Welcome to Year 1
Frog Class is taught by Miss Luxford and supported by Mrs Burke.
Dragongfly Class is taught by Mrs Wilde (Mon-Wed) and Miss Sargeant (Wed-Fri) and supported by Mrs Mitchell.
Summer Term 1: What is my favourite wild flower and why?
Over the Easter holidays we went for walks with our families to look for wild flowers. We had to take a picture of what we found. We are using our pictures to make a non-fiction poster about our flower.
We also went on a scavenger hunt around the field to see what flowers we could find. Unforunately the cold weather has meant that we could only find daisies, dandelions, blossom and daffodils. We hope to find more once the sun comes out!
In our first week of our new learning enquiry, we have planted some wild flower seeds near our classroom and we look forward to seeing them grow and finding out what they are!
March – Funky Friday (Red Nose Day)
We did something funny for money! Grace made a VERY long paper chain!
Along with Years R and 2, Year 1 spent the day learning about why we have charity events such as Red Nose Day. The children learnt about life for a child in Africa. This was followed by learning the Ashley Red Nose Day song. The children spent all morning making funny masks, clay dinosaurs, red nose biscuits and many other things!
Spring Term 2: How has our school changed since Victorian times?
We have learnt….
‘In Victorian times the teachers were very strict! Now our teachers are nice!’ - Seth
‘Children had to sit still and listen for a really long time. Now we have independent learning!’ - Aidan
‘Children had to write with ink pens, that would have been tricky!’ – Rossano
‘If you didn’t sit up straight in Victorian times, you had to have a ruler in your shirt!’ – Jazmine
Victorian School Visit
This half term Year 1 have a history based enquiry and will be looking at how Ashley has changed since the Victorian times.
We have started our topic with a visit to the Guildford museum. The children had to dress up in traditional Victorian uniform and had to behave exactly as they would have been expected to in the Victorian times. They were separated into boys and girls and led up to the school room to meet Mrs Smith, the teacher. She took the register, for which they had rise and say ‘Present Maam’!
The children got the opportunity to sit at individual desks all facing the front, write with an ink pen, work on slate boards, play with old toys and learn old poetry and songs. I think they were rather surprised with how strict the running of a Victorian classroom was!
Despite being made to sit with their hands behind their backs and rise when the teacher called their name, the children really enjoyed the day and gained a lot of understanding of what it was like for children in Victorian schools. They were fascinated as we explored the museum in the afternoon, looking at all the old toys, drawing what house hold items were like, understanding what the children had to make and so on. It appeared to give them an appreciation of how much they have nowadays but I don’t think they’ll be swapping Ashley for a Victorian school any time soon!
‘We went to the museum on a really high coach. It took a really long time! We enjoyed writing with the ink pen. It was quite difficult because it kept on smudging. We found sitting up straight with our hands behind our backs really tricky. We had a great time as Victorian children, but we prefer Ashley School!’
- Imogen, Eliza and Lara
Spring Term 1: What is it like to live in the Caribbean?
February has been a busy month!
We ended our Caribbean topic this week with a Caribbean Feast. We got to prepare all of the food ourselves and then enjoy it in our class room! We got to try lots of new foods like Jerk Chicken, Macaroni Pie, yams, and dumplings. Lots of our parents came to help, and we all had such a great time!
A big thank you to Mrs Roberts who prepared the entire morning for us!
’I liked squirting the brown sauce on the chicken because it was messy!’ – Megan
‘I liked eating the dumplings because I made them!’ – James M
‘I loved trying the coconut water. It was nice!’ – Abigail
On Friday 8th we had a day of dressing up as our favourite ‘Hero’ Book characters. We had great fun, and loved booing Miss Luxford who played the Wicked Witch in the staff show!
Can you guess who we are all dressed as?
We started our new topic by flying to the Caribbean on a specially arranged flight from the Ashley Airways. When we arrived a Caribbean carnival was in full swing and we enjoyed tasting Caribbean fruits, making islands, colouring flags, and playing along with steel band music!
Autumn Term 2: How have Toys changed over time?
We began our new topic with a fantastic selection of workshops led by Chertsey Museum.
We looked at lots of Old and New toys and got to sort them, play with them, draw them and make some.
Autumn Term 1 : How can we be a superhero?
In our Independent learning, we have been writing lots of Super Stories. Don’t forget those capital letters and full stops!
In our super hero cafe, we have been learning how to recognise coins and make different amounts so that we can pay for our food and drink.
In RE we have been learning about God’s creation and how to care for it. We have talked a lot about the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
We recently performed a ‘Spud Rap’ in the Harvest assembly.Our theme was potatoes and we learnt all about the Pentlund Lustre, Bishop, Sharpe’s Express and the Vanessa potato. We had great fun, and so did our Grandparents! If you would like to learn our ‘Rap’ at home, the words are below! Enjoy!
Spud Rap - Year 1
Pick a potato, pick a spud
How will you cook this lovely grub?
Bake it for its crunchy skin?
Then stir grated Cheddar in!
Chips are tasty – just a few!
Slice some spuds on top of stew.
Grate them for potato cakes,
They’re the sort my Granny makes!
Boil them up for creamy mash
Add some butter – just a dash!
Sunday lunch will be a roast
That’s the way I like them most!
Pick a potato, pick a spud
How will you cook this lovely grub?
We have settled in well to Year One and are enjoying our new topic. We are learning all about superheroes and how we can be a superhero in our own world. Like superheroes we all have super bodies and we are learning about how we can use them and how they move.
In Year One we have lots of opportunities to learn independently, taking part in lots of activities related to our topic.
We have been discussing what we love about Year One so far…..
‘I like playing in the toy shop and making things on the DT table’ - Lucy Howard
‘I really like earning stickers!’ - Ollie Smith
‘I like being a superhero in the role play’ - Daniel Kyritsis