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!

Greys 20th May

This week in Greys class we have had two visitors.

On Tuesday afternoon Ian from the RNLI came to talk to us all about the role of the RNLI.


We learned about the different types of lifeboats and rescues, what to do if we see danger at the Coast and he also told us about lighthouses. We were very good at spotting the dangers at the Beach and guessing what the different flags were for.


Then on Thursday morning Ava’s daddy came to talk to us about bees and how important they are to plants. It was very interesting to see the video of a hive in action and how a beekeeper has to dress to protect himself.

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In Maths we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s with the Year 2s also counting in 3s.

In Literacy we read One World by Michael Foreman which not only being a really lovely story made us realise the importance of preventing pollution at the Seaside.

Then on Friday in Big Write we wrote letters to Mrs Hawkins telling her where we would like her to take us on a school trip and why. Some of us suggested the North Pole or Greece, but we had to make sure that we stayed somewhere in the UK. It will be interesting to see if any of us have managed to persuade her to take us to our dream destination.

We looked at some different shells which showed the beauty of  life at the seaside and thought of adjectives and similes to describe them, some of us even used alliteration.

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We studied them carefully and also described how they felt.

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On Wednesday afternoon the Year 6s helped us in Computing using the Scratch program to create two sprites and then create a conversation with speech bubbles and sound. It was great fun being able to see how they did it and then do it for ourselves.


Having worked extremely hard all week we had an afternoon of Art on Thursday afternoon, whereby we carried out the next stage in making our birds. It was a lot trickier than it looked and took rather a long time and a lot of patience. We had to carefully dip the newspaper into the solution and strip it to take off any excess glue before creating and adding layers to the bodies.

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We then added wings and a tail.

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Homework this weekend is to tell us where you go to on holiday and why. This will be presented to the class on Tuesday 24th May. It can be in any format you wish; photos, postcards, poster, pictures, etc.

Show and Tell nest week is related to the Seaside.

Monday – Elodie

Tuesday – Freddie

Wednesday – Toby

Thursday – Benedict

Friday – Jasper

As the weather is getting warmer can you please ensure that all children have a water bottle, sunhat and sun cram in school please.


Have a lovely weekend!


Greys 13th May

Greys class had a great start to the week with a visit to Tolhurst Organic Farm. Rose told us all about the farm and how important organic farming is.


She then introduced us to her Dad, (Josie’s Grandad) Tolly who gave us a fantastic tour of the beautiful gardens, explained about all the different fruit and vegetables that they grow there.


He told us how important worms and insects are to Organic farming and founf quite a few worms for us to see.

We also looked at the poly tunnels and saw the tomatoes growing in them and the greenhouses.


We finished our visit by planting peas to take home with us and were also given a sunflower plant to grow at home.


We had a great time and a huge thank you to the Tolhurst family for a very interesting and fun morning.

In Maths we have been learning about the properties of 3d shapes.

We made nets to help us see how many faces shapes have.


We also made 3d shapes out of cocktail sticks and mini marshmallows which helped us count the corners and edges of the shapes so much easier. The trickiest part of this task was trying not to eat the marshmallows.

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In Literacy we spent the week planning a letter using adjectives to describe a hat that we had lost. We also described the place where we lost it and then put it all together to write our letter to Tolly pretending that we had lost our hat on our visit to the Farm. We managed to used different suffixes in our writing and exclamation sentences and questions.

In Art we began to make some birds for our scarecrow display. We began by folding and shaping newspaper, to then put onto long sticks and securing them with tape to form the body of our birds.


In French we drew monsters and then labelled their body parts using the words we have been learning when we have sang ” Heads, shoulders, knees and toes” in French.

We have finally finished our topic on Plants and what fun we have had. We seem to have had countless experiments ongoing and from feedback it seems that lots of children have been inspired to grow things at home.

We are now in Week 2 of our rocket seeds experiment and they are starting to grow, being turned and watered every other day.

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On Tuesday afternoon we kick started our Seaside topic with a visit from Oxfordshire Museum Services who ran a very entertaining workshop. We were taken back in time 100 years to what life was like at the seaside. We dressed up in different bathing outfits.


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We used parasols to protect us from the sun.

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We tried on different hats.

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We looked at a variety of cameras that people would have used during the past 100 years.

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We looked at old photos and tried to see what was similar and what was different to seasides today.

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We even had our own Punch and Judy show.

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

Monday  – Joseph

Tuesday – Dylan

Wednesday – Daisy

Thursday – Freya

Friday – Sienna

Have a lovely weekend!







Greys 6th May

This week we have been watching our beans grow and had a lovely afternoon recording their progress. We measured them, noted down the changes and drew them.

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We then used play doh to create the life cycle of a bean.

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We finished the afternoon by splitting into groups and created our own drama performance of the life cycle.

Ruby was a little girl who watered her beans and told their life story as they grew.

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Whilst in this group Olivia acted as narrator retelling the life cycle.

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In Literacy we have been looking at the differences between statements and exclamation sentences and created our own exclamation sentences in pairs, making sure we used What or How to start the sentence and then a noun phrase or adjective, followed by a noun/ pronoun, a verb and finally an exclamation mark.

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In Big Write we had to write about the adventures of a scarecrow. We began by watching the video of the song “If I only had a brain” with the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. We then listened to The Scarecrow’s Wedding again and used some of their ideas to help us with our writing as we created our own scarecrows and their story.

The Year 1s began the week by adding and subtracting 10, but were so confident that they quickly moved onto adding and subtracting 11, in fact a few were even adding and subtracting 21. They used number squares and number lines to help them.

The Year 2s have been adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers using the partitioning method.

Homework this weekend is adding and subtracting 11 for Year 1s and Year 2s have word problems to solve using the partitioning method.

Show and Tell next week will be related to Plants.

Monday – Ruby

Tuesday – Heather

Wednesday – Josie

Thursday – Jamie

Friday – Isobel

On Monday we will be visiting Tolhurst Organic Farm to learn about Organic farming, so children will need waterproof coats and wellies. We will be back in time for lunch at school.

Can all girls please ensure that their hair is tied back for Gym on Wednesdays and earrings removed or covered.

As the weather is getting warmer can all children please ensure that they have a water bottle, hat and sun cream in school please.

Enjoy the sunshine!




Greys class April 29th

Greys class had a very exciting start to the week with a visit to Greys Court to learn all about Plants.

We began the day by splitting up into 5 groups and each group had a set of clues to try and find the letters to make up a fruit, vegetable or herb. Can you guess what this group found?


We then got to taste the different plants. Some of us tasted things that we had never tasted before and quite enjoyed them.

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We then had to do some still life drawings of different plants and label them. We really concentrated on this activity and surprised the Greys Court staff with our artistic creations.

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Then it was time for lunch in the woods and for those of us who finished our lunch quickly we managed to have a bit of playtime and exploring too.


The afternoon session was very busy with lots of different planting activities. We planted pots in the greenhouse to bring back to school.

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We also planted potatoes in a big sack to bring back to school so that we can see how they grow.


We looked closely at the different types of seeds and seedlings as we carefully prepared the ground to plant, carrots, radishes, runner beans and beetroot.planting 6planting 4planting 5planting 2plantingplanting 3

It was hard work carrying all those watering cans.

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Some of us even managed to find some minibeasts to say hello to.

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It was a fantastic day and we found out so much more about the wonderful world of plants and the beautiful gardens of Greys Court.

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A huge thank you to all the parents who helped on the trip on a rather cold and damp day. Well done to you all.

In Maths we have had rather a fun week exploring fractions. The Year 1s enjoyed creating their own pizzas and then splitting them into 1/4s and 1/2s and most of them can even identify 3/4 now.

The Year 2s advanced to finding 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 of amounts. We did this by halving a number to find half and then halving again to find a quarter and then adding the quarter and half together to find 3/4.

In Literacy we read another Julia Donaldson book called The Scarecrow’s Wedding and wrote missing posters to find Harry, who has also become a new addition to Greys class. What a surprise we had on Wednesday morning to find him at the front of the class, but he has settled in very nicely and helped us to write our descriptions of him in much greater detail.


In Science we learned all about plants that are grown on farms and what they need to survive and then decided which plants we would grow if we had our own farm and designed our farms complete with our choice of plants. We are very lucky that on Monday 9th May we have been invited to visit Josie’s Grandad’s farm, so we are all very much looking forward to that and learning about organic farming.

Gym involved lots of balancing and much more controlled bouncing around this week and really was so much fun!

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In Art we made pictures of scarecrows using 3d shapes.

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Homework this weekend is a Maths task on fractions due in on Tuesday if possible please.

Show and Tell next week will be related to Plants.

Tuesday – Lola

Wednesday – Oliver

Thursday – Harrison

Friday – Astrid

Have a lovely long weekend!



Greys 22nd April

Greys class have been learning about life cycles of plants this week and have been fascinated to see how much the seeds they planted have grown each day. We are measuring them daily to see exactly how much they have grown. We quickly realised that the cress was the quickest to grow and some are  measuring 8cm already.

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We also recorded what had happened to our experiment and were surprised to see that the plant with no soil, but water had actually started to germinate. We acted out the life cycle of a seed and described in detail what happened at each stage of the life cycle.

We planted beans in clear plastic bags and wet tissue to see if they start to germinate and are hoping to see them sprout next week.


In Maths the Year 1s have been adding and subtracting using money and the year 2s have been using different ways to find the difference between two 2 digit numbers. We used, number lines counting up, bridging ten using number facts and number squares. We then totalled different amounts of coins.

We finished our ‘Does chocolate grow on trees?‘ topic by writing information texts as to what a chocolate sculpture is. Then on Friday Benedict introduced us to Bob the superworm who has become a new member of the class complete with his own wormery made by the wonderful Hall family. Benedict gave us a very knowledgable and detailed account of the life of a worm in a wormery and then we listened to the story of Superworm by Julia Donaldson. We wrote lots of adjectives to describe Bob and then took on the roles of newspaper reporters and thought of questions to ask Superworm.

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Different people took on the role of Superworm and gave us brilliant answers to our questions which we have ready for Monday when we will be writing a newspaper account of the adventures of Superworm.

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On Wednesday we went to Thames Valley gym for our first gym session of the term where we practised stretching, jumping, balancing and bouncing on the various equipment.

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It was fascinating listening to what we all wanted to be famous for and why. there were lots of footballers, dancers, actresses, nurses, explorers, gardeners and inventors. we had lots of fun sharing our thoughts with everyone.

Jasper wants be an Olympic rower and came complete with his outfit and Daddy’s London 2012 gold medal.

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We painted our Arcimboldo style pictures this week and they look amazing as our new display. We took great care to use fine brush strokes and copy our plan accurately.


We are all looking forward to our trip to Greys Court on Monday where we will learn even more about plants. Please remember to bring wellies, coat and a packed lunch.

Show and Tell next week will be connected to our current topic of Plants.

Monday – Nancy

Tuesday – Lily-Mae

Wednesday – Max C.

Thursday – Imogen

Friday – Riley

Have a lovely weekend.