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Welcome to Ash Class!

 

Ash Class is a mixed class of reception, year 1 and year 2 children. Our teacher is Miss Bleakley and Mrs Hartness is our HLTA. 

We are lucky to have our own outdoor learning area and enjoy playing outside come rain or shine! The ethos of our class is to develop happy, confident and independent learners who are willing to try their best and find success in their everyday learning. Every child is unique and we aim to tailor lessons to the individual needs of the children.

 

On this page you can find weekly updates about our learning and any special adventures we have been on. We hope you enjoy reading about our learning journey!

Medium Term Planning Overview- Summer 2019

Science

In science this term we will be learning about plants and the weather. We will be learning about the different parts of a plant and their functions. We will be learning to identify some local trees and flowers and will also be observing the weather and asking and answering questions about the weather.

History

In history this term we will be learning about a Victorian day at the seaside and will compare the features to a visit today. We will learning about the different toys, clothes and hobbies of the Victorians.   

Geography

Our topic this term is very geography based. We will be observing the weather and comparing data as well as identify things found in hot and cold places. We will also be comparing the British seaside to the seaside in St Lucia. The children will learn to use maps to identify continents and oceans.    

Maths

In maths we will be recapping and building on the foundation we have developed so far this year. Year 2 will be working on their problem solving and reasoning skills as well as ensuring they have the key skills they need to be successful in year 3. Year 1 will be securing their understanding of number, place value, position and direction and time, as well as developing their problem solving and reasoning skills. In reception we will continue to explore problems based on the children interests.

Sun, Sea and Sand

English

In English term we will continue to develop our reading and writing skills by exploring a range of texts. The children will be developing their spelling, punctuation and grammar throughout the term. Reception will be building on their foundations and use their phonics knowledge to write sentences in a range of contexts. We will start off the term by exploring The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and will then explore a range of poetry and fairy tales.

Music

In music we will be listening to the sounds of different instruments and use them to create short patterns. We will create music in response to a stimulus and will learn to keep a beat.

PSHE

We will continue to learn about and develop our understanding of Growth Mind set through participating in activities which will challenge our thinking. We will continue to have circle time in which we will discuss some key social and moral questions.

Art

In art we are going to be building on the skills we have already learnt throughout the year. We will be learning to use a range of media, including the computers to create artwork. We will also be exploring the art of Andy Goldsworthy.

Computing

In computing this term we will learning to create simple algorithms using Scratch and will create a code for a programmable toy. We will be using the ipads to take photos of our artwork.  

RE

In RE we will talk about birthdays, special celebrations and people to remember. Our discussions will include different kinds of weddings and celebrations.

DT

In DT this term the children will have a chance to explore a range of materials and how to join them. They will design their own models, evaluate them and consider what improvements they could make.

PE: Athletics, outdoor games.

Week Commencing 6th May

This week in Ash Class we have been really busy learning to tell the time. We have continued to practise learning to read the time to o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. This would also be a great skill to practise at home!

In English this week we have been writing letters to the author of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch and have been thinking about questions we would like to ask them. We had a fab art session on Wednesday afternoon after we had so much rain. We went outside the explore what happens with the primary colours when we mix them. We used the puddles to mix in!

In science we went to the wild garden to explore mini-beast habitats. The children all enjoyed looking for habitats and were thinking about why the mini-beasts might like the live there. On Friday we enjoyed an extra PE session with Mr Franco who is the DLPT PE lead. He came to meet the children and taught them about balance and coordination- it was a great session! The children listened really carefully and tried out some new games.

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Week Commencing the 22nd and 29th April 2019

We've had a really busy start to the term! Our new topic is 'Sun, Sea and Sand'. We've been thinking about what we would like to find out about the seaside and recorded some questions. We have also started learning about what a visit to the seaside was like in Victorians times compared to now. We learnt all about the bathing huts that are wheeled into the sea and the different types of entertainment at the seaside.

Over the last two weeks we have also been exploring The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage. Some children have been writing letters, some have been writing their own stories based on the text and some have enjoyed discussing the text and it's sequels.

In maths this week year 1 have been learning how to tell the time to the hour and half past while year 2 have been recapping fractions. 

We enjoyed our final fencing session with Aidan on Monday and practised some key skills such as the correct footwork technique and how to use a foil. We had great fun!

In science this half term we are learning all about plants. We started the term by learning to identify different parts of the plant and their function. Year 2 went into more detail and learnt the parts of a flower. We then went on a hunt around the school grounds and walked to the graveyard to see what wild flowers and plants we could find. We found loads and enjoyed sketching and labelling them. 

Reception have been working really hard and have been learning to add numbers by playing a game of skittles. They have been adding up their scores as they go- great fun! They have also been joining in with lots of science over the last two weeks and really impressed us with their knowledge of plants! We have also been observing the weather over the last week and have been recording it in our weather observation booklets. 

We enjoyed a lovely mystery reader last Friday- thank you to Landon's Grandma for joining us! Still lots of space if any parents/carers would like to sign up to a slot!

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Medium Term Planning Overview - Ash Class YR/ Y1/ Y2 Spring 2019

Science

In science this term we will be learning about animals, including humans. We will learn to classify different animals, learn about their habitats and what they need to survive. We will also be learning about the human body, how we change from babies into adults and what humans need to keep healthy.

History

We will be exploring the life of Samuel Pepys and the impact of his diaries. We will be using his diaries to learn about the Great Fire of London. We will compare things from the past to today such as fire engines, houses and making bread. As part of our topic we will also be learning about the monarchy, British kings and queens and today’s royal family.

Geography

In geography this term we will be developing our map reading skills. We will also be exploring key towns and cities in the UK and what key facilities towns and cities need. We will also be learning about key land marks in London and how it has changed since the Great Fire of London.

Maths

In maths we follow the National Curriculum for years 1 and 2 and Development Matters for Reception. This term we will be learning about measuring length, height, weight and volume. We will also be recapping the 4 operation: multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. Reception will continue to develop key number skills, learn to add and subtract and be able to measure within the continuous provision.

Fire! Fire!

The Great Fire of London

English

In English we follow the National Curriculum for Year 1/2 and Development Matters for Reception. We will be exploring a wide range of texts including Samuel Pepys and diary writing, newspapers and chronological reports. We will develop key grammar and punctuation skills. Reception will be working on building simple sentences, using finger spaces and developing and applying their phonics knowledge to reading and writing.

Music

In music this term we will be using our voices to sing songs, chants and rhymes. We will be learning some new songs and nursery rhymes as well as learning to play instruments together as a group.

PSHE

We will continue to learn about having a Growth Mindset and what we can do to keep a Growth Mindset. We will also be thinking about how we can support our community.

Art

In art this term we will focus on developing key skills using colour, brush and pencil strokes. We will explore the work of Monet and recreate our own interpretations of his work.

Computing

In computing this term we will be practising and learning about e-safety. The children will be developing their coding skills using simple programs, Beebots, ipads and cameras. They will learn to store and retrieve data.

RE

We will be exploring Judaism and Islam this term as well as exploring Christian celebrations such as Easter.

DT

In DT this term we will learn how to make bread and will developing our cooking skills. We will also be designing, building and evaluating our own Stuart houses. We will be learning about joining methods and how to make our models stronger.

PE: Fundamental Movement: balance, agility and coordination.

Week Commencing 25th March 2019

This week we enjoyed our second archery session! We had a competition in small teams to see who could score the most points. We had improved greatly with our aim and firing at the target!

In maths this week we started learning about division. We learnt to share objects into groups or to group them into set amounts. In English we started learning the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have been learning to retell the story using actions and a story map. We have enjoyed watching our real caterpillars grow and grow this week and have been keeping a diary to record the changes. We enjoyed Mother's Day lunch on Friday and had good fun making our Mother's Day cards! Another busy week in Ash Class.

 

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Week Commencing 18th March 2019

We started the week off with a fab archery PE lesson on Monday morning. The children learnt how to hold the bow and how to load the arrow. We had some great shots that hit the target! We are looking forward to another archery session next Monday. On Friday we also enjoyed another PE session with Miss Burnett. We practised our throwing and catching skills. In English we have been learning about the prefix -un and the suffix -ed. We have been adding them to change the meaning of root words. In maths we have continued our multiplication unit and enjoyed solving multiplication problems in the hall on Friday morning!  On Thursday we had a visit from Gener8 and learnt about the meaning of Easter. We love singing along!

We have enjoyed the lovely weather this week and Reception enjoyed lots of learning outside. We have been exploring full and empty in the water tray, recognising sounds in the ball pit and constructing using the small and large construction materials. Reception are becoming more confident writing independently and created a restaurant in the mud kitchen complete with a shopping list and menus! Reception and year 1 also enjoyed some junk modelling. We had a special delivery this Friday- some caterpillars! We are looking forward to watching them grow and change as we start a new English unit based on the Hungry Caterpillar on Monday!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

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Week Commencing 11th March 2019

What a busy week! The days are flying by! This week in Ash Class we have been celebrating British Science week. We continued our topic on animals and have been learning about food chains. First we recapped different groups of animals such as reptiles, mammals, amphibians and birds. Then we created our own food chains. We learnt to use some great science words such as 'consumer' and 'producer'. As part of British Science week we experimented with potion making. The children predicted what would happen when mixing together vinegar, washing up liquid and baking powder. They then had the opportunity to experiment using different amounts of each of the ingredients and watched to see what would happen! The result was a fantastic messy foamy mixture!!

On Thursday we were very kindly visited my Mrs Garland who volunteered her time to share a skeleton and a body model with Ash Class. The children asked lots of questions and thoroughly enjoyed the session! A big thank you to Mrs Garland! 

In maths this week we recapped fractions and then moved on to a new multiplication unit. We recapped some key vocabulary for multiplication and learnt to use arrays to solve simple multiplication problems. Reception have been exploring numbers and finding one more and one less than a given number as well as exploring maths in the continuous provision. 

In PE this week used our ball skills to play some simple team games. We learnt about team work and how to work together. 

In phonics, Reception have now finished learning phase 3 sounds and have been consolidating their learning. They have been practising segmenting and blending and recognising tricky words and key words quickly by sight. Year 1 have been exploring alternative sounds and have been consolidating their phonics knowledge. Year 2 have been recapping some key spelling, punctuation and grammar skills, including some new spelling rules. Year 2 also wrote a super non-chronological report about animals. 

We enjoyed another Forest School session with Mrs Tickle on Friday afternoon in which the children planted potatoes after we had prepared the land last week. They enjoyed learning about where food comes from and how potatoes grow. We are looking forward to watching them grow and eating them soon!!

On Friday we celebrated Red Nose Day. The children looked fantastic in their own clothes, a big thank you for all the donations. 

Homework this week for year 1 and 2 follows on from our learning in Science about food chains. Any problems please just ask. Reception will have the opportunity to find one more and one less for their homework. Please ask on Monday if you need a dice. 

A big thank you to Mrs O'Toole for another fab mystery reader session on Friday afternoon. We have no-one else booked in for the rest of this term if anyone would like to share a story with Ash Class on Friday afternoon. 

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Forest School- 8th March 2019

Ash Class had a fantastic forest school session with Mrs Tickle again this week. They were learning about land management and the importance of looking after the land and preparing it to grow food. They spent time weeding and raking the vegetable patches to prepare them for some vegetables very soon! The children also found lots of mini-beasts such as caterpillars, woodlice and worms. Another great outdoor learning session!

 

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World Book Day 7th March 2019

KPA celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. The whole school dressed up as a book character and shared their favourite book with everyone. The children looked fantastic and had the opportunity to share their books across the school. Ash Class enjoyed making World Book Day bookmarks for their favourite book and talking about fiction and non-fiction books.

 

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Week Commencing 25th February 2019

A busy start to the new half term this week in Ash Class. We started the week with a fab Great Fire of London day at Great Staughton Primary Academy on Tuesday. The children had the opportunity to bake scones, make clay coins, practise weaving, paint portraits and lots more! They were beautifully behaved and so enthusiastic! On Wednesday the children worked hard to write a recount of our Great Fire of London day. It's great to see them becoming more and more independent with their writing. We also enjoyed a visit from St John's Ambulance this week who taught us some basic CPR and what to do in an emergency situation. Ash Class also learnt how to put someone in the recovery position. In science we have started learning about what animals need to survive and the different types of food they eat. We learnt to classify animals into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

 

 

Week Commencing 4th February 2019

This week in Ash Class year 2 have been working hard developing key maths skills. They have been practising adding two digit numbers, identify the tens and ones in a number and have been practising remembering their number bonds to ten and 20.  Reception and year 1 have been recapping doubling numbers and that this means adding the same number again. This week all the children enjoyed another PE session with Mrs Marriott from HuntsSSP. They have been learning to throw to hit a target and used bean bags to play a series of games to practise their skills. We have continued learning about the Great Fire of London and the types of houses people lived in during 1666. After designing their own Tudor houses last week the children made them this week using junk modelling resources. They thought carefully about how they could make their model strong and how they could join everything together. Reception are now beginning to enjoy writing and are choosing to write more independently in the continuous provision. They have been labelling their pictures, writing letters and have been using their phonics sounds to record words. Another busy week in Ash Class!

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Week Commencing 29th January 2019

 

This week in Ash class we have been busy learning to compare weight and mass. We have been using balance scales to find the weight of different items using non-standard measure. In English we have been learning about bossy verbs and using them to write instructions. We have been making instruction posters for the classroom and have also written up our instructions for making bread. In PE we have enjoyed developing our ball skills with Mrs Marriott and are making great progress each week! In science we have been learning about the 5 senses and have been using them to help us classify fruit and veg. The children also had the opportunity to try different fruit and vegetables including pineapple, plums, red onion and tomatoes. We have continued learning about the Great Fire of London and how the design of the houses caused the fire to spread so quickly! The children have designed their own tudor houses ready to make soon. This week we also enjoyed our second forest school session in the snow with Mrs Tickle! We had the opportunity to explore the wild area, make instruments, look for mini-beasts and sang songs around the fire! 

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Week Commencing 21st January 2019

 

This week in Ash Class we have continued to learn about the Great Fire of London. We have been writing a diary from the point of view of Samuel Pepys- the children did a fantastic job by including lots of adjectives, conjunctions and careful punctuation! In maths this week we have been learning about measuring length and height using non-standard and standard measure. We have enjoyed working practically and using a range of resources to measure. In science we have been learning about the human life cycle and what we can do or can't do from a baby through to being elderly. We enjoyed a fantastic music workshop on Wednesday which involved us learning to play together, starting and stopping at the same time. We also learnt to play different rhythms using a range of instruments. It was great fun!

Year 2 have weekly french lessons with Mrs Traynor and very kindly shared their songs with the rest of Ash class on Friday afternoon. They remembered the words and explained to the rest of the class what they all meant. 

On Friday we enjoyed pretending to be Thomas Farriner and made bread from scratch with the help of mummy Bleakley! We learnt about a special ingredient called yeast and how to knead the dough. 

We also welcomed Miss Burnett this week, a student teacher, who will be joining us on a Friday this term. 

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Week Commencing 14th January 2019

Another busy week in Ash class! We have been learning about the key events in the Great Fire of London and looking at extracts from Samuel Pepys' diary. We learnt about how the fire started and what happened. In English we have been learning about diary writing and using time connectives in our writing. In maths we have been practising key skills such as counting in 2, 5 and 10. Year 2 have been learning about finding fractions of a shape and fractions of a number. In science we have been learning about the human body and labelling the parts. Reception and year 1 have been learning about external body parts such as knees, arms and eyes while year 2 have also been learning about internal body parts such as the lungs, heart and stomach. 

We had our first forest school session with Mrs Tickle this Friday and thoroughly enjoyed making dens, building a spiders web and making pictures using natural resources. The children were well wrapped up- thanks to parents for sending additional warm clothes. 

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Week Commencing 7th January 2019

Welcome back! What a fantastic start to the term we have had at Grafham Water Centre! At Grafham Water we spent two days learning about good teamwork, problem solving, orienteering and bush craft. We had a great time! Year 2 stayed overnight and enjoyed the yummy food, movie evening and sleeping in bunk beds! When we came back to school on Wednesday we got stuck straight into our new topic- The Great Fire of London. We recorded some key questions that we want to find the answer to and thought about how we could find out. What a busy week!

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Medium Term Planning Overview -  Ash Class YR/ Y1/ Y2 Autumn 2018

Science

 

In Science this term we will be exploring the use of everyday materials. The children will learn to identify and compare a range of different materials as well as suggesting uses for them based on their properties. We will be working scientifically to investigate, explore and explain.

History

 

Over the term we will be learning about a range of explorers including Neil Armstrong, Bear Grills and Mary Anning. We will consider the impact they had on our lives today and compare what it was like to be an explorer then and now.   

Geography

 

In geography this term we will be developing our knowledge of the continents, oceans, UK countries and capital cities. We will learn to compare the similarities and differences in physical geography of two places as well as learning to use maps, atlases, globes, compass directions and aerial photographs to complete a study of the local area.

Maths

 

In maths we will be following the National Curriculum for Year 1/2 and Development Matters for Reception. We will be ensuring the children have a secure understanding of place value and number before moving on to addition, subtraction, money and shape. We learn through lots of practical activities and games and will be working on ensuring we can apply our skills in different contexts.

 

Exciting Explorers

English

 

In English we follow the National Curriculum for Year 1/2 and Development Matters for Reception. English this term will focus on exploring a variety of text types including non-fiction texts and poetry. We will explore some stories and non-fiction texts relating to our topic, these will include Man on the Moon, Beegu and The Lonely Beast. Reception will be learning about letter formation, phonics sounds and pencil control. They will develop fundamental skills in preparation for reading and writing.

Music

In music this term we will be using our voices to sing songs, chants and rhymes. We will be learning some new songs and nursery rhymes as well as experimenting with creating sounds with instruments.

PSHE

Circle time this term will focus on transitions, change, rules and routines. We will also be exploring what makes a good friend. We will also be learning about having a Growth Mindset!

Art

In art this term we will focus on developing key skills using colour, brush and pencil strokes. We will explore the work of Van Gough and build up to creating our own version of his Starry Night painting.

Computing

In computing this term we will be practising and learning about e-safety. The children will sign our E-safety policy and will then begin to develop their coding skills using simple programs, Beebots, ipads and cameras.

RE

In RE we will be exploring a range of religious and special festivals and celebrations including Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Advent and Harvest Festival.

DT

We will be learning to making some healthy food in DT this term as designing and building rockets and dens. We will learn to manipulate and join a range of materials and will evaluate our designs, considering how to make them stronger.  

PE: Dance, Fundamental Movement, Balanceability (year 1)

 

WC 3rd December 2018

We started our week learning to solve multiplication problems using equipment to make arrays in the school hall. We also practised counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. On Wednesday and Thursday Ash class gave 3 fantastic performances of 'The Sleepy Shepherd' and made us all feel very christmassy!

We took a team of year 1 and 2 children to a cricket multi-skills festival on Monday morning which was fantastic. The children developed some key skills such as throwing, catching and batting. 

We have also been working hard on our inference skills while reading. Year 2 have been answering literal and inferential questions based on photographs while year 1 have been challenged in guided reading sessions. Reception have been practising their blending skills and are becoming more and more confident. Please make sure they bring their reading book and reading diary to school everyday even if you haven't managed to read at home so we can monitor and change their books.

Puddleducks enjoyed a story with Ash Class at the end of the day on Wednesday and they sat beautifully. Their older siblings looked after them well!

Thank you to another fab mystery reader this week- let me know if you would like to book in for after the Christmas break.

We hope you all enjoyed our Christmas nativity performance as much as we enjoyed performing it!

No homework set this week as I know the children are very tired! However, please keep up reading and Mathletics. 

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Week commencing 26th December 2018

Our Christmas play is coming together and we are looking forward to performing to an audience next week! There are still tickets available if aunties, uncles, grandparents etc would like to come! We have been busy rehearsing this week and trying on our costumes!

We have also enjoyed some outdoor learning and have found lots of mini-beasts which help plants to grow such as worms to look after the soil. The children have been busy investigating the plants which have grown in garden and have taken out any weeds they didn't want in there. 

This week reception have been recapping their phonics sounds and practising their letter formation. We have particularly been ensuring we form the letter 'a' correctly marking a 'c' shape to start with. This is something they can continue to practise at home too. 

Year 2 are enjoying their weekly french lessons with Mrs Traynor who always sings their praises when they return to Ash class! Year 1 enjoyed another Balanceability session on Thursday morning with a Hunts SSP coach, again she always complements how focused the children are and how much progress they have made since the start of the half term. 

We have been practising our songs for our play but also for the Christingle service on the 10th December. The children have been working so hard to remember the words to all the songs and their lines in the play! I'm very proud of them!

 

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Weeks commencing 12th and 19th November 2018

The last couple of weeks have flown by and the children have been working so hard and having so much fun! Over the last two weeks we have taken part in a pyjama day for Children in Need, been learning our street dance routine with Miss Jones, Year 1 have been having Balanceability sessions, year 2 visited the remembrance display in the Flower Shop and reception have learnt all of their phase 2 sounds! The children have been practising their nativity play ready for next week when we perform to an audience. There are still tickets available! 

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WC 5th November 2018

Wow! What a busy week in Ash Class! We kicked off the week by learning about colour mixing and making some fantastic firework pictures. The children learnt about primary colours and how to mix secondary colours. In English we have been learning about different word classes and have been identifying nouns and adjectives. We have also started learning about non-fiction texts and their features. We worked in small groups to label all the different features. 

In Maths we have been practising our addition skills and have also learnt to subtract. Year 1 and 2 had good fun playing a subtraction board game. We enjoyed learning about Diwali this week and celebrated by decorating the playground with rangoli patterns. The children have also been busy learning new phonics sounds. Reception and year 1 have their new sounds in their phonics packs for them to practise at home. Keep up the hard work!

We were treated to a visit from Pudsey Bear on Thursday when he came to surprise the children. They have been learning a Pudsey Bear song which they performed for him. This week we have been talking about remembrance and have decorated the gate with poppies. The children stood beautifully for 2 minutes silence on Friday morning as we listened to the canon sound at the castle. 

Ash class have also started some short rehearsals for the Christmas production this week. They have enjoyed learning some of the songs and have been told their character in the play. We are looking forward to performing to parents in a few weeks time!

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WC 29th October 2018

 

We kicked off our half term with a brilliant team building session led by Mrs Marriott from HuntsSSP. She helped us to develop our team work and communication skills! The children tried different activities in small groups such as trying to lower a hoop to the floor in a small group with only one finger each on the hoop. We also worked in teams to making different amounts out of our hands and feet. It was a brilliant session!

This week we have also enjoyed some Halloween activities. The children have been scooping out the seeds and flesh from some pumpkins. They have then been making faces using the hammer-tap shapes. 

In maths this week year 1 and 2 have been learning to add single and two digit numbers using either a number line, objects or counting on in their heads. Reception have taken part in some lesson starters and have focused on recording numbers. 

In English we have focused on some key SPAG skills such as writing and using capital letters and identify word and sentence types. Reception are beginning to use their phonics knowledge to write words such as 'tap' and 'mat'. They are becoming more confident each day applying their phonics sounds and it has been fantastic to see them start to write independently during busy learning time. 

Year 1 enjoyed a session of Balanceability with another HuntsSSP coach. They will be taking part in Balanceability every Thursday morning this half term. They will develop skills to build their confidence riding a bike. They are so lucky to have this opportunity. 

 

In phonics so far reception have learnt the following sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, and b. They have been given phonics packs in their book bags so that they can practise the sounds and tricky words at home. 

Year 1 have been learning ay, ou and i-e this week. They also have updated phonics packs with the sounds from this week and the tricky words they should know. 

Any support you can give at home will have a huge impact. The 'Teach Your Monster' to Read is a nice app to practise sound recognition and blending. 

If you need any help or support in how to help your child at home please just ask. 

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Week Commencing 1st October 2018

We hope you all enjoyed the Harvest Festival this week!? Ash class had great fun using the vegetables we had grown to make soup and apple tarts. Thank you to all those that made a donation and tried our produce. We made £27 in total and will keep you updated on what we decided to buy. 

We have been finishing our literacy unit based on A Day in the Life of Bob by writing our own sequels called 'Aliens on the Moon!' The children's stories are super and they are becoming more and more confidently with key writing skills. 

In maths we have been continue to develop our understanding or number and place value by ordering numbers to 100. Year 1 have also been working on some problem solving activities. 

In topic/ science this week we have been designing dens using different materials and explaining why they will be fit for the job. The children have learnt some new words such as transparent, opaque and waterproof. 

Our new phonics scheme was also delivered this week and we are looking forward to getting stuck into some new and exciting books! As always homework has been set and I am hoping to see lots of children with Mathletics certificates in assembly this week. Please ask if you need any help with anything. 

Happy weekend!

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Week Commencing 24th September 2018

As always, we have had a fun and busy week in Ash Class. This week we have been creating posters to remind space tourists to put their rubbish in the bin. We have enjoyed pretending to be space tourists and visiting the moon! 

In maths we have been learning to find one more, one less, ten more and ten less. We have been using lots of practical activities to gain a better understanding of number and place value. In science we have continued learning about materials and this week we have been carrying out investigations to determine if certain materials are waterproof, bendy, translucent or opaque. In topic this week we have been learning about famous space explorers, in particular Neil Armstrong. We have been learning about his life and the first trip to the moon. We enjoyed dance on Tuesday with Miss Jones and are developing more rhythm and control. On Friday we had an outdoor learning session in the wild garden. We saw lots of signs of Autumn and even tried some eating apples that were growing in there!

 

We are looking forward to the Harvest Festival on Monday afternoon next week and hope to see lots of family members there too!

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Week Commencing the 17th September 2018

Another whirlwind week in Ash Class! This week we have continued exploring the story of Man on the Moon. We went on an imaginary journey to the moon and explored what it would be like to be a space tourist. The children shared some descriptive language and then wrote some super postcards on Friday. We have been working on being consistent with finger spaces, full stops and capital letters as well as those who were up for a challenge aiming to include conjunctions and lots of lovely adjectives. Reception have enjoyed taking part in lots of book talks, drama and discussions about characters, plot and setting.

 

In maths this week we have continued our unit on number and place value. Reception have been developing their confidence with numbers to 20, as well as practising finding one more and one less within the context of their play. 

Year 1 and year 2 have continued exploring numbers to 100, talking about their tens and ones and comparing numbers. They have been using a range of resources to represent the numbers and compare them, as well as partitioning them into tens and ones. Year 2 in particular have been partitioning numbers and exploring the different number sentences they can make. 

 

In science this week we have continued learning about materials and their properties. We went on a walk around school to explore the different types of materials we could find. We then described their properties. We talked about the suitability of different materials for different jobs. 

 

In phonics year 1 have been learning some new phase 5 sounds- ay as in day, ou as in cloud, ie as in pie and ea as in pea. I haven't updated phonics packs yet as we have a new exciting phonics scheme coming soon! Watch this space! We have also practised the following tricky words: oh, people and their. any reinforcement you do at home would be wonderful. 

 

The children enjoyed another PE session with Mrs Marriott. They continued adding to their gymnastics routines using rocking movements. They listened well and Mrs Marriott was very proud of them this week! Unfortunately we didn't have Miss Jones in for dance but we had a dance lesson with Miss Bleakley instead! We listened carefully to the music and bounced like bouncy balls! We then used the parachute to make the 'popcorn' pop! We had great fun and reception in particular practised their listening and attention skills. 

 

We enjoyed some outdoor learning on Friday afternoon looking for signs of Autumn. We collected a whole bucket full of conkers and are looking forward to using them in the continuous provision next week!  

 

Mathletics has now been set for year 1 and year 2 along with their spelling and writing homework. As always, if you have any problems just let me know and I'll see what I can do to help. 

 

Happy weekend!

 

Miss Bleakley

 

 

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Week Commencing 10th September 2018

The weeks are flying by already! Our lovely reception children have completed their first full week in Ash class and what a fantastic start they have had! There were lots of tired faces on Friday after a week of outdoor learning, gymnastics, dance, number work, busy learning and exploring the classroom! Reception should be very proud of themselves for such a fab start!

 

Year 1 and year 2 have also been busy this week. In English we have started reading Man on the Moon (A day in the life of Bob). The story is about the man who works on the moon to keep it tidy and he sells souvenirs to the space tourists. We have been writing questions to ask Bob and have also been writing descriptions of aliens. 

In maths this week we have been recapping some key number skills, with year 1 practising recognising and building numbers to 20 and 30 and with year 2 exploring number and place value to 100. The children had to use the classroom maths resources to build the numbers in different ways, then explored ways of representing the numbers using drawings and also practised writing the numbers as words. 

On Tuesday morning we enjoyed gymnastics as a whole class alongside Mrs Marriott, a Hunts SSP coach. We practised rolling and rocking in different ways. In the afternoon we had a dance class with Miss Jones who will be teaching us dance this term. A very sporty Tuesday!!

We also enjoyed a visit from the Life Bus on Wednesday where we learnt about our bodies, body language and being kind. We had fun on the bus with Harold the giraffe and enjoyed looking at the twinkling stars on the ceiling!

Thursday was Roald Dahl day. We read The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. This book was all about great teamwork so we explored what it was like to be part of a team with some team games. Then in small groups we each chose an animal and created our own business using the skills the animals might have. For example in the story the giraffe, the pelican and the monkey make a window cleaning business! The children presented their ideas at the end of the session- we had gardeners, shop keepers, tree surgeons and even a chocolate factory!

Year 2 have started french lessons with Mrs Traynor who has given very positive feedback about their enthusiasm! 

 

Homework went home for year 1 and year 2 this week and is due back in on Tuesday. If you have any questions please just ask- don't leave it to the last minute. I have not set Mathletics activities this week but have left it open for the children to explore- particularly year 1 who have not used it before. Again if you have any problems please ask. The app is very good and can be used offline- I know some children have been using it on car journeys.

 

I hope you have a restful weekend and will be ready for another busy week on Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week commencing 3rd September 2018

 

Welcome back!  What a great start to the term we have had! We have welcomed our new reception children into Ash Class and they have made a super start to their reception year. I am very proud of how confidently have have entered the classroom and risen to all the new challenges they have faced. We look forward to having them in full time next week! 

It has been creative week this week and we have been starting to get stuck into our new topic- Exciting Explorers. We have been thinking about what we already know about explorers and what we would like to find out this term. We have also been looking some art by Van Gogh and year 2 have been using pastels to recreate their own version of his Starry Night painting. 

This week we have also been to visit the wild garden to see what changes have happened over the six week break. We enjoyed looking for insects and different types of flowers. 

Year 1 and year 2 have been writing about themselves and recapping basic writing skills ready for new challenges ahead! They have worked very hard and have been very enthusiastic! 

We are looking forward to celebrating Roald Dahl day next week on Thursday as well as having a visit from the Life Bus on Wednesday. 

 

What a fab start to the term!

 

 

Medium Term Overview- Summer Term 2018

 

 

Science

In science this term we will be learning about animals and humans. We will learn about the different classifications of animals and features they have to survive. We will also be learning about parts of the human body and their function.

History

As part of topic of heroes we will be learning about real-life heroes such as Florence Nightingale. We will learn about her life and what made her a hero. We will create a timeline of events and write a biography.  

Geography

In geography we will be exploring our local area and the features found in Kimbolton. We will practise our map reading skills and recap the oceans and continents.   

Maths

In maths we will be recapping and building on the foundation we have developed so far this year. Year 2 will be working on their problem solving and reasoning skills as well as ensuring they have the key skills they need to be successful in year 3. Year 1 will be securing their understanding of number and place value as well as developing their problem solving and reasoning skills. In reception we will continue to explore problems based on the children interests.

Heroes

English

In English term we will continue to develop our reading and writing skills by exploring a range of texts. The children will be developing their spelling, punctuation and grammar throughout the term. Reception will be building on their foundations and use their phonics knowledge to write sentences in a range of contexts. We will start of the term by exploring Beegu- a book about an alien that crash lands and visits a school.

Music

In music we will be listening to the sounds of different instruments and use them to create short patterns. We will create music in response to a stimulus and will learn to keep a beat.

PSHE

We will continue to learn about and develop our understanding of Growth Mind set through participating in activities which will challenge our thinking. We will continue to have circle time in which we will discuss some key social and moral questions.

Art

In art we are going to be building on the skills we have already learnt throughout the year. We will be designing our own superheroes and will use a range of media to design them, including the computers.

Computing

In computing this term we will be designing our own superheroes using a paint package. The children will learn the move the mouse, save, open and edit their work.

RE

In RE we will talk about birthdays, special celebrations and people to remember. Our discussions will include different kinds of weddings and celebrations.

DT

In DT this term the children will have a chance to explore a range of materials and how to join them. They will design their own models, evaluate them and consider what improvements they could make.

PE: Dance, outdoor games.

Week Commencing 2nd July 2018

 

This week in Ash Class we have started preparing for our transition into our new year groups. Year 2 went to visit Oak class on Wednesday morning and worked on some exciting new activities. Reception and year 1 pretended they had already moved up a year and we made faces for a new display and wrote speech bubbles about what we are looking forward to next year. 

This week we also enjoyed lots of outdoor learning. We have been replanting our tomato plants and planted some runner beans in the hope they will be ready to harvest in September! Fingers crossed! Year 2 have also busy weeding our vegetable patches. 

We have been lucky enough to spend two afternoons in the wild garden this week. The children have been exploring the plants and animals that live there as well as helping to clear some space for us to sit. Some children decided to build teepee style dens using large branches and string. Our next task is to create an adventure bag to take with us on our visits to the wild garden. 

We have been working hard this week on sharing, taking turns and compromising. The children have been enjoying the lovely weather in our outside area and have been exploring floating and sinking, construction and our role play doctor's surgery. 

A fun filled week with lots of tired children! I hope you all have a restful weekend!

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Week Commencing 18th June 2018

This week in Ash class we welcomed artist Jack Cornell. He worked with small groups of children throughout the week to create two pieces of fabulous artwork. Our topic this term is Heroes and the artwork focused on eco heroes and the importance of saving the planet. All the materials used were recycled and the art looks amazing in our corridor! 

This week we have also been learning about and practising measuring time. The whole class focused on measuring amounts of time, timing activities such as building a tower and solving time word problems. You could continue to practise telling the time at home!

In English the children continued exploring the story of Traction Man. They planned another adventure for him and wrote up their stories in neat. We are working on using a range of sentence starters to making our writing more interesting and being more consistent with capital letters and full stops. Reception have been creating a story board and have been writing sentences relating to the pictures they have drawn. They have been focusing on using their phonics to listen to the sounds in words and write them down and also writing some tricky words and common exception words correctly. 

We have also put our remembrance wreath together this week. Thank you for supporting your child to make a poppy at home. The winner was picked by Jack Cornell and will be announced in celebration assembly on Tuesday. 

We also said goodbye and good luck to Miss Connor this week. She is now a fully qualified teacher and is ready for her own class. We are very grateful for all that she has done for the children this year and wish her the best of luck! We all enjoyed celebrating with a picnic on Thursday afternoon. 

This week we welcomed some new reception children into Ash class in the first of our taster sessions. They had a lovely time exploring our outside area and resources and making new friends! The older children have been incredibly kind and caring. 

Year 1 and year 2 finished designing their own superheroes on paint this week. Some children used laptops and some used the interactive whiteboard. They all worked very hard and used the paint software effectively. 

 

We have had another fabulous week in Ash class!

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Week Commencing 11th June 2018

 

Another fun-filled week in Ash Class! We started off the week with a big phonics recap. We played a variety of phonics games, including hopscotch and ladder games on the playground outside. The children have been recapping their phonics sounds and tricky words. Year 1 plus some of year 2 had the phonics screening check this week and they ALL did amazingly well- I am so proud of the progress they have made this year and all the hard work they put in! It shows in their reading and writing everyday. Thank you to parents for supporting phonics at home- your support really does pay off!

 

We have had a big focus on writing this week with year 1 and year 2 writing stories based on their own super hero characters. They have been writing them up in neat ready to share with the rest of the class. Reception have also been doing lots of writing within the continuous provision. They have enjoyed writing lots of signs and rules for our outside area ready for the next reception children when they visit us next week. 

All three year groups have been making information booklets about Ash Class too. They have been writing about the teachers, routines, trips, clubs and lunchtimes. Reception are working hard to use their phonics and tricky words in their writing. They are beginning to remember capital letters and full stops in their sentences too. 

Year 1 are now writing more substantial pieces and including a great range of vocabulary and punctuation. They are working hard to spell more and more words correctly. Year 2 are now writing using a range of sentence types, varied punctuation a for a purpose and a range of interesting vocabulary. They are become more confident using a dictionary to check spelling and meaning and a thesaurus for finding interesting words. 

In science the children have been learning about what humans need to survival. They produced some fantastic posters with Miss Connor. 

This week we have also been preparing our poppy wreath ready to stick all the poppies on that the children are making for their homework. We have been asked by the Royal British Legion to make a wreath. There is a small competition for the best poppy in Ash class!

All the children also have spellings to practise this week. Reception should already be familiar with their words and we will have a quick quiz on Tuesday. 

 

Year 1 and 2 please don't forget Mathletics too. A little bit of practise often makes a big difference.

 

Wishing you all a lovely Fathers' Day weekend. 

 

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Week commencing 4th June 2018

 

Welcome back to the final half term of this academic year. We have had a great week back! The children have been introduced to a new book called Traction Man and have been thinking about what kind of powers they would have if they were a superhero. In maths we have been consolidating our knowledge of days of the week and months of the year. Reception have been consolidating their knowledge of doubling, halving and grouping numbers and amounts of objects in real life contexts. 

Year 2 have been completing some independent topic work this week based on Florence Nightingale. They spent time with a partner using the laptops and ipads to research some facts and presented their findings in a poster or a booklet. They enjoyed sharing them with Oak class on Friday afternoon. 

 

Another busy week!

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the school fete tomorrow!

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Week Commencing 14th May 2018

In celebration of the Royal Wedding this weekend Ash Class held their own wedding. They spent time planning and preparing, writing speeches and making decorations. The children changed into their wedding attire and we walked to the local church. We had a lovely ceremony in which Jake and Hannah 'married'. Year 2 all read their speeches beautifully and with great enthusiasm. We invited parents to the church to welcome the bride and groom out of the church with confetti and enjoyed watching the bridge throw her bouquet! The wedding was followed by photograph and cake on the school field! A lovely afternoon had by all!!

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Week Commencing 7th May 2018

This week in Ash class we have been enjoying the lovely weather with lots of outdoor learning. Reception and year 1 have been learning about number bonds to 10 and 20. They have been using them to solve number problems and find missing numbers in number sentences. They went on a hunt around the playground to find the questions. Reception have also been adding single digit numbers by playing a game with bean bags and a target. 

In English we have continued our unit on The Day the Crayons Quit. The children have been designing their own characters using the stationary in school and have been writing diary entries and letters. 

Year 2 have been working hard to consolidate their key skills in preparation for SATs. They have been applying what they know in a range of practical situations as well as completing lots of maths challenges and problem solving activities. 

We have started learning about weddings in different cultures this week and have started planning our own wedding in celebration of the Royal Wedding next weekend. 

We have been making hats, writing speeches and planning the order of the day. We will be carrying our a role play wedding next week. 

 

I can see that lots of children have already completed their 30 minutes on Mathletics this week! Well done! There is still time to build up your time and points over the weekend!

 

 

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Week Commencing 30th April 2018

 

In science this week we have been learning about the human body and it's organs. The children learnt about the organs and then labelled them by drawing around each other on the floor in the hall. Year 2 had to also match up the function of each organ. In English we have been exploring a story called The Day The Crayons Quit.  The children have been learning about the characters through some role play and hot-seating activities. They have also planned and written a dairy entry from the point of view of one of the crayons. 

In maths this week reception and year 1 have been practising adding and subtracting single and two digit numbers as well as finding missing numbers in addition and subtraction calculations. Some children have been using number lines and some have been using multi-link cubes. Year 2 have been demonstrating their understanding of partitioning numbers into tens and ones, adding two digit numbers and showing their working out and finding missing numbers by finding the difference. They have all been working hard this week! 

We enjoyed a visit from a fire engine and it's crew on Thursday as part of out Heroes topic. We have been learning about superheros as well as real- life heroes such as doctors, nurses, police and fire fighters. The children came to the conclusion that anyone can be a hero if you help others!

 

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Week commencing 23rd April 2018

 

This week in Ash class we have enjoyed exploring the story of Beegu with some drama and role play. We have finish our lost posters as we still haven't found the little alien in school! In Maths we have been exploring position and direction outside on the playground. We took turns to direct our partner along a set route using position language. 

In science we enjoyed exploring the lovely photographs that had been sent in of the children from babies to now. Thank you to parents for sharing the photos. We still have some on display which will be sent home soon. The children have been learning about how humans change from babies to adults. 

Reception have enjoyed watching cress grow over the course of the week. They have been watering it daily. On Friday we tasted the cress and made egg and cress sandwiches with eggs from the KPA chickens. They were yummy! 

 

Another fun and busy week!

 

 

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Week Commencing 16th April 2018

 

What a fantastic week to start our Summer term! We began on Monday with a cricket taster morning from All Stars Cricket. We played some fun games, tried out some new skills and had lots of fun! 

We had a shock this week when a strange space ship landed in our playground. We wrote news reports to let the rest of the school know and to ask them to keep an eye out for Beegu- the alien that is missing in school somewhere. Our writing is improving everyday with year 2 focusing on using a range of punctuation such as exclamation marks, commas for lists and question marks as well as using a range of interesting vocabulary. Year 1 have have been focusing on using capital letters and full stops accurately and writing more extended pieces and reception have been practising listening to the sounds in words to write them down. They have been writing full sentences this week. The children also wrote about what they got up to in the school holidays- it sounds like they all had a fun time!

In Maths we have been learning about measuring length, capacity and weight. The children have been working practically to problem solve and reason using measuring jugs, rulers and balance scales. 

Reception enjoyed planting some cress this week in the shape of their first initial. They have been watching and waiting very patiently. 

The children have all come back refreshed and enthusiastic and I hope this continues throughout the term! Homework and Mathletics has been set- any problems just let me know. 

 

 

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Ash Class Medium Term Plan- Spring Term 2018

 

Science

In science this term we will be learning about plants. We will learn about their basic structure, the structure of flowers and will be investigating what plants need to grow. We will be growing our own plants and will learn to identify a variety of common plants and trees.

History

As part of our chocolate topic we will be exploring where chocolate comes from as well as the process cocoa beans go through to become our favourite chocolate bars! We will also be exploring the life of John Cadbury and his impact on confectionary.

Geography

Linking to our chocolate topic we will be learning about the countries that produce coca beans. We will choose one country to explore further. Alongside this we will be investigating why cocoa beans only come from hot countries! We will be leaning to identify the 7 continents and the seas that surround them.

Maths

In maths we will follow Development Matters for Reception and the National Curriculum for years 1 and 2. We will be learning about telling the time, multiplication and division, measuring length and height and ensuring we have a good understanding of number and place value. Reception will also continue to learn to recognise and understand the value of numbers to 20 and beyond as well as recognising 2D and 3D shapes.

Chocolate

English

In English term we will continue to develop our reading and writing skills by exploring a range of texts. We will begin the term by reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The children will be developing their spelling, punctuation and grammar throughout the term. Reception will continue to strengthen their fine motor skills and learn phonics sounds. They will become more confident reading and writing throughout the term and we hope to develop a love of reading through engaging and exciting activities.

Music

In music we will be listening to the sounds of different instruments and use them to create short patterns. We will create music in response to a stimulus and will learn to keep a beat.

PSHE

We will continue to learn about and develop our understanding of Growth Mind set through participating in activities which will challenge our thinking. We will continue to have circle time in which we will discuss some key social and moral questions.

Art

In art we are going to have a big focus on the primary and secondary colours. We will be learning to identify them, mix them and use black and white to tint them. Alongside this we will be exploring repeating patterns, using chocolate bar wrappers to create collages and looking at famous artists.

Computing

In computing this term we will be designing posters and packaging for our chocolate bars. We will learn to use a simple computer program to design our own packaging. We will also continue to develop our coding skills.

RE

In RE we will talk about birthdays, special celebrations and people to remember. Our discussions will include different kinds of weddings and celebrations.

DT

In DT this term we will be designing and making our own chocolate bars! This will include thinking carefully about the ingredients we want to use as well as ensuring the packaging is as eye catching as possible.

PE: Fundamental Skills.

Week Commencing 12th March 2018

 

This week we have been celebrating British Science week. We started off the week with a hands-on demonstration session with scientists from Unilever. They showed us the importance of washing our hands by using a special lamp to show up the germs. We also tested the acidity of different drinks and explored the importance of brushing our teeth. The children had a fantastic morning. On Tuesday the children and parents were treated to a 'Up and Away'  mad science show with Zoe Zinc. The show was full of fun and laughter as well as lots of science!!

In maths this week the whole class have been learning to measure in CMs using a ruler while reception and year 1 have been learning to double and halve shapes and amounts. 

In English reception and year 1 have been learning to write instructions using bossy verbs! They have been writing instructions and using a map to find the treasure in the school grounds. 

Year 2 have started a unit on a book called The Emperor's Egg. They have been painting Antarctic scenes and creating a bank of exciting describing words and phrases. They then used this to write a setting description- they used some fantastic vocabulary. 

We have now started exploring the text further and have thought about our own ideas and opinions of the book. We shared these in a group guided reading session and recorded things that surprised us. 

On Thursday morning as a whole class we explored some more science activities. The children made rockets using balloons and investigated if the size of the balloon affected the speed or distance the rocket travelled. 

Overall, another exciting week!

 

 

Week Commencing 6th March 2018

 

Ash enjoyed Science as a whole class this week and had the opportunity to go outside in the slightly warmer weather! We have been learning about habitats and went to explore the different habitats around the school grounds.

Year 2 have been working hard on arithmetic style questions and using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve maths problems. They have also had two busy mornings with Mrs Westerman. 

Year one have been building on their understanding of number and enjoyed some practical problem solving activities. 

Reception have been comparing numbers and shapes this week. They have been ordering numbers, finding one more and one less and have been finding out about doubling and halving which they will continue next week. 

We have also been learning about having a Growth Mindset as a whole class and bringing a positive attitude into our school and learning environment. The children have been thinking about 'keeping on trying' and linked this to the Incy Wincy Spider nursery rhyme. The children set themselves targets of things they need to keep on practising and Reception enjoyed making spiders too!

The children enjoyed a visit from Gener8 on Friday afternoon who bought the Easter story to life with their puppets, stories and music. 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 26th February 2018

This week years 1 and 2 have been finishing writing their non-chronological reports on chocolate. They have been working hard to improve their writing by using a range of interesting vocabulary, commas for lists, conjunctions, exclamation marks and questions marks. They have also been learning to recognise and write different types of sentences such as commands, questions, exclamations and statements. 

In Maths they have been using their knowledge of their 2,5 and 10 times tables to solve multiplication word problems. Learning times tables is something year 1/2 can practise at home too!
As a whole class we have been enjoying the snow and this led to some fantastic acrostic poems based on snowflakes and winter. Reception have been practising using their phonics knowledge to segments words so they can spell them. They have also been working on letter formation. 

Reception have also continued to discuss and explore different types of technology that are used at home and at school. They have been choosing items from catalogues to design and show the different types of technology and their uses that they have at home. 

We have also been exploring colour mixing and printing repeated patterns using shapes. Year 1 and 2 have also been exploring how to make secondary colours and how to use black and white to lighten and darken their colours. 

As a school we celebrated World Book Day on Thursday. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and we enjoyed sharing some of the books they bought into school. We were also lucky enough to have author Karen Bolam come into school to do a reading of her new book Great Aunt Mary The Secret Tooth Fairy. 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 19th February 2018

 

This week in English year 1 and year 2 have been learning to write non-chronological reports. They have been exploring the features, have planned their own report about chocolate and have started the process of writing their reports. We have learnt about using sub-headings, paragraphs and a variety of punctuation. The reports have allowed them to share their knowledge of how chocolate is made and where cocoa beans come from. 

 

In Maths year 1 and 2 have been building on their knowledge of multiplication. They have been working practically, using resources to check and demonstrate their understanding. Year 2 then moved on to working on some more challenging word problems and problems with more than one step. 

 

In science we have started learning to organise animals into different groups and classify them according to their characteristics. In art we have been exploring colour mixing and making colours lighter and darker. Year 1 and 2 have been learning about primary and secondary colours using ice, food colouring and ready-mixed paints. This was messy but good fun!!

 

Reception and year 1 enjoyed their first gymnastic lesson with Mrs Marriott from HuntsSSP on Tuesday. She will be with us every Tuesday morning until Easter. 

 

Reception have been busy this week with lots of opportunities to practise writing. They have been writing shopping lists for our role play area, making booklets about themselves and writing letters to the giant that visited our classroom last night! 

They are also working hard to listen carefully to the sounds they can hear in words and write them down. We are working on ensuring they use finger spaces, correct letter formation and their phonics knowledge.

 

The giant also left a huge muddy footprint in our classroom so we set about measuring it using different resources. Reception were given the challenge of measuring it using cubes. They were encourage to use language such as 'longer, shorter and length.' 

Some children were given further challenges to really make them think about measurement which generated some great discussions. 

 

Reception have also started exploring different types of technology. They have started to think about the technology they might find at home and as school and how it is used. 

 

We have also been working on personal, social and emotion skills this week. We have been sharing ideas for helping others, supporting friends if they feel sad and working/playing nicely together. The children have also had a chance to build on their communication and language skills during circle times. They have been discussing what they would like to be when they grow up and the different jobs that grown-ups do. 

 

In terms of art and design reception have been building chocolate factories using the junk modelling resources. They have been thinking about how to join their pieces and how to make it stronger. 

 

We would like to welcome Mrs Westerman who will be working with year 2 on a Thursday and Friday morning. 

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

Week Commencing 5th February 2018

 

We have enjoyed our last week of term and have been very busy. The children have completed their chocolate bars. They have designed and made the chocolate bar, chocolate wrapper and golden tickets. They have finished making radio jingles to advertise their chocolate bars this week and have been learning to use descriptive language in English. This week in English they have also been writing dairy entries from the point of view of Charlie Bucket. They have been using their knowledge of the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to describe what they could see, hear, feel and taste as they walked through the factory. 

 

In Maths this week reception have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. They have been learning to name them and talk about their properties. Over half term you could see what shapes they can find at home and when you are out and about. 

Year 1 and year 2 have been developing their mastery Maths skills with some problem solving and reasoning questions. They have had to use a range of Maths skills to answer word problems. 

 

Year 2 have completed some mock assessments this week and I am incredible proud of how hard they are working. I would also like to thank parents for their support at home- it really does pay off! Keep up lots of reading and Maths over the half term please!

In Science this week, as a whole class, we have been exploring how to classify and identify living and non-living things. We have been learning about the things that all living things can do such as moving, respiring, needing nutrients and having senses. The children enjoyed discussing items they think are living or non-living and justifying their answers. They then went on a treasure hunt to find things in the school grounds and classify them. 

 

As a whole school we also took part in the RSPB Big Bird Watch on Thursday. In mixed groups the children spent time observing and identifying the birds they saw on the school field. They enjoyed a chance to work with the other classes in school and of course enjoyed being outside!

 

Thank you to our wonderful mystery reader this Friday- we have lots of space next half term if you would like to sign up!

 

I hope you all have a restful and safe half term.

 

The Ash Class Team

 


 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 29th January 2018

 

This week in Ash class we have continued our chocolate topic by beginning to make radio jingles for our chocolate bars. The children have enjoyed a music lesson in which they used un-tuned musical instruments to follow symbols which represented written music. They worked in small groups to practise playing as part of a group, stopping and starting together and watching their conductor. 

 

In maths year 2 have been learning to read and draw pictograms, bar charts and tally charts. They have been using graphs to answer questions and explain their reasoning behind their answer. Reception and year 1 have been developing their knowledge of number and place value this week. Reception have been learning to add groups of objects together and how to represent this as a number sentence using addition and equals symbols. Year 1 have been learning to read and write numbers to 100 as numerals and words. They have also been exploring how to represent numbers using objects to develop their understanding of tens and ones. 

 

In English this week year 1 and 2 have been building up to writing their radio jingles. They have been learning about the kind of language used in advertising and have applied this to their own radio scripts ready to record next week. They have also been writing creatively. They have imagined they are Charlie Bucket in Mr Wonka's chocolate factory and have imagined what would happen if Charlie tried a new type of chocolate. They have been writing the next part of the story- with a little help from some chocolate to inspire them!

 

Another busy week!

 

 

Week Commencing 22nd January 2017

 

In Ash Class this week our chocolate adventure has continued. The children have now made their wrappers and golden tickets ready to create some advertising campaigns next week! Alongside this they have been exploring how chocolate goes from bean to bar and the life of John Cadbury.

 

In maths we have continued learning about money. The children have been learning to recognise the value of different coins and notes, make set amounts and find change. This resulted in lots of shop role play!

In English we have been learning to order words alphabetically. Year 2 have also been learning to use a dictionary to find out meanings of new words and to help them with spelling new words. We have looked at a range of dictionaries, they particularly like the science dictionary. 

 

In science we have been learning about flowers and plants. We recapped our knowledge of the parts and their purposes and then the children had a chance to dissect a flower and identify the features. They looked closely using a magnifying glass.

In PE this week we continued practising our balancing and jumping skills. We have been learning about what makes a good balance and how to land safely. The children have enjoyed using a range of PE apparatus. 

 

Reception have learnt some new phonics sounds this week- ee, igh, oa, oo. Links to videos on how to say the sounds can be found in the phonics section of the school website- there is a link on the Ash class page. Year 1 have continued practising alternative sounds in phonics and are continuing to practise segmenting and blending with confidence. They are becoming more confident identifying real and non-sense words. 

 

Reception have continued practising recognising numbers to 20 and have been testing each other with number fans. They have been learning to add single digit numbers this week with year 1 being their mentors. They have been counting the amount of objects in one pile, then the other and then counting them all together. They are developing their touch counting skills and understanding that the total gets bigger when you add. 

 

Another fun and busy week in Ash Class! 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 15th January 2018

 

We are well into our new chocolate topic now! This week the children used their plan to make their chocolate bar. They chose the kind of chocolate they wanted to use and chose toppings to add different flavours. The children also spent time designing the wrappers for their chocolate bars which we will make next week. Year 1 and 2 have been working on some more independent topic tasks. They have been using videos, information booklets and books to find out how chocolate goes from bean to bar. They have also been researching and writing a fact file about the life of John Cadbury. 

 

In science we have continued our topic on plants. We learnt about germination and what plants need to grow. We then set up an experiment to investigate and have been observing our cress seeds throughout the week. We had some with soil and water, some with no water, no soil and some with no light. 

 

In maths we have all been learning to recognise and understand the value of coins and notes. We have been learning to make different amounts of money and learnt about giving change.

 

In English we have continued reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We have been learning about newspaper articles and their features and throughout the week have been writing our own newspaper articles about Charlie Bucket finding a golden ticket. We have been learning about writing in the past and present tense. 

 

Reception have been practising their phase 2 and 3 tricky words which are as follows: Phase 2- I, know, the, to, go, into. Phase 3- he, she, we, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they, my. They should recognise the phase 2 words and most of the phase 3 words. This is something you can practise at home too. 

 

In maths, half of reception have been working on number recognition to 10. We have been playing games with numbers. the other half of reception have been looking at adding two groups of numbers together and exploring what happens when we want to take away. We have also been looking at counting out the right amount of objects.

 

In phonics reception have been learning the following sounds this week: sh, ch, th, ng, ai. Videos of how to say these sounds can be found on the 'phonics in action' page on the school website and a link can be found on the Ash Class page. 

Year 1 have been looking at alternative sounds this week and recapping sounds they are finding tricky. 

 

Year 2 have been working on improving their reading and comprehension skills by exploring a range of texts, answering questions about the text and practising answering SAT style questions. You can help your child at home too by reading with them little and often, discussing what they are reading to help them understand word meanings and you can also ask them questions about the text so they have to search for the information to answer your question. 

In PE the children have been learning about what makes a good balance and practised different kinds of balances in their groups. They showed great determination and team work!

 

An exciting week!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 8th January 2018

 

Welcome back to all our lovely Ash class children. We have had an exciting and busy start to the new term. Our topic this term is Chocolate! The children have been very excited and this topic provides lost of cross curricular links. 

 

In English we have started a unit based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. All three year groups have enjoyed learning about the characters and years 1 and 2 have been writing interesting character descriptions for the main characters. They also wrote fantastic diary entries from the point of view of Charlie Bucket. Reception have been working on some guided writing activities, letter formation and phonics knowledge aswell.

 

In maths all year groups have been learning to tell the time. Reception have been focusing on telling the time to the hour. They have been playing 'what's the time Mr Wolf' and focusing on number recognition. Year 1 have been focusing on learning to tell the time to half past, quarter past and quarter to while year 2 have been introduced to telling the time to 5 minute intervals. Year 2 have also been challenging themselves with some time problem solving questions. They can all keep practising telling the time at home too!

As part of our new topic on chocolate the children have all designed a new chocolate bar. Over the coming weeks they will have a chance to design the wrapper, advertising and make the chocolate bar itself. 

The children also enjoyed a fun PE session in which we were exploring balance, jumping and landing safely. They enjoyed using a range of gym equipment in their groups to practise balancing along a beam, standing long jumps and jumping from a height onto the gym mats. 

 

In science we have started a new unit on plants. Reception and year 1 have been learning about the basic structure of a plant. Year 1 have been learning about the function of these key parts. Year 2 have been learning about the structure of a flower and the purpose the parts play in creating new seeds. In guided reading they extended their knowledge by exploring a non-fiction text about plants. 

 

As a class we have also been recapping our knowledge of primary and secondary colours. The children were very excited to explore colour mixing in the puddles on a rainy day and then on Friday reception worked together to create some new art work. They mixed primary colours together and printed using their hands and feet! Great fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medium Term Planning Overview - Ash Class YR/ Y1/ Y2 Autumn 2017

 

Science

 

In Science this term we will be exploring the use of everyday materials. The children will learn to identify and compare a range of different materials as well as suggesting uses for them based on their properties. We will be working scientifically to investigate, explore and explain.

History

 

Over the term we will be exploring how transport has changed and the impact this has had in living memory and beyond. We will look at significant events in history such as the first aeroplane flight and will learn to discuss the lives of significant individuals.

Geography

 

In geography this term we will be developing our knowledge of the continents, oceans, UK countries and capital cities. We will learn to compare the similarities and differences in physical geography of two places as well as learning to use maps, atlases, globes, compass directions and aerial photographs to complete a study of the local area.

Maths

 

In maths we will be following the National Curriculum for Year 1/2 and Development Matters for Reception. We will be ensuring the children have a secure understanding of place value and number before moving on to addition, subtraction and shape. We learn through lots of practical activities and games!

 

Travel and Transport

English

 

In English we follow the National Curriculum for Year 1/2 and Development Matters for Reception. English this term will focus on exploring a variety of text types including non-fiction texts and poetry. We will explore some stories and non-fiction texts relating to our topic. Reception will be learning about letter formation, phonics sounds and pencil control.

Music

In music this term we will be using our voices to sing songs, chants and rhymes. We will be learning some new songs and nursery rhymes as well as experimenting with creating sounds with instruments.

PSHE

Circle time this term will focus on transitions, change, rules and routines. We will also be exploring what makes a good friend.

Art

In art this term we will focus on developing key skills using colour, brush and pencil strokes. We will explore the work of a range of artists and complete a self-portrait. The children will learn to use a range of materials creatively and with control. The children will have opportunities to work independently.

Computing

In computing this term we will be practising and learning about e-safety. The children will sign our E-safety policy and will then begin to develop their coding skills using simple programs.

RE

In RE we will be exploring Christianity and the world around us. The children will be discussing religious questions and exploring stories.

DT

We will be learning to making some healthy food in DT this term as well as building moving models such as cars, trucks and bikes. The children will learn to plan, design, make and evaluate their models, often working independently in the continuous provision.

PE: Agility, Balance and Coordination.

Weeks Commencing 11th and 18th December 2017

 

In maths this week year 1 and 2 have been learning about fractions. They started finding fractions of shapes and then started to find fractions of numbers. In English we have been reading 'Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa.' Year 1 and 2 planned their letters to Santa and then wrote them up the next day. Reception wrote their own letters with pictures to match. They worked hard to listen to the sounds in the words and write them down. 

Reception have also started learning some phase 3 sounds and are practising blending the sounds together to read simple words. They are working on being able to read their phase 2 and phase 3 tricky words. 

 

In Science we finished our Seasons topic by filming our own weather reports in the snow! We also completed a bar chart to show how much rain has fallen over the last few weeks. We have been using our rain gauges and have been keeping a record in our science books. 

 

We have also been busy baking Christmas biscuits! We read the instructions carefully and used them to help us make the biscuits. We learnt about where food comes from and some important rules to remember when baking. 

 

We enjoyed reward day on Tuesday 19th December- a silent disco and film day! The children have worked so hard this term and I wish them a restful and fun Christmas!

 

I would also like to wish Miss Connor all the best as she is leaving us to go to another school next term! We look forward to welcoming her back in the summer term!

 

Thank you to parents for all your support this term! See you in the new year!

 

 

 

Week Commencing 4th December 2017

 

Phew! We made it to the end of the week! 

The children have been amazing and are a credit to our school- 4 Nativity plays and a Christingle service later and they are exhausted! 

A big thank you to parents for your support with costumes, bringing the children back in the evening and cheering them on! 

Also this week we have been getting into the Christmas spirit. We had a special delivery and letter from Father Christmas. He sent us a Santa Cam so he can see all the wonderful things we are getting up to.

A cheeky elf also came and made a huge mess in the school hall- luckily reception and year 1 were very helpful and decided to help tidy up. We are keeping an eye on the elf to see what other mischief he might get up to!

Year 1 and year 2 have been writing the Christmas nativity story in Exciting Writing and are working hard to improve their handwriting, spelling and sentences. 

Year 1 and year 2 have also enjoyed some Christmas maths challenges this week. They have been trying to crack the Christmas code! 

Reception have also been practising their writing. They are getting better every day and the support you give them at home really shows!

They have enjoyed making and writing Christmas cards and some decorations throughout the week and accessing the continuous provision.

 

No formal homework has been set this week as the children need a rest but please keep up Mathletics and reading. 

 

 

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