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Ash Tree Class Blog 2020 - 2021

Ash Tree Class Blog 2020-2021

Weekly Update 7.5.21

Miss Bairstow (d.bairstow) on: Ash Tree Class Blog 2020-2021

Hi Ash Tree, 

Unfortunately, this week we can't write about anything exciting we have been up to in school as we only managed to complete Tuesday in school before returning to home learning! 

Our bubble closure has meant that all of our learning has moved back to Teams - well done to all of you who have logged on and joined our daily calls and have been submitting work. 

We have a live meeting at 11am each day, so if you haven't been able to join us yet we will be expecting you on Monday's call. 

If you have forgotten your Teams login details/need them resetting please contact us on the class email address:

I am looking forward to seeing you all back in the classroom on Tuesday, but for now keep working hard at home! 

Miss Bairstow :) 

Weekly Update 30.4.21

Miss Bairstow (d.bairstow) on: Ash Tree Class Blog 2020-2021


We have had an exciting postal delivery this week in UKS2! This half term we have started reading a new guided reading text which links to our science topic, "Evolution and Inheritance". The book is Darwin's Dragons by Lindsay Galvin and we were lucky enough to receive a personalised letter and some bookmarks from the author! 

Darwin's Dragons is another exciting adventure story and we thought this would be a perfect fit for UKS2 after how much they enjoyed reading The Explorer by Katherine Rundell in the Spring term. 

We are always promoting reading for pleasure and love to see the children enjoying the texts we select for our class readers in school. Reading Lindsay's letter and her words of encouragement really motivated the children this week and engaged them in the book. 

We hope the children's enthusiasm for this text will inspire them to read at home regularly this half term and strive to achieve the "Reader of the Week" award in Special Mention assembly. The recipient of "Reader of the Week" this week and next week will also receive one of the Darwin's Dragons bookmarks kindly sent to us! 

**Y6 Leavers' Hoodie Reminder**

Y6 pupils received a letter this week regarding leavers' hoodies. If you wish for your child's name to be included please return the attached slip ASAP. 

Miss Bairstow

Weekly Update 23.4.21

Miss Bairstow (d.bairstow) on: Ash Tree Class Blog 2020-2021


Our first week of Summer term is complete and it appears to have brought the sun with it! 

Our new topic this term is "Scientists and Inventors" and this links nicely with our science topic, "Evolution and Inheritance".

In English, we have been researching the Galapagos Islands and beginning to write travel brochures for these amazing islands. We watched some clips from David Attenborough's documentary, Galapagos 3D to help us. The children may wish to continue watching this at home as it is available online.

In maths, Mrs Trotter and Mrs Senior's groups have been learning about algebra.

Miss Bairstow's group have been learning about decimals. We have been focusing on the place value of decimal digits throughout the week and today decided to make the most of the lovely weather by learning outside! We had to search the KS2 playground for several decimal riddle cards and then read the clues carefully and use our knowledge of place value to work out the decimal numbers the riddles were describing. We worked in teams to find the answers and really enjoyed learning outdoors for a change. 

Check back next week to see our finished Galapagos Island travel brochures! 

Miss Bairstow 

Weekly Update 1.4.21

Miss Bairstow (d.bairstow) on: Ash Tree Class Blog 2020-2021


Spring term 

The last 4 weeks have absolutely flown by and I have been impressed with how the class have returned to school. They have all been working hard and now deserve a well earned rest! 

This week we have been completing some Easter themed problems in maths and planning/writing a report about everything we have learnt this term about the ancient Maya. 

The highlight of this week though was building helicopters! Ash Tree have been taught by Mr Smith for science this year and have been learning about electrical circuits and for the last few weeks have been planning/designing a helicopter model complete with working rotor blades! The children used a combination of their scientific knowledge/Design & Technology skills to build their helicopters. I was so impressed with their knowledge of circuits and how sensible they were using the different tools needed to complete their working models. Below are a few snapshots but for more pictures/videos of their fantastic projects click here.

In other news, we shared a link several weeks ago during home learning with information regarding an online art exhibition we have signed up for. The Young Artists’ Summer Show is run by the Royal Academy of Arts and we would like more of you to get involved. 

The Young Artists' Summer Show love seeing your personality, imagination, thoughts and feelings shine through your artwork. They believe art is about expressing yourself in a way that comes naturally to you. There are no rules, your submission can be created using any art materials you like. You could paint, sketch or even sculpt!


If you're thinking about creating something for the exhibition but aren't sure how to get started, why not set aside some time this Easter to get your creative juices flowing? All great art starts somewhere! For more information about the exhibition and ideas about how to get started please visit:


Submissions are open until 26 April 2021.

Have a great Easter break (fingers crossed for good weather!) and I look forward to seeing you all in the SUMMER term! 

Miss Bairstow :) 

Weekly Update 26.3.21

Miss Bairstow (d.bairstow) on: Ash Tree Class Blog 2020-2021

Hello everyone, 

All children in school have been completing assessments this week and I have been really impressed with Ash Tree Class's sensible attitude to these important pieces of work. They have shown that they have remembered a lot from the Autumn term and continued to make good progress during the school closure in the Spring.

We have also been completing our final copies of our postcards written as an archaeologist studying the ancient Maya. We have some fantastic artists in Ash Tree and they have enjoyed creating a cover for their postcards.

We are looking forward to our last week of term and the class are extremely excited to make their helicopters with Mr Smith in science too! 

Miss Bairstow

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