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Welcome to Ash Class!

 

The teacher in Ash class is Mrs Dursley.

We are also supported by Miss Beal and Miss Dudley.

 

 

A few reminders...

  • Every Wednesday the children in Ash Class have Forest Schools in the morning and PE in the afternoon.  Children need to come to school wearing their PE kit with warm, waterproof coats over the top.  Please can children arrive in their trainers and bring wellies in a separate bag to change into for Forest Schools.  
  • Children need their book bags in school EVERY DAY.  We read with your children throughout the week and it is very important that this is recorded in their reading diaries.  Please remember to support your child with reading their reading book at home.  We ask that children read with an adult 5 times per week at home and that this is recorded in their Reading Diary.  Reading books are changed once a week however you can read anything additional with your child - magazines, recipes, picture books etc!

Summer 1

 

The sun is finally starting to shine and this will be mirrored in our topic 'Imagine...'  This half term we will be using our imaginations to think about dreams, colour and feelings.  We will be experimenting with creating different textures and colour mixing.  Have a look at our topic overview below for more information!

Week Commencing 10th May 2021 - Maths


This week in our maths work we have been thinking about sharing different amounts and working out whether it is 'fair' or 'not fair' by counting if each set has the same amount.  We have used the book 'The Doorbell Rang' by Pat Hutchins as a basis for this weeks maths learning.  You can watch the story here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-tqjCPnHLg

The children have loved doing this practically with cakes and have followed this up during their independent choosing time!

Week Commencing 19th April 2021

Welcome back to school after a lovely half term break!  This week in class we have been reading the story 'The Rainbow Fish'.  The children have absolutely loved this story and it has provoked lots of discussions about following our school Rainbow Rules.  In literacy we have been writing sentences about how we can follow the Rainbow Rules to make sure school is a happy place!  In our topic work we have been learning about St George's Day and why this is special to English people.  In Feel Good Friday we tasted scones and strawberries and enjoyed listening to the National Anthem!

Spring 2

 

Our new topic after half term will be all about 'Nurturing Nature'. We will be learning about farms, farm animals, lifecycles of chicks and mother and baby animals. We will be looking at what food we get from the farm and how it is produced. 

We will be having our own hatching chicks in class and watching how they grow! Watch this space...

24th March - Forest Adventures

Today in our Forest Adventures session we planted salad vegetable seeds.  We looked at the different types of seeds and thought about how different they would look once they were fully grown!  The children chose from spinach, radishes, beetroot or lettuce!  We can't wait to see our vegetables grow!

WC 22nd March 2021

Last week we began looking at the story 'The Little Red Hen' which is our Talk 4 Writing text for this half term.  Not only have we thought about how the animals did or didn't follow our school Rainbow Rules, we have also been learning about the process of making bread and the journey from seed to loaf!  Today the children helped to make bread rolls.  The classroom smelt divine and we enjoyed eating them before home time whilst the bread was still lovely and warm!  Everyone gave the bread a big thumbs up!

19th March 2021 - Goodbye Chicks!

 

Today we sadly said goodbye to the chicks who we have loved looking after over the past couple of weeks.  Our favourite part was holding the chicks and watching them cuddling together under their heat lamp.  The children loved sneaking a peak at lunchtime when the classroom was quiet and the chicks fell asleep!  We were sad to see the chicks go but know that they are going to loving new homes with some of our children in Foundation 2!

World Book Day - 11th March 2021

Today we celebrated World Book Day!  We came to school dressed as our favourite book characters and some of us created book character wooden spoons at home too.  Well done to Lola who won our wooden spoon competition!  In class we focussed on the story 'Peace at Last' by our Author of the Term Jill Murphy.  We did lots of fun activities including using instruments to recreate the different sounds from the story.  We also weaved our own quilts for Daddy Bear to sleep under!

WC 8.3.21 - Chicks!

It is so lovely to see all children back in school this week and they have all settled back so well!  Today we took delivery of 15 eggs which are currently in an incubator keeping warm in Nursery.  We are hoping that by Friday the eggs will have hatched and we can have chicks in both Nursery and F2!  This week so far we have been discussing how to look after the eggs and chicks once they have hatched and have made signs to let people know how to keep them safe!

 

Update 12.3.21

We are so lucky that all 15 eggs have now hatched!  The chicks have been split into two brooder boxes between Nursery and F2.  The chicks have dried out and are looking very fluffy and cute!  Mrs Green & Miss Black are taking the chicks home for the weekend and will bring them back on Monday morning ready for lots of cuddles with our chidlren!

WC 1st March - Farm Animals

This week in school and at home we have enjoyed beginning to think about farm animals and exploring what we already know about farms.  In school children have been collaging farm animals and thinking about which colours they need to represent each animal.

Our children in school this week also thought of lots of questions that they would like to know about our local farm, White Post Farm.  We sent the questions off to White Post Farm and Farmer Anthony recorded us a fantastic video answering the children's questions and showing us lots of the animals that they have on the farm.  Click on the link below to watch the video!

Spring 1

 

This term our topic is called 'Once upon a time...' We will be discovering the magic world of fairytales!  As well as reading lots of traditional and modern fairytales we will be finding out about castles and the Royal family.  We will be exploring this through artwork, science and ICT.  Please have a look at our topic map below for more information.

WC 8.2.21 - Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning all about how Chinese New Year is celebrated.  We had fun reading the story of the animal race and making Chinese dragons.  On Friday we also thought about Pancake Day and read the story Mr Wolf's Pancakes and decorated our own pancakes, they were yummy!

21.1.21 - Castles

We have been learning about castles this week both at school and at home. We used lots of different construction materials including boxes, tubes, bricks and other loose parts to make our own castles. We have loved seeing the photos of the castles that the children have made at home too.  Have a look below!

14.1.21 - A Snowy Day!

The snow has made us really excited today.  We loved going out to do our Daily Mile in the snow today and seeing how we made footprints in the snow!  It wasn't long before more snow came down and we watched how this covered over our footprints.

The children who are working at home had a great time in the snow today as well!

WC 4th January 2021

 

Well what a strange start to the term we've had!  Well done to all our children for coping so well with all the changes that have been happening whether it is still coming to school or working through their remote learning ay home.  If you are working from home all of your learning will be uploaded to your portfolio.

 

This week we have been learning about the Princess and the Frog.  We have looked at rhyming words, competed maths work around the song 5 Little Speckled Frogs, and learnt all about the lifecycle of a frog.

 

In class on Friday afternoon we still enjoyed 'Feel Good Friday' and it was lovely to see that the children at home joined in with this doing their favourite 'feel good' activity at home too.  Have a look at our Feel Good Friday photos below!

Autumn 2

Last term was such a busy one with starting school and moving classrooms for the heating works to be completed.  This term will be equally as busy as we have a jam packed term planned for the children!  This term's topic is called 'I wonder...' and we will be learning all about some of the different celebrations that happen around the world at this time of year.  We will be continuing to look at the changes in the environment and at the end of the term we will be getting prepared for Christmas!

 

A Visit from Santa

Christmas 2020

We have had a super busy few weeks in December, continuing with our learning as well as celebrating Christmas in a very different way this year!  In maths we have been looking at counting out quantities and then partitioning numbers as well as helping Santa to put his presents and Christmas items in size order!  We are super proud of all of our children in literacy as so many children are now not only writing their own name but are applying their phonic knowledge and writing words too!  Most children are now ready to move onto Phase 3 phonics in the new year which is absolutely brilliant!  Below are a few pictures of our work over the last couple of weeks:

23.11.20 - Christingle

Today we got into the Christmas spirit a little early as we had our annual Christingle Service.  The children all created their own Christingle and then we were joined over zoom by Reverend Peter Taylor who told us all about what the Christingle represents.  The children were all incredibly sensible when lighting the Christingles and thoroughly enjoyed the service.

WC 16.11.20 - Diwali


This week in F2 we have been learning all about how Diwali is celebrated.  We compared it to the celebrations that we have.  In literacy we enjoyed learning the story of Rama & Sita and retelling it using masks.  We also created our own Mehndi hand patterns and Rangoli patterns and wrote Diwali cards for our friends and family.  Finally we made Diva lamps using clay and decorated them using beautiful coloured jewels.  Then on Friday we switched the lights off and lighted our Diva lamps to see how they were used to light the way home for Rama & Sita!

WC 9.11.20 - Remembrance Week


We've had a really busy week this week learning all about Remembrance Day and ways that people remember the soldiers of the wars.  The children have learnt all about what the symbol of the poppy represents and we have made our own poppies in various ways.  We enjoyed decorating biscuits to look like poppies and created poppies from the bottom of pop bottles as a contribution to a whole school poppy display.  In Forest Schools this week we created crosses out of sticks and string and laid these by our own memorial tree.  I was really proud of how mature and respectful the children have been this week when speaking about Remembrance Day.

A huge well done to all our fabulous children this week who have received certificates for reading at home!

WC 2.11.20 - Bonfire Night

This week in Foundation 2 we have been learning all about the traditions of Bonfire Night and learning about how it is celebrated.  We made our own bonfire in Forest Schools and had marshmallows in Feel Good Friday.  We learnt about fire safety and how we can keep ourselves and our pets safe!  Children were also set a home learning challenge this week to create a bonfire picture on Purple Mash.  I'm sure you will agree that the children's pictures look spectacular!

As part of our learning this week about Bonfire Night we have also been continuing to think about the changes in the environment that we see at this time of the year.  Our outdoor area has been covered in autumn leaves and we have had fun this week playing in the leaves, throwing them up and sweeping them into piles!  We have been looking at circle art with by Kandindski and recreated our own circle art using autumn colours.  We then put the pictures together to create a beautiful display in our classroom.

      

Autumn 1

 

This term our learning will be centred around the topic 'Where will I go?'  As well as spending lots of time settling into our new classroom and learning the new rules and routines of out school we will be doing lots of exciting learning about ourselves and out families, journeys, maps and transport.  

 

      

 

 

16th October 2020 - Spooky Day!

We had a great day today getting dressed up in our Halloween costumes and doing lots of spooky activities around the classroom!  All of the children looked amazing and loved exploring the messy play.  We hope you all have a super half term and stay safe!

WC 12.10.20 - Pumpkin Soup!

This week we have been reading the story 'Pumpkin Soup' by Helen Cooper.  The children really loved the story and talking about the characters.  We discussed how to work together as a team and linked this to our school Rainbow Rules.  On Thursday we followed a recipe and made our own pumpkin soup.  It made the classroom smell delicious and we all loved having a taste of the soup!

Week commencing 21.9.20

Have a look at what we have been getting up to in our Forest School sessions!  Our challenge over the past fortnight has been to create our face using the natural materials.  We loved having hot chocolate and biscuits in the forest for our snack and learn a new hello & goodbye song!  Have a look below at a few of our Forest Schools photos so far...

 

 

Week Commencing 14.9.20

 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be looking at the story 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' by John Burningham. We will be doing lots of activities surrounding the story and will be retelling it using actions and a story map!
Here is a link to the story on youtube if you would like to watch it with your child at home:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi_DV_DWN8M

 


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