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Welcome to Ash  and Oak Class!


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 (temporarily Mrs Walker) and Mrs Perry

Oak teacher: Miss Buck

Teaching Assistants: Miss Woodward, Mrs Whittle, Miss Usher and Mrs Case

Teacher Cover Supervisor: Miss Crawford



This term’s learning 

This term our theme is 'skip in to spring'. Our learning will be based on spring and growing. We will then lead on to 'minibeasts'.


Week 1 (Week ending 21st April)

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Easter break with your children. This week the children have been learning all about Spring. The children have enjoyed mixing white in to paint to make lighter shades to paint a blossom tree (sorry for the mess on some of the jumpers!!!), role playing in a garden centre and exploring how the plants we planted on Mother's day are beginning to grow. In phonics, the children have learnt to read plural words and in maths, we have been recalling number bonds. Next week, we will be reading 'Jasper's beanstalk'. Have a lovely weekend!


Week 2 (Week ending 28th April)

This week, we have been reading Jasper's beanstalk- Ask your child to retell the story with the actions they have learnt! The children planted beans and are watching them grow I’m sandwich bags in the window. In maths, the children have been learning all about teen numbers. We have practiced counting to 20. In phonics this week, we have started phase 4. There a no new sounds taught in this phase instead, the children learnt to read longer words and words with consonant blends. This week they have learn to read CVCC words ie. help, hand. Next week, we will be learning about the Kings coronation! Next Friday, your child can come to school wearing red, white and blue! You are all welcome to join Early years from 2.30pm for our coronation tea party on Friday on the school field. 


Week 3 (Week ending 5th May)

This week the children have really enjoyed learning all about the King's coronation. They have learnt about Buckingham Palace and Windsor castle and some children had a go at building their own! They have learnt about the crown jewels and made their own crowns. The children have all written letters to the King to wish him luck! On Friday, the children had a tea party to celebrate. In phonics, the children have been learning more 4 letter words and in maths they have learnt to count to 20. Next week, the children are going to be spending their lunchtime break on the big playground with the KS1 children. We have had a practice and the children are excited to play in a bigger space! Next week, our theme is going to be Jack and the beanstalk! 

Week 4 (week ending 12th May) 

This week early years have been reading ‘Jack and the beanstalk’. The children have made paper chain beanstalks, painted magic beans and written on giant paper like a giant. They have also enjoyed building castles and helping look after their own beans which are starting to grow! In phonics the children have been learning to read cccvc words ie. Strap, scrub. In maths, they have been following addition number sentences to solve problems ie. First Jack had 4 beans then he got 3 more beans now he has … 

Next week, we will be reading ‘The very hungry caterpillar’.


Week 5 (week ending 19th May)

This week the children have loved learning about 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. The children tasted some of the food from the story on Monday- we even had a few who enjoyed the pickled gherkins! The children have been fascinated by the life cycle of a caterpillar and have enjoyed observing our own class caterpillars!


Week 6 (week ending 26th May)

The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about minibeasts this week! They had a great time at the pightle looking for minibeasts. The children have enjoyed going on their own minibeast hunts outside, building a bug hotel and making minibeasts out of paper. We had a fantastic sports day and the children all showed excellent skills in taking part. After half term, we will be moving on to a transport topic. 

We hope you have a lovely half term week and look forward to seeing you back after a well earned rest!



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 is on a Monday. 
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 😊