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Welcome to Ash Class (Reception)

In Ash Class you will find

Mrs Leffler (Class Teacher/ Key worker)

Mrs Leatherbarrow (Early Years Leader/Key Worker)

Mrs Probulis (Teaching Assisstant/ Key Worker)

Miss Ellis (Teaching Assisstant/ Key Worker)

Mrs R Leatherbarrow - D.S.L & EYFS Leader(3)Stacy
Mrs M Leffler - Teacher(1)

What is happening in Autumn Term?

Welcome back to school! It’s been a long time since we have seen some of you and we are so excited to have you back! We’ve missed you! Also, welcome to our children who are new to Dallam. You are going to have an amazing time in Ash Class!

This is our first full term in Ash Class and our projects will be History focused. We will have several mini projects to learn about ourselves, our families, our class, people who help us and how we can help other people.

Our key questions will be

"How do we remember things from the past?"

This term we will be exploring our new classroom and all the different areas will be getting to learning in, both indoors and outdoors. We will be finding out all about what makes us special and unique, as well as learning about our families, our homes and our school. After the October holidays we will be exploring all age the era of when dinosaurs roamed the earth.  Watch this space for some amazing work on dinosaurs! 

For more details please see our Project Letter.

We will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, including traditional tales, such as; 


Billy Goats Gruff 

Little Red Riding Hood 

Our first Talk for Writing story this term will be The Three Little Pigs . As part of this story we will be exploring the characters, settings and events, as well as looking at some of the story lanauge and vocabulary. 

Look out for us bringing home our own version of this story, complete with Talk for Writing actions, for you to help us practise!

Here are some of the rhymes we will be learning about our story; 

Three little pigs


Reading Books 

Your child will continue to recieve a new reading book every week. Please make sure that you hear your child read at least 3 times a week and complete the reading record with any comments about your child's reading. We change reading books once a week, however your child's book needs to be in everyday. 

Reading Rockets 

The children will also be receiving a Reading Rocket. These are words that the children have to learn by sight. The children will progress up the rockets  once they can confidently read and write all the words on each rocket. There are Ten rockets to get. Can you get them all !

Phonics/Maths Homework

The children will be continue to recieve thier homework books this half term. These will help the children to apply thier phonics learning at home but using the sounds they have learnt to write words and simple sentences. Homework is given out on Friday and should be returned to school on Monday.  This term the children will be given thier new Maths Passports these need to be practised daily. These mental maths skills will help your child develop fluency with maths and prepare them for more complex maths problems in their learning.

In school our children are expected to follow 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

Children will be awarded PALS points in school when they follow these rules and their names will be added to our weekly newsletter once they reach 20/30/40!

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). They will sometimes bring some phonics homework home where they can practice writing the sound they have been learning. 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.

Our Autumn Term key learning

In the Autumn term our main Literacy work will be around pre writing skills, Phonics, learning to say, read and write the sounds of the alphabet. Children will have homework sheets sent home as and when they learn a new sound. Please complete these with your child and send them back to school so we can see their progress. We will also learn to write our names, initial sounds and simple CVC words, for example “cat” and “dog”.


Our main Maths focus work in the Autumn term will introduce us to the Numberblocks, as we start to explore numbers to 5 and all the skills that go hand in hand with counting, recognising numerals, adding and subtracting quantities, subitising and many more! The children will experience lots of shape, size and measuring activities through our books.  For more information on the Numberblocks scheme please visit:



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