Welcome to Ash Class! We are Year 1 and Year 2.
Our teacher is Mrs Woolacott, and our Head of School, Mrs Theedom, teaches us each week too. We are supported by Mrs Skinner. We are a positive, friendly and hardworking group of children who love to learn! We are working on developing a growth mindset and know that we can achieve anything we set our mind to!
Each term we explore a new topic, with a geography or history driver. We aim to find the information needed to answer our big question. We make links between all subjects where we can. In Ash, we believe that learning should be engaging, exciting and focused! We really immerse ourselves in our topics; creating, finding and exploring as well as independently searching and discovering answers for questions that we find interesting. We believe in collaborative conversations linked to learning, sharing ideas and debating different concepts and views. This allows us to have greater responsibility and power in taking control of our own learning and we find this method rewarding and beneficial! Have a look at our rolling programme. More detail, including key learning, subject overviews and curriculum statements, can be found under the Curriculum tab.
Reading is REALLY important in Ash Class. We have daily phonics (Y1) sessions, following the Little Wandle systematic synthetic phonics programme. We also read in small group 3 times a week, developing our fluency, prosody and comprehension. Each week we visit the school library and choose a new 'reading for pleasure' book. The librarians help us vary our reading diet.
This half term our topic has a geography driver, as we investigate maps in our topic 'Enchanted Woodland'. In this topic Children will explore a range of maps, using atlases to find key countries, continents, oceans and seas. They will use aerial photographs and devise their own maps. We are looking forward to putting these skills into action on our field trip enquiry at Haldon Forest.
Here we are enjoying our Grandparents tea party as part of our 'Toys from the past' history topic:
We love to perform! Here we are on stage during our Harvest Festival:
We are very lucky to have undercover outdoor provision. This helps us bridge the gap from continuous provision in EYFS to more structured learning in Y2.
Here is our classroom: