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Class 1 – Ash

Welcome to our new Ash Class page. This page covers details for the coming year, with helpful guides on your child's learning journey.


Miss Alicia Hoad

Miss Hoad

About Alicia

What’s your favourite book?
My favourite childhood book is The Suitcase Kid by Jaqueline Wilson and I often revisit it in adulthood if I am feeling nostalgic. I love the cartoon illustrations in Jaqueline’s books too, by illustrator Nick Sharratt.

What’s your favourite hobby?
I love to bake cakes, cook delicious dinners, draw, read and sometimes even make things out of fabric. I also love taking my dog Alphie for long walks, especially on the beach as he likes to swim in the sea!

What has been your most exciting adventure?
My most exciting adventure has got to be road tripping on Indian motorcycles all the way around Scotland, camping as we explored the furthest north we could get. We went in October, so it was very chilly, however we were able to swim at Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull during a freak warm spell!

Tell us about a job you did before you were a teacher….
Before I was a teacher, I was a licensed children’s wear designer for 6 years! I got to design with characters like The Minions, Peppa Pig, and even some of Disney’s most loved too. I really loved this job as I got to be creative with some of the characters I knew and loved from my own childhood.

What’s your most inspirational thought?
My most inspirational thought is that a smile often goes a long way. Not only is smiling infectious, you also never know who’s day you might cheer up if you give a random grin. :-)

Mrs Paula Nicolls

Mrs Nicolls
Teaching Assistant (TA)


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Miss Claire Shadbolt

Miss Claire Shadbolt
Teaching Assistant (TA)


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Year 1 – Reading List

The Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr
Hairy Maclary, Lynley Dodd
The Large Family Collection, Jill Murphy
Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child
The Smartest Giant in Town, Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo’s Child, Julia Donaldson
The Gigantic Turnip, Aleksei Tolstoy
The Whisperer, Nick Butterworth
Mrs Armitage on Wheels, Quentin Blake
The Trouble with Jack, Shirley Hughes
My Friend Bear, Jez Alborough
Avocado Baby, John Burningham
A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond
Funnybones, Allan Ahlberg
The Hodgeheg, Dick King-Smith
The Jolly Postman, Allan Ahlberg
Mister Magnolia, Quentin Blake
Katie Morag Series, Mairi Hedderwick
Frog and Toad are Friends, Arnold Lobel
The Princess and the Pea, Minnie Grey
Amazing Grace, Mary Hoffman
Don’t Forget the Bacon, Pat Hutchins
Emperor of Absurdia, Chris Riddell
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Jon Scieszka
Anna Hibiscus, Atinuke
Ask Me, Antje Damm
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak