Welcome to Reception

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

Squirrel Class is taught by Mrs Spencer and is supported by Mrs D Spencer & Mrs Stephenson

Hedgehog Class is taught by Miss Sykes and is supported by Mrs Holt. 


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

What can we learn about animals that live on a farm?


The chicks have started to hatch! Look how cute they are. We have to leave them in the incubator until they are fully dry. Then we will move them into the brooder box. We have been learning all about the life cycle of a chick and we have been so excited to see the chicks 'pipping' their way in to the world!


We started our new learning enquiry with an incubator arriving in our classroom! We were all so excited to witness the chicks hatching over the next three days. We have voted on names for each of the numbered eggs. We wonder which will hatch first?

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

We have been learning about the story 'Whatever Next!' and we have had SO much fun playing in cardboard boxes! We have been practising using our phonics to write lists of what we would take to the moon, just like the Bear in the story. You can see some of our lovely work on display by Mrs Harding and Mrs Hopkins office! We have also been learning to put together sentences. Tim Peake sent us some sentences to read, but they got jumbled up on the way here. We worked with a partner to put them back together again so we could work out what he said. He told us all about what he could see up in Space and we then wrote about him in our Star Challenge!

We are beginning 2020 with a trip to the moon! We are excited to learn all about the solar system and everything in it.

Autumn Term 2

Who Helps Us? 

Our second of our short enquiries this half term is Who Helps Us? We are learning about the police, the firefighters and all our other emergency services as well as many other people who help us like dentists, shop keepers, and teachers!!

We have also been learning about 2D shapes and have had to conduct many investigations to locate the 'WANTED' shapes. We have also been using magnifiers to read tiny little 'tricky words'. 

Autumn Term 2

Where are the bears? 

We finished our learning about bears this week with Teddy Bear Sleepover and a Teddy Bears picnic! We made honey sandwiches and ate the picnic with our friends and our furry friends! We tucked our bears into bed for the night, and when we returned the next day the 'security cameras' had caught our bears getting up to mischief in the night! Take a look! 

We have been learning about Goldilocks and the three bears. We came in to school and there was a broken chair and lots of mess! Who did it, we wondered!?  We set about investigating and looking at the clues, only to discover that it was Goldilocks! We deicded to use our skills to design baby bear some new chairs, using a variety of construction tools and old boxes! 

We have also learnt how to make porridge and then eaten it with our friends - nearly everyone tried it!

We have also been on a bear hunt around school, using our positional language to describe what we find! 



We have been learning about Elmer the Elephant and how he was special. We looked at our similarities and differences and celebrated the fact that we are all unique! 

Autumn Term 1

What makes me special?


The new reception children are settling in nicely and have enjoyed their first week at school. Our learning enquiry this half term is 'What makes me special?' and we are so looking forward to getting to know all of the new personalities amongst Rabbits, Squirrels and Hedgehogs!!


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Information for parents

Progression in Calculations  

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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