Ash (Reception & Y1)

Welcome to Ash Class

 

Teacher: Mrs Wilson

Teaching Assistants: 

Mrs Wheeler (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings. All day Tuesday and Friday)

Mrs Case (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons)

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

 

 
First week - gone in a flash!
 
I hope you have all enjoyed your first week back at school. I can't believe how quickly it has gone!
I have attached the timetable for the week beginning Monday 1st March. I am hoping this shall be the last ever online timetable and I am looking forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 8th March. I cannot wait to see those happy smiling faces walking through the gate.
 
Don't forget this week on Thursday is World Book Day! Look under Thursday for activities to complete.
 
Take care and stay safe
Mrs Wilson
x
 
 
HOME LEARNING EVIDENCE
 
If your child is in Reception, please can you upload their home learning onto Tapestry.
It is lovely seeing some of the live on line lesson work being added to Tapestry Journals, as well as the other work set in the afternoons.
I am looking forward to seeing the wonderful work from those children who have not yet added anything in their journals as of yet.
Remember, you can just snap a photo of any work on whiteboards or in books and upload it to their individual journal. 
(Assignments will no longer be uploaded on Teams. Just complete work and upload to Tapestry)
 
If your child is in Year One, please can you email their home learning to:
ash@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk or 'turn in' any assignments on Teams.
 
Many thanks
 
 
 
If you need to contact me, please use the email address below. I will respond to you as soon as I am able to.
Many thanks. Mrs Wilson
ash@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk
 
 
Quick Links
 
On Line Learning
01/03/21-05/03/21
 
Monday 1/3/21
Tuesday 2/3/21
Y1 children - don't forget to read along with the book 'Everybunny dance' accessed via your timetable.
Wednesday 3/3/21
Thursday 4/3/21 - WORLD BOOK DAY.
 
Today is World Book Day - YAY!
 
Please can you complete the following activities and take photos to share with us to put on the website.
Design your own book mark.
Scavenger Hunt
Sharing a story - Use the template to draw yourself sharing a book. Decorate the book to show which story you are sharing.
Make finger puppet characters to re-tell your story.
Y1 children - don't forget to read along with the book 'Some Dogs Do' accessed via your timetable.
Friday 5/3/21
FRIDAY AFTERNOON
Feel Good Friday
Choose a new
'Feel Good Friday activity'.
and off you go!
I can't wait to see your pictures.
Have lots of fun!
 
On Line Learning
 
Monday 
Tuesday
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
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 will focus on number and place value - counting and understanding numbers to 5, and sorting objects into two groups to explore addition and subtraction.

Play games to embed maths knowledge on the following link:

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

Phonics

This term the children will start by recapping phase one phonics before moving onto phase 2.

Teaching phonics phase 1 Letters and Sounds activities are broken into seven different aspects:

  • Aspect 1 - Environmental Sound Discrimination
  • Aspect 2 - Instrumental Sound Discrimination
  • Aspect 3 - Body Percussion Sound Discrimination
  • Aspect 4 - Rhythm and Rhyme
  • Aspect 5 - Alliteration
  • Aspect 6 - Voice Sounds
  • Aspect 7 - Oral Blending and Segmenting
In phase 2 phonics, the children are introduced to five sets of letters and sounds. These include single-letter and two-letter GPCs like g, u, ff and ll.

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

Writing

Everyday the children will take part in squiggle while you wiggle or Dough Disco.

Squiggle While You Wiggle is a kinaesthetic approach to stimulate early writing. Children use movement with music to develop their motor skills in preparation for writing.

'Dough Disco' is a fun activity for the children which combines the use of play dough with a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children's fine and gross motor dexterity, hand-eye coordination and self-esteem.

The children will explore mark making using a variety of tools including chalk, paintbrushes, sticks in mud, fingers in a tactile resource (such as glitter, sand, flour) as well as the traditional pencil and pens. Once we have started to learn our letter sounds we shall be learning how to form the graphemes correctly using jingles to help. The children will continue to practise these letter sounds using the resources above to embed their learning.

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 once 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 covering 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.

Homework is sent out on a Friday needs to be returned the following Wednesday.
Please check your child's book bag for homework.
Links to websites...
Useful documents ......