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Y5/6 Bubble Sports Day

Wednesday 16th June 2021


Sports morning was fabulous in our bubble today.  Considering the heat the children were absolutely amazing.  They cheered on their team mates and watched on with pride.  Well done to our Firsts, Seconds, and Thirds and to everyone for doing their best!


Well done to our Girls relay team who came 1st and Boys relay team who came 2nd.

(Not the best at dodgeball but great runners!).


Enjoy our phots 




Tuesday 15th June

We are looking forward to our COVID-safe sports day tomorrow. We start at 9 o’clock when the Year 5/6 bubble have their hour and a half slot on the running track for some traditional races.  During the rest of the day we will be doing other sporting activities and games.  In the afternoon we’ll be taking some time out to design the Aldi ‘design a lorry’ competition which the whole school is taking part in.  P.E. kits may be worn in Owl class all day and the children can arrive in these in the morning.  Please apply suncream on the morning and provide the children with drink. We look forward to sharing photos with you tomorrow!  

Friday 11th June

Happy Friday Everyone

We've had a lovely day today and finished the afternoon with Owl v Swan class dodge ball.  Unfortunately they got the better of us (THIS TIME!!!)

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Wednesday 9th June

This half term in Science we are becoming chemists and will be carrying out experiments every week.  This week we were investigating molecules and finding out what happens when different liquids meet.  We had lots of 'ooohhhhs' and 'aaahhhhs' and 'come and look at this' for our first experiment.  I'm hoping that they can tell you what happens to the fat proteins in milk when a soap solution is added. Normally the reaction cannot be seen but the food colouring lets us see a little of what is happening....... Scientists in the making!

Friday 29th May


Owl class you have had an amazing half term and worked so hard.

We'd like to wish you all a very Happy Half Term. You can have a rest now, recharge your batteries and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 8th June.


From Mrs B, Mrs B and Miss H xxx

Thursday 27th May 2021

Our Holocaust visit


The children had a fabulous day at the Holocaust Centre.  I had an e-mail from our leader there saying how well behaved the Year 5's were and how their attitude and behaviour was fabulous.  The children really made us proud - answering lots of questions and really engaging in the day.


I'm hoping they can tell you about these photographs.

Wednesday 26th May 2021

Every lighthouse tells a story!!


We have had a very relaxing afternoon creating our lighthouse.  In our story the lighthouse is painted over to stop the enemy planes seeing our coast-line.  We have started to create our lighthouse of two halves. Look out on Friday for our finished pieces of art.


Tuesday 25th May 2021 - Dancing to the Colon and Semi-Colon Song!!

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Tuesday 25th May

Holocaust Museum Visit

Dear Parents,

if you have not yet filled in the medical form for this trip please could you fill it in and send it back. The link for the form was sent to you last week via a text message.  The children have been told today if we are still waiting for their forms. 
Many Thanks Mrs Balchin

Monday 24th May 2021 - Guided Reading

Wednesday 19th May

This week we have been writing persuasive speeches in English.  In our class book ‘Letters From The Lighthouse’ a German bomber plane has crash landed in the village. Everyone surrounds the plane... shouting, jeering and deciding what they should do with the badly injured German pilot. Some of the ladies of the village spit on him and kick him.

Olive (the girl in the story) feels sorry for the pilot and desperately wants to help him. She thinks about her own father who has recently died as a result of the war.  Will she be able to persuade the townsfolk to help the fallen soldier?


Listen to the speeches that the children have written.......will YOU want to help?




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Thursday 12th May

Owl Class are really finding our History WWII topic interesting.  This week they could tell you all about Kristallnacht and today we started learning about the Kindertransport.  We are looking forward to our visit to the Holocaust Museum during the last week of this half term.  Please return slips to give us permission to take the children out of school.  


Wednesday 12th May

A great big Thank You to Friends of Holly Hill for providing Owl Class with 8 paperback Oxford English Dictionaries and a Concise English Dictionary.  We used to borrow them before but we now have our very own supply!  Also courtesy of FOHH today we were also able to play with cards and dominoes at lunch time as we are getting bored of looking at the big screen.  Thank You Friends of Holly Hill.

Friday 7th May

Today was our second session with Scott from Next Level Sports.  Today the focus was 'Energy'. The children looked at all the factors affecting having more energy and being the best we can be every day.  Factors talked about included exercise, getting enough sleep, drinking water and eating enough fruit and vegetables.  The highlight of the session was a zoom dance off which YES.......Owl Class won!   The children will be keeping a diary this week to record how much of the above they are getting daily.



Wednesday 28th April

Some of our English work Today

Monday 26th April

We had a visit from the PCSOs today to talk about knife crime.  The children were fabulous and found the session really interesting.  There was also lots of time for questions.  The children wanted to know everything and could have kept the officers here all afternoon!  They also got to try on handcuffs, protection vests and breathalisers.  

Well done Owl - You do make me proud!!

Nottinghamshire Police Knife Crime Workshop

This Monday 26.04.21, the pupils in Year 5 and 6 will be visited by a member of Nottinghamshire Police force as part of their initiative to tackle knife crime. 

They will receive a talk/ workshop about the dangers of knife carrying and ways to avoid becoming involved in knife-related crimes. 

This is not in response to any specific knife-related incidents locally, but as part of a wider initiative targeting primary schools across the county. 

Teachers and teaching assistants will be on hand for any pupils requiring additional support. 

Friday 24th April

It's Friday and Owl Class have had a fabulous day.  Today we've had PE with one of our sports specialist teachers - dodgeball was great on the field.  We've read 2 chapters of our class text and then had to collect information about the Lighthouse keeper (a new character in the story).  In history this afternoon we've made a time-line showing the new laws that came in which Jewish people had to follow.  Active 15 was lovely in the sunshine too!

Well done Owls for your hard work this week.  Have a lovely weekend!


Parents Evening Phone Calls next Tues, Weds and Thurs.  Please send your slips back to let me know which would be the most convenient time to give you a call.  Many Thanks.  

Thursday 22nd April

Our Amazing Looking Anderson Shelters complete with indoor accessories and vegetable patches.


Monday 19th April


We've missed you Owl class...We hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend and then enjoyed the rest of your holiday too.  It's good to be back in school for a WHOLE term and we're looking forward to getting stuck in with all of our exciting learning.

This half term we continue with our World War II topic and with our text 'Letters from the Lighthouse' (which I know you are really enjoying - we got to a particularly exciting bit in guided reading today!!) We will be continuing this topic in history and there may be a school visit in the pipe-line!  In science we are continuing some investigative work with circuits also.  

So look out for all of our exciting posts and photographs in the next few weeks.  Today I'm posting some of our science and DT.....some from the last week of term, some from today  when we were making our Anderson shelters and investigating bright lights and loud sirens.  

Happy Summer Term Everyone!



Friday 26th March

It's Friday!!!!!!!!

Happy Friday Everyone.....another great week for Owls.  Here is some of our English work from our text.  We've been writing diary entries and letters from the characters. 

Have a good weekend everyone.

Thursday 25th March

Rounders this afternoon (Owl Style) and then a little sit in the sunshine together.  

Tuesday 23rd March

Maths, English, PE and a bit of French were on the menu today.  At  12 o'clock we observed the minute silence in recognition of the start of the pandemic a year ago today.  The children stood and had the opportunity to think about how things had changed due to the pandemic and thoughts were with people we had lost too.  You could hear St Helen's church bells faintly in the distance which was so lovely.  We then gave a massive round of applause to someone who had helped us during this time and who continues to help us today.  

Monday 22nd March

Exploring circuits today.


Friday 19th March

Learning about The Blitz.  Guided reading, comprehension and discussions about how The Blitz might have effected the children who were evacuated, their parents and their new families.  Today we also looked at the power point that Lacey made during lockdown when she interviewed Great Grandad Eric about the war.


This week Owl Class (and the rest of school) have been doing some assessments in Maths and Reading.  They have really worked hard and I am very proud of them.  Well done Owls.  I hope you can relax this weekend after all the tests that you've done - you must be shattered! 

Wednesday 17th March.

A few photos from PE this week.  We enjoyed playing tag rugby and practised throwing and catching Rugby style.

Tuesday 16th March

WWII - Exploring the Artefacts

The children have been really fascinated by some of our World War II artefacts.  We have spent time looking at, discussing and thinking about key questions for each item like:-


-What it is and how would it have been used.

-Who would have used it.

-What would it have been like to use it.

-What difference would it have made to people's lives.


The children particularly enjoyed talking about the tin of powdered eggs, the ration books and the gas masks.  We were able to identify with the ration books and the need for them after witnessing the recent lockdown 'panic buying' which left some of our shelves empty!!


Well done Owl Class - some really great work today and yesterday!!

Friday 12th March          A Really Fabulous Week!

Owl class have had a wonderful first week back!  It has been so lovely to see them smiling and chatting while continuing their work.  I haven't been in school for part of the week but have had regular updates from Miss Hill and Mrs Brooks- who have said that the children have been amazing!  Looking forward to Monday and already our second week back. We will be looking at historical artefacts as we continue our learning about WWII.  We'll be planning a prototype of an Anderson shelter in DT and continuing work on circuits in Science - testing circuits ready for making a siren for our Anderson shelter.  

We hope that you love your Mother's Day cards and we would like to wish all of our Mums, Grans, Grandmas, Mammas, Nannars, Nanas (and anyone we've missed) a very Happy and Special Mother's Day xxx


Making a bridge with reinforced structures

Today we have continued our work on bridges and looked at different ways we could make our bridges stronger.  Some children were able to get their bridges to hold either their pen pots or water bottles

Reinforcing our bridges with supports

Wednesday 10th March

Another fabulous day had by all!  This morning we started our English text for this half term 'Letters from The Lighthouse'  which ties in with our World War Two topic.  We studied the front cover and blurb in order to begin to build up a picture of what the book might be about.  This afternoon in DT we made bridges using paper.  We had several attempts to try and make our structures stronger and next week will have the opportunity to use what we have found out today to make our BEST BRIDGE! 

A very wet afternoon meant a few games in the hall this afternoon - but everyone managed to have a good run around (especially when Miss Hill and Mrs Brooks were 'IT' during Bulldog.



Monday 8th March

And we're Back!  Yay!!

We have had a lovely day today and the children have been absolutely fabulous.  This morning they designed and made their own board games to help them remember all of our bubble rules.  They loved playing their games with their partners to test them out.  This afternoon they have made their (better late then never) 2021 calendar as I promised them before Christmas we would make them on the first day back.  It has been so lovely to see the children all together.  They have been chatty but productive at the same time. We have got lots of activities for the rest of the week including work on wellbeing.  

Well done Owls for a fabulous first day back!!





TT Rock Stars Competition (week 5)

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Masked Reader Answers

Holly Hill's Masked Reader!

Come back tomorrow for the answers!

World Book Week Menu

Don't forget to send photographs in to the class email address! We'd love to see you reading!

TT Rock Stars Competition (week 4)

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TT Rock Stars Competition (week 3)

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TT Rock Stars Competition (week 2)

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TT Rock Stars Competition

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Children's Mental Health Week 1st-7th February 2021 Be Happy. Keep Smiling

Children's Mental Health Week - 1st-7th February 2021

This week is Children's Mental Health Week and the theme is 'express yourself'.  Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.


Below is a grid of activities you might like to try this week. Miss Illsley has also shared a 'highlight of my day' sheet - all you need to do is fill out something you felt went particularly well during the day Monday-Friday. It doesn't have to be related to your remote learning.  Here are some of Miss Illsley's examples: 

  • The sun is shining!
  • I won the game I played with my family!
  • I am really proud of the remote learning work I did today!
  • A piece of good news I received
  • We went out for a walk and saw lots of cute animals!


This is separate to your remote learning and is for you to pick and choose what you would like to do! You can also watch the virtual assembly all about Children's Mental Health Week 2021.


Matthew's Healthy Advert

Lockdown Gallery


Here are some photos of what you have been doing whilst at home


We love to see what you're up to!


Lacey and Skyla try out some easy activities to help keep them entertained during our 3rd national lockdown !! These ideas are super low cost and simple but ...

Sophia made a video for Mrs Balchin

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel read by Mrs Brooks

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Chapters 1 and 2

The Nothing to see Here Hotel - chapters 3 and 4

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapters 5 and 6

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapters 7 and 8

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapter 9

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapters 10 and 11

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapter 12

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapter 13

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapter 14

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapters 15 and 16

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapters 17 and 18

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapters 19 & 20

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapter 21

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapters 22 and 23

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapter 24

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The Nothing to see Here Hotel - Chapters 25 and 26 - The End

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and here they are....

Wednesday 6th January

From today I will be posting daily on the 'Remote Learning' part of the page.  The icon for this is at the top of the page. 

Tuesday 5th January

To all you wonderful Owls I would just like to begin by wishing you all a 'VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!'  I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas, managed to spend some time with your families and had a rest too.  I am gutted that we are not back at school together again just yet but I know that you'll all be fabulous and that you'll all be back at school together soon!.


Please remember about the pack that we sent home weeks ago with activities to keep you going this week.  If you remember you  got a book and pencil in there for you to use.  If you also look in the Remote Learning section of this web- page our first timetable for this half term is in there too with links to Maths, English and Topic activities. 


Keep looking at this page for further information and updates.


I'm feeling all of these things today and its ok if you are too.  Take care, be good, thinking of you.

sadfrownsurpriseindecisionangrycrying             winkheart


Wednesday 16th December

A few photos of our day today - games outside and the disco.

Merry Christmas

To all my wonderful Owls and to all our families I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in January.


Santa's Message to You

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Tuesday 15th December

Owl Class Go LIVE!!!


Christmas Carpool Karaoke

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Monday 14th December

Using our sketching skills and techniques to draw some of the Fantastic Beasts.

Friday 11th December

It was PANTO day! (oh yes it was!!!)



Super Heroes

Tommy is a fabulous super hero today for PE.  Tommy organised his team, coached them and encouraged them too.  He was a true team player.  Well done Tommy. We are very proud of you.


Oliver is a super hero today for her learning in music this week.  Olivia loved watching Peter and the Wolf. She was fixated on the screen and was conducting with the conductor.  This was great to see.  Well done Olivia!

Monday 7th December

Happy Monday

Today, after spending many days editing and improving our work we've worked on presenting our non-chronological report. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished pieces.  We've also had a lovely music lesson today and worked hard in maths.  Well done Owl Class

Friday 4th December

Today we've had a fabulous day in Owl class.  We started off with PE in the snow  followed by Glow in the Dark dodgeball.  The children absolutely loved this and we're hoping it's a new regular at Holly Hill.  We then warmed up with a hot chocolate before we got on with the rest of the day!.. well done Owls and have a lovely weekend. 

You're a Star

Madison was a super hero today for her random act of kindness.  Before our glow in the dark dodgeball some of the children were worried about Georgia.  Madison turned up with a bag of glow bands.....we made Georgia a glow in the dark coat and off she went!  Well done Madison for thinking of your friend!


James is a super hero this week for constantly trying his best with all of his work and particularly in Mrs Brookes' group. Well done James, we are proud of you.

Wednesday 2nd December

Today we've continued to work on reading, editing and improving our own Fantastic Beast non-chronological report.  We are hoping to start presenting them on Friday.  Some of the drawings and descriptions are particularly good!.  In maths this week we've been working on exploring tables and graphs.  The children were superstars at drawing their own line-graphs and could analyse data, compare two line graphs and analyse results.  In science we have been looking at animal life cycles.  

Friday 27th November

You're A Hero

Max is an Owl class hero this week because he has impressed me so much with his reading.  Well done Max.

Wednesday 25th November

Today was our annual 'No Pens' Day.  In Maths we were investigating Length and had 4 challenges to do in groups using our skills of prediction,  planning,  discussion,  carrying out an investigation and drawing conclusions.  We had to think of other ways to record our findings.  In English we played 'One, Two Three Beast' in preparation for our writing tomorrow.  In the afternoon we had some time to try out our own scratch....we explored the program a bit more, set our own algorithms and watched the output that we had achieved.  We also started reading our class book.  

Tuesday 24th November

It would not be the same anymore without our morning bagel for breakfast.  Sometimes we are reading while eating, sometimes doing another morning activity or sometimes just having a chat.  We love it so much that we have to have a rota for seconds!!

Monday 23rd November

Happy Monday Everyone

A Few Photos of Our Room

Friday 20th November

Today we had a great PE session - practising the basket ball skills of passing, bouncing, aiming and shooting before developing these in a real game situation.  In maths we consolidated our week's work on addition, subtraction, estimating, approximating and using the inverse operation.  Today we practised all of these in problem solving.  In English it was a SPaG kind of day.  We have been writing relative clauses using relative pronouns.  Next week we are going to be continuing to write about our beast! 

Our Heroes Today

Jacob is one of our heroes for his fabulous work this week.  He's showing a great attitude and is trying in all areas.  He works really hard in Miss Hill's maths group every single day.  Well done Jacob!


Isla is an Owl class hero for always trying her best and for producing work to the best of her ability every single day.  Well done Isla!

Tuesday 17th November

Science - Animals and their Habitats.  In groups researching and notetaking about 5 animal groups ready for class presentations. 

Monday 16th November

Anti-Bullying Week

Today we kicked off anti-bullying week with a virtual assembly - Anti-Bullying Week Odd Socks Day and United Against Bullying.  The assembly gave us lots to think about and in the afternoon the children had the opportunity to talk about and share their ideas about some of the issues raised.  

We will continue our anti-bullying work throughout this week.


Friday 13th November

You're a Hero

Isabella is a super hero this week for making great progress in PE.  Miss G was very impressed with Isabella's skills in basketball today.  Well done Isabella....fab news!


Sophie H is an Owl class hero this week for work in maths.  She has worked in Miss Hill's group and has mastered column addition and subtraction!  Well done Sophie. You star!

Our Artwork  from Remembrance day is so fabulous it has taken pride

of place outside our classroom in the corridor. 

The children  are very proud of it!

Thursday 12th November

Our mission begins

In art we are developing sketching and pencil techniques in preparation for designing/drawing our own Fantastic Beast

Wednesday 11th November

Armistice day 2020

Today in a class assembly we talked about why we have today (11th November) as armistice day and why the poppy is a symbol of remembrance.  We had two minutes silence at 11o'clock.  In the afternoon the children enjoyed producing artwork relating to Remembrance Day.  I'm looking forward to seeing the finished work later in the week.

Friday 6th November

You're a Hero

Today Adelaine was an Owl class hero for fabulous group work all week with Mrs Brookes.  Adelaine has show a good understanding of number work in maths and has been a superstar in phonics.  Well done Adelaine - keep up the good work.


Morgan is a superhero this week for his football achievement.  Well done again Morgan - fabulous news!

A Bit of PE

Wednesday 4th November




we have found out this week that Morgan in our class has been signed up to play for Lincoln City Academy Football team.  We are super proud of you Morgan and we can't wait to hear all about it. 

As well as schooling you will now find Morgan busy training.  smiley  WELL DONE! 


Tuesday 3rd November


PE - today....the children started their athletics training and had fun practising some good sprinting techniques.  Today we started our text for this half term - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

We are sooo excited to read our tweets from J.K.Rowling herself!  The author is too busy to create any more beasts and Miss Fretwell has asked if Holly Hill (Year 5 and 6) can create some for her - AND Miss Rowlin AGREED!!!  So over the next few weeks we'll be reading the book and beginning to create/sketch and write about our own imaginary creatures!  How exciting is that?  We can't wait to see what Owl class come up with!

Please look at these sections on our web page.  


Remote Learning..... -Time-tables will now be up-loaded weekly.  Each week there will be a lesson a day for Maths, English, Topic and weekly spellings and handwriting.  These are available for children who are self-isolating or when a school bubble closes.  There will be more information sent out about this shortly.  


On-Line Learning.... Links to on-line materials that can be used with the children including Spelling shed, Mathletics, Duolingo and TT Rockstars

Friday 16th October



We really got stuck into our Clockwork topic focussing on the subjects of DT and computing.  The children loved reading Hugo (don't worry Owls...I know we still have some to finish) They were very excited about our 'Bricks 4 Kidz' visit and also loved every minute of designing and making their own Cam moving model toy.

But most of all I am so proud of how the children have come back to school - always positive - always smiling!! - there has been a  true feeling in the classroom of 'friendship' and 'looking after each-other'!  Well done Owls! 

I'm looking forward to next half term as we start our topic 'Fantastic Beasts and where to find them'.  Focus subjects this half term will be music and 'Living things and their Habitats' in Science and no doubt a bit of art (who wouldn't want to create a fantastic beast?) 

So have a Fabulous half term break and I'll see you on Tuesday 3rd November x

Today's Superheroes

Today one of my super heroes is Freya who has produced some fabulous writing, not just this week but throughout the term.  She is already showing me a very good standard of what is expected in Year 5.  well done Freya....I cant wait to read your next piece of writing.  Well done!


Shaun is our super hero today for his brilliant attitude all of the time.  Shaun works hard every day and always tries his best. He is always polite and it is a pleasure to have him in Owl class. Well done Shaun.

Thursday 15th  October

A few photos of our science work investigating the shapes and sizes of shadows as part of our work on Light.