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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 Greaves (Teaching Assisstant/Key Worker)

Mrs L

What is happening in AutumnTerm?

Welcome to  your first term in Ash Class!

We are super excited to start our new school year and have lots of fun and exciting things planned for you. This term we will be exploring the new routines  

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

Our key questions will be

"What Makes Me Amazing?"

As part of our project we will be looking at our immediate families, school life and thinking about what make us different to our friends. We will also be thinking about people within our communities, as well as people who help us. 

For more details please see our Project Letter.

We will be reading a range of Traditional Tales, including ; 

'The Three Little Pigs'

'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' 

'The Gingerbread Man' 

Our first Talk for Writing story we will be looking at will be Goldilocks and The Three Bears. As part of this story we will be exploring the characters, settings and events, as well as looking at how 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 Goldilock's visit to the Three Bears House: 




Reading Books 

Your child will be recieving a new reading book and reading record very soon. 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. Your child will so be taking home a sharer book. This is a book for you to share with your child (maybe at bedtime). We change reading books once a week, however your child's book needs to be in everyday. 

Reading Rockets 

The children will also be taking home Reading Rockets. These will be words that the children have to learn by sight. All children will begin on Rocket 1 and will progress up the rockets once they can confidently read and write all the words on each rocket.

Maths Passport 

The children will also be working on their Maths Passport . These will help the children to develop number fluency. Children should work on their maths passports at home and these will be worked on in school on a weekly basis

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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