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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

What is happening in Autumn Term?

Welcome back to school after the Summer holidays! We are so excited to have you back!

This is our first full term in Ash Class and our projects will be History focused with our key question being "What makes me amazing?"

We will have some key books to help focus our learning, these will be Goldilocks, The 3 Little Pigs, Not Now Bernard and the Kindness Elves as we move closer to Christmas. 

Please see the attached project letter so you can see how you can get involved with your child's learning. 

This half-term's Talk For Writing - Goldilocks

Here is our version of Goldilocks that we have created using our Talk for Writing strategies: actions, story maps and lots of playing with the story! All of the children brought a copy of this home on Friday 21st September. 

Watch the video of Mrs Leatherbarrow so that you can join in with the actions!


Parent Noticeboard

We will have a Parent Noticeboard displayed in the window of our classroom near the door where you will collect your child at hometime. If you would like copies of any of the leaflets or letters off the board please let a member of staff know. 

This half-term we will gradually build up our timetable so that the children can get used to the different expectations in Reception and we will have all aspects of our timetable in place by the October holiday. 

Our PE day is: Monday (*PE kits need to be left in school and each item needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name)

Share Bears need to be returned to school on: Monday

Share Bears will be given out on: Friday

We change Maths bags on: Monday

Our Library day is: Wednesday

We change Reading Books on: Friday (*Books need to be in school every day so we can read with your child)


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.

Maths homework bags will be changed on a Monday. If you want to keep the bag for another week you are more than welcome to return it 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!

Share Bear's are sent home with one child from each Key Worker group on a Thursday who has shown a positive attitude to learning that week and followed 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

Please take them with you as you enjoy your weekend and then write, draw or stick photographs in this book about your time together.

Share Bears need to be brough back to school on Monday morning so that we can share them in Key Worker time on a Monday afternoon. 

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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