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New Reception Parents

Thank you for considering Ashton Vale Primary for your child. We hope you find the information below useful prior to your child starting with us, but if you have any questions, please do get in touch.


School Uniform

School uniform can be ordered via the School Gateway app or at the school office.  We sell branded polo tops; jumpers; cardigans; fleeces; P.E tops and shorts; P.E bags and book bags. Our uniform is as follows:

  • A red polo top with grey or black bottoms and grey or black tights / socks
  • Black shoes or trainers
  • For P.E. pupils should wear a yellow t-shirt and black shorts with a change of trainers, plus warm outerwear for outdoor activities. This should be put into a separate, named P.E. bag
  • Make-up and nail varnish are not permitted
Please label all school uniform with the child's name so we can reunite any lost items with their owner.
Ashton Vale uses the School Gateway app to make it easier to order uniform, book breakfast club, after-school clubs and make school dinner payments etc.  Sign up to the School Gateway by clicking on the logo and download the app for free. 

Sickness and Absence

Absences should be reported to the school office as soon as possible: 0117 9030383.

If your child has had vomiting or diarrhoea they must stay at home for 48hrs to prevent the spread of infection.

If your child will be absent for a second day or more please obtain a diagnosis & appointment card from your doctor to give to the school office upon their return. 

Recommended Activities

Maths is everywhere in the home. With the support of parents, children can grasp many mathematical concepts through their play.

Below are some ideas for games, songs and activities to do at home with your child to allow them to:

  • Know and understand early maths language of measurement, shapes, spaces, positions, early numbers, order and patterns
  • Know the sequence of numbers
  • Begin to understand positional words, e.g. in, on, outside 
  • Show an awareness of time
  • Be aware of shapes in their environment
  • Be aware of 1-to-1 correspondence
  • Acquire new vocabulary
  • Learn number rhymes and songs, e.g. one, two, buckle my shoe etc.
  • Be aware of conservation

    When we say a child “knows their numbers” what we often mean is that they can recite the names of numbers in ascending order. This is quite useful to be able to do, but it means very little in itself. Children need to come to know what the number system really means. They can be helped to do this through play.
     One of the first things they have to learn is about conservation – that 3 is always 3 no matter how it is arranged or presented, whether it is the number 3, the letters for three, 3 bricks, 3 buttons on a coat or 3 Billy Goats Gruff.

  • You can help to promote mathematical language such as – heavy, light, empty, full, long, short, big, small in relevant contexts 
  • Look at your home environment to develop language, especially positional words – small object in front of big object, behind, in, on

    The use of dough can help to develop a mathematical understanding for young children.
  • Develops mathematical language – short, long, fat, thin
  • Make shapes of different dimensions – flat shapes, 3D shapes
  • Create opportunities to compare things that float with things that do not

    Imaginative Play
  • Simple activities like letting your child set the table for dinner can help develop counting skills, e.g. getting out three pieces of cutlery
  • Involve your child with household activities. After washing, allow your child to sort clothes into different colours, or different types of clothes, e.g. t-shirts and socks. This will help to develop a child’s knowledge of shapes and colours

    Books and Rhymes
  • Enjoy stories and rhymes with your child that have a mathematical element, e.g. “One-two, Buckle my Shoe”. This can also help to develop literacy skills by showing your child that the print reads from left to right
  • Let your child count out items in the books – how many animals are on the page, how many items are blue
  • Using rhymes can also help develop your child's awareness of sequencing

    Physical Play
  • Develop fine motor skills through physical activity, e.g. sorting out a jigsaw, threading beads
  • Playing with blocks or toy cars can help to develop sequencing by encouraging your child to sequence according to size, colour, use (e.g. bike, car, lorry)
  • Playing with different sized blocks can help to develop an understanding of weight and dimensions
  • Tidying toys away allows children to sort into different sizes and colours
  • It can also develop mathematical language – first, second, third, how many are blue, which is largest / smallest

  • By planting seeds you can help to develop your child’s understanding of time and the life cycle of plants. Watch as the plants grow and even measure your plant – develop language such as taller
  • Teach your child about the different seasons and plant different items at different times of the year to compare colours, flowers, smells

    (Maths Through Play - Early Years Organisation)

Recommended Books

Below are some books that reception children will love, recommended by Pie Corbett for Scholastic. Next to each book title, are some ideas and questions that can be good to ask during and after they have the book read to them. Enjoy!


Pie Corbett's Reading Spine For Reception Children

The books for the 4–5yrs age group build on the nursery selection. They still mainly use patterned language, but begin to have a stronger emotional connection with the reader. There is also plenty to discuss and to wonder about. Many of them lend themselves to retelling and creating new versions or further adventures featuring the same characters