Welcome to Phase 2 (Little Gems) 


Our Phase is called 'Little Gems' because all our children are very precious. We want to make sure that all 'Little Gems' are safe, happy and have the opportunity to sparkle at school! 

Our teachers in Little Gems Phase are:


Year 1     
Emerald & Ruby    
Year 2    
Diamond & Sapphire    

Phonics and Reading... 

At Ash Tree we want the best outcomes for every single child. We encourage children to develop key early reading skills from a young age. In FS, Year 1 and Year 2 we teach the phonics scheme Read Write Inc. daily; grouping children according to their reading ability and reading level.

This is an inclusive early literacy scheme. In Year 1 and Year 2 children read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge, take home Phonics storybooks to share, learn to read with fluency and expression, learn to spell using known sounds, write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first and learn to work well with a partner.

Key Stage 1 Tests...

This the video gives parents and carers some key information about the SATs that will be happening in May for Key Stage 1 children.

As always, if you have any further questions please see your child's teacher.

This video explains the Read Write Inc. teaching process.

Help @ home...

Here is a website you could use with your child to help them develop their handwriting.


You choose a letter from the drop down menu and then trace it with a finger - helping the child form letter shapes.


Other helpful websites:










10 Tips on Hearing Your Child Read

Mother listening to her child read

As parents you are your child's most influential teacher with an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read.

Here are some suggestions on how you can help to make this a positive experience.

1. Choose a quiet time

Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Ten to fifteen minutes is usually long enough.

2. Make reading enjoyable

Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest then do something else.

3. Maintain the flow

If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. It is better to tell a child some unknown words to maintain the flow rather than insisting on trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters. If your child does try to 'sound out' words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than 'alphabet names'.

4. Be positive

If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Don't say 'No. That's wrong,' but 'Let's read it together' and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child's confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.

5. Success is the key

Parents anxious for a child to progress can mistakenly give a child a book that is too difficult. This can have the opposite effect to the one they are wanting. Remember 'Nothing succeeds like success'. Until your child has built up his or her confidence, it is better to keep to easier books. Struggling with a book with many unknown words is pointless. Flow is lost, text cannot be understood and children can easily become reluctant readers.

6. Visit the Library

Encourage your child to use the public library regularly.

7. Regular practice

Try to read with your child on most school days. 'Little and often' is best. Teachers have limited time to help your child with reading.

8. Communicate

Your child will most likely have a reading diary from school. Try to communicate regularly with positive comments and any concerns. Your child will then know that you are interested in their progress and that you value reading.

9. Talk about the books

There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Just as important is being able to understand what has been read. Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.

10. Variety is important

Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials eg. picture books, hard backs, comics, magazines, poems, and information books.