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Welcome to Ash Class. We are a mixed year group class of Reception and Year 1 children. The class teacher is called Mrs Harrison and the teaching assistant is Miss Gamble.


Throughout the TIG federation,  we provide a high-quality EYFS education giving children a secure and confident start to their school life. We are committed to nurturing a lifelong love of learning alongside the aims of the EYFS Statutory Framework. We strive for high standards, consider the development of the whole child, and seek to foster resilience and independence. We are inclusive and welcoming to all. Christian values are embedded in Kirk Hammerton & Long Marston as C of E schools and Staveley values the community and the teaching of all faiths. We aim to provide the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success and to give children the best possible start to their early education.

  • To deliver a broad, balanced, well-planned and sequenced programme to ensure statutory coverage and beyond that builds on what the children already know and want to learn about.
  • To provide effective teaching and learning experiences within a mixed age class through cross curricular/multi area links when appropriate.
  • To work in partnership with parents and carers to encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential from their various starting points, ensuring that parents play a full and active part in the education of their children.
  • To provide a high-quality EYFS education in an atmosphere in which the child feels secure, valued, happy and confident, giving children a secure and confident start to their school life
  • To be inclusive and welcoming to all and aim to reduce disadvantage.
  • To provide a curriculum that broaden minds and children’s outlook on life and provides experiences of awe and wonder through first-hand experiences, play and talk.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the community and wider world.
  • To understand and follow children’s interests and provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum to support learning, consolidate and deepen knowledge and ensure children meet their next steps.
  • To create safe indoor and outdoor environments which support learning.
  • To prepare all children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage and ensure children make good progress from their starting points.


Our EYFS Framework

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and exploring: - Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’. Children who actively participate in their own play develop a larger store of information and experiences to draw on which positively supports their learning  

Active learning: - Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties. They are proud of their own achievements. For children to develop into self-regulating, lifelong learners they are required to take ownership, accept challenges and learn persistence. 

Creating and thinking critically: - Children develop their own ideas and make links between these ideas. They think flexibly and rationally, drawing on previous experiences which help them to solve problems and reach conclusions.  

Unique Child: Every child is unique and has the potential to be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.  Positive Relationships: Children flourish with warm, strong & positive partnerships between all staff and parents/carers. This promotes independence across the EYFS curriculum. Children and practitioners are NOT alone – embrace each community.  

Enabling environments: Children learn and develop well in safe and secure environments where routines are established and where adults respond to their individual needs and passions and help them to build upon their learning over time.  

Learning and Development: Children develop and learn at different rates (not in different ways as it stated 2017). We must be aware of children who need greater support than others.  

PLAY: In the TIG Federation, we understand that children learn best when they are absorbed, interested and active.  We understand that active learning involves other children, adults, objects, ideas, stimuli and events that aim to engage and involve children for sustained periods. We believe that Early Years education should be as practical as possible and therefore , we are proud that our EYFS setting has an underlying ethos of Learning through play. PLAY is essential for children’s development across all areas. Play builds on children’s confidence as they learn to explore, to relate to others around them and develop relationships , set their own goals and solve problems. Children learn by leading their own play and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.  

We will ensure that all children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe at ALL times.  



What do you need in school each day?

Here is a helpful list to remind you of what you need in school each day.  You need to remember to bring these into class ready for the start of the day.

Monday- Water bottle, snack (fruit or vegetables) and  PE kit.

Tuesday- Water bottle and snack.

Wednesday- Water bottle and snack.

Thursday- Water bottle and snack.

Friday- Reading record, water bottle and snack.

Each week your child is able to swap their library book and their weekly Little Wandle books are assigned every Friday.

Come and have a look inside Ash classroom!

Having fun in our outdoor area!

Useful Websites


KIRFS (Key Instant Recall Facts)