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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 Probulis (Teaching Assisstant/ Key Worker)

Mrs L

What is happening in SpringTerm?

Welcome back to Ash Class. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year ! 

We are now in a second term in Ash Class and we will soon be celebrating 100 days in Ash Class! We have learnt so much already in that 100 days and are going to be learning so much more in the 100 that are to come!  

Our project this term will be Geography and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) focused. We will have several mini projects to learn about including other countries and cultures, animals and other areas from the children’s interests.

Our key questions will be

"How has our natual world changed?"

As part of our project we will be exploring the prehistoric world of the Dinosaurs, looking at where they lived, thier landscapes and finding out lots of fun and excitng facts about these amazing animals! We will also be exploring some different countries which make up the world in which we live, and inpartciular the country linked to our Talk for Writing text; Africa. We will be exploring some similarities and differences between Africa and the UK, including weather, food and animals native to these countries. 

For more details please see our Project Letter.

We will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts such as; 

'Lets talk about Dinosaurs '

'Harry and the Bucket full of Dinosaurs' 

'Dinosaurs Love Underpants' 

Our first Talk for Writing story this term will be Cave Baby. As part of this story we will be exploring the characters, settings and events, as well as looking at some of the story lanauge and vocabulary. 

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 Cave Baby: 


Cave Baby(1)


Reading Books 

Your child will continue to recieve a new reading book every week. Please make sure that you hear your child read at least 3 times a week and complete the reading record with any comments about your child's reading. We change reading books once a week, however your child's book needs to be in everyday. 

Reading Rockets 

The children also continue to take home Reading Rockets. These are words that the children have to learn by sight. The children will progress up the rockets  once they can confidently read and write all the words on each rocket. There are Ten rockets to get. Can you get them all !

Phonics/Maths Homework

The children will be recieving new homework books this half term. These will help the children to apply thier phonics learning at home but using the sounds they have learnt to write words and simple sentences. The matsh homework will help develop their number fluency. Homework is given out on Friday and should be returned to school on Monday. 

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). They will sometimes bring some phonics homework home where they can practice writing the sound they have been learning. 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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