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Welcome to Reception at Ashton Gate


We hope you all had a lovely break and a very happy New Year. We are looking forward to a term where we learn all about 'Jobs People Do'. We would welcome you to come in and talk briefly to your child's class about a job or hobby you do, to help the learning come alive for them. If you are interested, please speak to your child's teacher. There will be a dress up day on Wednesday 12th February, when you child will be able to come to school dressed as what they want to be when they grow up.


We are also looking forward to our visits from Little Music Makers on 14th and 17th January. The children will be taking part in an exciting interactive workshop.


Preview Learning Term 3 


Could you talk to your children about the different jobs and hobbies people do? What would they like to do when they grow up? Why?


We will be exploring the numbers 11-20. Could you help your child spot these in the environment? Could you play a game counting that many claps, jumps or taps? What number would come next? 


Whilst you are reading with your child (their book, signs, notices etc), could you get them to spot any full stops and capital letters? Could you talk to your child about when and why we use these?


Thank you so much for your support with your child's learning.


Please do read the Newsletter below, it has lots of important dates for your diary and useful information.

Reception Newsletter Term 3

Saturday 4th October - Family Working Party in the Reception Garden

The Reception team would like to say a massive, heartfelt thank you to all the families who came to the working party at the weekend and helped transform the outdoor area for the children. Everyone put in such an effort: painting, sweeping, gardening, decorating CDs for a fairy garden, attaching recycled planters to the fence and creating amazing mud kitchen and stage areas from pallets! We really appreciate everything that you did and you all earned your tea and cake. The children are extremely excited by their new additions and are already enjoying playing with them. It has been brilliant for the children to see what can be achieved when we work together as a community. We plan to hold another of these events in the Spring - so watch this space!


We would like to thank all the parents who made donations of paint, plants, guttering, bunting and all kinds of lovely things. We were also lucky enough to be supported by donations from the PTA, Wickes and Riverside Garden Centre. These kind donations made the transformation possible and we are all very grateful.  


If you would be interested in getting involved in something like this and are able to give up any of your time to maintain the planting and painting, or to use your skills to work on a specific area please do get in touch with Cath Sands ( There is no need to wait until our next event in the Spring. We would welcome you to come in either as a one off or regularly and to either work on your own after school or to work alongside the children, so that they can join in too. All help will be very much appreciated. 

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










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