Christmas is coming to Ash.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our classroom now. The children enjoyed listening to festive songs as we decorated the class tree. The children showed great teamwork skills and were proud of the end result.
The children are working hard on developing their mouse control on the computer. Look at the festive trees they have produced.
Fee fi fo fum, watch out Jack, here we come!
The children has a great time at the panto and enjoyed cheering and booing at the fantastic cast. Even Mr Bishop made a stage debut!
The children have begun to explore different aspects of measure this week. We are focusing on the language used in measure and have been focusing on length and height this week. Children are getting better at using practical equipment to help them measure with and some have begun to use rulers.
Despite the wet weather the children embarked on their Autumn walk wearing wellies and waterproof coats. The children were given the secret mission of looking for clues that Autumn had arrived. Children had fun exploring the leaves looking for similarities and differences. They enjoyed feeling the thick oozy mud under their feet as we walked up through the woods.
The children observed a minutes silence to remember those who have lost their lives in war. We spoke about how poppies are worn to help raise money to help families of soldiers. Children worked together to create our own waterfall of poppies.
The children made some new friends today. We had a visit from Aladdin and Aboo, hedgehogs from Barrow hedgehog rescue. The children were eager to stroke our spiky visitors and learn about how they could help other hedgehogs in the wild. Please ask your child to tell you about them. The children have also been reading some simple facts about them too.
Meet our happy hedgehogs
Year 1 children have been looking at symmetry this week. They are becoming more familiar with the concept of symmetry as being the same on both sides. The children used shapes to create symmetrical pictures.
The children have really enjoyed learning about how Hindus and Sikhs celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. Children have become familiar with the Hindu story of Rama and Sita. They can tell you about how the ten headed demon Ravana was defeated by Rama with the help of Hanuman, the monkey king in order to rescue the beautiful Sita. Children also heard how for Sikhs the story of how Guru Hargobind Ji helped release 52 Hindu Princes from jail demonstrating his strong resilience. He used his growth mindset to think about how he could alter his cloak to allow 52 Princes to hold on to it Please ask your child to share these stories with you.
Children watched how a young girl called Jessica helped her family get ready for Diwali as part of the Cbeebies programme 'Let's Celebrate'. We also heard from children and staff within the class that celebrated Diwali with their families. On Tuesday we were joined by class Beech and Alder alongside parents to help celebrate Diwali with our family and friends.
What changes do we see in Autumn?
Our new topic this term will be focusing on changes that we see in the environment when the season of Autumn arrives. We will be looking at how and why the leaves on trees change colour and eventually fall and how some trees keep their lush green leaves. We will be looking at how the cold dark weather affects animals and how some animals begin to prepare for hibernation. The children will also be using wonderful autumnal colours in artwork and will focus on using natural resources in their work.
The children have been learning about patterns. We children love to sing along and dance to Banana, Banana, Meatballs. If you would like to see this and join in with your child please let me know. The children have said patterns out loud as well as use practical equipment to create repeating patterns.
The children had a visit from a local apple pressing organisation that helped turn our apples into delicious organic apple juice. The children helped harvest the apples from the school apples trees before washing them and help put them into the apple press. Children described the juice as 'yummy'. We recycled the remaining pulp into compost to help the trees grow more juicy apples next year. The children have watched a video on apples and know that there are a number of varieties and talked about which they liked best. We also used this opportunity to create adjectives about apples using our senses to help.
Enjoying the story of The Little Red Hen. The children have been learning to re tell the story using actions. Ask them to tell you the story.
Dem Bones, Dem Bones!
The children have been learning the names of some of the main bones in the human skeleton. They know where their skull, hip, spine and ribs are so far. They know that bones help keep our shape and protect important organs in our body. They have enjoyed making the skeleton with different media.
The children have had a real laugh this week creating funny faces with a range of materials. The children are good at naming the different features that make up a face.
Meet our family of hens. We hatched them from eggs last Summer and are pleased to announce that they now lay eggs too! The children love to go and meet them and are learning how to take care of them.
Count on us.
The children are getting better with their careful counting skills. Ask them to show you how we do this at school. Hopefully they will remember to tell you to touch and move the objects as you count them. The children have also be working on ordering numbers to 10.