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Welcome to Grebe Class


We are enjoying helping the Grebes in becoming the best they can be in Year 1.

The grown-ups helping them on their journey this year are Miss Horne, Miss Smith and Mrs Redhead


We will making the most of all the learning opportunities both inside and outside. As we move through each term we will add photos, information and home learning to this page so please check back each week to see what we have all been up to.


Should you have any questions or concerns please catch one of us as the gate or make an appointment through the office, alternatively contact us via email:


We really value the time you spend helping your child to become confident readers. Initially this comes from being read to and from talking about book and stories. Ideally we ask that you spend 10-15 minutes a day on a reading activity with your child. This could be a bedtime story or sharing books with siblings.


We also send home a library book each week. This is a book chosen by your child to share at home from the school library. This will be changed once a week so please remember to bring it in on a Friday so your child can swap it for a new one. Should you wish to change it more frequently please let us know as we are keen to encourage the children to share books at home.


The home reading scheme books we send home are designed to complement our learning and develop your child's phonic skills and comprehension. We aim to change this book as frequently as time allows, if you need a new book please place it in the multicoloured basket in the classroom


In PE we make use of the hall and outdoor areas to learn gymnastics, dance and games.  We will normally be doing PE on a Tuesday and Friday but on occasion this may change so it is a good idea to have PE kits in school all week. We will send PE kits home on a Friday. Please ensure all items are named otherwise lost items tend to stay lost!

Learning at home

You should have received some ideas via email about what you could do if you are at home at the moment. I will be updating PurpleMash each week you are at home with some challenges along with this webpage.


The below websites are also worth a visit:

Phonics games -

Oxford Owl - English and Maths information and activities and e-books -

Home learning resources -

50-fantastic ideas to try at home -

Literacy apps -


Apps that other parents have recommended:

  • Doodle pad
  • Teach your monster to read
  • Hairy phonics
  • Nessy
  • Puppet Pals
  • Duolingo


If you find any other websites and apps that are worth sharing please do let me know.

Best wishes

Miss Horne



Spring Term Week 4

In Maths this week we have been learning about capacity. We have been consolidating our understanding of full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty and empty by filling and emptying containers with coloured water. We have then learnt about how careful we need to be when measuring capacity by using non-standard units such as spoonfuls and cupfuls. We estimated how many spoonfuls and cupfuls each container would hold and then checked our estimate with careful counting. You could have a go doing this in the bath, kitchen sink or garden at home. Don't forget to send me a picture of how you get on!


  In science we have been building on our learning about animal classification. We carried on finding out about the vertebrate groups of reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds, fish and invertebrates. Can you make a list of animals that are in each group? You could design your own invertebrate on Purple Mash.


In DT we have been investigating different methods of joining materials. After our work last week evaluating playground structures we had a go using our joining skills to create playground equipment models. We used lollysticks, card, blutack, string, junk modelling and paper straws to name but a few of the resources! You could have a go making your own model playground at home out of some of these things or out of construction materials (or the sofa cushions! wink).


RE this week has been finding out about who the disciples were and why they followed Jesus. Can you name any other famous leaders and the people who follow them?


In PE we enjoyed laughing at Miss Horne and Coach James joining in with out work on balancing!  Can you try the challenges?

Yellow Challenge

In a seated position for 10 seconds:

  1. I can balance with both hands and feet touching the floor.
  2. I can balance with 1 hand and 2 feet touching the floor.
  3. I can balance with 2 hands and 1 foot touching the floor.
  4. I can balance with 1 hand and 1 foot touching the floor.
  5. I can balance with 1 hand and 1 foot touching the floor.
  6. I can balance with no hands or feet touching the floor.


Green Challenge

In a seated position with no hands or feet touching the floor:

  • I can pick up an object from one side, swap hands and place it on the other side.
  • I can return the object to the opposite side.


Red Challenge

In a seated position with no hands or feet touching the floor:

  1. I can pick up a cone from one side and place it on the other side with the same hand.
  2. I can return it to the opposite side using the other hand.
  3. I can sit in a dish shape with straight arms and legs and hold it for 5 seconds.

Spring Term Week 3

This week is British Science Week. We have been super scientists!

 John, Miss Horne's Dad, came to visit us to teach us about invertebrates. He brought us a bug hotel which we are going to use to investigate habitats and minibeasts. If you have any items that we could use to fill the bug hotel do bring them into school. Can you name some invertebrates?


We also investigated how we could help Humpty Dumpty with the problem he has when he falls off the wall. Different materials were tested and we make predictions about which would stop the egg from breaking. We then tested out predictions by dropping an egg from the same height with different materials. We had a go recording our findings and reporting back about what we had found out using words linked to materials such as strong, soft, flexible, bendy.

Spring Term Week 2

What a fantastic World Book Day! Thank you to families for organising outfits to support this. We enjoyed LOTS and LOTS of books and had some extra time to share books with the Moorhens. Miss Horne and Miss Mitchell were impressed with how the children worked together sharing their books.

In phonics this week we have been looking at the /oa/ sound spelt oe and ow. Can you have a go reading and then spelling these words?

low    toe    slow   how    doe   window    goes own


In Geography we have been exploring keys on maps and finding out a little more about our local area. We found out that Wallingford has a lot of Churches, one museum and one library by using the key on our Wallingford map. Can you have a go using a map this week?


In English we have been planning our 'Rosie's Walk' inspired stories by taking pictures around school of our characters. Can you use prepositions to describe these characters in a full sentence and have a go at writing one or two down?

Spring Term 2 Week 1

Street Detectives!

This term we will be learning about the geography and history of the local area. We have started our learning by thinking about what we like about our local area and where we would like to visit. We have been fining out what a 'birds-eye view' is as well as learning about North, East, South and West. We used maps of Wallingford to learn how to read a key and to plan routes from one place to another using Left and Right. Later on in the term we will be exploring the local area on foot and visiting some of the places we located on the map!

In Maths this week have been looking at more than and less than when comparing numbers up to 50. We have also been ordering nonconsecutive numbers using the symbols < and >. We did great reasoning and explaining as to why each number went where.

In Art this week we learnt about the artisit LS Lowry. We looked at the picture 'Lancashire Fair' and imagined what it would be like to be one of the people in the picture. This linked in with the work we have been doing in PSHE learning more words for feelings so that we can explain more than happy and sad! In Art we also experimented with different tools that Lowry used such as charcoal, pencils and pens and also had a go using soft and hard pencils and makers to make different style lines.

In Phonics we have been learning words with different spellings of the /or/ sound. Can you read these words?


paw   astronaut  claw   draw  August  jaw  applaud   launch


English this week has been based abound a visit from Rosie the hen from the story Rosie's walk. She has been a little cheeky around school! We used prepositions to describe where she was and how she had got there. Can you use some of these words to describe each photo? or your own ideas?


next to       on top of     under   near    across    along

Spring Term Week 5

Have you logged into PurpleMash recently? You can have a go doing one of our class 2Dos by clicking on the purple bell with the red number on it. Don't forget to save it so it gets sent to Miss Horne. This week we have been using PurpleMash to learn about algorithms and how important doing them in order is. We had a go using blocks to give algorithms to a friend to get them to make a model that matched our own. We then followed a written algorithm to create a set of birds that all matched and found out how to save and print them.

In English this week we have learn the word verb and suffix. We had a go using the suffix   -ing and   -ed to change words. Can you spot the mistakes in these sentences?


Miss Horne was eat a cake.

Miss Smith was go to school.

Bob jump up and down.

Grebes like sing.

Fred was paint a picture.


The common exception words we have been looking at this week are


through  work  house 


We have started a DT project about wind chimes. This week we evaluated some different designs to get ideas about what we need when making our own. We would love any donations of beads,  old cutlery,  old necklaces and anything else that we could upcycle into wind chimes for our outdoor area.


Meterologists use lots of tools to measure and learn about the weather. In Science this week we had a go making wind socks to use to work out wind strength and direction. You could make one at home and bring it in for us to see.

Spring Term Week 4

This week we have been thinking about what makes a good learner by taking on the role of teacher. In guided reading we helped each other with spotting the common exception words we are learning this week:

water   where   who   why   your   Mr   Mrs


We also tried to spot our sound for the week which is 'ir' making the /er/ sound. Can you read and write these words?

bird   girl  stir  dirt  twirl  chirp  birthday skirt  shirt  third  first  squirt


In Maths this week we have been looking at subtraction using apparatus to help us. We then turned the concrete objects into pictorial representations before having a go matching these to number sentences. It is really important we can explain how we know answers and not just recite number facts as this helps as be Mathematicians rather than parrots!


In PSHE this week we have been looking at respect in greater details. We discussed same and different. Miss Horne would like to say sorry that we had so much fun doing this with potatoes that we had a few tears when the activity ended! 

Spring Term Week 3

In Phonics this week we have been looking at the 'ou' sound making the /ow/.

Can you read then write these words?


cloud    out   sprout  about   round   sound  shout   ground   found   south  loud   sprout   scout   proud


The trick words we are learning to write are

should   would  want  their


This week we have been learning about weather forecasters. We have learn to describe the weather and to read symbols and temperatures. We observed and record the weather using pictograms, words, photos and pictures. We have also been thinking about how  to stay safe in the weather we get in the UK. Why not have a go keeping a weather diary to bring in and share?

Spring Term Week 2

In PSHE this week we have been thinking about the value of respect. We took a look at what being respectful learning looks like including how we can help each other to achieve. The Grebes came up with some class guidelines for working in a team then had a go at showing them by working together to build animal shelters. Can you explain to a grown-up how you got the challenge done?

Science this week has been looking at explaining seasons in greater detail. We have created season art after finding about environmental changes, such as plants changing, in each season. We also thought about the different things you can do in each season and what weather you might encounter. Can you describe the seasons to someone at home? or do a seasonal picture?

In Art we have been exploring how to change fabrics by using dye. We then experimented to make different patters by tie dyeing. We found out that rubber bands are very tricky to use - take a look below at our concentration and perseverance! Feel free to pop into the classroom to take a peak at our results!

Weather Experts

Spring 1 Week 1

This term we are using activities, such as creating and filming our own weather forecasts and making our own weather station, to build our knowledge of seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK. We will begin to understand about the hot and cold areas of the world as well as develope locational knowledge and our geographical skills.


This week we started to think like meterologists by using information books to create a word bank of weather words that we can use when we write forecasts next week. You could get ready for this by describing the weather from the day over dinner each night or by keeping a weather diary.


In Phonics we have been looking at the split digarphs u_e and e_e can you spot them in these words?


even    use   these    fume    evening    cube    cute   tune    tube   complete


In maths we have been looking at counting on using tens-frames, number lines and the bar model. In science we have been thinking about the things we wear in different weathers to keep us dry or cool. THe PE skills we have been working on this week is side stepping - can you have a go at sidestepping at home? Or you could teach someone the I'm riding my bike game! In PSHE we have been considering our responsibilities. Do you have responsibilities at home? If not what could you take responsibility for?

Week 5

Christmas Production

We are all getting ready for our Christmas Production which is fast approaching. Half the class are robots singing a song about robots and half the class are performing along to the rhyme 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear.' If you would like to practise at home this is the version we are using:


Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around

Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground

Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high

Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky

Teddy bear, teddy bear, bend down low

Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toe

Teddy bear, teddy bear, go up stairs

Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers

Teddy bear, teddy bear, switch off the light

Teddy bear, teddy bear, say good night



We have been learning what a split digraph is. We have talked about the letters being a bit cheeky so they need a different letter to split them up so they make the correct sound. Can you read and then write these /a_e/ words?


spade    made    snake    same 

game    name    cake   ate   came

Week 4

Lovely Literacy

This week we are been looking at different ways of making the /ee/ sound using ee and ea. Have a go reading and writing these words:

seat   tea  need   feel    feet   meal   meat   read  teach   leaf  speech  sheep   peach  


We have been enjoying adding to our 'Grebe Class Reading Journey' with a range of different books including some that children have been bringing in to share. If you would like to do the same please make sure your book is named and we will read it at story time.

Marvellous Maths

Week 4

This week in maths we have been exploring representing numbers 11-20 using a variety of representations: concrete, pictorial, numeral and worded forms. We have also been working on explaining our reasoning for these representations which will move us onto  partitioning numbers into tens and ones (or into lots of tens, where appropriate). Take a look at our concrete representations:

Once upon a time . . . .

Week 3

We have been learning a littler more about what 'History' is. We have been investigating historic toys. We looked at them first to try and work out what they were then had a go exploring them and identified quite a few problems with them. For example we thought we might get hurt playing with some of the wooden games and were glad that dolls had been developed to have moving parts. We then learnt what they actually are and which children might have played with them.

Ask some of your grown-up what they used to play with. Do they still have any that you could look at?


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More Mystery Readers!

Today we had more mystery readers in Grebe Class. We were very surprised with Moorhen Class turned up to ready us their winter poems. What a treat! Thank you Moorhens yes

Road Safety Week 2019

Watch what we have been learning about in Road Safety Week 2019.
Find out more about road safety education resources for different age groups:

Term 2 - Week 2

In Maths this week we have been looking at different ways of taking away or subtracting within the numbers 0-10. We have used objects, pictures and number lines to show our working. Being able to explain how we know an answer is more important than just being able to recall facts as this is what makes us a Mathematician and helps us to problem solve. Can you make us up some number stories for the other children to solve? For example 'Dilbert had 5 apples but he ate 2 how many did he have left?'    'Miss Horne had 6 children in a group, 2 were packed lunch - how many were school dinners?'   'There were 8 sweets in the jar then Sid ate 5! How many were left in the jar?'


This week we are been looking at different ways of making the /oi/ sound using oi and oy. Have a go reading and writing these words:

oil  foil  toy  boy spoil  annoy oil  destroy join employ enjoy


In English we have been using describing words to think about characters in Traditional Tales. Do you have any Traditional Tale story books you could bring in to share and put in our class reading journey?


We were very lucky to have a 'Mystery Reader' come and read us the story Cinderfella this week. We enjoyed guessing who the visitor was then hearing them read the story. Photos for you to guess who the Mystery Reader was to follow! If you would like to come in and be a Mystery Reader and read a story to the class please let Miss Horne or Miss Smith know and we shall pop you in the diary as a secret treat!

Term 2 - Week 1

Out topic this term will be 'Now and Then' to help us to think about changes in living memory. We will also be having a focus on Traditional Tales in English as well as Subtraction, Shape and Place Value in Maths. In PSHE we are talking about ways to stay safe especially in the event of a fire. In RE this term we will be talking about the celebrations of Harvest, Sukkot and Christmas and discussing which celebration are important to different groups of people. We shall be looking at printing in Art and product design in DT with the hope of making some items to sell at the Christmas Fair. In PE we are continuing to work with Coach James on games skills and will also be starting some Gymnastics skills in the hall.


This week we are been looking at different ways of making the /ai/ sound. Have a go reading and writing these words:

day   sail   may   hail    way   mail   nail   rain   Sunday   Monday    clay   spray


In English we have started story stepping Goldilocks and the Three Bears as well as the Three Little Pigs. Can you draw a story map at home?


In Art we started out work on printing by using classroom objects to investigate what a print is. Can you find any prints in your home? Can you make any print impressions? You could use objects and paint, objects and playdough, rubbings of surfaces or stamps and ink.

Week 8


This week in PSHE we are thinking about what an emergency is and who can help us in an if there is one. We will be talking about 999 being an emergency service number. Discuss at home what you would do in an emergency such as a fire or someone needing a paramedic or if you were out and about and got lost. It is really useful for children to have a basic understanding of this so they can help keep themselves safe.


Number Bonds

This week in maths we are looking at how we can work out number bonds systematically to notice patterns in them and find out how many number bonds each number to 10 has. For example:

5 = 5 + 0

5 = 4 + 1

5 = 3 + 2

5 = 2 + 3

5 = 1 + 4

5 = 0 + 5

but 5 = 4+1 and 5 = 1 +4 are the same as they belong to the same fact family.

Can you work out how many number bonds of 9 there are?

Week 7


In PSHE this week we have been thinking about people who help us. We started off thinking about people who help us personally then about people who help in the community. Can you explain to someone at home how these people help?


Firefighter         Plumber         Lunchtime Supervisor          Dentist            Doctor           Teacher             Mechanic              Builder            Nurse        Paramedic             Police



In English this week we have been using the book Dougal the Deep Sea Diver to learn to read and write the days of the week. We noticed that some of them have very funny spellings! We then had a go writing about Dougal's adventures using the days of the week we had started to learn. At home you could have a go keeping a diary to practise writing the days of the week - don't forget a capital letter at the beginning. Do you know any stories with the days of the week in? You could bring one in to share if you do.

Week 6

RE - Why is Baptism special to Christians?

Out big question this term in RE is Is Everybody Special?

We have been thinking about what makes us special, how we know we are special, the bible stories The Lost Coin and the Lost Sheep and why Christians choose to be baptised. This week we had a visit from Rev. Rice to talk to us about baptism in the Anglican Church. He showed us what he does when someone is baptised at his church and explained about some of the special items he uses to do this. He then baptised Baby Joshua with the help of some of the Grebes and Kingfishers. Can you explain to someone at home what baptism means?

Week 6

Terrific Tagging!

In games this week Coach James taught us a game with the rugby tags. We had great fun sneaking up on people to get their tags and therefore the ball for our team! The Grebes showed great team work, perseverance and tactical initiative. 

Part-Whole Model

In maths this week we have been exploring the part-whole model. We have been placing objects in the model in a variety of ways and explaining what we have done using the words "part" and "whole". We have also been working on explaining our reasoning of number facts using the part-whole model. This work prepares us for splitting numbers into 100s, 10s and 1s as we move forward. 

Can you turn the below models into number sentences?

Week 4


This week in reading we have been working on what a summary is. This is proving quite tricky  for a number of children who what to tell the whole story of a book when you ask what it is about! We have been looking at the blurb on our reading books to get an idea of what a summary is and then having a go at thinking what we would write is we were writing the blurb about the book we have read or heard being read. Can you think of a summary for the last book you read or that a grown-up read to you?



Our big question this week has been "Who is special?" we have begun this work by sharing who is special to us personally and explaining why they are special thinking about their personality and qualities as well as all the lovely things they do for us. Why not discuss over dinner who is special to your family? Which friends, family, community or interesting people are special to you? This work will be built on in the coming weeks when we think about the communities we are part of and what special jobs people in our community do. If you or some one in your family do a job that helps our community and would be willing to come and talk to the children about it we would love to hear from you. In the past we have had a postman, dentist, vicar, nurse, librarian and shop assistant to give you some ideas!




This week in art we have been using The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai to inspire our art work. We have been learning about different paint brushes and making decisions about what size brush to use for each part of the painting. Take a look at some of our creations:

Week 4 - Maths

This week in maths we are taking a closer look at one-to-one correspondence. So far we have been working on matching objects with another object and noticing if there are too many or two few objects and explaining our reasoning when matching. We learnt that the word remainder is another word for spare and have been using the language greater than and less than. This will lead to adding the greater than and less than symbols to our growing knowledge of equals, add and take-away for recording our thinking. We set up a tea party to explore remainders and sharing into equal groups. We also set up a ice cream shop to work out if there was enough ice cream to match the amount of customers. At home you could help set the table to make sure that there are no remainder knives and forks when your grown-up gives them to you!


Week 3

In English this week we have been using perfect punctuation to write to Greenpeace about a Penguin Miss Horne thought she might have seen in the pond. We have used exclamation marks for interest, question marks for questions, full stops for pausing and finger spaces to help our writing make sense.

We had a go being editors when Greenpeace wrote back to us but has forgotten finger spaces. We gave them green to grow advice about where the finger spaces were needed.

Can you decide what punctuation is needed for these bits of writing?



I saw a penguin at school


Can penguins fly


Do you know any penguin facts you could write down to share at school? Don't forget your punctuation!

Colourful Collage

Week 3

We have been learning about collage this week in art. We used our watercolour paper from last week to create underwater scenes using both tearing and cutting to achieve different results. You could have a go working on your scissor skills at home to create a scene to share at school. Can you spot a camouflaged creature in the art below?

Marvellous Maths

Week 3

This week in maths we are working on our reasoning skills by fining different ways to explain our thinking. We have started by using number tracks to count forwards and backwards. We took it in turns to remove or swap numbers and our partner had to explain not only what was missing but how they knew. We put 'I just know' in the bin and discussed that mathematicians need to be able to explain problems as well as solve them. Can you explain what has gone wrong here:


1   2   3   3  4   5  6 


six   seven   nine   ten


9  8  7  6  5  3  2  1 


______ one______ three


3  4 ____ 6 ______



Week 2

This week we have been learning to represent numbers in different ways in maths, including using a 10s frame, recording using digits, having a go a writing number words and counting out quantities of objects. Take a look below at some of the resources we have been using to do this.


In English we have been learning why it is important to leave spaces between words! This is the beginning of our work on punctuation and we have been having a go applying our growing skills by using the book Dear Greenpeace to inspire letter writing. We soon realised that without spaces between words the person we were writing too couldn't read out messages. Can you have a go writing a letter to someone at home? It could be a thank you note, a postcard, a birthday card or a message - if you remember your finger spaces Miss Horne would love to see!


In handwriting and spelling we have been working on words with the digraph ll in, making sure that both of the letters sit on the line and are tall and straight like the Long Legged Giraffe. Can you spell these words? spill, thrill, mill, skill, ill, hill, will, drill, chill, shell, troll


In Art we have been learning about shades of colour using watercolours. What colours can you see near you? Can you describe them?



Fishy Fun

This term we are learning about seas and oceans. We have already started to think about what we would like to learn about and have been finding out what we are going to become the best we can be at this term.


In Penpals this week we have been working on Long Legged Giraffe letters in our sparkly new handwriting books. In Maths we have been getting to grips with sorting and explaining. The book 'The Fish Who Could Wish' has helped us to write down our own wishes in English, which make for interesting reading! During Art we took inspiration from the Rainbow Fish to have a go at printing scales using vegetables and in Geography we have been starting to learn words for different types of water such as sea, ocean, river and pond.


If you would like to support with learning at home this week why not see if you can do some underwater research about a sea creature to tell us about at school or see if you have a story with a sea creature in that we could share at story time.

We seem to be missing something!

Grebes Dilbert needs you! He is ready for a fabulous time in Year 1 and thought you might like a sneaky peak at what we are going to be getting up to. Hope you have had a lovely holiday, see you on Tuesday 3rd September ready for a 8.50am start.

Miss Horne and Dilbert!

Glorious Grebes!

We had a fabulous day exploring our new classroom today.

I was so proud of how much like Year 1s the children were coming in independently and behaving beautifully all day. We enjoyed learning what computing is, explored some history resources and had a go writing in our new handwriting books. The ice cream role play was a hit as was the lavender playdough and the new books for our outdoor area. We had a dinosaur invasion and a farming frenzy as well as lots of fun with the marble run!

I hope the children had as a nice a time as I did.

Well done Glorious Grebes smiley 

Miss Horne

Happy Herons

Whilst we are sad to be leaving Reception (and Mrs Parry!) we are excited about what Year 1 will bring and continuing on our journey to become the best that we can be. Take a look below at how our learning journey began when we were in Reception last year.

Rosie's Walk

Summer Term Week 4

This week we have been using the story Rosie's Walk written by Pat Hutchins to inspire some map making! Can you have a go making a map of your journey to school? What important things need to go on your map? Can you label them?


In Maths we have been working on number formation. You could have a go showing someone at home how brilliant you are at this now.




Terrific Teeth

Summer Term Week 3

In PSHE we have been thinking about how to stay healthy. We have been talking about drinking water to stay hydrated, good sleeping habits, sensible food choices, how to wash our hands and how to look after our teeth.


During the Early Years a child's first experiences with oral health can impact on the rest of their life. That's why we start talking about it in Reception. It is important to introduce children to good habits as soon as possible and 'normalise' dental visits to put children at ease with the role of a dentist as a person they can trust. We have also talked about wobbly teeth being nothing to worry about and discussed why this happens.


If you would like to discuss this at home we recommend using the Topsy and Tim Our Teeth Episode, which is available on BBC iPlayer, as a discussion starter.


We would love to read some proud clouds about terrific teeth care. 

Terrific Trip!

Summer Term 2 - Week 1

This week we started off term with a trip to the Earth Trust! The Herons were fabulous. They treated the minibeasts that we found with care and respect. They showed our value of perseverance even with it was raining and loved every minute.



Today we celebrated 30 years of Elmer 

We counted Elmers, painted Elmers, decorated Elmers, designed Elmers, made Elmers, made Elmer ears and read lots and lots of Elmer Stories. We even celebrated with balloons, a snack treat and sang Elmer Happy Birthday whilst he blew out the candles with his trunk!

Noah and the Ark

Take a look here at the song from the BBC we have been using when learning about Noah and his ark. Can you tell someone at home the story? Can you draw a picture about the story?

Beautiful Bodies!

Summer Term 1 Week 5

You should have received a log in to Purple Mash. We are also using this it school. This week we used it in science to draw our bodies and then read the labels to drag and drop in the right place.

Can you have a go at home?

Tremendous Technology

Summer Term 1 - Week 4

This week we are been thinking about the different purposes of the technology around us and exploring how to get various items to work. Can you help put on the washing machine? Do you know how to use the phone in an emergency? Can you write a list of the technological items you have in your house and bring it to school?

Maths with Year 2

Summer Term 1 Week 4

We had some helpful visitors from Moorhen and Swallow this week. They helped us to play some maths games and were impressed by our careful counting skills and turn taking. What games do you like to play at home? Are you good at showing the values of respect and friendship whilst playing?


Creative Collages

Summer Term Week 3 and 4

We have been learning about collages. Take look at how we applied this learning in these photos. Ifyou would like to learn about collage you can watch this clip about a landscape collage or this clip about a bid collage

If you make a collage at home we would love to celebrate this at school.

Happy sticking! smiley


Summer Term 1 Week 3

This week we are continuing out work with the story The Enormous Turnip by story mapping, story stepping and story writing - Can you tell the story to someone at home?


In art we are learning about collages and using small pieces of paper to make a larger piece of art. You could do this at home by cutting out things  from catalogues, food packaging, different coloured wrapping paper or magazines (as well as different coloured paper). I would love to read a proud cloud about how safely and carefully you have been with scissors - if you would like to borrow a child size pair please do ask.


In technology we have been talking about what different technology we can find in school - Can you make a list of technology you use at home?


In PSHE we are continuing to think about what change is. Last week we enjoyed looking at some baby photos and guessing who they were - feel free to send one in if you haven't done so yet. We talked about changes such as new babies, starting school and moving house. Next we will we thinking about how change or loss can feel for example if we lost our favourite toy.


In maths we will be learning about 3D shapes. In particular spheres, cubes, cuboids, pyramids and cones. Can you be a shape detective at home?

Lovely Learning in Week 2

The Enormous Turnip

Summer Term 1 Week 2

This week we are taking inspiration from the story The Enormous Turnip. We have been developing our use of words linked to size, weight and length in maths by looking at different size seeds, different height plants and different weight animals. Can you find something long, short, tall, short, heavy and light at home? Can you order your family by height? Can you describe how heavy your school bag is?


We have been walking about what plants need to survive in science and are helping Miss Horne to look after the plants in our classroom - she keeps forgetting to water them and has been leaving them in funny places so we have been explain to her why the plants aren't going to survive! Do you have any plants at home you could look after?


In music we have been using the William Vaughn music Lark Ascending - why not share this performance of the piece at home and discuss what you like and don't like about it:


In PSHE we are thinking about what change is. This is linked to changes in living memory such as new babies, starting school, moving house and leads on to start thinking about moving class. What changes have you experienced as a family? We would love to share photos of how the children have changed as they have grown - fee free to send in a baby or 3 year old picture for us to see if we can work out who it is!

Ready Steady Grow

Summer Term 1 Week 1

Welcome back to the summer term!


This week we have been learning about different plants and their life cycles as well as thinking about life cycles of some creatures that are springing into action with the improved weather.


In PE we are now learning about what it means to be a gymnast by travelling, balancing, jumping and landing - can you have a go at this in the park over the next few weeks?


Is PSHE we were talking about all the things we are good at and what we would like to get better at - we shared the story of Giraffes Can't Dance to think about this - we would love some proud clouds about what you have noticed your child has become better at to share at school.


Time words were the order of the day in Maths this week - we have been thinking about using the words next, then, finally, after that etc. to retell things that have happened whilst also using the past, present and future tense. You could work on this together by asking the children to tell you about something they do regularly and encouraging.the use of correct tenses.


In handwriting we have been working on Curly Caterpillar letters with a focus on a and d.


We are going to be busy growing in confidence, growing friendships and growing plants this term. With trowels at the ready we will be seeing if we can turn our fingers green planting and looking after sunflowers, beans, cress, tomatoes and other delicious things to eat. During this term we will also be coming up with a plan for a farmer and his enormous turnip as well as reading and writing non-fiction. If you have any seeds, bulbs or plants you are willing to donate for us to use please speak to a member of the team. 

World Poetry Day

Spring Term 2 Week 4

WOW the Herons have been poetry performers and poetry writers this week. In the World Poetry Day assembly they got up in front of the whole school and shared two poems they had learnt - 'I have 10 fingers' and 'Mix a pancake' why not see if they can do you a poetry recital at home?


We also took inspiration from a John Foster poem called Zoo Dream to write our own nonsense animal poems.


Take a look at these poems to celebrate at home:


Farm Poems       Magic Hands Poems       

Red Nose Day

Thank you for supporting us to raise money for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day. During the day we learnt about what our money might be spent on by the charity as well as using Red Noses in our learning!

Terrific Totals and Super Stories

Spring Term 2 Week 3


This week we have been using the story of The Little Red Hen in our learning. We have learnt to tell the story using storytelling actions and have made story maps to help us remember the story. We then had a go telling the story using time connectives such as first, next, then, finally, when and after. I wonder if you can tell someone the story at home?


In maths we have been using money to work out totals by counting out, counting all and even tried some tricky counting on. We also used this week to identify different coins - why not see what coins you can find at home?


In PSHE we have been thinking about how feelings can be hurt and what we need to do if we hurt someone's feelings or if we have hurt feelings. We were shocked when Miss Horne snatched something from someone but by listening we found out what had happened and helped her and the other person to resolve the problem with 'Peaceful Problem Solving'!


In handwriting we have moved on to Curly Caterpillar letters starting out with c and a. You could have a go working on these at home.



World Book Day

Thank you for helping to organise World Book Day costumes, we enjoyed hearing about every bodies books. We also had a story  from a ‘Mystery Reader, did lots of story related exploring and listened to lots of books throughout the day.

Perfect Pancakes

Spring Term 2 Week 2

How do you like your pancakes?


This week in RE we are learning about Shrove Tuesday and in English we are learning the Christina Rossetti Poem 'Mix a Pancake' and finding out about Mr Wolf and his pancakes. We have been using these texts to think about instructions words linked to cooking such as mix, stir, chop, fry, measure and pour. Can you help with some cooking at home and have a go using these words? You could also teach someone the poem we are learning.


In Phonics this week we are working on consonant digraphs. This is when two letters make one sound like qu in quiz, th in thin, sh in shop, ch in chip and ng in ring.


In Maths we are thinking about paying vocabulary and careful counting for paying.


Mix a pancake

Stir a pancake

Pop it in a pan

Fry a pancake

Toss a pancake

Catch it if you can!

Food Glorious Food

Spring Term 2 Week 1

This term we are thinking about food and growing. We have started off by making fruit salad and learning about why we wash our hands and how to be safe with knives. We then learned that describing words are called adjectives and had a go coming up with adjectives to describe some of the fruit we tried. Can you describe the food you have for dinner using adjectives?


In PSHE we are thinking about 'feelings' this term and have started off by describing how peoples face tell us they might be feeling. We came up with lots of good emotion words including sad, happy, excited, surprised, angry, cross, frustrated, proud, scared, nervous, worried, cheerful, relaxed and lonely. Can you describe how the characters are feeling in the next book you read?


In Collective Worship we have been starting to think about our new value of Forgiveness and will be thinking about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday next week. Linked in with this and our topic in RE we will be thinking about the foods different people use to celebrate.


The BBC have produced an interesting read and clip about 'What Children Learn through Cooking'

Snow Fun

Spring Term Week 4

Looking for inspiration for the snowy weekend ahead?

Why not have a go at some of these once you have had some fun in the snow?

We'd love to see pictures of how you spend your weekend - feel free to email them in for your Special Book.

Don't forget to wrap up warm and stay safe smiley


  1. Freeze some ice suncatchers
  2. Build a snowman
  3. Put on a music show using household items as instruments
  4. Say hello to elderly relatives and neighbours - great opportunity to show our value of Love
  5. Burn some energy making butter the old fashioned way
  6. Make banana snowmen
  7. Hunt outdoors for animal prints
  8. Have an indoor picnic or  teddy bear tea party
  9. Make your own playdough
  10. Make a bird feeder
  11. Create a snow painting
  12. Bake a cake in a mug
  13. Have a snowball throwing contest - make a target and see who scores the most
  14. Craft a toy parachute out of recycling
  15. Play balloon tennis

Whatever Next!

Spring 1 Week 3


This week we are continuing to use the story Whatever Next in our learning. We have been retelling the  story using time connectives such as

  • One morning
  • At bedtime
  • First
  • After
  • Next
  • At last
  • Then

See if you can use some of these words to tell a story to someone at home using pictures.


In handwriting we have been working on long-legged giraffe letters like this:

You could have a go working on these at home.


In PSHE we have been talking about what we are responsible for. What are you responsible for at home? What are your grown-ups responsible for?


We have also been thinking about 'becoming the best we can be' Can you tell someone what your are becoming the best you can be at using our learning this week?

The Value of Love

Spring Term 1

This term our school value is love take a look at some of the things we have been using to think about love. We have been talking about who we love, who loves us, God's love, how to show love and thinning about the bible passage:

'Let everything that you do be done in love.'

Roaring Rockets!

This week we have been reading books about the moon. We read Men on the Moon and found out that the first man on the moon was an American and that there is a flag on the moon. We also learnt that the first rocket that he went in was called Saturn 5. We found out that the astronauts collected rocks, ash and soil to bring back to Earth. Do you know any space facts?


We have also been using the story Whatever Next in our learning. We had a think about what Baby Bear packed and what we would pack if we went to the Moon. Take a look at some of our writing on the Whatever Next display in the classroom we have been using super sounding out.


In RE we had a think about what things are special to us and what things are special to Christians. We learnt about the Bible, prayers, candles, crosses and church. What is special to you?


In Maths we have continued to think about counting back from a given number. See if you can teach someone the song Alice the Camel or 10 Green Bottles.


In computing we have been learning to use the computer software 2Simple2Paint:

Rugby Tots

We are excited to have Rugby Tots in school this term. The Herons will get to have a go on Tuesday mornings. Our first session this week went very well and we enjoyed learning lots of new skills.

Please can you ensure that your child has a named P.E. kit with them. When the weather allows we will be outside for Rugby Tots so please feel free to send something warm in addition to your child's PE kit e.g. jogging bottoms and a jumper.

We have enjoyed working with Rugby Tots in the past and the children who have had coaching in previous years have joined in with much enthusiasm!

Love and Becoming The Best We Can Be

Spring Term - Week 1

Happy New Year! It has been lovely to be greeted by so many smiley happy children who are excited to be starting a new year and a new term this week. We have been focusing on our new value of Love this week. We have been thinking about who we love and why we love them. Take a look at our explanations of this on the display by the office. We have also been thinking about what we would like to become the best we can be at over the next few weeks. We wrote down our ideas using super sounding out and fabulous finger spaces.


We have been learning how to form Long-legged giraffe letters in handwriting starting with tall straight 'l' and 'i' with a small dot on. Why not have a go with this at home.


In Maths we learnt what a tens frame is and started to learn to count backwards from 20.


We were also excited to learn that our new topic is 'Up, up and away!' and have already come up with lots of ideas about what we would like to learn about.

Count down to Christmas.

Autumn Term 2 - Week 6 and 7

Christmas celebrations have started in Heron Class. The classroom is starting to look festive and the children have been talking more about how we celebrate special occasions. We have been thinking about why Christians celebrate using Nativities. We have shared the Nativity story and used crib scenes to find about about the people in the story and what they all did. You may also have had a sneaky preview of some of the songs we have been learning ready for our nativity performance! You are in for a real treat as we celebrate this part of Christmas together.


We have also been learning about Advent and have been enjoying opening a new book every day as we count down to the end of term. In phonics we have been working on blending (reading words) and segmenting (pulling words apart to spell them) and have been working hard on recognising letter sounds.


In PSHE we have been learning lots of new words to describe how we feel as sad and happy don't always explain how we are feeling. The Herons wowed the grown-ups by using words like:

cheerful, grumpy, miserable, upset, excited, worried, confused, joyful, pleased, jolly.

See if you can encourage different words to describe how someone is feeling when you read a bedtime story.

Road Safety Week

Autumn Term - 19th November 2018

We will be thinking about what it means to be safe on the road and pavement this week.

We have already talked about holding hands when walking, walking on the pavement, wearing helmets when scooting, wearing a seatbelt in the car and using pedestrian crossings where possible. See if you can explain to a grown up: 

Stop   Look    Listen    Think

Children in Need

Friday 16th November 2018

Thank you to everyone for their support with Do Your Thing is for this year’s theme for Children in Need. It’s been great to celebrate everyone’s ‘thing’ so thank you to everyone for embracing the event and for your donations to this charity. We will let you know how much we raised once we’ve finished counting up all your contributions!  We celebrated the day in Heron Class by making Pudsey puppets, colouring and painting Pudsey and thinking about what makes us special and unique.

Friendship Friday and Anti-Bullying Week

Autumn Term 2 - Week 3

It’s been Anti-Bullying Week. We launched this with a ‘Friendship Friday’ event last week during which it was lovely to hear the children praising their friends for showing our school values and nominating each other for friendship ribbons. In worship on Monday, we talked about this year’s theme, ‘Choose Respect’ and during the week we have done lots of activities to think more about what it means to make a choice and how we treat other people. We talked about our value of Respect and how it’s right to celebrate people being different.


Autumn Term 2 - Week 2

This week we have been thinking about celebrations and in particular what Diwali is and how it is celebrated. We made Diva Lamps, made up some firework dances and practised our handwriting pattern whilst drawing fireworks.

Wonderful Weather

Autumn Term 2 - Week 1

smiley Welcome back smiley

It has been lovely to catch up with the children today after a week off. It has been great to see them settle back into school life so smoothly!

This term we are starting off my finding out about weather and have already been busy surveying to find out which weather people enjoy the most. If you have any books or activities at home to do with weather feel free to share this with Miss Horne or Mrs Parry.

In phonics this week we will be looking at these sounds:

We use Jolly Phonics actions to teach the sounds. If you would like to hear how we say the sounds we recommend taking a look at Oxford Owl should you wish to find out more please let one of the Heron grown-ups know.


In handwriting we are looking at joining straight lines and in maths we are thinking about using counting to measure.


This week we joined with the rest of the school to celebrate HARTvest. We tried out lots of new art techniques to produce harvest related art. We also learnt some new harvest songs and performed them in our harvest celebration.

Amazing Animals, Amazing Term!

Lovely learning

Autumn Term 1 Week 6

This week we have been thinking a bit more about shapes and have been learning to describe them. We used resources to make shape enclosures for the animals and drew shape houses for people. We have been talking about sides, corners and is shapes are curved or not. Can you make some shapes out of things in your house? Maybe lego or paint or sticks or playdough.


In phonics we have been investigating the letters s and t and finding things that start with those letters as well as practising oral blending. This is when we put together sounds to work out the words. For example we played Touch your….l-e-g…..h-air….f-oo-t….t-u-mm-y. Can you sound out parts of your body at home?


In handwriting we have been working on forming waves like these:

We're going on a sound hunt, we're going to hear a loud one!

Autumn Term 1 Week 5

This week we have been thinking a bit more about sounds. The Herons impressed Miss Horne with their impeccable behaviour travelling around  the school and the school grounds on a listening walk. We shut our eyes at various stops along the way to see what we could hear. You could go on a listening walk with your family – we’d love to hear about what you heard.


We have also been thinking about initial sounds that words begin with and had a go writing about the places in the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt.’ The Herons also made their own collaged story maps and then told a grown up what they could remember in the story. Can you try telling the story at home? If you would like to see your child’s story map feel free to pop into the classroom.


In maths we went on a shape hunt and have been getting to grips with the difference between a square and a rectangle which became tricky when someone mentioned the word diamond. You could go on a shape hunt at home.

Glorious Grandparents

Autumn Term 1 Week 5

We were very lucky to have some special visitors this week. We invited our Grandparents in to mark Grandparents' day. The Herons enjoyed showing their visitors around and exploring this weeks activities and then we shared snacks, drinks and stories in the hall.

It was lovely to read such lovely comments on the feedback forms.

Thank you very much for coming.

If there was anyone who was unable to visit but would like to pop in please speak to Miss Horne.

Super Storytelling

Autumn 1 - Week 5

This week we are using the story We're Going on a Bear Hunt with our learning. We have started off by story mapping and story stepping the story all together. We have been learning the repeated language to help us be super storytellers. We will be making our own story maps to help us tell the story by ourselves. If any of the Heron grown-ups want to see our class story map feel free to pop in - it's on the windows by Miss Horne's chair.

Sssuper Sssafety, Ssssuper Sssstraight lines and Ssssuper Ssssounds

Autumn Term 1 - Week 4

This week we have been learning about the three rights we have in school. Miss King came to Collective Worship to talk to us about staying safe which is one of our three rights. We had lots of ideas about how to stay safe. At home you could talk about how you stay safe when you aren't at school.


In Penpals we have been working on holding our pen or pencil with 'snappy' fingers and making them strong by doing lots of fiddly jobs around the classroom. Until we have made our hands and fingers strong it makes it really tricky to hold a pencil for more than a few marks. Why not have a go at home at threading, picking up coins, creating with hamma beads or working with playdough to make your fingers strong. We were also working on drawing straight times starting at the top left of the paper.


In phonics we have been tuning into sounds around us and thinking about sounds that are at the beginning of our names and other words. We used the game 'I spy' to think about initial sounds of words and then had a go sorting objects to match others with the same initial sound - take a look at how we got on. You could have a go at I spy at home to get even better at this skill.


I spy with my little eye......

Matching initial sounds

National Fitness Day

26 September 2018

Today we marked National Fitness Day.

We took part in 10@10 where the whole school did 10 minutes of fitness at 10am - we tried to keep up with Miss Horne as we whizzed around the field at top speed surprise

We also thought about ways we keep our bodies fit and healthy. We talked about healthy eating choices, how we look after our bodies and what types of exercise we do.

For further guidelines from the NHS visit:

For helpful hints and tips to supporting your child's development take look at the 'Change 4 life' website:


Delightful Dots, Interesting Ipads and Crazy Cats!

Autumn Term 1 - Week 3

Another fantastic week in Heron Class. This week we have continued our learning inspired by animals and have been reading stories with animals in. We thought that the books Oi Cat!, Oi Dog! and Oi Frog!  were very funny and spent time looking for all the rhymes that we could find. Do you now any stories with rhymes in?


This week we have also started handwriting. We use the Penpals scheme which starts by looking at different types of lines and shapes that you need when you are handwriting. This week our focus was dots so the classroom has been dottastic - dot painting, dot hunting, dot drawing - you name it we dotted it!


We have also been having a go listening to and following instructions. To do this we used the app doodle pad on the ipad to create some animal pictures take a look at our efforts:

Heron Class, Heron Class what do you see?

Autumn Term 1 Week 2

This week we have been using the books of Eric Carle to inspire our learning. We have discovered lots of new animals like buffalo, sloths and peacocks as well as think about those that we are already familiar with. We have been working on following instructions to paint and draw animals as well as using colour and shape language to describe animals. Our art work will be up in the classroom soon feel free to pop in to take a look. In the meantime take a look at these fantastic flamingos!

We have also been working on cooperating and collaborating in our play. These children have been demonstrating these characteristics of learning in their exploring time.

Brilliantly Busy Beginning of the Year

Autumn Term 1 - Week 1

We have been exploring our new classroom this week and getting stuck in with discovering where everything is as well as making lots of new friends. It didn't take long to find the garden or all the lovely activities that we could do during the day. Miss Horne and Mrs Parry have been impressed with how engaged everyone is and how brilliant they all are already with tidying up! We are looking forward to a busy year of happy Herons and lovely learning.