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We are so excited to welcome the new Reception children to Ashton Gate. We look forward to getting to know them all and discovering their interests and ideas. We will be concentrating on exploring 'All About Me' for this term, as well as building confidence and relationships within the school environment.


Please do come and speak to a member of the reception team if you have any questions at all about the settling in process. We understand what an important time starting school is for you and your child and we want to work together to ensure that each child has the happiest possible start to their journey at Ashton Gate.


Below is a link to the Reception newsletter for Term 1, which contains useful information about starting school and some important dates for your diary.


PE for Reception...


Children in Reception will start PE lessons during the week beginning 24th September. To begin with, the children will work in groups of 15, running consecutively so that they have a session each week. They will need their PE kit in a bag on the day of their lesson and staff will support them to get changed into their kit, encouraging independence and confidence with undressing and dressing. Children will remain in their PE kit for the rest of the day and return home with their school uniform in their PE bag at home time. As ever, it's very important to label everything with your child's name to make this time run as smoothly as possible for them.


Coach Sid will encourage a range of physical skills and experiences during these sessions. Physical development is one of the prime areas of learning for children in Reception and along with their PE sessions, carefully planned activities and resources both inside and outside are in place throughout the week.These provocations and activities take into account the children's interests and fascinations and work from where the children are to develop these vital skills and, very importantly, to encourage an enjoyment of physical activity. Children also explore the importance of exercise and a balanced diet in keeping them healthy.


PE Sessions will be as follows:


Ladybirds: Wednesday morning.

Butterflies: Wednesday afternoon.

Bumblebees: Thursday morning.

Caterpillars: Friday morning. 



Term 1 Newsletter 

Reception Staff


EYFS Lead: Mrs Cath Sands


Ladybird Class:  Mr Riley  (Class teacher)

                         Mrs Douglas


Butterfly Class: Mrs Gilbert (M,T,W) and Mrs Houghton (W, Th, F) (Class teachers)

                           Miss Ward.


Caterpillar Class: Mrs Sowden (Class teacher)

                             Mrs Forsythe


Bumblebee Class: Miss Carter (Class teacher)

                               Mrs Poynter


Other staff who help us:  Sidra Khan (PE)








Links to support you with your child's learning at home.