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Reception - Ash and Oak

Welcome to Ash  and Oak Class!

September 2022

Welcome to our Early Years page


We hope that you will find this page useful.  It will have topic curriculum information, website links and presentation notes in addition to our Tapestry page where we will be sharing our weekly news.


There are lots of lovely adults that work in Early years, they are:

Ash teacher : Mrs Howitt and Mrs Perry

Oak teacher: Miss Buck

Teaching Assistants: Miss Curtis, Miss Woodward and Mrs Case

Teacher Cover Supervisor: Miss Crawford



This term’s learning 

This term, our theme is ‘Marvellous me!’ We will be spending time getting to know your marvellous children and settling them into school!


Week ending 16th September 

What a fantastic first week we have had in Early Years! The children have settled really well into life at Bushmead. They have enjoyed exploring our learning environment and made new friends. We have enjoyed playing name games, singing and dancing! The children have been excellent at lunch time and have been brave enough to try new foods. On Friday, the children went on an adventure around the school and visited some of our important adults. Next week, the children will be in school during school hours from 8.40am-3.10pm. Please enter the school via the green gates and follow our one way system around the school to the Early Years classroom. We will be continuing to get to know your wonderful children and helping them to be confident in their new classroom. As a reminder, please kindly check that all uniform is named and that your child comes to school with a named water bottle and book bag every day. We hope you have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing your lovely children on Tuesday morning! 
Building our gross motor skills on the a frame   

Week ending 23rd September 

Another fantastic week in Early Years! We have begun our marvellous me topic where we have been drawing pictures of our families and drawing self-portraits. The children have enjoyed building with blocks, playing with trains, making dresses and getting mucky in the gloop! We have been continuing to practice our school routines and learning our school rules. Next week we will be beginning our phonics teaching and will continue to play and explore. 

Thank you to those who have logged in to tapestry. On Friday, your child will have come home with a letter in their book bag explaining how to use tapestry. We hope you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing your children on Monday! 



Please remember that long hair must be tied back at all times and elaborate hair accessories must not be worn.


ALL items of clothing must be clearly named.  Unnamed items are stored for a short period.  Please also ensure that your child has not brought home any items of clothing that do not belong to them. 


Please ensure snack and cooking money is paid up to date via ParentPay.


Once your child turns 5 they will stop receiving free milk the Monday of the week of their birthday.  You will need to sign up to the Cool Milk scheme in advance of this if you would like them to continue having milk. 


PE kit should be a plain white t shirt and navy or black shorts plus a navy or black tracksuit as the weather gets colder.  Outdoor trainers are also needed. Children must come to school in their PE kit.  Children will not be permitted to take part if the correct clothing/footwear is not worn.  If you need any assistance please speak to a member of the team.







As a school we have invested in Tapestry as a method of recording your child's learning and progress during their time in Early Years.  Staff will upload weekly observations of individuals or groups, linking this to the Early Years Curriculum areas and where appropriate age and stage the observation.  On the Early Years Page we will also send any notifications of events, reminders and requests.  Please note, that due to the nature of the Early Years Curriculum and that we follow the children's interests, some events may be planned at short notice.  We thank you in advance for your co operation and support with such events. 


We request that once you have read an observation, either your own child or the Early Years page, that you acknowledge this by 'liking' the observation.  This helps us to ensure that messages are getting out to parents.


Tapestry is a two way platform and we encourage you to add your own observations of your child's learning. 

Learning Environment 

Photos of the different areas of learning within the setting 😊