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Thursday 16th May 2024

Story maps

This week, the children have been creating story maps based on our class book 'The Troll' by Julia Donaldson. They all look amazing Ash class. Well done!

 

 

 

April and May 2024

What have Ash class been getting up to (so far) for the first part of the summer term?

Pirates- Ash class have really enjoyed learning about pirates, making treasure maps, writing 'Wanted' posters and posing as pirates.

   

  

 

 

 

Understanding the world- minibeast hunting

Literacy- Developing our writing skills

  

  

 

 

Maths- Exploring shape and patterns (tangrams)

  

  

  

  

Maths- solving puzzles

    

25th - 28th March 2024

Easter Stay and Play

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to the Ash class 'Stay and Play' sessions, this week. It was lovely to see so many adults and children making an Easter craft and the children sharing their work with their parent or carer!

Wishing all our EYFS families a wonderful and restful Easter holidays.

   

  

  

  

  

  

   

   

 

Tuesday 26th March 2024

Exploring patterns

Ash class have been looking at repeating patterns- Which action/shape or colour comes next? Can you spot the mistake? Can you make your own repeating pattern?

  

  

 

18th - 22nd March 2024

Exploring shape

Which 3D shapes can stack? Which 3D shapes can roll? Can you name and sort 3D shapes?

Ash class have been exploring 3D shapes. They have been learning the names for 3D shapes, sorting 3D shapes, exploring which 3D shapes stack and which 3D shapes roll and spotting 3D shapes in the wider world.

   

      

    

 

Spring Performance- March 2024

'There's a Sunflower in my Supper'

Well done to all the children in Ash and Beech class. You all were amazing!

Thank you to our Narrators, Cows, Mr Bull, Doctor Cow, Ladybirds, Wise Old Owl, Bees, Sunflowers, Squirrels  and The Market Sellers.

          

   

 

Friday 8th March 2024

World Book Day 2024

Oh, the places you'll go!

What a wonderful, exciting and joyful day! Thank you Ash class parents and carers for all your efforts in organising your child with a World Book Day Costume. All the children looked amazing.


I hope Ash class are ready for an amazing adventure today. I wonder where we they want to go?

Thursday 7th March 2024

Dinosaur workshop

Ash class were very excited about meeting some dinosaurs and becoming palaeontologists for the morning. We were lucky enough to search for fossils and name them before we were given the chance to meet some amazing baby dinosaurs. Wow!

Friday 1st March 2024

This week the whole school took part in a poetry activity to celebrate the forthcoming World Book Day. Reception chose to create their lines, for the whole school poem, based on the story 'Little Red Riding Hood.' We really enjoyed creating the actions too.

 

Wednesday 14th February 2024

Here is a copy of all the tricky words (words you can not sound out) and sounds the children will learn in phonics

Wednesday 31st January 2024

TW Letter formation patters

Here is a copy of the letter formation patter we use in class, everyday. All parents were given a copy at the last parents evening, in October 2023. Please let us us know if you would like another one.

Friday 26th January 2024

Free the dinosaurs!

The children in Ash class were given a set of frozen dinosaurs. Their mission was to free them! They had to choose one of the choices below to free their dinosaur:

Choices

1. Cold water       2. Warm water        3. Hot water        4. Salt        

5. Salt and water          6. Radiator             7. Sunshine      8. Hammers

Can you work out which method was the fastest? Which method was slowest?

Mystery reader

Today, Ash class were treated to a story read by a very special auntie. Thank you for sharing a wonderful story with us.

 

Friday 19th January 2024

Today, the children made their own dinosaur fossils using salt dough. Wow! Take a look at how we made them.

Phonics

Here is the video for the Phase 3 sounds and actions, which we will be teaching this term. Scroll down for the Phase 2 sounds and actions video.

 

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Pencil grip

Right handed

1. Pick/Nip               2. Flip                  3.Grip 

       

Left handed

1. Pick/Nip               2. Flip                   3.Grip

        

Phonics

Here is the video for the Phase 2 sounds which we are teaching the children this term

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Tortoise Time!

On Tuesday, Miss Reilly brought in her pet tortoise , Henry, to show Ash, Beech and Apple class. We have been learning about hibernating animals, which Henry will be starting very soon. We were so excited to see him and learn about what he likes and enjoys doing.

 

 

Wednesday 18th October 2023

Reading records

Hearing your child/children read at home is very important part of child's learning. When you hear your child read at home, please can parents/carers ensure they sign and write a small comment in the book (about how they read), so we know they are being heard read at home and how they are progressing.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Monday 16th October  2023

Letter and Number Formation

Mrs Vassiliou has found a letter and number formation website, to help the children form their letters and numbers the correct way. It is completely free and really easy to use.

www.doorwayonline.org.uk/activities/letterformation

   

 

      

 

You can choose the following:
* Size of the letter- small, medium, large
* Writing speed- slow, medium, fast
* Letter position, which should always be 
* Whether you want a midline

You can choose which numbers and letters to form and which size to view them. Please make sure you always choose to form the letters and numbers from the top.

You can also choose how you view the number or letter- (Press space or on the ball to start),  (Press on the ball and follow with your cursor/finger) or 

Enjoy practising your numbers and letters!

 

Friday 13th October 2023

Mystery reader

To end our busy week, Ash class had a visit from Finn's Mum who, very kindly, read the whole class the story "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt.

Thank you for sharing a story with us.

  

 

Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October 2023

What a week!

Ash class have had a very busy week. We have been visited by Steve Frew, a Commonwealth Gymnastics gold medallist and celebrated World mental health day. Throughout the week we have created our own letter collages and explored a range of sensory trays containing sawdust, glitter sand, cornflour water, shaving foam and cloud dough. The children used their sense of sight, touch and smell to describe how the items felt, looked and smelt.

 

 

   

   

   

   

 

Tuesday 10th October 2023

World Mental Health Day

Today, Ash class talked about what it meant by mental health and the importance of good mental health. The children were asked to draw a picture of their happy place. A place where you could remember or imagine, if you were feeling sad.

"My happy place is being with my family." 

"My happy place is playing at the park."

"My happy place is playing football."

"My happy place is going holiday and going to the beach,"

   

   

 

Monday 9th October 2023

Athlete Day

Monday was a very exciting day. The whole school got to meet the 2002 Commonwealth Gymnastics gold medallist, Steve Frew. Each class got to take part in a very energetic and fun exercise session before being dazzled and amazed by Steve Frew's gymnastic skills and strength!

  

            

 

Friday 29th September 2023

Busy Friday!

There was lots of learning going on in Ash today and throughout the week. All the children have settled into exploring both  their inside and outside classrooms and forming some lovely friendships.


Friday 22nd September 2023

Mystery Reader

Ash class were very lucky to have a mystery reader pop into read a story.

'The Hugasaurus' by Rachel Bright.

Our reader this week was Ayaan's Mum. Thank for sharing a story with us!

Sports Day

Wednesday 28th June 2023

What a wonderful Sports Day we had on Wednesday. The EYFS team are so proud of all the children for taking part and trying their best. Thank you to all our parents for taking the time to come and watch. Well done EYFS! Well done Ash class!

  

 

 

My Body

Thursday 8th June 2023

In PSED today, we having been naming and identifying body parts. We also talked about the functions of the following parts of the body- nose, ears, mouth and eyes. Excellent labelling Ash!

"We use our hears to listen."  We use our eyes to see." 

How does someone communicate if they can not hear?  "They can use sign language."

  

 

Easter Garden

Thursday 30th March 2023

Today, the children created a class Easter garden, which linked to their learning about The Easter story (Jesus) and Easter being a symbol of new life. What an amazing job they did!

 

Easter Stay and Play

Monday 20th- Friday 24th March 2023

This week, each day, we were joined by the some of parents of the children in Ash class. This lovely visit is a chance for the children to show their parents what we get up to in Reception. This time we were creating Easter chicks. rabbits and lambs. Wow! Fantastic job Ash Class.

 

Number and letter Formation

Monday 20th March 2023

Mrs Vassiliou has found a letter and number formation website, to help the children form their letters and numbers the correct way. It is completely free and really easy to use.

www.doorwayonline.org.uk/activities/letterformation



You can choose the following:
* Size of the letter- small, medium, large
* Writing speed- slow, medium, fast
* Letter position, which should always be 
* Whether you want a midline

You can choose which numbers and letters to form and which size to view them. Please make sure you always choose to form the letters and numbers from the top.

You can also choose how you view the number or letter- (Press space or on the ball to start),  (Press on the ball and follow with your cursor/finger) or 

Enjoy practising your numbers and letters!


Fairy Tale Settings

Friday 10th March 2023

All this week, Ash class have been drawing scenes from Fairy Tale stories. Wow! They look amazing Ash. We have some very talented artists in Reception. What do you think?

 

Free the dinosaurs!

Friday 27th January 2023

Ash class were given an exciting investigation this week. How could they free the frozen dinosaurs? Everyone was given a variety of tools and objects to try and free them- hammers, warm water and salt. Which one worked? Which one was the fastest to free the dinosaur? Which one took the longest time to free the dinosaur? Check out some children in action!

  

Design a talking dinosaur

Thursday 12th January 2023

Today, the children have been designing their own talking dinosaur on the computer. They had to use their mouse skills to choose, what colour, type, size, and noise their dinosaur would make. Well done Ash!

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Perseverance

Thursday 5th January 2023

Happy New Year!

Ash class have hit the ground running today, after the festive break. Today, we have been talking about perseverance and not giving up. I set the children a challenge- to separate the mini stars from the plastic eyes, whilst blind folded. Here are some photos of some of the children persevering. Fantastic start to the new year Ash!

    

 

Thank you

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The EYFS team would like to say a huge thank you for all the lovely gifts and cards we have received from our children and parents, this term. We wish you all a lovely restful Christmas. See you in the new year!

  

 

Christmas

Thursday 15th December 2022

Christmas has arrived in Ash class. The children have been busy with their Christmas crafts this week. Look at our wonderful sparkly trees. Wow!

Potion making

Friday 2nd December 2022

Ash class have been making some wonderful potions, which the children were inspired to do, after reading about the witch in 'The Jolly Postman'. Looks like the children had lots of messy fun!

  

  

 

Perfecting our computing skills

Thursday 17th November 2022

Ash class are becoming more confident when using a keyboard, controlling a mouse and logging onto the computer. We are super proud of their progress and the children love using the computers.

      

      

 

Fireworks

Friday 4th November 2022

Ash class have been celebrating the fireworks season by creating their own firework pictures. Wow! They look amazing and very realistic.

Please take care over the weekend, when seeing fireworks. Remember the safety tips from Fireman Sam and stay safe!

  

Stay and Play

Thursday 20th October 2022

It has been a real pleasure seeing so many parents come in, this week and learn about all the activities we are using to help develop each child's fine and gross motor skills. Thank you for all who attended and do not worry, if you could not make it this time. There will be another opportunity in the future. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves. We loved showing you our learning!

  

  

Monday Autumn Walk- Friday 7th October 2022

This week, Ash class, went on a lovely Autumn hunt. Can you guess what we collected on our travels? We had lots of fun spotting objects and colours outside

 

Rock Steady Music Assembly- Thursday 29th September 2022

Ash and Beech class joined year 1 and 2 during a special assembly today. The assembly was about the new club starting, after school, called Rock Steady Music. Some children from all year groups were able to take part and play the instruments on display. One of our very own Reception children got a chance to play the electric guitar.

 

Remembering the Queen and our Family Tree- 16th September 2022

Ash class have been very busy settling and exploring their new classroom. They had lots of fun decorating our family tree and creating flowers to remember Queen Elizabeth 11.