30th June 2017

Sports Day

Ash Class had Sports Day today. We did lots of different activities and had so much fun!

 

 

 

The Blue team won! Well done Blues!

 

 

7th June 2017

Butterflies

Ash Class have been learning about the butterfly life cycle.  This week we finally released them!

At first the caterpillars were tiny, but they ate lots of food and got much bigger. Then each caterpillar made a chrysalis.

After a week the butterflies hatched out. We fed them fruit, flowers and sugar water.

Finally we let them go. They flew really fast!

 

 

16th March 2017

Science Week

This week Ash Class have been learning lots about science. We have been finding out about floating and sinking, mixing colours with paint and with light and watching volcanoes explode! We have also been looking after our chicks and watching them grow. We have been learning what we have to do to look after the chicks, how to keep them safe and what they like to eat.

On Monday we could hold the chicks for the first time. We were very gentle with them. The chicks have really soft fluff, called down, and their feathers are growing already.

On Wednesday we learnt about mixing paint colours. We started with the primary colours: red, blue and yellow. Then we mixed them to make secondary colours: purple, green and orange.

After we mixed the paint colours we looked at pictures by a Russian artist called Kandinsky. He painted pictures of small, medium and large circles inside squares. We made our own versions of the pictures by choosing colours and painting circles in different sizes. The pictures looked brilliant!

 

7th March 2017

Eggs have appeared in Ash Class!

Today 11 eggs arrived in Ash Class. If you listen carefully you can hear something making noises inside the eggs. Some of the eggs have got tiny cracks in them. Perhaps tomorrow we will find out what animal is coming out!

 

The eggs are being kept warm inside the incubator.

Can you see the crack? This is called a pip. Something is trying to get out!

 

This half term…

Ash Class will be thinking about animals. We will be reading information and story books about different animals. We will be finding out where animals live and what they like to eat. We will also be learning about the story of Easter from the very beginning of Lent.

 

 

3rd February 2017

Mrs Aoudia on Wheels.

This week Ash Class have been reading the story of Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake. Today Mrs Aoudia brought her bicycle in and we had lots of fun making improvements. We also wrote our own version of the story explaining what we have added to the bicycle.

Torches to help Mrs Aoudia see in the dark.

A jug in case Mrs Aoudia gets thirsty.

An umbrella to keep Mrs Aoudia dry in the rain.

We made felt flowers to make the handlebars pretty.

We strapped a chair onto the back of the bicycle with skipping ropes so Teddy can ride too.

It was a team effort!

 

 

4th January 2016

This half term…

Ash Class will be thinking about transport. We will be reading books about boats, bicycles, trains, planes and automobiles (cars, buses and motorbikes) and having fun exploring different ways of moving.

 

 

20th December 2016

Father Christmas comes to visit!


This morning we found snowy footprints in the playground. Later we heard bells and Father Christmas appeared in our classroom!

 

15th December 2016

Ash Class perform the Nativity.

Ash Class performed the Nativity for Beech and Chestnut classes on Tuesday. On Thursday we performed the Nativity at St Mary’s Church and all the parents came to watch. We were great!

 

 

30th November 2016

Living Nativity at London Zoo

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Ash Class went to see the Living Nativity at London Zoo. We met the wise men and their camels, Mary and the shepherds. We also met Father Christmas who told us about the animals who live at the North Pole. We even met his reindeer!

 

10th October 2016

Below is the Read Write Inc set 1 nonsense words for children to use their phonic knowledge to sound out (please feel free to print these out and use at home). These are not real words but use the sounds that the children have already learnt to blend and segment. There is also the blank template for nonsense words for you to create your own. Please note that children may call ‘nonsense’ words, ‘alien’ words and/or ‘fake’ words and children can always identify these words with a picture of an alien/ monster next to the word.

RWI_Set1 Nonsense words                      nonsense-man

RWI Nonsense words blank

 

 

 

6th October 2016

Please see below the handout and information for this evening’s Read Write Inc. curriculum evening. If you have any questions please see Mrs Hale or Miss Curthoys.

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Useful websites for parents and phonics home learning:

www.oxfordowl.co.uk

https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/rwi/parents/?region=uk#

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/home/reading-site/expert-help/ruth-miskins-video-page?region=uk

1st July 2016

Today we took part in our sports afternoon! because of the weather and other circumstances we had to be very creative in our space and activity allocation (classrooms and hall space!).  Despite the rain, the afternoon was very successful and the children really enjoyed themselves!

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10th June 2016

This week has been very busy for all the children and staff. Both Ash class and Beech class started their tennis lessons…

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We also celebrated the Queen’s birthday with a little party in the outdoor area. We played games and had party food. All the children and staff had a great time!

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28th April 2016

Today our ducklings were taken to the farm to live a lovely free range life! Here are a few pictures of the fun we have had with them this week!

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22nd April 2016

As I’m sure you are all aware, our ducklings have arrived! We came back to school on Thursday to find 4 fluffy ducklings and on Friday we came back to 2 more! We had even more of a surprise when the 7th and final egg hatched on Friday morning for us all to see!

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Wednesday 23rd March 2016

This morning our Easter garden competition took place. Both Ash class and Beech class made the most amazing Easter and Spring gardens for Mrs James and Reverend Jeff to judge. The overall winner went to Leah Coelho with her fantastic entry! Harry Burns and Kaidie Klein were judged the best Spring gardens in each class and Eleanor Hamlyn and Chloe Wakely took best Easter garden in each class! Well done to all that participated! It was so hard to choose winners as every single entry was made with tremendous effort. Well done!

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Kaidie Klein- Best Spring Garden Beech class

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Harry Burns- Best Spring Garden, Ash class

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Leah Coelho- Overall winner!

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Eleanor Hamlyn- Best Easter Garden, Ash class

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Chloe Wakley- Best Easter garden, Beech class

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Thursday 17th March 2016

Iver Enviroment Centre Trip

Today both Ash class and Beech class visited Iver Environment Centre as part of our environmental week. We had a really packed day with both classes participating in butter making, wheat grinding, a fruit and vegetable hunt, planting and also a tour around the farm to visit sheep and their lambs, cows and their calves, hens and their eggs and of course Brie the sheepdog! We had a brilliant, very exciting day!

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Tuesday 15th March 2016

We had a lovely visit from Hen’s corner today! Owner Sarah Ward came to talk to us about her collection of bees and how important they are to everyday life! The children were fascinated to find out about the different types of bees that work in the hive and also how to care for them as ‘pets’! Sara brought in a hive that was full of honey for the children to try and also dress up at a bee keeper themselves!

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Monday 14th March 2016

Today marks the first day of our environmental week! The company, Crew Education came to visit us this morning to take part in a  workshop that explored how to look after our environment. The children discussed how the world was being effected by pollution, climate change, rubbish and waste and many other factors. The children learnt so much and really engaged in all activities. A great start to such an important topic!

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Thursday 4th March 2016

Today was World Book Day! All the children (and staff) came to school dressed as their favourite book character and all looked fantastic! In Ash Class we created our own books, made book marks, wrote about our favourite characters, shared lots of books and even acted the stories out. It has been a fabulous day and amazing to see  the effort that was put into all the costumes!

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7th December 2015

Today Ash class visited London Zoo to take part in the Nativity trail! We met the 3 wise men who told us all about their lovely camels, 2 very funny shepherds and their sheep and goats and we also managed to find our way to the stable to meet Mary and baby Jesus! We also managed to meet a very special visitor at the zoo…Father Christmas! The children in Ash class were so beautifully behaved and we had a lovely day observing the Zoo’s multitude of animals!

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20th November

Today was Fred the Frog’s Birthday! We have been getting ready for the party all week by decorating the classroom, counting candles on a cake, making birthday cards and writing lists to check we had everything in place for his party. Today we brought our own toys into school to join in with Fred’s tea party. We also played games and had a small picnic! Happy Birthday Fred!

 

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4th November 2015

Ash class enjoyed a day of art with Beech class. We worked with Alison McCulloch to make a Noah’s Ark wall hanging for the school hall. It is still a work in progess, and we hope to have it finished and in the hall by the end of term. Photos of the day and the finished piece will follow.

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18th March 2015

Today we had a visit from Alison McCulloch, the fantastic art teacher that helped us create animals for our expanding Rainforest in the role play area. It is starting to look amazing and the children have really shown how creative they are!

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5th March 2015

Today we marked the occasion of World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite book character. We also shared our favourite stories made our own books and even created own own comic books!

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3rd March 2015

The children have enjoyed exploring our new outdoor resources today! As the weather improves we plan on spending more and more time outside. Ash class are also excited about the resources that have yet to be delivered!.Watch this space for even more photos of our outdoor fun!

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2nd February 2015

“Yummy yummy in my tummy!”

Today we started our HOT school dinners! We have been very much looking forward to this day and we are definitely not disappointed!

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18th December 2014

Today we had our very own Christmas party! We played party games, had party food and also had a very special visitor….Father Christmas of course! The children were so shocked and excited to see him!

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11th December 2014

Today Ash Class visited London Zoo! We took part in a nativity trail which included meeting 2 very wise kings and of course their camels, along with some very funny shepherds and Mary and baby Jesus! Not only that but Father Christmas happened to be visiting the Zoo and so we were able to meet him as well! The children really enjoyed seeing all the different animals, especially the penguins that seemed to really enjoy meeting Ash Class too. The children were great ambassadors for the school with fantastic behaviour and we had a super day . We look forward to the next school trip!

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17th November 2014

On Friday we celebrated our class mascot’s birthday. Happy birthday Fred! We also wanted to raise funds for the very worthy Children In Need cause and so we held a teddy bear’s picnic. Everyone (even the staff) brought their favourite teddy to school to join in the party.

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5th November 2014

Welcome back after half term! We hope you had a relaxing time off!

Our new topic this term is ‘Celebrations!’ We plan to learn about various festivals and events that people celebrate in their lives. We have started the topic this week with Bonfire night and will cover celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, christenings, Advent, Hanuka and will finish off the term with Christmas.

As most of you are aware, we were fortunate to welcome the very talented Keith Waithe into Ash Class for a music enrichment day on the last day of half term. The children really enjoyed this experience and performed for their parents at the end of the day! If you were unable to make it, here are a couple of pictures from the day.

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22nd September 2014

We have had a fantastic beginning to the year! The children have settled in and are enjoying all of the new resources.

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We have also started our phonics scheme, Read Write Inc. Read Write Inc will aid us in our reading and writing. We have been learning a letter a day and have so far learnt m,a,s,d, and t. The youtube video below gives an idea of how we say the sounds of the letters rather than the names to help us build words and sound them out. You will notice how pure the sounds are.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J2Ddf_0Om8

Every child now has a reading book in their book bags for parents to read with them at home. If you could sign the reading record book to let us know when you would like us to change the books that would be great. Many of the books sent home are without words and we ask that the children retell the story whilst looking at the pictures. If the book your child has received has words, then we ask if you could help your child identify the letter sounds and start to blend the letters together. The video below shows how to use assisted blending to sound out words. We use Fred talk at school, feel free to use it at home if you feel it would help.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEzfpod5w_Q

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We have been taking part in a celebration assembly every Monday. 2 children every week collect a certificate from Mrs Mutch for their fantastic hard work from the previous week. So far Ava, Zaara, Arjan and Carol have received the certificates, Well done!

Our topic this term is ‘All about me’ so we have asked for parents to bring in a photograph of their family for the children to talk about and share stories. If you have a picture on your phone or computer, you can always email it over and we can print it out. Email – office@stmarysschoolng.org

 

Letters home

Here are some recent letters sent home to parents.

Diary dates letter

Reading letter

Diary dates letter 2

Nut allergies

Parents evening

Teddy bear’s picnic