Holly Berries

Welcome to Holly Berries Class!
School Closure
For when we are going to be spending a little more time at home over the next few weeks, below are lots of activities and websites to use for some fun home-learning. I will split it into categories, Phonics/Spelling and Grammar and Reading,  Writing and Maths. 
Hollyberries Internet Safety 
During our time away from school, we are likely to be spending more time on tablets, laptops and computers to help us with our learning. All of these technologies help us to access the internet. The internet is an amazing tool which we can use to find out lots of new information, but it is important that we know how to use it safely. There are 3 sets of activities below that you can work together with an adult to complete, to learn how to be safe online.
Hollyberries Science - How will 5 a day keep me healthy?
This term in Science, we are due to be looking at what we need to do to keep our bodies healthy, as well as understanding what foods will help us to do this as we change and grow. 
Think about....
  • How to we change and grow from when we are born?
  • Do we look the same as babies, to when we are adults? Is this the same for other animals?
  • What do we need to stay alive? How do you look after pets at home?
  • Do you know what food might be considered healthy or unhealthy?
  • Why do we need to exercise?
Below are some activities you may wish to explore with an adult at home to help you answer these questions. 
Hollyberries RE - How should we care for the world and others? Why does this matter?
This term we are looking at how we can look after our world, friends and family and why this is important. 
With an adult, can you think about and discuss...
  • How do you know when something is right or wrong?
  • How do you feel when you do something that is good? or when you do something bad?
  • Jesus said we should be kind to others, why is this important?
  • Most religions say that we should help people who are in trouble. What could you do to help?
At school, we have classroom and school rules that keep us feeling happy and safe. At home, you might also have some rules for same reasons and to be helpful to your families. Many religions say to 'Treat others how you should be treated'. How do you like to be treated?
Two activities below are going to encourage you to think about how you can show kindness at home. The first is to keep a kindness diary throughout the week. The second asks you to list and/or draw and label ways that you can think of to be kind to your environment, both in school and at home
Read through the powerpoint with an adult. It will encourage you to think a little bit more about how you like to be looked after, how you can look after someone else and why it is important. Next, there is an activity sheet to choose from. They can be completed straight onto paper or your activity books. If you choose to do the sentences you can write them straight into your green book, and draw the pictures to match if you wish. 
English and writing activities
Ways to keep in touch! 
  • Write a letter to your friends - could you (parents) take a picture of the letter and send it to your friends (parents) via a chosen method of contact?
  • Write me a letter/email! I'd love to hear about what you've been getting up to and will of course eagerly reply! (I am missing you all very much!) Don't forget we have our new class email: hollyberries@littledean.gloucs.sch.uk 
Hope to hear from you soon! 
Oak National Academy - follow the link to explore
Oak National Academy are putting on daily Maths and English lessons for children in all year groups. As well as this, they also have a range of PE and create subject lessons for you to share together. The lesson's let you know what resources you will need and are taken on video with a real teacher that shares the lesson in real time. 
Below are two packs of writing ideas for Year 1 and Year 2. Although they can be printed, many of the activities can be adapted to be written straight on to paper or in your green books. All activities are centred around one story. 
The Dragon Machine  - Follow the link to listen to the story
Activity suggestions
  • Have a go at creating a story map of the Dragon Machine 

  • Go for a dragon walk in your local area - where could you imagine the dragon's causing havoc on your walk?

  • Look at the page where George visits the library. George looks in the Encyclopedia. This is a type of book that people use to find out information about lots of different things. Can you design your own Encyclopedia page about dragons? Look at some information books at home to help you. What would your page tell George about dragons? It's up to your imagination!

  • Can you use this idea to create an information text about Dragons using the following subheadings?
    - What do they look like?
    - Where do they live?
    - What do they eat?
    - Where might you see Dragons on Earth?
    Use conjunctions to connect your sentences. 

  • On the same page, George also see's a map of the magical land where Dragons live. Can you design your own imagined map of the magical land where the Dragons have come from? Can you add labels to describe and name the places? Can you use a key? 
    - Can you write some descriptive sentences use expanded noun phrases (Two adjectives before a noun e.g. the enormous, frozen lake) to describe the land you have drawn and connect them using a range of conjunctions? (and, but, so, because, while, if, when)

  • Look at the pictures of Georges Machine in the images above. George created the machine to try and send the Dragons home to the wilderness. Can you have a go at writing your own description of the machine. Look at the different parts of the machine individually with ideas to build up the description before you write it in full sentences.
    Head Metallic, sharp beak
    Wings Wings as wide as the ocean
    Feet Clattering, sharp, claws
    Body and tail Intricate cogs slowly turn the detailed, clocklike body of the blunderous machine. 
  • Have a go at designing your own machine. What do you dream of noticing in the world? Would a group of fairies start getting up to mischief a need to be sent back home? What about Trolls, Gryphins, Unicorns or Mermaids? What would your machine look like?

  • Have a go and see if you can use the same format to write a description about your machine. All the different parts, how will it work? Can you use .....? 
    - adjectives, similes (as tall as a mountain, as beautiful as treasure) and expanded noun phrases to describe what it looks like?
    - adverbs to describe how it moves?
    - conjunctions to connect your sentences together?
The Day the Crayons Quit
During the later half of the Easter term, we were due to explore the book 'The Day The Crayons Quit' by Drew Daywalt. This is a super fun book based on a set of crayons who are not too happy about how their owner, Duncan, uses them. You can access the book on You Tube, see video below. 
Activity suggestions
  • Explore each crayon, or a couple of favourite crayons, to understand what emotions they are feeling and why. Draw a picture of your chosen crayon(s) in your green book and write about why they are upset and how you know this. Use conjunctions (and, but, because, so, which) to extend your sentences if you can. For an extension task, can you also identify what the crayon wants Duncan to do to change things to make the crayon feel better?
  • Imagine you are Duncan, could you write a letter back to your crayons? What would you say? Remember to use first person (I). 
  • Look at the image on the last page of the book in the video, where Duncan shows his teacher his new picture. Can you use what you know and understand about the Crayons, to draw your own picture, but not using the colours you normally would. For example, if drawing a fire engine in your picture, you wouldn't choose red because Red Crayon is too worn out. You may opt for Pink Crayon, as she is feeling underused by Duncan.
  • Can you write a letter from one of the objects in your house to yourself, what would any other stationary say to you, or perhaps some of your favourite toys? 
    You could use this writing frame below to help you:

    Dear ………..


    I am your ………


    I feel very ……………… because……………


    I don’t like it when …………             because……


    You have been…………… and I have ………..

    ………… which is making me………


    In the future please could you……….


    Love from …………….

  • Explore synonyms and new vocabulary used for different emotions e.g how is feeling frustrated different from being angry?
  • Write a book review based on the book. Use the following subheadings to lay out your work:
    What was the book about?
    Who were the characters?
    What was your favourite part?
    Rating out of 5?
    Draw a picture at the bottom of your book review to illustrate your favourite part of the story. 
  • Read the sequel, also available on You Tube, The Day The Crayons Came Home. What do you like about this story? Is there anything you didn't like? Can you compare the two? What is similar about the stories, what is different? If you could as the author, Drew Daywalt a question about writing the books, what would you ask? Write down your responses and use conjunctions where you can to extend your sentences. 
Below are spelling lists for Miss Haynes' phonics group and Mrs B's spelling group for 2019-20. These are for you to use as you wish, to see the spellings and sounds you child has and would have covered in school this year 
Below are some really good websites with free resources that you can use at home.
For all children, not just those working in my phonics group, this is great game that is free on laptops. If you wish to download on a tablet there is a small cost. The children can choose their own monster and takes them through a series of phonics games, from single phonemes (s, a, t, p, i, n) right through to the phase 3 and phase 5  (ai, ee, igh, oa, ue).
As a guide, children on reading level 2 and below should start on First steps. Children reading from reading level 3 should begin on Fun with words, and those from stage 6 and above should work on Champion reader level. You will be able to select the stage when you 'add players' after signing up. This does require sound. 
This website has an enormous range of e-books to read online with your child and answer questions to keep developing comprehension skills. The Oxford Levels correspond to what we use in school, so if your child is stage 3 at school, they are Oxford reading level 3. There is also lots of support on their website for phonics, and videos to watch for correct pronunciation of the pure sounds, to help you and your child. 
Phonics/Spelling and Grammar
You Tube!
Letters and Sounds: Starting Monday 27th April, the DfE are releasing teaching videos on You Tube three times a day to help with the teaching and learning of phonics from home for children in year 1. All children in year 1 have covered the phase 3 and 4 sounds this year, and the majority of phase 5. Given that it has been a while since our daily phonics sessions, some children may benefit from these videos for a recap. If you would like any more advice on what sounds your child should be focusing on, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 
Practice your tricky words here!
Alphablocks - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_qs3c0ehDvZkbiEbOj6Drg
Geraldine the Giraffe (all phases, videos to learn sounds and flash cards) - https://www.youtube.com/user/breakthruchris 
Phonics Play! - The children love the games on here, sorting alien and real words, the main games (Obb and Bob, Buried Treasure, Dragons Eggs) are what we normally play in school. However, due to current circumstances, all games are totally free! So there are lots of other games, particularly for children in year 2 who have been looking at grammatical sentence structures and suffixes. 
Phase 3 Practise
Hammmond education - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5f9v0bDywz0UKkJW3Ik1EQ
Phase 5 Practise 
Over the coming weeks we were due to be exploring time and money with the children, feel free to explore these topics at home with your child. There are many website available to help you with this. 
Top Marks - this website has lots of Interactive games available to play online, some of which are tablet friendly. 
Oxford Owl Maths at Home  - this website has games and videos to do with children, times tables and activity sheets for a range of maths topics. 
Teach it Primary - this website have made all their resources completely free. This includes teaching powerpoint to accompany a range of activities, not just for maths. 
Twinkl - this website have made all their resources completely free for March only at the moment. This includes teaching powerpoint to accompany a range of activities, not just for maths. It also has lots of online home learning support for parents including advice pages and how to use the website in the best way for you and your child. 
Daily numbers to 100 practise
This game allows the parent to hide the numbers on the grid and the child to say what numbers are hidden. Can your child practise numbers to 100? 
Daily times table practise
Hit the button is a great game to practise number bonds for year 1's and times tables for children currently in year 2 who were practising these daily in school. It is also available to download as an app. If your child cannot remember what bonds or xtable they were working on, please email Miss Haynes via the class email. 
Printless activities  - below is a selection of Maths activities which only require resources which are commonly found at home. Record your working out and findings in your green books. 
White Rose Maths is a scheme for teaching mathematics throughout primary and further. They have released home learning documents to support parents teaching at home. Click link above to access the website to their home learning resources. Each lesson comes with a video, worksheets and answers. Many of the activities can be adapted to be written into books for those without printing access. There are currently 4 weeks of Maths work for all year groups. 
Year 1 Specific Activities 
Many of these resources have been sourced by the previously mentioned website Twinkl. 
Year 2 Specific Activities 
Many of these resources have been sourced by the previously mentioned website Twinkl. 
Holly Berries is home to 8 Year 1 children and 13 Year 2 children. Miss Haynes (Class Teacher) Mrs Bonser and Miss Mace (Teaching Assistants). We hope you enjoy looking at our page and see what we've been up to!

Reading is an essential skill. We aim, as much as possible, for each child to read with an adult once a week in school, be that on an individual basis, or in a group guided reading session. Please ensure your child is sent with their book and reading record into school every day. Although we ensure to hear children read weekly, we do encourage daily reading practice, no longer than 10 minutes, at home. 
Children receive phonics lessons Monday through Thursday. We follow the 'Song of Sounds' programme where children learn individual sounds and digraphs to song of 'Skip to the loo my darling'. Please see the video below which you can use to practice these at home. 

We encourage regular practice of weekly spellings. By the end of KS1 it is expected that all children should be able to spell a list of 100 common exception words. It has been found that reading improves when children are spelling more accurately. Please see below the list of common exception words which you can practice at home with your child. 

Formation and fine motor skills are still a very important part of developing writing in KS1. We encourage children to hold their pencil in a tri-grip, with the thumb, index and middle finger arranged round the pencil. We use 'finger spaces' to encourage children to leave spaces between their words using this method of placing a finger on the page. We also encourage children to write cursively and in joined handwriting. Please see below some resources which you may use at home to help your child and their writing skills. 

Teach Handwriting - a good site with information on correct cursive letter formation, correct number formation, pencil grip and printable worksheets. It is expected that by the end of their primary school years, all children should be joining their handwriting fluently. Joined handwriting has been shown to improve spelling and stamina for writing. 

Mathematics, like reading and writing, is an integral part of our lives. We do not set weekly focused maths homework however, like reading, we do encourage daily practice (approx. 10mins) of mathematic skills, such as, learning/practising quick mental recall of times tables and the corresponding division facts, learning the days of the week and months of the year in order together with knowing how many days are in each month, learning measurement equivalents, etc. Please record in the reading record (in the notes section) when mathematic skills have been practised.
Below is a PDF containing the Mathematical Facts children need to learn and also an overview of the mathematics curriculum for each year group. By the end of KS1, it is expected that children fluently know their 2x, 5x and 10x tables. However this does not mean to say that children should be discouraged from learning other tables, once the initial three are fluent. 

Guess the Object Quiz
Are you beginning to forget what school looks like?
Test your observation skills with this quiz.
Below is a PDF copy of the quiz posted on twitter. Look carefully at the photograph and work out what the object is and/or where in the school it is. Record your ideas on the sheet. On Friday at 10:30 log on to twitter where Miss May will post each photo-snippet at a time giving you a chance to submit your answer in the comments section. After a few minutes, she will upload a video revealing the answer. Have fun!
Activity Suggestions
Supertato is a super fun story about fruit and vegetables where Supertato, must work hard to defeat the Evil Pea causing havoc in the supermarket!
Read below for some writing activities you can do after reading or listening to the story. 
  • After watching the story, can you recreate the story in a comic strip using pictures. Can you have a go at adding speech or thought bubbles to your comic strip to explain what you think the characters are feeling/thinking and saying at different points in the story?

  • How would you describe Supertato? What adjectives can you use to describe him? Brave, speedy, strong...what describing words can you think of? Can you write some sentences to describe both his personality and his physical features? Remember to use different conjunctions (and, but, so, because) to join your sentences together if you can  and use lots of different adjectives too! 

  • Can you design your own super vegetable hero or villain? What is their name, would they wear a mask, have a cape or both!? See if you can design and label your creation. How does your hero save the day? How will your villain cause chaos in the supermarket?

  • Create a WANTED poster for the Evil Pea

  • Create a superhero profile for Supertato - what special powers does he have? What are his weaknesses? Where did he come from?

  • The Evil Pea is back for revenge! He has frozen all the carrots hostage and frozen them forever! Try and save them...if you dare! Can you create your own 'super vegetable' and write your own story to save the carrots from frozen doom? Plan your story first by splitting your page into 6 boxes like we do in school. Once you have your story board you can decide by drawing what will happen in your story. Use this plan to write your story step by step, following your picture plan. Remember to try and include:
    - expanded noun phrases for good description
    - exclamation sentences for effect (How powerful he was!)
    - question marks for effects (Will he save the day?)
    - range of conjunctions
    - capital letters, commas and full stops where needed. 
Holly Berries RE: What do Christians believe God is like?
This term we are learning and thinking about what Christians believe God is like. Christians believe in God and they can find out about God in the Bible. In the Bible there are stories called parables. These are stories with meaning. Parables might be harder to understand than some other stories because they have hidden meanings. Christians believe that God is loving and forgiving. Christians worship God and try to live in ways that please him. The tasks below explores a story called The Prodigal Son which shows these Christian beliefs.
Twinkl website link
Curriculum Jigsaw
Below are the curriculum jigsaw's for Holly Berries. We run on a two year cycle to ensure that all children are receiving a strong and broad curriculum throughout their time in Holly Berries class. We try to cover as much as we can during this time and to stick to the overview wherever possible. 

Home Learning 
Please complete one activity per week. Homework is due by Thursday in order for it to be marked and sent home on Friday. The children will have the chance to share any of their homework activities on a Friday morning. I hope you have lots of fun working through these, 12 completed activities will earn a prize!
Please continue to practice reading at home and spellings for tests on Thursday.
Please see below the current learning log for the Spring Term.

Knowledge Organisers
 These documents contain the essential knowledge that children will need to know as part of the different topics that they will be studying in class. We will be using the Knowledge Organisers in school as part of our lessons and it would be useful if the children could also spend some time looking at them at home. Some of the activities within the children’s homework grids will be linked to the Knowledge Organisers in order to encourage the children to study them more closely. I am confident that these Knowledge Organisers will help the children to develop knowledge on a wide range of topics and will significantly improve their vocabulary within the different subject areas. Please see the Knowledge Organisers for the Spring Term below.
PE is taught by Superstars on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. bag with the correct kit ready for this day.
  • Black shorts/track suit bottom
  • T.Shirt in your house colour (red, green, blue, yellow)
  • Track suit jacket or jumper (for the cold days)
  • Trainers/daps which must remain in school 

Our Friends for Beegu
In our English lessons we are working on the book Beegu by Alexis Deacon. We were inspired to make an alien friend for Beegu and these are the results! We have used our play dough creations to do some descriptive writing using lots or interesting adjectives!