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Welcome to Ash Class (Reception)

In Ash Class you will find:

Mrs Leatherbarrow (EYFS Leader / Class Teacher)

Miss Smith (Teaching Assistant / Key Worker)

Mrs Clegg (Teaching Assistant / Key Worker)

        Mrs Leatherbarrow               Mrs Clegg                        Miss Smith

Thank you for your generous donations at our Christmas Show. Together we have raised £110 for the RNLI! Amazing!

What is happening in Spring Term?

Welcome back after the Christmas holiday! We hope you all had a happy and fun filled time with family and friends!

This term we are moving on to our Geography and Science projects.

We will be becoming Little Explorers and learning about the world around us. We will learn about our local environment, weather and native animals and what we can do to protect and help them. 

Please see the attached Spring Term Project Letter and Spring Term Notices which your child brought home in the first week of back. 

100 Days In Ash Class - Our First Class Assembly

We had so much fun on Tuesday 13th February at our 100 days in Ash Class party. We are 100 days smarter!

Then we had a fantastic time sharing all of our learning at our first ever class assembly on Friday 16th February. We hope you enjoyed seeing what we have been up to! If you missed it, feel free to have a look at the PowerPoint we shared below...

Parent Workshop - Early Talk Boost

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who joined us on Monday 15th January to look at their child's work in "Tizzy Time" over the last 10 weeks. The children have really enjoyed the Early Talk Boost programme and have made lots of progress in their Communication and Language Development. We hope you enjoy playing and talking with the Tizzy the Tiger puppets you made with us at home!

We can't wait for our next group to get started!


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.


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.

Reception’s books are changed on:   Thursday or Friday

Maths homework bags will be changed when you and your child are ready for a new game. Please make sure that all parts of the bag (book, game, activity) come back to school to allow the next child and family to enjoy it fully. Thank you!


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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