Parochial C of E Primary School | Keppel Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 6NN
Tel: 0161 3436070 Email: Twitter: ParochialCofE

Proud member of the Forward as One Multi Academy Trust.

Growing Together in God

Welcome back!

I hope you have all had an enjoyable break and are well rested and excited to continue our learning journey. 

This half term is our theme is 'Swirling, Whirling to the Ground'.

We will be learning about the different seasons, the weather we experience during these and what we see in our environment (animals, birds and nature). 

Children will gain an understanding of the terms: spring; summer; autumn and winter; habitats; environments; nocturnal and diurnal animals and birds. 

We will continue to access all areas of the indoor and outdoor environment to enhance our understanding of the world we live in, further developing our understanding of numbers, letters, fine and gross motor skills and our personal creativity and imagination.

Homework will continue to be accessed via Tapestry. I ask that your child completes their homework weekly and that you upload photos or videos of this, so that we can assess it.

Please let me take this opportunity to assure you that your child's safety and happiness is paramount to the staff at Parochial and we continue to follow government guidance regarding Covid-19.

Please do not hesitate to contact school with any concerns or queries.

Ms. Frankland

We will have Dance on Tuesdays and PE on Fridays. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school for their lesson.


Tapestry is used daily to record observations of your child's progress and development. We link it to the Early Years outcomes and once it has been posted you can see your own child's learning journey.


We can activate Tapestry by inputting your email address and then sending you an activation code. Once you have received this and clicked on the link you will then be able to view all the fantastic learning your child is completing daily.


Just like you, Tapestry enables me to observe your child's learning and progress. Please upload any learning or special moments your child carries out at home. I can use any observations uploaded by yourselves to link learning objectives and characteristics of effective learning that your child meets. Observations are how we assess your children daily in class to ensure they are making progress. 

Read Write Inc

Our daily Phonics lessons develop our reading and writing skills. We will learn all letter sounds and begin to learn how to correctly form letters.

Fred the Frog will help us with our segmenting and blending through 'Fred Talk' and the many exciting games he likes to play.

Please complete the weekly videos of letter sound practice and formation with your child. Their progress will improve the more we do this.

We will be using the Power Maths scheme to further develop your child's math skills in both number work and shape, space and measure, this will be done within the learning environment or as guided activities.

This half term we look closely at 2D and 3D shapes. Please encourage your child to identify shapes in their everyday environments.

We will be using mathematical vocabulary such as: More or Less, Odd and Even, Counting on and forward and backward. We count from 0 - 20 (and occasionally back from 10 - 0).


Communication and Language is a Prime area of learning in the Early Years. Giving the children the skills to communicate enables them to become unique individuals who feel valued and listened to. Not all children have the ability to communicate through speech, Makaton  supports communication through signing and vocabulary at the same time.

Giving the children the opportunity to learn this fantastic skill extends both their learning and their communication abilities.

Each week their will be a new sign put on Tapestry, 'Makaton sign of the week'. There will be the picture /Logo of the sign and a video showing how to perform it. Please use this sign at home also to embed its use within the school setting.

We will begin the Talk for Writing program.

Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett, supported by Julia Strong and the Talk for Writing team, is powerful because it is based on the principles of how people learn. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage.

We will memorise the story, attach actions to it, create a story map and then use innovation to make independent changes to the original text. This will allow the children to take ownership of what they have written.