Ashbury Primary School

"United in a love for learning we will grow and succeed together"

Wayland Class

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Welcome to Wayland Class

"Adults use effective strategies to help children to begin to write individual letters and sounds to build words and develop their early writing skills securely."                                                                                                                                                                              OFSTED February 2016

Wayland is a mixed class of 22 pupils in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2. Our teacher is Mrs Urban and she is supported by two teaching assistants, one who works in the morning and another who works in the afternoon. We have a bright, colourful and spacious classroom with good access to our outside learning space.



Term 1 - Superheroes

This topic will cover fictional characters and real life superheroes, such as the Moon Landing. Wayland class will have a superhero day arranged at the end of Term 1!

Term 2 - Castles

This topic will cover life in a castle. A visit to Warwick Castle will take place at the beginning of term.

Term 3 - Dinosaurs


Below is our timetable for the year. Please click on the image to download as a PDF

Home Tasks

  • Practicing Sounds.
    Wayland pupils enjoying part of the outside area

    Wayland Pupils Enjoying The

    Outside Learning Environment

  • Sharing a book every day.
  • Reading tricky words
Year 1 and 2
  • Spellings (look, cover, write, check)
  • Reading Daily (comprehension of text)
  • Reading and Spelling Year 1 and 2 words 




PE (Monday and Thursday)

Children will need their PE kit (including outdoor trainers/daps as well as a sweatshirt and jogging bottoms for colder days)

Forest School (Tuesday)

Children need a change of clothing which is suitable for 'messy' activities. Arms and legs must be covered.

Outdoor Environment

We use our outside areas most days to develop and encourage learning. You can learn to count in 2's by jumping along a number line!

Personal Skills 

Children need to be able to cooperate with others, share and take turns.

The children are learning to be independent by looking after belongings and completing their work to the best of their ability. 



The National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 encompasses:

  • English

    Wayland Class Taking Part in Forest School

  • Maths
  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing
  • Literacy
  • Music
  • Numeracy
  • PE
  • Science
  • Personal Development (PSHE)
  • RE

The Foundation curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning and development.

Three prime areas:

Pupils are encouraged to explore and investigate

  •  Communication and Language
  •  Physical Development
  •  Personal, Social and Emotional Development

And four specific areas:

  •  Literacy
  •  Mathematics
  •  Understanding of the World
  •  Expressive Arts and Design

 Creative Curriculum

>Our curriculum is based on the principles of the Early Years Curriculum and extended to meet the requirements of Key Stage 1.

>Areas of our curriculum are linked through topic, where possible, to help children give meaning to their learning.

>Learning is practical and active so that children receive a 'hands on' experience to develop their knowledge and understanding of new concepts.

>All tasks are differentiated to ensure that children are challenged in their learning. There are some specific criteria for each year group - some children may exceed these and a few may find it difficult to reach the required standard.


We continue to use Letters & Sounds - first revising all the Phase 2 and Phase 3 phonemes and encouraging children to identify them in their reading and applying them in their writing.

We then move to Phase 5 - this phase focuses on teaching children to recognise and use alternative ways of pronouncing the graphemes and spelling the phonemes already taught e.g. 'c' in coat and city.

We encourage children to recognise an increasing number of tricky words/Year 1 and 2 words automatically.

Phonics Check - Year 1

Will take place in June 2019.

Children will be asked to read 40 real or 'made up' words using their phonic knowledge - they will not be able to use any other strategy such as context or picture clues.

Games such as Trash or Treasure on website are brilliant to practice these skills.

We will be running a workshop for parents on how to help their children.



-To continue to foster a love of books and realise why it is so important to be able to read independently.

-Phonics should be the prime approach to reading.

-To continue to participate in book talk.

-To identify different genres e.g. stories, poetry, non-fiction/information.

-Children are encouraged to read individually to an adult daily.

-In school we hear each child read 3 times a week. They may change their book every day.

-Recognise High Frequency words by sight.


Good handwriting remains fundamental to children's educational achievement even though most of their future correspondence in adult life will be typed! 

Correct letter formation and orientation is demonstrated in an active way. We use a variety of media for handwriting to consolidate letter formation such as sand, paintbrushes, gel boards and chalk. 

Children in Year 2 will be taught how to join their handwriting.


-Children will learn in groups, as a whole class and independently using White Rose Maths/selecting maths resources during play.

-Where possible maths will be linked to topic, but some links can be a little tenuous.

-Maths remains practical and active.

-Children learn to record their work independently.

-Focus on reasoning, applying knowledge and solving challenges.


During Reception, children form an understanding of a sentence and most become able to compose simple sentences that convey meaning.

In Year 1 and 2 this is built upon and children learn to write in a variety of genres.

Children use their phonic knowledge and sight words independently.


Wayland homework is due in every Wednesday. However, spellings will be checked each Friday to monitor the pupils learning. The new spellings will be sent home each Monday so the children can practice each day.

Spellings are differentiated for each group and reflect each child's learning needs. 

How can you help?

Ask your child what they have been learning today at school - if they just say 'playing', ask them if they have used the computer, talked to a partner, counted etc.

Please listen to them read every day - little and often - it should be fun not a chore.

Help them with their spellings/phonics.

Praise independence, good manners, turn taking and listening skills.

Encourage learning maths using real-life contexts at home.

Tell us about any learning they have achieved at home and we can add this to their profiles (Reception only).

Let us know if you have time to help in school!

Keep Up To Date

We use Parentmail PMX to communicate with parents and carers.

We publish a newsletter every 2 weeks, click here to see newsletters from this school year.


OFSTED reported in February 2016 that we have... “a curriculum which provides children with interesting and stimulating activities.”


The school's religious character is an integral part of everyday life at Ashbury. Pupils' behaviour is excellent.

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