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Welcome to Ashdown Class

Older pupils enjoy reading. They enthusiastically discuss their favourite authors and types of books they read. Comprehension skills are taught well. 

OFSTED December 2019

Ashdown is a mixed class of children in Years 5 and 6. Our class teacher is Mrs Apps and our classroom is large and bright, with interactive whiteboards and laptops.

Meet the Class Teacher




[My child] is really loving being back at school, she enjoyed having Miss Gillman via Zoom but is even happier now that Miss Gillman is back!

Year 5 Parent, Parent Survey, November 2020


[my child] has grown in herself and has blossomed over the last two weeks thanks to the fabulous life experiences you have provided for her.

Year 5 Parent, January 2019

Daily Routine

8:40 - Door Opens

8:45 - Door Closes

8:50 - Registration

9:00 - Assembly

9:20 - Lesson 1

10:10 - SPAG lesson

10:30 - Break 

10:45 - Lesson 2

11:35 - Guided Reading

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Lesson 3

2:00 - Lesson 4

3:00 - Home time


Monday - Open the Book Assembly

Tuesday - Nurture Group or Key Stage Assembly

Wednesday - PSHE

Thursday - Collective Worship - Please feel free to join us for this assembly!

Friday - Picture News

Long Term Planning

Year A Overview


Year B Overview



Our strategy for maths in Ashdown follows: -Do it -Use it -Own it - Explore it.


Home Tasks

  • Daily Reading
  • Weekly Times Tables 
  • Weekly Spellings - tested Monday afternoons
  • Termly Spellings - Year 5 & 6 words 

Daily Reading

  • Foster a love of reading.
  • Record that your child has read in their reading record.
  • Ask questions throughout reading (a list of possible questions will be added to the inside of your child's reading record).


Weekly Spellings - Spellings will be sent out on a Tuesday (in the front of the homework book). The children will need to write each spelling in a sentence in the front of their homework book. These spellings will be tested the following Monday.

Termly Spellings - These spellings your child needs to know by the end of the year but will be tested at least once each term.

Forest School

Forest School takes place every Tuesday. Ashdown pupils should arrive in school dressed in Forest School clothes and their uniform in a named bag to change back into after.

Children should wear their school shoes and will change into their wellies just before the session. Please ensure your child has suitable clothing for all weathers.

Year 6 SATs

The test dates for the next SATs are as follows:

  • 10th May 2021 to 13th May 2021

How can you help?

  • Ask your child what they have been learning today at school.
  • Please listen to your child read each day - little and often - it should be fun and not a chore.
  • Help them with their spellings.
  • Praise independence.
  • Tell us about achievements at home.
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Keep Up To Date

We use Arbor to communicate with parents and carers. We use Parentpay for paid trips, meals and activities.

We publish a newsletter every 2 weeks.


Children at Ashbury have excellent opportunities to take part in learning and sporting events at Faringdon Community College and at Pinewood Independent School.

These partnerships provide a secure link for our Year 6 children when they move up to secondary school, ensuring a well-managed, supported and confident transition.