Welcome to Reception

Rabbit Class is taught by Miss Luxford and is supported by Mrs Woollen.

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

Hedgehog Class is taught by Mrs Cookman (Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri) and Mrs Harris (Thurs), and is supported by Mrs Holt. 


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

Summer 2 - What lives outside our classroom door?

Summer 1 - Which stories do we love and why?

Our Great Works 

Today we concluded our learning enquiry by sharing what we had learnt with a guest! Our guests then told us what their favourite story is and why! It has been such a fun half term writing stories, acting them out, twisting the tales and rhyming! Thank you to all our visitors who came to read with us!


This week Squirrel class performed in their very first class assembly! The celebrated their love of reading and their favourite stories! They dressed up as their favourite book characters and sung some fun and catchy story songs! Well done Squirrel Class!

Week 4 - This week has been all about The Elves and the Shoemaker. When we arrived to school on Monday we discovered a little door in our classroom with a note! The Elves have been here all week so we decided to design and make some things for them to live in for their visit. We also made them some clothes! In forest school we designed little elf houses and we've even been learning how to shine our school shoes so they look smart!


This week Rabbit class WOWED Ashley School in their first ever class assembly. The children shared what they had learnt about rhyming books and told the story of Charlie Cook and his Favourite Book! We are sure you will agree that the children spoke and sang with such confidence! Thank you to all the parents and carers who organised such fab costumes for our show! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Week 3 - This week has been lots of fun! We are looking at the story of The Ugly Duckling. We've been thinking about the ugly duckling's feelings and putting ourselves into his shoes. The children have been doing a lot of hot seating and the responses they have given to questions about the story have been fab! We also started the week with a trip to the river to feed the ducks. We saw lots of different birds and had a lovely time!

Week 2 - This week we have been focussing on the story of The Gingerbread Man. We have been baking real gingerbread men, designing boats for the gingerbread man to get across the river, and making bridges!

Week 1 - We have begun the Summer term thinking about our favourite stories. We brought in our favourite book and shared it with our class mates. We are also looking at rhyming books and focussing on Charlie Cook's Favourite Book!

Spring 2 - What can we learn about animals that live on the farm?

We have had the most amazing half term of learning! We had a visit from Mill Cottage Farm experience and they brought all sorts of farm animals to our school. Animals included were: hens, chicks, turkeys, alpacas, lambs, goats, rabbits, ducks and much more! We loved the visit as we got to pet all the animals and we even got to feed the lamb who was only a few weeks old!


We have also been practising our digraphs a lot this half term. Farm animal names are very useful for applying these so give the following digraphs a go at home............


oa    ee    sh    ch     oo      or      ai     

We also had an incubator delivered to school from the Living Egg company. We got to watch the eggs hatch! We made posters for the wall to make sure the cleaners didn't turn off our incubator and we wrote instructions on how to look after the chicks!

Chinese New Year! 

Today we celebrated the year of the pig! We re-enacted the story of Chinese New Year, made our own noodles, made masks, dragons, lanterns and much more! Take a look!

Traffic wardens alert!

This week we continued our enquiry of 'How do we get there?' by conducting a survey outside the school gates, to see what type of vehicles go by. We worked in pairs to complete a tally chart and added up how many of each vehicle went past, at the end. Can you guess what we saw the most of?

The Fibonacci Spiral

This half term we have been learning about patterns in nature. We have been looking closely at the Fobonacci Spiral as it can be seen in so many wonderful things in the world around us! What do you think of the Fibonacci spirals we created in forest school!


The children in reception have been totally fascinated with all of the extreme weather we've had lately. This morning they came in to discover so much ice everywhere! They were desperate to search the entire garden to find as much ice as they could. One child even discovered and entire bucket of water frozen solid and the children spent a good 20 minutes trying to work out the best way to get it out. Then the snow came! It didn't last long but we got to enjoy what was left of it!

Spring 1 - How do we get there?

For the second half of this half term we are learning all about transport. We have started this enquiry by bringing in our own vehicles to work how how they move and how they work and also how we can be safe on them! We had great fun whizzing around the playground - especially as we aren't normally allowed to bring scooters and bikes through the playground gates!

Spring 1 - Zoom to the moon! What will we see?

For the first 3 weeks of the Spring Term, Reception will be learning all about Space! We have started in week 1, with learning about travelling to the moon and we focused on the story 'Whatever Next!'. The children wrote lists of items that they would take to the moon and they also designed their own outfits. They have also loved role playing the story using old shopping crates, boxes and colanders!






We wish you a merry Christmas!

We have had a fantastic few weeks celebrating and getting ready for Christmas! It has been a fantastic first term for us all in Reception and we have learnt so much!

We performed our Christmas Show, The Sleepy Shepherd, and it was a big success! The children all spoke and sang with such confidence and the songs are going to be stuck in our heads for a long time!




Autumn 2 - Where are the bears?

We are now into our second week of our new learning enquiry and we arrived to school this morning to discover a crime scene! Someone has entered our classrooms, broken a chair and left a huge porridgey mess all over the floor. Lots of us had our suspicions but we thought it best to grab our clip boards and draw up the crime scene to investigate. We were all so excited to solve the mystery of who it was - Goldilocks! Who knew?! Some children were a little concerned that Baby Bear's chair was still broken though, so we set about making him some new ones out of all the box construction donations we have received! Check back later in the week to see what else we get up to! :)


This half term sees us experience some shorter learning enquiries. We have begun with 'Where are the bears?'. In our first week we arrived at school to discover large bear prints through the classroom. We had to investigate this - and soon discovered that our new learning enquiry was about bears. We went on a bear hunt around the field which was so much fun and we did lots of dramatic performances of the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. We made bear hats, bear paintings, and our own bear prints!

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

Learning Zones

Most of our learning in Reception happens through sustained periods of play-time. We call this time 'Learning Zones' and this is when the children can choose how and where they will learn through many open ended resources and specific planned tasks. Here is a snapshot of the fun we have had so far whilst we are learning through play!

We are gradually welcoming our 90 new children into their Reception Classes over the next two weeks and we hope that each and every one of them has a positive first experience of school, full of fun and wonder.

We will be learning so much about how to be at school and will soon begin our Learning Enquiry for this half term and will find out about all the things that make us special.  


Please take a look at out curriculum map for this half term:

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Information for parents

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.

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