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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 R Leatherbarrow - D.S.L & EYFS Leader(3)
Mrs M Leffler - Teacher(1)

What is happening in Summer Term?

Welcome back to school after the Easter holidays! We hope you had a fun filled time with your family and didn’t eat too much chocolate!

This term’s project will have an arts focus. We will have several mini projects to learn about including rainbows, minibeasts, flowers and plants and other areas from the children’s interests.

Our key questions will be

"What Makes The World A Beautiful Place?"

We will have some key books to help focus our learning, these will be The Hedgehog and Her Hogletand Bugs in a Blanket. The children will learn these stories through the Talk for Writing approach where we use drama, actions, story maps and visual prompts to help us. We wull also be exploring the nautural world such the flowers, plants, rainbows and the different seasons. 

For more details please see our Project Letter.

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

'Percy and The Parkkeeper '

Our first Talk for Writing story this term will be The Hedgehog and Her Hoglet. 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!

Find out some cool facts about hedgehogs by visiting some of the following websites: 






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 on either a Thursday or Friday, 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 continue to recieve thier 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. Homework is given out on Friday and should be returned to school on Monday.  This term the children will be given thier new Maths Passports these need to be practised daily. These mental maths skills will help your child develop fluency with maths and prepare them for more complex maths problems in their learning.

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.

Our Summer Term key learning

In the Summer term, our main Literacy work will be applying all of our phonics knowledge to independently write labels, captions and simple sentences on a range of topics. We will be writing stories as well as non-fiction texts such as animal fact files.

We will be continuing with Guided Reading where we read short ditty books and answer comprehension questions from them. This helps to prepare us for when we get into year 1 where we complete Guided Reading tasks on a daily basis.

This term our Maths work will move on to using and applying our number knowledge to learning number bonds, addition and subtraction. We will also extend our knowledge by learning numbers beyond 10 and doubling to 20. Try some of these fun interactive games to help the children with thier number fluency 




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