There are two classes in Reception at Ashbrook School, one is called the Elephants class and one is called the Leopards class. Elephants class teacher is Mrs Cobley and the Leopards Class teacher is Miss Woolridge and Miss Ashby, supported by Mrs Darling, Mrs McGovern, Mrs Raval, Mrs Roberts, Mrs Tilston and Miss Woolley.
Reception is an important new adventure for the children, as they start school and become more independent and take part in some structured learning along with lots of child initiated activities.
Our classrooms feed into a wonderful shared area, where there is a large role play home corner, an art area with a junk model shop, a playdough station, self service snack station, cosy book nooks and a construction area for our budding architects. There are opportunities to mark make and develop maths skills scattered throughout our indoor and outdoor spaces. We have two dedicated outside play areas which children can free flow between whatever the weather. The children can choose to play in the mud kitchen, sand area, experience water play, and large construction. The children can also develop their fine and gross motor skills on the climbing wall and play frame. The stage and music wall allow the children to express themselves creatively and explore pitch, rhythm, tempo and volume. Beyond these spaces we have direct access to a large play ground and field which leads into our forest packed full of exciting learning opportunities.
We have a "big question" topic to explore each half term, through activities in a language rich environment that promotes and celebrates diversity.
Autumn 1 – Who am I?
Autumn 2 – How do we celebrate?
Spring 1 – Who made those footprints?
Spring 2 – Do all superhero's wear capes?
Summer 1 – Are minibeasts like me?
Summer 2 - Can you solve the fairytale mystery?
We love to celebrate our diversity at Ashbrook, especially at special times like Eid, Diwali, birthdays, Chinese New Year and many more! We also plan exciting learning days, such as Science Day, Maths Day and World Book Day.
Please look out for updates on our curriculum for opportunities to come in and support us while we are learning about family traditions (especially food!) and different occupations. Let your child's teacher know if you can support with any upcoming activities.