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Welcome to Ash!

From Mrs Cook, Mrs Hibbert, Miss Hudson & Ms Riley


8th December 2021


Christmas is in full swing in Ash class. We hope you enjoyed our Christmas celebration performance. We all enjoyed preparing for it for you and we were incredibly proud of how well the children performed despite having to battle the elements and the traffic noise.


Going back to autumn, thank you for all the wonderful vegetables that you sent in for our Harvest soup. The children were fantastic at sharing their knowledge about vegetables and healthy eating, they then showed great skill at cutting the vegetables carefully for our soup. We were so impressed by how willing they were to taste the soup, some of the class even came back for second portions! We also used the vegetables for art, the children concentrated really well when sketching their chosen vegetable.

At the beginning of November, we ventured out into the forest area to immerse ourselves in autumn. The children loved finding and collecting signs of autumn and some great discussions were had as well as lots of fun.

We have been learning the story of The Little Red Hen this term for our Literacy work. We learnt about how bread is made and then the children all really enjoyed our bread tasting. The children performed brilliantly when we made a film of them retelling the story of The Little Red Hen with actions. Finally, we discussed how the animals were not kind to the hen and how they should have been more helpful. The children then wrote sorry letters from the animals to the hen.


The children have all made tremendous progress with their phonics. We’ve finished learning our phase 2 sounds and are now learning phase 3 sounds. We’ve also been practising blending and segmenting and the children are doing brilliantly with these skills. Thank you for supporting your children by reading with them at home every day and practising the tricky words that were sent home.


In our maths work we have worked on more than and less than and have been looking at the composition of different numbers and the parts that they are made up of. As part of this, the children really enjoyed making fruit kebabs. The kebab was the whole and we talked about the different parts (pieces of fruit) that the whole was made up of. Naturally, the kebabs were eaten enthusiastically as soon as the hard maths work was over!

Thank you for reading our page, we hope you have enjoyed finding out what we have been up to.


We wish you all a wonderful Christmas break.

The Ash Team x

Throughout the year in Saplings there are occasions when we offer the children small amounts of a variety of foods to taste, to fit in with our current topic. We are aware of dietary requirements already supplied, should there be any changes, please inform the school office and we will take note of this when providing food to your child.

Ash class PE days - Spring Term (1) 2022

Our PE days are Tuesday & Friday


Saplings Phonics


Please find the slides from the Saplings phonics information evening here:

Here you can find the order which the phonemes and digraphs are taught to the children in Saplings:

Here is an overview of the phonics teaching sequence and a link to a YouTube video which you may find helpful:

Story Time

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Mrs Middleton reads 'The Storm Whale'

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Miss Hathaway reads 'Commotion in the Ocean'

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Miss Mulholland reads Percy's Friend the Hedgehog

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Mrs Hibbert & her helpers read What the Ladybird Heard

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Miss Hathaway reads The Great Pet Sale

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Miss Mulholland reads Gigantosaurus

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Mrs Hibbert & her helpers read The Gruffalo

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Mrs Hull reads 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today?'


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Social Distancing at Oakfield

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Hello from the Saplings Team

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Video from Oakfield Staff
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