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Welcome to Ash

Independence Week 

Our independence topic week was FAB-U-LOUS.  In Ash, children worked independently on a range of art and design tasks, making woodlice, illustrating poems with small water colour pictures, modelling with wire, designing string prints and printing with them, and working together to produce a group wall hanging. 

Some wonderful independent work was produced and the children enjoyed the challenges of making good quality art pieces whilst solving their own organisational problems.  We are combining their work into a display in school for all to enjoy!

See some photographs below.

Harvest of the Hedgerows

Our 'Harvest of the hedgerow' walk was lovely.  The weather was kind to us, and we had a great walk through woods, across fields, beside lakes and along footpaths.  On our walk we looked carefully at the hedges and the floor to spot wonderful natural things, we found sloes growing, hops, and rose hips.  As we walked we gathered small pieces of leaves etc from the floor to stick to our rainbow bookmarks.  The items we gathered represented the amazing things we found.  When we reached the church yard, we placed our bookmarks on the cross and stood quietly thinking about nature and the beauty of the Earth.  We said a thankyou prayer and looked at the very old tree in the churchyard.  A big thankyou to our parent helpers – we really appreciated you coming with us.  There are some photos at the bottom of this page.

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Stone Age afternoon at Ufton Court

Ash class had a wonderful trip to Ufton Court on 22nd September as part of our current 'Flint, Fur and Fire' topic. The children learned how to forage like Neolithic people, they found out more about the way nature was worshipped in the Stone Age and they even completed a stone circle using real Stone Age methods. It was pretty hard work! Take a look at some of our pictures in the slideshow at the bottom of this page.

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Autumn Term 2020

Welcome back to Ash class! We can't wait to get going on our learning. We have made a great start already, getting to know the new routines for the school day. Life in the Ash 'bubble' is running smoothly already, thanks to the children being so grown-up and sensible with their hand washing and organisation of belongings. 

Key information

You will find everything you need to know on our curriculum news document (this is also attached below). The key messages are:

PE

Please send your child to school in their PE kit with their school jumper. Ash PE is on a Wednesday and Thursday.

Reading

Your child has been assessed in their reading and have a book for home reading. This can be changed whenever necessary by your child, during class guided reading time. We ask for three reads each week, and encourage children in Ash to be more independent by sometimes writing their own reading comment. Please sign their reading record at least once each week. The picture below shows our new 'Reading Race track'. The children move their personalised car along the track to show their progress with the weekly reading target.

Spelling

The spelling list for the half term will come home with your child. Spellings are learned in school on a daily basis and although there is no weekly spelling homework, children will benefit from your support to learn their words at home. Children can choose from the 'Hot' or the 'Spicy' list of words. Spellings are tested on a Friday and the results recorded in the back of Writing Homework books.

Times Tables

We continue to learn times tables as part of Maths lessons but you can encourage your child to make progress by working with them at home. Each child has their own Times Table Rockstars login (found at the front of their maths homework books). Times tables are tested weekly.

Catch-up learning

Children will have had very different experiences of home learning over the last few months. In Ash, we are taking our learning very steadily to make sure children can adjust to school life easily. A gentle start means that we can identify and support those children who need a bit of extra time on things. Please do feel free to approach us (from a distance!!) on the playground after school or drop us an email if you have any concerns or questions.

Outdoor shoes

On PE days, children can wear their trainers all day and don't need separate outdoor shoes. On Monday, Tuesday and Friday the children will be leaving their outdoor shoes on a carpet area on our verandah, to avoid the time spent inside changing shoes in small groups. 

Covid 19 symptoms

Look out for the letter from Mr Jordan outlining what to do if your child displays symptoms.

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Ash Class Learning Journey

Please open the document below to see some of the work Ash class have been doing this term.

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