Autumn Term 1
We were delighted to be able to welcome all children back to Ashbrook School in September. We were looking forward to getting to know our new children and to see our children in Reception and Year One move into their next year group.
We had a wonderful first day with the children in Year One and Year Two! The children had smiles on their faces all day, they listened really carefully and played beautifully together. They all looked super smart, something that we really value and that supports the children with managing the expectations of their behaviour and having the right focus to learn.
Reception children and parents had zoom meeting on 3 & 4 September, to give them a chance to meet their child’s class teacher before starting on Monday 7 September. We were so proud of our new children. They all settled in really well on Monday and it was lovely to finally meet them all in person.
We had an exciting half term with lots of great learning opportunities
Harvest Festival – Food Bank Collection
Name our New Partnership Competition
The winning entry was PATH
Two Mile Ash
Autumn Term 2
Children in Need / Five to Thrive
We all know how important it is to look after ourselves and each other. That’s why this year for Children In Need, we put wellbeing at the heart of our activities.
On Friday 13 November, children and adults were asked to ‘wear something that makes you happy’ and we also followed the ‘Five to Thrive’ campaign.
Led by Joe Wicks, Dr Radha and Blue Peter, Five to Thrive is a unique programme of wellbeing activities for a whole celebration week. Inspired by the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, it’s designed to help children feel better about themselves – as well as helping others. It was a super fun week full of activities to boost the children’s physical and mental wellbeing and we raised £176 for Children in Need.
Nursery Rhyme Week - 16-20 November
Children in Reception took part in World Nursery Rhyme Week which promotes the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development and education with a particular focus on how nursery rhymes boost early language and literacy skills. The activities throughout the week covered “The Wheels on the Bus”, “5 Little Speckled Frogs”, “Hickory Dickory Dock”, “Old MacDonald” had a Farm” and “Miss Polly had a Dolly”.
The Friends of Ashbrook kindly offered to organise a Christmas Raffle to help to raise funds for Ashbrook to purchase equipment and resources to provide a richer learning experience for all the children.
Children and staff had a ‘PJ Day’ on Friday 27 November and brought in a donation for the Christmas raffle. Children and parents were extremely kind and with their generous donations. We had six amazing hampers packed full of fantastic goodies, a voucher for Mead Farm, a voucher for Maisies and a voucher for Treat St!
Christmas Card Competition
Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, invited all the children at Ashbrook School to take part in a Christmas card competition. The winning illustration will make up his collection of Christmas cards that will be sent to his family, friends, and Parliamentary colleagues.
Runners up received a prize from the House of Commons Gift Shop and everyone who took part received a thank you letter from Iain Stewart.
Despite the pandemic, we did not want the children’s experience of Christmastime to be diluted. For us, it is about creating special memories for them.
Our Reception team placed the children into small teams to take part in a role play of the Christmas story. The story was shared in school and the children dressed in their costumes. Each child was photographed within their group and the photos were sent home to parents
Children in KS1 participated in a ‘Creative Christmas’. They had the opportunity to celebrate Christmas using arts and crafts. They used a variety of different techniques to create some beautiful pieces which they took home to display proudly.
On Friday 11 December we all put our Christmas jumpers on and brought in a donation for Save the Children. Children made Christingle oranges and we all had a zoom Christingle assembly together. Then on 16 December, all children and staff had Christmas dinner together within their bubbles.
The Friends of Ashbrook organised for all the children to have a Christmas party via Zoom on Thursday 17 December. Captain Fantastic hosted the party and the children had a wonderful, time being entertained with fun, magic and games.
Then on the last day of term, we had Christmas party day and a very special visitor appeared with gifts for the children.
Spring Term 1
To run alongside our remote learning, zoom meetings and to enable us to keep our children and parents connected whilst in the third lockdown, we started ‘fun activity of the day’ on our Ashbrook facebook page. Each day we shared an idea of something creative that the children could make or do at home, whether they were keyworker children in school, or they were staying at home. We then shared photos of children engaging in our 'activity of the day' and any other fun activities that they had participated in throughout the week.
We also worked with Holmwood School on a shared theme post for each day of the week, which we have continued daily: Motivation Monday, Treat Tuesday, Wellbeing Wednesday, Thankful Thursday and Fun Fact Friday.
Reading in Unusual Places Competition
In mid-January we launched a competition for the children to send in a picture of themselves reading in an unusual place in their home or garden.
Who would have thought you could read in the fridge, in the sink, on a treadmill, upside down, in a bag or hanging from a tree?
Congratulations to our winners who each received a book. We wonder where they will read them!
Mrs Cursley’s Spring Clean Challenge
Mrs Cursley set everybody a spring clean challenge over the half term.
Our winner worked very hard with her spring cleaning and her bedroom looked spotless! We also had a winner from our Ashbrook staff team. Mrs Moore worked very hard to clear out her conservatory and give it a much needed spring clean.
Spring Term 2
Welcome Back Everyone!
We were so pleased to have all our smiling, happy children back together again on Monday 8 March and really enjoyed welcoming them back! We all had a wonderful day.
Red Nose Day
On Friday 19 March the whole school took part in Red Nose Day. We all wore something red and brought in a donation for Comic Relief. Together, we raised £131.02.
Summer Term 1
Our New Reception Resources
We were so excited to welcome the children back after Easter! We had lots of new things to share in our EYFS spaces and couldn't wait for the children to explore it all!
It was an absolute joy to see our Reception children having so much fun playing at our new fake pond area!
Ashbrook After School Club
Our Ashbrook After School Club children had lots of fun creating artwork for the display board and making ASCobot, the After School Club robot!
Reception Superheroes Day
On 4 May, as part of our Superheroes topic, we celebrated how we are all superheroes by being unique, by having a Superheroes Day.
We invited children in Leopards and Elephants classes, to come to school dressed as a Superhero. They could come as their favourite, famous Superhero, or they could choose to design and wear their own Superhero costume. We had been designing capes and masks in school.
We also had super staff and super parents!
Year 2 School Council
Congratulations to our Year 2 Student Council. Children in Tigers and Lions classes voted for 3 candidates from each class. Well done everyone!
This half term, we relaunched our 'Ashbrook Royals'. Two children from each class were selected for displaying consistent exemplary behaviour, exceeding our expectations. Well done everyone!
NSPCC Number Day
On Friday 7 May the whole school took part in NSPCC Day. We all wore something with a number on it and enjoyed participating in number based activities. Together we raised £138.25 for NSPCC.
An Expected Visitor
After checking our CCTV footage children in Reception discovered that they had had a very noisy, very large visitor before school opened this morning! Maybe our visitor knew that children in Elephants and Leopards classes were learning all about dinosaurs and wanted to join in the fun? Or maybe it was looking for somewhere to lay it’s eggs?
As well as discovering our special visitor on our CCTV, look what else our children in Reception classes found!
We were very lucky to have a whole school visit from two of our local police officers. They took the time to talk to all of the children and answer their questions. They also kindly donated a special book for each year group called PC Ben. PC Ben tells the story of a police constable called Ben and the many lives he gets to help every day while out on patrol.
Year 2 Roman Mosaic Tiles
Our Year 2 children learned all about Romans in their history lessons. Look at these beautiful mosaic tiles that they made in their DT lessons, as part of their Roman topic!
Maisie Meerkat's Challenge
Children in Leopards class released our first Ashbrook butterfly into the wild.
More Dinosaur Eggs
Children in Reception were delighted to find some more dinosaur eggs in their outdoor area. They had lots of fun, very carefully helping the baby dinosaurs hatch from their frozen eggs using special hammers!
Summer Term 2
We were really excited to be able to open our forest fun area, where we will all be able to enjoy our outdoor learning!