Holly Berries

Welcome to Holly Berries Class!
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. 

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!