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 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.
We've been exploring a story called Naughty Bus in English lessons. We have been practising using capital letters, full stops and fingers spaces accurately within our own writing. We have been using adjectives to describe and wrote our own version of the story after lots of role play! In Maths we have been building our understanding of number and place value. We have been practising building numbers and using our knowledge of number and place value to ten to problem solve.
Year 1 have been enjoying Balanceability sessions with Mrs Marriott this half term and have made some fantastic progress. Reception have settled really well into life in Ash Class and are now in school full time. They have been exploring the classroom, routines and making new friends! Our science topic this half term is Materials. We have been exploring the properties of different materials and have been designing hats for the Queen and testing them out to see if they are waterproof!
It is wonderful having our reception children in school full time now and I am so proud of how well they have transitioned into school and the wonderful team reception and year 1 have become. This week in English we have started exploring a book called Naughty Bus. The children are loving role playing and exploring the story together. They recreated images from the text this week and thoroughly enjoyed making Naughty Bus drive through a plate of baked beans!! Naughty bus has been up to no good in Ash Class this week so we are keeping an eye out for any more of his antics! Reception have been working hard to write their name carefully and to hold their pencil correctly.
In Maths we have been exploring numbers to ten in more detail and have been finding one more and one less than a given number. We are working hard on our number formation and understanding of place value to ten. Reception have been focusing on recognising numbers to ten and touch counting accurately. In Science we are learning about different materials and have been exploring their different properties this week. We have been practising using scientific words to describe their properties.
Year 1 enjoyed another Balanceability session on Wednesday with Mrs Marriott and the whole class have been having fun in PE as we develop our coordination and agility skills. Along with Puddleducks, we enjoyed our Friday afternoon forest school session in which the children were creating art work inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. They collected natural objects and materials and created some great art work!
Week Commencing 7th September 2020
What a fantastic start to the new school year! We have been so excited to welcome everyone back to school and it has been great to see the children so keen too! It's been a busy week in Ash class: We have been using a book called Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers to explore our feelings and thoughts about the world. Year 1 made an advert for planet Earth which you can see here: https://www.kimboltonprimaryacademy.cambs.sch.uk/here-we-are/ and we have also been using Google Earth to find our school. The children have been discussing things that they enjoy doing in school and have recorded their ideas.
Year 1 had a fab first outdoor PE lesson on Friday morning in which they worked in teams to problem solve and had to work together to gather code words. A good challenge for our year 1 children! We have also visited the school library this week and year 1 have chosen a library book to take home. Please ensure these are returned on a Friday ready to be changed. These books are for you to share together at home and promote lots of lovely discussion. Your child will not necessarily be able to read it independently.
On Friday afternoon, we had our first forest school session. We have been thinking about what makes our world wonderful and the children have been collecting 'wonderful' small natural things from the school grounds. This promoted lots of discussion and we enjoyed exploring the schools grounds, including our wild garden along with Puddleducks.
Year 1 have also been fantastic role models for our new reception children who have been in for a taster session this week. I was so impressed at how confidently reception all came in and how well they settled and explored our classroom and outdoor space. We are looking forward to welcoming them all in next week 8.50am-1pm.
Enjoy a restful weekend!