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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 Whelpley 


Our Amazing Learning 

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

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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: Let's Grow!

This half term we will be learning all about how animals, plants and humans grow and keep healthy!

First we will be learning what a life cycle is and how animals grow. We will be focusing on butterflies and chickens. Then we will be learning all about farm animals, how to describe them, what they need to grow and how we can care for them. We will then be going on a farm trip to learn hands on about farm animals, linking in the animal's life cycles. 

After that we will be learning all about plants and learning what the plants need to grow and the names of the parts of a plant.

Finally, we will be learning all about how humans grow and stay safe, this will be an exciting term!


The books we will be reading this half term are:


Our topic last half term was: Terrific Transport!

Last half term we learnt all about different types of transport! First we learnt their names, when each type of transport is used, who invented them, the main features of each type and how they have changed throughout time! Although we found out about lots of different types of transport, we focused mainly on trains, cars and planes. Once familiar with the different vehicles, we learnt how to keep safe on the roads.

It was a wonderful half term!




Our topic in Spring 1 was: How the World Works

This half term we learnt all about how the world works, from politics to environments. First we learnt all about the Queen! We learnt her name, where she lives, her jobs and also some important vocabulary about her including throne and sceptre. Then we learnt all about the Prime Minister, where he lives and his jobs.

After that we moved onto learning about how the environment works. We explored deserts, oceans and loads of other environments, before learning how they can be damaged and how we can help them! Another busy but exciting term.

Our topic in Autumn 2 was: The Great Outdoors

Last half-term we learnt lots of amazing facts about The Great Outdoors. First, we learnt all about the weather! What we mean by weather, the types of weather we have and finally, we delivered a weather forecast! We also learnt all about the seasons. We explored what is special about each season and made lots of arts and crafts to help this learning. Then, we learnt all about explorers and the North and South poles! Finally, we learnt all about light and dark. A busy but exciting half-term.

Our Topic the first half-term was: Magnificent Me

Last half-term we learnt all about our bodies! We learnt how to describe ourselves, our families and all about the human life cycle. We then learnt all about our senses, their names, the body parts associated with them and how we use our senses. Finally, we explored 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 continuing our journey to learn how to read, and will be learning some letter sounds from the alphabet, including s a and t.  Some of us will also be beginning to learn some digraphs, including sh and ch, how we read them and how we write them. We are also continuing to learn how blend the alphabet sounds to read words, like c a t cat, as well as reading some tricky words like the and she.

English - In English we will be learning how to speak in full sentences using new vocabulary, which will include learning with story maps; we will be learning how to read by blending sounds together to read words and begin to read sentences, and finally we wil be continuing our journey how to write. Some will be writing initial sounds, others words, and some will be beginning to learn how to write a sentence!


We will be reading the following books this term to help us with our learning:

Maths - In Maths this term, we will be learning how to add 2 numbers together in lots of different ways to build our fluency, including part whole models, objects and five frames. We will also be learning all about numbers to 10 and building our number knowledge and fluency.


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