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Excellence Everyday

Reception class 2020-2021 Welcome Message


'Excellence Everyday'

We can't wait to welcome you all in September and  to start the new school year with you. You will shine bright in all of your new learning in the year ahead.

'Learn, Live, Laugh and Love Ashurst'

Learn to be inspiring and make a difference to this world, we know how amazing you are,

Live with understanding and compassion for others, knowing we are all different and special in a community where equality stands tall,

Laugh and listen to the enjoyment of learning and excitement of everyone celebrating their achievements,

Love Ashurst, our special school and the hub of supportive staff, parents and children who aim high to be the best they can be.

Our new stars of Reception! 

Class Teacher

Mrs J O'Brien

Learning Assistant

Mrs K Renshall

Learning Assistant

Mrs L Goldsack


About the class...

Class Teacher - Mrs J. O'Brien

Learning Assistants - Mrs K. Renshall and Mrs L. Goldsack(pm)

Reception class is a happy, safe and stimulating environment where children are cared for, nurtured and encouraged to learn, have fun and reach their full potential. We work in partnership with parents to enable our children to learn in a fun and exciting way through their play. Throughout reception the children will make lots of new friends. With support from our nurturing team children work hard on their aspirations to live their best life.  We have a passion for reading and explore wonderful themes linked with inspirational texts.   We are excited for you to be a part of the Ashurst Family and can't wait to make so many memories with all of our friends. 

We have been busy making sure our classroom is ready to welcome you all this September, and we can't wait for you to explore and learn. Have a look at the different areas you can see in the classroom. We have lots of areas where you can learn new things, and share your learning ideas with your friends. 

A look at our learning.
We have been busy settling in and developing positive relationships with our new friends. 

Story Time. 

 In Reception class we read lots of wonderful, inspirational stories every day. I can't wait to share some of the funniest stories with you next week.  I wanted to give you a sneak peak into one of our favourite stories, Giraffe's Can't Dance. I hope you enjoy listening to the story. 

 What do we learn?

There are 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage, outlined within the EYFS Early Adopter Framework. We deliver the curriculum through planned, purposeful play that is based upon the individual interests and learning needs of each individual child. Every child in our class is at a different stage and we respect each child an an individual.  We treat each child as an individual according to their needs. We understand that every child learns differently and we will always adapt our teaching to help everyone learn. We encourage learning with friends and sharing our learning ideas to help each other learn even more on our way to be independent learners. We take pride in all we do and are proud of each other too. 

 Communication and Language

The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. By commenting on what children are interested in or doing, and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children’s language effectively. Reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, we give children the opportunity to thrive. Through conversation, storytelling and role play, where children share their ideas with support and modelling from their teacher, and sensitive questioning that invites them to elaborate, children become comfortable using a rich range of vocabulary and language structures.

 Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. Children are supported to manage emotions, develop a positive sense of self, set themselves simple goals, have confidence in their own abilities, to persist and wait for what they want and direct attention as necessary. Through adult modelling and guidance, they will learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and manage personal needs independently. Through supported interaction with other children, they learn how to make good friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peaceably. These attributes will provide a secure platform from which children achieve at school and in later life.

 Physical Development

Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness through tummy time, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, we support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practise of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence.


It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. Skilled word reading, taught later, involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech, before writing).


Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. By providing frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding - such as using manipulatives, including small pebbles and ten-frames for organising counting - children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built. The curriculum includes rich opportunities for children to develop their spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics. It is important that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, ‘have a go’, talk to adults and peers about what they notice and not be afraid to make mistakes.

Understanding the World

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society, such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will supports reading comprehension.

Expressive Arts and Design

The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. Children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.


Reception Long Term Plan 2020-2021

Reception Topic Webs


Preparing your child for starting school 

Musical Tots and Bumps


We are delighted to share with you this session of Musical Tots and Bumps. The wonderful vocal tutor, Miss Littler has recorded some songs for your children to learn and sing along with. These come from St Helens Music Service Early Years programme in schools and libraries and are a fun way for you to help your child develop their speech and movement through action songs - there will be updates weekly on You Tube for you to access. Have fun!



Story time... 

I hope you enjoy listening to The Everywhere Bear. 

Take a look at our exciting learning in Reception 2019-2020

Outdoor Learning

Come and have a look at the amazing learning we do outdoors.  We love going in the forest area every Thursday and learning from nature.

Blue Cross Vets

We enjoyed learning about how a vet can help animals in our community. We learnt about different things that are needed to make sure we can care well for animals.

We Are Learners

Come and have a look at the amazing learning we are engaging in as we settle into our new class.  We have been busy exploring the different learning areas in the classroom and learning about people who help us. We have had a visit from Learning Street where we became, detectives, palaeontologists and doctors to enrich our learning even more.

A love of Reading

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We develop a love of reading through immersing the children into stories and activities that capture the imagination. We use puppets, and games to develop our skills, and link all of our learning with different books linking with our current theme. 

Can you spot Pete the Cat activities and learning using the Funny Bones story as inspiration?