Friday 17th July
I am a little late with my final post to you as Buzzard Class. I have really enjoyed teaching you, it has been a strange school year, and I missed seeing you in school each day. Thank you to the 'home learners' for keeping in touch (and to your parents for helping you learn)! You should be proud of all your achievements, you have all grown and changed so much from when I first met you!
I hope you enjoy some of the activities in the Summer packs I sent home. I am adding a sight word sheet below as a little challenge - it didn't make it into all of your packs...
I hope you all have a lovely summer! Take care and stay safe.
Monday 13th July
Good morning Buzzards - welcome to your last week in Buzzard Class! I hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed some fun in the sun? Have a good day.
Friday 10th July
Good afternoon, apologies I didn't get a message on here this morning!
I had a lovely afternoon meeting the home learners on the field - thank you to those of you who came! Have a lovely weekend and I'll check in with you on Monday for the start of the final week.
Wednesday 8th July
Good morning - it's another wet and breezy day! I am looking forward to seeing the home learners on the 'Zoom' call this afternoon - I am hoping Daisy will join us on zoom for a story... if she sits nicely!
Monday 6th July
Good morning and welcome to another brand new week! How was your weekend? I hope you had fun with your families? I can't believe next week is the last week of term!
I am really looking forward to seeing some of you on our Zoom call this Wednesday and at our meeting on the field on Friday too where you will meet your new teacher too!
This week our topic is 'Music' - I look forward to hearing what you do...
I have prepared some more information as a guide for EYFS learning for parents to support you at home - last week I did one for 'number' and I have now put it all together for you.
Have a good day.
Friday 3rd July
Hello Buzzards, I hope you and your families are well? It's another cool and windy day today - I hope summer returns again next week! I am really looking forward to seeing you if you are able to join us for the meet up on the field next Friday.
There are lots of photos for you to see today and your work at the bottom. I am working on some more learning summaries like I gave you for number. I will add these early next week!
Have a lovely weekend.
Wednesday 1st July
Good morning and welcome to the first day of July! I hope you are having a good week? We were very excited to meet our new baby frog at school!
Monday 29th June
Good morning. I hope you had a lovely weekend and managed to avoid the rain? I can't believe it is almost July! Daisy and I spotted the cows lying down just before the rain, she also had lots of fun running along the footpath through the fields of crops!
This week's topic is 'Space' which I know lots of you enjoyed when it was in our literacy. Below is your learning plan.
Please have a look at the maths support below, you may prefer to do these activities instead of the maths lessons - they summarise all of the Early Years expectations and there are suggested activities that you could easily do at home, focusing on your own child's needs and can be incorporated in your daily routines.
Here is a list of key maths skills for Buzzard class. I hope that this will help you with your child's home learning as we are approaching the end of the academic year. Please print out and work through them over the next few weeks. As you know, lots of our learning takes place through play and in everyday activities at home. I have listed suggested activities for each maths skill to help you. If you would like a printed copy please email school and I will print one for you to collect. If you would like any support with this please contact me via the office and I will ring you to support you.
Friday 26th June
Good morning and welcome to Friday! I hope you've had a great week? Please send in any work for us to celebrate! I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Wednesday 24th June
Good morning Buzzards - I hope you are having a good week? It's going to be another hot day! Yesterday evening Daisy met Mrs Hillier's puppy Buddy, he is her younger brother! They had lots of fun playing in my garden.
Have a lovely day and please remember to email your work!
Monday 22nd June
Good morning and welcome to a brand new week. It's going to be hot and sunny - remember to stay safe in the fun and enjoy some fun outside with your families!
This week our topic is based on 'Around the World' when it gets hot mid-week it will feel like we are on holiday in a hot country! I have some certificates to send out on Friday so remember to send your work in!
Friday 19th June
Good morning and welcome to Friday. What a shame it's another wet day - I am looking forward to summer returning again next week! I wonder if you are tired? The children in school are feeling very tired and Daisy just wants to curl up too!
Wednesday 17th June
Good morning and welcome to Wednesday! How is your week? I hope you are having fun? We have been enjoying working as engineers following our literacy lesson. Have you ever heard of Brunel? I wonder if you have ever seen two of his famous engineering projects in Bristol?
I have posted your literacy, mini maths and Snail and the Whale maths.
Monday 15th June
Good morning and welcome to week 3 of this term. I hope you have all had a lovely weekend? There was a lot of rain and unfortunately we had a big leak in through our kitchen window! Luckily we found a builder who could fix the problem!
This week our topic is based on 'Famous and Significant people' and there are some fun activities for you to try including a quiz. In literacy we are thinking about 'Inventions'. Please remember to send in your work so I can send out certificates of Friday!
Friday 12th June
Good morning Buzzards. I hope you have had a good week? I am looking forward to the sunny weather on Sunday! Please remember to send in you work so we can celebrate it together - I will send out certificates later.
Wednesday 10th June
Good morning and welcome to Wednesday! It feels a bit cold today! I hope your week is going well? Please continue to send in your work as it's great to see what you have been doing at home!
I saw a field of cows and calves on my walk with Daisy last night - they were very nosy!
Monday 8th June
Hello Buzzards and welcome to Monday! How was your weekend? I hope you managed to keep warm on Saturday? This week our topic work is based on the 'Rainforest'. I wonder if some of you will ever visit a rainforest? There are lots of fun activities to do. I am looking forward to hearing what you get up to...
Friday 5th June
Good morning and welcome to Friday! I hope you are having a good week? I will be emailing certificates later so please send in any other work! We have had a busy week in school but we are missing the warm weather! Have a good day and a lovely weekend.
Wednesday 3rd June
Good morning, I hope you're having a good week at home? I am now back in school with my group of Buzzards (alongside Mrs Butt and Miss Simpson) the other group have been learning with Mrs Hopton, Mrs Verrecchia and Mrs Dando. It is nice to see some of the Buzzards but I miss seeing you all and doing things in our normal way. Thank you for sending in your pictures from your home learning. Please keep sending them in!
Here is your Power maths, literacy and mini maths...
Monday 1st June
Good morning Buzzards and welcome to the first day of term! I hope you had lots of fun with your families and enjoyed the sunny weather!
Your home learning will continue as before, please continue to send in your photos. I am back in school with the Buzzards that have returned and I will continue to respond to emails daily.
This week your writing is based on 'Space' and the topic is based on 'Sport' - I wonder what your favourite sport is? I know that some members of my family are looking forward to watching the football when it comes back on television soon!
Friday 22nd May
Good morning and welcome to the last day of term! I am keeping my fingers crossed that the sun comes back for half term...I hope you all have a good week next week and enjoy having a 'holiday' week!
Home learning will continue from June 1st. I will continue to post work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and post pictures of your work too.
Remember to send in photos of this week's work so I can email your certificates later!
Wednesday 20th May
Good morning, and welcome to Wednesday! how is your week going? I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather? How are you getting on with the video lessons and Power Maths? I wonder which 'Under the Sea' activities you have enjoyed? I am looking forward to hearing how you get on...
Today I am adding another dance class - it will take you deep into the ocean and you will encounter some amazing sea creatures... watch out for the pirates! I have also added the literacy, maths and Power Maths lessons for today and tomorrow.
Monday 18th May
Good morning and welcome to the last week of term - next week is half term! How was your weekend? I hope you had lots of fun and enjoyed the lovely weather. I took Daisy on a 3 hour walk with one of my friends, I took a drink for Daisy but forgot mine so I was very thirsty when I got home! On Friday I will be sending certificates again, so please remember to send pictures in of your home learning!
This week our topic is 'Under the Sea' there are some fun topic activities for you to try. Literacy is based on 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. Today you will plant a seed (this can be an apple or satsuma pip in a yoghurt pot) and think about instructions. On Tuesday you will hear the story and design your own beanstalk! Power Maths will continue with our work on patterns (today it is based round a song!) and the other mini maths lessons will help you with numbers to 20.
Have a great day, I look forward to hearing from you. If grown ups need any support please email the office and I will contact you.
Friday 15th May
Hello Buzzards and welcome to Friday! It has been great as always to receive your photos showing your fantastic home learning, please send in any more from this week so that I can send out your certificates! I have added today's literacy and maths lessons below. Daisy is keeping very fit by running and leaping through the long grass... I am going to try to go for a run this evening but I won't be able to keep up with her!
Wednesday 13th May
Good morning Buzzards and welcome to Wednesday! Have you tried doing PE with Joe yet? If you haven't yet tried it I think you'll really enjoy it! I joined in yesterday - Daisy came in and decided to lie on my mat watching me...
How are you doing with the 'Food' topic? Charlie has enjoyed sorting foods and made some delicious chocolate cakes (photo below). Arya is enjoying the 'Hansel and Gretel' literacy lessons -she designed a yummy sweet that "makes you fly" when you eat it and her own witch (photo below).
You will also find below the maths and literacy lessons for today and tomorrow, I will post again on Friday. Remember to keep sending your pictures in.
Have a lovely day!
Monday 11th May
Good morning Buzzards and welcome to Monday! I hope that you enjoyed the Bank holiday and VE Day celebrations? Remember to send any more photos in. I really enjoy getting your photos and I am sure you enjoy seeing your friends too!
This week your topic is based on 'Food' so I know you will find lots of ways to explore this. The story in your literacy lessons links with the theme - I hope you enjoy it!
Friday 8th May
Good morning Buzzards - today is a Bank Holiday marking the 75th anniversary of VE day. Have you seen the powerpoint? It will help you to understand why VE day is a special day. I posted it on Wednesday but I have added it again today for you.
When I saw the news last night I saw a clip of the 50th anniversary celebrations and realised that was when I was at university - it made me feel very old! The royal family were all on the balcony of Buckingham Palace and there were thousands of people in the crowds. Because we don't all gather together due to social distancing, people will not be physically together but families and neighbours will mark the day from the safety of their gardens. I look forward to seeing photos of your day! Here's a picture of the cakes James made whilst I was busy working yesterday!
Wednesday 6th May
Good morning Buzzards and welcome to Wednesday. I wonder if any of you know what special day it will be on Friday? - It is VE Day and a special Bank Holiday. Please look at the powerpoint with your grown up, this will help you to understand why Friday is a special day.
You might like to make some bunting, do some colouring, make a Spitfire glider or design your own medal, the links are below for you. James (my son) is going to make some cup cakes and decorate them. I wonder if any of you will do anything else special? I wonder if any of you have any relatives in your family that were alive at the end of the war? I look forward to hearing about some of these things next week.
Monday 4th May
Hello Buzzard class and welcome to a brand new week! I hope you had lots of fun at the weekend. Can you see what sort of flowers Daisy is sitting in? Spring is such a pretty time of year! In your maths this week you will be thinking about the seasons. I look forward to hearing from you and I will be emailing certificates on Friday! Mrs Doble
Friday 1st May
Good morning Buzzards and welcome to the month of May! I have once again enjoyed receiving your photos, please continue to send them in. I hope you have a lovely weekend, I’m planning to go out walking with my whole family (it is normally just Daisy and I), do some baking and find some more time for reading my book! I wonder how many of you have had a home haircut? Yesterday my youngest boy James (age 13) had his hair cut by his big brother Will (age 17). James now looks very different - Will had a lot of fun creating an unusual style that he would't normally be allowed! – I hope it grows out before he’s back to school!
Today’s challenge is to make a rainbow…
In this lesson, we will learn all about the science behind how a rainbow is made and have a go at making one ourselves.
You will need: the sun, a piece of white paper and a clear plastic beaker or a glass (so your grown-ups will need to help you).
Good luck with the challenge and have fun!
On Monday I am going to be giving you some new style literacy lessons on your weekly plan. If you have any oats that would be helpful otherwise you can join in with your imagination! (Please don’t make an extra trip to the shops unless you were due to be going anyway!)
Wednesday 29th April
Hello Buzzards! How are you today? It’s a bit dull and misty this morning isn’t it! I’ve got another dance class for you today that fits with this week’s ‘animal’ theme. I hope you enjoy it.
I have added some more pictures that you have sent in - thank you and keep up the good work. I look forward to hearing about some of your animal topic work...
Remember to try the new daily maths lesson videos (listed at the top of Monday’s learning plan) and the Read Write Inc sound lessons too.
Well done, and thank you to your parents for helping you. Have a great day.
Mrs Doble 🌈
Monday 27th April
Good morning Buzzards. I hope you've had a great weekend and enjoyed playing in the sunshine? I was a bit surprised the see the clouds this morning and heard it is going to rain later. Remember to look for a rainbow if we get sun and rain together!
You will see five new maths lessons at the top of the weekly learning plan - they introduce 'sharing into groups' which is the Early Years work on 'division'. Please try one of these each day (if you can), the other maths activities can be completed if your child would like further maths activities.
The theme this week is 'animals' and I hope you enjoy some of the topic activities. There is a link to watch the story of 'Dear Zoo' which is a book that I know the children enjoy, perhaps they can try and read along with the story.
I shall add your photos when I receive them, so please keep sending them in, as it would be great to see you all - it could just be a picture of you having fun in the garden or you with your pet or your favourite toy!
Thank you for all the work you have been doing at home already.
Friday 24th April
Good morning and happy Friday! I wonder how your week has been? I hope you have had lots of fun and enjoyed some time enjoying the sunshine? Perhaps you have a paddling pool or like to play with the hose pipe? Do you like kicking a ball, or digging? Daisy loves to lie in the sun in our garden, but she also likes to find the shade too! I love reading my book outside and listening to the noisy birds. I saw two army helicopters flying together the other day, I wonder if they flew past your home too?...Daisy loves to splash in a stream when we go for our daily walk, it keeps her nice and cool!
Have you made a viewfinder or some binoculars? Have you been on your dance trip into space?
I was talking to Mrs Butt yesterday and she was was saying how much you enjoyed the play dough activities you did at school - so below is a recipe. There are lots of other versions available online that don’t need anything other than flour, water and salt - although the texture of these isn’t as good! If your grown ups don’t like the mess you could use the play dough in the garden! Play dough is great to develop the muscles in your hands.
What can you do with the dough? Can you pinch it and make a mini pinch pot in your hand? or perhaps you could roll 3 bits and order them from longest to shortest, or perhaps make some different animals and decide which is the heaviest or lightest! There are lots of possibilities these are just some suggestions!
I look forward to having more of your photos that I will upload when I receive them. I think about you all and miss being in school with you.
Keep smiling and being brilliant.
Mrs Doble 🌞
Wednesday 22nd April
I wonder how your week is going? I heard about an online dance class that I know lots of you will enjoy. It takes you on a journey into space where you see the planets and learn some facts...
It has been lovely to have received more photos from you. Please keep sending them in so that we can share together and keep in touch!
Have a lovely day, and remember to stay safe in the sun.
Monday 20th April
Good morning Buzzards and welcome to the start of the summer term! I hope that you and your families have had a lovely Easter and enjoyed the sunny weather? I wonder what you have been doing? I have enjoyed spending time with my family and walking Daisy. I am getting used to speaking to other family members and friends on video calls - it's lovely to see their faces! Please keep sending me your photos, and if parents would like any support then please email the school and I will do my best to help you.
The theme of this week's learning plan is 'viewpoints' and there are some fun topic activities that you will enjoy.
Please note the new Read Write Inc hyperlink - there are some great new features available so please have a look.
Have a good day, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Friday 3rd April
Good morning Buzzard class and welcome to the last day of the Spring term! You are about to start the Easter holidays, and your grown ups can have a break from teaching you! I expect many of you will choose to keep reading, practicing your sounds and listening to stories. Lots of your learning happens through play or exploring in the garden, and through helping at home (eg sock sorting, setting the table) so even when you think you aren’t doing ‘school’ activities you are still learning!
Wishing you a very Happy Easter! You are a fantastic class and I really miss seeing you in school. Every day was filled with lots of fun and laughter. I am adding the Number Bonds song (the filming wasn’t great but hopefully it will help you to remember the song!) I have also put a picture of our story map of ‘The Rainbow Princess 🌈’ I wonder if anyone can recall the story? I have added some more ‘green’ words too.
I look forward to seeing you when school is able to return to normal and in the meantime I am here to support you (and your parents) so please keep emailing pictures or questions and I will continue to support you all as best I can.
Happy Easter love from Mrs Doble 😊
I have been speaking to Mrs Hopton, Mrs Fox, Mrs Butt and Mrs Duery, and they have all got some Easter things they wanted to share with you.
Mrs Hopton has written you an acrostic poem -
Mrs Fox says -
“I miss the Buzzard children, their news, energy, smiles, imagination and sense of fun.”
Mrs Fox sends some pictures for you - spring flowers in her garden, scones, Brambly hedge and Dexter (her dog) and a rainbow of hope.
Mrs Butt says
“Happy Easter! Here are some photo instructions to make an Easter card. You could try making one at home.”
Mrs Duery says
”Hi Buzzard class, I made an Easter card, here are some pictures for you to copy if you wish! I also wanted to make an Easter bonnet but I didn’t have one at home, so instead, I’ve made an Easter band. It looks a bit funny but that’s all part of the fun! I would love to see some pictures of you wearing an Easter bonnet or whatever you can make at home. I am missing you all and can’t wait to see you again when we come back to school. Have a wonderful Easter.”
Wednesday 1st April
Good morning Buzzards, how are you today? I have really enjoyed hearing from some of you and I have added your pictures. If you haven’t been in touch yet why don’t you ask your grown ups to send a photo to the school email. Parents I am also happy to respond to any queries or support you might need. I am finding it strange not seeing you all in school, and think about you all a lot! Daisy (my dog) is enjoying having me at home and loves to snuggle on her blanket next to me while I work!
I wonder how you are doing with this week’s home learning? Have you read the stories yet or designed your dream home?
If we had been in school this week we would have done some cooking. Have any of you done any baking at home? I made some banana muffins with some bananas which were too soft to eat, my boys (who are much bigger than you) enjoyed eating them!
There are some more ‘green’ words for you to sound out or read as sight vocabulary. If you are still working on the previous ones that’s fine too!
Wishing you all a happy day, I think of you all often and look forward to seeing you in school when it is able to open. will be in touch on here again on Friday.
Mrs Doble 🌈
Monday 30th March
Good morning Buzzard Class and welcome to week two of home learning. I have got lots of activities to help keep you learning on this week's learning plan. Please continue to send in photos of what you have been doing via the office and I will share all the ones that they send on to me - I love seeing what you have been doing. Have you watched the video clip I posted of our police visitors? Have a good couple of days and I will check in with you again on Wednesday.
A little reminder of things to do EVERY DAY:
* Reading (eBooks or any books you might have available at home)
* Watch the live daily Read Write Inc Speed Sound lesson on YouTube or Facebook
Set 1 9.30am / Set 2 10.00 am / Set 3 10.30am
* Practise your letter formation
* 'Red' word work
* 'Green' word reading
* A maths activity
* Some physical activity - have you tried doing a Joe Wicks PE session? They are on YouTube at 9am each day, but you can put them on at anytime that suits. They are fun (I've been doing them with my family) and I know you would like them!
Friday 27th March
Good morning Buzzards, I hope you are all well and that you have managed to keep busy this week? I am going to put some ‘green words’ on see below.
I thought you might like to see the photos of the visitors we had earlier this term...
The school nurse talked to you about keeping healthy and was impressed with how much you all knew about healthy eating, drinking water, exercising, keeping clean and getting plenty of sleep. She loved our ‘Brush Your Teeth’ song!
Green words - every day in class we read ‘green’ words. Green words can be sounded out using our phonics / ‘Fred talk’ eg “c-a-t...cat”. Once we are confident with sounding out to read each word and have done it lots of times we can try to just read them and build up our sight vocabulary (no sounding out required). As a class we have several words that we can just read. Please work on these first two sets of words. More to follow next week for those who are ready for more.
Wednesday 25th March
Good morning Buzzards. I hope you are enjoying your time at home with your families? Daisy (my dog) has been enjoying spotting signs of Spring on our daily walks.
Daily Read Write Inc lessons
From Monday 23rd March Read Write Inc phonics lessons will be available on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.
The films will only be available at the times below:
Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30am and again at 12.30pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00am and again at 1.00pm
Set 3 Sounds at 10.30am and again at 1.30pm
Please note the films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.
There will also be a film of a teacher reading a poem for EYFS and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00pm every day.
The poems will be available to watch again and again on YouTube (which is a great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!)
Monday 23rd March
Good morning, here is your Week 1 home learning project. It will help you to keep developing your reading, writing and maths skills. The topic based activities are linked to a mini topic 'My Family' and you will find lots of suggestions of activities.
I have enjoyed the emails that I have already received telling me about your home learning and seeing photos of you too! I hope enjoy looking at the photos that I have added to this page.
Have a good day - I will post a message on Wednesday to see how you are getting on.
Friday 20th March
Good afternoon Buzzard class, I hope you are enjoying your first day at home. Next week I am going to be giving you activities to complete at home, which I will post on Monday.
On Sunday I am going to post a special photo and message for you too! Before then, I hope you have had a look at your folder that I sent home and that you enjoy using your school pencil to do your best work!
I am thinking of you all and have lots of ideas to help you with your learning when we are not in class together.
I am so proud of all of you. It’s amazing to see how much you have learnt since you joined school in September and how you have each grown in confidence and independence.
Parents – I am hoping that you all received the resource folder that I sent home on Wednesday. It contained the following; Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Parent Guide to the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) and some EYFS home learning activities. Power Maths workbook, letter formation sheets (upper and lower case), numeral formation sheet, a small yellow exercise book, Red Word sheets, and a pencil!
You will have seen that I sent home an extra reading book (or reading sheets) in book bags, and for the children who are learning set 2 or 3 sounds I added the sound sheets for the rest of that set.
I will offer further advice on Monday and respond via the office to emails that they forward to me.
World Book Day
The children looked amazing in their costumes. We met baby bear and made some porridge together!
Welcome to Buzzard Class
Buzzards is the Reception class at Kilmersdon and the final year of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). The reception year is a significant year of school, for both our children and parents as it forms the foundation of your child's primary education. Buzzard class is taught by Mrs Doble and supported by Mrs Hopton, Mrs Fox and Mrs Butt.
At Kilmersdon we offer a mix of adult and child-led learning. Lots of our learning is through play, where the children can develop their personal, social and emotional skills. They learn to investigate the world around them both physically and imaginatively. The children benefit from having their own outdoor learning space where they can explore, imagine and create together.
Reading is at the heart of Buzzard life; listening to stories and rhymes feeds children’s imagination and builds their vocabulary. Daily Read Write Inc sessions introduce children to phonics to help them develop reading and writing in a fun and engaging way.
Much of our maths is practical and encourages questioning and exploration as well as introducing key concepts through a range of resources. This helps the children to develop a solid understanding of number and other mathematical concepts in an active and enjoyable way.
Friday 27th September
We have been busy learning 4 new sounds this week in our Read Write Inc sessions. Please watch our video clips for pronunciation and letter formation...
Friday 13th September
We have been impressed with how quickly the children are settling into school life. The children have been settled and happy to come in and are doing really well with organising their bags and coats. It has been lovely to see new friendships being formed and getting to know key members of the school staff. We are looking forward to joining together red and blue groups and have the whole class in together!