Welcome to Ash Class

Welcome to Ash Class
Where Year 1 and Year 2 work and learn together! Rachel Chilcott, Tracey Pitman and Laura Bennett are pleased to welcome you to Ash Class. Teaching and learning is supported by Mrs Mel Herron. We are a mixed Year 1 and 2 class with a stimulating indoor and outdoor environment enabling children to continue their learning journey through the Foundation Stage and into Key Stage 1. Our learning takes place through practical, fun activities and experiences. Ask us about our weekly challenges and choices.

   

Learning in Ash Class

Beech, Ash and Hazel Classes take our children through Key Stage 1. Our Year 1 children begin a new journey through school, and our Year 2 children continue to build upon their growing skill set. 

Our aim is for the children to become ‘Ready, Willing and Able' in 'themselves, in their school and in their world', by fostering each child's resilience, curiosity and independent learning. We have a passionate team of staff ready to help each child achieve these goals, all of whom share the belief that our young learners need to access their education in an age appropriate way.

The three classes share the same friendly and accessible characters to help children talk about their learning. They are: Paddington 'the Explorer',  'Keep Trying' Kipper, and Percy ‘the Problem Solver’. See if you can catch your children learning like Paddington, Kipper or Percy at home! If you would like to find out more, please come and look at our working walls or at your child's digital journal. 

Spring Term: Investigators

Term Focus: Dreams and Goals

School Values: Courage, Justice, Self-Discipline, Gratitude

Rodrigo, our travelling mouse, set us the challenge to find out all about the scientist Charles Darwin and the journey he made to the Galapagos islands aboard a ship called ‘The Beagle’.

We have been understanding how to be scientists, just like Charles Darwin. We have carried out our own experiments growing broad beans, investigating what they need to grow successfully, how to make it a fair test and recording our findings in a weekly diary. We have taken our beans home now and are excited to see how big our beanstalks grow.

In literacy we have been exploring fact sheets and non-fiction writing. We have made tree fact sheets, labelled plant diagrams and written information about topics that interest us to share with our friends. Ask us to share what we know with you!

Just like Percy we have been busy problem solving in maths, using everything we know about our timetables. We have also been practising sharing, we know it’s important to make sure   everyone gets an equal amount!

During our ‘Ready, Willing and Able’ sessions we have used our courage to hold giant snails, our self-discipline not to eat a sweetie on our tongue and our sense of justice to make sure         everyone gets a fair share.

The children in Years 1 and 2 are all excited to find out what adventures Rodrigo will be taking us on next half term!

 

Reading at Home

Reading at home is known to have a positive effect on children’s reading progress. To support your child we kindly ask that you read a minimum of three times a week at home. This doesn’t need to be a long session, little and often is best. Each week your child’s reading record will be collected in and they can collect awards for reading regularly, the first is given after four weeks of ‘three reads’. These awards are supported by our ‘Captain Bookworm’ character. Ask your child or class teacher for more information.


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