Welcome to Ash class
During our new topic, ‘Past and Present’, we have been comparing 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, in this new term we are learning about a significant historical event in our own locality – the Battle of Hastings, one of the U.K’s most famous battles.
In maths we have been learning about the value of money, recognising the value of coins and notes. We used our knowledge of addition to find combinations of coins to make a set amount of money. To celebrate our learning we took a trip to the local shop in Bethersden, where we each had £1 to spend. We each chose an item and paid for it ourselves, we identified coins needed to pay for our item. As our red hot challenge, we worked out any change that we would have in return.
We have been focusing on a core text, ‘The Bumble Bear’, to inspire our fictional writing. We stepped into the shoes of our main character, exploring what it was like to be Norman the bear at Bee School. We learnt about past tense, adverbs of time, different sentence types and punctuation to support our writing. We became authors as we planned, drafted and edited diary entries. After, we illustrated our work creating our own Bumble Bear character. Our work is proudly presented on display outside our classroom, please come in to see, share and celebrate our learning with us.
Learning at home
Each week the children will be sent home with a list of new spellings to learn every Friday. These will be sent home in their home learning books, please ensure these books are therefore returned weekly to support us in this process. To practice these, use the home learning books provided. 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.