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Welcome to Ash Class (Reception)

In Ash Class you will find:

Miss Downs (Class Teacher/ Key worker)

Mrs Leffler (Class Teacher/ Key worker)

Mrs Jones (Teaching Assistant / Key Worker)

Miss Downs
Mrs LMrs J(1)

What is happening in Spring Term?

Welcome to our second term in Ash Class!

It has been an odd start to our spring term, with lots of Ash Class learning from home. However, we are continuing to have lots of fun with our learning and the teachers are really enjoying looking at what you have been up to while learning from home. Hopefully we will be back together soon in Ash Class where we can share some of our amazing learning with our friends! 

This terms projects will be Geography and STEM focused. We will have several mini projects to learn about including Dinosaurs, African Animals and the Weather . 

Our key questions will be:

"Who is bigger than us?"

For more details please see our Project Letter.

We will be reading lots of fiction and non-fiction books about Dinosaurs including 

'There's a T-Rex in Town' 

'Dinosaur Bones'

'Tryannosaurus Drip'

Our first Talk for Writing story we will be looking at is called Cave Baby. This story is set in Pre-Historic Times where we get to meet some animals such as a Wooly Mammoth, Sabre-Tooth Tiger and a Big Brown Bear. 

Look out for us bringing home our own version of this story, complete with Talk for Writing actions, for you to help us practise!

Have a go at learning this song about Cave Baby sang by the author Julia Donaldson:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3tpHRnvX68 


cave baby


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. 

If you are learning from home please use your Oxford Owl login details to explore a range of individual and sharing books. 

As your child's Phonics knowledge grows, we will be sending phonics homwork sheets to complete at home. 

If you are learning from home, please upload your phonics learning onto your DB Primary home page. 

Please remember to continue to learn your Reading Rockets words. 

In school our children are expected to follow our school golden rules:

  1. I do as I am asked the first time
  2. I listen well
  3. I work well with others
  4. I always do the best I can

Children will be awarded PALS points in school when they follow these rules and their names will be added to our weekly newsletter once they reach 20!

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.


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.

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