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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. This term we also welcome Miss Connor as our trainee teacher.

 

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 - 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.

Week Commencing 18th September 2017

 

This week reception have been exploring numbers and shapes during maths focus sessions. They have been counting to 20 and seeing which numbers and shapes they recognise. They went on a shape hunt around school to see if they could find objects in the shape of different 2D and 3D shapes. Reception have also been practising recognising and writing their names- this is something you can practise with them at home! 

 

In the continuous provision in the classroom and outdoor area they have been role playing the The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr, building dens, using the blocks to make towers, riding the bikes, playing with the dolls house, dinosaurs and construction toys. The children are free to access the continuous provision and are observed, supported and guided by the Ash Class staff. This transition period allows us to get to know your children, their likes, dislikes and abilities and complete an observational baseline assessment. The children are learning vital skills such as sharing, listening, asking questions, school routines, making friends, communication skills and much more!

 

Year 1 and year 2 have been busy building on their knowledge of number and place value. They are learning to partition numbers into tens and ones, order numbers to 100 and build a representations of a 2 digit number using objects. This will form a firm foundation in maths. 

 

In English the children have been planning and writing their own stories based on The Tiger Who Came to Tea. They chose their own animal and decided on what mischief they would get up to in their own stories. We are focusing on improving handwriting, punctuation and spelling this half term which is something you can also practise at home. 

 

Our science topic this term is materials. After investigating the properties of a range of materials year 1 and 2 have designed a boat to hold a lego man. Next week we will be building our boats and investigating which materials are best for the job! We have had some very creative designs and the children have been very enthusiastic which has been great!

 

In topic we have been exploring how transport has changed and created a timeline from the sedan chair to modern aeroplanes. The children shared lots of knowledge about transport which they had learnt when completing their homework. Thank you to parents for your support with this. 

 

In phonics year 1 are continuing with phase 4 which allows the children to consolidate what they have learnt so far. They also look at CVCC and CCVC words such as 'spot', 'path' and 'tent' as they practise segmenting and blending sounds. 

 

Year 2 enjoyed another french lesson with Mrs Traynor. They are gaining confidence with every lesson!

 

Ash class all enjoyed a trip to the school library on Thursday where they could change their library books and share some new stories. Don't forget your library book and library card next Thursday so you can change your book again!

 

A big thank you to Zak's nanny who came in as our mystery reader this Friday. I will send letters home about our mystery reader sessions next week for anyone wanting to sign up. 

 

Homework for year 1 and 2 has been set. Spellings will be tested on Tuesday (apologies for the mix up last week!)

 

As always, any problems please just pop in.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Miss Bleakley

 

 

 

Week Commencing 11th September 2017

 

Another busy week in Ash Class. Our new reception children have made it to the end of their first week and left with tired but smiley faces! What a fantastic transition into reception! 

Reception have been busy exploring the classroom, practising school routines, making new friends and visiting the school library. They have chosen their own library book to take home- this can be changed on a Thursday if they bring it back to school with their library card. We hope this gives you an opportunity to share and talk about a different book together. 

Reception also enjoyed coming to assemblies this week- singing assembly on Monday, celebration assembly on Tuesday and Vicar assembly on Thursday! 

 

Year 1 and 2 have been learning about different materials in science. They have been investigating the properties of metal, plastic, wood and glass and have played a variety of games using feely bags and venn diagrams to sort objects. 

In maths the children have been focusing on building a solid understanding of number and place value. They have been counting in 2s,3s, 5s and 10s- which is something you can practise at home too!

In English we have started a unit based on The Tiger Who Came to Tea. You might have noticed our new role play area outside in which we hope the children will have fun acting out the story. This week we have focused on the structure, characters and story setting before we move on to planning our own stories next week. 

 

As a whole class we enjoyed a bit of fun in storm Aileen as this we a great opportunity to play with Mrs Hartness' scarf collection! We lost a couple in the trees but we don't think Mrs Hartness will mind!

 

On Wednesday we celebrated Roald Dahl Day. Year 2 spent the morning with Mrs Whiting working on some Roald Dahl themed Maths and English. They also enjoyed sharing the books that had brought in from home! Reception and year 1 spent the morning reading the BFG and making our very own dream jars! We had great fun with the glitter!

 

Our topic this term is Transport. Year 1 and 2 have homework based on this topic- if you have any questions please ask. The children also have spellings to learn for a test next Thursday and Mathletics homework which should be completed by Tuesday. 

 

As always, if you have any problems please pop in. 

 

Miss Bleakley

 

ps Reception photos coming soon once media permissions are all returned. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ash Class update: Week Commencing 4th September 2017

 

Welcome back! It is lovely to see so many smiley faces coming into Ash class this week!

Welcome to our new reception children and their families. This week we have started to explore our new topic of Travel and Transport. Year 1 and 2 have been thinking about what they already know and have made a note of things they would like to find out. We completed a bar graph to find out the most common method of how Ash class children travel to school. We have also been learning about artist Jackson Pollock and thinking about how his artwork makes us feel. We recreated artwork in his style by using toy cars and trucks to work creatively. 

Reception have settled well into school life this week and I hope they are looking forward to starting full-time on Monday! This week they have been exploring the classroom and school, getting used to morning and lunchtime routines and making new friends. We spoke about the school rules and they decided that being kind was very important! The reception children have also enjoyed some painting using toy cars on Friday morning. It was great fun!

 

Homework for year 1 and 2 will start next week.

 

We have had a brilliant creative week this week and a smooth and calm start to the school year. 

 

As always I am available on the door in the mornings and end of school day if any parents have questions or worries. 

 

 

 

 

We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school after the summer break. We hope you are all well rested and excited to come back for lots of fun! Ash class have PE on the first afternoon back- please ensure PE kits come into school. 

Medium Term Planning Overview - Ash Class YR and Y1 Summer 2017

Science

 

In Science this term we will be exploring plants, trees and flowers. We will be growing some plants and investigating what plants need to survive. We will also learn to name a variety of common plants and trees in our local environment.

History

 

As part of our Awesome Africa topic we will be learning about traditional African stories and significant people.

Geography

 

In geography this term we will be learning about Africa. We will learn about the key geographical features, weather and the people who live there. We will continue to observe and learn about the weather in England but also in Africa.

Maths

In maths we will be following the National Curriculum for Year 1 and Development Matters for Reception.

We will be building on our understanding of number and explore numbers to 100. We will also be learning to use money, name shapes and use the 4 operations. Reception will be learning to find one more and one less than a given number to 20, add groups of objects and name 2D and 3D shapes.

Awesome Africa

English

 

In English we follow the National Curriculum for Year 1 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 of Awesome Africa. We will be reading and enjoying a range of stories and poems from different countries and cultures.

 

Music

In music this term we will be using our voices to sing songs, chants and rhymes. We will also explore a range of instruments and learn to construct our own piece of music. We will be listening to music and instruments from different cultures- particularly from Africa.

PSHE

Ash Class regularly have circle time in which we will discuss how to deal with emotions and feelings, how to cooperate with each other and how to respect people’s differences.

Art

In art this term we will be creating pictures of African animals in the style of African artists, We will be learning how to use batik as a creative technique. We will also explore and try to recreate the work of Stephen Njenga.

Computing

In computing this term we will be practising and learning about esafety. We will be creative, storing and accessing digital content. The computers are also available for the children to explore educational games.

RE

In RE we will be exploring weddings. This will allow us to compare weddings in different cultures. We will also be exploring ‘people to remember.’

DT

We will be learning about traditional African masks and have a go at making them. We will also be learning about African food and types of fruit. We will be making fruit kebabs.

PE: Agility, Balance and Coordination.

Week Commencing 10th July 2017

 

Another week has whizzed by in Ash this week! We enjoyed sports day on Monday and took part in lots of different activities, including a standing long jump, sprint races and an egg and spoon race! Congratulations to Montagu house who just took the winning spot! 

 

Reception have been making the most of our new Mighty Writer board and have been creating and writing stories. They have shown a fantastic understanding of how to construct sentences and have shown great determination! 

 

We had a fantastic day at Kidzania on Thursday which has been the highlight of the term. The children behaved beautifully and enjoyed exploring the kid-city, trying out different jobs and spending the money they had earned. 

 

The children who stayed behind at school had a mini-beast day. They spent the day looking for mini-beasts, painting and writing about their day. 

 

Throughout the week we have been preparing for the summer soiree which is taking place on Friday 14th July from 6.30pm.

 

We hope to see lots of you there!

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 3rd July 2017

 

The children have been busy rehearsing for the school production and also supporting KS2 with the final performances. They enjoyed learning the songs and watching 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' KS2 put on a fantastic show! 
This week we also enjoyed another PE session with Hunts Sports coach Miss Tyers. We learnt how to move with agility through cones, side stepping and racing the other teams! 

We have been preparing a song to perform at the summer soiree and hope to see lots parents there next Friday. 

The children have been using our brand new 'Mighty Writer' board which supports children with oral story telling and then writing. The children have created some fantastic stories using adjectives and exciting punctuation! 

In maths this week we have been reinforcing our understanding of halving shapes and groups of objects. The children were tasked with sharing cakes by cutting them in half- a very tempting job!

Our tomatoes, green beans, strawberries and raspberries have been growing well in our vegetable patch and we enjoyed harvesting some delicious raspberries this week. The children have been watering them and keeping an eye on the pesky weeds! 

 

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

 

Ash Class Update- Week Commencing 26th June 2017

 

As always it has been a whirlwind week in Ash Class. We have been doing lots of singing in preparation for the school production and upcoming Summer Soiree- we hope to see lots of you there!

 We have also enjoyed lots of lovely PE sessions! Linda Allen visited KPA on Tuesday and treated us to a ballet and modern dance taster session! She told us all about ballerinas and how much dedication you need to be a dancer. On Wednesday we had a fundamental movement session with Hunts SSP coach Miss Tyers. We had great fun outside learning some key ball skills- even if it was a little damp!

 

We are very pleased to welcome our new reception children in for their third transition session on Friday. We had a fantastic PE session in which we played games with music and pretended to be pirates! The children have settled so well into Ash class and we look forward to starting the new school year in September!

 

Week Commencing 19th June 2017

 

What a busy week in Ash Class! We have been recapping some key knowledge and skills this week inbetween lots of lovely outdoor learning. We have continued to watch our bean plants grow in our vegetable patch and have been making sure we give them plenty of water! We had a fantastic outdoor PE lesson with a HuntsSSP coach. We have continued to develop fundamental movement skills. In English we have been writing letters and working hard to remember capital letters and full stops! The children have also been helping to make our stall for the school fete! We hope to see lots of you there!

We welcomed our new reception children into school on Thursday for a transition session. It was lovely to welcome children from Puddleducks and some new faces too! 

 

Week Commencing 5th June 2017

 

Another busy week in Ash Class! In maths this week we have been exploring money. Reception have been setting up a snack shop for the year 1 children who have been learning to make different amounts using coins. It's been great fun and a brilliant learning experience!
In English this week we have been focusing on instruction writing. We have been on a 'bossy word' hunt and have used bossy words to write our own set of instructions. 

In topic this week we have been finishing our African masks! They look fantastic! The children have chosen the colours, patterns and textures carefully to create some very effective masks.

We had a wonderful PE session this week with Oak Class- we used the key skills of balance, agility and coordination that we have been learning this year to move around an obstacle course.


Homework has been set this week- linked to money. If you have any questions please just pop in to see me. It is due on Tuesday along with Mathletics. I'm hoping to see lots of year 1 children with certificates in assembly this week!

 

Week Commencing 22nd May 2017

 

This half term has zoomed by! This week we have been painting African masks, learning to multiply and divide and improving our SPAG knowledge. The children have enjoyed lots of outdoor learning this week too and have been caring for the local wild life. The tadpoles in the school pond have turned into froglets and the children have enjoyed watching them grow!

Our green bean plants have shot up and are now ready to be planted outside. The children have been keeping a bean diary and have been measuring their plants each day. 

 

The children have also started taking part in a reading star challenge- they are racing to the star by reading lots at home!

Please don't forget to complete some Mathletics over the holidays!

 

I hope you are all having a wonderful and relaxing half term. 

Miss Bleakley



 

Week Commencing 15th May 2017

As always we have had an exciting week in Ash Class. We have been looking after our bean plants and observing what they need to grow. We are recording our findings in our observation booklets. We enjoyed 'Empty Classroom Day' this week too! We have been investigating which flowers grow on the school field. We also spent time making sure our school grounds are supporting the local wildlife as we work towards our first Wild Challenge Award from the RSPB. 

In maths this week, year 1 have been adding and subtracting numbers using a hundred square. They have been using key skills such as knowledge of their number bonds to 10 and 20 to help them. This is something they can be practising at home!
In English we have been writing non-chronological reports about Africa. After researching some key fact on the ipads the children wrote up their reports using headings, photos and sub-headings. 

 

Reception have also been adding and subtracting this week. They have been using practical objects and finding one more and one less than a given number. They have also been practising naming and recognising 2D and 3D shapes. This week reception have also been looking after their bean plants and have been writing what they have observed in their booklets. They have enjoyed looking at the roots and using magnifying glasses to look carefully!

Homework has been set as usual. Any questions please just pop in!

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Week Commencing 8th May 2017

 

This week in Ash class we have been on Safari! We built a safari truck and traveled around Kenya! the children enjoyed spotting the different animals! They then had an opportunity to build their own safari jeep, safari tent and silhouette sunset picture. 
This week we have been putting our fundamental movement skills to the test with a game of bucket ball! The children practised their throwing and catching, as well as having to work as part of a team!
In English we have all been learning some call and response poems. We learnt some traditional African songs and then wrote our own based on the story of Lila and the Secret of Rain. 

In Maths we have been using number bonds to 20 to problem solve and reason. The children have worked very well in pairs to solve mathematical problems. Reception have been ordering numbers to 20 with confidence and using money in our role play shop. 

The children have been working very hard in phonics. They are segmenting and blending all their phonics sounds quickly and have been sorting real and nonsense words in preparation for the phonics screening test in June- if you have any concerns or want more information please come and see me. 
Reception have been working equally as hard on their phase 3 phonics sounds. If you would like to support your child by practising at home you can find videos of each sound on the phonics section of the website. 
We have been watering our bean seeds this week and have been watching closely- they are just starting to sprout. 

Mathletics and homework has been set this week- please ensure it comes back on Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Ash Class on Safari

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Ash Class Call and Response Poems

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Week Commencing 1st May 2017

What a whirlwind week! The time is flying by in Ash Class! 

This week in Maths we have continued exploring place value and numbers to 100. We went on a 'one more, one less' treasure hunt in the playground and challenged ourselves with some problem solving. Reception have explored money this week in their role play shop. They are beginning to use language associated with money- this is something you can practise at home too!

In English this week we have been planning and writing our own version of the story of 'Lila and the Secret of Rain.' Year one are working so hard to make their writing interesting by using adjectives and conjunctions! Reception have continued writing within the continuous provision. In guided writing sessions they have been writing about Lila. They are working hard to use finger spaces and sound out the sounds in each word!

In PE this week we used yoga to help improve our balance, agility and coordination. We are enjoying learning new moves!

As part of our Science topic this term we have started to investigate what plants need to grow. We have planted bean seeds and will monitor the effects of sunlight, water and soil. 

Homework and Mathletics has been set. Year 1 are practising their joined handwriting and reception are doing some single digit addition. 

 

Week Commencing 24th April 2017
 

Our new topic this term is 'Awesome Africa'. We have been exploring the world map as part of geography this term. We have been learning about what life is like in rural Kenya using photographs and stories. In English we have been studying 'Lila and the Secret of Rain'- a story about a little girl in a tribe who is desperate for the rain to come! We have used drama this week to explore how the characters might be feeling and what they might say!

In maths over the last two weeks we have been looking at place value and numbers to 100. We have practised key skills such as counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and counting forwards and backwards from any given number. Reception have focused on describing position, naming shapes and recognising numbers to 20 and beyond. In science our topic is plants. We have learnt to recognise the key parts of a plant and name them. We have also been learning about what plants need to grow. 

 

Homework has been set this week for both reception and year 1. Reception children have had their phonics packs updated with the current sounds we are focusing on this half term. Please practise at home if you have time- this will help improve their reading! As always, if you need anything just pop in to see me.

 

Drama- We have been pretending to be Lila from 'Lila and the Secret of Rain.'

 

Using ICT to record things we find- Alice found a bee on the floor and wanted to take a picture.

 

 

Exploring number and place value in maths!
 

Medium Term Planning Overview - Ash Class YR and Y1 Spring 2017

Science

In Science this term we will be exploring the different seasons and weather patterns. We will observe and record the changes in weather. We will also be exploring different materials and their properties. We will be deciding on which materials to use for a particular purpose and will investigate their effectiveness.

History

 

This term we will be learning about kings and queens. We will also be exploring castles through time and learning about the royal family in the past and the present.

Geography

 

In geography this term we will be investigating different types of weather and the seasons. We will be monitoring the weather over the next term and will be comparing hot and cold habitats.

Maths

In maths we will be following the National Curriculum for Year 1 and Development Matters for Reception.

We will continue to improve our knowledge of number, space, shape and measure. This will include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, 2D and 3D shapes, position and direction, weighing and measuring.

Mottes and Moats

 

 

 

 

 

English

 

In English we follow the National Curriculum for Year 1 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 of Mottes and Moats and will then write our own.

 

Music

In music this term we will be using our voices to sing songs, chants and rhymes. We will also explore untuned instruments and listen to and comment on a range of different music.

PSHE

Ash Class regularly have circle time in which we will discuss how to deal with emotions and feelings, how to cooperate with each other and how to respect people’s differences.

Art

In art this term we will be learning how to sketch using different strokes. We will also be making illuminated manuscripts and looking at the work of famous artists. We will also explore colour mixing.

Computing

In computing this term we will be looking at coding skills with the Beebots, as well as practising and discussing esafety. The computers are also available for the children to explore educational games.

RE

In RE we will be exploring different celebrations such as Chinese New Year and Christian celebrations, We will be discussing the importance of tolerance.

DT

We will be planning and constructing various equipment needed to protect or attack a castle. We will consider how to make our models move and how to make them stronger.

PE: Agility, Balance and Coordination.

Week Commencing 27th March 2017

 

Another busy week with the Easter service at St Andrews church, filming news reports and reward day. The children have been filming short news reports based on Jack and the Beanstalk after a beanstalk grew in Ash Class!

We had a very enjoyable reward day- we were treated to a visit from lots of exotic animals such as lizards, a tarantula and a baby meerkat. The children were allowed to stroke the animals and even hold a snake!

On Friday this week we also took part in a Big Skip for the British Heart Foundation. The KPA Sports Crew taught the whole school new skills and everyone took part! Thank you again to all those who supported the event!

We also said goodbye to Miss Howell this week. She has been with us since Christmas and has been a huge asset to the team. We wish her the best of luck on her next adventure. 

 

Enjoy the Easter break!

 

 

Week Commencing 20th March 2017

As always we have had a very busy week in Ash Class! Reception have been learning to count and recognise numbers to 20. They have been playing games with numbers to help their recognition. Year 1 have been learning to divide. They worked practically at the beginning of the week, using hoops and beanbags to solve division questions. 

In English this we have continued to enjoy the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have started to explore characters in the story through drama and then changed what Jack found at the top of the beanstalk! 

In music we have been using our knowledge of the weather to create musical pieces linked to different types of weather. We had great fun working together!
We are also preparing for the Easter service which is taking place on Tuesday. We made our Easter bonnets ready for the parade- we hope to see you there!

On Thursday we had one of our weekly street dance lessons with Miss Johnson from SJ Dance. Our skills are improving and we are nearly performance ready!
On Friday we had a visit and performance from 'The Academy of Ancient Music'. They taught us about Mozart and performed to the whole school. We enjoyed taking part and asking lots of questions. 

 

Homework and Mathletics has been set as usual. 

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Miss Bleakley

 

 

 

Week Commencing 13th March 2017

Another busy week in Ash Class! We have been building castles and investigating which material was the strongest. This required great team work skills! We also took part in Science week by learning about the life cycle of a frog. We have been caring for the tadpoles from the school pond and are watching them grow. 

In maths we have continued to learn how to multiply using practical methods. We had great fun using hoops and bean bags in the hall to make groups. 

We have started learning the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in English. We are putting actions to the story to help us remember it and have been writing character descriptions and making story maps. 

We had our weekly street dance lesson on Thursday with Miss Johnson! It was great fun!

Homework and Mathletics has been set today. 

Have a good weekend!

Week Commencing 6th March 2017

 

This week we have been writing our own stories using adjectives and connectives. We have also been using our number bonds to 10 and solving addition and subtraction problems. Reception have been using the shaving foam to write their key words and have even been writing letters to the class fairy! They have also been exploring capacity and using shapes to make pictures. Earlier in the week they investigated what happens when you mix colours together and even went to see how much the frogspawn in the pond had grown!

Homework and Mathletics has been set as usual.

After a busy week I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

 

Week Commencing 27th February 2017

 

We kicked off the week with a visit from PCSO Braddick on Monday who taught us about keeping safe and the role of a PCSO. We got to try on some police uniform and even sat in his police car with the siren on! We have been looking for signs of spring in science this week and went on a nature hunt. We found signs of new flowers and even found frogspawn in the school pond! We are looking forward to having some in the classroom so we can watch them hatch and grow into frogs.

In maths we have started to learn how to multiply by using objects, arrays and repeated addition. We are also working hard on our key skills such as counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. This is something the children can practise at home too!
On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day with the rest of the school. We dressed up as characters from our favourite books and shared stories. We then wrote our own book reviews using 'because' to explain why we liked the book.

 

Homework has been set this week- any problems just pop in.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 


 

 

Week Commencing 20th February 2017

Another whirlwind week in Ash Class. We have been very busy this week learning about poetry, measuring using a ruler and coats of arms. In topic this week we learnt about why certain colours are used in coats of arms and we made our own. We chose colours and animals for a purpose and used our initials to decorate them! 
This week we also started street dance lessons as part of our PE sessions. It was great fun learning new dance moves and starting to put together a routine. 

On Thursday we had great fun in the wind- come and visit our windy day display!

We have also had a financial literacy lesson in which we learnt about safe places to save our pocket money. 

Homework has been set this week as usual- this includes a phonics phoneme spotting sheet in their homework books and Mathletics. The children were also keen to practise their handwriting as we learnt one of the four joins today so they have some handwriting sheets in their bags if they would like to practise at home. 

 

As always if you have any worries or questions please pop in!

Miss Bleakley

 

Week Commencing 6th February 2017

 

We've had a busy final week in Ash Class. This week in PE we have continued to develop out fundamental movement skills in two sessions with Hunts SSP coach Miss David. We practised throwing, rolling and catching different equipment such as sponge balls, koosh balls and beanbags. We took part in a mini-festival on Wednesday which involved lots of different activities to test out our new skills!
In Maths this week we have been learning to compare and measure length. We have been using objects in the classroom and comparing them. We even learnt how to use a ruler to measure in centimeters! 
In English this week we have been exploring some poetry. On Monday we had a smelly lesson as we tried out different smells. We then went on to write our own poems about how people in our family smell! It was good fun and we had lots of giggles!
Penelope the puppet joined us in phonics this week too as we practised our phase 5 sounds. She threw us a special party with some phonics pass the parcel!!
We have had a big focus on handwriting this week as we prepare to start learning to join after half term. The children have some handwriting homework to do over the next week. We hope you will support them with this. 
Mathletics has also been set. The link to the website is here: https://community.mathletics.com/signin#/student

I hope you all have a fun and restful half term and I look forward to having the children back soon!

Miss Bleakley
 

 

Week Commencing 30th January 2017

Ash Class have continued to learn about what life was like living in a castle. They have explored the different jobs carried out by the different groups of people in society. In English they have been exploring newspapers. They labelled the features of newspapers and then planned and wrote their own newspaper article based on Lady Matilda invading Kimbolton Castle on Castle Day. In maths this week the children have been learning to add single and two digit numbers using objects and a numberline. They have also been subtracting by counting back and taking objects away. We have continued to learn and use our number bonds to 10 and 20 to support us and the children would benefit from practising these at home too!
In science this week we have been exploring the properties of different materials. The children have been putting plastic, metal, glass and wood to  the test in a variety of experiments to see which materials are bendy, waterproof and transparent!
In PE this week we have continued to develop our fundamental movement skills. On Monday Hunts SSP joined us for a session in ball skills and on Wednesday Miss Howell taught the children how to curl. 

 

On Moday we also celebrated Chinese New Year. The children tried on some Chinese clothes, we shared the story of the Chinese Zodiac and even had fortune cookies!

English homework has been set as usual- any questions please pop in and ask!
An exciting week as always!

 

 

Week Commencing 23rd January 2017

 

A lovely week in Ash Class! This week we have been exploring non-fiction texts. We have identified the features of a non-fiction book and used non-fiction books to research facts about castles! We even wrote our own non-fiction piece of writing about castles. The children are really enjoying learning about castles. 
In maths this week we learnt to tell the time to quarter past and quarter to the hour- a challenge that both year groups took on!
Reception have been practising writing their numbers and the new sounds they have been learning. They have also spent time role playing in the Ash Class castle and writing letters to the Ash Class fairy! 
As part of our topic we have been learning about illuminated letters and the importance of being able to write during medieval times. We learnt that they were designed to show that the page was important. We know that there was a parchmenter who made the paper, a scribe who wrote the words and an illuminator who drew the pictures and illuminated letters. We made our own illuminated letters on foil using sharpies. They look great- we hope you agree! 

 

We've had lots of fun in PE this week too! We have been developing our balance, agility and coordination skills through team games and challenges. We've had fun playing games at lunchtime too with the sports crew. 

 

In science we have been describing the properties of everyday materials. We explored the classroom for objects made from wood, metal, glass or plastic and then matched them up to their properties. 

Homework has been set for reception and year 1 as usual this week. It is due back on Tuesday 31st January. Mathletics has also been set. If you have any questions please pop in to see Miss Bleakley. The children's phonics packs have also been updated. If you child has lost their phonics pack please let me know so I can replace it. The children should bring their reading book and phonics pack to school with them everyday. Thank you for supporting us with this. 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Week Commencing 16th January 2016

 

A wonderful week of fun in Ash Class! We had some exciting PE lessons in which we have been developing our movement and coordination skills. We have also been exploring some ball skills! 

In English we have continued exploring Don't Chew the Royal Shoe. We have written character descriptions for the police, had a letter from the 'Queen' and even started learning how to use bossy verbs! On Thursday we made pizza for lunch after we had written some instructions about how to make a pizza! They were delicious! 

Reception have been writing shopping lists and wanted posters. They have also explored shapes this week, using them to make pictures. 

In maths, Year 1 have continued exploring time- they have been learning days of the week, months of the year and time language. They also had a competition on Friday to see how many star-jumps they could do in 1 minute! 

 

As part of our Castles topic we have been learning the names of different parts of a castle's defenses. We have been labeling a castle and even researching what the different parts are used for!

 

Reception and Year 1 received homework on Thursday- any questions please just pop in. Homework is due on Tuesday. Mathletics for Year 1 has also been set. 

Ash Class also have space for mystery readers this term- speak to Miss Bleakley if you would like to sign up!

 

Week Commencing 9th January 2017

Another lovely week in Ash class this week. We kicked off the week with a cooking session. Everyone Health came to visit us on Monday morning when we made vegetable quiches. We learnt new skills such as cutting, rolling and cracking eggs. We have also been enhancing our balance, agility and coordination in PE. We have been learning to balance while walking along a beam, throw balls with accuracy and jump in different ways. This week we also took part in the Big Schools' Bird Watch. We spent an afternoon learning about different bird calls and observing the birds in our local environment. The results have been submitted to the RSPB. 
In maths this week we have started learning to tell the time. We started with recognising the time to the hour and then moved on to telling the time to half past the hour. In English we have started exploring a story called Don't Chew the Royal Shoe which links to our castles topic.

Homework has been set this week for both reception and year 1. If you have any questions or need support please just pop in to see Miss Bleakley. Homework is due back in on Tuesday. 

Ash Class library day is Friday- children can return and change books and story sacks on this day.

 

Week Commencing 2nd January 2017


Happy New Year and welcome back!

 

Ash class have had an exciting start to the term. On Thursday the children immersed themselves in medieval castle life. The school hall became our castle and the children were determined the protect it from the evil clutches of Princess Matilda in the name of King Stephen! The morning was spent ensuring we has enough supplies in our castle so time was spent making pies, making ink and writing letters, making pockets to protect our war trinkets, making finger protectors for the archers, making gargoyles to scare off evil spirits and making smelling bags to help fend off the horrid castle smells! After a very busy morning Father Craig told us that Matilda's army were approaching. We took part in a tense battle after being trained in archery and sword skills. The battle was long and hard but we finished victorious and were rewarded with a tremendous feast! We learnt medieval dances, jokes, songs and plays to entertain the lords and ladies. 
The children were thoroughly engaged and were so very well behaved as always! 

This week we have also welcomed a new member to the Ash Class Team- Miss Howell will be teaching alongside Miss Bleakley and Mrs Hartness this term so if you meet her please introduce yourself. 

 

Medium Term Planning Overview  -  Ash Class YR and Y1   Autumn 2016

 

Science

This term our science topic is the human body. We will be learning all about ourselves and how our bodies work. The children will be able to name the basic parts of the human body and will be able to compare similarities and differences between themselves and others such as eye colour and height.   

History

Linking with our topic of Great Great Britain we will be learning about significant people in British history such as William Caxton. The children will also have the chance to discuss and ask questions about significant British landmarks and what life used to be like.

Geography

In geography this term we will be improving our map reading skills and work on recognising map symbols. We will be exploring coastal areas and looking at the natural and manmade features. We will also be discussing where we live in Kimbolton and the surrounding area with the aim of the children being able to explain where they live and their address.

Maths

In maths we will be following the National Curriculum for Year 1 and Development Matters for Reception.

We will continue to improve our knowledge of number, space, shape and measure. This will include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, 2D and 3D shapes, position and direction, weighing and measuring.

Great Great Britain!

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

English

Our English lessons will sometimes link with our topic of Great Great Britain. Through this we will build on our spelling, punctuation and grammar skills as well as exploring different types of text.  In reception we will build up our fine motor skills, pencil control and letter formation by doing some dough disco, threading and letter recognition games. The children have guided reading sessions every day (year 1), as well as 1:1 reading on a weekly basis. They also have phonics sessions every morning in which they learn new sounds and key skills for decoding words (reception after Oct half term).

Music

In music this term we will be using our voices to sing songs, chants and rhymes. We will also explore untuned instruments and listen to and comment on a range of different music.

PSHE

In PSHE we have circle times in which we will be discussing British Values, what makes a good friend and changes.

Art

In Art we will look at some art work of famous British artists through which we will explore colour, texture and mood. Linking with DT the children will also be looking at famous British Landmarks and will have opportunities to paint them and create models.

Computing

In computing this term we will be looking at coding skills with the Beebots, as well as practising and discussing esafety. The computers are also available for the children to explore educational games.

RE

In RE we will be exploring special celebrations and events such as the Harvest Festival, Diwali and Christmas.

DT

We will be observing and exploring different British land marks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge and the Angel of the North. The children will investigate different cutting and sticking techniques. The children will be encouraged the think carefully before they start constructing and will have to consider different techniques and tools appropriate for the job.

PE: Agility, Balance and Coordination. 

Week Commencing 12th December 2016

 

What a lovely start to the countdown to Christmas! This week in maths we have been subtracting and finding missing numbers in addition and subtraction questions. The English we have been learning to add the suffix -ing to change the meaning of words. We have been looking at the story of the Jolly Postman also. This has prompted lots of letter writing, especially to our class elf! This week reception have also been den building using a variety of resources, guided reading, playing mums and dads, practising their writing and learning to compromise. 

We had a delicious Christmas dinner on Thursday which involved the whole school and lots of singing!

 

 

 

Week Commencing 28th November 2016

 

What an exciting week as we start the count down to Christmas. Ash Class, along with year 2, have been practising the Christmas Nativity- The Dinkey Donkeys! They have enjoyed making masks and learning the songs too!
We have also made our own advent calendar and decorations for the classroom. Many children also took part in the Christmas craft fair which took place on Thursday. 
Year one have been writing stories about a castle in the mountains in literacy. They have enjoyed sharing their ideas with the class and reading their stories to each other. Reception have enjoyed accessing the continuous provision available this week- this has included den building, a baby corner, a dinosaur area and writing at our new picnic bench. 

 

On Thursday this week we had a visit from Everyone Health who came to talk to us about how much sugar we are supposed to eat as part of a healthy lifestyle. We looked at lots of different foods and drinks to estimate how much sugar was in them and then we counted the sugar cubes to show how much sugar was really in them. 


 

 

Week Commencing 21st November 2016

This week in Ash Class reception have been learning We're Going on a Bear Hunt. They have been adding actions and talking about the story. In maths focus sessions reception have been using positional language and counting to 10 and beyond. Year 1 have been learning and using their number bonds to 20 in maths. They have also been writing the story of The Little Red Hen. They have used talk for writing to remember the story and have now written it beautifully. This week we have had a very cheeky elf visit Ash Class. He keeps sneaking around the classroom and even delivered a letter from Santa today. Santa is very impressed with all the hard work and kindness that is happening in Ash Class this term. 

The children have also been rehearsing their Christmas production and have enjoyed learning the songs. We look forward to performing to you soon! This week GenR8 came to visit. They spoke to use about the importance of helping others and being a good role model. They performed a short play and sung songs with us. 

Ash Class would also like to say a big thank you to the PTA for the new waffle bricks and bench that have been delivered this week!



Week Commencing 14th November 2016

Ash class have had a very busy week! We had a pottery lesson with a specialist pottery teacher on Wednesday. We made castles as part of our Great Britain topic and in anticipation of our topic on Castles and Moats! We had fun rolling out the clay to make the sides and then we made the turrets. The castles look great and are ready to go into the school kiln to be fired. They will then eventually be painted and glazed. The children had a fantastic time!

This week we also had a visit from Daisy the rabbit. As part of our science topic on animals we have been learning how to look after pets. The children had the opportunity to talk about what kind of food rabbits might eat and what kind of care they need. They all had a cuddle with Daisy too who was very relaxed and chilled. 
On Thursday morning the children had a healthy eating session with an advisor from Everyone Health. The children learnt about the different types of food that make a healthy plate. They labelled foods that were carbohydrates, proteins, dairy, oils and fruit and vegetables. The children enthusiastically made a healthy plate as a class and then drew their own healthy plate. They thought about what they had eaten the previous day and tried to organise the food into groups. 

 

Year one had their homework books yesterday. They also have some spellings to learn. If you have any questions or worries, please pop in to see me. 


 

Week Commencing 7th November 2016

Another fun filled week in Ash Class! We have continued to learn the story of the Little Red Hen and have started writing the story into a class book. We have put actions to the story to help us learn it, have discussed characters and key words. In maths this week year 1 have been gaining a better understanding of numbers to 20. They have been ordering them, finding missing numbers and even continuing number sequences which count in 2s, 3s and 4s! As part of our topic we have been learning to name and label the capital cities of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We have also looked at different buildings and monuments around the UK. This week we spoke about Remembrance Day. As part of this we made poppy wreaths which can be seen around school. The whole school took part in a two minutes silence as we listened to the canon fire and last post from the Castle. The children were fantastic and were keen to discuss the importance of Remembrance day. On Friday we visited the school library where the children were given the option of taking a story sack home. The story sacks have soft toys, a story book, information books and games relating to the story. We hope you enjoy sharing them at home. In science this week we have continued learning about animals. We have been sorting animals into groups of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores! We even had a visit from the trust dog Simba this week too!
Reception have been exploring ice and using it to write outside. They have enjoyed trying to get the sequins out of the ice!
Homework as been set as usual- Year 1 have Mathletics, reading and writing. Reception have reading books. Both year groups have new tricky word cards in their phonics packs. 

Thank you to those who attended the Early Phonics and Reading workshop on Thursday evening. I will be running another workshop soon for those who couldn't make it!

Week Commencing 31st October 2016

As always we have had a busy and enjoyable week in Ash Class! The children have enjoyed talking about their adventures in the school holidays and their costumes for Halloween! This week we have been learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gun Powder Plot! We made firework pictures which turned out beautifully and the children were really proud of them. 
In maths this week the whole class have been learning about shapes. Year one have been naming 2D shapes and also finding 3D shapes in real objects while reception have been designing pumpkin faces using 2D shapes. 

In English was have started learning the story of The Little Red Hen. We have created a story map and have been learning the story using actions. We have practised performing the actions in small groups and as a whole class. Reception have enjoyed taking part in whole class English lessons too!
Our science topic this half term is animals and this week we have considered the similarities and differences between humans and animals. The children have been labeling animal diagrams and making comparisons. 

Reception have enjoyed looking for signs of Autumn and have collected leaves for the dinosaur tray. They have played hopscotch the practise number recognition and den building, as always, has been a favourite activity this week with the children working together to make dens that are strong!

Homework has been set this week for year 1. They have to write about their adventures in half term or over Halloween with a focus on correct punctuation and sentence construction.  Mathletics has also been set. 
 

Week Commencing 17th October 2016

This week Ash Class have been investigating whether the oldest person is always the oldest. They discussed this question and thought about how they could find out. They then made predictions and went on to investigate by organising the class into age order and height order. They found out that the oldest person is not the tallest and that the youngest person is not the shortest. 

This week the children have also enjoyed painting their diva lamps for Diwali. They decided which colours to use and then added glitter to celebrate the Festival of Light. They also enjoyed colouring a rangoli pattern on the playground.

Reception have continued to learn new sounds in phonics-  new videos of the children saying the sounds correctly will be coming soon! The children have enjoyed learning the actions that go with each sound and have started spotting the sounds in the classroom and around school. 

KPA had a visit from Tim and the Trolls this week too. This was a storytelling session which promoted anti-bullying. The children thought about how it feels when someone is unkind and what they could do to prevent bullying. 

 

Year 1's half term challenge is to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and to learn their number bonds to 10. 

 

I hope you all have a wonderful and well-rested half term!

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 10th October 2016

This week Ash Class have been very busy! In maths year 1 are learning to subtract, while reception are focusing on number recognition. In English we have been focusing on improving our punctuation skills and using this in our writing. Reception have started to learn their first phonics sounds. They have whizzed through them- learning 's', 'a', 't', 'p', 'i' and 'n'. You can find videos of the children saying the sounds and performing the matching action on the English section of the school website and the link can also be found on this page. 
We have also been preparing for Diwali this week by making diva lamps from clay ready to paint next week. The children have also visited the school library and have chosen a library book to take home. 

 

Week Commencing 3rd October 2016

Ash Class have been busy this week! Year 1 have been learning to add numbers together using a number line., in English they have been making their own traditional tale books based on Little Red Riding Hood and we have also been learning about Great Britain and British Values. 

We have been developing our fundamental movement skills such as running and jumping in PE and have enjoyed our lessons outside due to the lovely weather. We have also been on a senses walk around the school on which we have been looking for things we can smell, touch, see, touch and taste! 

 

Home learning has been set this week for year 1. This includes an English activity in their home learning books, Matheltics and their daily reading. Reception children also now have picture books and reading records to take home. This is an opportunity for you to enjoy discussing and sharing a book together. 

Week Commencing 26th September 2016

This week in Ash Class we have been printing like William Caxton by using letter shapes to print our names. We have also been learning about the job of our bones and have made pasta skeletons! In English we have been writing our own Little Red Riding Hood Stories. In Maths we have been learning to count in 2s and to recognise our number bonds to 10. These are skills you can practise at home too! 

Reception have been exploring the continuous provision in Ash Class this week. They have enjoyed den building, fishing for numbers in the water, mark making and performing Little Red Riding Hood.

We have really enjoyed the Harvest Festival this week and hope you liked our performance at the Harvest Festival Service!

 

 

Week Commencing 19th September 2016

 

Lots of fun and giggles in Ash Class this week! We have been learning all about the human body by drawing around each other and labeling our friends. We have continued exploring the story of Little Red Riding Hood and have been writing letters to the woodcutter. In maths we are investigating number and place value by finding one more and one less. Reception are continuing to explore their surroundings. They have enjoyed acting out the story of Little Red Riding Hood, building dens and dressing up! They have also been looking for signs of Autumn and making leaf printings. 

As part of our topic we are learning about William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee and their roles in British history. We have been comparing their lives and contributions to Great Britain. Also this week we have been enjoying singing assembly and rehearsing our songs for Harvest Festival. We are looking forward to performing to our parents on Wednesday!

Homework and Mathletics has been set this week for year 1 and the children are looking forward to earning their certificates in celebration assembly. If you have any problems pop in to see Miss Bleakley.

Have a lovely weekend Ash Class!

Miss Bleakley and Mrs Hartness

 

 

Week Commencing 12th September 2016

 

As always another busy week in Ash Class this week. Our reception children are now all in school full time and have settled really well. They have been exploring the classroom and resources and making new friends. This week we celebrated Roald Dahl's 100th birthday with a dress up day. We had some Oompa Lumps, Matildas and even some giant peaches! We celebrated with a 'Draw along with Quentin Blake' session as a whole school. We have also been reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood and acting out the narrative. We have enjoyed talking about the characters and how they might move!
In maths we have been learning how to write our numbers 1-10 as words by playing number bingo and games on the board. 
We have also started learning about William Caxton as part of our Great Great Britain topic! We know he was the first British printer and printed over 100 different books! 

This week year 1 have also been set homework and Mathletics- any problems please come and see Miss Bleakley!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend after a very busy week and have a good rest!

Miss Bleakley and Mrs Hartness

 

Acting out Little Red Riding Hood

Week Commencing 5th September 2016

 

Welcome back Ash Class! It is lovely to have everyone back to school! A huge welcome to our new reception children who have settled into school life so well. This week has been very busy- we have been getting used to school life, meeting our buddies and exploring the classroom. Thank you to all the parents who welcomed Miss Bleakley and Mrs Hartness into their homes for the reception home visits- it was great to see the children in their home environments!
Year 1 have started learning about our topic this term- Great Great Britain! We have learnt about the different flags for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and Great Britain. 

On Thursday we had a visit from Forest Owl. The whole school took part in outdoor activities such as den building, bug hunting and making clay faces on the trees. We even met a barn owl called Indiana! 

We are looking forward to all the adventures next week brings! 

 

 

Ash Class Overview Summer 2016

Week Commencing 11th July 2016

 

We have had a wonderful week this week. On Monday we had our first performance of our school pantomime Cinderella Rockerfella which was a great success. This was followed by another three performances across Monday and Tuesday. We had a great turn out by parents and the children thoroughly enjoyed singing along and acting out their parts. On Tuesday the Life Bus came to visit us. Harold the giraffe taught us all about healthy eating and what our bodies need to stay healthy! We went on a virtual picnic, wished up some healthy food and even helped send some baby animals to sleep under the twinkling stars.
On Wednesday we had our whole school reward day- a special treat for completing all our homework, wearing the correct uniform and good behaviour! We had a bouncy castle and large inflatable obstacle course on the school field and had great fun bouncing and racing each other. On Thursday we have been watching in interesting film about high diving giraffes. We are using this film to inspire some newspaper writing- did the giraffes break into the swimming pool in St Neots? What was that strange noise? 

Week Commencing 6th June 2016

 

Welcome back! We have a busy half term ahead. Our topic of Sun, Sea and Sandcastles is continuing this half term and the children have started to explore our seaside themed continuous provision activities including fishing for phonics sounds, building beach huts from the large bricks and building sandcastles. We have enjoyed the lovely weather this week and have been to see if our new trees have started to grow. Reception have also planted some vegetables in our vegetable patch ready to harvest soon! In science we have been learning about the different seasons and have been packing clothes for a summer holiday. We have also been watching our sunflowers grow and have been keeping a close eye out for garden pests! Over the week year 1 have been reading The Dancing Tiger by Malachy Doyle and have been sorting fiction and non-fiction sentences. They have produced some fantastic non-fiction books all about tigers which are now on display in the classroom. 

Week Commencing 25th April 2016

As usual another busy week in Ash Class. We have been learning about Victorian seaside holidays and writing postcards. We have also been learning about different trees in science this week and preparing our vegetable patch for some vegetables. In maths we have been learning about the properties of different 2D and 3D shapes. Our English topic this week has been traditional tales and we have been exploring the story of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. We worked together in teams to write an alternative version of the story called The 3 Dragons Gruff, making our very own class book. The children worked so well together and demonstrated some fantastic team work skills!

 

We hope you enjoy our story.....

 

The Three Dragons Gruff

 

Written and Illustrated by Ash Class

 

Once upon a time there lived three fierce dragons. There was one dragon who was a baby, a mummy who was pretty and a daddy dragon. Baby dragon was 1 year old, mummy was 34 and daddy was 40. 

The three fierce dragons lived in a park that was fun. It had swings, a seesaw and a green climbing frame. It also had a deep pond and a cosy picnic area. They liked their park because they enjoyed picnics. 

One day the three dragons gruff decided to cross the dark, black road. they wanted to cross the dark black road to play on the silver slide. Stamp stamping was how they crossed the road. 

Near by there was a fierce and brave knight with a golden sword living underneath the tall metal lamp post. He likes to eat the best sausages in the world and good meat. 

The third spiky dragon tricked the knight by firing a burning fire ball. The burning fire ball scorched the silver knight's bottom. The knight was not seen again. 

The 3 fierce dragons were so excited to get to their home! when they got to their new home they played on a silver slide. They had fun and they lived happily ever after. 

 

 

Week Commencing 18th April 2016

Wow! Another busy week in Ash Class! We have been exploring our seaside topic further, looking at traditional tales in English and learning how to subtract in maths! We have been celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday too this week with kite making and flying, biscuit decorating and a special birthday tea party! 

Our class teddy 'Moo' has also stated going home with children and we have enjoyed reading all about his adventures. 

In science we are learning all about plants and spent an afternoon exploring the school field, sketching, labeling and finding different plants!

I hope you all have a restful weekend Ash Class!

 

Week Commencing 21st March 2016

 

This term has gone so fast and we have been very busy in Ash Class! The children have really enjoyed learning about the Great Fire of London this term. They have made model houses and baking cakes. 

This week we have been celebrating our achievements with reward day on which we completed an Easter egg hunt, made Easter cards and baked chocolate Easter nests. 

We have also had our Easter service this week at the church for which the children made Easter bonnets. 

Our tadpoles have also started hatching this week and we have been learning about the frog life cycle in science. 

What a busy week! 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 22nd February 2016

As usual another busy week in Ash Class! We have been learning all about kings and queens this week as part of our Fire! Fire! London! topic. We have been thinking about what the role of a king or queen is. A very special letter from the Queen also arrived this week too! She was very pleased to have received our letter and a copy of the book we have been studying this term-The Queen's Knickers. 

This week we have also been watching our 'noonoo' tree grow with great anticipation as to what it will produce!

In English we have been writing about what we got up to in half term as well as some tricky grammar work! In maths we have been recapping some key maths skills, going on number hunts and working out one more and one less than a given number. 

We have enjoyed the sunny weather this week and have really enjoyed using our outside space a lot more, exploring floating and sinking, hammering nails, musical instruments and construction. 

A huge thank you to those who came to support our 'Big Dig' on Saturday morning! Our school wild life area is looking fantastic!

Ash Class also still have space for mystery readers on a Friday afternoon- just let Miss Bleakley know if you would like to book a slot. 

 

 

Week Commencing 1st February 2016

What a busy busy week as always! We had a wonderful trip on Monday to Grafham Water where we explored how to put out and light fires, read maps, sequence events and how to work as a team! Some of us even had a sleepover which was very exciting! I hope the children have told you all about it. If you haven't yet seen the photos they are on our Facebook page. 


This week we have also been busy learning about the human body and senses, multiplication and a new book called Where the Wild Things are. We are hoping we might receive a reply soon from the Queen as we recently sent her a letter. 

Reception have also been reading a story about a 'noonoo' tree. They have planted their own dummy in our class vegetable patch to see if we can grown a 'noonoo' tree too! What this space!

 

Week Commencing 11th January 2016

This week we have been learning all about the weather, money and houses in 1666. Every day we have been recording the weather and using our weather station to find out about the rainfall, wind speed and temperature. Our topic this week has led us to design a house in the style of those on Pudding Lane in 1666. In maths we have been becoming familiar with money and playing money games to practise our money recognition. In English our new book 'The Queen's Knickers' has made us giggle!

 

 

Week Commencing 4th January 2016

Welcome back Ash Class! It has been so lovely hearing all about your busy Christmas holidays! 

This week has been so much fun as we have dived straight into our topic on the Great Fire of London. We have learnt so much already and have also been learning a song called 'London's Burning.' Our fire engine is coming together slowly and we cannot wait to play in it as part of our fire station role play area. This week we have also been learning about what makes a good learner and good team building skills. We had to create a protective case for an egg and then drop it from different heights- we had lots of scrambled eggs! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 30th November 2015

 

This term is flying by! We have has another busy busy week this week. The week started with an adventure over to Great Staughton Primary Academy where we had the opportunity to meet Mars Class before going on our trip with them on Thursday. At Hinchingbrooke Country Park we went bear hunting, den building and exploring. We had a fantastic time exploring the woods and getting thoroughly muddy!

On Wednesday we had a visit from Trust artist Jack Cornell who helped us create some galaxy artwork in petri dishes. We also made some large artwork which will be put up around school soon!

We finished our week with a Nativity rehearsal and can't wait to perform to you all soon!

 

Week Commencing 23rd November 2015

This week has involved Christmas Nativity rehearsals, fun in the ICE zone, lots of singing and some Beebot line dancing!

Week Commencing 16th November 2015

This week began with a visit from an Antarctic Explorer who had visited the Antarctic over 25 times! We asked lots of questions about what it is like in the Antarctic and what we would need to pack for a journey there.

 We found out about how to travel there, what animals live in the Antarctic and even that tourists can visit!

We even got to try on some explorer gear!

We also started creating our own non-fiction book all about bears. We voted for the title and have started adding all the features of information books including an introduction, factual information and a front cover.

Did you know there are over 8 different types of bear?!?!

On Friday we spent some time in our ICE zone building explorer rafts and investigating the dark tent!

 

Our milk bottle igloo is also growing! It is going to make a fantastic reading corner!

 

What an exciting and busy week!

Igloo

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Week Commencing 9th November 2015

Another busy week in Ash Class with Diwali day, Remembrance and Children in Need! We have been decorating our playground with Rangoli patterns to welcome visitors to our school and have had a go at traditional Bhangra Dance as part of our Diwali celebrations. On Wednesday we had a Remembrance Assembly and listened to the canons being fired at the Castle while we took a minute for reflection. Then on Friday we finished the week on a high by raising money for Children in Need! The children looked superb in their costumes! We also enjoyed welcoming our first mystery reader into Ash Class! What a fantastic week!

Week Commencing 2nd November 2015

Welcome back Ash Class! I hope you all had a fantastic half term. 

This week we have started exploring a new book in English called We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We have been for walks in the long wavy grass, felt some squelchy mud and been collecting leaves on our way to our bear hunt role play cave! Feel free to come and have a look in the morning at the cave in our outside area. 

 

This week we have also been visited by the trust dog- Simba. We took him for an Autumn walk, to see the chickens and buried him in leaves! Simba also listened to some children read and went to visit recorder club and puzzle club. 

 

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On Friday reception created some firework pictures using paint and glitter!

 

We are slowly collecting milk bottles ready to start making our igloo! Keep drinking milk- we will need around 400 milk bottles!

 

 

 

Week Commencing 12th October 2015

Another busy week in Ash Class! We have been doing lots of measuring this week and exploring length, height and weight. We even measured the playground using children! We have also been creating lots of new display work for our classroom which we are looking forward to sharing with you at parents evening next week. Reception are building up their knowledge of phonics sounds and have been sharing books about space. Year one have been writing a sequel to the book The Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob). Their own stories have been about an alien called Obb and have been a very interesting read!

 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend Ash Class! See you next week.

Week Commencing 5th October 2015

 

This week in Ash Class we have been learning about Neil Armstrong and other astronauts who have been into space. We even found out about animals who have been into space! In maths we have been counting back and subtracting. In English we have been questioning characters in our book- The Man on the Moon (A Day in the Life of Bob) and held a talk show to find out more. We have also been planning our own story about an alien called Obb. In science this week we have been exploring every day materials, exploring what they feel like and sorting them into categories. What a busy week!

 

Miss Bleakley would like to congratulate all the children in Ash Class who have been coming into school independently!

Well done!!

Week Commencing 28th September 2015

 

What a busy week we have had this week! We started off painting pictures with vegetables on Monday ready for the Harvest Festival. On Tuesday we had a fantastic team building day with Miss Phillips from the Hunts Sports Partnership. She taught us about working together to reach a goal and we had great fun with the parachute!

We went on a number walk around school on Thursday to see what numbers we could find and year one have been working very hard on addition in maths! We also have some new visitors to our class, some characters from a story about the man on the moon have visited our classroom- can you spot them in the pictures?

On Friday we enjoyed the Harvest Festival in the local church and it was great to see so many parents and careers there to support us. We've worked really hard this week, especially learning the words to 'In my Little Garden.'

 

Enjoy your weekend Ash Class!

 

Week Commencing 21st September 2015

 

Welcome to all the new Reception children who have started full time this week! We have had a very busy week!

 

We have sent a letter to the man who cleans the moon, been on a mission into space and even made moon souvenirs for tourists who visit the moon! 

 

Year one have also been busy writing postcards about their trip to the moon. 

 

Don't forget to come back soon to see what we have been up to!

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