Monday 6th July
Did you complete Miss Hugh's lessons are make a reptile fact file? I would love to see them. We found out that reptiles had many things in common with birds, that they are both vertebrates and both lay eggs, but some differences too. Whoever heard of a snake with feathers! But thinking of inventing mythological creatures of our own, a snake with feathered wings could exist in our imagination or in a story!
This week we will take a break from Oak National Academy to complete our mini musical 'Caterpillar Boogie', finish our topic work on the life cycle of the butterfly, and to do some assessments. But feel free to follow the links for ONA Week 10; based on the book 'Beegu' or Week 11 based on the book 'Supertato'; both are great texts for inspiring some independent writing. Maths for week 10 is all about measure; and for week 11 is calculating using numbers to 20. Also, the White Rose Maths looks fun this week based on the book 'The dinosaur that pooped planets'; definitely one to inspire some of the children in class 1!
29th June 2020
We had great fun last week with our engineering projects and I hope you are enjoying learning the songs for the 'Caterpillar Boogie.' This week we will be learning about reptiles. The story of the week is 'The Crocodile who didn't like Water' by Gemma Merino and the ONA week to follow is 'Week 9' (dated 22nd June)
Monday 22nd June 2020
I hope you have enjoyed writing you own postcards; I would love to read them!here are some picture of Millie's home learning.
Monday 15th June
We had such a lovely week welcoming most of the Class 1 children back to school. It was lovely to see each other and even with the new rules and routines we had a lot of fun together. I know the hand washing song so well now I can even sing it in my sleep!
I hope you are managing to adapt the Oak National Academy lessons to suit your child; some love it, some are not so sure! But it will give us a structure to follow linking school and home for the next few weeks.
Toby has been inspired to carry on his learning at home; here are his 'Space Ball' storyboard and his 3D Shape Hunt:
Monday 8th June
We're back! Yipee! Looking forward to lots of smiles from Awesome Ants and Brilliant Beetles!
As well as the Oak National Academy Maths lessons don't forget to dip into the White Rose Maths; creative activities focused around a story-last week it was 'The Snail and the Whale'; this week it is 'The Princess and the Wizard'.
The phonics in ONA is suitable for reviewing Set 1 speed sounds; so also take a look at the Speed Sound lessons from Read Write Inc which are scheduled in for next week at 9.30am. You can select to review Set 1, Set 2 or Set 3 sounds, words and spellings depending on which set your child needs to practise. The timetable for the coming week is:
Monday 8th June Set 1 - i Set 2 – oo – look at a book Set 3 – u - e Reading longer words – oo/ u -e/ ew
Tuesday 9th June Set 1 - n Set 2 - ar Set 3 – aw Reading longer words – or/ aw
Wednesday 10th June Set 1 - p Set 2 - o r Set 3 - are Reading longer words –air/ are 3
Thursday 11th June Set 1 - g Set 2 - air Set 3 – ur Reading longer words – ir/ ur/ er
Friday 12th June Set 1 – o Set 2 – ir Set 3 – er Reading longer words – ou/ ow
Friday 5th June 2020
Here is the plan and resources you need for the Oak National Academy lessons for next week. They are the lessons from last week, Week 6, dated 1st June. Working a week behind allows me to watch all the lessons and get what we need together. I will do my best to deliver the content from Monday and Tuesdays lessons when your child is in school; if they are an 'Ant' continue with the rest of the weeks lessons. If they are a 'Beetle' I will teach the Monday & Tuesday lessons on Thursday and Friday and you can follow on with the rest of the lessons on the following Mon/Tues/Wed; if that makes sense? Good luck!
Monday 1st June
Welcome back to school! Next week I will see you again in Class 1-I am sooooo excited, and I know you are too! Tomorrow I will let you know if you will come in on Mondays and Tuesdays (The Awesome Ants Group) or on Thursdays and Fridays (The Brilliant Beetles Group).
This week you are starting your lessons with my friends from Oak National Academy. I know Miss Hughes and Zara can't wait to meet you. I have made a plan of the week for mummy and daddy to look at to help you.
Friday 29th May 2020
I hope you have had a lovely 'Half Term'. It's good to know that soon we can meet up with a friend on a walk or in our garden. I'm looking forward to my daughter Martha popping in for a cup of tea and a chat!
I would like to introduce you to two of my teacher friends who are going to help me with teaching Class 1.
Miss Hughes and Zara work in a school called 'Oak National Academy'--sounds very posh, doesn't it! They will help me with English and Maths lessons every day. Try out the lessons by following the link below; they are from 'Week 4' dated 11th May; the story of the week is 'Hansel and Gretel' and the first lesson is to design a sweet-yum!!
Each video lasts about 15 minutes, but you need to pause it to fetch resources and complete activities, so a lesson will last between 30-40 minutes. See how they best fit in with your timetable at home and let me know how you get on.
Thursday 28th May 2020
Today I was in school with the children of the 'Key Workers'. Martha and her sister, Iris were very excited to see that the caterpillars were now inside their chrysalises!
Wednesday 27th May 2020
Yesterday I was in school with Mrs Bailey-Smith, doing lots of tidying up an cleaning in Class 1. We are taking lots of things out and moving things around to make the room perfect for when you come back!
Make your own bubble machine
Tuesday 25th May 2020
Hello everyone; I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend; what lovely weather-we are so lucky!
Even though it is half term I will continue to add to our Class 1 page every day. We are working hard in school to get ready to open soon; the activities in the 'Half Term Fun' document will help you get ready for this. If you have lots of questions about the coronavirus situation then you could watch this video.
Friday 22nd May
Today is the last day before 'Half Term'; some of you may have booked a holiday that you can't go on anymore, but you can still enjoy the week and have lots of fun outdoors. The weather forecast looks good for next week.
Do you know the book 'Each Peach pear Plum'? It is a rhyming text about lots of characters from nursery rhymes and fairy stories, I have written my own version of it and it's all about you, and how you have been sneakily spying on each other from a distance! See if you can read your friends whole names, and write your own whole name.
Thursday 21st May
I am sorry that I didn't communicate with you yesterday; I was in school with the children of the Key Workers and we did a lot of tidying up in the Forest School area; I was very tired at the end of the day!
Thank you to Martha for sharing a photo of you reading a 'Hairy Maclary' story to your little dog Tilly in your 'Reading Den'. Tilly looks very well groomed!
Tuesday 19th May 2020
Today I am building my 'Reading Den' for Stan and me! I'll need a few sheets or blankets and some comfy cushions (some people call them Blanket Forts!). I might make it outside by hanging the sheets over the washing line to make a tent shape, or I might make it indoors using some chairs. My favourite pet character is 'Hairy McClarey' so Stan and I will snuggle up together and enjoy sharing some stories.
Discuss the different animals in the story, would we find them in a pet shop in this country?
Think of some questions to ask different animals in the story.
Monday 18th May 2020
Hello everyone! Let's start the day with some movin' and a groovin' with Jack Hartman:
We are taking a break from our traditional tales and fairy stories to work on a animals/pets project. I know Ted and Eleanor are busy training Moss and Sid, and Maisie is looking after Benji the school rabbit. Arabella has double the number of guinea pigs she had when I last saw her; and all of you are sharing lots of lovely days with your pets. Your first challenge is to construct a 'reading den', indoors or outside; then find all you storybooks and information books about animals and share a story every day with your pet! (please send me a photo of your reading den)
Your Maths challenge is to make paper chain 'teen' numbers;Look- Elsa (or is it Elspeth?) has made a paper chain number line den from 1-30! Well done Elsa you're are a star ******
Friday 15th May 2020
Have you made your plans for the day? Maybe make a timetable of the day; Share this story and see how Mr Wolf's day turns out!
Thursday 14th May 2020
Hi; today Stan has helped me again to make a short video. I think he wants to be a movie star!
You will meet some little puppet characters; they are made out of thin card and they are from the 2D shape-or flat shape- family. If you make your own and put on a show they will help you to be able to describe the properties of flat 2D shapes, using mathematical language. Strictly speaking the shapes have 'angles', not 'corners' so introduce that word as well!
Wednesday 13th May 2020
Sorry, I am a bit late posting today-too busy chatting to some of you on Zoom!
The tiny caterpillars are in school and the children in school can report on how they are doing. If you would like some for home order them from the 'Insect Lore' website; you'll need live caterpillars and the net for the emerging butterflies, which is quite expensive but it is a lovely experience for children.
I hope you are not getting bad dreams about 'The Big Bad Wolf'; sometimes villains turn out to be heroes after all!
If you haven't made your 'WANTED' poster yet I have put one here for you. Remember to describe what he looks like and what kind of person he is. Apparently there is a policeman called PC Biddlecombe looking for him!
In fact, there are lots of things you can do with dandelions!
Tuesday 12th May 2020
Look what the Jolly Postman brought today!
Monday 11th May 2020
I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend, especially any V E Day celebrations you took part in. It was a glorious day and I had a 'Bake Off' competition with my family.
I made 'cherry and almond scones' and set up a vintage tea party in the garden with bunting and an old radio to listen to Winston Churchill declare that the war in Europe was over; We even staged a 'Battle of Britain' flypast using Mr Kelsey's model aircraft!
Thursday 7th May 2020
I hope you have been practising your Fee Fie Fo FUM's!
If you have made a story map and made up some actions you are ready to tell the story yourself! Use some toys or family members to help you. When you're really good at telling it then have a go at one of Jack's reading Challenges, Choose either the Silver of Gold challenge; there are 5 sentences to cut up and put in the right order. The giant bets you can't do it! We'll show him!
Have you all got a pegged number line 0-20 up somewhere at home? If not then now is the time to make one! In fact, number lines can be made anywhere, indoors or outdoors, so that you can use it to work out addition(adding) and subtraction(taking away) number problems by counting on and counting back.
.....and here is how to make your weather chart 'virtual thermometer' to find out how much warmer or colder it is every day, compared to the day before:
Wednesday 6th May 2020
Here's some Maths problems to wake up your brains!
Tuesday 5th May 2020
It was great to see many of you yesterday at the Zoom meeting, thank you to Elspeth's mummy for inviting me!
Maybe I could visit you all on Zoom next week, one at a time? What do you think?
I hope you enjoyed listening to the first part of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We were wondering what happened next?
Chris has invented his version of part 2 of the story:
…. Jack was scared of the Giant, so he ran out of the house and wanted to escape down the beanstalk. The Giant woke up and saw the little boy running out of the house. The Giant started running after Jack. The Giant shouted, ‘Why did you enter my house without permission?’. Jack said, ‘I had magic beans and they grew up to your house’. Jack and the Giant became friends, and they hugged each other.
The Giant climbed down the beanstalk to meet Jack’s mum. The Giant realised that they were poor, he helped by cleaning dishes and climbed back up the beanstalk to get his gold and let Jack have some. They lived happily ever after. The end.
In Chris' version the giant turned out to be kind and generous, and shared his gold with Jack and his mum. Let's see what happens in my version.......
Monday 4th May 2020
Hello everyone, I hope you have had a lovely weekend. Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on traditional tales and fairy stories. Our story this week is 'Jack and the Beantstalk'; you probably know this story well already! I will read a version of the story over a couple of days, and there are lots of activities for you on the 'Heroes and Villains' learning support sheet below.
What do think Jack will do next? Part 2 tomorrow!
Try using and demonstrating some of the vocabulary from the story in other contexts, to help explore the meaning; such as
crumbling dawdling cackled delved massive ogre
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2020
As I have got the hang of converting videos that are small enough to upload, I couldn't resist sharing a story with you all!
Have a go at reading it yourself! Mummy or Daddy might have to help you practise some of the words first:
bean Jasper found water > watered rake > raked
hoed snail > snails wait > waited never make
late > later giant
Friday 1st May 2020
People say this on the first day of a new month, but I have absolutely no idea why they do!
So 'goodbye' April and 'hello' May; my favourite month of the year! I love to see the May tress all covered in white and walk along the footpaths and lanes edged with an abundance of cow-parsley. It really lifts my spirits!
So there is something else to change on your daily weather chart today.
As we are really good at saying, reading and ordering the days of the week, lets try to remember the months of the year in order! Some of you may know a rhyme or song to help you, but if you don't here is one that also helps us to hear the syllables in the words, Don't forget these are important words so they need capital letters!
Thursday 30th April 2020
Happy Birthday Captain Tom! Gosh he has been alive for 100 years; he's 95 years older than you!
He will get a special salute today and a flypast by a World War 2 Spitfire at 8pm during the 'Clap for Carers'.
Here is a picture of some of his birthday cards; I can see Arabella's card in the middle!
Lets's celebrate his birthday with a boogie!
Can you keep a steady beat?
There are lots of activities for developing fine motor strength and coordination.
Here's Fleurie concentrating on making a pompom and a guide to other ideas.
A Wow moment to share! Elspeth has learned to ride her bike with NO stabilizers! Well done Elspeth (and Elspeth's daddy!)
and a 'GET WELL SOON' message for Maisie, who has been very poorly. We hope you feel tip top soon!
Wednesday 29th April 2020
Our story for this week, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, will help with reading and ordering the days of the week. It's a bit tricky at the moment when every day is much like another! Still, I expect you still have family routines and do different things on different days, and completing the daily weather chart will help.
There's lots of activities you can do with this story, from retelling it in creative ways to writing a different version-possibly 'The Very Greedy Caterpillar'!
I have ordered some live caterpillars for the class to come in May.
The Days of the Week Poem
Monday; run day
Tuesday; snooze day
Wednesday; friends day
Thursday; think day
Friday; touch the sky day
Saturday; pitter-patter splatter day
Sunday? have a bun, fun day!
Tricky words and speed words
There are lots of fun ways for you to practice tricky words and speed words, such as chalking & squirting, hide and seek or by making an aiming game, as in the photo below. There are documents to print off to choose the right level for your child.Copy the words onto paper and hide them around the house or garden for them to find.
Tuesday 28th April 2020
Oh dear! What's happened to the weather? Your weather chart will look quite different today! It feels much cooler. Do you have a thermometer in your garden? Find out the temperature from it, or look at the forecast. Never mind, I will put on my waterproofs for Stan's walk!
Monday 27th April 2020
Lets start the day with a happy dance and then check the weather forecast, to see if we can dance in our gardens later on today!
Sunday 26th April 2020
I hope you're enjoying another sunny weekend; I have just got back from a 10 kilometre walk with Mr Kelsey and Stan. We saw lots of fluttering, delicate butterflies, heard birdsong and bees buzzing and we could smell the strong scent of wild garlic growing beneath the frothy white blossom of the hawthorn trees.
Tomorrow there will be a new 'Home Learning' support sheet to help you at home and there will be something new every day here on our Class 1 page to help you too-so keep checking every day!
Here are some pictures from our project 'My Family' and your reading, writing and Maths; it's lovely to see your progress and share your work with your friends so keep sending them to me please!
Friday 24th April 2020
It was lovely to see many of you yesterday on Zoom to celebrate Martha's 5th birthday.
We were very good at singing together even though we were not actually together!
Maybe you could have another meeting sometime, and sing a different song!
I'm sure you all helped make Martha's day very special.
Thank you for sending in photos, especially ones of your rainbows to say thank you to all the kind people who help us. here are a couple from our class, and there are lots more to see on the 'Gallery' page.
Thursday 23rd April 2020
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTHA ! XX
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
I am very excited that I will see you all tomorrow to celebrate Martha's birthday!
Half past nine on Zoom-see you then! xx
Well done everyone-our singing register worked!
Now we are back at 'home school' it's a challenge to get back into a routine again. Each of your timetables will be different so do the best you can and ask for help if you need it!
You will have received an email from Mr Dixon-Gogh outlining a consistent approach to learning support across the four classes, to make it easier for those of you with more than one child at school.
The document below 'My Family' has a choice of activities for you and your child, some overlap with those for their brothers and sisters. The topic builds on the 'Marvellous Me & my Family Tree' holiday project that some of you may have engaged with already.
If you aim for some maths, reading and writing every day to a greater or lesser degree and anything else is a bonus!
Finally, please share with us the ways in which you have decorated your houses to show support for the NHS. The children in my road have put beautiful rainbow pictures up in their windows and I am encouraging the adults to unleash their creativity too!
Monday 20th April 2020 Welcome back to (Home) School!
Its lovely to see you all again! I hope you have enjoyed the Easter holiday-I have eaten too many chocolate eggs!
Here I am in my school uniform-but girls, you will have your summer dresses on and boys you will be wearing your short trousers!
Lets see if we can sing the register around the class, like we do in school.
Toby will have to phone Elspeth; Elspeth can call Millie; Millie will ring up Franky who can then phone Keenan; our 'Good Morning' song will get passed on to Arabella, Martha, Abi, Nellie, Maisie, Ted, Eleanor, Chris, Rafe, Martha, Poppy and finally to Fleurie. Fleurie, please would you then phone Toby and sing it to him?
I think you have each others' mobile numbers through your 'WhatsApp' group.
But I am not sure that it quite worked! What do you think?
Thank you to Miss Smith and all the children for the lovely birthday surprise pictures and messages on the playground.
Miss Smith celebrated her birthday the day after mine!
I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend.
I'm sure the Easter bunny will be hiding lots of eggs for you to find.
And remember to say a prayer and sing a joyful song to celebrate!
Hello Class 1!
This is Miss Smith here from Class 3. I hope you don't mind me writing something on you class page, but I wanted to let you all know that today is Mrs Kelsey's birthday! What a beautiful sunny day it was for her to celebrate It was so lovely to see 2 lovely Class 1 faces today at school, and along with our other 5 children we decorated the playground with some birthday artwork for Mrs Kelsey that we wanted to share with you.
Let's give a big hip hip horray for Mrs Kelsey!
Lots of love from Miss Smith x
3rd April 2020
Hi everyone; just got back from our daily exercise walking Stan on Leckhampton Hill. When I am on the hill I can look over to the Malverns and with my supervision special powers I can see the school and all of you at home! I can see you having fun with your families, helping at home and trying hard with your school work!
Today I will talk about some special projects for the holidays. Firstly, as you have more time with mummy and daddy you could all be 'Little Historians' and do some finding out about the past.
Starting with your own life, find some photos and artefacts (special things) from when you were tiny. They could include photos of: you in mummy's tummy; the day you were born; your christening or other special family gatherings. Your 'Special Things' could be birth announcement cards, Christening invitations, presents or toys and baby clothes you had when you were newborn.
We sometimes put these things in a box called 'My Marvellous Me' box. Here is a photo of mine.
You could also ask mummy and daddy to teach you about your 'Family Tree'; just like Stickman we all have a family tree but not one that we live in! It just shows us how we are related to other people in our families.
Ask mummy and daddy about their own childhoods; where they went to school, the toys they had and the games they played. What was the naughtiest thing they ever did? They probably have some funny photos to show you.
You could also make a video call to your grandparents and ask them the same questions. It would really cheer them up as many of them can't visit you at the moment.
You could look at lots of photos of family occasions in the past, such as weddings and holidays.
Thursday 2nd April 2020
This week we would have visited St. John the Baptist Church, Eldersfield, twice; with Rev Julie for a role-play christening as a class and also with the whole school community for the Easter Service. Rev Julie came into Class 1 and we were learning all about Christian baptism and belonging to the church. If you would like to look at the photos of the church together and maybe play 'christenings' together that could be fun! here are some support materials and ideas for models and role play.
Wednesday 1st April 2020 Hello Class 1 I hope you all played a trick on mummy yesterday!
Here is a 'New Life' story for you to share today-maybe chat with a friend about it later?
Good morning everyone
Yesterday I went into school and Mr Dixon-Gogh and I sneaked something out of the 'The Dressing Up Box' when no-one was looking! Can you guess what he put on?
I will put some more resources on here today, so check again later.
We have a new page called 'Home Learning' where I will hopefully be able to upload bigger video files in the future; so far I could only make a very short clip.
Please keep emailing me photos and any requests for help or further resources.
Hello Class 1
It is Monday morning again and here we are back at Home School.
Let's start with the register, and then we can have a run, a dog walk. a pony ride. a bike ride or a workout with Joe Wicks!
This week we are thinking about new life; all around us Spring is bursting forth-green shoots appearing, leaf buds opening, blossom on the cherry trees, birds singing and spring flowers growing in our gardens and out on walks. I am starting a 'Nature Table' at home where I will display all my Spring nature finds - Millie found lots of 'Spring Things' in her woodland area last week. Ted found two nests and spotted a woodpecker, Eleanor went on a Spring listening walk, Martha has adopted an orphan lamb and many of you are planting seeds. It is my favourite time of year! Maybe you could set up a 'Nature Table' too?
One of your Spring Challenges is to make a Spring Journal; I wonder how you will do it?
It's Friday! The first week of 'Home School' is coming to an end. You have all done so well. I am very proud of you all and I think you should give yourselves a 'marshmallow clap'!
If you have made a museum in a box display maybe present it to your family today; make a poster with the date and time, try using a 'querty' keyboard on the computer-mummy can show you how to type your name, then the alphabet then the title of your exhibition.
I am putting together a slide show using the photos that mummy has emailed to me. Please could Toby send me a couple of photos? And Keenan and Abi too? It would be nice to see you smiles! And also Poppy, if you're not too busy baking bread with daddy can you send me a photo too? It was lovely to see Nellie in school on Wednesday, but if mummy or daddy could send me a photo of you reading at home that would be fab!
Look out for the pictures this evening; and I will put the next lot of support materials up for next weeks home learning before Monday.
Love to you all x
Good morning everyone! The sun is still shining and the earth it keeps turning! I am very impressed with all of your Home School work-thank you for sending me photos; you're all doing a grand job! Today is Thursday Think-day so I have put a link to a 'Brain Gym' video for you to do (crossing the mid-line exercises). When you know the moves just use it on audio!
I was in school yesterday to see how the tadpoles were doing. The are very wiggly now and they need thin slices of cucumber to eat. They are herbivores to start with but turn into carnivores when they get their legs! Maybe you could find some frogspawn in your garden pond and set up a tadpole tank? You can find out how to care for them online.
There is also a couple more maths ideas below: did you enjoy your 'Smarties' maths?
Lots of love from Mrs Kelsey xxx
Good Morning Class 1
Lovely to message you all today! Hope you had a great day yesterday taking turns to be the teacher with mummy or daddy! Please send me a message and a photo of your day. Enjoy starting Tuesday Snoozeday with some action songs-start with 'Brand New Day' (audio file below) and then 'Head, shoulders. knees and toes' and any more you can think of!
There is a link to more songs from Out of the Ark below too.
love from Mrs Kelsey.
I took a photo of Stan on his walk yesterday.
Hello Class 1
Week beginning Monday 23rd March
It's time to start our Home Learning challenge! How exciting to play schools at home!
As it is Monday I hope you have all started the day with a run-choose a circuit of the garden and remember to time yourself as you will get faster week by week! Pump those arms as you sprint; feel your heartbeat afterwards.
Maths-practise your 'whisper counting'/counting in twos; watch an episode of 'Numberblocks'!
This week we are measuring using non-standard units. Choose a suitable unit of measure for what you are measuring; see Spring 2 Maths pack page 1. Find out how long a dinosaur is and measure it in strides, not paperclips!
Reading and Writing
Try to engage your child with the content of each ditty/storybook using role play and small world toys; eg
Red group 'Pin it on' ditty book; make your own version of the game and play it!
Purple group 'Ken's Cap' set up your toy diggers in a sand/gravel tray.
Pink group 'Scruffy Ted' find similar soft toys from around the house and role play bedtime.
Introduce the story, then follow timetables (see documents below)
In the lined exercise books practice letter formation, recall of sounds and writing words-a little every day.