Ash Class

Welcome to Ash Class

Our Class teacher is Mrs Norris and our teaching assistant is Mr McConnel. 


For more information about the routines in Year 1, please read our Parents' meeting presentation.

Term 1

This term we are learning all about Superheroes and what makes them special!

This term we have been focusing on our Superhero enquiry and have found  a new Superhero - Superworm. We have had lots of fun looking at this story which is written by Julia Donaldson. We have been getting our hands dirty by feeling 'spaghetti worms' in mud and describing what they feel like. Some of us have also made our own Superworm characters using the junk modelling. During our writing time, we have been thinking carefully about which sounds we use in each of our words and have been trying hard to remember our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Superworm is a very brave character who helps his friends as much as he can, just like the other Superheroes we have met this term- he is a firm favourite in Ash class.

Our big questions for this term are 'Are Superheroes real?' and 'Which material makes the best cape?' We will be learning all about the police, doctors and nurses and lots of other emergency services as well as the properties of different materials, wondering which one a superhero would prefer for their cape! Towards the end of the term, parents will be invited to come into the classroom and see what the children have produced to answer their big question!

In Maths this term, we have been focusing on place value and numbers within 10. We have been using manipulatives such as cubes and Numicon to count accurately and compare numbers, deciding which is largest and which is smallest. To help us with this we made our own crocodiles, which were very greedy and always ate the largest number! Ash class have also been putting numbers in order and then finding one more and one less than a given number.

Term 2

As we embrace the cold, crisp weather and the beautiful Autumn leaves we will start our journey looking at 'Leaf Man'  by Lois Ehlert. We will be doing lots of outside learning whilst we read this book, perhaps we will find our very own Leaf Man. We will be remembering our punctuation and including lots of the adjectives that we have been learning about to retell the story in our own words. 
To link with our science learning on the seasons, we will then be looking at 'Tree: Seasons come, Seasons go' by Britta Teckentrup which follows the life of a tree throughout the year as it changes. Ash class will be monitoring the trees in our grounds closely throughout the year too.

In Maths we will be learning all about addition and subtraction. Through games, actions, outdoor learning and practical equipment we will be finding out what the addition and subtraction symbols look like and how we can use them to build number sentences. Ash class will be investigating how numbers fit together and how number families work. We will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties- we are looking forward to investigating shapes and where we may find them in the world around us.

This term we will be finding out about different faiths and what people's faith means to them. We will be looking at different artefacts and hearing from various people practising different faiths to establish what faith really means and how we can respect people's beliefs. A little closer to Christmas we will be talking about why we celebrate special and sacred times with a particular focus on why Christmas is such a significant holiday and what it really means. As we have fully entered the Autumn season, Year 1 will also become scientists to investigate seasonal change and how we measure the weather. As part of our investigation, we will be creating seasonal artwork thinking carefully about which colours best represent the Autumn season.

Term 3

As we enter the New Year we will be looking at an enquiry based around the Titanic. We will be looking at this incredible story in lots of detail and asking ‘In 2020 would the unsinkable sink?’ as well as looking at the class system with our question ‘Top hats and tail coats or flat caps and muddy boots?’.

Ash class will be finding out what happened to this infamous ship as it undertook its maiden voyage and what has changed in the nautical world since. Have there been any changes to how ships are made, how they are powered or how we keep the passengers and crew safe?

Towards the end of the term we will be looking at our RE enquiry and asking ‘Who is a Christian and what do they believe?’. During this time we will talk about all of the thing that we have learnt about Christianity so far so that we can explain what the Christian faith looks like and what this means to Christians.

In English this term we are focussing on Titanicat by Marty Crisp. This is the true story of a cat and her owner who narrowly avoided going down with the ship. This high quality text will help us in our understanding of the people behind the Titanic and the emotions of those left behind.​

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