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Reception Ash

Hello and welcome to Ash class web page.

In our classroom, you will find

 

     Mrs Mountney

  Miss Smith

    Mrs Mulcahy

     Mrs Ali-Shah

Miss Cox

 

If you have any questions please feel free to speak to a member of staff at the beginning or end of the day.

In Ash class our P.E lessons are on a Thursday morning and a Friday afternoon. Please ensure P.E kits are in school on these days and all items are clearly labelled.

 

We use the outside area as our second classroom so please make sure the children bring suitable clothing as they will be outside whatever the weather. If possible please leave wellies (named) in school as we have a digging area, water wall and mud kitchen that the children have daily access to.

 

We  visit the library on Friday afternoons and the children will be able to choose either a fiction or non-fiction book to borrow and share with you at home. Library books need to be returned on a weekly basis and placed in the children's book bags ready to change that day.

What we are learning:  WC: 22.7

 

As we enter our very last week in Ash class we would firstly like to say a very big thank you to all our parents. This year has been a real partnership and we couldn't have achieved what we have without your help. We wish you a wonderful summer break and look forward to welcoming you back in year one!  

 

We would also like to say a big thank you to Mrs Jeffrey, a volunteer who has very kindly been visiting Ash class each Thursday and has supported the children in producing some of the amazing artwork you have seen over the past year.

 

Finally, we would like to say a huge well done and thank you to all 25 members of Ash class! It had been an absolute pleasure to teach you and watch you grow. Your attitude towards learning and giving things a go is so commendable. Have lots of fun on your summer break and stay safe. We will see you in year one!

From Mrs Mountney, Miss Smith, Mrs Ali-Shah and Mrs Mulcahy.

 

The children have chosen the learning that they would like to do this week. As they have been particularly interested in the 50th anniversary of the first man to walk on the moon and the space work they saw in Hazel class on transition day we are following a space theme for the next few days.

 

On Tuesday afternoon all reception children will be having a picnic together and will be decorating biscuits in the morning.

 

If you have any outstanding library books please return them ASAP or speak to a member of staff for further information.

 

Many thanks,

 

Ash class staff.

 

 

Our learning

What we are learning: 15.7.19

 

It was lovely to see so many children, parents and carers on open evening and I know that the children particularly enjoyed sharing their learning with you. The STEAM work in the hall was also very popular and the children enjoyed trying some of the activities. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend.

 

The children were very excited about our street party to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the school. They enjoyed sharing the food they had brought and trying new things. Afterwards, we played some ring games like ‘In and out the dusty bluebells, Oranges and Lemons’ and played parachute games. Everyone had an amazing time and loved their special celebration bears.

 

This week we will be continuing to learn about sea creatures with a focus on how we can help protect our seas and oceans and the creatures that live in them.

 

After reading ‘The Fish Who Could Wish,’ we will be writing about what we would wish for. We will be using and applying our phonic knowledge and spelling tricky words correctly.

 

In maths we will be reading and solving addition and subtraction problems to see if the given answer is true or false. We will then be placing them in buckets labelled true or false.

 

The phonics challenge this week is an eye spy digraph game. The children need to look carefully in the jars to see what they can spot and then write the words.

 

At the STEM table the children will be encouraged to make a sea creature. They will need to think carefully, does it have gills, scales, tentacles?

 

Story of the week: The Fish Who Could Wish- Someone ate Stanley

Maths table: number – check and solving problems

Finger gym table: making a kite

STEM area: resources for constructing

Phonics challenge: eye spy digraphs

 

We will be collecting library books in, this week, so that Miss Burtenshaw can do a stock check. Please can all books be returned by Friday at the latest. If you are unsure if your child still has a library book at home or you need a reminder of which book is outstanding please speak to an adult.

What we are learning: 8.7.19

 

The children had an amazing time at Whipsnade Zoo on Tuesday and they were a credit to the school. We saw butterflies, chrysalis’ and a tarantula in the butterfly house. The pygmy goats at Hullabazoo Farm were very popular and the children enjoyed stroking them and feeding them grass. They even wanted to bring one back to school to have as a pet! We also saw lots more animals and you can see them in the photographs below.

 

Our annual Open Evening will be held on Monday, 8th July from 5.30 to 7.00pm. This is an opportunity for families to visit and see what the children have been doing and also to visit next year’s classroom and meet your child’s new teacher, plus the book fair will be open for its final session.

The children’s artwork from STEAM week will be exhibited in the classrooms and will be available to buy. The children’s investigations and experiments from the week will also be in the hall for you and your child to enjoy.

 

Over the next 2 weeks we will be learning about a variety of sea creatures, how they move, where they live and what they look like. We will also be thinking about pollution in the sea and what we can do to reduce this.

 

In literacy we will be writing facts on fish, using non-fiction books to support our knowledge. We will be using our phonic knowledge to segment the words we need and correctly spelling the tricky words that we have been learning in phonics. We will also be writing about the rainbow fish and making links to PSHE, sharing, being kind and how that makes the children and their friends feel.

 

In maths we will be investigating making 5, 10, 15 and 20. The children can do this in a variety of different ways, addition, subtraction, number bonds, counting in 2’s and using practical equipment.

 

The phonics challenge this week is to write words that rhyme with sea-themed words.

 

At the STEM table the children will be encouraged to make a sea creature. They will need to think carefully, does it have gills, scales, tentacles?

 

Story of the week: The Rainbow Fish

Maths table: number – making 5, 10, 15, 20

Finger gym table: loose parts

STEM area: resources for constructing

Phonics challenge: rhyming animals

 

Our annual Open Evening will be held next Monday, 8th July from 5.30 to 7.00pm. This is an opportunity for families to visit and see what the children have been doing and also to visit next year’s classroom and meet your child’s new teacher, plus the book fair will be open for its final session.

The children’s artwork from STEAM week will be exhibited in the classrooms and will be available to buy. The children’s investigations and experiments from the week will also be in the hall for you and your child to enjoy.

 

Children will be celebrating the school’s 70th anniversary with a Street Party! This will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 11th July. Please send your child with a small plate of food to share – suggestions for things to send will be up in the classroom from Friday 5th.

As we are working on being an Eco school please could you also send your child with a reusable plate to eat from at the street party to avoid us having to use paper plates. Naming all plates would be really helpful!

 

A reminder that library books are changed on a Friday so they need to be in the children's book bags on Friday morning, please. The school library is also open each Monday until 4.00 for parents to visit with their child and borrow a book or sit and share a story together. Miss Burtenshaw will also be there to help check books in or out and answer any questions.

 

 

Zoo Trip

What we are learning: 1.7.19

 

After reviewing the information we collected as part of our bug hunt we discovered that we found more minibeasts in the school grounds than in the reception garden. The children decided that this was a problem that we needed to solve. We researched plants that attract bees and butterflies and decided that we needed to plant some in our garden. We worked as part of a team to dig a patch of the garden and planted some new plants. We have also planted tomatoes and broad beans. A log pile was also added to attract other minibeasts that like damp, dark conditions.

 

The children discovered that flowers have brightly coloured petals to attract insects, birds and small mammals to the flower for pollination. The children were so interested in this fact that we decided to explore colour and colour mixing. We dropped food colouring onto coffee filters and watched in amazement as the colours began to spread and merge together. We then drew coloured spots onto the filters and watched what happened when we dropped water from a pipette onto it. We then made our colourful creations into beautiful butterflies. These will be on display during open evening.

 

This week is our reception trip to Whipsnade Zoo and the children are very excited. We will be visiting the Butterfly House and seeing how many different species we can spot and having a look at some chrysalis’.

 

 

In maths we will be solving some word problems based on the book, ‘1 is a snail, 10 is a crab.’ They will need to read the clue and work out which minibeasts they will need to combine to make the correct amount of legs.

 

In literacy we will be writing about our trip to the zoo and what was our favourite part. We will be using our phonic knowledge to segment the words we need and correctly spelling the tricky words that we have been learning in phonics.

 

The phonics challenge this week is to find the minibeast words in a word search. They will need to look really carefully.

 

At the STEM table the children will be encouraged to make a habitat for a minibeast, thinking carefully about where they might like to live. Is it on land, in or near water or do they need a nest?

 

Story of the week: 1 is a snail, 10 is a crab

Maths table: number – making 10

Finger gym table: making a Superworm creation

STEM area: resources for constructing

Phonics challenge: rhyming animals

 

A reminder that library books are changed on a Friday so they need to be in the children's book bags on Friday morning, please. The school library is also open each Monday until 4.00 for parents to visit with their child and borrow a book or sit and share a story together. Miss Burtenshaw will also be there to help check books in or out and answer any questions.

 



 

Our new minibeast garden

Minibeast Art

Football

Webs

What we are learning: 24.6.19

 

The children really enjoyed our science work last week which was based on minibeasts. We shared all the facts we already know about minibeasts, what they look like, where they live and what they like to eat. Mrs Mountney asked the question, “Do all minibeasts fly?” After lots of discussion the children decided that we needed to go on a minibeast hunt to help us find out the answer to the question. They went out in groups with Miss Smith and took clipboards, a spotter sheet and magnifying glasses. It was very exciting and they were eager to share their findings with the rest of the class. You can see some photographs of our minibeast hunt below.

 

After lots of discussion we decided that we found more minibeasts in the log pile on the big playground and the wild flowers in the school grounds than in our garden. The children have decided that we need to adapt our garden to attract more minibeasts to visit. This will be our project for next week.

 

We made some amazing butterflies using coffee filters, felt tip pens and water and the children were amazed when we added the water. We will be hanging them up soon. Butterfly themed art activities will continue this week.

 

The children were also fascinated by the spiders they found on their hunt and in particular their webs. This week the children will be able to have a go at making some webs of their own. Hopefully we won’t have too many spiders visiting!

 

 

In maths we will be playing solving some word problems based on the book, ‘How many legs.’ They will need to read the clue and work out which minibeasts they will need to combine to make the correct amount of legs.

 

In literacy we will be writing minibeast adventure stories, using our phonic knowledge to segment the words we need and correctly spelling the tricky words that we have been learning in phonics.

 

The phonics challenge this week is to find the minibeast words in a word search. They will need to look really carefully.

 

At the STEM table the children will be encouraged to make a habitat for a minibeast, thinking carefully about where they might like to live. Is it on land, in or near water or do they need a nest?

 

Story of the week: How many legs?

Maths table: number – word problems

Finger gym table: making a minibeast using natural materials

STEM area: resources for constructing

Phonics challenge: minibeast word search

 

A reminder that library books are changed on a Friday so they need to be in the children's book bags on Friday morning, please. The school library is also open each Monday until 4.00 for parents to visit with their child and borrow a book or sit and share a story together. Miss Burtenshaw will also be there to help check books in or out and answer any questions.

 

Reminder- there is a Zumba assembly for parents on Monday at approximately 2.20. The reception children will be showing you some of the dances they have been learning. If you have any questions please speak to a member of staff.

 

 

Our art work