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Mrs Hall Daily

Fabulous Friday!

 

Welcome to the last day of our Masked Reader competition, to the last day of Book Week and welcome to the last day of home learning!

 

What an amazing job you have done with working at home.  We are all so proud of you and are really looking forward to seeing you on Monday.  We will be in our usual rooms, with our usual grown ups.  We will be keeping to our bubbles - just like we did in Autumn Term.  Won't it be lovely to be able to see all our friends, to be able to chat and play and work together.

Here is a link to the Book Week page where you can see our last two masked readers of the week. 

I hope you have enjoyed the competition as much as I have.

 

Make sure you take the weekend off so you are ready for Monday.  See you on the playground!

 

Mrs Hall

Thursday 4th March - World book Day

 

Good morning,

how is the week going?  Today is World Book Day - it is a day to enjoy and think about how lucky we are to have books.

This was my very favourite book when I was a little girl - I used to ask my parents to read it to me over and over again, so much so that I can still recite most of it by heart.  

It is about a little bunny who makes a lot of poor behaviour choices to start with.  The opening line says ' The little bunny didn't mean to be naughty, but he didn't try very hard to be good.'  It goes through all the things in a day that he doesn't do very well at, and explains that his mother becomes 'exasperated'. However, by the end of the book, he learns that making good choices and trying hard is actually much more fun!

What is your favourite book?

If you dress up as a book character today, be sure to send in a picture for us - we will upload them to the website to share and enjoy together.

 

 

Here is a link to the Book Week page - I have uploaded a new masked reader.  Even I can't wok out who it is!

 

There will be a new masked reader at lunchtime - so check back later to see another fabulous poem read by one of our school team.

 

Have a lovely day - enjoy your books!

 

Mrs Hall

Wednesday 3rd March

 

morning.

I hope you are enjoying book week.  Have you heard our story of the Magic Paintbrush?

What would you paint with it?  Remember - you can only use it to do good for people - not for selfish or for greedy reasons.

 

We have two new masked readers for you to try and guess today - I hope you are enjoying our competition.

 

Here is a link for you.

Terrific Tuesday.

 

I have just posted a new masked reader for you - I wonder if you know who is reading today.

 

Tuesday is the day I often set a Lego challenge.  

I had decided that I would try and make all my Lego figures book characters this week - but when I looked at them, I realised there are hardly any book characters to choose from.

 

So today, see if you can design your very favourite book character as a Lego figure.

 

Mine might be Miffy, or Elmer the elephant, or a character called Septimus Heap from the Magyk series? 

Are you planning to dress up on Thursday? You might choose the same character.

 

Mrs H.

Good Morning - Welcome to Book Week!

We have just one week of home learning left before we are all back together - and what a great week to end on - it's book week.  I have chosen Dumbledore today, as he is a headteacher from a book.  Do you know which series of novels he comes from?

 

There will be activities everyday, for you to enjoy and celebrate our love of books and reading together.  On Thursday, even though we can't be in school, you can dress up as your favourite character and send us a picture.  

 

We have created a Book Week page on our website - 


 

 This will make it easy for you to find our activities - your teachers will also be posting in your Year group Team.  

have you heard of the the asked singer?  If you visit the Book Week page you will find the Masked Reader - members of our very own school team read a poem for you - we have a competition running - can you guess who they all are?  Check out today's entry by Broccoli!

 

Have a great day.

Mrs Hall

Welcome to Tuesday.

 

 What a lovely start to the day - with the most beautiful sunrise this morning. 

 

I have good news to share with you today, that I hope will make you as happy as it made me!  We will be able to open our school and all be back together on the 8th of March.  That is less than two weeks to wait now.  It will be so lovely to have everyone back in our classrooms and to all be learning together again.

 

I hope that you are happy to hear this.  While we wait just a bit longer, please keep up your home learning - we will be continuing our topics once we are back, and it will be important that we have our first two weeks of half term's learning to build on.  

 

 

Mrs R. found this lovely resource - follow the link below to be able to listen to a story being read to you - there are lots of lovely ones to choose from.  Click on a book you like the look of and settle down to enjoy your chosen story!

Good Morning

 

I hope you had a lovely break - welcome back.  Today is that start of a new half term - so we need to begin our home learning again.  Later today the government will tell us how we are going to ease out of the current lockdown.  They will tell us when we can reopen our school, and when you will be able to return.  It will be lovely to be able to plan for this.

 

In the meantime, have you noticed the signs of spring?  On my walks over the weekend I noticed how many crocuses there are, and that the evenings are getting lighter.   Can you see these crocuses in the school car park - if you look closely you will spot a clump of snowdrops in the background too.  The weather forecast tells us it will be nice and mild this week too, with our part of the country being the warmest.

 

Work hard, have a good day.

 

Mrs Hall

Friday 12th February

 

Good afternoon everyone,

 

we made it to half-term - I knew we would! I have written to your parents to tell them how proud I am of you (and them) for managing all your learning at home.  It is really hard to work from home - you have done it brilliantly!

 

It is now time to take a well earned rest.  I want you to switch off from school work next week - I do not want you to try and catch up on anything you have missed, or that is outstanding.  Next week is a holiday.

 

Relax and have a lovely time - play with your toys, get outside, and enjoy time with your family.

 

I will be back with Mrs Hall Daily on Monday 22nd February - when home-learning begins again.

 

Mrs H.

 

 

Tuesday 9th February. 

 

Good morning everyone.  

Did you manage to get out and play in the snow yesterday?  We have certainly had plenty here - I went out to measure it this morning.  Can you see how deep the snow is in my garden?  About 12 centimetres I think.  

 

We didn't build a snowman (or a snow bear!) yesterday - but I think I might get out and try and do that today.

 

When I had my cup of coffee looking out of the window first thing, it was still snowing - but now just take a look.  The sky is finally clearing and there is a beautiful sunrise, with some gaps in the cloud.

 

Doesn't that sky look amazing?

Please keep sending us your pictures and sharing your activities with us both those that are part of your home learning, and those that are just for fun.

I have seen some amazing reports of Yetis from our year 3 and 4 pupils (and Mrs G.), a great snowbear by Eden, and really impressive and interesting science videos from years 5 and 6.  Keep sharing!

 

If you have time today why not take a look at the website storytime page.

 

https://www.hockham.norfolk.sch.uk/storytime/

 

I have added some new stories up there - you might like to hear how Bears Don't Egg Sandwiches, to find out about Ruby's Worry, or hear how the park creatures stay warm One Snowy Night.  

 

I hope you have a lovely day - stay warm!

 

Mrs Hall

 

Well good morning everyone,

 

we have woken up to a winter wonderland!  Everywhere is covered in snow.  Our on-line learning continues today - but I hope you will take some time to enjoy playing outside too.  Maybe build a snowman.  One of the really important messages from our Mental Health Awareness week was to take time to enjoy yourself, and to get outside.  So a snow day is perfect for this!

Have fun - send us pictures of your snow fun.

 

Mrs Hall

Welcome to fun Friday.

 

Please try and join our on-line e-safety sessions today (KS1 and KS2).  The way we are working at the moment means we are spending a lot of time using our computers and tablets to help us work.  These sessions will help you stay safe while you are learning.

 

We will end our mental health week this afternoon, by encouraging you to leave your on line learning and have some fun.  I hope you have learnt some useful tips about how to look after your mental health this week. Do drop me an email and share with me. squirrel@hockham.set.education

 

Have a lovely, relaxing weekend - snow is forecast for Sunday, we might be able to build some snowmen.  After this there is just one week to go until half-term - when we can all take a well earned rest.

 

Mrs H.

 

 

Good Morning

 

I hope you are all feeling well and ready to greet a new day.  I hope you have managed to complete some of the well being activities your teachers have set for you.  Yesterday I decorated my pebble for our pebble snake.  I didn't have any paints at home - so I used markers.  

 

I wanted to share this picture with you  - it is a silver birch tree outside school.

It is cold today, but there was a lovely blue sky this morning.  It made me feel happy - so I thought I would share it with you.

 

Work hard today - join our live sessions if you can - it is so nice to see you.

 

Mrs H.

Welcome to Wednesday.

 

Did you complete any of the wellbeing activities yesterday?

 

I created my favourite place in lego.

 

This is Southwold...

...and this is Southwold.  

It is my very favourite place - it always makes me smile. 

I would love to hear about a place that makes you feel happy.  Maybe you could take up my Lego challenge from yesterday, and re-create it.  You don't have to use Lego - you could create it any way you like, or draw or paint it or just talk to someone about it - and share your happy memories.  

 

Mrs Hall

Tuesday 2nd February

 

Morning,

how did you get on yesterday?  

 

Did you learn anything about  looking after your mental health - I know your teachers have set a variety of tasks for you to complete. Some of the activities we choose to take part in can be relaxing and support our mental health without that being their main focus.  That was definitely true of the garden watch activity.  

 

I wonder if the person who painted this pebble had taken part in the garden watch - just look at this beautiful robin.  My favourite bird.  

 

Today's Lego challenge is to create a picture of a place that makes you feel relaxed, calm and happy.

Take a look at these...

Would you like to be at a beautiful beach or by a pleasant pond?

 

Perhaps you could make a super snowy scene...

 

Don't forget  to send me some pictures of your relaxing places.  I will shut my eyes and try to imagine myself there!  squirrel@hockham.set.education  

 

Mrs H

 

Good Morning.

 

I hope you had a lovely weekend.

 

This week is Mental Health week – do you know what that means?

I’m sure that you all know about keeping your body healthy – we do this through the way we look after it –the food we chose to eat, getting plenty of rest and sleep along with having a good amount of exercise, and keeping clean among other things.  At school we encourage you to do this through healthy eating, some of our PSHE lessons, and through our PE lessons. 

Mental Health is all about keeping your mind healthy – looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health and just like our physical health, this is something we can work on.  This week in our home learning we are all going to look at some aspects of mental health, we will be teaching you some ways to look after your mind and your feelings. 

 

Have a good day, work hard.

 

Mrs H.

Thursday 28th January

 

Good Morning

 

I promised to set you a Lego challenge for the week.  I thought we should have a building challenge.  Inspired by the RSPB Garden Watch that I linked to yesterday, and lots of the conversations in our Teams threads, today's challenge is to design and build a Lego birdhouse.

 

I found lots of examples:

I think they are really lovely ...so that is the challenge.  Create a brilliant, beautiful birdhouse.

Here is one example from Lego 

 

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/6958c9ab-1b3e-4fb9-afc4-f3d0fe0b7ee5

 

If you search Lego bird house into Google, you will find some great examples  - and bird tables too. 

 

Happy building - be sure to share your creations with me. squirrel@hockham.set.education 

 

Mrs Hall

Wednesday 27th January


Morning all, 

today I am going to direct you to some activities already on our website

 

I hope everyone is well this morning.  Today I want to share a link to some challenge set by our Maths Ambassadors.  There are three challenges this term - and some for different ages, so click the link to have some maths fun.  One thing that is so special about them, is that they have been set by some of the children from our school.

 

Maths this year: 2020-2021 | Great Hockham Primary School and Nursery

 

Don't forget that Mrs R. would love you to share pictures of what you do.  If you complete a challenge drop her a text or a picture to deer2@hockham.set.education.  You could also post on the class thread - tag your friends, Mrs Radhamma and me (using @ and their name).  

 

You could also try the Big Garden Bird Watch  - here is the link.  The watch starts on the 29th - but you can enjoy birds in your garden every day of the year.

 

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/

 

There is also a fun quiz to see what garden bird you are most like.  Mrs G. was a sparrow, and I was a blackbird.  Why not post your bird to your class Teams thread - in Hedgehogs we already know that we have blackbirds, blue tits and a robin!  Don't forget to tag Mrs G and me by using @Mrs Garrod 

 

Plenty to keep you busy!

 Mrs H.

 

 

Tuesday 26th January

 

Morning

Usually I would make Tuesday a Lego challenge day - thank you to those of you who have sent designs for my wooden Lego man - there are some fantastic creative ideas, and some beautiful drawings of them - thank you.

I will be setting a new challenge, and sharing some of them with you tomorrow - so email me today if you want me to see your design - squirrel@hockham.set.education. 

 

I was greeted by the most beautiful sunrise this morning.

Just look at the colours in the sky!  It made me think how lucky we are just to be able to take such great photos and just see them instantly.  You couldn't do that when I was young, because we didn't have phones with cameras like we do now.  

 

While I am thinking about great pictures - let me share this one with you.  This is Tortue right in the middle of trying to catch a toy.  Felix said he looks like he's dancing!

 

Have you ever taken an amazing picture that you are proud of or that you find interesting?  I love the way his body is so stretched and athletic. Sharing a great picture could be something else you share with me - I do love hearing from you.  

 

Its cold out there again today, so wrap up warm when you get out.  

We are going to make a pebble snake outside school - so look out for a suitable pebble to decorate.  There is no rush for this.  It won't be starting till at least the end of the week.

 

Have a great day.

 

Monday 25th January

 

Good morning - what a chilly start to the week.  

 

 

When I go on my walks from my house in Wymondham, I pass a pebble snake.  This is a line of pebbles that people in Wymondham are painting and putting in a long line.  

The idea is to decorate a stone - most of them have been painted, but a few have had things stuck on them like feathers, fabric or glitter.  Then place it at the end of the line - add it to the snake - and watch it grow!

 

 

Would you like to start a pebble snake outside school?

I will start one later this week.  Then if you want to you can add a pebble.  If you live near school you could do this on your way past one day when you are taking a walk.  If not you may need to be patient - but that is ok - you can keep your stone at home and add it when you come to the village, or when school reopens.

 

One thing that I like about this idea is that it is not just for children, and not just for school - other people who live in or village can add to it as well.  

 

Have a lovely day.

 

Mrs H.

Friday 22nd January

 

Good morning everyone - welcome to my favourite day of the week.  I have always liked Fridays - one last working day to do your best, and then the whole weekend to stretch ahead of you.

 

Tomorrow is National Handwriting Day - can you believe there is such a thing!  In 1977, the Writing Instruments Manufacturers Association established the day to promote the sales of pens, pencils and writing paper. I would like to be able to give out some of my presentation awards and will be asking your teachers to suggest people who have made a really great effort with their writing - today or on Monday.  I will be giving you a National Handwriting Day award.

 

Thank you for the Lego designs - I am going to try and create one or two today - I'll share with you next week.  Enjoy your day.

Mrs H.

 

 

 

Thoughtful Thursday.

 

21st January 2021

 

Morning - did you see the inauguration on the news yesterday?  

I thought I would give you some fun facts about the presidency and the inaguration ceremony today.

 

*  Joe Biden is the oldest President ever to take office.

 

*  Kamala Harris is the first woman Vice President, and also the first African American and  Aisian Vice President.

 

*  The first Inauguration took place in New York.

 

*  One Inauguration took place on Air Force One (the president's plane) after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  This was for President Linden B. Johnson.

 

*  The largest crowd was at the inauguration of Barak Obama in 2009.  He was the first black President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We don't have a President in England - instead we have a Head of State (the Queen) who is not political, and a Prime Minister, who leads our elected representatives in Parliament. We don't vote directly for our Prime Minister - the Prime Minister is chosen by their own political party and officially appointed by the Queen.  She must appoint the leader of the party who has the most elected Members of Parliament in an election.

 

Although these are very different systems, they are both democracies.  This means that the people of these countries have been able to vote and choose the people they want to govern.  Its very complicated!

 

I hope that reading this you have learnt something new - I did when I wrote it!   Have a lovely day.

 

Mrs Hall

 

Wonderful Wednesday!

 

Good Morning - today is the 20th January - it is an important day in America.  Today a new President takes office. The first inauguration took place on 30th April 1789 - do you know the name of the first President of the United States of America? (I'll tell you tomorrow).  This ceremony has taken place every four years since - for over 330 years, and they have never missed one!  (Can you use your maths skills to work out how many ceremonies there have been in this time?)  Joe Biden will become the President after his Inauguration Ceremony in Washington DC - the capital city.  It is also the Inauguration of Kamala Harris as Vice President - this is noteworthy as she is the first woman ever to hold this office!  At the ceremony, both these people will take an oath of office (make a promise) that they will fulfill the role to the best of their ability.  

What a great promise to make...to always try your hardest and to do the best that you can.  No one can ask any more of you than that. You don't have to be a President to have a goal like that, and you don't need to wait for a ceremony that only comes round once every four years.  Every one  of us can determine to do our best ever day, and in every job that we tackle.  My challenge to you today is to do just that - when you complete a piece of your work, when you help out at home or when you play with a brother or sister do the very best you can - your best concentrating, your neatest work, your best effort, your most helpful, your kindest behaviour, there are so many opportunities to try - it is a recipe for a great day!

 

Let me know what goes well today.  I will be trying too.

 

Mrs H. 

 

 

Tuesday 19th January

 

Good Morning!

It's Tuesday, my Lego challenge day.  This morning I am going show you another one my Christmas presents, and set you a Lego design challenge.

 

What material is Lego usually made from?

Take a look at this Lego man...

He is made mainly from wood (apart from his hands - which are the usual yellow plastic), and he came with a design challenge to embellish him.

Take a look at these examples.

This one has been painted, and given some sort of spear to hold.

How do you think the costume for this one has been made?

A further suggestion is that you use your Lego bricks to make items for him - like a pencil or a guitar.

Today, my Lego challenge is for you to create a design for my plain wooden Lego man.

You can use the template below - or just draw our what you would like him to look like.  You can get totally creative and use any materials you want - design him -or her an outfit, or create an all over design that could be painted or drawn on.

 

 

I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Have a good day,

Mrs H.

Monday 18th January

 

Hello!

Did you have a lovely weekend?  

Were you shocked to see the snow on Saturday morning?  I certainly was.  

I hope you were able to wrap up warm and get outside for a play.

Sylvie spent a long time outside making a giant snowball.  I think it was going to be a snowman but she ran out of steam...

 

By the end of the afternoon most of the snow had gone - other than the remains of snowmen and giant snowballs.  I wonder how many days it will take for this to melt.

 

 

Back to our working week today, I know that it is hard work, but making the difference between the week and the weekend helps to keep the weekend special.  Try and join us for a check in or online lesson if you can.  It's very cold out there today - especially the wind, so if you go out for some exercise or fresh air, be sure to make sure you have plenty on to stay nice and warm.

 

Mrs Hall

 

Thursday 15th January

Hello,

welcome to my last post of the week.

I had some help with completing the Lego challenge yesterday...

Inspired by the beautiful postcards I was given for Christmas I decided to recreate my breakfast in Lego.

What do you think?

 

Just today and tomorrow for our home learning - then its the weekend.

 

Next week I am going to record a celebration assembly for you - watch out for our squirrel postcards in your email.  I am also hoping to give out some presentation awards - so make sure you keep trying your best with the work you complete and send in.  Well done to all of you who are keeping on top of your assignments and remember every day starts anew and is another opportunity to show us what you can do!

 

I'll be back on Monday - enjoy your weekend!

 

Mrs Hall

Morning!

 

I have put the Lego 'supers' on today because we are all having to make a super effort to stay focused and get our work done.

 

Did you take up my lego food challenge?

I did not have time yesterday - but I am going to try and re-create my breakfast in Lego later today.

 

Tortue loves to go inside things - especially drawers and shopping bags...

In fact, he likes to go inside anything but the comfy cat bed we bought him - which as you can see still looks like new. 

 

Have a lovely day.  

 

Mrs Hall

Tuesday 12th January

Good morning,

 

I put Lego Hot Dog Guy on today - he is always a popular choice.

I have decided that on Tuesday each week I will set you a Lego challenge.

 

One of my Christmas presents was a really beautiful set of Lego postcards, that create pictures using Lego blocks.

 

Here are some:

 

 

Aren't they amazing...

 

My challenge for you today is to create some Lego food.  You may want to do this as a picture - using the colours of the Lego blocks to 'paint with' - creating a two dimensional image, or you may like to try and build something like a burger - constructing it as a three dimensional model.  Why don't you have a go?

 

Please send any pictures of things you create from Lego to me at  squirrel@hockham.set.education  

 

Have a lovely day.

 

Mrs Hall

 

 

Monday 11th January

 

Good Morning,

how was the weekend?

 

Even though we are at home for most of the time, the weekend can still be special - because Saturday and Sunday are the days when there is no home learning to complete.  What did you get up to?

I did lots of cleaning and sorting and some sewing.  Tortue tried to help with the washing - there wasn't much room for the washing once he was in the basket!  

One of the nicest things of the weekend was that Tortue and my old cat Willow have made friends.  Willow has been a bit grumpy with Tortue, but they have finally relaxed and are starting to play together.  Yesterday evening they fell asleep on the sofa - they are not quite cuddled up yet but they certainly seem to have learnt to get along. 

 

Jo Wicks is back today - had you seen that?  He is going to do his morning PE session three times a week  -try and join in if you can.  It is a great start to the day.

 

 I look forward to seeing your home learning later.  Remember you can access Teams on an Xbox, a Play Station or a tablet as well as from a computer.

 

Have a lovely day.  

 

Mrs H

 

Morning Everyone

 

I am going to ask you to do an important job this morning.  I am so glad that you are looking at our website.  Will you see if you can log into your Teams account today to find your home learning?

 

This is how we are going to do most of our work at home, and if you are struggling I would like to help you sort out the problems as soon as we can.  If you can't find your assignments please let us know.  

 

Yesterday I asked if you could guess how my kitten got his name.

 

In the house where he was born, they thought that his fur looked like a turtle shell, and so gave him that name.  They called his brother Tortoise!  

 

Have a lovely day.

 

Mrs H.

Good Morning Everyone,

 

I hope you had a really lovely Christmas.  I want to wish you a very Happy New Year.

 

You will know that the Government has asked us to keep our school buildings closed again to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, and that we will be going back to home learning.  This is a real shame for us all, and like last time we will miss seeing you in person, but it is important for our country, and to keep the people we love as safe as we can.  We will all try as hard as we can to help you to continue to make excellent progress while we are working remotely.  You can really help by completing the learning we set for you.  I know this is hard for us all - but I also know you are amazing and will rise to this challenge.

We have done this before and learnt so much last time - we will be able to see you on-line far more frequently now we have our class Teams.

 

Just before I end, I will share a little something that I think will make you smile...

 

Meet my little kitten who will be helping me write my Mrs Hall Daily!

His name is Tortue - which some of you will know is a French word.  It means turtle (the same word as tortoise in French which we learnt on our French lessons).  I wonder if you can guess why we named him that?

Tortue became my pet just before Christmas - he gets up to lots of mischief and is great fun to have around - I will be sharing some of his antics with you.

Take care, work hard - I hope that we will be back working together as soon as we can. 

 

Mrs H.

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