Welcome to Ash class
During our recent topic, ‘Past and Present’, we compared our lives today with those of the past. We began learning about modern toys, observing what our toys are like today. We all brought in our favourite toy to share with our friends, to identify the materials they are made from and to explore how we play with them. We wrote a descriptive piece of writing about our favourite toys, using powerful adjectives that best describes them. We illustrated our writing, as we had our toys available to sketch.
We invited our families in, so they could share their favourite toys from the past with us. We created questions we wanted to ask them and placed them in the hot seat to support us with our learning about toys from the past. With this knowledge, we created a timeline of toys through the years, identifying dates they were made. In D.T we created our own ‘Cup and Ball’ inspired by toys from the past. We followed instructions carefully to construct these independently.
To continue our historical theme, we learnt about the Battle of Hastings – one of the U.K’s most famous battles. We stepped into the shoes of Harold Godwinson, Harold Hardrada and William the Duke of Normandy to help us identify what they may have said during their battles. Hardrada was a particularly angry character.
We were all given a role, from squires to Kings, as we re-enacted the Battle of Hastings. We had our weapons to hand, ready to defeat our opponents. William the Duke of Normandy was victorious!
In maths we have been learning about time. We have been using mathematical vocabulary to help us tell the time, including o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We pushed our learning on and began learning about telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes. We have been showing off our new skills, informing our teachers of the time throughout our school day.
We have been focusing on a core text, ‘The Lion Inside’, to inspire our learning. We identified the main characters to create their own profiles. We thought about how we could describe the characters, using a variety of adjectives. After reading our story we discussed how we felt about it, giving our own honest opinions. We wrote a piece of non-chronological writing, using questions to support writing our own book reviews. It seems that we all enjoyed the story, particularly the comical illustrations.
Learning at home
Each week the children will be sent home with home learning, with a ‘must’ and ‘should’ activity. These will be set by English and Maths leaders, including spelling and maths based activities. On occasions a ‘could’ activity will be set by class teachers, to support their topic learning. Please use the home learning books provided to complete these tasks and ensure they are returned weekly to support us in this process. For spellings, we recommend writing each spelling out 3 times, using this routine to help: read it, copy it, cover it, check it. As a challenge, use the spellings in a sentence.
Our reading books are checked and changed regularly, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Use the reading records to inform us of your child’s fantastic efforts in reading. It has been lovely to see that so many children in Ash class are not only reading school books, but are reading their own from home. A wide variety of reading is extremely valuable, a combination of independent reading and being read to. Home learning documents are available on this page, including resources and activities to support learning at home.