Ash (Reception & Y1)

Welcome to Ash Class

Teacher: Mrs Wilson

Teaching Assistants: 

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

Mrs Lewis (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons)

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

Ash Class email address: ash@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk
Homework is sent out on a Friday needs to be returned the following Wednesday.
Please check your child's book bag for homework.

Welcome back to Term 2...

 

What a fantastic Term 1 we had in Ash Class. The children settled into school routines with confidence and smiles. We were truly impressed with them all, especially in these challenging times. 

 

Below you will find the topic map for this terms learning. It gives a brief outline of what we will be covering in each subject and allows you to talk to your child about what they are learning.

 

In the event of a school/Bubble closure, or, if your child needs to self-isolate for 14 days there are activities you can complete with your child in the ‘Home Learning’ section.

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.

HOME LEARNING...
PHONICS:

It is important to practise phonics every day. The link below: 'Helping you to understand phonics', takes you to the OxfordOwl website. It has super resources that you can access, including the correct pronunciation for the phonemes.  Please use the flashcards that I have sent home each week to practise phoneme recognition. Also remember to practise the tricky words for each of the phonic phases. The link below takes you to a very 'catchy' tricky word song!

WRITING:

To develop writing skills, get your child mark making with sticks, straws, paintbrushes. They can practise ‘nip, flip, grip’ to hold their mark making tool. Your child can also practise letter formation, saying the rhymes whilst writing the letter sound. (The rhymes and formation can be found at the back of the Link book.) I have also provided some Phase 2 'writing captions' and 'unscramble captions' worksheets. 

MATHS:

The Maths activities in the link below, cover what we learnt in term one, so they will be embedding their learning. There are video lessons and an activity for your child to complete. Click on 'Maths lessons and activities'.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER...

Any work you complete at home due to Coronavirus please email a photo or scanned image to the email address at the top of the page.

Many thanks!

 

Links to websites...
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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