Summer term sees the exciting launch of google classroom for our pupils, this allows us to create learning slides for the children to access at home via a device such as: a tablet, phone, computer or a laptop.
Obviously, reception children will require some adult support in accessing this facility but it really isn't as tricky as I first thought!
Please find below a link to a Parent Google Classroom Video to help support you.
Oak National Academy
Yesterday, it was announced that there would be an online teaching platform that has been created by teachers from around the UK. There will be daily lessons and videos that are linked to English/Literacy, Maths and Foundation subjects for the year groups from Reception upwards.
This is free and very easy to use, you can dip in and out of year groups to consolidate and further extend your child's learning.
Also, BBC Bitesize Daily have developed a daily schedule that includes teaching videos and activities too.
Summer 1 Week 1
This term's theme will be Ready, Steady Grow!
Literacy: We will be listening to, reading and retelling the traditional tale Jack and the Beanstalk.
Phonics: We will be reading and understanding words and sentences that contain phase 2, 3 and 4 sounds and tricky words.
Maths: We will be consolidating numbers to 20; including comparing amounts, adding, subtracting and estimating. We will also be exploring doubling and halving quantities too.
Theme: We will be investigating what a plant needs to grow and survive and also explore life cycles of insects and animals.
If you need support, have questions or have an idea then please contact me. I will do my utmost to help you during school hours.
Hello, we hope you are all staying safe and keeping well. It has been strange getting used to the new arrangements but there have been lots of activities available to keep the children busy and hopefully they have enjoyed them. Here are a few (optional!) activities to keep the family busy over the Easter break:
Print or draw the Easter egg template to colour/design for our competition - take a photo of the finished entry and email to the office by Easter Monday - firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete this time Capsule activity booklet - you are part of a historical event that people will talk about for years to come, why not record it? You could design your own booklet in your own style if you aren't able to print it!
Create a Spring or Easter scene using real eggs - decorate them and make it fun, be as creative as you can! The link above will give you some ideas but see if you can think of something original! Again, photographs of your entries to be emailed to the office by Easter Monday - email@example.com
Yoga activities for a peaceful break, calm and refreshed mind (and it comes with a lovely sheet to colour in!)
We would love you to share your work, ideas and activities with us. Your competition entries should be sent to the office and any project or class work you have completed can be sent to your child's teacher on their year group email address (see class pages).
Look after yourselves and each other, have a good Easter break!
Below are some ideas for you to try at home with your child over the next week. Little and often would be great to embed key knowledge and skills. We would love to see examples of your work, so please do e-mail us pictures of work over via the link further down the page. We can then respond and encourage the children! It would also be lovely for us to see what they have been up to.
Writing and Phonics task: Ask your child to write a simple sentence about this Spring picture. For example, 'I can see a chick' or 'The chick is small'. It doesn't matter if the words are spelled incorrectly; as long as they are phonetically plausible. They may want to write about colours or other adjectives. Can they remember the following success criteria? FULL STOPS, FINGER SPACES, CAPITAL LETTERS and CHECK YOUR WORK!
Research: How does a baby chick grow? Can they draw pictures and write simple captions of the process?
Maths: Can the children draw and decorate some easter eggs? Ask them to cut them out to develop their fine motor skills. Then use these as a stimulus to embed skills we have already learnt in Reception. For example,
RE: Look for a simple re-telling of the Easter story and discuss with your child. Ask them to remember what other festivals we have looked at over the year (Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali, for example).
Have fun and take care.
Hello Parents and Carers,
Maths with Parents - https://www.mathswithparents.com
I have logged on to 'Maths with Parents' and added some Maths topics for the children. First, I have added 2 topics that we covered just before school closed to consolidate their learning. Then, I will be adding new topics for the children to complete. This site is fantastic and has explanatory videos, but please do e-mail me should you have any questions via the link on the Ash page on the website.
I look forward to seeing all your Maths work!
Dear Parents and Carers of Ash Class,
Firstly, I would like to say thank you for your support and visiting this page. As a school we are committed to supporting you all through this current situation and will do our very best for you all.
The page will be refreshed as often as possible to provide you with purposeful learning opportunities and practical advice to keep you all busy for the foreseeable future.
I have provided a link so you can email me with questions, ideas and support if you feel you need to. This will be responded to during school hours and links to learning sites will added frequently.
Thank you and keep well.
Mrs Peacock and Mrs Doy
Things you could do everyday
Discovery Education – https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk (Login – username – student12535 password – coding)
BBC Bitesize – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
Pobble 365 – http://www.pobble365.com
TT Rockstars https://ttrockstars.com (Children have their own log ins)
Prodigy – https://www.prodigygame.com
Activity Village – https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/
ICT games - https://www.ictgames.com
TopMarks - https://www.topmarks.co.uk
Reading Realm - https://thereadingrealm.co.uk
Epic! - https://www.getepic.com
Phonics Play - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk
Oxford Owl - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk
Hungry Little Minds - https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk (EYFS)
Maths: Primary Stars for Years 1 and 2 - https://primarystarseducation.co.uk
Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org
My Mini Maths - https://myminimaths.co.uk
Maths with Parents - https://www.mathswithparents.com
Maths Frame - https://mathsframe.co.uk
Think you Know https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Be Internet Legends https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/interland
Lego Digital Designer https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd
The programs are fully accessible on smart phones, tablets, androids, laptops and desk tops. If you do not have access to any form of internet, please contact the school and hardcopies of work will be arranged, where possible.
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.
World Book Day 2020!
Ash class enjoyed the theme of 'Share a Story' for World Book Day 2020! To tie in with our 'I-Spy' minibeasts theme, our class text was 'Mad About Minibeasts' by Giles Andrae. We started the day with a Skype visit from author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson. We created our own minibeast characters, which we then used in our stories later in the day. We also enjoyed acting out the parts of minibeasts for our friends to guess! We could only use movements and sounds; it was great fun! Incorporating our word of the week - delicate- we made butterflies with delicate tissue paper wings. The whole day was great fun and we look forward to encouraging reading for pleasure all year round!