Ashton Under Hill First School

Shaping Bright Futures Together

Holly class week beginning 22nd January

We have had a super week in Holly class, continuing our topic by finding out all about the oceans of the world. We have learnt that there are 5 oceans and, after reading a story about a whale, the children have enjoyed thinking about some of the animals that might live in them. The Year 1 children are working really hard to learn and remember the names of the oceans and everyone has had a go at creating a mini ocean sculpture as part of our art lessons. 

In literacy this week, the children have been retelling the story of Lost and Found. The Reception children have made their own mini books or story maps and the Year 1 children have been trying to include adjectives and use the conjunction 'and' in their writing. The children have really impressed us with the effort they have put into their work, what brilliant storytellers! 

The Reception children have learnt the 2 phonemes that the 'oo' grapheme makes, as well as the 'ar' and 'or' phoneme. They have also been reading tricky word 'are'. Year 1 have done a brilliant job of spotting and using 'ie' and 'ea' in their reading and writing. We have challenged them to keep this up outside of their phonics lessons too! 

The Reception children had a very exciting maths based snack time making fruit kebabs to show how they could make 5 in different ways. We have also been using the song '5 little speckled frogs' to learn number bonds to 5, maybe the children could sing it for you at home. Th Year 1 children have been finishing their place value unit of work this week, they have been working with numbers to 20 and learning how to order and compare them. They have learnt the mathematical symbols for greater than, less than and equal to and the children enjoyed thinking about them like crocodile mouths eating the biggest number! 

It has been internet safety week this week in school and we have spent time talking about what the internet is and how the children have access to it. They particularly enjoyed reading a book about the 'pop up' gremlins and we leant three simple rules (with actions!) for what the children should do if anything unusual ever pops up on their screen; stop, close the devise and tell someone. 

A show and tell challenge: for show and tell next week please could the children bring a picture of their favourite place that you are happy for us to keep in school for a few weeks. it can be a photograph of anywhere in the world and we are going to add it to our Holly class map display.