About Us
Learning Overview
Favourite Links
Ways to Help
Home Learning
Reading & Phonics

About Us

Ash Class is a class of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.

The classroom is a classroom located in the main building. It has toilet facilities very close to the classroom and its own cloakroom space. Our class benefits from our own outdoor area which we use every day. throughout the year, no matter the weather.  Our outdoor area comprises of an art area, mud kitchen, garden, water area, construction area, cosy cottage and an area for bikes and scooters.

Class Teacher

Mrs Jo Best

Classroom Assistants

Mrs Di White

Mrs Lana Mitchell

Mrs Tracy Paul

Learning Overview

Ash Class Autumn Letter

Ash Class Topic Map Autumn

Favourite Links

Hit The Button

A fun maths game



Collins eBooks

Ways to Help Your Child

Here are some ideas for how you can help your child to make the most of the opportunities they encounter in school.


Early mathematical development can be best supported by bringing out the connection between everyday activities and the maths that underpins them.


  • Measure ingredients in grams and litres
  • Set a timer and talk about how many minutes are left etc.
  • Find the same number of different items e.g., 4 forks, 4 spoons. This can help with understanding what a number means.

Play with anything you find, leaves, stones, shells. Make a pattern with them count them, put them in order by size, weight, height, sort by size, colour, height, weight.

Talk about the size of different objects. Who has the biggest shoe? Please give me the smallest….

Problem solving

  • How many spoons are on the table? How many altogether?


Talking is the foundation of reading.

Tell family stories, encourage questioning.

Encourage them to talk about how they feel.

Read to your child everyday.

Lead by example

If your child sees you reading for pleasure or information, they will learn that reading is a worthwhile activity.

Make reading fun

Use different voices, encourage joining in repetitive parts.

Talk about books

This helps your child to understand and enriches their vocabulary.

Out and About

Look for numbers and letters in the environment and talk about what they mean. Count everything! Play counting games:-

  • Hopscotch
  • Hide and Seek
  • Talk about time

Play with containers in the bath – which holds the most/least water? Talk about the language of capacity such as full, empty or half full.

Look at shapes in the environment and discuss them in terms of sides and corners.


Help develop your child’s ability to sit and concentrate for a period of time by doing the following activities.

  • sitting and reading to them
  • drawing
  • puzzles
  • painting
  • cooking

Playing is an important part of your child’s development.

A mix of activities with or without an adult is good. An adult does not always need to be there.

Sing Songs

Recite rhymes and riddles – teach your child all the rhymes you learnt as a child.

Play Games

  • I Spy
  • Board games

Do not fill all their weekends with lots of activities, sometimes just let them be! Most importantly have fun and enjoy!

Home Learning

Your child will receive a reading book for them to share at home with you. We expect children to read at least 3 times a week at home. Some children will also receive key words or phonic sounds that they may need help to consolidate at home.

Reading and Phonics

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

Phase Phonic Knowledge and Skills
Phase One (Nursery/Reception) Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.
Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.
Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions.
Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
Phase Five (Throughout Year 1) Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond) Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.

Children at the end of year 1 complete a phonics screening assessment. The Year 1 phonics screening check is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning. Year 1 children usually take the phonics screening check in early June.

All of our reading books are phonetically decodable and children receive books based on where they are working within their phonics session. Children should be able to read fluently at least 90% of the book that they share with you at home.

During our guided reading sessions which happen at least once a week children will tackle a more challenging book and this is where we will work on comprehension and developing their fluency skills.

We also access online reading books through Collins Ebooks and each child has their own login details to enable them to access this at home.