Outdoor Learning is every Monday - Please bring old clothes, a coat and wellies.
PE is every Tuesday and Thursday - Please bring a full PE kit with trainers/plimsolls.
Home Learning - Folders go home on a Friday night, please return by the following Thursday morning.
Topic - 31/01/2018
After designing our shields the week before, the learners of Holdstone class were raring to go and bring their shields to life by painting them.
Maths - 30/01/2018
The learners of Holdstone class were asked to investigate different ways numbers can be divided into equal groups. Using money, the year 3's noticed they could divide their total not only by the number of coins but by the value of the coins. Year 2's investigated how they could split multi link and colouring pencils equally. They came up with many ways to divide even numbers equally.
Topic - 5/01/18
New year brings a new topic. For this term we'll be learning about the Vikings! To start off, Mr Kinch set Holdstone class a challenge. Could we make our own class Viking family without looking at any Viking pictures? Split into four groups (Viking Mum, Dad, boy and girl), we set about designing our family member. The results were very creative and spectacular!
Literacy - 4/12/17
As part of the class invent step in our literacy sequence, Holdstone class made fruit kebabs. Bananas, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, oranges, apples and pineapples were on the menu as the learners made their kebabs. Obviously the best bit was the eating at the end!
Outdoor Learning - 30/11/17
Our long-awaited conkers game lesson took place today. To say we were excited is a MASSIVE understatement. We first watched a video on the rules of conkers and how we play. We adapted the rules to make it safe for ourselves and considered what rules we could invent to make our games more fun. After we prepared our conkers and gave Mr Kinch the smallest conker ever seen (which didn't last very long!), we chose a partner to battle and headed outside. There were a lot of 'snags' and laughter from all four corners of the playground! Look at our pictures of the lesson.
Outdoor Learning - 30/11/17
We glided into the fresh, crisp South Molton air this afternoon trying to match leaves to the trees they fell from. Following a leaf picture chart, the learners identified features of the leaves they found on the playground, recycling area and finally the pond area and attempted to find the tree they fell from.
No Electricity Day! - 24/11/17
What, no electricity, how will we cope... very well actually! Today was fantastic and made us extra vigilant about how and when we use electricity. Holdstone class had a very creative day. Firstly, our maths lesson took us outside. Armed with chalk, we practiced placing numbers on number lines, making sure we can explain why.
After break, we decorated our lanterns for the parade (December 1st). Using paint and being extra careful that we didn't pierce the wafer thin paper, the learners had a wide choice of colours and could decorate their lanterns as they pleased.
Ultimate Adventure Award - 10/11/17
With the year 2's at the cinema, the year 3's ticked a box on their Ultimate Adventure Award by 'helping younger children.' We worked alongside Dunkery Class (reception) during their maths lesson. After Mrs Carter's teaching input, it was over to the children of Holdstone class to help make sure they achieved the lesson objective. It was lovely to see two different age groups working together!
Literacy - 8/11/17
Our new text for this half term, Outdoor Wonderland: The Kids Guide to Being Outside, is a non-fiction instruction text. We are still learning how instructions work and in today's literacy lesson, we attempted to make an origami elephant following instructions (not from our class text). There was plenty of discussion surrounding the instructions, whether they were easy to follow and what helped us understand what to do. Eventually, the whole class were able to complete and make an origami elephant.
Outdoor Learning - 6/11/17
'Ring Ring, Ring Ring!'. Holdstone class recieved a phone call before their outdoor learning lesson to say a hurricane was going to hit the forest school area. We were asked if we could help save the field pixies that live on the forest school site, by building them shelter made of natural resources on the ground. They had 45 minutes before the wind (balloon pumps) struck!
Science - 3/11/17
Holdstone class started to look at what exercise is and what affect it has on our bodies. Each group chose five exercises to participate outside for a minute each. After each exercise, they wrote down what they noticed about their and each others body. They discovered that they're faces change colour, we produce sweat, muscles ache, our breathing changes and our heart beats faster.
Art - 1/11/17
On a beautiful autumnal day, Holdstone class ventured into the pond area to find what they believed to be an interesting leaf to draw. Using magnifying glasses, we looked at the detail on our leaf and experimented shading using art pencils by smudging.
Topic - 1/11/17
With the joys of Bonfire Night around the corner, Holdstone class had a carousel of activities to participate in, related to the topic. These included designing/colouring a firework, flick painting (using paint and old tooth brushes to flick paint to create an exploded firework image) and using our senses to described what they can see and expect to hear, smell and taste whilst watching a muted fireworks display video.
Outdoor Learning - 30/10/17
Finally, the weather was on out side and we managed to toast our lovely, sweet tasting marshmallows. We were focusing on our final sense, taste, as part of our topic.
Topic - 20/10/17
Thank you very much to those who were able to attend our skeleton exhibition today. It was amazing to see so many people come and enjoy the hard-work Holdstone class have put into their projects and supporting the learning in our school. If you were unable to come, please enjoy the pictures below of the event.
Maths - 19/10/17
Today in Maths, we discussed about resilience and our 'growth mindset' (changing the way we think to achieve more). This lead us to today's challenge. We had to draw a triangle with each side containing three circles. Each circle had to be filled with a number 1 - 6, BUT, each side of the triangle had to add up to a specific total either 9, 10, 11 or 12.
Literacy - 13/10/17
We added a little drama to our literacy lesson today! Using our bodies, we had to express emotions without making any noises. The emotions we had to show were grumpy, sad, elation, shock, scared and love. In groups, we then put together short performances of a letter that's in our class text 'The Day the Crayons Quit.' We performed it with a happy narrative before changing it to angry.
Topic - 22/09/17
Holdstone class had the opportunity to extract DNA from peas! As part of our topic and wearing our best scientific clothing, we worked together to find DNA in the vegetable.