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Reception – Ash Class


Hello! Welcome to the Ash Class page, where you can find information about what we will be learning about this half term, Tapestry and much more!

Meet the Team

Teacher: Mr Slaney
Teaching assistant: Mrs Brighton.

Special Educational Needs Support Teaching Assistants: Miss Bugeja and Miss Daly.


Our Amazing Learning 

Come and see some of the amazing learning that your children have been doing in Ash Class...

    Autumn Term


At Queensway we use Tapestry, which is an online learning journal. You should have a login that allows you to look at everything your children have been learning, but also look at important messages from the teaching staff.

We would love you to add your own photos and share what you have been doing at home as well.

It is very important and we hope you all login; if you have any problems, please ask the teaching staff or the office team.


Our Topic this half-term is: Magnificent Me

This half-term we are learning all about our bodies! We will be learning how to describe ourselves, our families and all about the human life cycle. We will then be learning all about our senses, their names, the body parts associated with them and how we use our senses. Finally, we will be exploring our local environment and where we live.

In Reception, children will learn through a mixture of play based learning and adult lead teaching tasks, which for this term will focus on:

Phonis - In Phonics we will be starting our journey to learn how to read, and will be learning some letter sounds from the alphabet, including s a and t. 

English - In English we will be learning how to give meanings to our drawings before starting to learn how to write, which will include writing some of our newly learnt letter sounds to them, for example, if we draw a sock, we would write s.

Maths - In Maths this term, we will be learning the fundamental skills of counting, including 1-1 correspondence and the cardinality principle, before moving onto comparing two groups of objects.


The Curriculum

In Ash class, we follow the EYFS curriculum, which focuses on developing the whole child. The children learn new skills, knowledge and understanding through 7 areas of learning. These areas are broken down into prime areas and specific areas. These areas are underpinned by the characteristics of effective learning:

Characteristics of Effective Learning:

Playing and exploring - Engagement




Active learning - Motivation 




Creating and thinking critically - thinking





Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


"Children investigate and explore things and have a go."




"Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements."



"Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things."




Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design