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Welcome to Ash Class (Reception)

In Ash Class you will find:

Mrs Leatherbarrow (EYFS Leader / Class Teacher)

Mrs Jones (Teaching Assistant / Key Worker)

Mrs Clegg (Teaching Assistant / Key Worker)

        Mrs Leatherbarrow               Mrs Clegg                        Mrs Jones

What is happening in Autumn Term?

Welcome back to school after the Summer holidays! We are so excited to have you back!

Remember Tuesday 10th September - Friday 13th September the children are to be collected after lunch at 12:30 from the main school office. 

All children are in full days from the week beginning Monday 16th September. 

This is our first full term in Ash Class and it is our DISCOVER term. We will have several projects to learn about ourselves, our families, our class, people who help us and how we can help other people.

Our key question will be:

"What makes me amazing?"

For more details please see our Project Letter.

This half term's Talk For Writing - Goldilocks and the Three Bears

This term our first Talk for Writing story will be "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". This story allows us to talk about our families, what types of homes we live in and what rules we should follow. 

Image result for goldilocks and the three bearsLook out for us bringing home our own version of this story, complete with Talk for Writing actions, for you to help us practise!

Parent Noticeboard

We have a Parent Noticeboard displayed in the window of our classroom near the door where you will collect your child at hometime.

Our PE day is: Thursday (*PE kits need to be left in school and each item needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name)

Share Bears need to be returned to school on: Monday

Share Bears will be given out on: Thursday

We change Maths bags on: Monday

Our Library day is: Friday

We change Reading Books on: Friday (*Books need to be in school every day so we can read with your child)


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.

Share Bear's are sent home with one child from each Key Worker group on a Thursday who has shown a positive attitude to learning that week and followed 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

Please take them with you as you enjoy your weekend and then write, draw or stick photographs on the sheet in the bag about your time together.

Share Bears need to be brough back to school on Monday morning so that we can share them in Key Worker time. 

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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