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Y1 – Hornbeam

Welcome To Hornbeam Class

Your Hornbeam teaching team is Miss Kirsty Somerville (Monday, Tuesday and Friday) and Mrs Sarah Hammond (Wednesday & Thursday).  They will be supported by Mrs Sue Thorne and Mrs Kristie Anderson.

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World Book Day in Year 1

The children all looked fabulous dressed up as their favourite book characters. Some of whom you can see here...

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Year 1 have been learning 'Multi-skills' in P.E this term.  This has included learning about balance, balls skills and team games.  Most recently the children have been learning to play golf! 


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Science Week in Year 1 


Hornbeam children were learning about the five Senses during Science week.  We had a special guest speaker on Tuesday who told the children what it was like to live being blind from birth. Then on Friday parents were able to join us during our multi-sensory open afternoon. Great fun was had by all! 


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   The only trouble with KS1's production of Angel Trouble was that they were all far too cute! Everyone enjoyed their fabulous singing, some stand-out acting performances and each and every child sparkled as bright as our Star of Bethlehem. Both performances were really great and were enjoyed by wonderful full audiences. Well done children! 

     The experience of participating in the show has been a real confidence boost for all the children, allowed them an opportunity to showcase their wonderful talents, to work together as a team, to develop their speaking and listening skills and to have great fun along the way. Drama is so supportive to many areas of our curriculum in school including reading, writing and comprehension.

     A huge thank you also to our audiences for their generosity in our collections which raised a fabulous £170. This money will go towards future performance expenses including scripts, stage, sets and backdrops, costumes and performance licences. 

Nativity Play

     As you will be aware the children have started rehearsals and preparation for the forthcoming Christmas play. They are very excited but for many this is accompanied with the nerves and responsibility of learning words and remembering cues and actions. We very much appreciate your support in helping your child to learn their words so that they can enjoy the experience and the pride of participating in what is bound to be a wonderful performance. 

     In addition we are beginning to collect costumes and props together.  Although we have many costumes in school, please take note of the additional items required to complete your child's costume and ensure that these are sent into school by Monday 27th November. If you have any queries regarding casting, costumes or the play please do speak to the class teacher at the end of the day. 

     We are looking forward to seeing you at our performances on 5th and 6th December.  Letters for ticket requests will be sent home in the week beginning 20th November. 

Oxford Museum of Natural History

Hornbeam had a wonderful visit to the Museum of Natural History this week.  The children really enjoyed handling some incredible fossils, including dinosaur eggs and dinosaur bones.  Have a look at our 'Trips' link for more photos and information about our day.

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A Visit to the Library

On Wednesday, Hornbeam Class visited the library.  The children thoroughly enjoyed browsing through the books and should have brought home a book to read.  

Harcourt Arboretum

Hornbeam Class have had a fantastic trip to Harcourt Arboretum today, admiring all the autumn colours and learning about the differences between deciduous and evergreen trees.  We saw some very interesting trees, including a monkey puzzle and a giant redwood (the tallest tree in the arboretum)!  We also created some sculptures out of natural materials.


When you are out and about, have a look at the trees around you; can you tell if they are deciduous or evergreen?