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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

HappyNew Year.


Welcome back after the holiday everyone. 


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 copes, 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



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.