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Hops Class

Hello and welcome to Hops Class. Our teacher is Miss Swaine and our HLTA is Mrs. Hasted. 

Friday, 17th July 2020


WOW Well done Everybody, we have made it through the year. It's the final day of the academic year 2019-2020. It's been a bit of an unusual school year but we survived and all deserve a big pat on the back. I have enjoyed being your teacher this year and have really missed seeing you everyday. 

Year Fives I look forward to being your teacher again in September, we will have an amazing year. You have been amazing this year and have all coped brilliantly with the lockdown and home learning. 

Year Sixes it's your last day at Milton! How the year has flown. You are all wonderful individuals and I wish you all the best for your next adventure. Keep smiling and being the very best you can be. I will miss each and everyone of you. Thank you for being an amazing first class at Milton. I look forward to seeing you at our leavers party - don't forget shirts to sign (you don't need to wear uniform). 


Thank you also to all your parents and carers, who have provided outstanding support to you all this year, both through your time in school and teaching you at home. Well done - enjoy the break as much as the children. You too are all wonderful. 


With very best wishes and big hugs (socially distanced)

From Miss Swaine 

Thursday, 16th July 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. Welcome to another amazing day on Planet Earth! Today's Daily Challenge is to 

use a paper plate or piece of paper and make your own emoji mask. Take a picture of your mask and send it to me. 


From Miss Swaine

Wednesday, 15th July 2020


Good Morning Hoppsie Bunnies! I hope you are all okay and are having fun during your last full week of school. Yesterday, in school we played a version of Taskmaster. One challenge was to see how many things you could balance on your head after thirty seconds. The top score was 13. How many can you manage?


From Miss Swaine

Tuesday, 14th July 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. I hope you are reflecting carefully over the past year and are thinking carefully about your future next step. Today's Daily Challenge is to draw a picture of something from nature that fascinates you. 


From Miss Swaine

Home Learning - 13th July 2020

Monday, 13th July 2020


Good Morning Everyone - can you believe it - we've reached the last week of the school year! You have all done so brilliantly with your home learning so I hope you enjoy the activities this week that will help you to look back over your time in Hops Class and look forward to your next steps (whether it is to a new school or becoming Year Six). Today's Daily Challenge is to draw a picture of someone who has inspired you. 


From Miss Swaine

Friday, 10th July 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you are all keeping well. Don't forget, Year Six, you have the leavers service from Salisbury Cathedral today at 1pm and Boris Johnson's address at 10am, both on YouTube. 

This weekend would have been the Wimbledon Tennis Finals, so get outside and show off your tennis skills! Carefully, though as my Mum fell through a wire fence once playing Swingball with me.laugh


From Miss Swaine

Leavers' Message from the Prime Minister.


At 10am on Friday, 10th July 2020, Boris Johnson will be broadcasting a message to all school leavers, via Facebook and YouTube. Please try to tune in for this message. 


From Miss Swaine

Thursday, 9th July 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you are fit and well. This week in school we have found out about the Olympics and watched the opening ceremony from 2012, when the Olympics was in London. It is on YouTube if you'd like a look - Barley Bubbled liked the Mr. Bean part and the part with James Bond and the Queen. Today's Daily challenge, imagine you are in the opening ceremony of the games - what special dance or skill would you show to represent England?


From Miss Swaine

Wednesday, 8th July 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you are trying hard with your sport and fitness activities. Today's challenge is to get a football. Dribble it towards a bucket or bin. When you are about 50cm away try to chip the ball into the bucket. Ask an adult to time how long it takes you to get it into the bucket. The top score in school today was 2 seconds and the longest 11 minutes!


Good luck 

Miss Swaine

Home Learning - 6th July 2020

Tuesday, 7th July 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. I hope that you are all well and enjoys Sport and Fitness week so far. Today is Chocolate Day so make sure you indulge in some! Today's daily challenge is to throw a tennis ball into the air and see how many claps you can do before you catch it again. 


From Miss Swaine 

Monday, 6th July 2020


Good Morning Lovely Hops Class. I hope you had a good weekend. Well done for thinking all about British Values last week. This week, we move on to Sport and Fitness. Sadly, we won't be able to have Sports Day this year but we can have fun doing a different range of sports to get fit. 


Today's Daily Challenge - how many throws and catches between two people can you do. Lets see who can get the top score. 


From Miss Swaine

Leavers Song

Friday, 3rd July 2020


Good Morning lovely Hoppsie Bunnies (he he). I hope you are all having fun and working hard. Today is Eat Beans Day. Therefore, the Daily Challenge is - How many different types of beans can you eat today!


From Miss Swaine

Thursday, 2nd July 2020


Good Morning Hops Class, I hope you are all well. Year Six, I hope you enjoyed your visit to Top School. Year Five - I hope you are practicing tying ties! 

Today is World UFO day, to honour this day I'd like you to create an alien. You could draw them or make a model. 


Have fun 


From Miss Swaine

Wednesday, 1st July 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you didn't get too soggy and wet yesterday. Good luck to those of you off to Gillingham School today - I hope you have a good time. 

Today's daily challenge is to create a portrait of the Queen - who is a symbol of British Values. 


From Miss Swaine.

Home Learning - 29th June 2020

Tuesday, 30th June 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you are all doing well. This week Wimbledon would have started. Each year 27 tonnes of strawberries are consumed during the fortnight. Today's daily challenge is to find as many different strawberry flavoured things you can in your house. 


Good Luck 


From Miss Swaine 

Monday, 29th June 2020


Good Morning Everyone. I hope you all had a nice weekend. We are learning about British Values for our theme this week. The fundamental British Values are democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The values help us to build a sense of belonging and being a good citizen. 


Do you agree with the values identified by the Government? What would your British Values be?


From Miss Swaine

Friday, 26th June 2020


Good Morning Everyone. Hope you are all okay. Today, would have been the start of the Glastonbury Festival - which should have been celebrating its 50th birthday as it started in 1970. Therefore, today's daily challenge is to grab your best wellington boots, funkiest hat and favourite tunes and have a boogie around the garden. 



From Miss Swaine 

Thursday, 25th June 2020


Good Morning Hops Class, looks like it might be another scorcher again today. I hope you managed to drink lots and keep cool yesterday. I expect you deserve an ice cream for all your hard work. We have been busy grooving at school, here are our best dance moves. Today's daily challenge is to strike a pose and show us your best moves. 



From Miss Swaine and Mrs. Hasted



Wednesday, 24th June 2020


Good Morning Hops Class, I hope you are all well and had some fun in the sun yesterday. We had fun at school completing a virtual cricket activity. The high catching challenge was really tricky so Mrs. Hasted and I thought you might like a go for your daily challenge. 


Only two people managed to reach toes - can you? If you'd like more information about the virtual cricket - here is the link.


From Miss Swaine and Mrs. Hasted.

1970s Space Hopper Fun

Home Learning - 22nd June 2020

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020


Good Morning Hops Class, another bright and sunny day. I hope you are enjoying finding out about the 1970s. We found a space hopper at school yesterday, a very popular 1970s toy, it provided much hilarity in the afternoon, especially as quite a few people spent more time on the floor than on the hopper. So today's daily challenge is to have a bounce. It could be on a space hopper, trampoline or pogo stick. Have some fund outside. 


Happy bouncing 

Miss Swaine 

Monday, 22nd June 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you had a great weekend and managed to have some fun. This week we are travelling back to the 1970s. It's all Glam Rock and Platform shoes here at Milton this week. Today's daily challenge is to find your widest pair of trousers. Flares were a BIG fashion statement in the 1970s  and often had a circumfrence of 46cm around the bottom of the leg. What are the widest pair you can find in your house?


Happy hunting 


Miss Swaine

Friday, 19th June 2020


Good Morning Everyone, another wet day but things are meant to clear up later. Today's Daily Challenge is to have some fun in the rain - so go muddy puddle jumping. 


Have fun 


Miss Swaine 

Thursday, 18th June 2020 


Good Morning Everyone. I hope you are all well. I'm not really enjoying the rain we seem to be getting at the moment and I don't like the thunder, especially when I am driving the car! 

Today, is supposed to be international picnic day - if we have the weather, enjoy a picnic outside. If it's wet, make a den inside and have a picnic lunch. 


Stay safe


From Miss Swaine 

Wednesday, 17th June 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you are well and enjoying Australia week. Today is tessellation day so have a go at creating your own tessellating pattern. This website gives an online version you might like to try.


From Miss Swaine 

Mrs. Hasted's Sydney Opera House

Tuesday, 16th June 2020


Good Morning Everyone - I hope you are all enjoying finding out about Australia and talking like an Australian. Kangaroos can jump a length of 7.5 metres in one bounce thanks to their tail. How far can you jump from a standing position. 


Happy jumping 


From Miss Swaine 

Home Learning - 15th June 2020

Kangaroo Jumping

Still image for this video

Still image for this video

Transition Information 


Gillingham School has produced some documents to support children in Year Six with the move to secondary  school in September. These are listed below. They have also produced several videos giving the children a tour of the school site and an introduction to the school. These are available here

Monday, 15th June 2020


Good Morning Hops Class, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. This week we are off to Australia for our learning! Lets explore lots about this magical country. 

Daily Challenge - how many people can you say G'Day too!


From Miss Swaine 

Friday, 12th June 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. I hope you are all doing okay and that you have enjoyed finding out about the different art styles and art movements. You are all doing really well being at home, I know for some of you it must be a real mix of emotions but keep going - you are amazing. 

Looking forward to the weekend can you sum up your plans in five words - mine is clean house and read books. Not the most exciting but needs doing. Let me know yours. 


Take care

From Miss Swaine

Thursday, 11th June 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you are okay. We have been busy sewing at school over the past few days to make some applique bags. They were fun to make and looked really cool. 

As I was driving to school this morning there was a lady from the Oxford Children's Dictionary on the radio. From studying childrens' stories that have been entered into the Radio Two Competition 500 words, the childrens' word of the year is ....... CORONA VIRUS! Interesting findings. Today's daily challenge is - what would your word of the year be and why?


From Miss Swaine

Wednesday, 10th June 2020


Good Morning Everyone - looks like a wet day today - never mind. At school yesterday, Mrs. Hasted and I held a virtual pentathlon with the Key Worker children we are working with. It was great fun so we thought we would share the link with you so you could have a go. You can submit your results to North Dorset if you like as there is a chance to win prizes. If you'd like Mrs. Hasted to submit them with our key worker groups then email them to the school (by Thursday, 11th June). The closing date is Friday, if you want to properly enter the competition or have a go anytime for fun and see how you improve. 


Here is the link with all the details 


From Miss Swaine 

Having fun with the pentathlon

Tuesday, 9th June 2020


Good Morning Everyone, welcome to another sunny day on Planet Earth! Today, on the radio as I drove to school I heard a discussion about superheros. Everyone has been a bit of a superhero in their own special way during this lockdown time so today's challenge is to think about what super power you would like and to draw your self as a super hero. 


Keep being amazing

From Miss Swaine 

Monday, 8th June 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you had a good weekend and didn't get too cold on Saturday. It was my Mum's birthday on Sunday, so luckily the weather was sunny and we could have a socially distanced tea party - I even made a rainbow cake! It didn't look at yummy as some of your bakes you've been doing but it tasted delicious. 

Today is World Oceans Day which celebrates the ocean and the important role it plays in our lives so today's challenge is to draw a picture of an ocean view you love or write a poem inspired by the ocean. 

I really love seeing all the work you've been doing so don't forget to email pictures in. 


From Miss Swaine 

Friday, 5th June 2020


Good Morning everyone, I hope everyone is safe and well. It's been a busy week at school but we have had lots of fun too. Today is World Environment Day so your daily challenge is to do something to help the environment - could be designing a save the planet poster, planting in the garden, sorting the recycling or anything else you can think of. Don't forget to send me a picture. (It's also Doughnut Day and Fish and Chip Day so you can send me a picture of you enjoying either or those too!!!!). 


From Miss Swaine 

Thursday, 4th June 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you all had a good day yesterday and didn't get too wet. All is well at school, we are having fun using powder paint!

Today, according to the days of the year website is hug your cat day! So everyone who has a cat give them an extra big hug. Send me a picture of you doing it as I love seeing your pet pictures. So today's daily challenge is to draw a picture of Gravy - he even posed for you! Send me a picture of your creations - Gravy will love being famous!

   From Miss Swaine (and Gravy) 

Wednesday, 3rd June 2020


Good Morning Hops Class, looks like the sunny weather may not be with us today. However, I don't mind it being a bit cooler because yesterday was a bit too warm for me. Today is world running day and world bicycle day so if the weather is fine go outside for a run or bike ride or if you have an exercise bike or treadmill have a go on that. Alternatively, design a new outfit to wear while on a run or bike ride. 


From Miss Swaine

Home and School Learning - 1st June 2020

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020


Good Morning Hops, another beautiful day. I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Today's daily challenge is to create a character out of a leaf. Find a leaf and draw/ stick some funny eyes on it then give the leaf character a name. You can decide what kind of leaf character it is!


From Miss Swaine

Monday, 1st June 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you had an enjoyable half term break. The weather was lovely so Gravy and I spent a lot of time in the garden. 

Planning for this term looks a little different to previous weeks, as we are using a themed approach to learning, we are giving you more choice of the activities you complete. The theme for the next two weeks is art. Hops Learning this week is based on the Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh. There are five maths activities to complete - I have suggested an order but you may complete them in whichever order you like. English and topic ones you can select the ones that interest you the most. 

Today's daily challenge - take a photograph or draw a picture of your favourite flower - mine would be a rose. 


From Miss Swaine

    Deep secret - my favourite rose (about the only plant I can keep alive!) My favourite rose - Deep Secret (the only plant I can keep alive!)

Friday, 22nd May 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. Its a bit more breezy today but the sun is still shining. I hope you all have an enjoyable half term next week and that the lovely weather continues. Today's daily challenge is to give someone a cuddle to say thank you for being there for you. It could be one of your parents, a sibling or a pet. Send me a picture of the moment and remember to Be Kind. 


From Miss Swaine

Thursday, 21st May 2020


Good Morning Everyone, I hope you have a fabulous Thursday. The sun is shining again so hopefully it will be another glorious day. Today's Be Kind challenge is to make a daisy chain and give it to someone as a surprise. Keep the photos of you doing your home schooling and daily challenges coming in - I'm missing seeing your faces! 


From Miss Swaine.

Wednesday, 20th May 2020


Good Morning Hops Class and welcome to another wonderful Wednesday. It’s meant to be hot today so make sure you drink lots and put on some sun cream if you go outside. Today’s challenge is another Be Kind one. After being kind to yourself yesterday, today you need to be kind to someone else. Leave a secret note somewhere in your house with a positive message on that will make someone smile. 


Remember in a world where you can be anything, be kind. 


From Miss Swaine

Home Learning - 18th May 2020

Tuesday, 19th May 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. I hope you managed some fun in the sun yesterday. I’ve made no progress with my crochet due to having to unblock the washing machine! This week is mental health awareness week. During these strange times we all need to make sure we look after our mental health as well as our physical health. The theme of this year’s week is Be Kind. So send me a picture of you being kind to yourself - could be you enjoying your favourite snack, sport, food, tv programme, computer game or you having a bit of a pamper. Include the #Be Kind if you can. 

Looking forward to the pictures. 
from Miss Swaine 

Monday, 18th May 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. I hope you had a good weekend and had some fun in the sun. I made some bread this weekend, which was yummy, especially when eaten warm. Gravy has been lazing around outside and making the most of the sunshine! Today's daily challenge is a bit of a competition - how quickly can you successfully complete the sock challenge! Instructions and description available here -

Good luck.

From Miss Swaine

Friday, 15th May 2020


Good Morning Hops Class, another sunny day so hopefully Gravy and I can spend some time outside again today. To make the most of the weather, today’s daily challenge is to go on a scavenger hunt. 


from Miss Swaine 

Thursday, 14th May 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. I hope you are all doing okay and making the most of the time outside. I have been busy doing some learning about Maths on the days when I am not at school with the key worker children. I have also been reading some books and finding some exciting new ones for when we come back to school. On Sunday, the sequel to Malamander arrived -  Gargantis. I'm about half way through and it's very good so far. Another mysterious stranger is wandering around Eerie on Sea! Today's daily challenge is to give me some more inspiration for reading - write a review of a really good book you have read. Send it in to me and maybe we could put some on Amazon for all to read. 


From Miss Swaine

Wednesday, 13th May 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. Happy Numeracy Day - today is a day to celebrate all things numerical. Therefore, for today's daily challenge I have a puzzle for you. How many cubes are needed to complete the cube?

Also, the yearbook is nearly finished! I just need all the Year Sixes to let me know their likes, dislikes (no more than two of each please) and future job.


Many thanks - missing you all.

From Miss Swaine 

Home Learning 11th May 2020

Tuesday, 12th May 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. I hope you are enjoying the sunshine. Today's daily challenge - can you make a food sculpture. I'd love to see a picture. 

From Miss Swaine           

Monday, 11th May 2020


Good morning everyone, I hope you all had an enjoyable bank holiday weekend - I got a bit confused by the days and kept thinking Friday was Saturday! This week should be SATS week and its not quite the same as normal. For some of you the test cancellation brings relief while to others it brings a sense of disbelief because of how hard you have worked. I just want to reassure all of you that we know how hard you tried with everything and to let you know how proud we are of all of you. Tests don't measure everything you learn and many skills that you all have cannot be measured by a test. At Milton we never needed to test to tell us all how amazing you are. (Year Five - we know you are pretty amazing too). 


Today's challenge - re-create a front cover from a book and send a photo to me. 



From Miss Swaine

Thursday, 7th May 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. Thank you for your pictures yesterday, lovely to see so many pets and nature pictures. I hope you are all doing okay. Tomorrow is VE Day and a Bank Holiday. I have put some ideas of things you may like to do to find out about this day but these are optional. Today's challenge is to make a Union Jack flag to display in your window for VE Day celebrations. Maybe you can have a party in the garden to celebrate. I've got my scones ready for mine!


From Miss Swaine 

Wednesday, 6th May 2020


Good Morning Hops Class. The sun is shining today so Gravy and I will be spending some time outside. Gravy has inspired today's daily challenge again. Take a picture of an animal or nature doing something unusual. I'll start - here is Gravy in the bath! I look forward to your images! 


From Miss Swaine 

Tuesday, 5th May 2020


Good Morning Everyone, hope you are all okay. No progress was made yesterday crocheting - although I did make my circle slightly bigger. Today's daily challenge is to make a nature mobile. I was looking at the Leeson House website (where Year 5 should be sad ) and saw this activity on there so I thought it would be a fitting challenge. 


Missing you all 


From Miss Swaine 


PS Year Six don't forget your Milton memories and first day at school pictures please. 

Monday, 4th May 2020


Good morning Hops Class - may the fourth be with you smiley! I hope you had a good weekend and are all safe and well. Crochet is progressing - I can make a circle now! Today's challenge in honour of Stars War Day is to make a star and fill it with positive words to keep you motivated. 


From Miss Swaine 


PS - Year Six when you send me your Milton memories could you type them if possible as it means I can cut and paste them more easily into the Yearbook format. Don't forget I'd like first day at school pictures too. 

Home Learning - 4th May 2020

Friday, 1st May 2020


Good morning everyone, it looks like we might have a bit of sunshine today. We have managed six weeks in lock down now which seems unbelievable. You and your parents/ carers are doing a great job with your home learning. Today's challenge is to carry out a secret kindness mission - do something kind for someone without them noticing.  


Sprinkle that kindness wherever you go. 


From Miss Swaine 


P.S. Year Six could you email me a picture of you on your first day of school (if you have one) for the Yearbook. I know some of you didn't start school at Milton so you can select your first day at your original school or first day at Milton.

Home Learning - 27th April 2020