Welcome to Ash

Instructor - Ash Nikki Thornton
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Ash Class is a small bespoke class consisting of four pupils with a curriculum tailored to the individual needs of the pupils including;

  • Improving their social skills
  • Support in self-managing their emotional needs
  • Accessing the community
  • Improving their independence
  • Improving their tolerance to challenging environments and situations
  • Making progress across the academic curriculum7

Ash Timetable Autumn 1


Curriculum Information for parents. Thematic Planning-DinosaursAutumn Term 1
SubjectProfilesIdeas for home
MathsIn Maths we will be looking at sizes and measurement. We will be looking at dinosaurs and dinosaur bones and comparing and matching sizes. We will also be focussing on addition and subtraction. Explore and play with dinosaurs at home together. Talk about shapes and sizes as you play. Using the computer can you research different facts together? You could visit local libraries to look at and compare dinosaurs.
English In English we will be developing our creative writing styles by using our imaginations to write predictions, stories and facts about different dinosaurs. We will be studying different stories to develop our knowledge of different writing styles and creating our own. You could create a fact file about dinosaurs from research from the internet of from sharing dinosaur books. Share dinosaur stories together such as ‘Harry and his Bucket full of dinosaurs’ by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds.
ScienceIn science we will be creating our own hatching dinosaur eggs and ice fossils. We will plan and predict what might when we change the physical context of materials.Can you fossilise your own dinosaurs? Find some small toys at home and freeze them in a balloon or a small container. What happens to the water? What will happen when you take it out of the freezer? Has it changed?
I.C.TWe will be working on our own personal research projects about dinosaurs using a range of different software. Research different dinosaurs on the computer. Draw pictures of dinosaur bones, dinosaurs and their setting using an App on the IPod.
PSHE and CitizenshipWe will be accessing the community two times a week with a focus on social, emotional wellbeing and appropriate behaviour when accessing different activities of daily life. Please feel free to communicate freely if there are any elements of personal care or any particular difficulties faced when out, that we can help to support with in school.
D.TWe will make our own dinosaur bones using mod-roc. Using paper mache we will be making our own dinosaur eggs and 3D dinosaurs. Create your own dinosaur bones using twigs, newspaper, PVA Glue and water. You could then bury the bones in some soil and dig them up like Palaeontologists.
Humanities We will be looking at how the lands have changed over time, what happened to the dinosaurs and how they became extinct and comparing between now and then. Can you research to find out how long ago dinosaurs lived?
ArtWe will make dinosaur fossils by creating a skeleton and printing it into clay. We will explore the different textures of dinosaurs and try to recreate these using a variety of medium. Try visiting the Dinosaur park in Lenwade to get up close and personal to life size dinosaurs. Look at the differed colours, sizes and textures.