Offwell Primary School
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Ash Class

Welcome to Ash class pupil pages

Ash Class is made up of Nursery and Reception children aged from 2 to 5 years. Mrs Hunt is the Foundation Stage Unit Teacher working in class Mondays to Thursdays. Mrs Sutton is the FSU Teacher on Fridays.  Miss Hansford and Mrs Jordan are the FSU Teaching Assistants.

Through the day, children enjoy a balance of play, directed learning and planned activities. At different times they may be in a small group, as a whole class, choose to have time to themselves or be one to one with an adult.  We will help your child to feel comfortable and confident across the range of groupings!

Ash class and its outside area is zoned into areas to provide a wide range of activities which will change over time according to; our projects, the children’s interests and the needs we have identified. There will be spaces and places to build and construct, paint, draw, model, write, investigate in sand and water and use larger toys and ride-ons.  We all enjoy our book corner and a role play area.  Through your child’s time in Ash class they will play and learn, gradually being introduced to early phonic skills to help their future reading and writing.

Ash Minibeast newsletter Summer 2024

Ash Materials newsletter Summer 2024

Counting Principles

Ash newsletter – Then and Now – Spring 2 2024

Ash newsletter Chinese new year Jan 2024

Ash Families newsletter Autumn 2023

What to expect in the EYFS

Ash letter formation rhymes

Ash newsletter Sept 2023(1)

Ash Formation of letters

Maths guide for parents

Progression in the development of Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Parent help by age band for managing feelings and behaviour

Somebody swallowed Stanley!

We have been reading the book “Somebody swallowed Stanley,” by Sarah Roberts. We have learned how plastic can be very dangerous for sea creatures and want to tell everyone to stop dropping litter!

We found out about different animals that live in the oceans and used lots of skills to create paintings, collages and models of some of them. We built a giant, pretend aquarium and hung all of our creatures inside. Next, we had to get inside the aquarium to count and record how many of each animal, we could spot.

It was good fun!

The Reception children went on to re-write the story themselves, using great vocabulary such as ‘tentacles’ and ‘flippers.’

We all loved the story of “Somebody swallowed Stanley” and were very pleased that, in the end, Stanley was taken from the sea and turned into a kite instead! Have you ever used ‘rubbish’ to make something new? Perhaps you could try making a model from ‘junk’?

Bug Hotel

We have been very lucky to have a brand new Bug Hotel, built for us by one of our parents. We decided to go on a welly walk to find sticks, fir cones and bark to fill it with. They will make a cosy home for lots of mini beasts! We are hoping that slow worms, woodlice, slugs and ladybirds amongst other animals, will come and live in our Bug Hotel.

Do you have any creatures living in your garden?

Ideas for Home Learning

For ideas on how to support your child at home, please talk to your class teacher and take a look at these resources:-

What to expect when – a guide to your child’s learning and development in the Early Years’ Foundation Stage – found at

Reading: The Pleasure Principle – see attached information