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Year 1 - Ash Class

We are learning the songs we will be singing in our Nativity play, the children are enjoying making up actions to help them remember the words.

We are learning the songs we will be singing in our Nativity play, the children are enjoying making up actions to help them remember the words. 1

We learnt about remembrance and we created some artwork using the symbol of the poppy.

We learnt about remembrance and we created some artwork using the symbol of the poppy. 1
We learnt about remembrance and we created some artwork using the symbol of the poppy. 2

Ash class created some beautiful firework art, using crayons, glue and glitter!

Ash class created some beautiful firework art, using crayons, glue and glitter! 1
Ash class created some beautiful firework art, using crayons, glue and glitter! 2
Ash class created some beautiful firework art, using crayons, glue and glitter! 3

We have been retelling the story of Funnybones, here is our story map.

We have been retelling the story of Funnybones, here is our story map. 1

Week 6

 

There are further homework ideas on the homework page for Ash Class. Please let me know if you would like printed copies.

Week 5

 

This week we are developing our non-fiction writing further, using Talk for Writing strategies. The children have retold their trip to Devizes Library with words and actions, and we have discussed what makes a recount text interesting. Our next step is to innovate the recount, making small changes to add interest or detail. After that, the children will independently apply what they have learnt in writing about another experience.

Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class!

Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 1
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 2
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 3
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 4
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 5
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 6
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 7
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 8
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 9
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 10
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 11
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 12
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 13
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 14
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 15
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 16
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 17
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 18
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 19
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 20
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 21
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 22
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 23
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 24
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 25
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 26
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 27
Today, everyone wrote about our trip to Devizes Library. What wonderful writing Ash Class! 28

Here are some photos from our visit to the library this week...

This morning in class, we have spent some time exploring Spellodrome. We have shown the children how to search for Spellodrome in Google, and with some help they have logged in and set up their avatar. The login for Spellodrome is the same as given on the homework grids for Mathletics, and once logged in children should be able to switch between spelling and maths games.

 

In a similar way to Mathletics and Spellodrome, children also have a login to Active Learn, where they can access reading books and maths games to support their learning in school. The login information for Active Learn is on a sticker inside the front cover of children's reading diaries.

 

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Further information about Year 1 and our Topic Map.

Welcome to Term 1 2017!

 

We've had a fantastic week in Ash class. All the children seem tired, but they have adjusted to being back in school, and starting in Year 1. In Phonics this week, we have revised the sounds ai ee igh oa and oo. We have read a Bug Club book as a whole class, and some children read independently. In Literacy, we have begun working on the story We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We have retold the story and pretended to be explorers going to investigate the cave, and some children have begun to make their bear caves out of clay. In Maths this week, we have been focusing on counting, number recognition, and all children have begun to write their numbers neatly in their maths books. Our topic work is linked to the bear hunt story, and next week the children will be making musical sound effects to go with the story.

 

There is more information about what our days in Year 1 are like in Term 1 in the attached Parents' Information, and more information about our topic and learning activities in the attached Topic Map. Homework books and information about homework will be given out on Monday.

 

Every child has read in class with either myself or Miss Barnes this week. Reading this week has either been from the children's reading book, or as a Phonics assessment. We hope you enjoy reading with, and hearing your children read.

Ash Class 2016-2017

What a wonderful day we had last week, at Salisbury Cathedral! It was amazing!

Last week we visited Pizza Express and learnt about where some vegetables come from. We tasted olives, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes. The children loved making their own Margherita pizzas!

Last week we visited Pizza Express and learnt about where some vegetables come from. We tasted olives, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes. The children loved making their own Margherita pizzas! 1
Last week we visited Pizza Express and learnt about where some vegetables come from. We tasted olives, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes. The children loved making their own Margherita pizzas! 2

Ash Class Newsletter Term 5

We hope you enjoyed Mother's Day!

Using the pond camera...

On Tuesday afternoon, we were lucky enough to be able to use the underwater camera to observe wildlife and plant life in the pond. We discussed what we might see in the wildlife garden in spring and then planned some questions we might be able to find the answers to.

How many spring flowers can you see?

How many trees have leaves?

How many birds can you see flying in the sky?

How many frogs are there in the pond?

How many fish are there in the pond?

The children gathered the information by observing closely, and this is what they found out.

"In the pond, there was a fish but it hid behind a plant."

"I saw a tadpole hatching out of an egg."

"I counted six tadpoles."

"I counted 100 daisies."

"I saw lots of buds on the bushes."

"The bird cake is all gone!"

"I found two empty bird feeders."

We estimated how many baby frogs there might be in the frogspawn, yet to hatch. The answers were, 1000, a trillion, 100, and 97.

 

We all enjoyed working scientifically to find out more about wildlife in spring time.

The pond camera...

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The pond camera... 3
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The pond camera... 5
The pond camera... 6

World Book Day 2017

We really enjoyed sharing stories and favourite teddy bears on World Book Day. It was a really relaxing day.  We are still reading stories that the children brought in to share.  There were a few moments when it seemed as if the children would actually go to sleep, snuggled up with teddies, dressing gowns and pillows!  Everyone wrote about or talked about their favourite book, and we have made their book reviews into a book to share in the book corner.  Do come and have a look at Parents' evening, or one day after school.

World Book Day Photos

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Bristol Zoo visit. One of the cockroaches escaped, but it was found and went home to Bristol with all the others. Phew!

Ash Class Newsletter Term 4

Term 3, week 5

 

This term we have enjoyed a winter walk to Quaker's Walk. Willow class joined us and we had a super time climbing trees, looking for birds, and noticing signs of winter.

This week the children shared their learning at our class assembly.

They retold the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and then showed the chairs that they had designed and made for Goldilocks.

Many children felt confident enough to talk about their learning, which was lovely to see.

Next, the children showed their sketches. They studied objects found in winter and drew what they could see.

Earlier in the term we read and discussed some winter poetry, and from this the children wrote their own winter riddles.

We are now learning about adventure stories in Literacy, and next week we will base our story writing on the adventures of Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush. We are unable to upload our film, retelling the adventures of Traction Man, because the file is too large, but we hope you enjoyed seeing it at our assembly. If you missed it, pop in to class before or after school and we can show it to you.

What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children!

What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 1
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 2
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 3
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 4
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 5
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 6
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 7
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 8
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 9
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 10
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 11
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 12
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 13
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 14
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 15
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 16
What a wonderful Nativity performance this year! Well done to all the children! 17

Our PE afternoon at Devizes School. The children loved playing Flood, Fire and Lightning, and some team games.

Our PE afternoon at Devizes School. The children loved playing Flood, Fire and Lightning, and some team games. 1
Our PE afternoon at Devizes School. The children loved playing Flood, Fire and Lightning, and some team games. 2
Our PE afternoon at Devizes School. The children loved playing Flood, Fire and Lightning, and some team games. 3

The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters!

The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 1
The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 2
The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 3
The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 4
The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 5
The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 6
The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 7
The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 8
The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 9
The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 10
The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 11
The egg has gone! Where did our dinosaur go? The children hunted for clues, drew maps and made posters! 12

Is this a dinosaur egg?

Is this a dinosaur egg? 1
Is this a dinosaur egg? 2
Is this a dinosaur egg? 3

Welcome to Term 2!

 

This week, we have been learning about the history of Bonfire Night, Firework safety, and poetry! Tomorrow we will create some firework art.

 

We are also beginning our topic on dinosaurs and are looking forward to our trip to Bristol next week!

Creaing a digital text...

Welcome to Year 1, 2016!

 

The children have settled in to their new class beautifully. They are proving to be confident and independent learners, who are clearly not afraid to work very hard! I will be adding news and photos to this page as the term goes on, to provide you with more information about how your child is learning in Year 1, so if your child is coming home really tired or unable to remember what they have done, hopefully this will fill some of the gaps.

 

Last week Mrs Hartley and I were so impressed with the children's first Big Write, that we asked Mr Wilson to come and see just how amazing they were for himself. The children were very pleased with their work, and received a sticker, apparently made from real gold!

 

On Friday afternoons we have been learning outside, looking closely at nature, the weather, animals and plants. The slideshow shows a selection of our photos from these afternoons. More photos are up on our Science display in our classroom, and more in the children's topic books.

 

We are now learning the story of The Enormous Turnip, and using this story as a starting point for non-fiction writing. On Monday, we hope to be tasting some delicious turnip soup, and to be recording the children's reactions!

 

One of the highlights of each week, has been Show and Tell, which we have arranged for Wednesday afternoons. This is an opportunity for children to talk to the class about something they are interested in. This week we really enjoyed Alexa Sheard's explanations about hibernating and migratory animals, and Skylar's talk about the things she collected on an autumn walk. Thank you to everyone who has brought in their collections, everyone has really enjoyed using their senses to explore conker shells, teasels, leaves, seeds and so on... We have released a few snails, slugs and other mini-beasts back into the wild!

 

It is fantastic to see how many children are practising their reading at home. Please keep going with this, and do let us know if you have any questions about any of the homework.

 

We are now practising our song for the Harvest Festival next Friday. The children had a choice between 3 songs and a poem, and voted for Big Red Combine Harvester. A copy of the words is below, if anyone wishes to practise even more at home. I'm sure the children are looking forward to singing their best for you next Friday.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Jackson.

 

Big red combine harvester,

Big red combine harvester,

Big red combine harvester,

Chug, chug, chug, chug, chugging away.

 

Clattering on, combine harvester,

Clattering on, combine harvester,

Clattering on, combine harvester,

Chug, chug, chug, chug, chugging away.

 

Cutting the corn, combine harvester,

Cutting the corn, combine harvester,

Cutting the corn, combine harvester,

Chug, chug, chug, chug, chugging away.

 

Threshing the corn, combine harvester,

Threshing the corn, combine harvester,

Threshing the corn, combine harvester,

Chug, chug, chug, chug, chugging away.

 

Big red combine harvester,

Big red combine harvester,

Big red combine harvester,

Chug, chug, chug, chug, chugging away,

Chug, chug, chug, chug, chugging away...

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This is a picture of our caterpillars, we are waiting for them all to form a chrysalis before we move them into the net, to develop into butterflies.

Worms!

This afternoon Ash class dug for worms at the end of the school field. In class we are setting up a wormery, to see what worms eat and how they move through the soil. We will also be able to see how worms digest food and improve the soil, making fine compost. In RE this week, we have been learning about the work of Christian Aid, and particularly how this charity is helping families in Bangladesh improve growing conditions for their crops, by composting with worms.

 

In maths last week we revised the topic of telling the time. The children were telling the time to the hour and half past.

This week in maths we have been revising fractions (halves and quarters), especially finding half of a quantity of objects. Finding a quarter of a quantity of objects has proven more difficult, but we have done it! We are now going to revise 3D shapes (cube, cuboid, sphere and pyramid), followed by position, movement and direction (including quarter, half and three quarter turns).

 

We are busily revising sounding out and blending real and nonsense words in phonics. The BIG WRITE this week, was a huge success, everyone wrote independently and did their best piece of writing so far this year. Absolutely brilliant, well done to everyone in Ash class!

Spring walk to Quaker's Walk

The Gruffalo's Child

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