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Ahlberg Class September 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to Ahlberg Class.




Our classes are named after authors (people who write books).

Our class is named after Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Allan wrote the stories and Janet illustrated (drew pictures) them.


Have you read any of their books?


You will find lots of these books in our class library.

 Perhaps you could tell us if you have any of the Ahlberg’s books at home?




Spring Term 2020

To all our Reception children and families,


We are facing tricky times. Please remember the things we put here are ideas to help you. Use them as you wish. What we really want you to do is try to stay happy and cheerful, be helpful to those around you and be safe and well. Take this opportunity to spend fun times together. 

We look forward to seeing you safe and well when the restrictions ease off. Take care everyone.


From Ahlberg Class Team



The ebook above by Clare Shaw may help explain what is going on for children.

Remember to keep looking at the 'general' ideas for home learning too - we try to add a few new songs/ideas or videos as we go.

Feel free to swap between the daily activities and these - remember we are not expecting you to take the place of 'being in school' just trying to help with continued learning. 

We miss seeing you all!!


Don't forget to look on the Forest School webpage for forest school type activities you can do in your home and garden.

Lots of them are 'off screen' ideas.

Wash Your Hands Song | Music for Kids | The Singing Walrus

A very 'topical' song at the moment! Maybe you could use part of this as an alternative to singing 'Happy Birthday'?

Daily Learning Activities at Home.

Week beginning 30th March 2020

Your literacy (English) follows on from each day so make sure you keep it for the week. This week we are putting most of the activities on in one go so you will be able to see what the whole week's activities are. We may add bits to it though so keep checking!


Monday 30th March


Literacy (English)

Choose one of your favourite stories and read together with a parent/sibling.

Draw the characters in the story and label who they are.



Read this comic called 'Let's go'.



Pairs of numbers to 10

Explore ways of making 10. Use 2 hands (you could make paper ones by tracing around your hands). Fold down some fingers - count how many are folded down and how many aren't. This gives you 2 numbers that added together make 10.

        Use your hands or  use paper hands  

Watch the this song about making 10


Tuesday 31st March


Literacy (English)

Read your chosen story again. Draw a story map to show what happens in the story. (Adults here is an example of a story map for the 3 Little Pigs to give you an idea of what a story map is!)



Go on a phonics hunt around your house/garden. Can you find something with an ur/oi/sh/ch digraph?




Watch the Numtums making 10


Use 10 toys and find ways of splitting them to make 10. Can you record them as number number sentences?



Watch the Easter story. Draw a picture about the story.


This is a radio story of the first Easter



Wednesday 1st April


Literacy (English)

Make some puppets of characters from your story. Use your puppets to retell the story to someone in your house (check your story map).



Watch the Phase 3 Tricky Word Song. Challenge yourself to write as many of these tricky words as you can.

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To

Phase 3 Tricky Words song as requested by many :) Tricky words/sight words featured me, be, was, you, my, all, are, they, was. Tricky words These are tricky,...


Practise this rhyme 'Number bonds are pairs of friends' - number bonds to 10 song

Learn your number bonds to ten in an easy and fun way. Sing along to the numbers first then learn the rest of the words.

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Thursday 2nd April


Literacy (English)

Have a go at writing the first 2 (or more) sentences for the beginning of your story. use your story map. Remember to keep saying your sentence to yourself to help you remember it. Remember to start with a capital letter, use finger spaces, sound out as much as you can and to end your sentence with (probably) a fullstop.



Choose one of the number bonds to 10 games to play. There are some ideas below.





Draw and decorate an Easter egg.


Friday 3rd April

Literacy (English)

Continue writing your story. What happens next? Read your story to someone in your house. (Maybe you could even read it over the phone to someone you can't see at the moment?)



Ask someone in your house to give you a number between 0 and 10. You have to say the 'partner' number that would make 10. Challenge yourself (from memory) to write as many pairs of numbers that make 10 as you can. 



Sing along to the Spring Chicken song

I'm a spring chicken

I'm a spring chicken - spring / Easter song for kids -- Created using PowToon -- Free sign up at -- Create animated videos an...



English (Literacy)

Aliens have come to visit! They don't like to eat the same things we do. Draw and label the most disgusting lunch you can think of!



Practise this shape rhyme:

3D shapes are fat not flat,

A cone is like a party hat;

A sphere is a bouncy ball,

A prism is a building tall.

A cylinder is a can of pop,

A cube is like a dice you drop.

3D shapes are here and there,

3D shapes are everywhere!



Online we are seeing lots of amazing ways people are finding to try and help others stay happy and keep smiling. What can you do to make someone you are in contact with, be happy and smile? Maybe you could do something helpful, tell them a story, make them a card or a picture, write them a letter, tell them a joke, show them a dance. . . Use your imagination to find a way to make someone happy!


Maybe the song below will help with your topic task? 

'The Bonkers Song' from Out of the Ark Music @ Home (Words on Screen Lyric Video)

Fun Friday - 'The Bonkers Song' A totally bonkers song that will challenge, entertain and delight. Grab your mum, dad, brothers and sisters and try singing a...

We won't be posting daily activities on the weekend - you have lots of things to keep you busy. Use some of the videos, ideas and links on here if you feel like it but most importantly, be happy, keep smiling and enjoy your weekend.


Stay safe and well, we will be adding more on here next week.

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English (Literacy) Think about the menu you made yesterday. Make a shopping list of things you may need for your menu. 

Maths Set a ramp. Use some of the smaller 3D shapes you have found. Explore how they move. Does it roll or slide? Next, test each shape to see if it can be stacked easily on top of another shape. Can it be turned around/over to make it stack in a different way? Explore why a shape does or does not roll, slide or stack.



Topic  Can you make a plate showing some of the items for one of the meals on your menu? You could use playdough/draw pictures/use play food or cut out pictures from magazines - check you are allowed to use the magazine first though!)

Basic Playdough Recipe



How did you get on with making your obstacle course? We made one in the copse yesterday! Mrs Nolan couldn't resist having a go on it - shame I didn't get a photo!



Find a selection of 3D shapes. (Think about some of the things you found yesterday!) Can you find different ways to sort them? (You could sort them by 2D shapes (faces) you can see on them; whether they have straight or/and curved edges; number of faces . . . you might be able to spot other ways too. Can your parent/sibling guess how you have sorted them?


English (Literacy)

Write your own lunch menu for your family. You might want to think about what their favourite foods are or all of the things you like! Don't forget about puddings and drinks! Maybe you could decorate your menu with the items you have written?



It is lovely to see the sun shining this week. Even the birds are enjoying it! Have you listened to them singing as they build their nests?

Make a picture of the sun. You could use colouring pens/pencils, paints, collage or any way you think to make it.

3D Shapes Song | Shapes for kids | The Singing Walrus

The Singing Walrus presents "3D Shapes Song" - an upbeat, funky music video that shows various three dimensional shapes. Join our characters as they learn 4 ...



How did you get on with the Joe's workout Ahlberg Class? How much did you do? Did your adults join in with youlaugh

Your challenge this week is to see if you can keep up the morning workouts. try to do a bit more each time. Gosh, you will be really fit by the summer!


Here are today's activities:

Can you make an obstacle course around your garden? (If you don't have a garden perhaps you could think of different exercises to do in your room?)


English Write a list of lunch orders for family members in your house. Maybe you would like to make your own menu that they can look at first? Remember to sound out your items carefully as you write them down.


Maths  Go on a 3D shape hunt around your house. Can you find a cylinder, cone, cube, cuboid and sphere. Draw what you found.


Phonics Revise all the sounds we have done so far.

Watch the Geraldine Giraffe video below.

Geraldine the Giraffe learns /oa/

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Make a list of 'oa' words.





English - Write 1 or 2 sentences about something you did at the weekend. Maybe you played a game at home or in the garden or went for a walk? 

Remember to use finger spaces and sound out your words. Don’t forget what goes at the end of your sentence. 


Maths - This week we will look at 3D shapes. 

Listen to the 3D shape song below. Try to remember the names of the shapes. What can you tell someone about the shapes in the song?

PE - Jo Wicks is doing workouts at 9am on YouTube. Have a go at his workout - you will need adult help to follow this link and set it up.  Maybe you could get your family at home with you to join in too😁?
Have fun with your activities today. Don’t forget to read or listen to a story too!
Support for those learning at home.

If you would like some ideas that don't involve 'screen time' (even though I have added one video link to show you how you could use play doh!), try some of these. There will also be some ideas on the Forest School page.

Help get fingers strong for writing. Way back in our October Parents Evening, we gave out a sheet with lots of ideas about helping to strengthen finger muscles (squeezing sponges/'sauce' bottles with water in, using pegs and play doh etc), some of you may still have that sheet but if not you will also find some fun ideas below. If you haven't got any play doh (or something similar) at home there are lots of simple recipes online to make some at home (MissThyer and Mrs Nolan are good at this - I am still practisingwink!) Make some with your child - I bet you will find you had forgotten how much fun it can be - yes, OK, maybe a bit messy on times too!


Fine motor development | Playdough song | If you're happy and you know it

A fun playdough song to develop fine motor control and coordination - get your kids ready for writing! Easy to follow playdough routine which is 3 minutes lo...

This sheet gives some great ideas for indoor activities you could try. Some of them night be easier than others for you to do and some may need recipes/more explanation which is on the website.

Below please find some useful suggestions and activities that you may want your child to complete at home. You will find various links on our class page to songs and video clips the children can watch and we will add to these in the coming days and weeks. 


One of the most important things you can do is to keep up with your reading - as well as your child reading, try reading a bit each and share lots of stories with them. 


Keep practising phonics. Use the phonics cards and mats we have sent home recently but you could also make your own and try lots of different ways to engage your child for example, writing in foam (or soap bubbles which is a great way to keep hands clean!) or at the other end of the spectrum, mud writingwink!


Ideas for practicing the phonic cards:

Make another set and play snap or pairs, make bingo boards, choose a sound and write a list of real and nonsense words, pick a sound, think of a word containing that sound, write a sentence using that word, put the cards around the house and send your child on a sound hunt.

sh- shop          oo- book          ie- pie            ee- sheep 

th- thin           oo- moon         oa- boat         ng- ring

ch- chip           ai- rain            or- fork


Choose a digraph or trigraph from the phonics mat and make a list of words with that digraph or trigraph. How many can you do?


Practise reading numbers to 5, 10 and 20. (Not just counting but reading any of those numbers in any order). 


Order numbers to 5, 10 and 20. (Put the numbers in the correct order).

say the number that is 1 more or 1 less than any number up to 10 or 20 without counting to it - you just need to know it!


Find different pairs of numbers that make numbers up to 10

E.G. 7 = 4 + 3, 5 + 2, 1 + 6, 7 + 0 etc


Count on from a given number up to 20 (without starting from 1) E.G. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and so on  

2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc

15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and so on.


Number bonds to 10 Learn the pairs of numbers that add up to 10.


Look for and name different 2D shapes around the house E.G. circle, triangle, square


Model making  - if you have some empty boxes/tubes, let your imagination run wild and see what you can make - if you can name 3D shapes (cube, cuboid, sphere) at the same time that's great!


Look out through your window and do some bird watching.  We have learnt lots of names of garden birds at Forest School - how many can you remember? How many can you spot?


Draw and label a picture


Practise writing your name- if you can write your first name your challenge is to learn to write your surname!


Learn some of the tricky words (see the song videos below)


Sight read the first 45 words (a sheet was given out at Parent's Evening showing the ones your child can read but please keep practising all of them then move on to the 'first 100' sheet again given out at Parent's Evening)


Learn to spell and write some of the first 45 words!


Choose a digraph or trigraph from the phonics mat and make a list of words with that digraph or trigraph. How many can you do?









We are learning ‘tricky words’. These are words we just have to learn by sight (we can’t use phonics to sound them out).

These are songs we sing in class to help us learn the tricky words.

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To

2D shapes song

Try these sing along maths songs with Numberblocks.

5 Minute Move | Kids Workout 1 | The Body Coach TV

Great for all ages but aimed primarily at Key Stage 1 40 seconds work | 20 seconds rest Marching On The Spot Star Jumps Low Sprint Shuffle Squats Climb The Rope

24.02.20 As tomorrow is Pancake Day, today we learnt about Shrove Tuesday and why we have pancakes. We learnt a poem about making pancakes and a song as well as making and eating pancakes.

24.02.20 A wet and muddy Forest School today but we still had lots of fun. Lots of us explored the feeling of mud on our hands and squelching between our fingers.


Today it was too windy to go outside for Forest School so we did Forest School inside!

We started the session by talking about the storm over the weekend. We talked about what it did to the trees and how it made us feel. We read ‘After the Storm’ and then did lots of windy day activities. Miss Brimble asked if any of us knew what a wind sock was. Albie explained it brilliantly and told us all about them. Miss Brimble showed us how we could make a wind sock or a kite, we also made a maze and used a straw to blow a ping pong ball around it. We also used a straw to do some b’blow painting’ which is where you put blobs of paint on a page and blow them around, mixing the colours together and making fun shapes.

Afterwards, we took our kites and wind socks outside and ran around in the wind to see them work.  What a lot of windy day fun!


It has been lovely this week to have some colder weather. The temperature drop has caused quite a bit of excitement in Ahlberg Class! We loved coming in to find the water in our outside tray had frozen. Great to play with, not to mention lots of discussion about ice and water as well as solids and liquids.

We went on an icy walk at the start of Forest School. We made footprints on the icy grass and picked up icy leaves and made finger prints on them. We watched as our finger prints spread over the leaf as the ice crystals melted. We touched different types of materials to see how they felt when it was icy. We climbed a mountain (well, a muddy mound!) which was great fun. We helped each other climb up and get down. Some of us decided to slide down. We looked carefully at some frozen flowers we found. We followed Amelia’s footprints as she led us across the grass. 

Afterwards we went into he copse, set up the fire to warm our fingers and toes and had hot chocolate/squash and biscuits. 


Finding out about ice.

Autumn 2019


To begin this half term we will be getting used to being in school and our new classroom routines.


We will be trying lots of new things and trying hard to listen, share and get along with each other!


Later this half term our topic will be 'Royalty and Rebels'. We will link this with learning nursery rhymes and stories about kings, queens and rebels.


We will start to go out for Forest School sessions. Our first (shorter) session will be on Monday 30th September. Over the next few weeks we will learn about fire and fire safety as well as do some number work, phonics and have plenty of exploring time. We will spend lots of time building up our muscles to help us when we start to write. 











Today was too windy to go outside so we did Forest School inside!

We had materials to make pictures, wood blocks for threading and we also did some tool work. Some of us used the hand drill and some of us even had a go with the bow saw!

Can you spot the repeating patterns we have made?



Today in Forest School we went on a number hunt. We went around the copse looking for numbers and trying to read them. There were also some cards with cvc words on that we practised our phonics with. We talked about how we could make patterns using pine ones, sticks, leaves, nuts and apples. We spotted the patterns that Miss Brimble made then some of us had a go making our own patterns. They were very good. 


We we talked about Remembrance Day and why we have it. Just before 11 o’clock we came back together as a group and had a 1 minute silence to show our respect (2 minutes would be a little too long for us!). Miss Brimble was very impressed with how quiet we were for the 1 minute and thinks we should do this more often in class!!



Today we went on a bear hunt! 


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is one of Miss Brimble’s favourite books. 

The children joined in with lots of parts of the story as we acted it out. We went through long, wavy grass on the playground; crossed a river; got stuck in thick, oozy mud - some of the adults got so stuck, the children had to help pull them out and their wellies came off! Then we tip-toed through the Forest, went through a snowstorm and into a cave where we found . . . A BEAR! We retraced our steps - very quickly - got home and ran upstairs to pull the blanket over our heads (we used the tarpaulin!). What we didn’t realise was that the bear (Big Ted) had been picked up by one of the children and was under the blanket with us. Just as well he is a friendly bear, although Miss Brimble couldn’t remember that happening in the story book!! Big Ted had great fun during the rest of the session being taken around the copse in a wheelbarrow!

We also continued to enjoy balancing and using the crates to jump off as well as building yet another ball run. We are getting really good at these activities and adapt them ourselves to make them different and more challenging. 

What a busy 1st Forest School session!


We had some rules to follow but mostly we set off to explore and have fun. We had fun on the swings, making a see-saw, chalking, carrying, building, dragging, balancing, picking and washing apples to try a slice (they were a bit sharp!). Some of us spent a long time creating a run to put the balls through. We had to do lots of problem solving to work it out and worked well as a team. We were very excited when we got the balls to land in a bucket/crate the other end!

A New Start.


We have been enjoying getting to know everyone, making new friends and exploring new equipment and games. We are getting to know routines and seeing new places around school. We have had a wander around the copse where we will do Forest School. 


Here are are a few photos showing us being very busy and having fun in our first few weeks at school.


We have been learning about the importance of washing our hands well. We talked about germs and that although we can’t see them, they can make us poorly. We can help stop this by washing our hands really well. We used glitter to be pretend germs so that we could see them and how they spread as we touch things. Everyone had a go at having lots of (pretend) germs (glitter) on their hands and washing really well to make their hands clean again.
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Exploring the copse where we will do Forest School.

Our first ‘week’ in Reception

Mr Thorne Does Phonics - Episode S

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling ...

Use the Purple Mash user name and password we gave in your 'Home Learning' pack to login to Purple Mash and extend your learning. Have a play around on it to find out hat you can do.

The link below will take you to the Purple Mash site.



If you would like some ideas about E-Safety please click here

Thanks to ‘Mr Mc’ for sharing these websites and apps that might be useful.

Thanks to ‘Mr Mc’ for sharing these websites and apps that might be useful. 1
Thanks to ‘Mr Mc’ for sharing these websites and apps that might be useful. 2
Thanks to ‘Mr Mc’ for sharing these websites and apps that might be useful. 3

Apps that may be useful.


These are some some apps that Ahlberg Class may use during Computing lessons.

You may like to have a look at them yourself and your child might enjoy using them at home.


Monster Hunt - improves memory skills




Hairy Letters - phonic practise



Jigsaws 1,2,3 - problem solving with puzzles



Drawing Pad




Teach Your Monster to Read - there is an app you can purchase but if you have access to a computer/laptop it can be used for free.


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Please remember that you are welcome to pop in and see us before or after school. If you are unable to come into school you can get in touch via the school contacts page.