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Welcome to Ash Class

Check us out on twitter under the username 'ccwalshaw'.

We regularly update it with pictures and tweets about different things happening in our class and as a whole school.

Welcome to the second half of the Spring Term!

Thank you to everyone who supported our topic on dinosaurs with lots of interesting books, models, various work and artefacts- it is always great to see the children are exciting and enthused about our topics and this really supports that. 


Your child will have 2 Bug Club books set every fortnight, please can both books be read every 2 weeks ready for the next books to be set. 

Your username and password will be the same as last year and should be in your childs' Reading Record. 

If this is not the case, or you have any trouble logging in, please contact one of the teachers and we will be happy to help! 


Please see the Spring 2 Key Stage 1 Newsletter at the bottom of this page, it contains useful information and will be updated every half term. 


Important Dates

Monday 25th February - Back to school

Monday 4th March - KS1 Dinosaur Day

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day 

Friday 15th March - Comic Relief 

Monday 25th March and Wednesday 27th March - Parents' Evening 4-7pm

Friday 5th April - End of Term


Under the Sea 
We will be looking at:

- The continents and oceans

- The countries, capital cities and flags of countries in the United Kingdom

- Key physical features of seaside and oceans

- Comparing human features to man made features

- Creating 'Under the Sea' collages 

- Studying and reproducing art in the style of Helen Bradley 

- Looking at world issues such as sea pollution and plastic

We are also hoping to visit Blue Planet Aquarium during Summer 1 linking to this topic, a letter will be sent out shortly with further details. 


Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.
This term, PE will be on Wednesday and Thursday.

Please check your child's book bag for letters and information daily.


Wednesday PE kit needed
Thursday PE kit needed

Reading book due in

Bug Club set fortnightly


Our Curriculum Focus this half term

Maths- Following the Maths No Problem approach we will be looking in detail and developing our maths skills in: 

- Adding and subtracting by using number bonds

- Positions and positional language

- Numbers to 20 including writing number names 

- Comparing and ordering numbers 

- Using more than, less than and greater than 

- Investigating shapes and patterns

Phonics- We will be working on phase 5 of the letters and sounds programme. In this phase the children will learn new graphemes for reading.

English- We will be working on the book 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson. 
       The reading skills we will be developing are:


- Applying phonic knowledge and skills appropriately

- Reading accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words

- Reading common exception words and words with more than one syllable

- Reading aloud accurately

- Discussing the significance of the title and events

- Making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done

- Predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far

- Developing pleasure in reading

The writing skills we will be developing are:

- Saying out loud what we are going to write about

- Sequencing sentences to form short narratives

- Using a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’

- Beginning to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark

RE- Our theme will be Easter

SEAL- Getting on and Falling Out
cience- Types of Animals and Seasons (change over time)


Learning at Home

Spellings will be sent out shortly.
Home Reading Books are changed every Friday.
Bug Club will be set on Friday’s every fortnight- please let us know if you have any trouble accessing the website and we will do our best to solve any issues.

Reading Books
We will change Year 1's reading books every Friday. The purpose of the home reading book is to consolidate decoding skills and comprehension and develop fluency and expression. Please read with your child each week, asking them questions about the story, and sign the reading record so we know to give them a new book. Any additional comments in the reading records are welcomed. Bug Club will also be updated every fortnight.

In school the children will also have two guided reading sessions each week. These sessions will provide differentiated teaching of reading and will secure progress by providing opportunities for children to practice their learning. We currently use a breadth of reading schemes including Bug Club books, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins and Big Cat.

In the teaching of Phonics we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. Children are taught within differentiated groups for 20 minutes daily.


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