Welcome to Ash Class
The teacher in Ash class is Mrs Dursley.
We are supported each day by Miss Beal.
A few reminders...
After a lovely long Christmas break we're now ready to get back to our learning in Spring 1, and we have a very busy term planned! This term our learning will be centred around Traditional Tales and we will be linking these to our school Rainbow Rules. We will be looking at a different Rainbow Rule each week and thinking about how we can follow the rules around school and at home and why they are so important. We will then be looking at how the characters in the stories we read are (or aren't!) following the rules!
Week 1 - We look after our school
Week 2 - We are kind and helpful
Week 3 - We try our best
Week 4 - We are honest
Week 5 - We listen
Week 6 - We are gentle and look after each other
Each week we will also be learning a new Nursery rhyme. These will be sent home in book bags for you to practise with your child! Thank you for your support.
Week 3: wc 20th January 2020
This week our Rainbow Rule is 'we try our best'. We are steering away from traditional tales slightly this week we are celebrating Chinese New Year! We are going to be thinking about what we are good at and different ways we can try our best. We will also be thinking about what we can do now compared to what we could do when we were babies! Alongside all of this we will be learning about how Chinese New Year is celebrated and will be enjoying our own Chinese banquet. Finally we will be reading 'The Hare and the Tortoise' to reinforce our understanding of how to try our best!
Week 2: wc 13th January 2020
This week our Rainbow Rule is 'we are kind and helpful'. We are linking it to the books The Little Red Hen and Hansel & Gretel. We will be thinking about how it's kind to help our friends, unlike the characters who wouldn't help the Little Red Hen to bake the bread! This week we will be baking bread and even making our own butter to go with it!
Baking - 16.1.2020
In our baking session this week we made Little Red Hen bread rolls. The children enjoyed adding the ingredients and kneading the dough. We watched it rise and then bake in the oven. On Friday we made our own butter to go with the bread and took it in turns to shake double cream in a jar until it turned into butter, which was fascinating to watch! We enjoyed our fresh bread and butter during Feel Good Friday and it was a huge hit with the children!
Week 1: wc 6th January 2020
This week our Rainbow Rule is 'we look after our school'. We are linking it to the books The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Golidlocks didn't look after the Bears property very well and the Big Bag Wolf didn't look after the Three Little Pig's houses! We will be writing speech bubbles for the characters and making new homes for the pigs to live in as well as making our own music to a little pig song on Thursday when we have our whole school music day!
Thursday 9th January 2020 - Rock Star Day!
Wow! The children all looked fabulous dressed up as rock stars to celebrate the launch of our new whole school music programme Charanga. Today learned a new song about the Three Little Pigs and used the song to help us retell the story. We then added percussion instruments to accompany the song including rain makers, tambourines, maracas and wooden blocks. The children really enjoyed being musicians for the day!
Thursday 9th January 2020
This afternoon we put our scientist hats on to test the theory of the Big Bad Wolf! We surrounded a house with the different materials straw, sticks and bricks. The children made their own predictions about which would be the strongest and then the Big Bad Wolf hairdryer put our theories to the test! It was so fun!
We have such a busy and exciting term ahead of us! This term we will be looking at the different celebrations that are happening around the world, such as Bonfire Night, Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas. We would love to know about any events or festivals our children might celebrate at home so please do let us know if there is anything special you would like to share!
A huge well done to all our children for such a fantastic performance in this mornings Nativity performance.
Christmas Craft Afternoon 6.12.19
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came to our Christmas Craft afternoon, we all had a fantastic time!
Children in Need - 15.11.19
Feel Good Friday - 15.11.19
Today we had our first 'Feel Good Friday' and it was such a lovely end to the week! The children got cosy with their blankets and slippers and we enjoyed hot chocolate with our friends. We shared the family bag and then a story and ate the poppy biscuits that the children made yesterday. We can't wait until Feel Good Friday next week!
Trip to Brackenhurst - 8.11.19
We had brilliant day at Brackenhurst Education Centre learning all about Diwali! When we arrived we walked into the woods and retold the Diwali story together. We then went on a hunt around the amazing grounds of Brackenhurst to find different objects and pictures relating to Diwali before decorating our own Diwali tree with the items we had found. By lunch we were all starving from our busy morning so enjoyed out picnics in the warm classroom. After lunch we did lots of Diwali crafts - making Diva lamps our of clay, creating out own Rangoli patterns out of chalk, designing Mendhi patterns and making lucky red boxes. After this it was time to get back on the bus to go back to school. What a super day we all had!
Fire Engine Visit 4.11.19
Today we had a visit from Ashfield Fire Services who brought their fire engine for us to look at. The fire fighters explained how some of the part of the engine work and everyone got to have a look inside. The children all got to have a go with the hose too!
We are so pleased that the children have all now settled in well. We have learnt all about our new classroom, routines and made new friends. This term our focus is on ourselves and the changing season. We are talking about our likes and dislikes, our families and where we live. We will be linking this to looking at where animals might live and what their families might look like. We will be watching out for signs of autumn and learning about Harvest.
Our current Talk for Writing book is 'The Enormous Turnip.'
We have enjoyed reading different versions of the story and acting it out. Today (19.9.19) we had a creative mark making session where Mrs Dursley read the story and we made handwriting patterns to fit in with the different parts of the story. Have a look at our photos below!
Leaf Man - WC 14.10.19
This week we have been reading a new story - Leaf Man. The children have really enjoyed getting to know Leaf Man who blows wherever the wind takes him! Our very own Leaf Man blew away this week and wrote us a letter to ask for our help to find him, so we set off on an Autumn hunt and found Leaf Man hiding in a bush, hurray! Also this week we have been experimenting with colour mixing and using our new colours to print leaves, have a look at the fun we have had below!
This week we have been learning about patterns! We have been making 2 and 3 step patterns all over Foundation - using our bodies, voices and making patterns with objects. Our children were set the challenge to make a pattern in their Independent Learning time this week and they have certainly been creative! Have a look at our photos below!
Harvest Festival 20.9.19
Today we have been learning all about Harvest! We read the story Oliver's Vegetables and looked at some real vegetables that lots of us hadn't seen before like aubergines and parsnips! We then used the vegetables to made funny faces. Have a look at the photos below, aren't our faces fabulous?!
Our Learning 2018-2019
Oh I do like to be Beside the Seaside!
This term we are centring out learning around holidays and the seaside! We will be thinking about our favourite holidays, talking about how we travel on holiday, what we like to do on holiday and finding out what life is like in other countries. Our main Talk for Writing text will be an instruction text on 'How to Build a Sandcastle'. We have such a busy and exciting few weeks planned for our final term in Foundation 2, including our trip to Wheelgate, Sports Day and lots of transition sessions ready for Year 1. Please look out for letters in your childs book bag!
Please remember to read with your child at least 3 times per week and record it in their reading record. We are really pleased with the progress the children are making in phonics and your support with reading at home has a huge impact on their progress and enjoyment.
On Monday this week we took delivery of 16 eggs and an incubator and today we have had all but one egg hatch! Hopefully the final egg will hatch tomorrow. All children were very lucky to see one of the chicks actually hatch out of it's shell and they were all very excited. We are hoping to be able to hold the chicks tomorrow and we are looking forward to welcoming them into our classroom from Nursery and watching them continue to grow. Please keep checking back as we update the our photos of the chicks so far!
Making butter! 3.5.19
Today we learnt how to make butter! This week nursery made home-made bread and very kindly donated us a couple of loaves to test our butter on. We put double cream into jars then took it in turns to shake the jars as hard as we could until the cream turned into butter. Have a look at the photos below to see how we got on!
Healthy Living Day 2019
This year for Healthy Living Day, Ash Class took part in three different activities including pizza making, circuits and yoga. We have a great time learning about different ways to keep our bodies healthy. Have a look at our photos below of our pizza making, we all gave them a big thumbs up!
Last week we designed our own dragons and wrote a list of what equipment we would need to make them! This afternoon we had great fun creating our dragons with all sorts of boxes and tubes. Next week we will be painting and decorating our dragons, have a look next week for more photos of our finished creations!
World Book Day 2019
We have had a great day celebrating World Book Day. As a whole school we were focusing on the author Julia Donaldson and our chosen story was 'The Scarecrows Wedding'. We thoroughly enjoyed reading the story and making our own shape scarecrows which are now on display! All the children's costumes look great and 'Well Done' to Agnes & Kaya for winning the best costume prizes!
A huge well done to all the children who completed their holiday homework of creating a castle to kick off our new Fairytale topic. We have been completely overwhelmed by all the amazing creations that the children have made...
White Post Farm Trip 5.12.18
What a super day we all had today at White Post Farm! We were so lucky with the weather as it stayed dry whilst we were outside looking at the animals. We loved feeding and learning about all the animals from our guide Mick, and got to hold some little mice. We visited Santa in his grotto and walked around his amazing winter wonderland. After lunch some of the children wanted to join in with a big nativity and then we went to see the reptiles. We had lots of compliments on how well our children behaved throughout the trip, they were such a credit to the school. Have a look at our photos below!
Jump Rope For Heart - 22nd November
Today we had great fun doing lots of skipping and jumping and raising money for British Heart Foundation. Children did really well having a go at learning to skip with a skipping rope and all children showed lots of perseverance! Have a look at some of the action shots of our children!
Autumn Stay & Play - Thursday 15th November
A huge thank you to all the parents who came to our Autumn Stay & Play today. The children loved performing their autumn songs and playing with their families in the classroom, we can't wait for the next Stay & Play!
Friday 9th November 2018 - Remembrance
Today we have been learning about why we have Remembrance Day and why people wear poppies. We watched a lovely video on the cbeebies website and walked about how the rabbit would have been feeling throughout and after the war. We then made red and black crosses which we placed under a tree during our Remembrance Day assembly.
Friday 26th November - Fire Engine Visit
Today we were visited by Sutton Fire Service who came to talk to us about Firework Safety ahead of Bonfire Night. They taught us all about how to stay safe on Bonfire Night and then showed us around their fire station. It was great fun learning about the different parts of a fire engine and we all got the chance to go inside the fire engine too!
26th November 2018 - We found a frog!!
This afternoon the children in F2 were very excited to find a frog in the outdoor area. They named him 'Freddy the Frog; and were all very careful not to go too close or touch the frog. We were fascinated to watch how the frog moved and looked at the colours and markings on its skin.
Today we were joined in class by some of our Grandparents. We sang them a song and then they helped us all with a craft activity where we made hanging hearts. Then we had time to play with them in our classroom environment and in our outdoor learning area. We had great fun, and so did our Grandparents.
Parents Session - Friday 28th September
A big thank you to all parents who were able to attend the phonics meeting last week. As promised, below are links to some of our favourite phonics songs!
Creative Mark Making - 20.9.18
This week we have been reading the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy. We have had lots of fun acting out and retelling the story as well as deciding what the bear might want to take to the moon and sounding out the words in our phonics sessions. Today we did Creative Mark Making where Mrs Dursley read us the book and we made marks on long paper for the different parts of the story such as practising circular movements for the moon and long whooshing lines for the rocket taking off into space. Have a look at our photos below...
15.9.18 - New delivery!
Last week we took delivery of two new easels to use in Foundation 2 - one inside and one outside. These were bought with some of the fundraising money from the pirate picnic we had in the summer term. The children were very excited about our new easels as they can paint either on perspex or attach paper to do their paintings! We are looking forward to seeing what amazing paintings the children come up with! A huge thank you to everyone who donated and sponsored our children to complete the pirate obstacle course.