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Welcome to Ash!

From Mrs Hibbert, Miss Hathaway, Mrs Middleton & Mr Taylor


Updated 23rd October 2020

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Ash class recite The Little Red Hen



23rd September 2020


Welcome to the Ash class page!

We have been so impressed by how well the children have settled into Oakfield, we love how they come into school with happy faces ready to learn. The children have been busy getting to know the adults in Ash class, making new friends and exploring their learning environment. We have also been getting to know our new routines which include tidying up after ourselves and plenty of handwashing. Here are some photos of the children enjoying some of the different learning areas in Saplings.

One way that we have been getting to know each other has been by listening to our friends sharing their photos of the ‘All About Me’ boxes. If your child hasn’t brought theirs in yet then please send a photo in, in their book bags, or if you are unable to print one off, then please send an email into the school office (oakfield@rbwm.org.uk). We have also been learning about our Oakfield golden rules and how to be part of a class. Here are some photos of children sharing their ‘All About Me’ boxes.

In phonics we have been learning sounds and identifying words that begin with or contain each sound. Now that we have learnt quite a few sounds (s, a, t, p, i, n), we have been learning how we can blend them into words. This is quite tricky but we will be playing lots of games to help us with this as it will form the basis of our reading skills. We have also set up a shop in the classroom where we are placing items that begin with each letter sound as we are learning the sounds. Here are a few of the items in our shop so far; a star, an ant, an astronaut, a turtle, a tomato, a penguin and a purple pen.


In maths we have been looking in depth at numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. We are working on careful counting and different representations of each number. The children have been number detectives and have hunted for different representations of each number in the classroom and around the Saplings unit.


As part of our topic of ‘Marvellous Me’, we have been sharing the book ‘Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth’ by Oliver Jeffers. We have considered where we live and go to school, and where that fits on planet Earth. We drew pictures of ourselves which are now featuring on a beautiful display outside the Saplings unit. We also looked carefully at our own faces in the mirror, thinking about our hair, eye and skin colour and painted our self-portraits. Here are some photos of us painting our self-portraits.

In PE we have been practising moving in different ways, finding our bubbles and freezing. Some of the different ways we have been moving have included different animals, vehicles as well as different types of beans. In Friday PE sessions we have been working on our fine motor skills, this is in addition to our fine motor activities  that we get busy with every morning when we come into the classroom.


Just a reminder that Ash PE days are Thursday and Friday and the children need to come to school dressed in their PE kit on a Thursday.


Thank you for reading our class webpage. We hope you’ve enjoyed finding out what we’ve been up to and that it might be useful in extending your child’s learning at home.

Letter from Mrs Hull - Starting School September 2020

Letter from Mrs Hull - re new start times September 2020


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Social Distancing at Oakfield

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Mrs Middleton reads 'The Storm Whale'

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Miss Hathaway reads 'Commotion in the Ocean'

Updated 1st June 2020

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Message from Mrs Hull to those children who are returning to school next week

Updated 25th May 2020

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Hello from the Saplings Team

Updated 13th May 2020

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Miss Mulholland reads Percy's Friend the Hedgehog

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Mrs Hibbert & her helpers read What the Ladybird Heard

Updated 6th May 2020

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Miss Hathaway reads The Great Pet Sale

Updated 29th April 2020

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Miss Mulholland reads Gigantosaurus

Updated 21st April 2020

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Mrs Hibbert & her helpers read The Gruffalo

Updated 20th April 2020

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Video from Oakfield Staff

Updated 20th March 2020


23rd January 2020


Our focus so far this term has been the book ‘Handa’s Surprise’. We have worked hard as a class at learning the story using story maps and actions to help us. Here is the version of the story that we have learnt:


Once upon a time there was a kind girl called Handa who decided to put seven delicious fruits in a basket and give them to her friend Akeyo.

She will be surprised, thought Handa as she set off for Akeyo’s village. I wonder which fruit she will like the best.

Will she like the soft yellow banana? Thought Handa as the cheeky monkey took it!

Will she like the sweet smelling guava? Thought Handa as the large ostrich took it.

Will she like the round juicy orange? Thought Handa as the stripy zebra took it.

Will she like the ripe red mango? Thought Handa as the enormous elephant took it.

Will she like the spiky-leaved pineapple? Thought Handa as the tall giraffe took it.

Will she like the creamy green avocado? Thought Handa as the jumpy antelope took it.

Will she like the tangy purple passionfruit? Thought Handa as the colourful parrot took it.

Which fruit will Akeyo like best? Thought Handa as the grumpy goat ran into the tree! After that all the tangerines tumbled into the basket.

“Tangerines!” said Akeyo. “My favourite fruit.”

“TANGERINES?” said Handa. “That is a surprise!”


And here is the story map that we created as a class. See if your child can tell you the story using the story map.

As part of our work on Handa’s surprise, we have been learning about Africa and African animals. We also had a fruit tasting. The children all enjoyed tasting the different fruits from the book. Here are some photos of the fruit tasting.

In Maths we created tally charts showing which fruit the children liked best. We then used these to create pictograms and block charts. We’ve also used the fruits from Handa’s basket to practise subtraction.


The children are doing really well in phonics, we’ve nearly finished learning the phase 3 sounds. We’re also practising tricky words every day.


Thank you for reading our page, we hope you’ve enjoyed finding out what we’ve been up to in Ash class.

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.

Ash class Library & PE Days...

Library day is: Thursday

PE Day is: Tuesday (gymnastics) & Friday

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