumn 1?

The children have come back from their Summer holidays ready and raring to go! They have settled into the routine of Reception brilliantly and we could not be prouder of them!

This half term we are starting our "Me, You and Everyone" topic by talking about what we can do and what we like whilst our teachers get to know us. 

We are learning about our new environment and how we can keep ourselves safe while we are in Reception. Through circle time activities and time with our Key Worker, we are exploring the new areas and resources and learning how to use them properly and safely. We are making sure that we are aware of things we can do to keep ourselves safe such as walk inside, watch where we are going, listen to and follow instructions and hold equipment properly.

Daily Phonics

We are taught phonics through the “Read Write Inc” structured programme of teaching. Children are taught in 15-20 minute sessions each day, through games, actions and use of flashcards and magnetic letters, learning how to say the sound (phoneme) for each letter (grapheme) and groups of letters like sh, ch, igh (digraphs and trigraphs). They learn to hear and say the sounds in words like c-a-t by pulling them apart (segmenting) and putting them back together (blending). These vital skills help them to read words that are phonetically spelt but some words, that cannot be easily decoded, are learnt as ‘tricky words’ such as ‘come’ and ‘the’. These skills are then applied to learning to spell and to write sentences.


Your child’s books, individual or sharing, will be changed at least once a week. If your child does not have their book bag in school or is absent on book change day we will try our best to change this on another day however, it may roll over to the next week.

Reception’s books are changed on:   Thursday or Friday

Maths homework bags will be changed when you and your child are ready for a new game. Please make sure that all parts of the bag (book, game, activity) come back to school to allow the next child and family to enjoy it fully. Thank you!


You will be asked to fill in the green Reading Champion book each time you hear your child read at home or you share their sharing book. For every 10 occasions your child reads at home, and this is recorded in their reading champion’s book, they will receive a certificate and a special mention in the school newsletter.

Please be honest with your comments, if your child had problems with certain words or found the book very difficult, please say so. Perhaps they have mastered the vocabulary but still cannot tell you what the story is about.  Do not be afraid to leave a message to ask us to send home the same book again; this is not a race and moving on too quickly may result in difficulties at a later stage. In the very early stages, it is fine to simply tell your child an unknown word and explain what it means. Do not let your child struggle with trying to sound out words that are not phonetically decodable, for example ‘tricky words’ such as ‘come’ and ‘who’ which cannot be sounded out as c-o-m-e and w-h-o.


Thank you to the 20 parents and carers who came to join us on Friday 22nd September in Ash Class to choose your child's first reading books and learn what to do to help your child at home. 

Happy reading everybody!

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