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Owl Class 2019

Welcome back to Owl Class!

Hello Owl Class,


We are all very excited to welcome you back to school and hear all your news. Mrs Dobbin will be there to greet you on Monday morning. As you can see we have been busy little owls getting the classroom set up for the new year. Can you spot the owl hiding somewhere in the room?


See you very soon, from Mrs Dobbin and Mrs Ambrose

Here is a letter updating you on the new year.

A sneak preview of our classroom. Can you spot the owl?

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Owl Class 2019 to 2020

Thank You

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Somewhere over a rainbow.mp4

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow: The Squirrelettes

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Summer Term

Monday 20th July


Good morning Owls,


I cannot believe we are at the end of July and that this is my last message before the Summer holidays begin. I have been reflecting on this very unusual school year and I wanted to let you all know that I have missed you terribly but I am incredibly proud of you all and proud to be your teacher.


Looking back through the home learning galleries I can see the huge range of activities, new skills and learning you have completed. Reading your emails I can see how well you have adapted to and embraced this time together with your families. You really are Outstanding Owls!




I want to tell all those of you in Year Two what a pleasure you have been to teach and to wish you well for Year Three. I'm sad our time together in class has been shortened but I know that you will be fantastic Deers! Those of you who are in Year One, I know you will be brilliant Year Twos and will help me welcome the younger children into our class in September. I can't wait to see you all!


Have a safe and happy summer Owl Class! Take Care of yourselves.


From Mrs Dobbin and Bertie 


Home Learning


Activities and resources for the summer holidays can be found on the Owl Class section of our Coronavirus Support page. 

Mrs Dobbin 

Mrs Ambrose

Hello my lovely owls.


I hope that you are all safe and well. Today is my last day before the summer break. What a crazy few months it has been. 


I have now been at Great Hockham for over 6 months, some of you I have not seen in over 3 months! Despite not seeing you all, you have wowed me with your resilience and perseverance . From the amazing home learning you have been doing to the new experiences you have had; you have proved to us all that you are truly awesome!


I want to say a massive thank you for making me feel so welcome. For making my experience here in Owl class so wonderful I have bought each of you a book to say thank you. You will find it in the bags you will be able to collect next week. 


I can't wait to see you all in September, I am already counting down the days!


I hope that you all have a wonderful summer break.


From Mrs Ambrose

Monday 13th July


Good morning Owl Class. How are you all? I hope you had a fun weekend and enjoyed the return of the sunshine. We blew the cobwebs away with a long walk along the beach, spotting seals and playing with Bertie. 


Mrs Fowler has been busy creating the fantastic sports day film. Thank you very much to everyone who took part. Enjoy watching it with your families. It made me smile and I know it will make you smile too.smiley


We have had some ICT issues at school but are hoping we will see you all on Zoom this week. In the meantime enjoy this week's home learning activities and keep emailing us with your news. 


Missing you all, take care,

From Mrs Dobbin

Monday 6th July


Good morning Owl Class, how are you all?


I hope you have had a wonderful weekend with your families. We seemed to have a little bit of lots of different types of weather this weekend - sunshine, showers and strong winds. Bertie wasn't too keen on walking in the wind but he did enjoy running after the leaves as they got blown around. He wondered whether leaf chasing could become a new race for Sports Day! smiley


Yesterday we took part in the Nationwide Clap to celebrate 72 years of the NHS. I know many of you have family members who work for the NHS and I wanted to say a big thank you for everything you do. 




There are lots of fun activities for you to enjoy in this weeks home learning. In our Bubble we have been enjoying Ting Tina Tales - folk tales from Africa, so Literacy is based around these tales this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. I need to warn you now - the theme song is very catchy! 


Have a lovely week Owls. I miss you lots and lots. 

From Mrs Dobbin 

Friday 3rd July


Good afternoon my lovely Owls. I hope that you are all safe and well and that you have all had a wonderful week.


It was lovely seeing so many of the year 1s in our social zoom. I have missed your smiley faces (many of them are now very gappy!). It was also wonderful to meet Alfie for the first time. If you can, it would be great to see you in next week's social zoom. 


Today we had a mini sports day with the owls that were in school . We had such fun! If you have held your own sports day ay home, please send us some photos. we would love to see them. 


We have also spent time thinking about what we have really enjoyed doing whilst in Owl class, we talked about our favourite lessons and the topics we have really enjoyed. What has been your favourite thing in owl class?


I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend. 


We are missing you all. 


From Mrs Ambrose and the Owls in school today. 


Monday 29th June


Good morning Owl Class, how are you my little lovelies?


I hope you have had a good weekend with your families. The weather has certainly been a mixture of sunshine and showers. It looks like it will be a little cooler this week. We're going to film our sports day activity so I'm glad it not too hot for that. 


We are coming to the end of June already! Today's 30 days Wild Activity fits in with our RE activity this week - Looking after our Wonderful World. Learning about Africa and comparing it to England reminds me just how amazing the world is and how much variation there is. I'm so glad you know how to look after it Owls!


We are learning about a second African habitat today - the desert. If you find yourself stuck indoors on a rainy day this week you could make your own habitat.




Have a super week and don't forget to stay in touch. 

From Mrs Dobbin 

Saturday 27th June

Hello my lovely owls. I hope that you are well? I have a confession to make, I forgot to put up a morning message up yesterday. I am sorry! I remembered today as I was talking to my daughter about my lovely class and how much I was missing having you all together.


Today I have been making redcurrant jelly with my bumper crop of redcurrants. Tomorrow I will be cleaning out the chicken coop and weeding the garden. Do you have any plans?


Wasn't it a sunny week? Today's rain was very welcomed as my pea plants were not looking so happy and needed a bit of extra water. Lots of lovely things that I planted at the start of lockdown are now starting to be ready to harvest. I have enjoyed tending to them and watching them grow. I bet you have also grown a lot since the start of lockdown too. 



I have really enjoyed learning about the Maasai people this week, isn't it lovely learning about people from other cultures and finding out about the similarities and differences?


I hope that you are all enjoying a wonderful weekend. 


From Mrs Ambrose 

Monday 22nd June


Good morning Owl Class, how are you all? I hope you had a really lovely weekend with your families. We took Bertie to the seaside for the first time. He loved it and had great fun splashing around in the water. He was a proper soggy doggy! Thank you for all of your amazing work last week. The art work in particular is stunning and the rhyming poems are superb. Clever Owls! smiley


The weather looks like it will be sunny all week so we hope you can find a moment to join in with our latest film-making project.  Although we won't be able to have sports day as normal, we wanted to join our school and home communities together in a kind of virtual event and are asking that you take a picture of yourselves doing sport at home.  It can be serious or funny and, if you don't normally have your picture on the website, maybe you could be in disguise or photographed from behind!  Choose any sport you like - running, jumping, throwing, catching, egg and spoon, obstacle...

There is a parents event too so mums and dads could also send in a picture and there will be a teachers 'race' this year so we will all be joining in. A letter will be emailed out later today with more details.

When we have your photos, Mrs Fowler will pop them in a sports day film and we can celebrate summer together.

Please send any entries to the normal email account. Meanwhile, we'll be doing the same with the Bubbles!

We are really looking forward to seeing your entries - be as silly or sensible as you like! Bertie is very excited about this and has already begun practicing his ball skills. 




We have lots of new activities for you on the home learning page which we hope you enjoy. Please share with us anything you are particularly proud of. We miss you so much and we always look forward to hearing from you. Don't forget to wear sun cream and a hat and find a nice shady spot to complete today's 30 days wild activity. Have a wonderful week. 


From Mrs Dobbin


Friday 19th June


Good morning my lovely Owls. I hope that you are all well and that you have had a great week so far. It was so wet yesterday but it meant that I didn't need to water my garden - horray!


Yesterday, we wrote rhyming poems in class and had lots of fun.  Here are some that we came up with:


Laughing hyena hunting in a pack, 

They chase a gazelle for their snack.


Lions are carnivores and eat meat,

Running speedily on their feet.


Prickly little hedgehog comes out at night,

If he finds a juicy worm he will be alright.


Here is Charlotte's: 


If you have written one, we would love to read it. 


I have some very exciting news to share with you. We are having a new member to Owl Class! We are very lucky to have a new boy called Alfie who will be starting with us. I know how welcome you all made me feel when I started and I know you will make him feel the same. 


I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend. 


Missing you all. 


From Mrs Ambrose


Good afternoon Owl Class,


I hope you have had a lovely day. I just wanted to give you a quick update about my butterfly, which isn't actually a butterfly - it's a moth! Georgia and Mrs Garrod both recognised it. Georgia kindly made me a fact sheet. It's called a Cinnabar moth and it flies around during the day and the night. I was right about it's bright red wings. These are used to make predators think they are poisonous and to scare them away. They like hedgerows, gardens and grassland so keep an eye out for them when you are out and about. They can be spotted between May and August. Isn't nature amazing!




Now that we are all very busy back at school I will be writing to you on a Monday and Mrs Ambrose will be writing to you on a Friday, but you can message us any day of the week. smiley


Have a good week, from Mrs Dobbin 

Monday 15th June


Good morning Owl Class, how are you?


I hope you had a wonderful sunny weekend with your families. We continued to take part in Mrs Garrod's 30 Days Wild Challenge over the weekend. One of the challenges was to search for mini wildlife. On our walk we found a beautiful butterfly. I am going to do some research today and try to find out what sort of butterfly it is. It wasn't very well camouflaged so I am guessing that it has red wings as a 'danger' sign to keep predators away. I'll let you know what I find out about it. 




I wonder whether you went on Safari and found any mini wildlife this weekend? Do email me with your news, I always enjoy hearing from you. 


Have a lovely day, from Mrs Dobbin

Friday 12th June


Good morning Owls. I hope that you are all well and that you have had a lovely week.


I have been in our classroom this week and the date of the last time we were all together is still up on our calendar. It is hard to believe I haven't seen some of you in 11 weeks now. I bet you have all grown lots in that time and I can't wait to see you again soon. 


Whilst at school yesterday, we did the work on giraffes. Did you get to have a go? When we were researching giraffes, we came across the fact that giraffes are the tallest mammals but we didn't know what a mammal was so we did some extra research to find out. Do you know what a mammal is? If not, here is some information that may help you find out If you do know, or if you find out today, let me know. I do love hearing from you all.


Have a brilliant day and a wonderful weekend. 


Missing you all


from Mrs Ambrose

Thursday 11th June 


Good morning my lovely Owls.


How are you all? I have put up a video of our new chickens. They are very young still; only 8 weeks old. I love the sound that they make. 


On Sunday we put all the name ideas in a hat and then my daughter pulled the names out. Here they are:


Strawberry, Chocolat (french for chocolate), Caramel, Jenessa, Geni and Gianna. 


I hope that you have a wonderful day. 


From Mrs Ambrose

Chickens in the evening

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Wednesday 10th June


Good morning Owl Class, I hope you are all OK. 


I can't believe it's Wednesday again already and my final morning message to you for this week. If we were at school we would say that today is Wonderful Wednesday. Thinking about the days of the week made me start thinking about the concept of time too. 


I know that some of you have been learning to tell the time at home. We know that there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week, and even though this never changes, time can sometimes seem to go very slowly, and at other times go very quickly. For example it feels like a really long time ago that we were all at school together in March, but this week we are celebrating a June birthday at home which seems to have come round very quickly.


I discovered recently that there was also something a little bit magical about the clock face. Can you discover the magic too? 




Whatever you are doing today, enjoy this time at home with your families.

From Mrs Dobbin 

Tuesday 9th June


Good morning Owl Class, how are you all?


Did you enjoy sharing a book yesterday? I read one called Elephant Ears which is a fable that explains why African Elephants have larger ears than Indian Elephants. If you look at the shape and size of Africa on a map, and then look at the shape and size of India, it will help you recognise which Elephant is which. 


I also really enjoy reading all of the classes daily posts each day. Yesterday Mrs Hall told you about a wonderful thing that is happening in a street near her house, where people are displaying positive messages in their windows to celebrate the things that have enjoyed during this time at home. This is such a lovely idea. 


Like Mrs Hall I have really appreciated having this extra time with my family. I am also enjoying seeing the world through Bertie's eyes. It reminds me of when my own children were little and everything was new to them. He finds the simplest things so exciting and fascinating that it has made us all enjoy the simple things in life again.  Just like Mrs Garrods' 30 day wild activities are too. 


Bertie has jumped in his first puddles. He watches the bees on the poppies. He hides in the long grass in the fields. He has learnt to get onto the sofa all by himself which he is very pleased about. He is star struck by the cat and follows him around the house. Hiding a squeaky toy under a beanbag is his favourite game and a tasty snack is the best treat in the world. His latest obsession is my wooden clothes pegs and he sits underneath the washing line when I hang out the washing, hoping I'll drop a peg for him to run away and hide with. I never knew a clothes peg could be so exciting.




  I wonder what simple things in life make you happy?


Have a lovely day, from Mrs Dobbin and Bertie





Monday 8th June


Good morning Owl Class, how are you?


It's been a bit of a soggy weekend but that's given me the perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa with my book. As you know I love reading and I am missing reading to you and hearing you read, so I am very excited that the libraries have launched their summer reading challenge slightly early this year. This year the challenge will be a digital one.


"Whatever you love to read, remember it can never be too silly!" (Paul O'Grady)


 Meet the Silly Squad!




Below is a letter to give you more details about how you can take part, as well as join in with games, quizzes and downloadable activities. You are all such fantastic readers Owl Class and I hope you all enjoy sharing a good book today and everyday! 


From Mrs Dobbin 

Friday 5th June 


It is a bit of a rainy start to the day today isn't it? Oh well, my flowers really did need a good water. 


I am looking forward to picking up my chickens this weekend. Last night we finished off fencing in the coop and put some bedding inside so that they will be nice and snuggly. 


Thank you for the name ideas you sent me. So far my daughter would like to call one Sparkle and my son would like to call on Strawberry. Keep sending your ideas in. We still have 4 to name. 


I take lots of photos of my new chickens over the week and update you all next Thursday.  I hope that you all have a brilliant weekend.


From Mrs Ambrose

Thursday 4th June 


Good morning my lovely owls.


I hope that you are all well and that you had a wonderful half term break.


I am very excited about our new topic this half term and Handa's Surprise is one of my favourite books. I can't wait to hear some of your versions.


We have been busy over the half term getting ready for some new arrivals. We are getting 6 hens this weekend so we have been busy constructing a new house for them. We then needed to paint it so it is weather proof, we don't want them getting soggy if it rains. As you can see, my son got a little carried away. 


Here is a picture of our hens from the lady who we are getting them from. We haven't thought of names yet, so if you have any suggestions, I would live to hear.


I hope you have a wonderful day.


From Mrs Ambrose 

Wednesday 3rd June


Good morning Owl Class, how are you all today?


I'm excited to see what today's 30 Days Wild activity from Mrs Garrod will be. Did you spot any shapes in the clouds yesterday? I spotted a crocodile and an ice cream cone. If you haven't started the challenges you could catch up today by walking barefoot in the grass, looking up at the clouds. The activities can be found on the Nature Quest Daily Page. 


Bertie is fascinated with bees at the minute. Sometimes there are three or four bees collecting pollen from one poppy. He gets his nose just near enough for a little sniff, but not too near that they might accidentally sting him. I know Mrs Fowler also enjoys watching the bees in her garden and I saw this Lego bee hive that I thought she would like. 




Have fun with today's activities! From Mrs Dobbin 

Tuesday 2nd June


Good morning Owl Class, how are you today?


It was so nice to open my inbox yesterday and see lots of photos of your smiling faces. I have created a new gallery for this half term which is a lovely way for you to see your friends and what they have been getting up to as well. I'm sure you are all missing each other. I miss you too!


My nephew has also been sending my lots of photographs of the art work he has been doing at home. He's using online art lessons to help him which he is really enjoying. You might recognise one of his pictures. I'm sure Mrs Ambrose and Mrs Radhamma will. Yesterday he did some bubble painting. It looked so fun that I'm going to be doing some today. Maybe you could do some too?




Have a lovely day, from Mrs Dobbin. 



Monday 1st June


Good morning Owl Class, how are you all? I hope you have had a wonderful half term with your families. Hasn't the weather been glorious! Like lots of you I imagine, we have been making the most of the sunshine and getting outside as much as possible. Bertie is now allowed out for walks so we have been enjoying the fields around us, as well as spending lots of time in the garden. This is the best time of year for the flowers, everything looks so colourful and beautiful, although I think the plants and the farmers would appreciate a little bit of rain. 




The school is now partly re-opening but we are still here for you all. There are new activities for you in the home learning section and we always enjoy seeing what you have been doing via email, so please keep in contact.

Have a lovey day, from Mrs Dobbin 


Friday 23rd May


Good morning Owls.


I can’t believe that this is the last day of the half term. It feels even stranger that I have not seen you at all, though I thoroughly enjoy looking at pictures of the amazing work and fun activities you have been getting up to. 


We took part in the Draw with Rob World Record attempt yesterday. Did any of you? If you did, I would love to see you whales. I know that Mrs Radamma’s girls took part and their whales looked brilliant. Here are our versions. As you can see my daughter decided to use artistic license with hers, but she really enjoyed doing it and has ended up with something very unique. 




I hope that you have a wonderful half term. Please make sure you stay safe and well.


Have a wonderful day,


From Mrs Ambrose

Thursday 22nd May


Good morning my lovely Owls. I hope that you are all well. Wasn't it a warm day yesterday? I love this time of year, all the roses are starting to bloom and I can see so many bees and butterflies. In our house, we have taken to doing our learning outside, sitting in the shade and getting fresh air, though next door's chickens like to get involved too, much to our amusement. However, when I left my daughter for a couple of minutes whilst I made a cup of tea, this is what I returned to. I had to laugh. 



This week, I have been busy in my garden. We haven't been here long and I am enjoying seeing what flowers spring up. But there are also A LOT of weeds here, so I have donned my gloves and wellies and been trying to get them out. Here is how many I took out in just one day!



In my house we have been enjoying Draw With Rob, here is a picture my son drew following Rob's instructions (it's an Owl). Today is a world record attempt with Rob who is trying to get over 10,000 people to actively take part in an art lesson. I will be taking part with my children at 4pm today. If you fancy joining in too and possibly helping to break a world record, here is the information you need to know


I hope that you have a brilliant day,


From Mrs Ambrose

Wednesday 20th May


Good morning Owl Class, how are you all today?


Thank you so much for emailing me your riddles yesterday. I had great fun guessing what they were. You used fantastic adjectives in your clues to help me. I hope you enjoyed writing them as much as I enjoyed reading them. They are in the home learning gallery so you can try guessing them too.


Today is my last morning message until after half term so I thought I would show you the next picture of the chicks in their nest but I was in for a shock. They have all gone! They have been so well looked after and have been prepared so well, that they were ready to leave the nest and spread their wings. I felt a mix of emotions - sad because I will miss them but so proud of them too. Just like I feel about you - my owl chicks. I am sad because I miss you, but I am so proud of all of you! You are Outstanding Owls and I'm looking forward to planning some special treats for you all when we are all back together again. 


Today is going to be one of the hottest days so far, and if we were all together I would be reminding you to stay safe in the sun. I found this lovely picture drawn by an owl a few years ago so I am sharing it with you today as a quick reminder to slip, slap, slop. 




Have a super sunny day, stay safe and please keep emailing me your news. Hearing from you makes me very happy. 


From Mrs Dobbin

Tuesday 19th May


Good morning Owl Class, I hope you are all OK.


Have you started any of the suggested weekly activities yet? I am going to make my tree today. Whilst I was thinking about how to make it I came across these amazing photos, so I thought I would try and make some other pictures too. What picture could you makes with leaves?




Thank you for your lovely emails yesterday. Daisy had a very happy birthday. One of you asked to see her frog cake so here it is.   Did you see the fantastic rainbow cake on Mrs Hall's daily messages? It looked delicious. Have a great day and keep sending me updates on what you've been up to. I love hearing from you and seeing what clever things you've been doing. 


From Mrs Dobbin 

Monday 18th May


Good morning Owl Class, how are you all?


I hope you have had a lovely weekend with your families. We spent most of yesterday in the garden, enjoying the sunshine. We were lucky enough to watch the baby Blackbirds take their first flight into the world. They grew so fast!


We have a birthday in our family today for someone who is also growing far too quickly. As we are learning about riddles in our home learning this week, I thought I would write a riddle for you to try and guess whose birthday it is.


My name is the same as a flower. 

With petals as white as snow.

My name means 'day's eye',

In the grass I like to grow.

Who am I?


Did you guess?


Last week some of you sent me photographs of your PSHE activity, where you chose words to describe yourself. I loved them so much that I wrote some adjectives too - for Bertie.




There are lots of exciting activities for you in this week's home learning. I hope you enjoy them.


Have a good day. I'm going to make a frog birthday cake for Daisy. 

From Mrs Dobbin and Bertie

Friday 15th May


Good morning Owls.


It was lovely to wake up early this morning to see the sun shining through the green leaves of the tree. It reminds me that today is a new day and we can fill it in any way we want. I wonder how you will choose to fill yours? 


Yesterday, we were able to pick the first mini crop from our garden. It was only a handful of radish and a few lettuce leaves but it felt amazing to be able to pick something to eat that we had grown ourselves from tiny seeds. We had to prepare the soils, sow the seed and carefully water them till they were ready. It took time and patience but the reward was priceless. 


I have a feeling that today is going to be an amazing day. 


I miss you all.


From Mrs Ambrose

Thursday 14th May 


Good morning Owls. 


I hope that you are all well. I so enjoyed watching Somewhere Over The Rainbow - The Squirrelettes. Seeing so many of you smiling, safe and well brought me so much joy and even tears to my eyes. As Mrs Dobbin mentioned yesterday, It is not too late to send us your photographs and drawings. This message can continue to grow each week so do email us. 


Over the weekend, I watched Toy Story 4 for the first time. I am not sure why it has taken me so long to get round to watching it - I have loved the other 3. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry, I won’t spoil it by giving away any of the story line. However, it reminded me yet again about the importance of family and friends. We have all found this time new and challenging. But if we stick together, we can see it through because of our friends and family. 


Just remember:


You've got a friend in me

If you got troubles, I got them too

There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you

We stick together, we can see it through

'Cause you've got a friend in me

Yeah, you've got a friend in me


Have a wonderful day,


From Mrs Ambrose

Wednesday 13th May 


Good morning Owl Class,


Today our morning message comes from you, the youngest members of our school family. heart


It is not too late to send us your photographs and drawings. This message can continue to grow each week so do email us. 


Have a lovely day, I miss you all lots.

From Mrs Dobbin 

Tuesday 12th May 


Good morning Owl Class,


I hope you are all OK. The sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Today is going to be a lovely day! 


We made an exciting discovery yesterday. We found a second bird's nest in our garden. This one is a Blackbird's nest and it has three chicks in it. It is incredibly well camouflaged. Can you spot the chicks in the photograph?



Have you used your instructions to make a bird feeder yet? I saw another way to make bird feeders. These chicks gets very hungry, so I thought I would make one today and place it near their nest.                              I might make one for the garden fairies too! 


Mrs Fowler's chicks have hatched. You can see them on her class page. I've uploaded a video today of my Blue Tit chicks. They almost look like full grown birds now and it won't be long before they attempt to fly. For now though, they are safely snuggled in their nest.


Have a good day, from Mrs Dobbin 

The chicks are growing!

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Monday 11th May


Good morning Owl Class, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend with your families. Did you celebrate VE Day? If you live in Great Hockham, you may have been lucky enough to see the Red Arrows fly over the village.




The Queen made a speech on Friday and she said, "our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love and care we have for each other."


That was certainly true in our street. Even though we had to stay in our front gardens, the street was full of flags, bunting, music and chatter, as we enjoyed our socially distanced tea parties together. We spoke to Mr Dobbin's 93 year old Granny on the phone. She remembers the VE day celebrations, 75 years ago. She said she ran through the house turning on all the lights and opening all the curtains. I wonder if you know why she did that? 


We may still need to stay at home for a little bit longer, but we are a school family and just like the Queen said, we will continue to care for each other. 


Have a lovely day. There are lots of new activities for you to enjoy in the Home Learning page.

From Mrs Dobbin 


Thursday 7th May 


Good Morning Owls,


I hope that you are all well.

Thank you for sending me all your amazing pictures and messages this week. I have loved seeing all the amazing work and activities you have been getting up. It reminds me just how much I miss you all but also makes me so proud of you.


What a super bunch of artists you are! We are loving your rainbow pictures and seeing the preparations you are making to celebrate VE Day with you families tomorrow. 


Bantam zoo are also inviting you to show your artistic skills off. To help them continue to fund the money needed to care for their animals they have set an exciting competition that could win you a free trip for you and your class to the zoo. Plus every child in your class will get a t shirt with your artwork on. It costs £1 to enter and all you need to do is choose an animal on the entry form to colour, along with a border design of your choice. How wonderful would it be to have a free day at the zoo once we return to school! I have attached everything you need below. Good luck!


Tomorrow is the 75th Anniversary of VE day. Do you know what VE day is? VE day is the day we celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe.


I am planning on hanging some bunting and having a Stay At Home Picnic with my family using Zoom, this includes my grandma in France and my children’s great grandma who we haven’t been able to seen in a while. Both were born during World War II so tomorrow is an especially meaningful day for them.

I have found some fun activities relating to VE Day that you want to do at home or if you want to find out more, here is a link to the Newsround page

I hope that you have a wonderful day and enjoy the long weekend.

Stay safe.


From Mrs Ambrose

Wednesday 6th May


Good morning Owl Class,


Thank you very much to those children who have already sent their pictures to me for the Somewhere Over the Rainbow Video. I'm excited to see the final film.


Yesterday afternoon I sat in my garden with a cup of tea, watching the Blue Tits flying in and out of the bird box and I started to reflect on how amazing Nature is. How quickly it grows, and learns and adapts. The tadpoles are already froglets and ready to return to the pond. The chicks have doubled in size and I got a glimpse of their first soft downy feathers yesterday, Bertie has learnt to sit and stay and give me his paw for a high five, and Tigger has learnt that Bertie is his friend.




I then began to reflect on how amazing you all are as well. You are still learning, you have adapted to a new way of learning, and I'm sure you have grown since I last saw you! smiley Just like you. I've been learning too. I've learnt to use technology in new ways. I have zoom meetings, and have, (with a little help), made and edited a story for the Storytime page. I am still your teacher via the website and email. I can still see my family using face time. Sometimes life can be strange and unexpected but just like Nature I am so proud of the way all of you are still growing, adapting and learning! Bertie says, "High Five Owl Class!" 


Have a good day, I miss you lots.

From Mrs Dobbin 

Tuesday 5th May


Good morning Owl Class. How are you all?


Thank you so much for all of your lovely messages about the Somewhere Over the Rainbow video. We're glad you enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed making it for you, the amazing children in our school family. 


If you would like to take part in a video here's what you need to do:


1. Do some fabulous art work of either rainbows, rabbits, owls, deer, hedgehogs or squirrels.

    (No words please, just pictures).

2. Take a photo of you holding your art work, just like the adults have in our video.

    Or if you don't want to be in the video, just take a photo of your art work.

3. Email your photos to us by Monday 11th May.

4. Make some popcorn and wait for the premiere to be announced!


Have fun, from Mrs Dobbin

Monday 4th May


Good morning Owl Class,


I hope you had a lovely weekend. Today's morning message is not just from me, but from your whole school family. Please click on the video below. 


Have a GREAT day, from Mrs Dobbin

Friday 1st May


Good morning Owls,


I hope you are all well.

Thank you for sharing all your wonderful new skills with me. It was lovely hearing about Ben learning to ride his bike and seeing his super illustration skill. Abigail has been working hard learning contractions and so many of you have been learning new skills whilst staying safe at home. You should all feel so proud of yourselves.


It still feels strange not seeing you all but knowing that you are safe at home is really important. It might not always feel easy. I saw this idea and thought that I might try and copy it over the weekend – perhaps you might like to have a go yourselves.


Even though we are apart at the moment, we are still a part of a fantastic class and I am very proud of you all. What makes you proud at the moment?


Have a wonderful Friday and enjoy your weekend,


From Mrs Ambrose

Thursday 30th April


Good morning Owls. I hope that you are all safe and well at home.


Can you believe that today is the last day of April? Have you been doing anything exciting this week? My daughter and I have finished reading Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and have now started on Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator. Have you read any books which you have particularly enjoyed?


At Christmas my daughter was gifted a book all about felting, we decided to give it a go this week and we have had lots of fun learning a new skill. It has taken practise and patience but we are getting there. Have you learnt any new skills recently? I know that Jack has learnt to ride his bike without stabilisers which is fantastic. Maybe you have learnt to tell the time or learnt a new song?


Have a wonderful day. 


From Mrs Ambrose



Wednesday 29th April


Good morning Owl Class, How are you all? Did you guess which bird has made it's nest in my bird box. It's a Blue Tit and guess what? Some of the eggs have hatched? We counted five chicks, so two still haven't hatched yet. It's a bit blurry but you can see their wide open beaks on the photograph, waiting for mummy to feed them. Daddy is flying in and out of the bird box all day delivering food. They're working really hard to keep their chicks safe and well.  

Your mummys and daddys are working really hard to keep you safe and well too. Being at home all the time can be difficult but we are so proud of you all. The rain and being indoors can make it harder but use the time to enjoy some indoor activities such as jigsaw puzzles, playdough, board games and reading your favourite books. Some of my favourite story book characters are staying at home too. Have a good day!

From Mrs Dobbin



Tuesday 28th April


Good morning Owl Class. It was wonderful hearing from so many of you yesterday and to know that you and your families are keeping well. We had a very exciting Nature afternoon in the Dobbin family yesterday. Mr Dobbin was dredging the mud from our pond and discovered lots of tadpoles. We've put some in a tank. I'll keep you updated as they grow. I wonder if you know what their next stage of growth will be? Then we looked at our camera in our bird box and discovered 7 glorious eggs! I know Mrs Fowler has some in her bird box too, which you can see on the Hedgehog Class Page. We managed to get a photo of the mummy bird keeping her eggs warm. Can you guess what type of bird she is? I'll tell you the answer tomorrow. 




Have a lovely day. Bertie's looking forward to splashing in the puddles.

From Mrs Dobbin

Monday 27th April


Good morning Owl Class. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the sunshine. I've been missing you all so much so but have been very impressed by how hard you are all working. We've definitely earned our next Golden Acorn Treat when we go back to school.      I wonder what our treat will be? 


Mrs Ambrose has posted lots of fantastic activities for you to do this week. They are all in the Owl Class Section on the Coronvirus Support Page. One of our favourite parts of the day is looking at our emails to see your photographs and to hear your news, so thank you to everyone who has been in touch. 


My family have also been busy this weekend. Prince Louis turned two last week and he made rainbow handprints as a way to mark his birthday. I thought this was a really nice idea so we also made rainbow handprints to mark the time when we were all asked to stay at home for a little while. I was a bit shocked when I saw that Daisy and Linus' hands are as big as mine and Mr Dobbin's. It doesn't seem very long ago that their hands were as small as Prince Louis'. Maybe you and your family could print your hands too? 


From Mrs Dobbin


                                   The Dobbin family, April 2020


Friday 24th April 


Good morning Owls!


Wasn’t it a lovely day yesterday? 


It wasn’t until a little late in the day that I realised that yesterday was in fact St.George’s Day. St George's Day in England remembers St George, England's patron saint. It is seen as England's national day. According to legend, he was a soldier in the Roman army who killed a dragon and saved a princess.


When I was younger, I went to St.George’s Primary School. I remember hearing about a mighty soldier called George who managed to slay a fearsome dragon and save the princess. I loved the story so much and I remember being so excited when I found out I would be looking at the story of George and the Dragon with you all when I first started at Great Hockham Primary School and Nursery. Do you remember the story?


If you look below I have put a picture of me with my class at St.George’s Primary School. Can you spot me? I’ll give you a clue, I have very long hair. 


If you want to find out more about St.George’s Day then there is some lovely information here


Thursday 23rd April


Good morning Owls!


It feels like so long since I last wrote a morning message, though I have loved reading Mrs Dobbin’s this week. 


I hope you had a wonderful Easter break and didn’t eat too many chocolates. 


Over the Easter break two of my friends had babies. It was lovely seeing pictures of them though I will have to wait a while till I can meet them and give them lovely cuddles but that is okay. 


I am really missing you all and wish we could be back together doing our learning and fun activities. I have loved hearing and seeing all the amazing things you have been doing. Learning may look and feel different at the moment, but that is alright. 


Did you know that yesterday was Earth Day? As the sun was shining, I went outside with my two children to see if we could spot any of the amazing sights of nature. My son was very excited to find a toad in the garden! We also looked at the blossom on the trees, listened to the birds and watched a bee go from flower to flower and spotted a ladybird on the watering can. It can be lovely just to stop and enjoy the natural world around us. Maybe today, take time to see what wonderful things you can find in your garden, maybe take a few photos and share them or draw a picture of what you see.


Have a wonderful day Owls!

Wednesday 22nd April


Good morning Owl Class and congratulations on how quickly you have got back into your home learning. I had so many emails and photographs of your work yesterday which was wonderful. Thank you. I'm really enjoying all the new and creative ways we are learning from home.  

If you are finding it a little harder to get back into a routine I would recommend that you focus on literacy and maths in the mornings and choose an activity from the weekly suggestions to complete in the afternoons. Don't forget that all supporting resources can be found on the Coronavirus Support Page for Owl Class. 


I'm also enjoying hearing about the new skills you have been learning. Some of you have learnt to ride your bikes, some are learning how to do somersaults. Others have been learning to cook. Fantastic! I'm learning to do Yoga. Bertie likes to join in but I'm not sure he's got the hang of it yet! :) 


Enjoy your day. From Mrs Dobbin and Bertie    



Tuesday 21st April


Good morning Owl Class. How are you? So the Summer Term begins today and its an unusual one for us all. We have been working hard to put together home learning activities to help you continue your learning journey. As well as weekly suggested activities we have also created daily learning activities for Literacy and Maths. Do dip into Year 1 or 2 activities to find the ones that suit your child best, you do not need to be restricted to year groups - some activities may be challenging and others less so. These, along with supporting resources can be found in the Owl Page in the Coronavirus Support Section of this website. Please continue to share your wonderful work with us, along with any constructive feedback. Our email addresses are listed lower down this page.




The maths focus for today is doubling for Year 1 and quarters for Year 2, so Bertie has decided to set you an additional question. We were lucky enough to be able to take him to the vet for his first vaccination last week. He was quite a hit with the staff there, and even helped them on reception. When we first collected Bertie he weighed 4kg, He has doubled in weight - how much does he weigh now? We've increased his food to 280g a day, shared between 4 meals. How many grams does he have for each meal? Good Luck


From Mrs Dobbin and Bertie

Monday 20th April


Good morning Owl Class. I hope you have had a lovely few weeks with your families and a Happy Easter. The weather has been fabulous. We've been enjoying daily walks in the woods. Bertie's not old enough to come with us yet which is probably just as well because we've met a few other furry friends along the way.




Today is an Inset day, so a training day for teachers. Your home learning will begin again tomorrow and we will be posting work daily on the website so please read this page and the Owl Section of the Coronavirus Support Page everyday. We are loving seeing your learning and hearing your news so please continue to email us. In the meantime something in the news caught my eye the other day - a competition to make something amazing using a toilet roll. So today I'm challenging you to make something using a toilet roll ready to bring to school when we reopen and we can have our own competition. Good Luck!


        From Mrs Dobbin                         


Wishing you all a very Happy Easter, from Mrs Dobbin, Mrs Ambrose and Mrs Shiplee



Thursday 2nd April 


Good morning owls!


I hope that you have all had a fun filled week. It seems strange that today is that last day of the term and the start of the Easter break. 


This week, I have been busy trying to learn some new skills. My daughter and I learnt to make pom poms and we wrote an acrostic poem. We have also had a go at making our own bread. We weighed out all the ingredients then looked at a clock to check how long we needed to leave it for before baking. 


Thank you for sharing all your exciting things with me, I have loved seeing the wonderful work you have been doing, they have really made me smile.


I hope that you have a fun and restful Easter break. If you do anything that you want to share, remember to email them to us.


From Mrs Ambrose

Wednesday 1st April


Good morning Owls, It seems so strange that today would be the last day of term and tomorrow is the beginning of the Easter holidays. You have all been so busy so do take a moment to look through the work in the Home Learning Gallery. There is an Owl Class gallery on this page and a whole school gallery on the Coronavirus Support Page. Tigger has been busy too. He felt left out so he has read a story for you to enjoy. It will be on the Storytime section of the website in the next few days so keep an eye out for it. 




Bertie and I are going to take a break from school work and enjoy some Easter craft activities together. We're going to make our families Easter cards and see what exciting things we can do using our recycling. Why don't you do the same? Enjoy this time with your families. 




Happy Easter Owl Class, From Mrs Dobbin

Tuesday 30th March


Good morning Owl Class,

The sun is shining again and time for a Spring Clean. Bertie's a bit worried though. He's hiding in case I mistake him for a Reading Dog and hang him on the washing line!




One of the cupboards we've been tidying is our games and toy cupboard. We found all sorts of games we'd forgotten about, including one I made for my children years ago. We've had lots of giggles playing it. Why don't you look through your old games and toys and see what you can find. Or have a go at making a brand new board game for your family to play. 


                Happy playing, From Mrs Dobbin and Bertie

Monday 30th March


Good morning Owl Class, I hope you had a lovely, if not a little chilly weekend. Bertie was very excited when he saw his first flakes of snow. He's been enjoying looking at all of your work so do please keep emailing us.

Today we are going to take part in a live drawing lesson with Steve Harpster, Harptoons Publishing at 2pm. Maybe you could try too.  


Also, Mrs Ambrose and I have put some new activities for you in the Owl Section of the Coronvirus Support Page so do take a look. 


Happy Drawing, From Mrs Dobbin



Friday 27th March


Happy Friday Owls.


I hope that you have all enjoyed your week so far. It has been strange not seeing you all. 

Thank you for sharing all the amazing things you have been doing at home. I have put up some of the photos that have been sent to me below. Please keep sending them, they really do make me smile.


Chester Zoo is throwing open their ‘virtual gates’ from 10am today!


10:00 👉 Red pandas 🐼

11:00 👉 Rothschild's giraffes 🦒

12:00 👉 Asian elephants 🐘

13:00 👉 Butterflies 🦋

14:00 👉 Sun bears 🐻

14:30 👉 Sumatran tigers 🐅

14:45 👉 Humboldt penguins 🐧

16:00 👉 Aquarium* 🐠


Come and join the fun. The animals are waiting...


(*Running order may be subject to ever so slight changes... and there may be more surprises throughout the day!)  


Here is the link


Edinburgh Zoo has also set up web cams so you can see some of the animals. 


Maybe afterwards you could draw a picture of your favourite animal and write a short description of it.


I am also hoping to record myself reading a book to share with you, so watch this space!

Thursday 26th March


Good morning owls.

I hope that you have been enjoying the sunshine these past few days. Have any of you been doing PE with Joe Wicks? We have and, I have to admit, it’s not as easy as I expected, but it’s been good fun trying.

It has been lovely receiving emails from some of you, sharing the wonderful things you have been doing. In our house this week, we have made chocolate brownies (which were yummy) and have also planted some bulbs in the garden. We also took a blanket outside and read some books together. Maybe today you could find time to make a cosy corner and enjoy a good read. If you do, let me know what book you read by sending me an email at


From Mrs Ambrose

Wednesday 25th March


Good morning Owl Class. It's another beautiful morning.




Bertie has been keeping me busy. He's learnt to carry things in his mouth and I keep finding my socks in all sorts of places. It gave me an idea for a fun game to play with my children. Today we're going to have an indoor scavenger hunt. I'm going to give them a list of objects such as something - soft/blue/round/1 cm long/shiny/rough/pink... to find in the quickest time around the house. I'm going to add in some counting too such as - how many keyholes in the house / count the clocks/ find a cuboid ... Why don't you have a scavenger hunt too? You could do one in the house and one in the garden. There are also activity ideas for you on the PDF above.


Happy hunting!

From Mrs Dobbin and Bertie 



Tuesday 24th March

Bertie has been helping me look for signs of Spring. We've found lots of flowers on the ground and buds in the trees. He's particularly enjoying watching the song birds on the bird feeder. I wonder what you managed to find? 


About Owl Class




Owl Class are our Year 1 and 2 children at Great Hockham Primary and Nursery School. Leaving Reception behind and moving into Key Stage One is a big step for the children but we ensure this transition is as smooth as possible for them. The children will still be learning through play, they will still be exploring, discovering and learning in a variety of ways, but the day will be more structured for them. Phonics, Reading, Writing and Maths are a big part of our school day but our topic based curriculum also enables children to enjoy the other key areas of the curriculum such as Science, History, Art, PE, Geography, Music and RE too. Year 1 and 2 are important years for increasing the children's independence and social skills. The days are so varied and busy, the hours just fly by! 

Science Week


Science week was a huge success! Owl Class concentrated on Forces. They were asked the question;


Does what goes up, have to come down?


The children investigated and proved that yes it does using parachutes for Lego men, making flying mice and marshmallow shooters! Thank you to those of you who were able to join us at the whole school Curiosity Cafe.


The children in Owl Class have been sent home with Learning Booklets today to help them continue their learning journey in the event of absence. Please check the website regularly for additional activities.