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Ashley Hill MAT

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Ashley Hill

Multi Academy Trust


Welcome to Nightingales






Mrs Clarke has really enjoyed having all of the Nightingales back together this week and is delighted to see how all of the children have settled back into school. We have all had a great first week back, getting involved in our new topic of Spring.


Star of the week: Archie G for his perseverance and enthusiasm across all areas of his learning this week.


Dojo winner of the week: Cillian

Please note, the children will be spending a lot of their time learning outdoors over the coming weeks, especially with the weather starting to feel much warmer as we head further into Spring. Please may you ensure your child has a raincoat and a spare pair of old trainers or wellies in school, that they can wear during our outdoor activities. We are really hoping to get started on our vegetable patch and get back to playing on the field during break/lunchtime play. 
W/C: Monday 29th March

Literacy and Topic


This week the children will continue to focus on their topic of Easter. We will be using the story 'We're going on an egg hunt' to form the basis of our learning this week, where the children will be acting out the story and going on their very own egg hunt. The children will be investigating which materials are effective in protecting an egg, through an egg roll experiment and working together to test out their theories. To end the week the children will be getting creative with was crayons and water colours to design their own Easter egg patterns.

This week the children will be recapping previously taught sounds from set 1 and set 2. They will also be practising their letter formation of the different sounds. 


This week the children will be blending sounds to read CVC words and revising red words. As well as being introduced to new "alien words". 


This week the children will continue to revisit and revise previously taught maths topics, such as:


ordering of numbers to 20

number bonds to 5  and 10

1 more/less to 20

addition and subtraction to 10

positional language 

3D shape





Fun Friday/Weekend Activities:

Here are some suggestions of what you could do for fun Fridays home.

You could:

-Play board games

-Complete a jigsaw puzzle

-Join and colour dot to dot pictures

-Draw or paint a lovely picture

-Complete some mindfulness colouring

-Do some arts and craft

-Play different sports in your garden, such as football, cricket, tag rugby etc.

-Participate in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

-Go for a walk

-Go for a bike ride

-Watch ‘Winter Watch’ or ‘A Perfect Planet’ on BBC iPlayer

-Bake some yummy treats

-Help cook dinner


Eisteddfod 2021

I am delighted that this year we will continue to run our annual Eisteddfod, performance poetry competition. To support the literacy curriculum, children should choose a poem to learn by heart and practice performing this, using a loud, clear voice, expression and with gestures and actions if possible. 


We have provided some suggested poems based on our Spring term topic which you can use, or you are free to choose your own poem of a similar length (or children may write their own poem!). These will be loaded on to their class pages this week.


Class rounds will be held on 26th March, where all children will have the opportunity to perform their poem to the class. Winners will be selected and put forward to the final which will be held on 1st April


I hope that you enjoy choosing and practising the poems with your children, I am looking forward to the performances on 26th March.


Thank you


Mrs Clarke's Top Tips


1. Create actions to go with your poem- this will help you remember the words to your poem.

2. Use your "teacher voice" (big, clear voice).

3. The most important thing is to have fun! You're telling a story through poetry, so enjoy being the story teller.