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  • Tingatinga bees

    This half term in art we have been learning about the artist Edward Tingatinga. He is a Tanzanian painter who specialises in abstract animals. Lots of us love the ‘Tingatinga tales’ episodes!

    We took our learning outside this afternoon during mini explorers and made our own natural paint.

    Firstly we needed to create the paint! So we mixed mud and water together.

    Then we got creative, inspired by Edward Tingatinga’s abstract style. We decorated a bee template, following on from our assembly on Monday all about honey bees.

    Finally we began decorating the trees around us.

    How you can help at home:

    Make your own mud paint and decorate your garden or local park. Create different patterns and designs.

  • Meet the Beasts!

    This afternoon Year 1 had some unusual visitors…

    As part of our science learning we have been learning about amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles. We know what makes an amphibian an amphibian and have discussed the difference between different animals.

    Today we got to meet, touch and even hold a number of reptiles!

    Dr. Stuart visited us with all his friends. First we met Lollypop the leopard gecko and gave her a gentle stroke.

    Then we looked closely at a family of scorpions. There were big and small scorpions!

    Next we were very brave a stroked a tarantula called Rosie. She was very soft and smooth!

    Finally we met Geoff, the boa constrictor. He has dry scaly skin and squeezes his prey! Geoff was very friendly and everyone loved holding him.

    We are extremely proud of how brave the Year 1 children were this afternoon. We look forward to picking one of Dr Stuarts animals to writing a English report in the near future.

  • Purple Up Day

    Today we all wore purple and did different activities to celebrate the military children at Merry Hill.

    We used this time to discuss, be active and be creative.

    We discussed that the flower of the military child is a dandelion because dandelions put down roots anywhere they go. We were also so lucky to be visited by Henry and Alex who are in the Armed Forces and did some activities with us.

    In Year One we decorated biscuits with purple icing and hundreds and thousands. We talked about the act of spreading and mixing which would be needed for this activity.


    How you can help at home:

    Discuss the importance of different jobs and how we need all sorts of different people, with different strengths and weaknesses to all work together in our country. Can you interview someone in your local  community about their job?

  • The Papaya That Spoke

    In English we have been learning the story of The Papaya that Spoke. It is a story that has three different types of punctuation, starting with the friendly full stop who we know really well by now in Year One. Also, we have seen exclamation marks and question marks.

    We have been practicing acting out the different characters, using different actions and voices. We have looked at what kind of punctuation fits for what kind of speech.

    Panthers and Lions enjoyed saying “Get out of here you foolish man!” like the mean king,  “Hands off!” like the papaya who didn’t want to be eaten and “Why are you running so fast when the sun is shining so bright?” like the curious fisherman.

    Here we are with some of our speech bubbles!

    How you can help at home:

    Support your child to write some speech bubbles for their teddies and toys during a game. Are they going to need a . a ? or a !

  • Our New Playground

    We hope you had a restful Easter break!

    On Tuesday the children were welcomed back to a brand new playground at Merry Hill!

    We have a fantastic astro-turf pitch, obstacle course, a humongous pirate ship and so much more. It was great to see everyone so active.

  • Hunting for Signs of Spring at Bushey Rose Garden

    Yesterday Year One visited the beautiful Bushey Rose Gardens.

    In geography we have been learning about our local area and features of a map. Miss Bates and Miss Cowley gave Panther and Lion class the responsibility to plan the route! Firstly they used their knowledge of the local area and quickly identified Merry Hill Infant school on the map. Then using the features of the map, both classes planned the route to our destination.

    When we arrived at the Bushey Rose Gardens, Panthers and Lions looked for signs of Spring and talked about what we could sense during the trip. We talked about what we could hear, smell, see, feel and taste. We even spotted a teacher we know walking her dog!!

    Lots of us smelt rosemary, listened to birds, an felt the snow on our cheeks! Despite the cold weather we spotted a number of signs of Spring. For example, daffodils, bird nests and flower buds.

    We all had a fantastic time at the Rose Gardens and hope to visit again soon.

    Have a wonderful Easter break!

  • April, Month of the Military Child

    April is the Month of the Military Child and each year we love taking the time to celebrate our military children here at Merry Hill. Service children can face challenges with parents in the armed forces. Yet these children are also an amazing asset to families, schools and the local community. The Month of the Military Child helps us remember this and helps us celebrate their achievements.


    Did you know the official flower of the military child is the dandelion because its seeds are blown far and wide by the wind but it will always plant roots and blossom wherever it lands?


    This year we will be celebrating ‘Purple Up Day’ on Tuesday 26th April; purple is a colour used to represent all military services and shows unity with each other. This day is to celebrate the wonderful contributions our military children make to our community, bringing experiences from around the world. We celebrate our military children and thank them for their service.

  • Welcome to our Teddy Bear Picnic

    In English we are looking forward to writing a recount. This week we have looked at the features of a recount and been practicing writing in the past tense. But, we needed an event to write about…. so Lion and Panther class came together and had a teddy bear picnic in the sun!

    We each brought in our favourite teddy bear or toy. First we walked up to our school field ready for a morning of fun! The sun was shining and everyone was feeling excited.

    Next we played lots of games, including a balance race, hoop throwing and an obstacle course. It was great to see everyone cheering each other on!

    Then we ate our snack with all of the teddies. It was great to all be together.

    Finally we had a disco and danced to lots of music.

    We all had a fantastic morning and we look forward to writing a recount of the event next week.

  • Mother’s Day

    This morning we had a lovely time creating a gift for someone special in our lives.

    First we picked the flowers. There were lots of different colours to chose from. Some of the flowers had not bloomed yet so  we called those our ‘mystery flowers’! We discussed our recent learning in Science and debated whether the plants we were planting for our family were ‘Wild’ or ‘Garden’ plants. We decided, after some thought, that our plants would look beautiful in a garden and did not look like weeds so this meant they were garden plants and not wild.

    Then we placed the flower in a pot and gently filled it with soil.

    Next we wrapped the pot in bright tissue paper. They looked beautiful!

    Finally we wrote our names on a label.

    The children are very excited to share their handmade gift with someone who is important to them.

    We would like to say a BIG thank you to the Friends Of Merry Hill for organising the event. The whole school loved it.

  • Measurements in Maths

    This week in Maths, Year 1 have been learning about different measures. Both classes came together to discuss and compare the volume and capacity of water. We started by using some key vocabulary such as ‘full’, ‘less than’, ‘more than’ and ’empty’.

    Then we split off into groups and compared the same volume of water (one cup of water) in different shaped containers. We discussed how some containers appeared to have more water than others!

    How you can help at home:

    Look through your kitchen cupboards. Do you notice any shopping items that have the ‘ml’ measurement of liquid on them? If you do, order them from smallest to biggest number!


  • Healthy Heroes

    This half term in PE, Year 1 have been playing games and developing their confidence and competence in fundamental movement skills.

    Today on St. Patrick’s day we worked on our under arm and over arm throws. We started by warming up moving around the playground as different animals- using our imagination and bodies together.  Here we are stomping like elephants and prowling like lions!

    We then discussed different techniques and which throw would work best in different situations.

    Next we played a competitive game in teams, using both techniques to score as many points as possible. It felt great to be outside in the sunshine!

    How you can help at home:

    Create your own point scoring game at home using under arm and overarm throws. Challenge a family member or friend!

  • Identifying Plants In Our Playground

    This term in science we have been learning all about wild plants, garden plants and trees in the UK.

    We have been learning to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants and telling the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees.

    We put on our welly boots and decided to explore what plants are in our playground. Lots of us quickly identified daisies, buttercups and dandelions! We identified some of the trees we have at Merry Hill School by looking at their leaves including Larch, Birch and Holly Trees. We decided working  scientifically is about observing and recording our findings. Lion and Panther class had lots of fun exploring and observing nature first-hand.

    It was great to be outdoors in the sunshine!


    How to help at home:

    What plants can you identify in your garden or local park? Are these plants garden plants or wild plants?