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Welcome to Ash Class (Reception)

In Ash Class you will find

Mrs Leffler (Class Teacher/ Key worker)

Mrs Leatherbarrow (Early Years Leader/Key Worker)

Mrs Andrews (Early Years Apprentice)

Mrs Jones (Teaching/ Key Worker)

Mrs LMrs J(1)

What is happening in SummerTerm?

Welcome to our third and final term in Ash Class!

We can not believe it is our final term in Ash Class. This term will be all about getting you ready for year 1, whilst continuing to have lots of fun both inside and outside the classroom. 

This terms projects will be an Arts focus, looking at music, art and dance. We will have several mini projects to learn about including rainbows, plants, minibeasts and the weather . 

Our key questions will be:

"What makes the world a beautiful place? "

For more details please see our Project Letter.

We will be reading lots of fiction and non-fiction books about animals, minibeasts and the weather, including 

'Percy and The Park Keeper'

'The Bad Tempered Ladybird' 

'Bugs in a Blanket' 

Our first Talk for Writing story we will be looking at is called  The Hedgehog and her Hoglet. It is a story about a hedgehog who has lost colour. She travels around our beautiful surroundings to help find her colour again. 

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 all about Hedgehogs. 


Hedgehog SongT4W text


Your child’s books, individual or sharing, will be changed every Friday. 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.  

We are now setting weekly homework challenges in Ash Class. These will consist of a phonics, writing and maths task to complete. Homework is given out on a Friday and we expect all homework to be completed and brought back to school on the Monday. Certifcates will be handed out for those children who complete their homework.  

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 20/30/40!

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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