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The Nethersole

CofE Academy and Nursery

Inspire, Enjoy and Achieve, in the love of Jesus Christ


Welcome to Ash class!


Our teacher is Miss Hughes. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Parsons and Miss Archer.


We will keep this page updated with all the fantastic things that the children have been learning in our Reception classes.



Useful Information


Book bags


All children should bring their book bags into school every day. Please make sure that your child's reading book and diary is in the bag daily. Please check your child's book bag for any important letters that may have been sent home.


Reading books


Home reading books are changed twice a week. Please make sure that you are reading with your child at least 3 times per week. Please sign the diary every time you read with your child and add any comments about their reading. Books will only be changed if the diary is signed.

It is essential that children are reading at home. You can make a significant difference to your child's progress in reading by listening to them read or sharing books regularly.

Please also highlight in your child's diary any other books that you may have shared together.




Children are currently given homework every Friday. This term the homework is based on the new letters and sounds that the children learn each week. Please support your child to complete their homework. Books will be collected in every Thursday and returned on the Friday.




Our PE day is Friday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school and please remove any earrings before your child comes to school.


Water bottles


All children should have a named water bottle in school. Children take their water bottles home daily to be cleaned and refilled.

Welly Wednesday


Each week children take part in our outdoor learning sessions- 'Welly Wednesday'. Children get changed after lunch into their outdoor learning clothes and we spend the afternoon in our Forest School.

Please make sure that your child has suitable clothes for 'Welly Wednesday'.

All children should wear trousers, a long sleeved top and waterproof jacket. As we go outside in all weathers, it is important that your child is dressed appropriately.

Children keep their boots in school as they are also used in our outdoor classroom.


During 'Welly Wednesday', children participate in all kinds of outdoor activities. The children have a fantastic time and really look forward to the sessions led by Mrs Tweed, our Forest School leader.

Welly Wednesday

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This half term we are learning about Julia Donaldson stories. We will be looking at books such as The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom!

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Phonics Workshop


The children enjoyed showing their grown ups all of their amazing phonics work, and taking part in activities with them!

World Book Day!


The children enjoyed celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 1st March. They enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters, and learning about the story 'The Jolly Postman'. 

Nativity Play


The children were amazing when performing their play 'A King is Born' on Tuesday 5th December. Well done everybody! 


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Remembrance Day


On Friday 10th November we learnt about Remembrance Day. We watched a short video about Remembrance and found out why we wear poppies. 

We walked to Polesworth Abbey to look at the war memorial. Father Philip came to speak to us and showed us one of the wreaths that was going to be placed on the memorial.

We went back to school and took part in lots of activities related to Remembrance.

Dancing for Diwali 


The children really enjoyed learning Indian dancing as part of our learning about Diwali. We talked about how the festival involves lots of dancing, and the children gave it a try! 

Teddy's Birthday Party


Last week we planned a special 5th birthday party for Teddy. During the week we thought about what food we would like at the party, designed a badge for Teddy, made cards and made special birthday hats.

We surprised Teddy as she thought that everyone had forgotten her birthday! We all had a brilliant time and it was a lovely way to end a fantastic first half term in school!

Learning in the classroom


Children in the two Reception classes are able to 'free flow' between the two indoor classrooms and the outdoor classroom.

We set up a range of daily activities for children to engage in as well as encouraging children to initiate their own learning using the available resources.


Have a look at some of the activities they have been engaging in this half-term.

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Our Outdoor Classroom


Children have daily access to our outdoor classroom. They are able to engage in open-ended activities and often initiate their own learning experiences.

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Polesworth Library


All children in Reception visit Polesworth Library on a regular basis. The children really enjoy walking to the library and choosing a book to bring back to school. All books are kept in school and are shared daily during story sessions.



In Reception we use an online learning journal called 'Tapestry'. We use Tapestry to record any significant observations of the children and as an assessment tool. Parents and carers have access to their child's personal Tapestry account. You will be notified every time an observation of your child is added to Tapestry.


We invite all parents and carers to add comments to your child's observations. Tapestry is a brilliant way of finding out about what your child has been learning at school and to share some of their experiences. Parents and carers are also able to upload their own observations of their child which will then be accessible to staff.


We really value your contributions to Tapestry. We view Tapestry as a great communication link between home and school.


If you have any queries regarding Tapestry, please feel free to speak to a member of the Reception team.


Tricky Words



We have found some brilliant songs to help your child to learn 'Tricky words' (Words which cannot be decoded). Please share the songs with your child.


Remember to always supervise your child when they are accessing the Internet.

Numbers Song Let's Count 1-10 New Version

Learn to count from 1 to 10 in this fun song for children.

Jolly Phonics songs for children in order

The Jolly Phonics song in order. A great way to introduce your child to phonics in a fun way.

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