Ash (Reception & Y1)

Welcome to Ash Class

Teacher: Mrs Wilson

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Wheeler 

Ash Class is a mixed age class with Reception and Year 1 children. 

New!

Some lovely family activities for you to try at home.

Reading Books
On the last day before lock down all children were sent home with several reading books. Please can you return as soon as you are able to. If you need the titles of the books your child had, please send an email to me at ash@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk.
Many thanks
REMEMBER to send in your photos every Friday.
 Email them to:
 
ash@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk 
 
Back To School Fun!
Investigating a wasps nest.
 
We found a very small wasps nest in one of our sheds and a man came and removed it for us. Luckily it was dormant. We wanted to investigate more about it. Mrs Wheeler carefully peeled the layers off and we each had a piece to feel and look at. It looked like paper and was very thin, in fact it was so delicate that it crumbled once we had touched it. In the middle of the nest we could clearly see the hexagonal structure. It reminded us of honeycomb. Some of the compartments still had the dead larvae in. These are the little white balls that look like cotton wool. We learnt that wasps build their nests by chewing wood into a pulp and stick it together using saliva to make the hexagonal structure. It was fascinating to see the inside of a wasps nest. We are just glad it was dormant!
Home Learning Information
Term 6 Week 7

Oh my, Week 7 already!

WOW! What can I say? Here we are at the end of the school year. A huge well done to each and every one of you, (parents included). You have all been truly amazing. It has been a year that shall never be forgotten, but I am so proud of how you all adapted to the situation. I have loved having your smiling faces back in school, it has been delightful and I shall cherish those special moments we have shared in the last four weeks.

Below is the last timetable of the year. Tuesday is Bastille Day, which we shall be celebrating so there are some things for you to do at home. Please do send me your photos as I would love to see you dressed up in your blue, white and red outfits!

I hope the sun stays shining and that you all have a well-deserved summer holiday. Give yourselves a pat on the back and remember to look back at the happy moments you shared with your children during lockdown, they are special little people who have dealt with a lot over the past few months, as have you, the parents.

Take care, stay safe and make lots of happy memories.

Best wishes.

Mrs Wilson x

 

 

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Term 6 Week 6
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Term 6 Week 5
Term 6 Week 4
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Term 6 Week 3

Term 6 Week 2

 

Term 6 Week 1
Ash Class Home learning photos from Term 5
Our School Day ...

Morning activities

We start the school day with a writing or Maths activity which is displayed on the interactive whiteboard.  The children come in and get on with this task independently.

 

Maths

This term we have been focusing using the solving addition and subtraction problems using the part-part-whole model. We have also been looking at 2D and 3D shapes.

Play games to embed maths knowledge on the following link:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

 

Phonics

We split into year groups for Phonics with the Year 1 children being taught by Miss Markham and the Reception children being taught by Mrs Wilson. 

The Year 1 children are currently working in Phase 5, looking at alternative pronunciation and spelling.

To access some fun games click on the following link: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

Writing

We shall be starting the term writing a recount of what we did in the holidays. During book week we will read ‘Katie and the sunflowers’ and think about adjectives and how to use them in our writing. Following our school trip to Haynes Motor Museum, we will again write a recount and our favourite way to travel. Finally, finishing the term learning the features of a postcard.

 

Handwriting

Mark making is vital in a child’s development and learning. It teaches them how to hold writing implements and develops their handwriting skills. Through making marks, children are strengthening their pencil grip and controlling the marks using their muscles. In Ash Class, we provide lots of opportunities to allow the children to mark make with a variety of mark making tools. Once they have mastered holding a pencil and making controlled movements they then start to form recognisable letters. This is when they begin to learn letter formation and where to start and finish letters. It is important that children have a good sitting posture, a strong pencil grip and think about the speed at which they write – slow and careful!

 

Reading

Each child has their own reading book and reading record. We aim to listen to them read individually at least twice a week. To develop independence the children are responsible for taking their reading record and book out of their bag and if it needs to be changed we will do that with them. The more your child reads at home the quicker they will become an independent reader.

You can access lots of ebooks on the following website:

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/

 

Afternoons

During the afternoons the reception children and the year one children join together in a whole class carpet session that covers Geography, History, Science, Art, DT or computing. The reception children then break away and continue their learning through play. There are lots of resources to stimulate them to be creative, curious and solve problems. The adults use questioning to build on the children’s knowledge and provide the next steps in their learning. The year one children have a more focussed afternoon that includes individual or small group work.

Take a look at some of our learning ...
Useful documents
Mrs Wilson's story time.
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Mrs Wilson's Outtakes!
I thought you might like to have a little chuckle at these 'out takes'. Making story videos isn't always as easy as you think!! Hope this brings a smile to your face.
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