Welcome to Clumber Class
My name is Mrs. Heysmond and I have been teaching for over 20 years, working at Kimberley Primary School for 10 years. I have taught children in Nursery through to Year 6 during my career. I am looking forward to teaching Year 1 again this year. I am responsible for Reading, Phonics and Music throughout the whole school.
Homework will consist of spellings and maths and will be given out every Friday to hand in the following Thursday. Apart from 3 mini projects, all other homework will be completed in a book. Please support your child by ensuring that all homework is completed. Children will also be expected to read at least 4 times a week and have this recorded in their planner. Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the planner and ensure that your child has this in school every day.
To help you and your child. Lots of games and support for your child's learning.
Skeletons 8th November 2017
Today the children worked in small groups to try and put a cardboard skeleton back together again. They were very reciprocal, sharing and challenging each other with their ideas. After singing some songs, which helped us learn about the order of the bones, the children went back to correct their original ideas.
Florence Nightingale artefacts
Today we looked at some artefacts linked to our new topic. The children had to discuss, in small groups, what they thought the objects were, what they were used for, and why they were in a suitcase. The children had lots of thoughtful ideas. Then they choose 1 of the objects to draw and describe before writing a question of what they would like to find out. We ended the lesson by going over what the items are and how they were used. The children decided that the suitcase must belong to a nurse. Here are the artefacts.
Making Trebuchets (Catapults)
Today the children explored ways to make catapults using lollipop sticks and elastic bands only. They worked in pairs and were very resilient. The children enjoyed exploring the possibilities and were keen to see whos catapult would fire a scrunched up small piece of paper the furthest.
Visit to Warwick Castle 13th September 2017
The children have had a fantastic day at Warwick Castle. They have witnessed the worlds largest trebuchet in action and have climbed the towers and walked parts of the walls to experience life as a soldier, pretending to shoot through the battlements or arrow slits. They have experienced what a castle looked like inside during the late Mediaeival/Tudor period. The children were fantastically behaved and took responsibility for being safe throughout the whole day. Well done Clumber Class, I'm very proud of you all!
Academic Year 2017-2018
The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch
After looking at the story of 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch', the children designed and made their own sandwiches for Mr. Grinling. They enjoyed trying a variety of bread, some of which they had not seen or tried before and their learnt alittle about where some breads come from. As Mr. Grinling is only a fictitious character, we had no options but to eat the sandwiches ourselves; yum yum!
Family homework projects - Seasides
The children have worked really hard at home with their families to produce the last family project of the year; either a lighthouse, a scrap book of their holidays or a presentation of a seaside resort. They are fantastic Clumber! Thank you mums, dads and grandparents for your support. Please feel free to come and see them all on display in the classroom.
P.E - Balancing
Historical words and their meanings
Today the children were introduced to some new vocabulary linked to our explorers topic. They had to read some complex words as a group before we went over them together, then talk about what the words meant before allocating them to which explorer they thought they applied to. After discussing the meanings as a class, they had a final chance to put the words in the correct place. I was really pleased with the reading skills and understanding the chldren showed.
Measuring the girth & heights of trees
Today we went into the playground to find out which tree is the oldest and which is the tallest. We used measuring tapes to work out the girths of the trees and a trigonometry method to find the tallest tree. The children found it funny looking through their legs to see the top of the trees to work out which is the oldest!
Today we were looking at Compound Words. The children had to decide which two words they could put together to make a new word.
Today the children were working in pairs to solve a maths problem based on number. They worked well together to solve the problems.
Class Assembly - 'On Safari'
The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing what they have learnt about Kenya over the last few weeks with the rest of the school. They each remembered some amazing facts relating to the topic and shared some fantastic art work. Some of the children shared their list poems and others shared their knowledge on how to play the African Drums. We ended by singing a well known song 'Kye Kye Kule'. Thank you to all the parents in supporting your child to learn their lines and for coming to see them perform. Well done Clumber, you were amazing!
African Sunset Pictures
This week the children have created pictures based on an African sunset. Aren't they amazing!
Comic Relief - 24th March
Today the children were raising money by not using a pencil or pen all day yet still learning! They worked in small groups to solve some capacity problems. They had to start by sorting some given containers into order starting with the container that would hold the most.
Maths Morning 8th March 2017
This morning Clumber and Sherwood Class solved Tangram problems either on their own or with a partner. Some of our mums and dads came in to help too. The children used their skills in shape and space to help them. Well done everyone!
Author Visit - Jane Clarke 24th February 2017
Today we had Jane Clarke visit our school and class. She showed us our to invent our own creatures by mixing up exisiting ones and we came up with some really funny ones. We thoroughly enjoyed her assembly and learning about how she became an author. Maybe some of us will become authors too!
Broad Bean Plants
Over the last few weeks we have been looking at plants. We are beginning to recognise some common garden and wild plants/flowers and we have looked at what plants need to grow. Here are our Broad Bean Plants - Look at how much they've grown in just over 3 weeks! We have enjoyed watching them grow and measuring how tall they are to see who's is the tallest.
Story Telling Session
Today our mums and dads came into class to share some stories with us. The grown ups are really impressed with how much our reading has improved since Septemeber. Many of us can read short stories fairly fluently, with confidence and without any help!
Robin Hood & Sherwood Forest
For this terms family homework project the chidlren have either been making bows and arrows, producing some work on the Major Oak or making a hat in the style of Robin Hoods. I think lots of dads and grandads have enjoyed this one just as much as the children! They are amazing. Well done everyone!
Sherwood Forest trip 23rd January 2017
Today we went with Sherwood Class to Sherwood Forest. We had a great day looking for and building animal homes and learning more about Robin Hood. Becky showed us what clothes were worn in Medieval times as well as weapons used for daily survival. She also told us about life in the forest during the time Robin Hood is believed to have lived. We saw the huge 'Major Oak' tree and listened to stories about Robin Hood.
Key Stage 1 Nativity - Mend the Manager
Well done Clumber and Sherwood for producing a fantastic nativity play. You sang beautifully and remembered all your lines. Some of you even took on extra parts at the last minutes when others were ill. Thank you to all the parents who have helped in learning the parts and for Mrs.Gill and Mrs. Osbourne for sorting out the costumes.
For our D.T topic this term, the children designed and made their own fire-engines using shoe boxes. Here are the final outcomes. Well done Clumber!
Fireman visit - 8/12/16
As part of out topic on 'The Great Fire of London', the local fire-fighters can to talk to the children about fire safety in the home and their job. They also brought along a fire-engine for the children to sit in and they showed the children the different tools they carry on board.
Christmas Fayre - 2/12/16
The children enjoyed making their tree decorations and card holders to see at the Christmas Fayre. Here are their final products. They're fantastic Clumber!
Children in Need - 17/11/16
The children brought spare change from home and started putting the coins on the outline of the Pudsey Bear. We still had spare change, so we ended up filling him in completely! The children loved doing this. Thank you Clumber.
This week the children have been talking about qualities of a friend, what to do if someone isn't very nice to you and the differences between the words 'mean', 'rude' and 'bullying'. The children worked in small group to decide which pictures showed a good friend and which ones didn't, giving reasons for their ideas.
On Wednesday morning ( 9th November) we had a lovely time making Diwali related crafts. Thank you to all the mums who came in to help, it was lovely to see you all and the children enjoyed making things with you.
The Great Fire of London
We started our topic this week by making bread to find out how 'The Great Fire of London' started. We all helped measure and mix the ingredients before leaving the dough to rise overnight. Then we each had our own dough to knead and create into a roll shape. Finally, once they were cooked, we got to eat them with butter and jam, yum yum!
Gold Awards for 100% attendance this half term!
Silver Awards for attendance this half term.
Bronze Awards for attendance this half term.
In table groups, the children made their own BeeBot Mats using the story 'FunnyBones'. They then took it in turns to tell each other where to start the BeeBot and where to finish, put down Algorithms ( instructions) of how to get from 1 place to another and to put in the Algorithms into the BeeBot. They all then watched to see what happened, debugging ( solving the problems) as necessary.
Some examples of our 'Big Writes' this half term before and after marking.
In English we have been looking at reading and writing instructions. We read given instructions to create friendship bracelets or Pirate hats.
The children created their own skeleton pictures using art straws and their new knowledge of what we look like on the inside. Here are some examples are their work.
As part of our Science work this half term the children have been naming parts of the body and looking at the skeleton. The children enjoyed drawing around each other before drawing what they thought they looked like inside and some were very resourceful in using aids in the classroom to help put a skeleton together. The children worked very well in small groups. Well done Clumber!