Thursday 7th May 2020
What a lovely sunny week we have had! I hope you've all had a chance to get out and enjoy the sunshine, I have seen lots of photos from walks around Ashtead and some very cute baby wildlife photos! Just a quick update from me this week as the week as really flown by! Well done to everyone who contributed to this week's TTRockstars battle against 3CB, when I last checked we were in the lead. The tournament ends tomorrow at 3pm so there is still time to secure our win!
It is a bank holiday tomorrow which means there is no school work from us. If you're looking for something to do to stay busy then you'll find some colouring sheets under the Friday section of this week. I have also heard from some of you how you will be celebrating VE Day, which is an important day when we remember the end of World War 2 on May 8th 1945. This year is an especially important commemoration as it marks 75 years since this pivotal day in our history. Our lockdown means that the country will not be celebrating quite as it had planned to but there will still be celebrations going on in lots of homes across the country. If you are celebrating VE day at home I would love to see photos of what you and your family get up to!
I hope you all have a wonderful bank holiday weekend, I look forward to hearing from you all next week,
Mrs Huggins x
Dear Fantastic 3H,
I miss all your cheeky faces and the fun we had every day. Mrs Huggins has been telling me about all the amazing work that you have been doing, keep it up, you are all fab!! I have also been doing lots of learning. I signed up to do some Open University courses. I have just finished an 'Understanding Autism' course and a reading one. I am going to see what other courses I can do. I hope you are all able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine? I can't wait to see all your smiley faces again.
Love Miss Price x
Long time no see! I miss you all so much and hope you are all well and happy. I am keeping myself busy, helping Lance with his learning in the mornings, then going for a walk or cycle ride in the afternoons with Mr Margery and my two boys. I finally have my big boy back from University, so I’m really enjoying spending time with him - I haven’t been able to see him since Christmas!! Sometimes, I even manage to sit in the sunshine in my garden and read my Kindle. Like you, I am really missing seeing all my friends, but keep in touch by phone, or Zoom, which is fun! I love seeing all your work on the school website, but can’t wait to see you all again properly.
Lots of love from Mrs Margery xx
I hope you are all well and keeping busy. I've been trying to keep busy as well by popping into school some days to help at lunchtime, also I've managed to read quite a lot while I'm at home. Most days I take my dog Chip for a long walk, we are very lucky in Ashtead to have so much beautiful open space nearby. Chip likes to look out for the little ducklings in Ashtead Park. I'm missing you all very much and look forward to hopefully seeing you all soon.
Sending you all a big hug.
Friday 1st May 2020
I hope you've all had a good week, it's been another busy week in the Huggins' house. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of news to share with you all this week as I have been mostly looking at your fantastic work and planning some fun foundation activities for you to have a go at next week. I have carried on with my cooking and baking and made strawberry and Nutella pancakes at the weekend (my favourite) and apple and sultana cake. The cake was so yummy that I wasn't able to photograph it before it was eaten!
Below are a few photos from my week, one of which is a photo of a giant onion which came in our veg box this week, I had never seen an onion so big!
I'm happy to see that so many of you have made a great start to our fractions learning this week and i've enjoyed reading about the wonderful characters you've come up with in English!
One final piece of important and exciting news...
3H won in the TTRockstars battle against 3J!
Well done to everyone who took part, it has been wonderful to see such avid participation in this week's battle and I know it made all the difference to the scores! I will email out the MVP certificates to our top three players next week, well done guys!
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 24th April 2020
I hope everyone has had a fantastic week, it’s been great to see you all make such a fantastic start back to your learning. I have loved seeing all your hard work arriving in my inbox, especially your gorgeous landscape artworks and delicious Roman rocky road!
It has been so lovely to see some of you in the various Zoom meetings that have been happening this week. Our Singing Together with Mrs Heywood had an amazing turn out and lots of you also joined in with Choir later in the week where we started learning two beautiful new songs. I’ll be helping Mrs Heywood out with both sessions each week so it would be great to see even more of you pop by!
This week I have been getting back into the flow of working from home and responding to all your fantastic work. Please don’t worry if I don’t write back to you straight away, I look at all the work you send me but it sometimes takes a little time for me to be able to reply.
As lots of you know (from seeing me rushing between school and Ashtead station) I normally get to work by walking and getting the train every day. I’ve really missed my walking and so I am trying to get outside and have a walk every day during my lunch break. I am very lucky that there are some lovely parks near where I live and so I’ve been able to appreciate the beautiful plant and wildlife. Here is a photo of a goose I took at the pond not far from me, I really liked the way the light was breaking through the leaves of the tree. Next time you go for a walk, why not see what photos of plants and animals you can collect?
I’ve been doing some more baking too this week! This time I made chocolate and banana cake to use up some of the bananas that were in my fruit bowl. This is one of my favourites, it’s delicious!
If you haven’t already, go and check out our new Times Tables section on the website, here you’ll find details of upcoming TTRock battles as well as where we’ll be announcing the MVPs for the battles. Next week we’ll be up against 3J so get rocking those times tables!
Have a lovely weekend 3H, I’m looking forward to hearing more from you next week!
Love Mrs Huggins
Monday 20th April 2020
Welcome back to the new Summer term! I hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday, I have enjoyed reading all the emails I have received so far and looking at all the photos of fun things you got up to at home. I am happy to see that lots of you were able to make the most of the beautiful sunshine we had and continue to have! I have seen lots of bike riding, trampolining and den building all of which are such fun, active ways to spend your time. Some of you have also sent in photos of new skills you have been learning at home as well as practising hobbies and skills started earlier in the year. I set myself a few goals for the Easter break, one of which was to finally (after many years) learn to French plait my hair. This is something I have always found very tricky but as my hair has grown longer since we finished school, I needed a fun way to keep it tidy. I found myself a video on YouTube and after A LOT of practise, I finally succeeded in my goal! Although learning to do French plaits might not be that interesting to some of you, I wanted to include this example to show you that even though you might find something tricky, even after many, many years you can still achieve this goal if you put your mind to it!
Another of my Easter goals was to work on my garden. Mr Huggins and I moved into our home in October and we still hadn’t had a chance to sort the garden out. It was a real MESS and took me a whole day just to sweep everything up and throw all the rubbish away. Next came pulling up all the weeds which was very hard work and finally, Mr Huggins and I worked together to fix the roof of our shed which was falling down. Here are some photos of various stages of the process.
I also spent a lot of my time drawing and baking which you know are two of my favourite things to do. A lot of you emailed me to say how yummy my brownies looked and so I thought I’d put the recipe here for you to have a go at. As always, when baking please make sure that you are getting an adult to help you, particularly when it comes to using the hob or oven.
You will need:
1) Wash your hands and preheat the oven to 180°c (150°c fan or gas mark 4). Use the butter to grease a cake tin or ovenproof dish and line with baking paper if you have it. If like me you do not having baking paper, don’t worry! Just use a little more butter to grease the tin and serve straight from it once it has baked.
2) With an adult, melt the butter in a saucepan and break up the chocolate. Once the butter has melted, stir in the chocolate to make a gooey, chocolatey messy mix!
3) Whisk up the eggs and sugar until frothy like washing up liquid bubbles. I use a mixer but a whisk works fine and shouldn’t take too long.
5) Pour the chocolate and butter mix into the sugar and eggs and mix.
6) Sieve the flour into the chocolate-butter-egg-sugar mix and mix it all together to make a floury, chocolatey, buttery, sugary, eggy, gooey messy mix!
7) Scrape the finished brownie mix into your cake tin or dish and put it into the oven. Bake for around half an hour. Be careful not to over bake your brownie, it needs to be firm on the outer edges but a bit wibbly wobbly in the middle so get an adult to give it a little shake when they get it out the oven to see.
8) When your brownie is finished in the oven, leave it to cool a little and then either put it in the fridge or eat it warm. My favourite way to eat brownies is warm with a bit of vanilla ice cream – yum!
I hope you enjoyed my recipe, if you decide to make the brownies yourself please do send me a photo!
Okay 3H, I think that just about sums up my blog for now! Thank you so much to everyone who has already made a super start back to their learning. I can’t wait to see more fantastic work in my inbox and to hear from more from you soon!
Love Mrs Huggins
Friday 3rd April 2020
Welcome to the second 3H blog! This week has really been a week of creativity and my inbox has been full of wonderful drawings, collages, baked foods and stories. I have had so much fun looking through your artwork such as Drew and Nicky's fabulous still life drawings and Sofia's beautiful rainbow weaving. I have also really enjoyed looking through the PowerPoint slideshows some of you have made including Amelie's super housepoint slideshow and Melissa's funny Lego slideshow! It's great to see those PowerPoint skills we learnt before Christmas being put to good use! There has also been some fabulous writing going on and I've loved reading your endings to the Octopus in the Sink stories as well as some works of your own imaginations such as Aaron's dramatic story!
I've enjoyed looking through 3H's fabulous work on clauses in English this week and addition and subtraction using place value in maths, you are all working so hard and putting in your full effort which is great! If you haven't had a chance to look at the Showcase section of the 3H page, make sure you check it out. Each week I will be selecting super work that has been sent to us to go on the website so hop on each Friday evening so check back to see your friends' fabulous work.
Another new addition to the website is our Bedtime Stories section where a different Year 3 teacher will read a bedtime story and post it for you to watch. So far, Miss Cushnie and I have made videos and we really hope you enjoy watching them.
This week, I have been busy working with the other teachers, preparing fresh, new activities for you to do after Easter. Along with that, I have been doing some baking and spending time with Totoro. Here is a picture of the chocolate brownie I baked earlier in the week, unfortunately, it was so yummy that by the time we decided to take a photo of it most of it had already gone!
During the Easter holidays, I am planning to stay busy by baking, drawing and working on my garden, so i'm very much hoping that we're going to have some lovely sunshine. Well done for all your amazing learning this half term, both at school and at home. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter, I can't wait to hear what you've been up to and I'll be sharing some photos of my Easter holiday on here too so check back next week. I shall leave you now with some photos of our other 3H adults and a little video of Totoro for you to enjoy!
Have a wonderful Easter,
Love Mrs Huggins
Mrs Hill has been out enjoying the fresh air with her dog Chip.
Mrs Margery has been helping Lance with his learning at home.
Miss Price has taken some quiet time to read her David Walliams book.
Tuesday 31st March
Welcome to our first weekly blog, I will be updating this every Friday so please check back each week. I wanted to say a big, BIG well done to everyone for working so hard at their learning at home over the past week. I know it's very strange to be doing school work at home and I know that many of you felt a little unsure about it to begin with, but I'm so proud of all of you for giving it a real go. I know lots of you are beginning to get into the swing of it now which is so great to hear! Thank you to everyone who has sent me emails and photos of all of the lovely activities and projects you've been working on at home. I have received so many emails filled with amazing fact files that you've created, Powerpoint presentations you've been working on and lots and lots of yummy baking. It just goes to show what a creative bunch you all are! I love that some of you have taken your learning into your own hands by researching not only topics that we've been working on in class, but also your own interests. I am also happy to hear that so many of you are doing lots of reading at home.
It's nice to hear that some of 3H have been able to keep in touch with each other through FaceTime and other apps and I've even heard that a few of you are doing quizzes with each other; what a fantastic idea! I really enjoyed seeing all the rainbow pictures you have painted and it inspired me to create my own which is now up on my window for my neighbours to see when they go for a walk.
Some of you might be wondering how Totoro is doing (Totoro is my hamster who is a relatively new addition to the Huggins household for any parents who are wondering). I think he is doing well but I don't see him very often! Why? You may not know this but hamsters are nocturnal which means he goes only wakes up once I've gone to bed and by the time I wake up he has already gone to sleep! Last week, he moved into a new home as his previous cage was getting a bit too small and seems very happy, can you spot him?
I am looking forward to receiving more emails from you all this week. It is so lovely to stay in contact and hear what you've been up to. Check back here on Friday for another update!