Monday 28 February 2011

Wildlfe area

A group of students from Shipley College have worked really hard to improve our wildlife area. It was looking very overgrown and full of nettles and in need of some TLC. They managed to clear, trim and repair areas such as the woodland walk, the seating area and the pond.Thank you so much to all the students we really appreciate your hard work.

We are now looking for signs  that the frogs have returned and wondering if there will be any frog spawn soon. Watch this space!

Thursday 17 February 2011

Beech are the Trim Trail Testers

Earlier, Beech class took some well deserved time outside the classroom to give the Trim Trail a thorough workout!

Wednesday 16 February 2011

PE in Maple Class

The Maples are a very energetic bunch and we love PE on Fridays! At the moment we are concentrating on travelling in different ways- moving under and over different equipment. We are learning to talk in sentences about what we have been doing. Some children are even trying to evaluate their work by saying what they have done well and what they could do better next time!

Green Base House

The Maples and Acorns have finally been able to use the outdoor house and have been very excited about it! There has been some fantastic role-play work going on and I have had some wonderful imaginary cups of tea lately!

The Green Team

Ashfield has a 'Green Team' who are enthusiastic about saving our planet. Last year they ran successful campaigns to get everyone recycling and turning the standby buttons off . Have a look at our page on the school website to see the fantastic work they have done so far.
The team will be returning to action after half term looking for ways in which they can help make our school even more eco friendly.
Do you have any ideas for how we can make school more environmentally friendly? Post your ideas and let us know!

Friday 11 February 2011

Fairy Tale Fun

The children in Maple Class have been re-telling lots of fairy tales using a range of props. We particularly liked using the new puppets.

The children have set up their own role-play area. They decided what props they would need to help them re-tell the stories they have been looking at.

 The Maples are getting very good at re-telling traditional tales. They loved the 3 Bears Cottage and enjoyed showing the Acorns how to use the props to re-tell the story.

Kung Hei Fat Choi

Happy New Year!
The children in Maple and Acorn Classes have been learning all about Chinese New Year.
In red base we made our own Chinese lanterns, which really helped us develop our cutting skills. 
We made fans, which we had to fold carefully.

We created our own traditional wishing tree. We wrote what we wished for on red paper and then threw our orange and red paper on to the tree.

We explored Chinese writing and used printing materials to recreate our own.

We practised using chop sticks in preparation for our visit to the Chinese restaurant.

The children also looked at traditional lion dancing, they used fans, parasols and musical instruments to create their own version of the dance.


Acorn Class have a taste of China

The Early Years unit was the scene of much excitement on Friday when Mr Chan arrived to cook Chinese food for the children in Acorn Class.

The children turned red base into their own restaurant, laying and setting the table foir just the right amount of people.

The children really enjoyed the noodles.

The prawn toast was absolutely delicious!

Early Years has never been so popular- lots of pupils and staff came to visit us that day- we wonder why???

All the staff and pupils would like to say a big thank you to Mr Chan for cooking us such wonderful food and helping us to understand a bit more about chinese culture.

Maple Class Visit 'Po Sang' Restaurant

As part of our work on Chinese New Year, Maple Class visited the 'Po Sang' Chinese restaurant in Ilkley.

We were all exhausted after Miss Bavin speed-marched us down to the bus station.

All the Maples tried to use the chop sticks- some children were very good after they had practised in the unit the day before.

It was nice to sit with our friends at the restaurant.

We tried lots of food including noodles, sweet and sour chicken, prawn toast, spring rolls and prawn crackers.

Friday 4 February 2011

Silver Birch at the Toy Museum!

                                  The children surrounded by toys at the Toy Museum!

The museum had lots of old toys the children enjoyed looking at here is a 'Zoetrope!'


Wednesday 2 February 2011

Silver Birch`s class trip to Ilkley Toy and Manor House Museum!

                                       The class waiting for the bus to Ilkley!