Welcome to Reception

Rabbit Class is taught by Miss Luxford and is supported by Miss Maybury.

Squirrel Class is taught by Mrs Spencer and is supported by Mrs Faghihi.

Hedgehog Class is taught by Mrs Cookman (Mon-Weds pm) and Mrs Atkinson (Weds am-Fri), and is supported by Mrs Holt. 


There is also additional information for parents at the bottom of this page.

AUTUMN TERM 1: Where are the  bears?  The Principle of Geometry 

Well, what a week it has been! This week has been the final week of our learning enquiry 'Where are the bears?' and we have had SO much fun! 

We started the week off with a visit from children from Year 3 who learnt how to be bee keepers last year! They told us all about the bees and how they made the honey. Thank you to the children for speaking so clearly and articulately to our reception children!

Rabbit Class made their 3 bears porridge on Monday and Miss Luxford was pleased to see every single child try it - with most polishing off their entire bowl! The children weighed out the ingredients and stirred them on the hob (and they even washed up after themselves!). 



Thursday was equally exciting as the children brought in their teddy bears ready for a teddy bear sleepover. Little did they know that when they tucked them in before home time, that the bears would soon be getting up to mischief in the classrooms and all around the school! The children were very excited to check the 'footage' from the 'security cameras' the next day and squealed with excitement when they found out what their bears had been up to. 

After a successful sleepover, we have rounded the week off with our Teddy Bear Picnic, including honey sandwiches (made by the children themselves), teddy bear crisps, bear hats, and lots of bear themed games. It has been a fantastic week of learning and we can't wait to see what our next enquiry has in stall! 

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We are two weeks into our new forest school program and it has been a great success so far (and the weather has been kind!). We have been on bear hunts, built new chairs for baby bear, built houses with beds in for Mr Bear in Peace At Last, and listened to the sounds around us! Take a look below. Thanks to our parent volunteers who help make these sessions happen! 

On Friday the children in reception learnt about Remembrance Day in an age appropriate way and showed their respect by partaking in a 2 minute silence at 11am. All classes created some poppy inspired art. Here is Hedgehog Class' poppy exhibition. 

We began our learning enquiry by going on a bear hunt within our school environment. Those cheeky bears were hiding all over the place! 

Enjoying the winter sunshine in our outdoor learning area. 

AUTUMN TERM 1:  What makes me special? The Principle of Diversity



We have been learning about harvesting food during autumn. Look at our carrots that show our harmony principle of diversity. They come in all shapes and sizes....just like us!






Special Boxes

The children have amazed us this week with their confidence in presenting their boxes of items that show what makes them special. Well done everyone!

Conker Rolling!

We had great fun having conker races!


We have had a great first few weeks in Reception and are really settling into the routines of the school day. We've loved going on tours around the school, getting to know all of the staff, and most importantly making new friends among the 90 of us!

Take a look at some of the things we've been up to!

We have started our Learning Enquiry for this half term and are finding out about all the things that make us special.  Have a look at our enquiry web to discover more about our learning.

What makes me special? Year R - Autumn 1




Information for parents

Suggested books for Reception

Progression in Calculations

Welcome to Reception Meeting- Thursday 19th October 2017 

Click on the above link to see a PowerPoint for progression of maths skills at Ashley school. These will be useful so that you are able to understand the methods your child uses, which may be different to the methods you use, so that you can best support them. Please ask your child which method they use as it will differ for each child. The key is that they are comfortable and secure in the method they use.