Welcome to Ash Tree Class!
Dear Parents and Carers of Ash Tree Class,
We would like to thank you for following the government's advice on handwashing, social distancing, and other measures they have put in place to protect the people of this nation. These are difficult times as we are all trying to understand this unprecedented situation but please know that you are not alone and that as a community, we will get through this together.
In the meantime, we will be posting various things on our class page that will help your child continue their learning at home. Please check back regularly as we will post links to websites or suggest fun home projects to complete. We are committed to providing the best educational experience for your children, whether on school premises or not.
We wish good health for you and your families during these times!
Ash Tree Class
Science experiments are integral in fostering curiosity and love of learning. They promote questioning and discovery which children naturally do on a regular basis in the world around them. So let's encourage the scientist in your child by conducting science experiments at home! It is a wonderful learning opportunity where children can write a list of materials, instructions, labels and results -without it feeling like a writing exercise. More importantly, have fun and get messy
Here is a link to a website that has many child-friendly science experiments to do at home. Please follow instructions carefully and ensure that an adult is always there to supervise and conduct the experiment with the child/children.
Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Please continue reading on a daily basis with your child!
To help expand your at-home library since the public libraries are closed, we have included a link to an award winning children's literacy website where stories are read aloud. Research has shown that: "Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading."
Please have a discussion after reading the story asking questions such as these:
1. Did you like the story? Why or why not? What did you like about it? What didn't you like about it?
2. Who was your favourite character? Why? Who was your least favourite character? Why?
3. What do you think happened after the story ended?
4. What happened if...
5. How was this character feeling? How do you know?
We have PE every Monday and Wednesday mornings. Please make sure your child has their PE kit with everything named. It would also really help your child if you help them practise taking on and off their school uniforms themselves.
We have had a great and very busy start to the Summer Term in Ash Tree Class! We have been so excited to see new life start in many different ways.
What a fabulous end to our very busy half term! The children were very excited to release our butterflies this afternoon. The whole of Reception and Nursery went to our garden to release our butterflies together. We had to be very quiet and watched carefully as our butterflies flew away one at a time.
Our Class Assembly
We hope you have an enjoyable and well rested half term holiday! The children have worked so hard this week, doing their class assembly about World Ocean Day. We are so proud of them! We have learnt lots about preventing plastic pollution and keeping the sea creatures safe.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly
We have read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and learnt about the lifecycle of a butterfly. Ash Tree Class received a special delivery of caterpillars. We have been looking after and eagerly watching them grow daily. We are watching first hand their lifecycle to become butterflies. The children are very excited to release them when they become butterflies!
Life Cycle of a Chick
We have also been watching the life cycle of a chick! Chick eggs were delivered to school and we watched them hatch into very cute chicks.
Our Trip to Odd's Farm!
We had a brilliant time at the farm! The children were so excited to learn lots of different things at the farm, especially watching the cow being milked! We saw many animals and their babies including pigs, donkeys, rabbits, sheep and goats. We were able to stroke the rabbits, feed the sheep and goats and even helped bottle feed the kids. We were very lucky and got to end our day on the tractor ride seeing all the animals out in the fields! We were all very tired on the coach home, after our very busy day!
We have been very busy during the Last few weeks in Ash Tree Class.
We have learnt so much!
A few weeks ago the children did so well in our Play ‘Christmas Counts’ performance.
Well Done Ash Tree Class.
We have learnt that Advent is a time when we wait for Jesus.
We have been learning about the ‘The First Christmas’.
The children each drew a story map and were able to retell the story.
The Polar Express-Chris Van Allsburg
The Past 2 weeks we have been learning and reading the story the Polar Express. We have done lots of good learning!
The children have been learning something each day about the story. They have been thinking carefully about how the boy in the story thinks, feels and the different people that he meets and greets.
We also had a pyjama day on Monday 17th December in which all the children took part in. We made a class train and had hot chocolate and marshmallows- pretending we were the children on the Polar express train going to the North Pole.