Welcome to Ash!
From Mrs Hibbert, Miss Dean & Mrs Middleton
6th December 2018
Christmas is in full swing in Ash class. We hope you enjoyed our Christmas celebration performance. We all enjoyed preparing for it and we were incredibly proud of how well the children performed.
Going back to autumn, thank you for all the wonderful vegetables that you sent in for our Harvest soup. The children enjoyed sharing their knowledge about vegetables and healthy eating, they then showed great skill at cutting the vegetables carefully for our soup. We were so impressed by how keen they were to taste the soup, at least half of the class came back for second portions! We also used the vegetables for art, the children concentrated really well on their first sketches in their art books. Finally, the vegetables helped us with our maths; the children thought carefully about how to share vegetables and practiced weighing them.
We had a lot of fun for Halloween. We focused on capacity when we made a magic potion. Each member of the class had to add a different ingredient to the potion, some of the children were really brave and handled the witches’ eyeballs (peeled grapes) and congealed wizards’ blood (jelly cubes). It was the fairy dust (baking powder) which really made the potion fizz, though.
Our main topic this half of the term has been ‘tell a story, sing a song’ which has seen us exploring traditional tales such as ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’ and ‘The three little pigs’. During Goldilocks week, the children thought of titles for their own Goldilocks style stories, along the lines of, ‘Mrs Hibbert and the three kangaroos’. The children worked really hard at illustrating their front cover and used their phonics to write the title. The children also made their own ‘Three little pigs’ booklets, designing the front covers on the computer and writing captions for the story inside. The materials that you kindly sent in for junk modelling were put to great use when the children worked in pairs to create their own house aiming to withstand the big bad wolf’s huffs and puffs. Each pair told us about their construction before we put it to the wolf/hairdryer test. We found that the houses which lay lowest withstood the wolf the best.
On Monday of this week we had our last dance class with our external dance coach. The children all really enjoyed this block of lessons and thought carefully about different ways of travelling and balancing.
We have introduced money this week. We met all the different coins and put them in different families (bronze, silver and gold) and talked about the relative values of the coins in each family.
We have been looking at the Jolly Postman and the Jolly Christmas Postman for the last couple of weeks and so our role play area has now become a post office which the children are very much enjoying.
The children have all made tremendous progress with their phonics. We’ve nearly finished reviewing our phase 2 sounds and are focusing on blending and segmenting for reading and writing. We have been impressed by how many children have learnt their tricky words as well so will be sending out the next batch soon. After Christmas we will be starting to learn the phase 3 sounds.
Thank you for reading our page, we hope you have enjoyed finding out what your children have been up. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas break.
The Ash Team x
Throughout the year in Saplings there are occasions when we offer the children small amounts of a variety of foods to taste, to fit in with our current topic. We are aware of dietary requirements already supplied, should there be any changes, please inform the school office and we will take note of this when providing food to your child.
Library day is: Thursday
PE Day is: Monday