Copley Primary School

The Hub

Teacher: Miss Cook

 

 Name: Miss Cook

 Likes:  Holidays, shopping and dogs

 Dislikes: Spiders and scary films

 Favourite film: Anything with a happy ending! 

 Favourite book:  Harry Potter

 Favourite food: Bruschetta and Pringles

 Favourite subject: Maths and PE

 If you weren’t a teacher what would you be & why? Anything that could combine working with children and travelling the world.

 Who is your hero/heroine? Mrs Hinch - I love to organise!

 

Email: l.cook@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk 

 

Please take a look at our blog below to see what exciting things we have been up to in class.

 

If you have time, please leave us a comment - we love to see them! 

Support staff: Miss Wilkinson, Mrs Hodgson and Miss Murphy

Our wonderful class

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Class blog - take a look at what we have been up to!

Week 4

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This week in the Hub we did some fantastic signing with Mr Ahmed from the HI team! We showed off some of the signs we already know such as names, the alphabet, animals and days of the week. We learnt numbers and all about how to sign our birthdays!

On Wednesday we went on a adventure to Copley woods. We saw lotd of animals running in the fields (some even came to say hello) and we really enjoyed watching the sticks as we threw them into the stream over the bridge! 

In Literacy we have been working on verbs, we acted out lots of different words such as "singing, hopping, reading, clapping" and matched verbs to images. We then looked at lots of different images from films and wrote sentences with nouns and verbs. We all remembered to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops!

In P.E we finished the Tik Tok dances we have been learning! The children are fantastic dancers and have had so much fun learning these so quickly! Next week we will be creating our very own routine to a famous Christmas song. 

Star of the week!

This week our super star was Thomas who won the healthy living award for his outstanding dancing skills! Thomas always had a smile on his face and put 100% into every move! Well done Thomas...YOU ROCK!

 

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Week 3

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The children have been doing some amazing showing off with their reading and Phonics work with Miss Murphy, and putting it to the test when spelling and writing in Literacy! Some children have also been working hard with their See and Learn sight reading programme. The teachers are blown away with how far they have come when recognising words and using words in sentences!

As part of our Life Skills we have been learning about strangers and how to keep ourselves safe. We looked at lots of different photos of people and sorted them into groups: people we know and strangers (people we don't know). We then talked about safe strangers. These are people we can approach if we need help. We know to look out for uniforms and name badges. 

On Friday at Highbury we joined the signing choir! The children are putting their signing skills to the test by learning traditional christmas songs!

Star of the week!

Well done to Corey who received this week's achievement award for his outstanding money work in Numeracy! Corey impressed his teachers so much this week by counting and making amounts in different ways all the way up to £10! Keep up the fantastic work Corey!

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Week 2

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This week in the P.E we had an amazing dance lesson. We warmed up by listening and moving to a range of different music styles (classical, rock, pop etc). We then learnt a Tik Tok dance routine for the song Savage Love! The children learnt the dance move by move and were absolutely fabulous! You can find the tutorial video we used to help us on Youtube. Corey and Samuel had an extra dance lesson as they join one of the mainstream classes for their PE session each week. 

In Numeracy we have been continuing our work on number and money! The children have been recognising coins, reading and writing numbers and amounts using £ and p, understanding the value of coins and making numbers and amounts up to £5 using our place value resources and coins. We are absolutely amazed at the progress every child has made so far and cannot wait to send books home so you can see for yourselves. The children are also very proud of themselves as you can see in the photos!

In Life skills we have been talking all about the different people who help us at home, school and in the community! We have talked about how the different people care for us - Mums and Dads cook for us and buy us clothes, the Police keep us safe etc. This week we chose one person who helps us and wrote a letter to say thank you. 

We have had lots of fun in our puppet theatre, using the puppets to re-tell 'We're going on a bear hunt' and 'The Colour Monster'. 

Star of the week!

Well done to Eddie who has received the achievement award this week for his fantastic work in Literacy on nouns, adjectives and verbs! As well as his super thesaurus work and sentence building! Sadly he was poorly today but we will make sure he gets his award in assembly next week. 

Have a lovely weekend, from The Hub

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Week 1

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Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term!

This term our new topic is "Lights, Camera, Action" Keep your eyes peeled for some fun and fantastic learning coming up! We have a puppet theatre in class and the children are loving re-telling stories using the puppets and story books! In P.E we are dancing and have been practicing moving to different styles of music.

In Numeracy we are learning all about money. The children have been doing some fantastic so far - naming the coins and notes and talking about their values. 

On Thursday we celebrated Mrs Sweet's special birthday! The children baked some flapjack and carefully cut up fruit to make a fruit salad for her special birthday breakfast at The Hub! We had fun dancing, colouring, sharing gifts / cards and of course eating all the food!

Star of the week!

This week's star of the week is Oliver for some outstanding Numeracy work on money! Oliver can now recognise and name all of the coins and notes and is able to talk about their value using the terms 'more' and 'less'. Wow Oliver - keep it up!

Have a fabulous weekend and keep safe if you are visiting any firework displays - watch the video we helped to make on Highbury Facebook page!

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Week 7

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We have had a very spooktacular week in the Hub!

In Science we learnt all about how to keep our bodies fit and healthy. We completed a quiz to see what we thought were healthy and unhealthy choices - including things like exercise, eat a healthy balanced diet, sitting on the sofa all day, going for a walk, drinking fizzy drinks for breakfast, having a good night's sleep, playing on the xbox for 4 hours. We then designed our own balanced meals - making sure that most of it was healthy, but we know we're allowed some treats too!

As an end of term treat, our outdoor adventure this week was a trip to the local park. 

To celebrate Halloween we decorated the classroom by completing lots of different fine motor activities - threading legs onto spiders, cutting and folding to make bunting and using cotton buds to make skeletons.On Friday we completed lots of Halloween activities, watched a spooky film, designed our pumpkin and played lots of party games. We got a pupmkin and sweets to take home. 

Star of the week!

Elsie is our star this week. She won the achievement award for some fantastic work on her 2D and 3D shapes in Numeracy. Well done!

Have a lovely half term - see you on Tuesday 2nd November!

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Week 6

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Hello!

We have had another very busy but amazing week in the Hub!

The children have worked so hard in Literacy as we focus on our vocabulary using nouns and adjectives! The children sorted words into these categories, found them in sentences and books, and even began to make their very own sentences to describe friends and family. 

In Phonics the children recieved a letter from 'Stitch the Witch' and all the words from her spell had blown away! Uh oh! The children had an important job to find all of these words and put them back in order to recreate the spell in the garden!

In Numeracy we have focused more on 2D and 3D shapes and some have even worked on tesselation and lines of symmetry! We have had lots of fun playing musical shapes, making patterns, playing shape games on the computers and using chalk or water to draw them outside. There are lots of great shape games here: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/shapes  or you can listen to our shape song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTeqUejf3D0&t=69s 

Star of the week!

Well done to Samuel who is this week's star of the week! Samuel has won the resilience award for his amazing hard work and effort when learning about nouns and adjectives in Literacy. At first Samuel found this a little tricky but as the week went on he is has completed some amazing work!

Have a lovely weekend, The Hub x

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Week 5

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This week in the Hub we have been so busy being Scientists! We learnt all about the main organs in our bodies and what they do. We had lots of fun recapping the body parts using an x-ray machine and our giant skeleton called Mr Bones.

We have been learning all about shapes in Numeracy, we can tell you their names and properties!

In Literacy we have been working on reading and writing our friend's names and fixing senteces using our magic 5 checklist!

In P.E we have started yoga, getting into lots of different positions and balances whilst listening to relaxing music. We also have some exciting news!! Two boys from the Hub started their inclusion this week joining Akroydon in their P.E lesson. Miss Heckler was super impressed with thier skills and the boys made lots of new friends. 

Star of the week!

A huge well done to Amna! Amna has been chosen for the resilience award this week, Amna has had some struggles during her numeracy work but "WOW" she has impressed all of her teachers by keeping on going, working really hard which shows in her ever growing progress! Fantasic work Amna!

Have a lovely weekend!

Team Hub x

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Week 4

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Another fantastic week of learning in the Hub! Take a look at the pictures of all our hard work!

In Literacy this week we have been learning to read and spell our friends and families names. We also made our own family trees!

In Numeracy we have been working on our number skills - counting, sequencing numbers, adding, subtracting and solving word problems. 

In Communication we have been learning more sign language, we can ask you " what is your name" we can say "my name is" followed by signing the letters of our names. We also learnt some of our favourite lessons such as P.E, Literacy, soft play and garden school! The videos we follow are all on the Highbury website. Amy-Rose has also started parent signing classes on Fridays so join if you're interested! 

Star of the week!

This week our star of the week is Joseph! This is only Joseph's 4th week at The Hub and he is already a huge hit! Joseph has done some fantastic work in Literacy, working independently when reading and writing the names of his friends and family. He can also find and read all of the class rooms in school and added them to his map. We have been working really hard on our writing skills and Joseph has made fantastic progress. His writing is wonderful, he is using more pressure when using his pencil and he always remembers his capital letters and finger spaces! Well done Joseph - keep up this fantastic attitude!

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Week 3

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This week in the Hub we learnt our way around school using a map and labelling the classrooms, we can tell you some names of the classes if you would like to challenege the children!

We enjoyed our adventure this week, exploring the woods as we walked all the way up to Wainhouse Tower. We enjoyed the beautiful views and even came across some wonderful bug hotels! The children have developed some amazing road safety skills on these walks ensuring they are really safe when they go on lots of different adventures with their grown ups at home! 

In Literacy we have been concentrating on reading and writing our full names and creating our own name poems with the use of a dictionary to help.  In Phonics the children have been practicing letter formation, and revising all sounds and green / red words!

In Numeracy we have been focusing on days of the week, months of the year, reading and writing the date and using a calendar. 

Two mornings a week the children have been undertaking their physiotherapy exercises! The children have cards related to each exercise or stretch they need to do, they are becoming super independent with these and need little support when doing them! Keep it up! 

Star of the week!

This week our award goes to Jessica! Jessica has made some lovely new friends at playtime with children in Calder! Jessica shows lots of confidence asking thier names and joining in with play. 

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Week 2

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This week in the Hub the children have all had very busy brains as we have settled back into school life and started our new topic "Wonderful me". 

In Numeracy we have been looking at days of the week and months of the year - reading, ordering and writing them, as well as knowing what comes before and after.

In Literacy we are focusing on our full names! The children have developed some fantastic writing skills, remembering their capital letters and putting their skills to the test writing acrostic name poems. We have also had fun using Microsoft Word on the computers, using different fonts, colours and sizes. 

In Science we have been labelling parts of the body, as well as taking and comparing measurements - height, weight, hand span, leg length etc.

In Geography we are learning all about our class and school, finding out where things are in the classroom, making scavenger hunts for our friends and practising our tidying skills!

Star of the week!

A massive well done to Thomas, who is the Hub's star of the week for coming back to school with a fantastic attitude to learning and being an all around super star! Thomas always follows the rules, is showing fantastic effort in all his work and is constantly smiling! Keep it up - we are all very proud.

Have a great weekend.

Team Hub

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Week 1

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Welcome back Hub!

We heard all about the fun each child had during the school holidays! We heard about beach trips, trips to "Skeggy", fun at the fayre and zoo, meeting friends and families and so much more! Thankyou to the grown ups for emailing in lots of photos, we really enjoyed looking at them!

This week we had lots of fun making new friends with Calder (Year 4) this year we share our play times with them on the playground and MUGA! As the restrictions have eased we are back to eating our dinner in the hall making even more new friends. 

We had lots of fun in P.E - we are doing circuit training to get really fit and stong!

A massive well done to Joshua who was the Hub's "Star of the week" Joshua has come back to school with an amazing attitude towards his learning, he also impressed his teachers with some fantastic writing too! 

Have an amazing weekend,

Team Hub

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Week 7

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The final week in the Hub!

We have been very busy getting ready for your return in September and we are so happy that our two new pupils Joseph and Samuel have settled in so well! We are also feeling mixed emotions as we wave off Jay and Adam as they leave us to start their new journey at High School.

Joesph- I like everybody, especially Jessica and Amna, I like building with the lego!

Samuel- I like sports day, my new friend is Oliver!

Jay- I will miss all my friends and teachers. I am sad because I am leaving all my friends, but i am excited to look after all the animals at my new high school.

Adam- I am going to miss playing on the computers and having fun treats watching films. I will really miss Miss Cook. I am looking forward to playing on the trampoline at high school.

We can't wait to see you all in September, have the the most amazing summer!

Love from all your teachers in The Hub!

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Week 6

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Sports day!

Oliver- We did sports day with Miss Heckler.

Thomas- We got loads of points at sports day because we are so good!

Joseph- We played basket ball, I got the ball in the hoop!

Swimming!

Adam- We went swimming! We swam with Becks!

Corey- I liked to swim with the floats.

Jay- We went under the water and blew bubbles!

Carnival

Oliver- I was brave and went on the tea cups, I didn't like spining fast.

Joshua- I sat in a Tea cup on my own, it was fun!

Samuel- I liked the bouncy castle

Elsie- We won prizes when we did the games! 

Thomas- I liked bog the frog, he went up high!

Amna- We went for a walk to the waterfall and we stroked the horses, I like the white horse.

Jessica- We learnt to sign to the song 'This is me'.I am really good!

Eddie- We played some Literacy games on the computer and I completed BBC typing!

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Week 5

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This week in the Hub we have been busy, here's what the children have to say...

Eddie- We did the Henry Stickmin leavers video for Jay, it was so fun!

Oliver- We are doing Mario Kart day today for when Adam leaves us, we are going around the track at Highbury School!

 

Elsie- We jumped over hurdles in P.E

Adam- We did swing ball in P.E.

Joshua- We threw the javelin really far!

Eddie- We played dominoes with Joseph and Samuel, they came to visit us again.

 

Thomas- We played on the computers, I did whack a mole.

Corey- We posted a letter in the post box at Skircoat Green.

Amna- We had a party for Adams Birthday! We played musical statues and musical chairs.

 

 

 

 

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Week 4

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P.E -

Oliver- We did jogging again, I lasted 2 minutes then sat down for a break and then I kept on going.

Joshua- We hopped and jumped onto lily pads and that was epic.

Thomas- If you didn't hop to a lily pad in time you were out!

Corey- We jumped with a bean bag and threw it into a hoop.

Science -

Thomas- We practiced washing the dolls hair, I pretended to wash Joshua's hair!

Jay- We practiced wiping the baby's bottom!

Topic -

Oliver- We have been talking about Jay and Adams new high schools.

Jay- We have been planning our leavers video.

Jessica- We met two new boys who might be starting in September, we played games and had fun outside.

We hope you have a great weekend!

From The Hub

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Week 3

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P.E-

Jay- We did overarm throwing.

Joshua- We threw the javelin to see who could get it the furthest.

Oliver- We jogged for 10 minutes, I wanted to keep going without stopping!

Amna- We threw some balls into a basket!

 

Literacy-

Thomas- In Literacy we have been writing a letter.

Elsie- We said thankyou in our letters to people who gave us prizes.

Eddie- We have been reading a story about Robin Hood.

Adam- We pretended to be different characters!

 

Science-

Eddie- We have been keeping ourselves clean!

Adam- We cleaned chocolate off our faces!

Jessica- We used face wipes to get rid of the chocolate.

 

Fine motor-

Joshua- We have been practicing writing.

Corey- We have been tying shoe laces and fastening buttons.

 

This week's star of the week was Elsie for her her fantastic knowledge and understanding when writing a formal letter! 

 

 

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Week 2

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P.E

Jay- We practiced the Olympic Games.

Adam- We jogged for 10 minutes!

Oliver- We were lined up in teams and then we had to run and jump over the hurdles. I did a massive jump, it was epic!

Jessica- We were sprinting outside in the playground, Miss Wilkinson timed us!

 

Science

Eddie- We washed our hands and brushed our teeth.

Corey- We brushed our teeth up and down and side to side!

 

Literacy-

Eddie- We have been looking at formal and informal letters.

Joshua- We have written a letter to say thank you to people who gave us prizes for our raffle!

Amna- We have been outside writing words (Red and green words)

Oliver- We have done some speed sounds like “Sh and Ch”

Some children have been working really hard doing their reading assessments, Miss Murphy and Miss Hodgson are very proud of how hard they are working!

FRIDAY!

Thomas- We will be washing more cars and going to the bake sale!

Joshua- It is Golden time today, I would like to play outside!

Jessica- We are watching the assembly to find out who is star of the week!

Elsie- We will be finding out who are our champions this week are for:

  • Sports Champion
  • Homework Champion
  • Clean Champion
  • Literacy Champion
  • Fundraising Champion
  • Kind Champion

 

 

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Week 1

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This week we began raising money for a new school mini bus! We worked really hard at the car wash, washing over 10 cars. They left Highbury School sparkling! We hope to see you there. Every Friday between 10am-12pm!

In Literacy we have been looking at emails. First we wrote an informal letter to our friend about what we did in the holidays. Then we typed up an email to Miss Wilkinson and Mrs Sweet and replied to their responses as a group! Finally we sent some emails to our families and friends!

In Science we are learning about keeping clean, we started this week off by putting some germs (green paint) on our hands and watching how it spreads. We realised just how thorough we need to be when washing our hands!

In P.E we are doing all things Olympics! This week we did Olympic speed walking, jogging and relay races. Miss Cook timed us doing laps and some children jogged for the whole 10 minutes!! WOW!

Have a fab weekend,

The Hub x

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Week 6

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PE

Jessica – We used our body to make a bridge. Other children went under it.

Joshua – We stood back to back and worked together to sit down.

Adam – We rolled over Miss Wilkinson and Miss Holroyde. It was fun!

 

Numeracy

Jay – We have been adding up money and working out change - it was so fun.

Joshua – We have been buying things from the shop and trying our best to work out the change.

 

Science

Eddie – I built my boat using a box and wall paper.

Joshua - We tested our boats to see if they would sink or float.

Jessica - We guessed if the boats would float or sink.

 

Literacy

Joshua – We practised our speed sounds.

Adam – We wrote green words using set 2 and set 3 sounds with chalk in the playground.

Jessica – We played red word bingo.

Eddie – We wrote sentences about our weekend.

 

Topic

Jay – We washed Mrs Gumbs’ and Chris’s cars at Highbury and they paid us for it.

 

We have looked after the chickens this week and have collected more than ten eggs. We have used these to try lots of different ways of cooking eggs. We had fried, boiled, poached and scrambled eggs with toast.

With Mrs Hodgson in music we learnt to play the whole tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the xylophones and played these all together.

Adam, Joshua, Jessica and Jay – We had fun learning French and visiting the café for Copley’s French Day.

Au Revoir!

 

 

 

 

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Week 5

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PE

Oliver - We rolled on our tummies and shuffled on our bottoms.

Amna - We crawled on our hands and knees a bit like spiders.

Elsie – We moved backwards and sideways.

 

Numeracy

Oliver – We have been making different amounts using 1p, 2p, 5p and £1 coins.

Thomas – We went on a coin hunt around school.

Corey – We made amounts using different coins to match catalogue prices.

 

Science

Oliver – We designed our boats and wrote a list of equipment we will need to make the boats.

Corey – We thought about which materials to use.

Thomas – I decided to use a straw for the flag and a butter tub for the boat.

Amna – I am going to use a plastic cat food tub, a lollipop stick and a straw for my boat.

 

Literacy

Elsie – We are writing this week’s blog.

Amna – In garden school at Highbury we were sound detectives.

Oliver – We used the computer to play Blending Bingo like we did in our zoom calls.

Thomas – We played a board game to practise reading our new red words.

Corey – We used the computer to move words into sentences to help the Small Town Super Heroes.

 

Topic

Corey – At Highbury we washed toy cars in the rain!

Elsie - Miss Cook filmed us so we can put the video on our blog and Facebook.

Amna – I said we are sad and angry on our video.

Thomas – I made a poster about our Car Wash.

 

 

 

 

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Week 4

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This week the children have written our class blog. We looked at lots of photos from across the week and came up with sentences to match. We wrote the blog using Clickr 6. When we finish a sentence we can listen to it to check it makes sense! 

 

PE

Joshua - We did star jumps and then side jumps. 

Adam - We were running to the cones and we touched them. 

Corey - Miss Murphy told us a colour and we had to touch the cone on the floor. 

 

Numeracy

Jessica - We made different amounts with the coins. 

Thomas - I was paying for things in the shop. 

Elsie - We have been learning about the coins and notes. 

Eddie - We looked at the shape, colour and size of the coins. 

 

Science 

Oliver - We were talking about when things float on top of the water. 

Joshua - We did an experiment and found out if things float or sink. 

 

Literacy 

Corey - We have been writing lists using columns, numbers and bullet points. 

Oliver - On a computer we typed our shopping lists. 

Eddie - We did some nonsense words (eap, dright, choan). 

Adam - We were reading 'It's too hot'. 

 

Topic 

Jessica - We did some Art for the display. 

Elsie - We are trying to raise money to buy a new bus. 

Adam - We might make a Fayre and wash cars. 

Corey - We will sell food and drink. 

Eddie is our Star of the Week this week for excellent effort in PE and bravely trying lots of new foods. 

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Week 3

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This week in the Hub we have had a new member of staff working with us, the children have helped Miss Holroyde to settle in really well! She will be with us for the next four weeks. 

This week in Science we have been set a challenge to build a boat! Over the next few weeks we will be investigating different materials to see what is waterproof or not and what will sink or float. We will then move onto planning our design and selecting suitable materials.

In P.E we had lots of fun with Miss Holroyde who was focusing on agility! The children had to race through obstacles which was very fun and got our hearts pumping!

In Literacy we are looking at all things 'lists', what we use them for and how they are set out! We have been writing them using columns, bullet points, numbers and columns. Today we even catergorised our shopping lists to think about where we would find the different items in a shop (fridge aisle / fruit and veg etc). 

In Numeracy we are learning all about money. This week we made our very own supermarket in class and priced up lots of different items. We will be learning how to instantly recognise which coins are which by looking at the shape, size and colour (rather than reading the numbers or words on the coins). 

This weeks star of the week is Corey for his fantastic story writing! Corey came up with some amazing ideas on his own and used his magic 5 thorughout! Well done Corey!

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Week 2

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This week in the Hub we finished off our writing our very own stories thinking of their own characters, the setting and plot which are fantastic!

In Numeracy we introduced the bee-bots using position and direction, the children gave instructions such as left, right, forwards and backwards! We also linked this work into garden school on Wednesday, giving our friends and teachers instructions to follow to get to different destinations within the garden! 

In Music the children created and copied rhythms using clapping nd percussion instruments!

In Science we predicted which lights would be the brightest and dullest then tested them, comparing a variety of lights such as lamps, torches, watches, lantern and many more! We also sorted which lights were a "natural light source" and which were a "man-made light source". 

On Friday in cooking we created our own mini pizzas using muffins, tomato sauce and a choice of yummy toppings!

Well done to Jessica who is the Hub's "Star of the week" Jessica is new to the Hub and has worked really hard in all her new challenges! 

Have an amazing bank holiday weekend! See you all on Tuesday!

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Week 1

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This week in the Hub we have been working on lots of different fairy tales, looking at which charcaters were in the story, where the story is set and what the story is about! The chidren had lots of fun re-telling these fairy tales by doing their very on puppet shows! 

In Numeracy we have introduced our new topic, position and direction! This week we worked on position, the children all had their very own animal and were given some instructions of where to put them all around school! Some of our key words are: in, under, on, on top of, inside, outside, above, beside and between.

We had an amazing day on Thursday taking part in "skip 2 b fit". A sports coach taught the children all about relisilence, determination and progress, aswell as the importance of using his phrase "practice makes you better!" The children had a fantastic warm up to lots of music then were challeneged to see how many skips they could do in 2 minutes!

This week our 'Star of the Week' is Thomas. He has won the resilience award for his fantastic use of vocabulary when using his position words during Numeracy! He has also been the most sensible boy all week and we are so proud of him.

Well done Thomas! 

Hope you all have an amazing weekend - we've heard some exciting plans from the class today!

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Week 6

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The last week of term has been absolutley amazing! It has been filled with lots of fantastic Numeracy where we used lots of different methods to solve addition sums - numicon, base ten, number squares, number lines and even counting on in our head! 

We became authors Literacy and wrote our very own stories. These are outstanding - we are very excited to read them to all our friends after the holidays and put them in our class library.

In Topic this week we learnt all about the body and discovered that we could name so many different parts. We drew around our friends bodies on the floor and had to label all the different parts. Then we practiced drawing people remembering to draw all of these features! People look very silly without a neck!

Please look at our video and slide show this week and watch how the Hub worked together as a team to build The Hub Falls! Oliver drew up his very own project plans at home and we decided to make it in garden school! We are very impressed with how well it turned out and can't wait to see other children enjoy it too!

Have an amazing half term and a very happy Easter!

See you soon!

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This week in Literacy some of the children have been matching the characters from fairytales to the correct setting and correct plots! We then jumbled different fairytales up to tell silly stories. They have also been looking at story mountains, where they have started to put together ideas for their own story that they begin to write next week! The teachers in the Hub are very excited to hear the finished product as their ideas are absolutely amazing!

Some children have been working on their Phonics too and the progression they are making is outstanding. We can read, write and recognise our friends names as well as lots of high frequency red words (e.g. the, was, my).

We had a walk to Manor Heath Park this week for our walk out, voted by the children! We are superb at staying safe and doing good looking and listening when crossing the road!

Well done to Elsie for winning our class award this week! Elsie has made amazing progress with her see and learn, reading and writing! Keep it up!

Have a lovely weekend!

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Week 4

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This week in the Hub we have made amazing progress with our sign langauge, look at our video of Adam showing off his skills! Miss Cook has been teaching the Hub how to sign lots of different things such as - the alphabet, our names, different animals, how to greet people and use our and manners! Miss Cook challenged the children to write down all the different letters she was signing, even making words! 

In Topic, we played 'guess the age' where the children had to guess how old everyone in the class was (including the grown ups). We compared ages, talking about who is older and younger. Then we learnt some new terms: past, present and future. We talked about what these words meant before sorting pictures into 3 groups. We saw a really cool picture of what a house may look like in the future - it looked like a giant glass dome!

We had a fabulous day back at Highbury school this week where we used the outdoor provision to continue our Numeracy work. We completed a treasure hunt using a tally chart, looking for animals/insects, trees, tyres and so much more! Some children also did lots of sorting using Venn diagrams and created bar charts with their data! The Hub also made their very own tally charts then went all around Copley School asking teachers and children their question!

We finished off the week celebrating and raising money for Comic Relief. We did some amazing thinking during our scavenger hunt searching for red noses by following the clues! 

Well done to Amna for winning our class award this week and to Joshua for winning the Headteacher's award! Keep it up! The assembly has been posted on the website for parents to watch. 

Have a lovely weekend!

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Week 3

Week 3

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This week in the Hub we have done lots of fantastic work all about books and stories ready for World Book Day! We completed a quiz which asked us lots of who, what and where questions around stories! We could point out where and what the title of a book is and who the author and illustrator are! We then learnt all about the blurb and what that is, we even wrote our very own by looking at the front cover of a book. If you take a good look thorugh our slideshow you will see pictures we created of our most favourite book and why we like them so much! 

We have also been looking at tally charts in Numeracy this week, playing lots of games relating to them and we even made our very own tally chart which showed which book was the class's favourite!

To all the Mummys...We hope you have a lovely Mothering Sunday and like your special gifts!

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Week 2

Week 2

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This week we have been looking at stories for our new topic "Once upon a time" We spoke about what our favourite books are and explained why! We drew our vey own version of the front cover and wrote some fabulous sentences which are now up on display in our classroom! After we had a lovely treat and watched some stories by Julia Donladson on BBC iplayer, there are lots of mini films to watch if you would like to take a look!

We had another amazing week working on number, looking at lots of different ways to make them, we even matched numbers with number words up to 100, ordered numbers and wrote number words! 

We had another lovely trip on Wednesday in the outdoor classroom, we planned our very own obstacle course and were timed to see how long it took us to complete!

Have an amazing weekend!

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Week 2

Week 2 video blogs

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Below you will find two video blogs to support with this week's home learning. One is based on Numeracy - addition, and the other is a wake up shake up (requested by the class). Enjoy!

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week 1

Week 1

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Hello everyone! This week we had the most amazing first week back at school, all of your teachers have been so impressed with all the different things you remembered such as our carpet places, daily routine and all of that knowledge in those big brains! 

We had a lovely visit to Ravenscliffe High School as one of our pupils in the Hub is growing up and leaving us to go there in September! How exciting!!

We also had the most fun at Highbury School on Wednesday in the outdoor classroom where we stayed all day! We had snack outside and listened to the story 'The Gruffalo'. After, we used our imaginations and acted out different scenes and hunted for all the different characters in the garden, the swamp and the dens! We even got super muddy climbing Mount Everest! Take a look at the photos! 

In school we have been focusing on and showing off our Phonics, Literacy and Numeracy skills! A group of children who did their speed sounds were absolutely amazing, using lots of our new equipment, sounding out and even spelling the words all by themselves!

Lets get ready for week 2!! See you on Tuesday!

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Week 1

Week 1 video blogs

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Hope you all had a wonderful half term. Below you will find two video blogs to support with this week's home learning. One is based on Numeracy - counting coins, and the other is a craft activity. Enjoy!

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Week 6

Week 6 Resources

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Below you will find our Numeracy and Topic work for this week.

Our Numeracy theme for the week is Measure. 

On the Topic document you will find various challenges based on some different areas of the curriculum - PE, Number, Music, Science, ICT, Art and Geography. 

There is no expectation to complete all activities - pick and choose your favourite!

Remember to send in any photos and videos as we love to see what you're up to! The best ones will be shared on our Star of the Week assembly on Friday. 

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Week 5

Week 5 - What have you been up to?

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Well done for another great week of home school. Our highlight was definitely our virtual school trip to Chester Zoo! Here are some photos to show what we have been up to!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Week 5

Week 5 Resources

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Below you will find our Numeracy and Topic work for this week.

Our Numeracy theme for the week is Money. 

On the Topic document you will find various challenges based on some different areas of the curriculum - PE, Number, Science, Music, ICT, Art and Geography. 

There is no expectation to complete all activities - pick and choose your favourite!

Remember to send in any photos and videos as we love to see what you're up to! The best ones will be shared on our celebration assembly each Friday. 

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Week 4

Week 4 - What have you been up to?

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Another fabulous week of home school is over. Here are some photos and videos to show some  of the great things we have been up to!

Have a great weekend!

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Week 4

Week 4 Resources

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Below you will find our Numeracy and Topic work for this week.

Our Numeracy theme for the week is Shape. 

On the Topic document you will find various challenges based on some different areas of the curriculum - PE, Number, Music, Nature, ICT, Art and Geography. 

There is no expectation to complete all activities - pick and choose your favourite!

Remember to send in any photos and videos as we love to see what you're up to! The best ones will be shared on our Star of the Week assembly on Friday. 

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Week 3

Week 3 - What have you been up to?

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WELL DONE! You have survived another week of home school. Here are some photos and videos to show the fantastic things we have been up to!

Have a great weekend!

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Week 3

Week 3 resources

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Below you will find our Numeracy and Topic work for this week.

Our Numeracy theme for the week is Time. There are lots of great songs and online games to help you!

On the Topic document you will find various challenges based on some different areas of the curriculum - PE, Number, Music, Science / Nature, ICT, Art and History. 

There is no expectation to complete all activities - pick and choose your favourite!

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Week 2

Week 2 - What have you been up to?

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We have had a wonderful first week and I would like to say a BIG well done to the children (and grown ups) for joining our zoom calls. Here are some of our highlights...

KEEP IT UP!

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Week 2

Week 2 resources

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Below you will find our Numeracy and Topic work for this week.

Our Numeracy theme for the week is Position and Direction. There are lots of fun activities to do including treasure hunts, assault courses, games and dances.

On the Topic document you will find various challenges based on some different areas of the curriculum - PE, Number, Music, Nature, ICT, Art and Geography. 

There is no expectation to complete all activities - pick and choose your favourite!

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REMOTE LEARNING INFORMATION

Term 3

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You will find all key documents for our home learning below. 

This includes:

  • Our remote learning timetable 
  • A bank of life skills to teach your child at home
  • A list of useful apps and websites
  • A range of Literacy ideas you can complete (separate to our online sessions)
  • Visual timetable support (format and symbols)
  • Our COVID social story to support your child's understanding

Each week we will post a new blog containing the set Numeracy learning and a range of Topic challenges based on other areas of the curriculum (PE, Art, ICT etc) that can be completed throughout the week. At the end of the week, we will then add lots of photos and videos of children's work to celebrate the fantastic learning going on both at home and school. 

Remember to email any photos and videos to l.cook@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk  We love to see what you are getting up to!

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18/12/2020

Week 7 - CHRISTMAS!

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This week we had lots of fun celebrating all things Christmas!

Our School performance was uploaded to social media so all you amazing parents could sit down, relax and watch your children perform the most fabulous Christmas show you will ever see! The Hub joined in to a whole school zoom with Highbury School, where we watched every classes performance with some yummy popcorn...they were AMAZING!

We had a lovely day on our trip to Highbury where we visited Santa Clause in the outdoor classroom, told him what we would like to for Christmas for being super stars and even got some presents!

We made lots of crafts and even made all our grown up's some snow globes, we hope you loved them and managed to keep them under the tree until Christmas Day!

We Finished off the week with a Christmas party, where we played lots of games such as sleeping logs, musical statues & danced the day away with our super impressive dance moves!

Finally a massive thank you to our grown up's for sending in some extra pennies towards our lovely last day dinner...McDonalds!

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11/12/2020

Week 6

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This week we had lots of fun creating our very own fact files which will be placed in our very own classroom library, the children each chose an Arctic animal to research using fact sheets and the internet, then writing up their findings and drawing pictures too, the fact file includes a title page and contents page too!

A massive well done to all our little superstar actors! We finished off our fantastic performance and watched it all together with some yummy popcorn, the children absolutely loved seeing themselves on the big screen! I hope you are all ready to be amazed once it is released! 

This week the children were super creative making some lovely Christmas gifts for all our grown ups! As well as creating lots of super sparkly and artistic work to jazz up the classroom and our Christmas dinner table! The Christmas dinner went down a treat, some of the children told us how 'pigs in blankets and stuffing' is their new favourite and they "absolutely love them!"

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4/12/2020

Week 5

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This week we have been looking at books and sorting them into fact and fiction as well as finding out where all the different aspects of a book are and what they include such as the title, index, contents, glossary, page numbers, charts and diagrams!

We have also been looking at rhyming words, we found words that rhymed with our name and even made them into some super sentences! 

This week in science we have been looking at all the different things we can do to help prevent global warming after learning all the causes in our last lesson! The children came up with some fantastic ideas such as planting trees, having meat free Mondays, walking as much as we can instead of using the car and recycling! Keep a look out for our posters next week!

On our trip to Highbury we built the roof to the huge den in the garden, we worked so hard together as a team collecting branches, sticks and leaves, it looks amazing! Once we finished building we ended the morning in the mugger doing some races and relays before returning to Copley for dinner!

Grown ups, keep your eyes peeled!....

we have been working super hard and putting together a super special surprise to make our grown ups smile ready for Christmas!

Have a fab weekend!

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27/11/20

Week 4

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This week in the Hub we have been learning all about the different things we might find in the Polar regions (Arctic and Antarctica) such as polar bears, icebergs, the Northern lights and Arctic hares. In Literacy we did lots of work around the story 'The girl who went to the Arctic' - sequencing and retelling in our own words and looking up tricky vocabulary using a dictionary! In Science we have been learning about global warming and how it is affecting these areas! We undertook an experiment using ice and a hairdryer. It showed us as the Earth gets hotter, the ice in is melting quicker and affecting all the animals!

On our weekly trip to Highbury we did some Numeracy in the outdoor classroom, we have some new fabulous tables and benches to sit at! Once we finished working hard we had lots of fun on the bikes, learning how to stop using our breaks!

We ended the week baking some chocolate chip cookies and chose to watch Happy Feet during Golden time as we all got 10 rewards this week for working super hard!

Keep it up, have a lovely weekend!

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20/11/2020

Week 3

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This week we had a special day meeting our new friend Jay who is starting with us in the hub on Monday! Jay joined us on our outdoor adventure into Copley woods, where we climbed to the very top of the hills and enjoyed the views of Copley Village, even spotting our school!

We have been looking at the story 'The girl who went to the arctic' as we learn all about winter wonderlands! We can sequence the story pictures in order and even tell you what happened using all the new words we have learnt! We labelled all the continents onto a world map, finding out where Antarctica is and even having look on Google Earth at all the different continents and where they are!

We were also fantastic scientists this week looking at liquids, solids and gases and how they change! we undertook an icey cold experiment!

In numeracy we have finished our last week looking at time! Please ask me to sing all the different songs we have learnt and watch out as we sign to the songs too!

Have a lovely weekend!

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13/11/2020

Week 2

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This week we have done lots of hard work looking at letters, words and sentences!

We had lots of fun being the teacher fixing some silly sentences using 'The magic 5' 

  1. Does it make sense?
  2. Finger spaces
  3. Full stops
  4. Capital letters
  5. Neat handwriting

On Wednesday we had a trip to the woods, we had a lovely long walk following the map and all the signs to the woods and then all the way back to school!

We then had another fabulous outing on the bus to Highbury School, where we had lots of fun in the mud kitchen making mud pies, pouring water into the pipes and collecting it in pans! We then walked to the mugga and rode the bikes and scooters, we are getting very skillful at pedaling, steering and riding on 2 wheels!

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6/11/2020

Week 1 - Welcome Back

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We hope you had a fabulous half term! We have had some super busy brains as we welcomed everyone back! 

This term our theme is winter wonderland, we have learnt a song all about the different seasons in a year, googling pictures and videos in ICT to see how different they look and choosing which one is our favourite!

In numeracy we have learnt a new song all about the days of the week, the children are amazing,  so ask them to show you!  We can put them in order and recognise each day! Some children have even been learning a song about the months in a year and putting them in order! 

We had the most amazing morning visiting Highbury School, we had fun in the outside classroom, playing hide and seek in the garden and even riding all the different bikes and scooters!

On Thursday we had an outdoor adventure to the woods where we put on our wellies and walked up to the farm to visit the pigs and horses, we saw lots of dogs and even had fun throwing sticks into the stream and waterfalls!

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23/10/2020

Week 7 - Scared

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This week we have been looking at the scared monster, thinking about things that make us feel scared or worried and celebrating all things Halloween!

The children made decorations to make our classroom look super spooky! We even set up spooky activities outside using spider webs and spiders as we searched for letters and words and mixed the witches cauldron! We designed and carved our very own pumpkins, made witches and monsters using 2D shapes and completed our very own word searches using upper and lower case letters!

We also had the most amazing walk into the woods, we played hide and seek and found a den!

We finished off the week ready for half term with a Halloween party day! All the children looked spooktacular in their fancy dress outfits! We had lots of fun having our faces painted, playing musical statues to spooky music and sleeping skeletons. We won win lots of prizes throughout the day!

A message from all staff - Thankyou for an amazing term,  the children have been amazing!

Happy holidays! See you all in November!

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16/10/2020

Week 6 - Calm

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This week we focused on the green monster - calm. 

We have been practicing how to do things in a calm way all week - everything from lining up, washing hands to playing outside! We have enjoyed learning new games to play with our friends - our favourite ones are I spy, sleeping lions and heads down thumbs up. 

In PE we did some Yoga. We have also enjoyed doing some meditation and massage. Check out https://www.youtube.com/user/CalmKidsMassage for some great peer massage routines to do at home! 

We have been busy practicing our phonics and played some communication games outside in the sunshine. This was definitely my favourite week so far!

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9/10/2020

Week 5 - Angry

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This week we have been focusing on the feeling 'angry'. We have talked about what makes us feel angry and role-played some different scenarios to help us know how to react. We tried different techniques such as breathing exercises, running, and counting.  In PE we even had a go at some boxing moves! As part of our continuous provision, we set up a red, angry zone containing lots of things that may help us if we feel angry. Things we could pull, stretch, squash, shake, cut, tear etc. We also made some playdough to keep in our drawers and use in free choice. We made sure that we followed the instructions and carefully measured out the ingredients. We spent time talking about fair and unfair and sorted some scenarios - Corey cheating in a race is not fair, everyone getting a piece of cake for Eddie's birthday is fair. 

In Literacy, we learnt how to use a thesaurus to find more exciting words that mean the same as happy, sad, angry etc. We also used a thesaurus on the computers. Then we focused on pronouns (he, she and they). We wrote captions to match the photos of our friends acting out different emotions. I was so impressed that all the children know our Magic 5 and checked their work carefully!

On Friday it was Eddie's birthday. In the afternoon we played party games, had a special snack time with birthday cake and watched him open his presents.

Hope you all have a great weekend - let us know what you get up to!

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2/10/2020

Week 4 - Sad

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This week we have been talking about the blue colour monster 'sad'

We spoke about all the different things that make us feel sad, some great examples from the children were:

  • Having a sore tummy
  • Not sharing
  • Falling over and hurting myself
  • Mummy's and Daddy's being cross

We categorised and acted out different scenarios on how different people were feeling in different situations, for example "There is a creepy crawly spider!" most of us felt scared, we screamed and ran away! We have some fabulous actors in the hub!

We learnt about body parts and labelled up our very own model. After we had fun being doctors in our role play set up, helping to make each other feel better!

As hen keepers this week we collected 24 eggs in total! We finished off the week by cooking some pancakes and boiled eggs!

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25/9/2020

Week 3 - Happy

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This week in the Hub we have been learning all about the 'happy' colour monster! We have been talking about all the different things that make us feel happy and why, such as people in our families, our friends and favourite songs as well as tasting lots of different food. We put all these wonderful things into sentences to explain why they make us happy!

We got very creative, using paints, glitter, stickers and felts and made a happy box which is being sent home for the children to fill up with different things in their homes that make them feel happy. We also created our family portrait and photo frame!

We learnt all about different games and rules with our friends and what makes us a kind friend, we particularly enjoyed musical chairs!

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18/9/2020

Week 2 - The Colour Monster

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This week we have introduced our story for the term. It is called 'The Colour Monster' (you can find it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6wIEp-M4tg). We have enjoyed reading the story together and listening to it on our listening station.

 Here are some of the things we have been up to…

  • Colour sorting activity (naming colours, comparing light and dark shades)
  • Colour treasure hunt
  • Mixing paint to make different colours
  • Using collage materials to make feeling jars so that we can let people know how we are feeling, even if we don’t want to talk about it.
  • Colouring in carefully to create a great display of the monsters
  • Learning how to turn on, log on and access paint software on the laptops
  • Relay activities in coloured teams (PE)

 We even had time to have a special birthday party for Elsie!

 Have a great weekend – let us know what you get up to in the comments below!

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11/9/2020

Week 1 - Welcome Back

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It feels like we haven’t been away already. The class have had a fabulous week back and have been very busy! We’ve been learning all about our class rules and routines. They are taking their jobs very seriously and have been practising washing up, setting up snack, being line leader etc. Somebody came into our classroom and made a HUGE mess so we had to work as a team to tidy up and find the right place for everything. We were finished in less than 5 minutes! We’ve also spent lots of time learning the names of and playing games with our two newbies Thomas and Joshua, as well as our new staff! We each made a picture of ourselves to put on our display with a selfie and our name. Lots of rewards have been earned for following our class rules, doing some work or being a kind friend. If they are half as tired as me, they will sleep very well this weekend! Have fun!

 

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8/6/2020

Growing up!

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Hello. Are you ready for another week of home schooling?

This week we are going to be doing some Science - I've got my lab coat ready, have you? We are going to be thinking about growing up and how people change. Watch the video to find out about the activities you could do and remember to look at the resources attached below.

'The Growing Story' by Ruth Krauss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erDqpX-Z3Io

'When I grow up' by Andrew Daddo and Jonathan Bentley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE3OPA-VFM0&t=28s

Growing up song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5DVGXBosIA 

When I grow up dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm8bhY1s1l8 

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1/6/2020

Walking on sunshine...

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Hello,

I hope you all had a lovely holiday last week and are ready for some more home learning! Remember to keep checking the previous blogs below as there are LOTS of ideas to keep you busy. After hearing about the lovely walks you are going on with your grown ups, I decided to focus on activities to do on your daily walk this week. I have come up with 15 different activities. Can you think of any more things you could do? What do you like to do on your daily walk? Let me know in the comments below. Remember to send me photos / videos showing what you've been up to. I wonder who will be star of the week this week...

Here's a walking song to get you in the mood....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU1W1HdfavI 

Have fun!

Remember our whole class Zoom call on Thursday at 1pm! See you then :)

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18/5/2020

Games for our Zoom call

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Hello! I hope you're all well. I will be in touch with you all this week to discuss the arrangements starting from June 1st. I look forward to seeing you on our whole class Zoom call this Thursday (1pm). You loved playing our Spiderman game last week so I have thought of some different games that we can play. Can you practise them at home with your grown ups?

There's lots of things to download below to help...

See https://www.mindgames.com/Memory for some great online memory games!

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11/5/2020

Questions

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Hello! I hope you are all well. I really enjoyed our class video call on Thursday – it was lovely to see all of your smiling faces. This week, I have a special challenge for you before our next call on Thursday at 1pm. I would like you to practice asking and answering questions.

Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

I have attached a video with the symbols and signs that we use in class to help us.

Here are some ideas of what you could do…

Make a question dice. Roll the dice and see what you land on. Think of a question starting with that word. Remember to take it in turns

Use a spinning wheel to select a question word - https://tools-unite.com/tools/random-picker-wheel

List some questions you could ask your friends on Thursday (What have you been doing? Where did you walk?)

Use the conversation starter cards attached below

Complete a sorting activity – is a question or not a question?

Practice writing questions using the question mark (?)

Can you find any questions in a book?

Make a quiz for your family

Use the picture scenes attached below – can you answer the questions?

Read a story with your grown up and answer questions about it (What is the little girl wearing? How is the boy feeling?)

 EXTRA CHALLENGE: If you are feeling REALLY clever this week, try to answer the questions using full sentences!

 

Please let me know what you get up to this week. Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday!

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4/5/2020

Money, money, money!

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This week's blog is all about money. Watch my video for lots of fun activities to do!

Click the links to play some great money games using your iPad or computer:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=15 

https://natwest.mymoneysense.com/students/students-5-8/

We use many of these games in school and love them! There are games to practise recognising, naming and ordering coins, as well as ones where you can count and make different amounts to buy items.

Listen to the money song to learn about the different coins...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHkUPDjum_E

You could even have a go at making your own piggy bank to save money. Have a look at some ideas here: https://www.coolcrafts.com/cool-diy-piggy-banks/ 

See below for some useful documents I have saved that you can print off and use. Have fun!

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27/4/2020

Life skills

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Hello again!

This week's blog is inspired by our very own Elsie. She was star of the week on Friday for helping out around the house WITHOUT being asked! She has been making the bed, washing up and cleaning the worktops and floor. I have also been very busy this weekend doing lots of jobs in my house. Watch the video to see. There are some challenges for you to complete at the end.

Note to parents: Please take time to practise these skills as they are very important! Not only will they make your lives easier (hopefully) but they also encourage independence which is crucial for your child's future. There are some useful resources below.

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20/4/2020

Writing

admin on: 20/4/2020

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a lovely Easter and didn’t eat too much chocolate! I have loved hearing what you’re all up to so please keep me updated through email or by commenting on the blog. This week I would like us to focus on writing. Here are 3 example activities you can do…

 

Activity 1: Can you practise your letters? Make sure you remember which way round you move and how they sit on the line - are they tall or do they go under the line? You can practise writing capital letters too! If you’re feeling really clever get your grown up to give you some words or sentences to write!

 

There’s lots of fun ways to practise handwriting. Here a few below:

 

  • Use your finger / end of a pencil / stick to write in shaving cream, salt, soil or sand.
  • Put paint in a plastic bag and write on the bag.
  • Use water and a paintbrush to write letters outside (ground or wall)
  • Make letters out of Lego bricks.
  • Trace letters on someone’s back and they guess what it is (take turns).
  • Write letters in lemon juice on paper with a cotton swab. Use an iron or hair dryer to make the letters magically appear.
  • Make letters out of pipe cleaners.
  • Write letters on the ground using chalk.
  • Use toys or clothes to make letter shapes on the floor.

 Check out this website for more multi-sensory ideas

http://mamaot.com/30-fun-multisensory-writing-activities/

 You could even create magic moving letters. See how here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM-LQQr-9Gc

 

ICT games for writing letters

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/skyWriter/index.html

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/writingRepeater/index.html

https://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/activities/letterformation/

 

ICT game for writing sentences

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/writingRunway/index.html

 

Activity 2: Now it’s your turn to be the teacher! Can you use our Magic 5 checklist to fix my sentences? Oh dear, what have I forgotten? Can you make your own up and see if your Mum, Dad, brothers or sisters can fix the mistakes?

  

Activity 3: Create a diary of what you do each day. This could be a video, picture, written or typed diary. You could do it in a different way each time. Remember to say your sentence out loud lots so you don’t forget it. To help you can count the words on your fingers, record it or use Lego pieces to show each word. It would be nice to draw or add photos for each day if you can. Take a look at my examples to see what I’ve been up to.

 

 Have fun. I look forward to seeing your great work!

 

 

 

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Story

Miss Cook's reading

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Listen to me read the story 'Guess how much I love you' @ https://www.highburyschool.co.uk/parent-and-carer/home-schooling/story-time 

(Sorry I had to remove the video from the blog due to copyright issues).

Take a look at the websites below for lots of great activities based on the story...

http://www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com/childrens-activities 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/early-years-story-resources/early-years-story-books/early-years-story-resources-how-much-do-i-love-you 

Happy Easter!

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6/4/2020

Happy Easter

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Hello everyone! Hope you're all well and keeping busy at home. You might not have realised but we are now in the Easter holidays so let's have some Easter FUN! Below are lots of exciting activity ideas you can do over the next couple of weeks. There's Easter challenges, Easter yoga, songs and dances as well as lots of different craft ideas. Also check out the clues (attached below) to create your own Easter Egg hunt. There’s two options to choose from – one is linked to rhyme. Can you go one better and make your own clues up?

 

See the links below for some ‘Easter’ themed games to help with your Numeracy and Literacy:

Number Hunt https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/hundredHunt/

Rabbit takeaway game http://www.rabbittakeaway.co.uk/activity/

Animal hide and seek (linked to number and counting) https://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/busyday/hideseek/

Down on the farm (counting) http://www.sparkisland.com/down_on_the_farm_3/launch.html

Forest Phonics game http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/forestPhonics/index.html

Big Letter Bunnies (match the upper and lower case letters) https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/rabbits/index.html

Listen to the story: ‘Peter Rabbit and the Giant Pumpkin’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/peter-rabbit-story

 

This website has lots of exciting ‘Easter’ games (egg hunt, colouring, puzzles etc): https://www.primarygames.com/holidays/easter/games.php

Twinkl is also a great website for resources if you wanted more – parents have been given free access to support children whilst they are at home. Here is the link to the website https://www.twinkl.co.uk/

 

I'm going to see if I can do some Easter themed activities too so keep checking to blog to see what I've been up to! I have received a few this week but keep sending me photos and/or videos of what you've been doing! When I get some more, I will make a little video for you all to watch.

 

Enjoy!

 

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30/3/2020

Challenges

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Hello! I hope you’re all still happy and healthy. How have you all been getting on with the rainbow activities? What else have you been up to? I would love to see so please let me know! You can email me on l.cook@highbury.calderdale.sch.uk, comment on the blog post or post on the Highbury Facebook page where you’ll see lots of other children’s work.

As I said in last week’s blog we will continue with the RAINBOW topic for another week. This week I have also got some extra challenges for you; focusing on keeping healthy and reading.

 How many challenges can you do? You get 1 point for each challenge. Who is going to win? Can anyone get all 10 points?

 Keeping healthy!

  1. Complete Joe Wicks workout at 9am every day. I’ve been doing it – it’s great fun!

 

  1. Go on a walk with your grown ups – how many rainbows can you see in people’s windows?

 

  1. Check out this rainbow dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbPGvZDNoY0

 

  1. Make (and eat) a delicious rainbow fruit salad and/or rainbow pizza. How many different ingredients have you used? Are you brave enough to try them all? YUM!

 

  1. Can you complete an ‘Andy’s wild workout’? These fun workouts are based on different animals from around the World. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06tmmvz?fbclid=IwAR1JYF4LN66ZmY9GZJoD2BFQ4b_-kXSokXL17lfjXNpBp_g6GgtuUXRzr2A

Reading

  1. Can you sing the alphabet? Can you put the letters in the correct order? Can you name and state the sound for each letter in the alphabet? A = name is ‘ay’ sound is ‘a’. B = name is ‘bee’ sound is ‘b’ This is a lovely song to help… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PmB3SIjNdQ

 

  1. Can you think of or find things that begin with each letter of the alphabet?

 

  1. Take part in a Phonics lesson on YouTube. We follow the RWI scheme in school. The videos are saved online for 24 hours and will be repeated over the holidays. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ?fbclid=IwAR0sujAlHXIr52JwVGJA_QPGQVWbd5vKE6i77DlMQ3FqXlvFJriqH0KWGR0

                      - Speed Sounds Set 1 - 9.30 am (Oliver, Elsie and Amna)

                      - Speed Sounds Set 2 – 10.00 am (Corey, Eddie and Adam)

                      - Speed Sounds Set 3 – 10.30 am (Eddie and Adam)

 

  1. How many of the high frequency words can you read and spell? These are words that we see all the time. You can play lots of games to help learn these – hide and seek, swat, bingo, playdough (more ideas below). There’s also online games to play - https://www.education.com/games/high-frequency-words/

 

  1. Choose a book to read (you could read it or your grown up could help you). Can you answer questions about the book? Remember: who, what, where, when, why and how.

 

Corey and Elsie also follow the See and Learn programme in school to help with sight words. There’s more information about this on the Highbury School website – Monkeys blog.

 Have fun!

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23/3/2020

Rainbows!

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You may have seen in the news that there are lots of rainbows popping up in people’s windows around the UK (if not here it is: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51988671). To link with this and help make others smile, Highbury have decided to focus our home learning activities around RAINBOWS. We are asking all families to create their own rainbow to display in their window. You can use whatever you like (felt tips, paint, crayons, paper, recycling, food, things you find outdoors…). There's already some great examples of children's work on the Highbury Facebook page!

I have also created a collection of activity ideas you can do with your child all linked to our RAINBOW theme (see document below). I'm going to do a colour treasure hunt this afternoon so watch this space to see what I find! Please do not worry about having to complete all activities as this is not expected. We will do this topic over 2 weeks so there's plenty of time to get bits done or you could even think of your own ideas!

Check out the Highbury @ Home Pinterest page for further ideas – click on the link below.

Please send me photos or comment on the blog or Highbury Facebook page to let us know what you’ve been up to – it would be great to keep in touch!

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Home learning guidance

School closure

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Please see the statement about school closure on Highbury School website https://www.highburyschool.co.uk/urgent-news 

The following documents were sent home with your child this week: 

- A home learning guidance pack for parents and carers (I have also attached this document below) 

- An activity pack 

- A list of other ideas, websites etc for your child to use (see school diary).

I have also attached two social stories below to help the children understand what is happening. One is for the children who will attend Highbury and one is for those who are staying at home with parents .Please check it is the relevant story before sharing with your child.

The most important thing is to try and keep a regular routine for your child. There are example timetables in the home learning guidance pack. I have also attached some further ideas here that have been shared by other schools (mainstream and specialist). Please keep an eye on the following for regular updates and further activity ideas....

- Our class blog

- Highbury School website (Highbury@Homewww.highburyschool.co.uk/       

- Highbury School Facebook page www.facebook.co.uk/highburyschool

Copley Primary School Facebook - you will need to join the private group

Please keep us updated with what you are getting up to - you could send me photos / videos or simply write a comment on the blog.

If you have any queries, please use the contact details in the home learning guidance pack.

Stay safe and we will hopefully be back soon!

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Documents to download

Term 4

Week 3

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On Friday we had an excellent trip out to watch 'The Tiger who came to tea' at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. All of the children were so well behaved and absolutely loved it (so did the grown ups)! We especially loved the funny songs and dances we could join in with. 

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Term 4

Week 2

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This week we celebrated World Book Day! The children came to school dressed as their favourite book character and some even brought books in for us to read as a class. We got tokens and went to the 'book swap' to get some new books to read in our classroom. Take a look at our lovely costumes...

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Term 4

Week 1

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The Hub had a VERY important job this week. We were in charge of the school chickens. Each morning we walked up to the school garden to check on the chickens; we fed them and collected the eggs. We used the eggs to cook pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. The we worked with Aaron, our school chef. He talked about the different ways you can cook eggs - boiled, fried, poached, scrambled and omelette. Then we made omelettes with cheese and tomato. They were egg-celent!

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Term 3

Week 6

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This week we went to the park to celebrate another fantastic term. I hope you all have a lovely holiday!

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Term 3

Week 5

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THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN!!!

As part of our Literacy we got to experience what it was like at a real Circus. We used all five senses (see, hear, touch, taste and smell). Here are some of the things we experienced and put on our list:

See - juggler, lights, fire, money, hoopla, bubbles

Hear - jokes, laughing, shouting, music, songs

Touch - custard pie, balloons, wigs, sequined outfits

Taste and smell - hot dog, fizzy juice, popcorn, candy floss

We are going to be doing some more work on description then will write a poem about our day at the Circus. Watch this space!

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Term 3

Week 4

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This week we visited Highbury to celebrate Chinese New Year. We had an assembly at the beginning of the day to talk about what Chinese New Year is and how it is celebrated. Then we took part in 3 activities throughout the day.

Session 1 - Martial Arts

Session 2 - Making Spring Rolls (we got to eat them too!)

Session 3 - Chinese music and dragon dancing

For being very sensible we go to visit Soft Play at the end of that day :)

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Term 3

Week 3

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This week we received our new dental resources from Locala. We talked about why it is important to brush our teeth, how we brush our teeth and for how long. Every morning we are going to be brushing our teeth in class.

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Term 3

Week 2

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Our Topic this half term is 'Roll up! Roll up!' We are going to be learning all about the Circus. See our curriculum overview for more information on what we will be covering. In class we have lots of Circus activities to explore - stilts, spinning plates, diabalo, juggling balls etc. Over the past two weeks we have been designing and making our own circus games to add to the collection (hoopla and can toss). Now they are finished we are really enjoying playing with them! In Literacy this week we have been learning all about letter writing. We looked at lots of different letters and used a checklist to find the features (address, date, name to, information and name from). Then we wrote a letter to Mr Barnum to ask if we could join his Circus. We watched videos of lots of different circus acts. The children had to choose what act they would like to do and explain why. We had some AMAZING letters. Here are a few examples below…

Corey: I want to be a Magician because I can pull a rabbit and flowers from my hat. I am funny and make people laugh.

Eddie: I want to be a motorcycle rider because it is fun. I can do flips and jump over sharks.

Elsie: I want to be a trapeze artist because it's going to be f. I want to do flips and wear a sparkly dress.

Adam: I want to be a clown because people will laugh at me. I will fall over and be funny. I want to wear a red hat, red nose and a green wig.

Amna: I would like to be a tight rope walker to make people laugh. I can juggle and balance. I want to wear a sparkly dress.

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Term 3

Week 1

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Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. This week we were in charge of collecting the eggs from the hens. Over the week we collected 19! Corey and Adam made us some fruit muffins to have for our snack. Eddie said they were "10/10 delicious". All of the children in the Hub are now joining their peers in mainstream classes for 2 hours per week (PE and Art). They have been absolutely fantastic and are thoroughly enjoying it.

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Term 2

Week 7

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Merry Christmas from all of us at The Hub. See you in January!

Please let us know what you get up to over the holidays in your child's school diary.

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Term 2

Week 6

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Over the past few weeks we have been reading the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy. First we named items/characters in the story (nouns) and thought of suitable words to describe them (adjectives). Amna said the stars were shiny and Eddie said the rocket was fast! We wrote some super sentences in our books, remembering to use our Magic 5 checklist. Last week we focused on sequencing and retelling the story and answering lots of different questions  about it (who, what, where, when, why and how). Then we started acting the story out. We wrote a list of all the things (props) we would need and collected them from around school. The children were each given a character to play. Eddie was Baby Bear, Amna was Mrs Bear and Corey was the Owl. Take a look at our video below!

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Term 2

Week 5

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This week has been VERY busy and exciting for The Hub! We had our first school trip - we went to see Frozen 2 at the Cinema. We even got popcorn and juice during the interval! We have also had some very special visitors this week - Adam and Elsie. They are two children that are joining us in The Hub in January. They came in the woods with us, helped us make our class Christmas Tree and came to our cooking lesson on Friday. We will also be getting a new Teaching Assistant in January (Miss Wilkinson). She has also been visiting to get to know the children before starting. On Thursday we had a special Christmas Dinner at School and on Friday it was Christmas Jumper Day!

 

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Term 2

Week 4

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This week we celebrated the Jewish Festival of Hannukah at Highbury School. First, we sat in assembly to learn all about why and how Jewish people celebrate Hannukah. We then completed 3 activities throughout the day all based around mindfulness.

Session 1: Peer Massage

Session 2: Light and Dark in the Sensory Room

Session 3: Making stress balls and filling jars with messages of love and positivity

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Term 2

Week 3

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This week in The Hub we have been doing some fantastic work on Number. We have been counting, estimating, comparing numbers, adding and completing word problems! Our work in the woods with Andrew was based on 'The Stickman' by Julia Donaldson. We had to find lots of different sized sticks to make our very own Stickmen.

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Term 2

Week 2

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This week we have been very busy in The Hub. On Monday afternoon the children worked in Copley woods with Andrew (Highbury Garden School Teacher). The lesson was based on The Gruffalo. They read the story then took it in turns to hide and find the characters in different places around the woods. They worked together to create a map of where the characters were hidden.

In Numeracy we have been learning all about position and direction. We have used lots of different vocabulary to describe where objects are such as under, on top, next to and behind. We also had to use the correct vocabulary to direct our friends to places around school and when programming the bee-bots.

 

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Term 2

Week 1

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The children have returned to school after a well-earned break! This week in Literacy we talked all about what we did in the holidays, focusing on asking and answering questions. We drew a picture diary and formed sentences to match to write simple recounts. We remembered to use our Magic 5 checklist when writing: checking it makes sense, capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and neat handwriting! In Numeracy we focused on Capacity - we learnt lots of new vocabulary, measured using a simple scale and even did some estimating! Science was all about Seasons. We ordered the seasons using a very catchy song (listen to it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksGiLaIx39c) and matched different clothes and events to the correct season. In PE we did circuit training, practising lots of the skills we focused on last term, such as skipping, jumping, throwing and catching. Eddie was awarded the class EARTH award this week for his excellent attitude to learning and fantastic sentence work!

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Term 1

Look at what we have been up to over the past few weeks...

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Numeracy: We have been doing lots of work on number and place value, shape, time and money.

Literacy: We have been focusing on question words (who, what, where, when, why and how). We have been learning the names of people around school, where they work and how they can help us.  For example, we know that Mr Kaye helps to fix things and Aaron makes our school dinners.

Topic: We have learnt about the emergency services, when you need to call them and how to call them. We designed and built a fire engine! We have practised how to cross the road safely, remembering to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK!

ICT: We have been learning how to turn on and log onto the laptops, practised our typing and mouse control skills and learning to shut down the laptops correctly.

We have visited Highbury to go swimming, use the bikes, soft play and sensory room. We also attended a celebration day on Harvest.

We celebrated two birthdays in class! Take a look at our photos below…

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The Hub

Welcome to The Hub!

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Here is a little bit of information about us…

The purpose of The Hub is to provide another option for key stage two pupils with significant special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) to access high quality, personalised teaching and learning. The Hub is essentially an extension of Highbury specialist school but based within a mainstream setting; Copley School.

 

Aims of the Hub

 

  • To provide highly personalised education which is planned according to the needs and priorities of individuals with SEND
  • To ensure that all children experience success in their learning and benefit from increased self-esteem and confidence.
  • To prioritise functional skills that will ensure children’s access to the wider world and their safety.
  • To provide carefully planned and tracked opportunities to lessons and activities in the wider school to ensure the hub offers genuine integration and access to age appropriate peer groups.
  • To provide an environment where pupils can learn successfully at a pace and in a way which best suits their needs.
  • To recognise and support the contribution of the wider family.
  • To support pupils to develop effective learning behaviour which leads to increased self-regulation and participation.
  • To fully exploit the expertise of hub staff in securing best possible outcomes for all pupils.

 

Teaching and Learning

 

Children in the hub will be taught in a small class group of between 8-10 pupils. There will be a teacher in charge and three support assistants *this may vary depending on pupil need. Teaching styles within the hub will vary according to the needs of the pupils and what is being taught. At times the children will be taught as a whole class, in smaller groups or individually. Children will learn in a multi-sensory way to support them to recall and apply their learning through concrete experiences and active approaches. The best research will be utilised to ensure that children with specific learning difficulties will have access to evidenced based approaches. The environment will support pupils to develop learning behaviour and meta-cognitive skills. There will be different learning zones in the classroom each with a different emphasis.

 

Similarly to children in mainstream provisions, the children in the Hub complete the following lessons each week:

  • Literacy (inc Phonics)
  • Numeracy
  • Science
  • PE
  • ICT
  • PSHE/RE
  • Topic (incorporating aspects of History, Geography, Art, DT and Music)

We also do weekly social communication, motor skills, swimming and cooking. There may be times when pupils need to be taught mainly in the hub. However, it is anticipated that there will be lots of opportunities for pupils to be taught in Copley classes. This may be linked to a specific topic. For example, if a pupil in the hub has an interest in history they may join in with lessons on the Tudors. If a child has an aptitude for sport they could participate in some of the PE lessons. At all times, inclusion into the wider school will be carefully planned and monitored to ensure that outcomes are achieved and pupils feel confident and happy. It will be important to offer pupils in the hub the opportunity to experience larger class sizes with mainstream peers who provide excellent examples for language and learning behaviour.

 

Teacher in Charge: Miss Cook

Teaching Assistant: Miss Moyers

 

 

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