Welcome to Ash Class 2019-20!
A very big welcome to all our new reception children and families. It has been an exciting start to our first term!
The children have been busy making new friends and have adjusted well to their new environment. They have had plenty of opportunity to explore the indoor and outdoor areas and have even ventured into the 'big' playground to collect twigs and leaves for our autumn craft projects!
A big thank you to Ash class for bringing in their lovely shoe boxes to share with their friends; we all enjoyed listening to the children speak about their favourite toys and their families. The children enjoyed the limelight and enjoyed getting up to show off their fantastic masterpieces!
Our theme this term is 'Marvellous Me!'. The children have been busy talking about their families and friends; making self portraits; discussing healthy eating and looking at our similarities and differences.
Every new theme has a new Talk 4 Write story which we: read together, act out from a story map and learn actions for the text so that we can re-tell the story orally. Our story this term is Martin Waddell's repetitive story 'Owl Babies' - the children are really enjoying it and have crafted a collection of owls using different printing techniques. Ask your child to show you their actions to the story!
Reception classes were lucky enough to be visited by some owls and their keepers! The children discovered many interesting facts about owls and watched them fly about the room. Ash Class loved Chaos; the baby bird who loved hopping about the room around the children. Everybody held an owl; even those who were a little hesitant at the beginning of the session. This visit really brought the 'Owl Babies' story to life and fired the children's imaginations!
Rosie Tells Tales Visit
Ash class love stories, dancing and using their imagination to portray different characters, so a visit from Rosie was eagerly anticipated! Rosie from 'Rosie Tells Tales' is an interactive storyteller and used props, music and drama with the children. In the afternoon the children worked alongside KS1 and Oak Class to create their own performance of 'Wild Tales'!
Ash Class were pleased to welcome Grandparents to join us for a morning of fun in the classroom! We enjoyed playing traditional games such as snap, dominoes, noughts and crosses and snakes and ladders. A big thank you to all those that attended!
Autumn Term 2
This half term our new theme is ROAR! We will be exploring the natural world with a focus on dinosaurs. Our new Talk 4 Write story this term is 'The Little Green Dinosaur' and we will be learning to re-tell the story through drama and role play alongside daily oral re-tells too.
We will be continuing to secure our phonic knowledge of phase 2 sounds and tricky words as well as moving on to Phase 3 sounds and tricky words.
In maths we will be deepening our knowledge of numbers and counting and exploring sorting objects by a chosen criteria, comparing amounts, finding one more/less than a number before finishing the term with exploring time.
We were very excited this week, as we were visited by two Paleontologists! We learned all about dinosaurs: what they ate, how they built nests and discovered how fossils are made. We walked among some realistic dinosaur models and saw different artefacts such as a dinosaur egg (complete with baby dinosaur inside); dinosaur teeth and even fossilised dinosaur poo!
A fantastic experience that really helped us understand the world of dinosaurs.
Ash class celebrated Diwali with a party! Children made Diva lamps; learnt about the Rama & Sita story and performed a Diwali dance! The children enjoyed taste testing fresh mango, poppadoms and naan bread. The poppadoms were given a definite thumbs up by the class!
Spring Term 1
This half term has been an exciting one for Reception. We have celebrated Chinese New Year with food tasting, dragon dances and made our own wonderful dragons for display and to take home. The prawn crackers with sweet and sour sauce were a definite hit! We all realised that we needed some work on our chopsticks....especially when trying to taste the rice!
Our topic for Spring 1 was 'To the Rescue'. We were lucky enough to be visited by a paramedic, the police, a fireman, a nurse and a dentist. All shared their knowledge of helping us and we even got to go in a police car and try on equipment. We have learnt how to keep ourselves and others safe at home and in the community.
We have worked hard on our phonics this term, embedding and consolidating our phase 2 and 3 phonemes. The children have enjoyed daily tricky word challenges. Please ensure that these are practised at home too. The hard work that the children are putting in is evident in their progress in reading and writing in school.
In Maths we have been looking at numbers to 10: comparing, finding the difference, adding and number bonds to 10. We have also looked at 2D and 3D shapes. As you may have noticed, the children love pointing out when they can see these in the environment!
Finally, in Literacy, we have been re-telling traditional tales as part of our Talk for Write sessions. We have looked at 'Little Read Riding Hood', 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and 'The Gingerbread Man'. The children have enjoyed generating their own actions for the stories and have dressed up as the characters in the role play area. Our 'hook afternoon' was a success; the children had to visit a crime scene in school and guess which traditional tale characters were the villains!
Below are just a few pictures that capture some of the fun and the hard work that the children have put in this half term.
Spring Term 2
Our theme this term will be 'I Spy'. The children will be looking at minibeasts and our role play area is a 'Minibeast Investigation Lab', full of magnifying glasses, goggles and insects to explore. Our hook for the theme will involve some very special visitors!
In Literacy, to complement the theme, we will be looking at 'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson. There will be plenty of opportunity for the children to apply their phonics knowledge and practise writing simple sentences.
We will continue to embed and consolidate Phase 2 and Phase 3 phonemes especially recognising taught digraphs within words as we read. Daily practice of high frequency words and tricky words will help us build fluency during reading so that we can enjoy and develop understanding of what we are reading. We will then move on to phase 4.
We will begin the half term with 2D shapes and exploring pattern. The children will have plenty of practical experiences both in the classroom and outside.