Friday 6th November
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Just a short message today to say that we are starting to use Class Dojo more now for a communication line with you all.
Science homework this week has come home in an orange home learning book and it has also been posted to the children's folders on Google Classroom to give them a chance to become familiar with finding it. We will, of course, continue to send home hard copies for any families that prefer it that way. On Class Dojo, we have posted an art task. The children have brought home some collage materials to make a poppy that we can use as part of a whole school display. Please feel free to use any materials at home that you may have.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 23rd October
We are so thankful that we have been able to complete this first half-term back together. Thank you to you all for helping to make all the changes to the school day work. A letter went out recently outlining new start/finish times for after half-term. Ash Class will start at 9.00 and finish at 3.20. If you have siblings in other classes, you should drop off at the earliest time and collect at the latest time.
Today has been a very emotional day saying goodbye to Mr Kamin. It is a huge loss to the school and we will miss him terribly. He was bowled over with his gifts and messages. Mr Kamin has left a wonderful legacy behind for us all to strive to honour.
There is no ‘formal’ homework for the holiday but maybe the children like to write a brief diary of what they get up to. This could be as simple as staying at home, watching DVDs and just relaxing. Maybe they could talk about what they had for some of their meals? If you do get ‘out and about’, have fun and stay safe 🙂.
If you are feeling daring, maybe you could help the children upload a picture of their diary or an activity on to Class Dojo. Google Classroom and Class Dojo are platforms that we will be starting to use a little more next half-term. Please continue to use the class email for now if you need a more confidential way of communicating.
Wishing you all some lovely family time together.
Friday 16th October
Pupil Voice Voting Day
Thank you to all the lovely grown ups who helped the children to create videos or speeches for the Pupil Voice nominations. We are blown away every week with the new strengths that we see emerging in Ash Class. Mrs Keene explained that she would never have been brave enough to stand up in front of her class and speak to her peers at this age. The nominees were simply 'incredible'. To all the children that watched their friends, patiently and respectfully, you are also an inspiration and a key strength in what makes our cohort so special. Congratulations to Jack, Dolcie and Olivia who were voted to represent Ash Class (we had a tie for the 2nd highest votes).
Congratulations to Jack who passed his swimming Level 5 this week. If there are any other outside achievements that we can share in class, please let us know.
A huge thank you to 'Team Strand' for our amazing new welly boot racks. They make such a difference in helping to keep the cloakroom 'clutter-free' with all the extra footwear being brought in for muddy playtimes. Please don't work too hard on all the orders from the other classes this weekend! 🙂
Just a polite note to request that children don't bring in nuts for snack or a lunchtime nibble. We do have children in the class who have nut allergies and the risk is just too great.
This week's tasks are - Science - opaque/translucent/transparent objects
- Maths - identifying numbers on a number line
Friday 9th October
Another week closer to half-term! We hope the energy levels can keep us going for another two weeks. 🙂
We have started our shadow puppet making in DT. In Maths, we have been comparing number values with 'more than and less than' and in English we have been learning how to use inverted commas with speech in our writing. In Science, we have been investigating opaque, translucent and transparent materials.
Homework this week - an Inverted Commas sheet and a Times Tables sheet. Please could the children be timed to see how long it takes them to complete one on the grids. They can try this on a number of days to see if their speed time improves. Blue and Yellow spelling groups are on column 4. Green is a new spelling group that has been created this week. If your child has brought home a green card, they may choose to switch to this group. The first column contains the words to practise for this week.
We are experiencing more 'sludgy' conditions on our area of the school playing field now that Autumn is well and truly here. We think that most parents/carers are experiencing a more frequent need to wash school clothes too. Unfortunately, due to the need for separate playing areas and staggered play times, we are unable to avoid the field completely. If possible, your child can bring in a pair of wellie boots or old play shoes, in a plastic bag, so that expensive school shoes are not being ruined.
If your child would like to put themselves forward to be voted for, please could they create a short video explaining why they think that they would be good in the role and what they could offer. We will show videos to the whole class and vote at the end of next week. All children will be able to cast 2 votes (they can vote for themselves). The two children with the highest number of votes will be elected as the class representatives. Please could any videos be sent in to the Ash class email.
Friday 2nd October
We are settling down into more of a 'normal' learning timetable now. We have been mastering our understanding of digit values in numbers up to 1000, using adjectives to do character and setting descriptions, designs for our shadow puppets are ready for realisation and we have gained more knowledge about how shadows change size and direction over the course of the day.
The children have brought home some homework sheets today. Please could completed homework be returned by Wednesday. Next week's spellings to learn are the ones in the 3rd column on the cards that were sent home. This week's scores were superb! Well done everyone!
Friday 25th September
We have come to the end of a very tiring week. The children have completed many assessments and have helped us to understand where to start with their learning next week. They deserve a nice rest this weekend!
Next week we will be beginning our narrative work based on our class novel 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. The children will be building up to writing their own Adventure/Quest story. In Maths, we will be starting on Place Value.
No homework this week other than spellings to learn and regular reading. The Home Learning books have still not arrived. If they still aren't in by next week, we will send home loose sheets.
We would like to thank everyone who sent in gifts for us at the end of July (in case the thank you cards may still be in the children's class drawers). We were very humbled.
Enjoy the sunshine over the next couple of days!
Friday 18th September
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for another wonderful week with your children. We hope that routines may be getting easier now. A huge thank you also for adapting to the new guidance in wearing face masks for collection.
Today, the children should have brought home a spelling list with the schedule for words to learn for homework up until Christmas. That terrible H word has started to make an appearance. Some children seemed happy about this and others not so much. 🙂 When our new Home Learning books arrive in school, we will also send home a Maths and English task that relates to our learning. Details of this will also be copied to our class page on the website, along with copies of our emails to you.
You should have also received an A3 folded letter which outlines our curriculum coverage for Autumn 1 and a copy of our Science Knowledge Organiser. The children will use the organiser in lessons to refer to and we will also use them at the end of a topic to check that we have successfully learnt what we set out to.
This week we have been reading more of class story - The Firework Maker's Daughter. We have begun to look at what light sources we have around us and have been investigating how different pencil grades give us various tones for recording light and shadow in our portrait sketches. We have also spent much time on PSHE work - listening to each other, understanding what is it to be 'us' and what makes us unique and special.
For our upcoming DT project, we are making shadow puppets. If, at any point over the next couple of weeks, you could send in a named, empty cereal box for this, we would be very grateful. They will be stored safely to make sure that they are safe to use when the time comes.
We wish you all a lovely weekend!
Claire and Jill