Greys 16th September

Greys class have had another busy week.

We have been looking at number bonds in Maths. The Year 2s are pretty confident with their number bonds to 20 and had to think of different ways to make 10 and then 20 using 3, 4 or 5 numbers and this certainly kept them so quiet, you could almost hear their brains ticking.

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The Year 1s have been working on their number bonds to 5 and 10 and have used dominoes, soft toys and cubes to help them count. Some of them then added 1,2,3,4, and 5 to 5 and 15. Others were beginning to bridge 10 by adding numbers higher than 5 to 5.

In Literacy we have been  reading an ebook called Don’t read this book! which has caused rather a lot of amusement. It tells the story of a rather  bossy king who employs a story writer to write his own traditional tale. The children thought of adjectives to describe the king, questions to ask the characters and role played the story of The Princess and the Pea.

In Art they carefully drew their self portraits in stages


and then mixed paints to create skin coloured tones.


They took great care to paint the fine details of their faces, all ready for a new display.

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On Thursday morning we searched for different wild plants on the Common before it got too hot later that day. We found all sorts; daisies, dandelions, clover, thistles and many more. We made a tally of each variety on our lists and then added them together before deciding on which was the most popular plant we found.

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Homework this weekend is to choose one wild plant and draw, paint or print a picture of it. This can be labelled or they can write some information about it. It needs to be on A4 paper as they will be used to collate a class book of wild plants for us all to share.

Show and Tell next week is still topic related (Plants, trees or birds)

Monday – Noah

Tuesday – Immy Croft

Wednesday – Nancy

Thursday – Jonathan

Friday – Clara

Have a lovely weekend!


Greys 9th September

Welcome back to a new school year!

We have had a lovely first week back which has been action packed and has flown by. We have been spending lots of time getting to know each other and have had lots of fun along the way.

We began the week by looking at the pictures of the dream jars that different people had collected in London and Mrs Clinkard definitely won the prize for collecting the most, so a very big thank you for her and her family’s  enthusiasm on this little challenge. Although a very special thank you should also go to Mrs Byron  who also managed to collect rather a few for us.

We listened to an extract from The BFG by Roald Dahl and discussed what our dreams would be… some of us dreamt that we would go to Fairyland, others would build massive towers and quite a few wanted to fly. We then drew our dreams and placed them into dream jars which we decorated.


The following day we wrote about our dreams using adjectives and our senses to describe them.

In Art we began to make dream catchers which was rather tricky at times making sure that the wool didn’t get too tangled as we threaded it through.


In Big Write we wrote all about our Summer holidays and then looked at how we could improve our writing the following day.

In Maths we have been estimating and guessing different amounts. We ordered numbers as quickly as we could.


We also used beaded lines to find numbers and the Year 2s were using them to count in jumps of 2, 5 and 10.

Our new topic is all about plants, trees and garden birds. On Wednesday afternoon we went for a lovely walk to see how many different trees we could spot.



We brought lots of leaves back to the classroom and matched them to pictures of the correct trees. We then decided which trees were deciduous and which were evergreen.

We had a vote to decide who our Worship and School council representatives would be for this year and they are;

Worship council – Jemima & Heather

School council – Noah & Imogen

Show and Tell next week will be topic related ( plants, trees and garden birds)

Monday – Riley

Tuesday – Harriet

Wednesday – Imogen Cima

Thursday – Max

Friday – Noah

A letter regarding this week’s homework has come home in your child’s book bag and should be handed in by Tuesday if possible.

Please have a look at the Greys class page for general information regarding our weekly routine and there will also be an information session on Monday 19th September at 9am and 3:30pm to find out what lies ahead in Greys class for the next term. Should you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to come and speak to Mrs Hawkins.

Have a lovely weekend.

Greys class 20th July

The end of term has finally arrived!

The last few days were taken up with Greys class writing their Memory booklets of their time in Greys class, which made us think of all the fun and exciting times that we have had together over the last year. Lots of children wrote about the different school trips, many wrote of their enjoyment of Big Write and their achievements are endless. Funniest memories ranged from quotes of  Mrs Clinkard and Mrs Hawkins, to Mrs Hawkins jumping at the frog on Tolly’s Farm to the funny antics of some of the more entertaining characters in Greys class! They really made us think about what a busy, rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable year we have had.

The trip to London on Tuesday was a huge success and we all had a lovely day enjoying all that the Science Museum had to offer. It was lovely to see all the forms of transport that we have been learning about over the last few weeks and explored Space in more detail.

On Wednesday we said a farewell to the Year 6s alongside the rest of the school and sang The Change Train to them with Freddie performing an outstanding solo in the final verse.

The year ended with our traditional picnic and water fight on the Comm0n before we all set off for our well-deserved Summer break.

In September we will be reading The BFG by Roald Dahl in Greys class  and for anybody visiting London over the Summer there is a BFG trail to follow and explore. If you do see any of the Dream Jars please take photos, noting their location so that we can have a display of them in the classroom in September.

Thank you so much to all the parents who help in the classroom and on school trips, it makes a huge difference and we value your support immensely. Your children love being able to share those hands on experiences with you and are memories that will remain with them. Whether it’s making chocolate truffles in class, finger painting, reading, computing or making bricks on school trips it is immensely rewarding for all, so if you wish to volunteer to help in any form please see Mrs Hawkins in September. Hopefully I will have booked all the trips  for the forthcoming year by then to enable you all to plan your diaries should you wish to support us outside the classroom.

Thank you to you all for your kindness and generosity with all your gifts and cards at the end of the term to both Mrs Hawkins and Mrs Clinkard. They were all very much appreciated.

Above all thank you to all the children for a fabulous year and to the Year 2s for an amazing 2 years. You have all done so very well and given us so many wonderful memories and we are immensely proud of you. Year 2, enjoy Key Stage 2, we will miss you! Year 1s let’s look forward to another fun filled and exciting year in Greys class!

Have a wonderful Summer!


Greys class 15th July

It was lovely to see the whole school production of Dream on on Wednesday night and the children were outstanding in every way possible. They sang their hearts out and smiled throughout making us all very proud indeed.

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Needless to say Thursday was a somewhat quieter day as everyone was rather tired, so we created some pictures based on ‘A journey to the moon’ to enter into the Binfield Heath art competition.

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In Topic we finished learning all about transport by creating our own futuristic forms of transport which was very exciting.

On Tuesday we explored different websites to find out more about the Solar System and used the information to create our own pages to put together for a class book.

We have also been putting together our memory booklets ready to take home next week.

Mrs Hawkins finished reading Peter Pan to us and we learned all about J.M.Barrie. She also told us about the Princess Diana Memorial Park in London which is based on Peter Pan and Neverland, it looked lots of fun.

We are all looking forward to our trip to the Science Museum on Tuesday and are on countdown to the Summer holidays.

There is no homework this weekend.

Can all children please ensure that they bring in 2 named plastic bags on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Greys 8th July

Greys class have been very busy practising for the end of term production this week and are now sounding rather fabulous. We practised as a whole school on Monday and Wednesday and it was lovely to see it all coming together rather nicely.

On Tuesday and Thursday morning we went into our new classes. In Greys we learned all about the Olympics and made our own Olympic medals from clay. First we rolled the clay into a ball, flattened it, shaped it and then made patterns using a cocktail stick.


On Thursday we then painted it creating our own colourful designs.

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Max then showed us how to make paper aeroplanes and we had the Greys class paper aeroplane Olympics.

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The following day we continued with our Olympic theme and ran relay races. Mrs Hawkins couldn’t believe how good we were at this.


We then pretended we were throwing the javelin, which was so much fun.

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We had a great time together and are really looking forward to September.

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Greys class have been looking at position in Maths and have been predicting what a 3D shape would look like after a 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 turn and also revisiting the order of the days of the week and what we do on different days.

We had a great time learning about the history of flight and watched a video of how people tried to fly years ago. You can follow this link to see why we got rather excited when we saw this.

We also learned all about the first steam trains and George Stephenson and had to imagine what it felt like to ride a steam train for the first time.

Benedict was so inspired about our study of Viking longboats that he decided to make one out of lego and brought it in to share with us.

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Dylan made a paper helicopter for Show and Tell and showed us all how to make one.

Show and Tell next week is

Monday – Daisy

Tuesday – Freya

Wednesday – Sienna

Thursday – Elodie

Friday – Freddie


Have a lovely weekend.

Greys class 1st July

We began our new topic this week ‘Where will the wheels on the bus take us?’ which will cover all types of transport, past and present.

On Wednesday afternoon Oxfordshire Museum Services came in and told us all about William Morris and the history of the motor car.

We enjoyed trying on the goggles.



We learnt that during the war William Morris made bombs and helmets. Ruby was very brave when she held the bomb.

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We looked at the different parts of old cars and had to guess what they were used for.


The following day we thought about why we travel and what types of transport we use. We looked at transport, past and present and arranged different types on a timeline.

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We then learnt all about Viking longships, which were one of the earliest forms of transport and designed our own. After that we tried to sell our longships to the class, some of us were very persuasive and passionate in our sales techniques. If anybody would like to learn more about the Viking longships the website that we were looking at was .


We also compared an early motor car to a modern day one and identified the similarities and differences.

In Literacy we continued with Poetry and had a fabulous Big Write on Thursday when we got to write our own ‘If I were a …..’ poems. Some of us imagined that we were clowns, horses, footballers, chocolate cake and the list was endless. We used alliteration, adjectives and similes to make our writing more interesting.

We continued researching the solar system on and we identified the symbols for the different planets and wrote clues for each other about different planets. It was really interesting learning lots of different facts and then sharing our findings.

The Year 1s have been using their number bonds to help them add single digit numbers to 2 digit numbers and the Year 2s have been using the partitioning method and counting up/ counting back to add and subtract two 2 digit numbers.

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Astrid took Show and Tell to a whole new level this week and brought in her bicycle!

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Show and Tell next week will be about Transport

Monday – Josie

Tuesday – Jamie

Wednesday – Isobel

Thursday – Joseph

Friday – Dylan

We have been busy practising for the Production so can you please remember to bring in costumes for the Production by Friday 8th July latest.

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Homework this weekend is for the children to learn their words to the songs that they will be singing in Dream on.


Have  a lovely weekend!

Greys 24th June

Greys class have had another busy week.

In Literacy they have been exploring feelings in Poetry and thought about how they would feel if they could and couldn’t do certain things.

They conducted a few experiments to help them decide. Some of us patted our heads and rubbed our tummies at the same time.



Josie timed how easy or tricky it was to stand on one leg for 30 seconds.

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A few more of us then decided to give this a go.



In Maths the Year1s have been finding the difference between 2 numbers up to 20 by counting on and subtracting. They used their number bonds to help them and have enjoyed playing the Number Bond Challenge to 20 this week. The Year 2s have been looking at the place value of 3 digit numbers and placing 3 digit numbers on number lines. They used calculators to investigate different ways of removing and adding hundreds, tens or ones to a figure.

In Topic we learned all about St Ives and compared it to Henley. We also had to plot a route of five different places we would like to visit in St Ives and find out more about them.

This term in Computing we will be learning to use the internet. We began by accessing and matched the pictures to the names of the different planets. Once we had done this we discovered lots of fascinating facts about the planets.


Mrs Clinkard has been busy teaching us our new song for ‘Dream On’ and choreographing our routine and we already know quite a few of the words and moves. Everybody should now have received their letter regarding costume requirements, Greys class will all need white shorts and a plain white round necked t-shirt.

In French we have been learning the months of the Year and can now count up to 49 in French!

It was lovely to see everybody enjoy Sports Day on Friday evening and a big well done to all the children.

Can I please ask that all children have their full PE kits in school every day. On Monday there were 6 children without PE kits. A gentle reminder about water bottles too, as there are quite a few children regularly not bringing these in. Reading books and reading records also need to be in school every day.

Show and Tell next week will be based on our new topic of Transport

Monday – Astrid

Tuesday – Ruby

Wednesday – Heather

Thursday – Josie

Friday – Jamie

Have a lovely weekend!




Greys 17th June

Greys class have had a great week this week, especially towards the end of the week.

The Year 1s have been doing all sorts of assessments in the mornings whilst the Year 2s have been revising time in Maths and contractions and homophones in Literacy.

We have finally finished our seagulls, which look absolutely fantastic on display in our classroom and we are now working on a seaside collage.


On Wednesday afternoon we made jellyfish using bowls, tissue paper and glue. We tore strips of tissue to create a colourful collage effect.


We used our hands to create fish out of handprints for our Father’s Day cards.

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In French we have been learning the words for different clothes and had lots of fun trying to match the correct word to the different pictures.

On Thursday we went to the Lookout Centre at Bracknell on a Pushes and Pulls workshop. We learned all about different forces and what makes them happen.

Freya pushed and pulled a buggy.


Astrid pushed the pedal to make the rocket fly and we discovered that it was the air inside that pushed the rocket up.


Nancy, Dylan and Josie had to push and pull play doh by squeezing, stretching and twisting.


Max and Joseph had to work out how to pull the container up and push it onto a boat.

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We pulled with all our might to see whose rope was the longest.


The whole class climbed all the way to the top of a very tall tower, which was so high up above the ground. We were the brave ones who stayed the longest at the top!

We had a fantastic day out and would like to thank Mr Tanner for driving us there and Mrs Hall, Mrs Kriefman and Mrs Waite for being super helpers.

On Friday we wrote blurbs for The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson making sure that we used different suffixes in our writing and included at least one final question.

Then after break we split up into our houses and worked together to create shelters and dens to raise money for Den Day. We all worked really well together as teams.

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In the afternoon we labelled different islands around the British Isles and then watched a film about the life of two children who live on the Isles of Scilly. We then spilt into groups and thought of how life on an island is similar and different to ours on the mainland.

Show and Tell next week

Monday – Imogen

Tuesday – Riley

Wednesday – Lola

Thursday – Oliver

Friday – Harrison

Have a lovely weekend.


Greys 10th June

Welcome back to our final term of the year.

This week we have been reading The Mousehole Cat and have been working on character descriptions. At the beginning of the week we role played different characters from the story asking and answering questions as to how they felt about the storm. We thought of adjectives and similes to describe Mowzer, one of the main characters and Mrs Hawkins was astounded by the number of similes that children wrote. On Thursday we then created our own imaginary sea creature and the following day we wrote our character descriptions of our creatures using suffixes, adjectives and connectives in our writing.

In Maths we have been subtracting numbers. The Year 1s have been using beaded lines and number lines to help them, whilst the year 2s used number lines and then began to draw their own lines. We were bridging 10 so had to ensure that we used our number bonds to jump to the multiple of 10 first. We worked out whether it was easier to count up or count down.


We carried on painting our seagulls and trimmed their wings and tails and next week we hope to finish them by making their beaks, eyes and feet.

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We brainstormed ideas as to what we thought might be features of the seaside and then realised that there were quite a few that we had forgotten. We talked about what features are natural/ physical and which are human/ manmade.

We had a fun time making bunting for the Street Party and had a lovely time on Thursday afternoon celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday at our very own street party. Josie and Ruby led Grace in front of the whole school and everybody was very impressed with how loud and clear they spoke and with such great confidence.


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Next Thursday we will be visiting The Lookout Centre for a ‘Pushes and Pulls’ workshop which forms part of a mini Science topic that we will be doing. They will need a waterproof coat and packed lunch. We will be leaving school at 9:15 and be back for the end of the school day. Please ensure that your signed authority is returned as soon as possible.

Summer seems to have finally arrived this week so can I please ask again that all children have a water bottle, sun cream and hat in school each day.

Show and Tell next week will be related to the Seaside.

Monday – Nancy

Tuesday – Lily

Wednesday – Max C.

Friday – Imogen

Have a lovely weekend!

Greys class 27th May

The end of term has arrived!

It’s been a busy last week of term in Greys class and we have been learning all about Grace Darling and lighthouses.

In Literacy we looked at the things you would find at the seaside and used adjectives and similes to describe them. We read The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and wrote some information about what lighthouses are, why they’re important and where we would find them. We also discovered exactly how they work. Then we got to plan and write our own ending to the story thinking about what the three seagulls did next.

In Maths the Year 2s were solving multiplication and division problems of 2 digit numbers, whilst the year 1s were using their 2, 5 and 10 times tables to sort items into sets and then working out answers using a number line.

Later in the week we all moved onto adding numbers using our number bonds and bridging through ten. Whilst the Year 1s used beaded lines, the Year 2s began to create their own number lines and calculated the difference by counting up in steps.

In Art we painted our seagulls and took much more care this week to ensure that we didn’t put too much paint on in case they broke.

In music we listened really carefully to a piece of music.At first we did not know its name but knew that it was about the sea. As we listened we shut our eyes and let the music paint pictures in our heads. When it had finished we described our ‘mind pictures’.We then learnt that the music was written by Benjamin Britten and was called ‘The Storm’.We were amazed as lots of us had already described stormy pictures with boats at sea with thunder and lightning.We then drew and painted our mind pictures.We tried to think about appropriate colour mixing thinking about the different shades of blue, green and grey tones that would be seen in a seascape. We have created some fantastic paintings which will be on display after half term.

We had lots of fun hearing about the different places that people like to go on holiday to and why. It was lovely to listen to each other talk about their favourite places, it made us want to go to all of them.

On Wednesday we had our final Scratch lesson and created a background for our sprites. We’ve had lots of fun in Computing over the last few weeks using Scratch and can now create different sprites, make them move, talk, have conversations and even provide them with a background.

Show and Tell after half term will still be related to the Seaside.

Tuesday – Jasper

Wednesday – Bear

Thursday – Olivia

Friday – Max F.

There will be no spellings or homework over half term so have a lovely rest and enjoy the break. Please come back refreshed on Tuesday 7th June for our final term of the year.

A very big thank you to all the parents who help and support us in Greys class, you make a huge difference and are very much appreciated.

Please note that photographs will be posted onto this page early next week due to a minor technical difficulty.

Enjoy the break!