Hello! My name is Miss Cook and I am the teacher of Heacham Class, which is a mixed class of Reception and Year 1. We have a lovely teaching assistant called Mrs Gray. We are an active and busy class, with a lot to achieve in the day! I am also the Computing Lead, helping to ensure that the whole school knows how to be safe online. As a class we work really closely with Snettisham class, learning from each other and sharing resources and ideas.
Outside of school, I like camping in my VW, reading, knitting and baking.
Happy Heacham (last week!)
Posted on Thursday, July 15th, 2021
I’ve had trouble uploading pictures, so let’s try again!
We made flags to wave to support England. (and we are really proud of their achievements – the World Cup is next year, and *then* it’s coming home!)
We did a lot of exploring outside.
These two were telling a story.
This group were taking turns with the cars visiting the houses.
We learnt about him from looking at his pictures, listening to what Miss Cook had found out, and watching this video.
Art with Mati and Dada – George Seurat | Kids Animated Short Stories in English – YouTube
We used pencil crayons to complete pictures in a pointillist style, and then we tried using paint to make our own pictures. We used our fingers instead of paintbrushes to remind us to do the dots and not use brushstrokes.
We have been exploring the new programme that Miss Cook has found, and it has lots of different touch screen options. We’ve enjoyed seeing the screen react to what we are doing.
We’ve been going through photos and put up a lot in the corridor for the new parents so that they can see the kinds of things that we do in EYFS. It’s hard because they can’t really come in and see at the moment because of the dreaded COVID, but we put up the pictures anyway, and the children have enjoyed finding themselves – we think everyone is on there somewhere!
We’ve also checked everyone’s phonics, everyone’s Y1 exception words, and completed a unit of work on position and direction!
On Thursday we finally said goodbye to halves and quarters in Power Maths and began a new topic of position and direction.
We looked at vocabulary with the Hip Hop Granny (KS1 Maths: Position & Direction – BBC Teach) and used this as our warm up, and then watched Kay the Bison lead the herd to a new waterhole How to follow directions – KS1 Maths – BBC Bitesize . We were able to use our own pirate maps to plan our own routes and then we wrote stories to go with our maths work.
On Friday…. I don’t know! I wasn’t there.
I’m back on Tuesday morning, and I’m absolutely fine. (I’m a bit bored, and I miss you lot, but I’m fine.)
Hello and welcome back! We have had a very busy time this week.
Our maths work has been about multiplication, and we are starting it through skip counting and counting equal groups.
Our new PHSE work is called Jigsaw. We have Jigsaw Jack and Jerrie Cat in our room, and we will be using them to help us talk about relationships this half term. Because we can’t use the special chime bar that comes with the Jigsaw People, Miss Cook got out the xylophones for us to explore. We were very loud to start with. We also watched Patrick Moore play the xylophone from a long time ago. He was very fast!
Now, we do our PE on a Thursday, and for the next half term we have a special PE teacher, Mrs Woods, who is coming in to teach our PE outside. It was really good! We must remember to have all of our PE kit, including trainers, for PE days. It’s so much easier now we can come in to school in our kit.
In DesignTechnology we have been looking at the history of cars and starting to design our own. We’ve also taken our own photos of our cars using the ipad.
Well, we are at the end of the week, and the end of the term, and the end of our monsters, and the end of our topic!
If you’d like to see the the last of the monster videos, you can see it here, and the children have brought home their monster work. This has been a significant part of the children settling back into school, and thinking about who they are and how they deal with situations.
I wonder what our next wellbeing creatures will be?
We also had a lovely NightyNight Day to celebrate a late World Book Day. It was a day of stories, and thinking about stories, and writing about stories, and generally enjoying stories!
Have a lovely break, and we’ll see you on the Tuesday for the start of a long summer term of learning!
We made helicopters and talked about how they work using air resistance.
2) We measured a lot of things in our maths lessons, and talked about the difference between length and height.
3) We dressed up as superheroes and did superhero work as part of raising money for Comic Relief. We talked about the money, where it goes, and why it is important.
4) We even did Superhero Batman yoga!
5) We played outside a lot because the weather was nicer.
6) We did monsters for our wellbeing and found out about 4 different monsters, including Edison, who is a problem solving monster. He is shaped like a light bulb because Thomas Edison invented lightbulbs.
7) We swam in two groups this week, so everyone had a time to swim! It was brilliant. We can’t lend kits so you have to remember to bring your own.
It was a very busy week – and next week will be even busier!
The live learning has gone really well, and it’s been lovely to see so many of you. If you haven’t made it yet, please make sure you do this week.
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First, we meet at 9am for a Good morning session where we go through the day and look at the phonics sound. You then get on with the phonics and the children in the class get on with their phonics.
Next we meet at 10am for Literacy, and we are carrying on with Sayeeda the Pirate Princess. If you have trouble opening the powerpoint online, do let me know via email, and I will send it to you. I can’t work out why some people can and some people can’t at the moment, but I’m working on it!
After that, we have snack.
Finally we meet at 11am for Power Maths.
What a busy morning!
Did you see how I did that, using First, Next, After That, Finally? What can you write, using that way of writing?
We are nearly there my children, nearly at the point where you and I can meet each other properly and get on with the job like we used to. Things will be a bit different, but we are used to different and we are adaptable and we are amazing.
What a beautiful day. (Unless it’s snowing, in which case I will have just walked to work when you get this and I will be less happy!)
Firstly, I’m sorry that I haven’t been in touch with some people last week, and have been delayed in answering emails – I had a problem with my laptop lead and had to wait for a new one to come.
Let’s have a look at this week and what we’ll be doing.
0840-0900 – register and reading
0900-0940 – phonics and spelling
0940-1000 – Literacy
1040-1140 – maths
Register and reading
You’ve got two reading books this week – Timmy’s Snowball, and Fun in the Snow. Can you guess why I put those ones on for you? This week, I’d like to know which one is your favourite. Email me and let me know!
phonics and guided reading
Our phonics this week is looking at the soft ‘g’ sound, and the different ways that that is written. What words can you see in Mr Thorne’s video? Write a sentence for the three you like the best – bonus points if you can get all three in the same sentence!
Now, I nearly didn’t put this one in, because Geraldine (who has a soft ‘g’) is very, very naughty in this one. I think that she needs to learn some manners! I know that none of you could ever make this many bad choices in one go!