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Summer 2 newletter

Please find attached the Summer 2 newletter. A copy has also been sent home in your child's book bag :)

Wb: 4th June 2018

This week we have let our beautiful butterflies out into the outdoor environment. The children loved watching them change each day and have waited very patiently for them to hatch. Over the half term Harry kindly looked after them as they slowly began to change even more. On Monday all the children were very excited to see what they looked like as we went outside to let them free!  

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Welcome back to the last term! I hope you have had an enjoyable and relaxing week with family and friends! The children have settled back brilliantly this week and have been very eager to share their news from their half term!  This term our new topic is 'Who can we ask for help?'. The children will be exploring all the different people and services that they can ask for help from inlcuding firemen, police officers and doctors. They will learn and discuss what each person does and how they can help them and other people in their community. In their maths learning the children will be focusing lots on numbers. They will be able to find and say 1 more/1 less than any number to 20 and will be solving many addition and subtraction problems.

It promises to be another exciting term for everyone in Ash class, so please look on the website and earwig for further updates!

Thanks :)

Miss O'Connell
Fun in Ash class!

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We had a lovely time this week at the 'UGLY BUG BALL' with our friends from nursery. We had a chance to explore different activities across both classes and were particulary excited for some beetle juice and the mini beast biscuits that we had made. Take a look at some of the photo's on Earwig!  

The children have also enjoyed spending time creating their own bug hotels in are creative and construction areas. The children carefully thought about what it what need and were able to write labels to describe the different parts of the hotel. The children took their P.E learning outside this week and enjoyed practising their ball skills with support from some Year 5's! They worked very well in their teams and practised different ways of moving the ball to one another! Well done all!

15th May 2018

What a fantastic week we had last week with our learning together session and class sharing assembly on Friday! A big thank you to all parents and family members who came, I'm sure you were all very proud! A HUGE well done to all of the children in Ash class... you were FANTASTIC!!!

This week we are exploring patterns in our maths learning and the story 'The Snail and the Whale' in our literacy learning. The children have already really enjoyed creating their own patterns on snail shells aswell as weaving coloured card to make colourful patterns. What a super start to the week!

- Wednesday 9th May - Learning Together session with a focus on Expressive arts and design (EAD)
- Friday 11th May - Our class sharing assembly and open classroom.

- Please look at the 'Home learning' tab for updates on the learning that you can support your child with at home. I will be sending a maths home learning challenge on Friday so please look out for this in your child's book bag. 

-If you observe your child doing any fantastic learning at home in literacy, maths and/or related to our topic please send it in with them as we love to celebrate their achievements and learning in class. This could be a photo, observation or any written learning they have enjoyed doing. If you would like any additional information or support with this please feel free to contact me on my email: co'connell@calverleyparkside.leeds.sch.uk

Thank you
Miss O'Connell :)

2nd May 2018

We have had a super week in Ash class! The children have been very busy in their maths learning and have impressed Mrs Vicki and I  with their super knowledge about 2d and 3d shapes! They have explored shape in the outside area and within our classroom, naming and describing them. The children have also enjoyed learning about the life cycle of a butterly. We have been looking closely at our creepy crawly caterpillars in class to observe the changes in their appearance. The children are very excited to watch them turn into beautiful butterflies! They have written amazing sentences to describe the life cycle and have also created their own 'Hungry caterpillars' in our creative area using different shades of green paint and bottle lids. What a fantastic week - well done to all children! :)  
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Wednesday 18th April 2018

Welcome back to the Summer term! I hope you all have had a lovely Easter break. All of the children have enjoyed sharing news about what they did over the holidays and have started back brilliantly this week ready to do lots more learning! This term the childrens learning will be focused on the topic 'Are all mini beast scary?'. We will be learning lots about different mini beast and how they are similar/different from each other. Please see the attached 'Summer 1 newsletter' which highlights the key themes that we will be exploring this term.

Mini beast hunt!

The children have been investigating and exploring mini beasts in our outdoor learning environment this week! They worked fantastically in teams to explore what mini beast look like and where they might find them.

26th March 2018
We are nearly coming to the end of our Spring term and what a busy one it has been for us in Ash class! We have really enjoyed exploring the story of Goldilocks and the three bears aswell as looking closely at the changes that occur in Spring time.

This week we will be exploring the language of money, creating our own Easter cards and decorating our own Easter eggs using different materials. We are also looking forward to the Easter Bonnet Parade that takes place on Thursday at 2:30pm. This will be lots of fun for all... I am looking forward to seeing all of the creative ideas as I'm sure you are!

I would just like to thank all those who could make our Learning Together session on Wednesday. I hope you found the session useful and enjoyed coming in to learn and play with your child. Our next Learning Together session will be on: Wednesday 9th May 2018- Expressive Arts and Design, Understanding the World.

Another big thank you to all parents for your continued support in Ash class. I hope you all have a lovely and restful Easter.

Miss O'Connell

9th March 2018

What a busy few weeks in Ash class we have had! We have had a fantastic trip to the Rainbow Factory where the children enjoyed the educational workshops and storytelling through imaginative role play. A big thank you to our parent volunteers who came and helped out!

In our maths learning we have been focusing on adding and subtracting two single-digit amounts by counting on and back. I have been very impressed with the children's counting to and beyond 10 aswell as their written number sentences to explain and record what they had learnt.

We have also enjoyed World Book day which has been a great success. All of the children looked fantastic in their costumes. They enjoyed reading with the children in Chestnut class and had the opportunity to explore a range of books aswell as creating their own front covers for their own books. It was a fun-filled day and the children were very excited and euthusiastic to show off their costumes to the rest of the school during our celebration assembly.
23rd February

What a brilliant first week back it has been in Ash Class! The children have all impressed Mrs Vicki and I with their great attitude to learning and transition around school. This week we have been focusing on what it means to be a team worker and have really enjoyed carrying out fun activities inside and outside the classroom that involved lots of TEAM WORK! The children have shown of their fantastic skills by being supportive of their friends, taking turns, and sharing their ideas with each other. In maths this week we have been learning all about doubling and halving amounts. The children have spent time in the outdoor learning environment with hoops and beanbags to help them learn how to count accurately and double amounts.

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Coming up next week:
  • We will be exploring the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears.
  • We will be writing sentences to describe Goldilocks appearance.
  • In maths will be learning all about the language of position and direction.
  • We will be exploring animal habitats and changes in the environment!
  • World Book Day on Thursday 1st March.
Our class trip to the Rainbow Factory is on the 5th March. Consent forms are due back on the 28th February.
Thank you!

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Welcome back .... I hope you have had an enjoyable and restful half-term! This term in Ash class our learning will focus on the topic 'Should Goldilocks say sorry?'. We will be exploring the story together in our literacy learning, creating puppets and re-telling the story through role play. Please see earwig for updates of our creative and amazing learning!
Fun filled week in Ash Class!
2nd February 2018

What an amazing week in Ash Class! The children have been very enthustiastic and excited to  explore the story 'Room on the Broom' aswell as enjoying dressing up for Harry Potter day. It was a brilliant day and the children looked fantastic! We enjoyed many creative activities including making spiders webs, creating potions and decorating our very own wands using icing sugar and sprinkles! They were very tasty too! Also.....a big thank you to everyone who could attend our learning together session this week- If you would like anymore information regarding this please feel free to email me!

Next week our learning will focus on the story 'The Gruffalo'. We will enjoy painting pictures of the Gruffalo, re-telling the story and making our own Gruffalo biscuits!
26th January 2018

This week in Ash class we have been exploring the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' The children have really enjoyed writing their wanted poster of the troll and designing and creating the strongest bridge for the Three Billy Goats. This  involved lots of problem solving and teamwork as the children shared resources, worked together and tested different ways to create the strongest bridge.

There have been lots of busy bees in Ash class this week developing their reading skills too! Many of the children enjoyed choosing their own books in the school library and exploring them with their friends.  

Houses for Harry Potter day on Thursday 1st February will be as follows:

Thornhill = Hufflepuff
Portman = Ravenclaw
Chapel = Slytherin
Victoria = Gryfindor

These houses have been sorted at random, by the sorting hat, and will allow children to collect house points and visit every Hogwarts 'class' for the day!
Nursery and Reception will remain in their own classrooms.

Miss O'Connell
Our 'Wild Things'
17th January 2018

What a fantastic couple of weeks back in Ash class we have had so far! Mrs Vicki and I have been very impressed with their great effort and hard work they have towards their learning and class behaviour. A big well done to all! We also have the pleasure of welcoming Mrs Berry who is with Ash Class every Wednesday. The children have been very excited welcoming her into the class and sharing their super learning with her!

This week we have been looking at the story 'Where the Wild Things Are'. The children have loved unpicking the story, exploring the characters and the setting aswell as designing their very own 'Wild Thing' in our creative and playdough area. We also have had lots of busy writers in Ash class who have taken lots of care with their letter formation and finger spaces- our  'WOW wall' is jam packed with their fantastic writing and creative learning. Please see Earwig for recent photos of their lovely work.

Next week our topic will be based around the story ''The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. We will be re-telling the story using role play and props and thinking scientifically about what materials we would use to make the strongest bridge for the Three Billy Goats to cross over. The children will then test their ideas out.  In our maths learning we will be focusing on the size of different objects. The children will be exploring and comparing objects using the langauge of size to describe them. There are plenty more exciting opportunities ahead for the Busy Bees in Ash Class! 

Important updates:
  • Buzz word bookmarks have been given out in book bags for children who are ready for the next level (3).
  • The 'Phase 4' phonics booklets will be sent home in book bags in the next couple of weeks.
  • Our next 'Learning Together' session is coming up on Wednesday 31st January with a focus on Maths.
  • Harry Potter day- Thursday 1st February (Please see the letter sent home).
Welcome back ....I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year! The children have had a super start back already and have really impressed Mrs Vicki and I with there super learning and behaviour! They were very eager and excited to share their Christmas news with their friends and to find out what's happening in Ash Class this term. This term our topic is 'Who are the famous characters inside our books?' We will be exploring a range of different stories inlcuding 'Room on the Broom' and 'The Gruffalo'. We have a very exciting term coming up so please look out for regular updates on Earwig and our class page to see our fantastic learning and fun in Ash Class!
12th December 2017

Ash class have worked very hard over the last couple of weeks as they were preparing themselves for their Christmas performance. They were very excitied and eager to show off their lovely costumes and beautiful singing voices. Myself and Mrs Vicki are extremely proud of all the children... they did fantastically in their performance. A big thank you to all of you who attended!

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Also this week........

The children could not wait for their Christmas party this week where they enjoyed playing lots of party games, dancing in the hall alongside year 1 and year 2 aswell as enjoying plenty of Christmas food and treats! They had a fantastic time celebrating the christmas festivities by getting dressed into their party outfits and having a little dance in the big hall. Please see Earwig for the photos.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and look forward to seeing all the children again in the new year for some more super learning!

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This week in Ash class the children enjoyed their first school trip to West Yorkshire Playhouse where they watched 'Crumbles Search for Christmas'. The children had an enjoyable time and listened fantastically to the production. This week the children have also been busy in their literacy learning where they have been writing labels to describe the ingredients they would need to decorate gingerbread penguins. All of the children were very eager to decorate these and had written some great labels to describe the ingredients too! We have some lovely learning displayed on our WOW wall! In maths this week we have been ordering numbers to 10 and then to 20. The children have amazed me with their fantastic counting to 20 and in writing numerals. BIG well done to all of the children in Ash Class!

Thank you to all of you who could make our second 'Learning together' session this week. The children have really enjoyed showing you their lovely learning in their literacy and phonics. If you were unable to come please do email me if you would like the booklet that highlights all of the key aspects we looked at during this session or any other information.

Coming up next week the children will be getting into the festive mood by creating and writing their own Christmas cards, practising for their Christmas performance and enjoying a Christmas Pantomime in school.

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Just a reminder that our class sharing assembly is on Friday 24th November. You are welcome to come and celebrate the fantastic learning your child has been doing. The children are very excited to show this off!  
  • New phase 3 phonics books have been sent home - please check on 'home learning' to see which pages to complete.
  • A new set of buzz words will be sent home to children who are ready for the next level.
  • The next Learning together morning is coming up soon - Wednesday 29th November 2017 with a focus on Literacy: Reading and Writing and Communication and Language
Thank you.

13th November 2017

Ash Class have been very euthustiastic and excited this week as they are preparing for their class sharing assembly. This is on Friday 24th November at 2.45pm. We welcome all parents or other family members/friends who are able to attend. Some of the children have chosen something they would like to say and have been busy practising their line out loud. They are all very excited to show and celebrate their amazing learning with you. This week the children have impressed me with their fantastic knowledge of 2d shapes. They have been able to name and describe many 2d shapes and have created lots of lovely shape prints using the shape molds. The children also enjoyed playing 'fish for shapes' in our exploratory area.. take a look!

6th November 2017 - Leaf Hunt

This week in Ash Class we have been exploring the colour, shape and sizes of leaves. We all enjoyed our walk to the park where we went on a leaf hunt. We collected lots of different leaves and discussed the change in colour and why they fall to the ground. In our maths learning this week we have been learning all about recognising, creating and describing patterns. We used a range of autumnal objects to create different patterns and were able to describe the patterns we had made. We also have become authors in Ash class as we have started to write our own books all about the different seasons. As a class, we discussed and compared what the weather is like all year round. We spoke about what kind of activities we like to do in the different types of weather - many children particualarly enjoyed having ice creams in the Summer!

1st November 2017

Welcome back ....I hope you and your child have enjoyed a lovely break off and are re-freshed for our next half term ahead. All the children have enjoyed sharing their half-term news with each other.. it sounded very exciting and busy for many!

Our new topic this term will focus on 'Why are there so many leaves on the ground?'. During this topic Ash class will be exploring a range of fun and exciting activities to help them learn about the changes in weather and different animal habitats. They will be creating their own leaf hedgehogs, a sparking leaf decoration and will enjoy an autumnal woodland walk to explore the different colours of leaves and why they fall to the ground during this time of year. We have a busy term ahead... including our class assembly that is on Friday 24th November  which we all look forward to seeing you at.

Just a couple of updates:
  • Our new P.E lesson this term will take place on a Thursday. 
  • If your child has completed their Phase 2 phonics booklet please can you return this in their book bags as we will be providing them with the next next set of sounds- Phase 3.
18th October 2017

Over the last couple of weeks Ash class have been learning lots about who they live with and where they live. We enjoyed an early morning walk around our local area with our year 6 buddies. During the walk we looked out for different types of houses, shops and buildings there were in the local area aswell as stopping by at the post office to post our postcards to Barnaby bear that we wrote in our literacy learning. It was a lovely sunny morning and all the children used the knowledge that they learnt from safety week to ensure that they were looking carefully and crossing the roads safely.  We also had lots of fun meeting Johnny from Konflux theatre group who taught us how to rest and relax our bodies when we are worried or upset. He also helped us to learn about how we can keep safe outside of school when we are near the busy roads. It was lots of fun as we used role-play to listen out for the traffic, use our good watching eyes and walk across the road.

11th October 2017 - Our first 'Learning together' session - PSED

We all enjoyed are first learning together morning and the children were very excited to show off their super learning with you. Thank you to all parents and family members for joining Ash class in their fantastic learning. The focus of the session was on Personal, Social and Emotional development (PSED) and so the children were all learning about how they manage feelings, behaviour, self confidence and relationships. We looked at what types of things make a good friend and what things might upset our friends. We also enjoyed talking and writing about what we are good at and what makes us special. In the construction area many children showed great teamwork to construct a model of their choose. It was a lovely morning for the children and parents to learn together. Take a look at some of the photos!

25th September 2017         
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This week the children will be exploring the theme 'What I like best is...?'. During our circle times we will be discussing what our favourite animals, food and hobbies are. All children will have the opportunity to share something that they like doing and will share this with their friends. They will be exploring different foods and will design their own plate of food that they like best aswell as making their very own clay animals. The children will share with everyone what their favourite animal is and why
and will be designing these using clay and paint! We have plenty of exciting activities to look forward to this week... I will share the photos of their lovely learning on Earwig. 
18th September 2017 - Welcome to the week breakfast

This week Ash class enjoyed their first welcome to the week breakfast. The children were all very excited for it and it went down a treat for all! We had toast, jam and milk! All children enjoyed preparing their breakfast snack using a knife to butter their toast and to spread the jam. They did a fantastic job at cleaning their plates and cutlery after too! They also discussed with Mrs Vicki a target that they would like to improve on over the next couple of weeks and had a chat about what they did over the weekend with their friends. It was a lovely morning... take a peek at some of the photos!

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We have had a brilliant week in Ash class so far. The children are becoming more familiar day by day with the new school routines and have loved eating their lunch in the big school hall with their year 6 buddies. They all look lovely and smart in their new school uniforms!  As the children will be spending lots of time inside and outside of the classroom we kindly ask that they come to school with a waterproof coat, especially for those rainy days to ensure that they can still have access to our outside area.  We also kindly ask that you label all of your children's clothing and items including coats, PE kits, jumpers, book bags and water bottles to ensure that we can return any misplaced items back with your child. Your support is very much appreciated! :) 

Next week, we will be exploring 'Why do we look like we do?'. As part of our learning and understanding in this please could you send a baby photo or a photo of your child when they were younger in with them on Tuesday 19th. The children will start with a game of 'Who is who?' where they will all play mini detectives and match the photo with the child they think it is in our class. In our literacy learning we will be looking and talking about the photos again to help us write labels to describe what we look like when we were younger. I look forward to sharing their super learning with you!

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Each term we will focus on a different theme that will support the children in all areas of their learning. This term our theme is 'What do I know about me?'. This week we have been exploring what makes a family and what makes us special. The children have loved listening and talking to each other about who is in their family and about their interests inside and outside of school. The children have also had lots of fun in our creative area painting a self-portrait. They have thought carefully about what features they need to include, what colour paints they will use and what shapes they will be making to create their portraits. This has linked very well to our maths learning this week where we have been exploring 2d shapes. The children have been naming and describing 2d shapes in a shape printing activity and have also been very busy creating colourful shape pictures of their homes.

We have plenty more exciting opportunities to look forward to this term including a walk around our local area to explore what our school area is like and to learn about the different types of houses people live in. The children will be learning about what type of house they live in and the similarities and differences between different types of houses. To find out more about the activities and topics we will be exploring, please look at the section 'LTP' where it highlights the key themes we will focus on throughout the year. You can also check this page and Earwig to see all the exciting learning Ash class have been doing.

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Ash Class will have their P.E lesson every Monday afternoon.  We will not be starting their P.E lessons until the 25th September to give the children time to establish class/school routines, to become fully settled and confident in and around of school. Please feel free to send your child into school with their P.E kit as this can be left on their peg until it is needed. Also please ensure that all items in their P.E kit are labelled with their name so that we can return items to your child if they are misplaced. Thank you for your support with this.

Physical development is one of the Prime areas of development in children and is also fundamental to supporting them in all other areas of their learning. We ask that all children come into school in their school uniform so that they can practise and learn to dress themselves into their P.E kit independently. This will help them to manage their personal belongings as well as support their health and self-care.

Aside from our weekly P.E lessons, Ash Class have many opportunities where their physical development is supported. We have the Outdoor learning area that has been developed to support children in all areas of their learning including writing, mathematics and their understanding of the world. Children can choose where they would like to learn outside… the new Play tower has been very popular! Ash Class also have access to the front playground at lunchtimes where they can run around, explore and form relationships with children from other year groups.