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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.
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.
Ash class staff.
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.
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.
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.