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with Mrs Riach (Mon – Wed) and Mrs Orbell (Thurs-Fri)

Holly Class news – February 2019

Even though this has been a very short half term, we have packed a great deal into the 5 weeks! 

We have been delighted to welcome five new children from Pre-school for the morning sessions in the class, and they have settled in very well.

We have been thoroughly enjoying our topic of ‘Traditional Stories’ -  exploring relative size and how characters feel through ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, building houses from a variety of materials, inside and outside, to link to the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’, and baking biscuits for Grandma as in the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.  We have also had the opportunity to explore musical instruments and how they make different sounds, and to learn new gymnastics skills in PE.

Above all though, Mrs Riach and Mrs Orbell are so pleased to see how much families are enjoying sharing these traditional tales together, reading and talking about these well-known stories and remembering the characters and their famous ‘lines’  . . . . ‘Who’s been eating my porridge?’ ‘What big teeth you’ve got, Grandma!’  Great fun!


Spring 2 - Our new topic is 'Dinosaurs'

This half term we are using the theme of ‘Dinosaurs’ to make your child’s learning at school interesting and exciting! We will be looking at different dinosaurs, their names and features, and we will compare them with our own! If you would like extend your child’s learning at home, here are a few ideas.


  • Talk about some of the dinosaurs that your child already knows and say their names together.
  • Encourage them to tell you some of the dinosaur names and facts that have learnt at school.
  • Talk about their favourite dinosaur and why it is their favourite.


  • Make some dinosaur or ‘fossil’ cakes/biscuits – there are lots of ideas on the internet!
  • Make a ‘dinosaur’ mask using a paper plate!
  • Make some ‘dinosaur’ footprints or fossils using salt dough that can be baked to harden it!

Other activities to do at home

  • Visit your local library to look for poetry, fiction and non-fiction books about dinosaurs.
  • Watch a film or story about dinosaurs and encourage your child to name some of them.
  • Visit a museum.
  • Encourage your child to identify some of the sounds in the dinosaur names – they can even try and write the dinosaur names (with help)!
  • Help your child to use non-fiction books and the internet to look up some facts about dinosaurs.

What will children have the opportunity to learn?

  • To understand that dinosaurs are not alive anymore, but that there are different ways and resources that we can use to find out more about them!
  • To be able to describe the features and name the body parts of dinosaurs and compare it with their own
  • To try and read more complex words – Dinosaur names; and using strategies to break-up the words to read them
  • To use a variety of craft and malleable materials to help them learn about dinosaurs


Recipe for Salt Dough


A cup salt,    2 cups of flour,    ¾ cup of water


  1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
  2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
  3. Turn the dough onto the bench and kneed with your hands until smooth and combined.
  4. Make your creations using the salt dough.
  5. Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 180C.  The amount of time needed to bake depends on the size and thickness of the salt dough creations.

Tips & Ideas:

  • Store your salt dough in an air tight container as it keeps well for a few days.
  • You can paint your creations with acrylic paints and seal with varnish or polyurethane spray.
  • Salt dough can also be aired dried and is an alternative to oven drying. 
  • Involve the children in making the salt dough as this encourages and promotes so many learning opportunities, plus it is so much fun!

Have fun learning with your child!


Our weekly PE lesson is on Wednesday afternoon, with the wonderful Sports Coach Mr Dan Higgs. Please make sure the children have their PE kits in school for that day, including a sweat shirt or extra top if the weather is a bit colder. Practising being able to undo/do up their own buttons at home will be a great step towards the children becoming more independent.

Fresh Air Fridays!
Every Friday afternoon we will be concentrating our learning in an outside environment, come rain or shine! Please could you make sure that the children come with a coat on Fridays and, if at all possible, a pair of wellies or spare old shoes for the children to change into for going outside. Please don't mind if we end up a bit muddy on Fridays - it is all part of exciting and fun learning! Thank you!

Class dojos
Do sign up for the Class Dojos app – the code for registering has been sent home. We will be using Class Dojos to message/show you some of the activities we do in School.

Dates for the diary:

Wednesday 20th March 2019 - Holly Class Parents' Evening

Tuesday 26th March 2019 - Holly Class Assembly  9am

Friday 29th March 2019 - Mothers' Day Assembly

Friday 5th April 2019 - Easter Assembly


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