Hollingbourne Primary School
Hollingbourne | Maidstone | ME17 1UA

Welcome to Cherry Class!

Welcome to our Cherry Class page! Here you will find updates about the things we get up to in class throughout the year.  We will upload our overviews once we have done the term as we are a setting that follows an 'In the Moment' approach which means we are very much child led and follow the children's interests which means our learning journey may take many twists and turns.

As always we are here if you need anything, please do just drop us an email or ask us on the door, no question is too small.

Mrs Ischt and Mrs Hart

Term 2 - Bright Lights and Dark Nights.

This term we are following the theme of 'Bright Lights and Dark Nights' where we think about celebrations such as Diwali, Halloween, Bonfire night and Christmas but also thinking about winter and the seasonal changes that brings. 

Week 3

This week we learnt about Diwali. We read the story of Rama and Sita in English and we practised retelling the story. We then learnt all about how people celebrate Diwali, we looked at Mehndi designs, diwa's, rangoli patterns etc. By the end of the week we made Diwali cards too. In Maths we began to add, we started off with a magic adding machine and then by the end of the week we had a go at writing number sentences after we spent the week adding in practical ways. In phonics we continued to practise our blending and segmenting to make sure we are really confident before starting phase 3 next week.

Week 2

This week we learnt about Bonfire Night. We learnt about why we celebrate Bonfire night and discussed what Bonfire night celebrations may look like. We then read Sparks on the Sky and drew fireworks talking about the sounds that they make and wrote those words down. We even made a huge firework display on big paper and had a go at writing sentences. This week we learnt how to do one more and one less, we did this practically and now we are getting so confident some of us can do this mentally without number lines. In phonics we practised our phase 2 sounds by reading them in words and sentences.

Week 1

This week we had a spooky week as we learnt about Room on the Broom and completed lots of halloween based activities in the classroom. In English we designed our own broomsticks and labelled them and we practised retelling the story using story maps. In Maths we practised 2D shapes, we practised naming them and describing them we even created our own shape monsters! In Phonics we completed our Phase 2 Sounds.

Term 1 - When the Leaves Came Tumbling Down

Week 8

This week we read the book Oliver's Vegetables. In English we talked about healthy and unhealthy foods, we then made observational drawings of vegetables and we also labelled them and had a go at labelling them. In Maths we really focused on teen numbers and ordering numbers and finding missing numbers. In Phonics we learnt 'h', 'b',  'f' and 'l'.

Week 7

This week we read Supertato, in English we created wanted posters and designed our own super veggies and labelled it. In Maths we practised our number knowledge by recognising numbers, counting out quantities, discussing more and less, using Numicon. In phonics we learnt 'ck', 'e', 'u' and 'r'. 

Week 6

This week we learnt about guinea pigs and we read the book Christopher Nibble. In English we drew pictures of guinea pigs and labelled them, we discussed what guinea pigs need and how to care for them and created a fact file. In Maths, we continued with our numbers of the day with the numbers 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, we practised reading, writing and counting it. In Phonics we learnt 'g', 'o', 'c' and 'k'.

Week 5

This week we read The Very Helpful Hedgehog. In phonics we learnt 'i', 'n', 'm' and 'd'. In Maths we continued with our number of the day, we practised 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Week 4

This week we read leaf man. In phonics we started the sounds 's', 'a', 't' and 'p'. In Maths we continued with our number of the day, we practised, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. 

Week 3

This week we read the colour monster. In Phonics we practised our Phase 1 phonics with lots of sound discrimination games. In maths we started learning a number a day starting with 1 through to 5.

Week 2

This week we started school! We started with mornings, and then we stayed for lunch ready for full time next week!

Week 1

Normally this week we would do home visits, but we were lucky enough to welcome families into the class room for a stay and play session.