Ash Class is a mixed class of reception and year 1 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!
Week Commencing 22nd March 2021
What a fab week! The children are settled back into school life and have been practising some key skills. We have enjoyed lots of time outside this week too! We had a fantastic reward day on Thursday to celebrate the end of term- we made rice crispie nests, went on an Easter egg hunt and watched a film. We also got to watch our teacher, Miss Bleakley, graduate her Masters in Education via zoom! We enjoyed our final PE session with Mrs Marriott this term on Wednesday. We have been devleoping out ball control skills and have made lots of great progress with rolling, throwing and catching! This week we have been designing and making pop-up Easter cards too! We enjoyed thinking carefully about our design and what Easter themed picture we wanted to make pop out of our card! Reception did some potato printing to make Easter chicks too! What a busy week!
Week Commencing 15th March 2021
What a busy week in Ash Class! We've been busy catching up on things we've missed over the term so far... playing with friends, enjoying forest school, chatting over lunch and having fun together!
W/C 8th March 2021
Welcome back! It's been a delight to have the children back in school this week! It's flown by! We started the week easing ourselves back into school life. We created our own class charter of rules which we all agreed on and spoke lots about our feelings. We compared how we felt being at home and how we felt being back at school and there was a huge feeling of excitement at being back together with friends again!
We enjoyed a super PE session with Mrs Marriott on Wednesday. We practised our ball control skills by rolling the ball with a partner and then building up to playing a game of battle ships using balls and cones! The children listened so carefully and had great fun!
Towards the end of the week we celebrated British Science Week. In Ash class we have been learning about the weather and seasons. The children shared what they had learnt about the weather at home and we spent time observing the weather and measuring the temperature and rainfall. We also created our own rain using shaving foam and coloured water after learning about the water cycle! The children worked really carefully using pipettes to drop water into shaving foam. The result was rain drops in a jar!
We also enjoyed creating our own self-portraits inspired by Picasso. We explored the colours and style of painting he used and worked to create our own paintings. We then thought about having a growth mindset and wrote speech bubbles to remind us to have a growth mindset when we find something tricky!
On Friday we enjoyed a forest school session. We spent time looking for and photographing signs of spring. The children used ipads to photograph any signs of spring they could find on the Ash playground, sensory garden, school field and in the wild garden!
It's been a great week and a pleasure to have the children back!
Spring 1- Home Learning
We've had a very busy term of home learning over the last few weeks. We are incredibly proud of the children and all their hard work. Here are a few highlights...
We've been writing our own traditional tales, learning how to double and halve numbers, exploring the world around us, finding out how to keep ourselves healthy, comparing South America and where we live, enjoying celebrating Chinese New Year, building bird feeders, painting, cooking, listening to stories, writing newspaper articles, going on long walks, playing in the snow and lots more!
Week Commencing 7th December 2020
What a busy week in Ash Class! This week we went on a virtual school trip to Chester zoo! We've been learning about animals, how they can be classified and what they eat. Our 'trip' to Chester zoo helped us to find our why animals are different colours. We had great fun!! In English we have been learning about the features of non-fiction texts. After a dinosaur egg appeared in the classroom we had to find our more about dinosaurs and record what we found out by creating our own dinosaur fact files! The children worked hard to remember finger spaces, full stops and capital letters. We've been learning some new dinosaurs names and learning about the meaning of new words such as 'extinct.' In maths this week we have been recapping our knowledge of comparing numbers using more than and less than symbols. We've been comparing larger numbers and identifying the number of tens and ones. We've been ordering numbers from greatest to smallest and smallest to greatest and Reception have also practised writing numbers and forming them correctly. Some children have been working in pairs to solve open ended problems and have practised reasoning and explaining their answers. Reception have been building numbers to ten using a range of resources such as numicon, multilink, bead strings and finding the numbers on a number line. We've also been filming and preparing our Christmas nativity this week so watch this space for our virtual nativity video coming soon!
Ash Class have been learning about Christmas and advent this week with Mrs Whiting. They enjoyed an RE day where they learnt about the Christmas story by sequencing the main events and have been exploring how Christmas might be celebrated.
The children have been enjoying orienteering and team building with Mrs Marriott this half term and have taken part in activities such as map reading, finding the orienteering markers and working in teams to solve problems.
On Friday we enjoyed a visit to the school library where we changed our library books and shared some facts that we found out. We also enjoyed sharing a story from our Christmas book 'How Winston Delivered Christmas.'
At forest school the children created star decorations using sticks. They collected sticks of a similar size and used elastic bands to create star shapes. They showed great resilience and determination as this was a tricky challenge! Well done Ash Class!
Virtual School Trip to Chester Zoo- 7th December 2020
We went on a virtual school trip to Chester Zoo where we learnt about animals and why they are different colours. We learnt about how animals are camouflaged according to their habitat and how this helps them to survive! We enjoyed joining in with the different challenges that were set!
wc 30th November 2020
We've been learning about non-fiction texts and their features. We have been exploring non-fiction texts about animals and have enjoyed visiting the school library as part of our weekly library sessions but also to find books about animals. In Maths we have been deepening our understanding of number and place value to 20 and have been strengthening our knowledge of how to find one more, one less and counting in 2, 5 and 10s. We enjoyed another OAA session with Mrs Marriott this week. We have been learning to read a simple map and to work in a team to follow a route between coloured cones. The children worked really hard and it is clear to see their team work skills developing. Reception have been working hard in phonics and are becoming more and more confident reading. They have been playing games such as splat, pairs and snap with their new phonics sounds and are learning to recognise tricky words by sight such as I, to, no, go, into, the.
Remembrance Day 2020
We remembered all those who died in the wars with a two minute silence. We listened to the canon fire at Kimbolton Castle.
It's been a busy month in Ash Class. We have been enjoying exploring traditional tales and have been role playing the story of Little Red Riding Hood. In Maths we have been learning to add and subtract single and two digit numbers to 20. We have been using multi-link, numicon and number lines. In RE this month we have been exploring Christianity and have been learning about what makes a Christian special. The children have also been exploring other religious festivals such as Diwali. We have been learning about the story of Rama and Sita and have been creating our own rangoli patterns in art by using pastels. In science this half term we have been learning about animals. We have been learning to classify animals according to their groups and what they eat. The children have been learning to use new words such as herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. In PE this half term we have been enjoying team building and orienteering with Mrs Marriott. We have been learning to work with a partner or a group to problem solve and are beginning to learn how to read a simple map.