Welcome to Dosbarth Ash Yr 1/2
Autumn Term 2021
A start of another year and we really hope this will be less disruptive to the last two!
Mrs Wood and I are delighted to be joined by Miss Akers for some of our sessions this year and are very pleased to welcome back children that we have taught in previous years.
After just the first week we can see huge differences in them all, they have matured and developed into fantastic little learners and were are excited to see this develop even more over the coming year.
To start the year the whole school has been given the Topic ‘This is me!’ which will give us the chance to look at ‘what makes me a me’ as well as appreciate what makes us different from our friends. The children came up with a few ideas of where they’d like to go with this topic but the first thing they came up with was ‘names’ so we are going to use this as a starting point. Their first job was to ask at home why they were given the name they have and we will also find out the meaning of their names too.
Please keep working on their flashcards at home as we will be trying hard to develop their fluency and confidence in reading and knowing their flashcards is a big help when working on this.
If you have any questions during the year please don’t hesitate to contact me on email@example.com.
Thanks for all your support and let’s hope for a great year.
Mrs James 😊
Lots of practical and online maths learning in Dosbarth Ash last week.
Gwaith da 👍
Dosbarth Ash had a treat today when some of the Criw Cymraeg came over to teach them some Welsh games on the iPad. The Criw were ‘da iawn’ explaining what to do and Dosbarth Ash were ‘ardderchog’ playing them.
Dosbarth Ash have looked at their own homes and the types of houses they live in so today we decided to take a look at what sort of houses are in Beddau. The children had a list of things they needed to tick off their list on our village walk and they did a great job of spotting them all .......... except one - we failed to find a phone box in Beddau! 😃
Dosbarth Ash are becoming experts at making their own salt dough now so this week they used this new skill to make their own Pudsey Bears. They painted and decorated them carefully and we think they turned out just great. Gwaith da iawn 😊
As part of Anti-Bullying week Dosbarth Ash have been paying compliments to their friends. Look at the lovely things they have said about their friends 💕.
Gwaith bendegedig pawb 👍
The theme for Anti-Bullying week is ‘One Kind Word.’
Dosbarth Ash listened to the theme song and decided that “All it takes is one kind word,” and here are their choices. 💕x
Dosbarth Ash learnt the importance of using kind words as they found out bullying is not just about physical harm, cruel words can hurt too although we might not show it on the outside the hurt is there on the inside.
Mrs James brought two similar apples 🍎🍎to class and told the children to be kind and gentle to one apple and say nice things about it as they passed it around the circle wrapped up carefully to protect it. ❤️
With the second apple the children had to be mean and say nasty things and give it a ‘poke’ as they passed it around. (They found this hard to do at first). 🤬
Afterwards we talked about how the apples still looked the same on the outside and you couldn’t tell which one we’d been mean to. Then we cut them open to find the one we’d been nasty to was all bruised under the skin but the one we’d been nice to looking juicy and crunchy. We realised that although we might not have been able to see any differences, on the inside the apple was battered and bruised and the damage had been done and couldn’t be taken back.
We decided it’s important to think carefully of the words we use and ‘All it takes is one kind word 💕.
To start Anti-Bullying week we compared how we were the same and how we were different from our friends. We completed a venn diagram with a partner to see how our likes compared and of course we compared our fabulous odd socks! 😁
Dosbarth Ash talked about Kindness and how important it is to be kind to people. They talked about how it made them feel as well as the person they were being kind to. They then chose a person to write a kind note to and completed the sentences using the iPads. These notes were then put into envelopes to leave out for a special person the following day. We hope they put a smile on their faces when they read them.
Mrs James also sneakily put a note in Mrs Wood’s bag to find when she got home 😊
Dosbarth Ash Remember!
Dosbarth Ash have painted and written significant words on stones to create a stone poppy which they laid in the peace garden today to celebrate Remembrance Day. They also wrote a short poem about poppies in their books and learnt it off by heart which they recited together after creating their stone poppy.
Gwaith da pawb!
Dosbarth Ash also made poppies by mixing different shades of red, painting coffee filters, cutting them into petals which they swapped with their friends to get a mix of colours and then rearranging back into a poppy shape.
How beautiful do they look ❤️
Whilst learning about Diwali Dosbarth Ash made their own Diva lamps. First they made their own salt dough, then they rolled out and created their lamp to fit their candle in and finally they decorated them. Tomorrow we will light their candles to show how beautiful they are and to finish our work on Diwali - the Festival of Lights.
Continuing with our work on Diwali, Dosbarth Ash used the natural resources they collected to create beautiful Rangoli patterns. They worked co-operatively and took great pride in their finished designs. 😊
Gwaith da iawn! 👏👏
Dosbarth Ash put their wellies on to explore the school grounds looking for signs of autumn 🍁🍂.
They also collected some natural materials ready for tomorrow’s lesson on making Rangoli patterns for our Diwali topic 😁
As part of our Diwali topic Dosbarth Ash made some traditional Barfi sweets. We hope they tasted delicious 😁
This week Dosbarth Ash are learning about the festival of Diwali. Today we signed up to a live event called “Celebrate The Best Diwali Ever” with the author and illustrator of the book of the same name, Sonali Shah and Chaaya Prabhat. The children enjoyed listening to the author read her book and the illustrator took them through step by step instructions of how to draw Rangoli patterns just like in the book.
This afternoon they also started to learn a Diwali dance which we will share with you later in the week - once they’ve had a bit more practice 😁
🎨Dosbarth Ash have been learning about the artist 🎨
They have spent lots of time finding out about Romero, designing patterns, looking at pieces of his work on the computer to find their favourites and designing their own initial in his style using patterns, and bright and bold colours.
How fabulous does our art gallery look!
Ardderchog Dosbarth Ash 👏👏
🏴🏴The Criw Cymraeg came over from the juniors today to help Dosbarth Ash learn some Welsh songs and play some Welsh games for Diwrnod Shwmae.🏴🏴
They did a fantastic job teaching the younger children, and Dosbarth Ash showed what great listeners they can be.
Today was all about babies. We talked about how we have changed since we were babies, what we could or couldn’t do, what we needed and how we looked. Then we had fun trying to recognise the babies, some were easy to tell, some knew themselves and some didn’t have any idea if it was them or not 🤣🤣. By a process of elimination we eventually matched the children to their baby photos 🥰
Today we had fun using our voices and facial expressions. First we played a game where we were blindfolded and a child was chosen to say a sentence while the rest listened carefully and guessed who it was.
Then we used the sentence ‘Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall’ and said this sentence over and over again in different voices - listen to our video and see if you can spot us saying it like we are
* telling a secret 🤫
* in a hurry 🏃🏼♂️🏃♀️
* excited 🤩
* angry 😡
* talking to a baby 👶
* shocked 😮
* telling someone off 😤
* like a superhero 🦸♂️ 🦸♀️
We’ve started using 10 frames in our question of the day which is a quicker and easier way to work out how many ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers we have each day. It also helps us recognise numbers quickly and see how numbers can be made. 😊
The Year 2 children had an interesting talk about fire safety from some firefighters who visited the school.
They listened carefully, asked sensible questions and learnt lots of important things. 😊
Huge well done to our first ⭐️‘Seren yr wythnos’ ⭐️Lilly-Mae who received her certificate and sticker off Mrs Charles.
Da iawn Lilly-Mae!
Dosbarth Ash went apple picking today to get some apples to try some printing techniques to create a carrot and apple printed autumn tree. It wasn’t as easy as it looked and it turned out messier than planned - but lots of fun all the same 😊
Dosbarth Ash were challenged to think of as many parts of the body as they could and label them on their friends. They started by labelling the obvious parts but then started to really think and came up with lots of extra parts by looking closely at themselves and their friends. Da iawn Dosbarth Ash!
Today it was all about our names! 😍
The children learnt to write their names in bubble writing, then they chose the correct number of squares for one square for each letter in their name and did a tally chart of how many letters were in each child’s names and finally they looked at the individual letters in each child’s name and sorted them to find out which letter was the most popular of all - the results showed the letter ‘a’ appears in all their names 14 times. They will use their findings to make some bar graphs in their maths lessons.
They finished off by telling their friends how they got their names. There were some interesting reasons there ....... more to follow 😃x
Welcome to Reception!
Croeso i derbyn!
Summer Term 2021
How on earth is it our last term already? It feels like only yesterday we were starting our journey together and we are now nearing the end of your time in Reception. At least we are back in school for my favourite term - the Summer Term.
I love the summer term, as hopefully the weather will be better so we can spend lots of time outdoors and you all start to amaze me with how grown up and clever you have become. Plus I love our topic this term - life on the farm and the fabulous stories by Julia Donaldson based on the What the Ladybird Heard series.
I hope you enjoy your last term in Reception and we make lots more wonderful memories along the way.
Let’s have lots of fun and learning this term
Mrs James 😊
To end our farm topic we had a fabulous farm day. The children dressed up as farmers and had fun ‘shearing the sheep’ 🐑, ‘milking the cow’ 🐄, taking care of the eggs 🐔 and pinning the tail on the pig 🐷. What a great end to the year! 😁
🇮🇹INTERNATIONAL WEEK 2021🇮🇹
What a busy week learning all about Italy.🇮🇹
Dosbarth Ash have learned where Italy and Wales are on a map, drawn and compared the two flags, made flag or pizza hats, talked about food Italy is famous for and then tasted different flavours of ‘gelato’ and chose their favourites to make and interpret a pictogram.
They have also learned some key words and phrases and how to count to 10.
To end the week they came dressed in Italian colours or themes and were challenged to create two famous Italian landmarks out of large boxes - The Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Roman Colosseum.
Whilst learning about 3d shapes we have done some 3d recycling sorting, made a 3d ‘city’ and worked together to create large scale cubes and cuboids.
As part of our topic work on farms the task challenge was to design and create our own scarecrows.
Mr Furber helped the children make the frames and then it was time to choose their outfits before all the stuffing and decorating took place. How amazing were the end results? 😍
And no, ….before you ask the staff were not the inspiration for the finished models! 🤣🤣
Now the big question is where shall we put them? 🤔
As part of our farm topic Dosbarth Ash painted cows and pigs using watercolours. They followed step by step instructions to draw them carefully before mixing watercolours to paint them. Some budding artists in the future no doubt.
So many skills in this paired activity. Subitising the dots on a dice, choosing the correct colour pen, practising spelling and forming the letters of some of our high frequency words and taking turns with our partners.
As part of Outdoors Week Dosbarth Ash had to solve a sentence problem written by the Ladybird from our current book ‘What the Ladybird Heard.’
Armed with magnifying glasses and a clipboard the children had to find and then read the ladybirds tiny clues and put them in the correct order to form a sentence.
Great teamwork and reading all round!