Coming up in Term 4

Please read the poster below to find out what Holly class will be learning in term 4.

Coming up in term 4

Term 3 Update

I can’t believe Term 3 has come to an end and we are half way through the academic year already! Here are just a few of the things that we have been busy doing in Holly Class this term.

This term we have been exploring traditional tales. We have been focusing on sequencing stories, extending our storytelling vocabulary, discussing how things are different between the past and present and using different materials to build a house for the Three Little Pigs and a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have become very familiar with these traditional tales and have enjoyed re-enacting them using story spoons, puppets and inviting our peers to watch us in our roleplay theatre. 

To start the term, we walked to the library with our Year 6 buddies; we each chose a book to bring back to Holly Class and have loved sharing these with each other. We have discussed New Year celebrations around the world, we enjoyed singing Auld Lang Syne and learning about The Great Race when focusing on Chinese New Year. In PE, we have been developing our balance in gymnastics and have very much enjoyed going on the balance bikes and scooters. In Forest, we have made musical instruments, climbed trees in the orchard and have been on bug hunts. 

In Literacy, we have been reading twisted traditional tales and have particularly enjoyed reading Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk. We have thought of and written some exceptional sentences to re-write our own versions of the story and have included some fantastic vocabulary - Miss Whittaker has been very impressed! 

In Maths, we have explored zero, number bonds to 5, five frames, mass, capacity and matching pairs. We particularly liked making our own bugs with matching pairs of legs and discussing capacity and mass when filling Daddy, Mummy and Baby Bear’s bowls with porridge. 

Phew! What a busy term it has been! The children have had another great term and I am so proud of all the progress they have made. I hope you all have a well-rested half term and I look forward to seeing everything the children continue to achieve in Term 4! 

Miss Whittaker


Term 3 Highlights

Coming up in Term 3

Please read the poster below to find out what your child will be learning in Term 3.

Coming up in Term 3

Term 2 Update

What another brilliant term we have had in Holly Class! Although it has been a very exciting and busy term, we have still managed to squeeze in lots of learning! In Maths, we have enjoyed exploring how to represent numbers to five, five frames and shapes with four sides. We have also been learning about the differences between day and night, the sequence of our day and the days of the week - we have especially enjoyed counting down the days to our Christmas party! In Literacy, we have read lots of books but particularly liked Rosie’s Walk. We identified lots of positional language, sequenced the story and drew our own maps to help Rosie find her way around the farm. We have also enjoyed reading Stickman, The Jolly Christmas Postman and writing our own letters to Santa. We have been busy being creative too. We created some fantastic Poppy art for Remembrance Day, some beautiful Rangoli Patterns using coloured rice for Diwali and made our own Numberblock friends! Amongst all this learning, we had a special visitor from Wessex Water, who brought lots of exciting resources to help us explore water using our five senses. We also enjoyed trying new fruits and vegetables and trying out lots of different sports (football, gymnastics, orienteering, dance and multi-skills) during Health and Fitness Week. Finally, it has been particularly busy in the lead-up to Christmas, with highlights being our participation in the Carol service and our incredible performance in the Hey Ewe! production.  

I hope you all have a lovely (and relaxing) Christmas break and I look forward to seeing you in the new year. 

Miss Whittaker 


Term 2 Highlights!

Coming Up in Term 2

Term 1 Update


Wow, what a fantastic first term Holly Class has had - I can’t believe we are already at the end of Term 1. It has been lovely getting to know the children, they have all settled into school life beautifully and made terrific additions to the Longvernal family! As well as getting to know each other, making new friends and exploring our new school/classroom, we have also managed to squeeze in lots of learning too! 

In Maths, we have been matching, sorting and comparing objects using a ‘sorting rule’ and identifying attributes that are the ‘same’ and ‘different.’ We have also used instruments, fruit kebabs and autumnal objects to investigate repeating patterns.

In Guided Reading, we have read and explored The Ugly Ducking and The Elves and The Shoemaker, in small groups. The children enjoyed the stories and it was lovely to hear their ideas, thoughts and own renditions of the stories.

In PE, we have enjoyed taking part in mystical, fantasy and adventure games to help us identify space, develop our movement skills and our ability to work together in groups and pairs.

In RE, we have been exploring the question - What makes people special? We have identified people who are special to us (family, friends, role models) and looked at religious figures who are special to believers of Christianity and Judaism.

In Forest, we have enjoyed making dough faces, wands, friendship bracelets and getting very muddy! 

A real highlight for us has been getting to know our Year 6 buddies; we have particularly enjoyed our buddies visiting us in Holly Class and sharing/reading our favourite stories. The Year 6’s have also been great at teaching us new games on the playground and supporting us in the lunch hall.  We have learnt lots of new songs and read many books, we have had visits from Mrs Bazeley, who has also shared some of her favourite stories with us. In addition to this, we have been learning about Autumn and why we celebrate Harvest; we have looked at lots of different fruit and vegetables and loved picking apples from the tree in the garden and making an apple crumble.

I am so proud of the children and everything they have achieved already and am really looking forward to another exciting term, especially with the run-up to Christmas!

Miss Whittaker 


Term 1 Highlights!

Coming up in Term 1

Please read the poster below to find out what your child will be learning in Term 1.

Term 1 Overview

Welcome to Holly Class

Welcome to Holly Class! We have had an amazing start to the school year; the children have settled into school life beautifully and lots of friendships have already formed. We have been busy exploring our new school and classroom, getting to know each other, and settling nicely into school routines. We have really enjoyed getting to know our Year 6 buddies who came to visit us in Holly Class and read us our favourite stories, we are looking forward to another visit soon. 

I’m really looking forward to an exciting year, watching the children grow as they learn lots of new things. 

Miss Whittaker 



PE: please ensure your child wears their PE kit to school on Wednesday

Forest: please ensure your child wears their forest kit (long sleeve top and trousers) to school on a Friday

Reading: children are asked to read at least three times a week (recorded in their reading journals) and practice sounds using their Speed Sound books daily.