Each Friday your child will bring home their weekly homework which will be linked to the teaching and learning within the classroom. The homework may involve your child engaging with one of the interactive games or resources on their active learning account, a small practical task for them to complete or even a board game type activity which they have to play with you. Alongside this the children can choose if they would like to complete some of the homework challenges.
As a class we really value parent involvement and from time to time will be inviting parents in to share our learning. If any parents have a particular skill or job role which they would like to share with the children or you would like to offer your time to assist with classroom activities, listening to children read etc, please do let us know.
If you have any questions, queries, or concerns then please do communicate through your child’s link book or speak to myself or one of the classroom staff . You can also send me an email or book a short appointment to meet with me before or after school.
Friday 21st September
We have had a busy few weeks in Class Elm . The children continue to have a fantastic attitude towards their learning and are embracing all of the activities and opportunities on offer. Here are just a few photos to show you what we have been up to.
Tuesday 25th September
This morning Class Elm enjoyed a visit from Tarmac. The children had the opportunity to sit inside the lorry exploring all of the safety features fitted inside, they especially liked the cameras which enabled them to observe their friends in the car park. Here are a few photos from the visit;
Thursday 4th October
This half term the children have been taking part in weekly dance sessions with Miss Nicola. They are really enjoying the sessions and are always keen to demonstrate their new moves. Below are a few photographs and a short video from todays session.
This week we have really enjoyed taking part in iSingPop learning new songs and dance moves with Sandy, our project leader. Today the children got to record the songs and have one final practise before the concert tomorrow.
Thursday 18th October
Today the children had their last dance session with Miss Nicola. They combined the moves they have learnt to create a routine. We look forward to working with Miss Nicola in the near future when we prepare for our Christmas production, and thank her for her hard work this term. Here are just a few videos from todays session.
What a fantastic start to the academic year this term has been, the children have settled well into Year One and have loved the scientific focus of the topic 'Marvellous Me'. Here are just a few more photos from the classroom ;
Autumn Term Two
Welcome back to a new half term, and what a busy one it looks to become. We will be focusing on the topic 'A Step Back in Time' which will involve us learning about 'The Great Fire of London', and therefore exploring what London was like in 1666.
Today the whole school focused on maths and art and although we approached these subjects individually we also had a go at activities which combined both such as painting by numbers in the style of Piet Mondrian and creating repeating pattern pictures. Alongside this we enjoyed adding ingredients as we made ‘Witches Brew’, identifying and recognising numerals as we completed number lines and built a 100 square, investigated which piece of string was long enough to fit around the pumpkin and even had a go at creating a firework picture in the style of Jackson Pollock.
Friday 9th November
Elm Class joined with Beech Class today to celebrate Diwali. We started the day with a special assembly learning about Rama and Sita as we shared the Diwali story, and tasting delicious Indian food. We then spent the morning doing lots of lovely activities including Indian style dancing, making lanterns and Diwali sweets as well as having a go at creating our own Rangoli and Mehndi patterns. Below are just a few photos and a short video of our morning.
Today we were visited by Kelly from the Cats Protection, who gave us an insight into her job. She also shared the story 'Lulu loves Cats' with us and provided lots of tips and advice on how to care for cats and other pets.
Friday 7th December
What a busy week Elm Class have had, taking part in three fantastic performances of 'Lights, Camel, Action'. The children have all worked really hard to learn the different songs and dance routines and certainly put on a brilliant show for the other classes, local Pre-School and of course their families and friends.
Friday 14th December
Today we enjoyed an outing to Bristol Zoo, and what a great time we had. We started our time at the zoo with an educational workshop learning lots of facts about rainforests and even got the opportunity to touch and hold cockroaches, a stick insect and a snake. We then visited many of the Zoo’s inhabitants including the lions, monkeys, penguins, and sea lions. The outing was topped off with a visit to see Father Christmas. The children got the opportunity to chat with the elves and write their letters before visiting Father Christmas in his log cabin. The children were pleased to discover that they were all on the ‘good list’ and received a special gift. What a lovely day we had. A special thank- you goes to Mrs Walker, Mrs Lanfear and Miss Heaven for joining us on this outing.
Tuesday 18th December
Today we enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch with the rest of the Infant classes. What a lovely Christmas celebration. Thank- you Mrs McKenzie for such a delicious lunch.
Spring Term 2019
Welcome back to the Spring Term, it is hard to believe that we have already completed our first term within Year One, time really does fly when you're having fun!
This term we continue to focus on the topic 'A Step back in Time' but will now centre our learning around local history, investigating how Berry Hill and the surrounding areas have changed through the years.
Today we hosted a whole class 'Show and Tell' session where the children talked about their Christmas holidays, with many bringing in an item or photo to show their friends. It was lovely to hear what the children had been up to and learn a little more about their Christmas gifts.
Friday 11th January
What a great week we have had, the children have settled back into the school routine and have shown a fantastic attitude to their learning. Below are just a few photos from the week;
Monday 21st January
As part of RE day we learnt about Sikh, Hindu and Jewish weddings and recreated our own Christian style ceremony. The children had a great time, which I am sure you will see from the photos below.
Wednesday 30th January
We have been busy making postcards and today we wrapped up warm and enjoyed a chilly stroll to the postbox to post them. Back at school we watched a short video to find out what will happen to our postcards in order for them to reach our homes.
Tuesday 5th February
Elm Class joined with Beech Class today to celebrate Chinese New Year. We started the day with an assembly sharing the traditional Chinese New Year Zodiac Story, learning how Chinese people celebrate New Year and tasting Chinese food. We then spent the day doing lots of lovely activities including creating lanterns, designing cards and making dragon puppets. We answered the register by wishing our friends a Happy New Year in Chinese ( Kung Her Fat Choi ) and finished the day with a Dragon parade around the school grounds.
This afternoon Elm Class were visited by local historian Mr Belcher, who came in to discuss what it would have been like to be a Forest of Dean Freeminer. The children enjoyed looking at the different artefacts such as the miners helmet, carbide lamp, and pick-axe. Mr Belcher also took the time to answer the children's many questions and even taught us some traditional forest dialect. Thank You Mr Belcher for such a lovely visit.
Monday 11th February
Today we were joined by Brian and Penny from Natwest who led a MoneySense workshop focussing on how we spend money. We discussed the things which people need to spend money on and sometimes what they may want to spend money on.
Spring Term Two
We have a very busy half term ahead with lots going on within School including World Book Day, Families in School Week and Easter . Our topic for this half term is 'Once upon a time' and will centre around traditional tales such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Little Red Riding Hood.
Elm Class have had a lovely day celebrating Shrove Tuesday, sharing the story 'Mr Wolfs Pancakes', running pancake races and of course eating pancakes.
Thursday 7th March
Today we celebrated World Book Day. We all came dressed as our favourite book characters and many of us brought in our favourite book to share with our friends. We had a great time taking part in a whole school poster competition and spent the afternoon with Berry Hill's very own Willy Wonka (Mrs Walker) making sweets and creating magical potions.
Monday 11th March
This morning we enjoyed a cricket workshop led by All Stars Cricket. We learnt and practised different techniques for throwing and catching the ball and had a go at using the cricket bats.
Friday 15th March
Today we joined the whole school in wearing red to raise money for Comic Relief.
Tuesday 26th March
With such lovely Spring weather we enjoyed PE outside today, and had lots of fun practising skipping with a rope.
Wednesday 27th March
Within our science lessons this term we have been thinking about what it would be like to be stranded on a desert island. Today we had a go at designing , building and testing shelters with Mrs Williams in our woodland area.
Tuesday 2nd April
Today we joined the rest of the school to watch the children from Larch and Chestnut perform 'The Pied Piper' .
Wednesday 3rd April
As part of our Easter celebrations today we made Easter Nests. The children loved melting the chocolate, breaking the shredded wheat and combining the ingredients. What a fun morning.
Summer Term 2019
Welcome back to our final term in Elm Class. For the first half of this term, our topic will be Houses, Homes and Gardens . We will also be very busy enjoying both weekly Forest School (Mondays) and Gymnastic (Friday) sessions. Please can you therefore ensure that your child has suitable outdoor and sports clothing for these activities.
Today we celebrated St Georges Day. We shared the story of 'St George and the Dragon' before painting the Cross of St George.
Thursday 25th April
Today we enjoyed our first Gymnastics session at the Forest of Dean Gymnastics Centre. We listened carefully to the coaches and had lots of fun practising jumping onto and over the vaults , balancing on the beams, and working on different floor movements.
Thursday 2nd May
Another great session at the Gymnastics Centre today. We had a great time using new equipment such as the ropes and gymnastic rings.
Thursday 2nd May
Despite the rainy weather we managed to get outside today to explore the Forest School area and go on a Mini Beast hunt.
Thursday 9th May
Another great session at the Gymnastics Centre. Today we had a go at using the bars, balancing on the beams whilst negotiating obstacles as well as using the vault equipment.
Tuesday 14th May
As part of our Houses, Homes and Garden topic we enjoyed a walk around the local area today, taking note of the different types of homes as well as the local landmarks. Towards the end of our walk we all became very good at identifying the difference between different types of houses including semi-detached, detached, houses and bungalows.
Tuesday 21st May
This afternoon we enjoyed working with the children in Chestnut class to learn about nouns and then spot them in a picture.
Thursday 23rd May
Today was our last session at the Gymnastics Centre, and what a great time we had practising and refining some of the skills we have learnt this term. A big thank you to the coaches at the centre for making our weekly sessions so enjoyable.
Monday 3rd June
Wow who can believe we have reached our last term in Elm Class. We have a very busy term ahead with Phonics Screening, Sports Day and our trip to the Cotswold Farm Park. Our overarching theme this term is the Seaside and Beaches and our topic web can be found below.
Today Elm Class enjoyed a trip to The Cotswold Farm Park, luckily the weather held for us and we had a fantastic day. The children enjoyed an animal workshop learning lots about animal lifecycles and getting to handle chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits. We then had time to explore the farm park, meeting and feeding some of the other animals, exploring the ride on tractors, playing on the zip wire and jumping on the huge bouncy pillows. To end our day we enjoyed a delicious ice cream. What a lovely day.
Friday 21st June
Today Elm Class took part in a Circus workshop, learning lots of circus skills including plate spinning, juggling, and hula hooping.
Friday 5th July
A lovely morning spent practising for Sports Day.
Tuesday 9th July
This afternoon we hosted our very own drumming concert showcasing the skills we have learnt this term with Ms Gardner. Below is just a short video from the concert.
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Last Edited: 23rd May 2018
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