Year 5 highlights

What a busy half term we are having in Year 5! The children have been showing fantastic engagement in their learning and are enjoying their Road Trip Around Europe. This afternoon, they were rewarded for their hard working and effort with a film afternoon.

In DT, the children have worked in groups to design a pasta dish to meet a specific need,  for example to encourage a child to eat more vegetables, as well as ensuring it fulfills a balanced a diet. The adults who have worked with each of the groups have praised their team-work, listening skills and manners when preparing and cooking their dishes. Yesterday, the children reviewed this and reflected on what went well and how they could improve it further.

Our Geography lessons have focused on broadening the children’s understanding of our continent. Recent lessons have involved researching the countries, their capital cities and flags, the currencies used and their main languages. In table groups, the children produced a poster to present this information. These are now displayed in the classroom.

Thank you to those of you who contributed to support us to purchase a SPaG book for each child. We are noticing the impact this resource is having and we have received positive feedback about the introduction of SPaG homework. If you missed making the voluntary contribution of £1.50 and would like to then please see our office staff to do this.


We have some very exciting events coming up in Year 5. Firstly, we have Mad Hair Day on Friday 23rd March to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice. This event has been organised by our Year 5 School Councils, who approach Mr Applegate about whether they could plan a fundraising event for this fantastic charity. I have been hugely impressed by the responsibility they have shown to put this all together. The children need to come in with mad hair and a donation of 50p. Lastly, we have our European Food Market on Tuesday 27th March, which is an opportunity for the children to share with you their learning from this half term, as well as taste a range of food from around Europe and participate in a quiz. A letter went home about this event this week. Please could the reply slip be returned by Tuesday 20th March so we are able to cater for this.

Year R update

On Monday, the children were given their new set of speed sounds to focus on at home. Most of the children are now learning these in their class phonic groups. Please show the child the picture side and then turn over for them to make the diagraph sound. We will continue to learn about these in phonics sessions as well as in individual reading books.

Thank you to everyone who has returned the farm permission slip and money. If you haven’t, please can you do this by the end of the week.

Thank you to everyone who has returned the Sainsbury’s permission slip and money. If you have offered to help on this trip we will be in touch next week to confirm times and arrangements.

We are hoping our chicks hatch this week or early next week. We will keep you posted.

There is no PE next week on the 20th March due to our farm visit. Please send your child in school uniform for the day and ensure they have a coat and pair of wellington boots.

Project Launch – Temples of Doom!

To launch our new project, Temples of Doom, the year 6 children had to use their historical skills as they went on an artefact search around the school after the teachers had planted lots of photos of Mayan artefacts. Working in groups, once the children found an artefact, they took it back to ‘base’ to analyse it considering some thought-provoking questions such as: what could it be made from? What may its uses have been? What does this tell us about the Mayan civilisation?

Rhys and Lucas finding a picture of carved Mayan stone

Jake looking rather excited to have discovered another artefact outside!

The children had to look high and low around the school to find all 12 artefacts which were hidden

Shyla and Nyah analysing their artefacts considering what they might show about the Mayan civilisation

The children’s work after their artefact hunt

For the second part of the project launch, the children were told that these artefacts were soon to be displayed in the British Museum as a special Mayan exhibition but there was a problem – the information about the artefact has been lost! In order to overcome this ‘problem’, they had to use their historical skills (and a bit of imagination!) to create a paragraph explaining what the artefact is, when it dated back to, what is it made from, how it was made and what its use was. We were very impressed and think that the children’s descriptions sound very convincing!

This week, the children will be gaining more knowledge about the Mayans by finding out where they lived in the world and comparing key Mayan events with other world events. We hope that they are able to share some of their knowledge with you at home. 

Spring 2 update

What a busy start back to term! The children are really enjoying learning about their new topic, Transport. They have learnt about how trains, cars and aeroplanes have changed throughout history and are writing a non-chronological report all about the information they have found out. In maths, they have been exploring capacity and time and are now learning more about addition and subtraction.

Year 1 have now started having maths homework sent fortnightly. Remember, their first homework was due in last week. Well done to those children who have already brought it back in but if you haven’t then please bring it in this week.

Welcome to Road trip around Europe

During the first two weeks of term we have enjoyed sharing our homework projects. The posters. flag work, models and postcards look amazing and the photos show you had a lot of fun cooking dishes from around Europe. We have enjoyed playing the games and answering the quiz questions.

We are now in the middle of our English text, Millions and the children are really getting to understanding the main characters. We have lots of ideas about how the story will end.

In groups we have been planning the pasta dishes we are going to cook in the next two weeks. Each child is bringing home a letter with just one thing they need to bring to make their dish and the day they are cooking on. Please can you discuss the ingredient with your child and if it is meat please cook it in advance. As we do not have much storage please bring the ingredients on the day.

Spring 2 with Year 3

What a brilliant start to the new half term! Thank you for all of the wonderful homework that has come in about the human body, the children have really enjoyed sharing their work.

We have begun the new term with a bang and have really got stuck into our new learning. In Maths we have been continuing to develop our addition and subtraction skills and solving problems using these, it is lovely to see the children growing in confidence. This week, we have been learning about different measures, including length, weight and capacity. The children have enjoyed investigating the length of their different bones and the weight of different objects.

In our English lessons we have been learning about the Varmint. We have watched a clip of the film based on the book by Helen Ward, and the children have responded through using specific and quality descriptive language to describe a scene effectively. We have also looked at beginning our sentences in a variety of ways. The children have worked really hard and are looking forward to writing their stories.

On Tuesday The Dogs Trust visited Year 3, the children met ‘Samuel, the cocker spaniel’ and learned about how to behave if they encounter dogs. They learned the three rules of how to approach dogs if they wish to stroke them.
1: Ask the owner
2: Wait 3 seconds for the dog to approach
3: Ask where the dog likes to be stroked.

The children were also taught how to behave if they encounter a lively dog. They were taught to turn their back and do the X Factor – folding their arms and tucking their head down.

We are also really enjoying practising the songs for the Easter production: Hammers and Nails Resurrection Tales. Please continue to encourage your child to learn the words at home. Your child should have received a letter with the dates and times of the shows. If you have not already done so, we would appreciate if you would return the slip as soon as possible.

Due to the weather forecast of very heavy snow tomorrow, World Book Day has been postponed. Do not panic, those costumes will not go to waste, this has been rescheduled for Thursday 8th March. We look forward to seeing all of your costumes then!

Many thanks for your continued support.

The Year 3 Team

Samuel the cocker spaniel

Frozen Kingdoms

Our first Spring project, Frozen Kingdoms, has just come to an end and we’d love to share some of the children’s learning with you. The children have loved learning about conditions in the Polar Regions, the animals which live there and also about some of the explorers who have dared to venture in these harsh conditions.


The children identified where the Polar Regions are on our Earth; some were surprised to find that Antarctica is actually a continent due to there being a land mass underneath. The Arctic, which is located in the Northern Hemisphere, actually covers 9 countries. In order to understand why the Poles are much colder, we studied the Earth and identified the key biomes on our planet.




Additionally, we looked at how temperatures and rainfall differ in various locations. The children were given a set of places and they had to predict the temperatures and amount of rainfall; they were then given the actual readings which they placed accurately on their scale and compared to their prediction. Some were very surprised by how cold the Antarctic can get – the lowest recorded temperature is -89 degrees Celsius! Another interesting fact is that it doesn’t actually rain or snow in Antarctica meaning that the conditions are actually very dry making it a desert.



In another lesson, the children had to organise information about Polar animals into a Venn diagram; they had to consider whether the animal lived in the Arctic or Antarctic before thinking about what terrain they live on. Lastly, they created a key to show what the animal is classified as for example a mammal or bird.



In our final Geography lesson this week, the children found out some basic information about the Inuit – who are indigenous to the Arctic region – and then chose a specific area of interest to research. They could choose how they wanted to present their work.

Science and PSHE

Over the last two terms, our topics have focused on keeping our bodies fit and healthy. We have studied the cardiovascular system and paid particular attention to the heart and how it works. We even investigated what happens when we exercise and compared the heart rates of different aged people and of those who are fit and unfit.

The children also studied food and a balanced diet. To begin with, the children recapped their knowledge from previous years about the five key food groups. We then studied the Eatwell Guide which recommends what proportion of each food group we should have daily. To move the children’s learning on, our main focus of a balanced diet this year was looking at food alternatives for people with allergies and intolerances whilst also thinking of those who are vegan and vegetarian.The children used this knowledge to evaluate meals by analysing how balanced they were. They then went on to suggest further recommendations about how the meal could be improved and also how the meal could be altered considering dietary requirements.

Part of the science National Curriculum is about drug education. The children considered what is actually defined as a drug then sorted drugs into those which are legal and those which are illegal. They found out about age restrictions and what prescribed medication is. We looked at some drugs which are not good for the body in more detail and the children found out about some of the long and short term effects of these. In PSHE, we studied peer pressure and linked this with how some people might be peer pressed to smoke, drink alcohol or even take drugs.

At the end of this unit, the children were asked to design a poster for a local secondary school which encouraged people to stay healthy and give them advice about how they can do this. We were so impressed with their creativity and their maturity in this topic.


After watching some clips from ‘March of the Penguins’ and finding out about the extreme lengths that penguins go to for their mate, the children created their own march of penguins down the year 6 corridor. For this piece of art, they used black sugar paper and used chalk to create the highlights using their observational skills.


In other news…

New project: Our new project, Temples of Doom, will be starting next week which is a history led project about the ancient Mayan civilisation.

Mock SATs: Our mock SATs week went really well this week and the children tried so hard! We’d like to keep you updated about their progress so will be sending home a letter over the next week or two which explains whether they are on track.

No Homework: As the children have worked so hard this week in their mock SATs, we have not set any homework. That being said, if children are keen to continue learning at home, they could log onto Rockstars to see if they can improve their average speed and earn some extra coins! Topmarks is another great website which supports all learning at all levels.


Year 2 update

We had a busy first half term and the children enjoyed creating their own animal silhouette pictures of the African Savannah at sunset. They also made traditional kente cloth designs as part of our topic on Ghana.

In RE we thought about what God might be like and drew pictures of our ideas. We wrote a job description for God and discovered that there is a lot to do! We learnt about what people of faith think about God and enjoyed finding the hidden meaning in the Parable of the Prodigal Son where we made hidden meaning boxes. We also had great fun acting out the story of Moses and the Burning Bush!


  • Thank you for your continued support at home with reading and spelling. Please continue to help your child by questioning them throughout their reading.
  • Homework from half term is due in by Monday 26th February.
  • Please ensure your child has indoor and outdoor PE kits in their bags – with trainers or plimsolls that fit.


It has been an exciting start this this half term.Already this week we have made and erupted some volcanoes, created a new display board in each of the classrooms and performed in some drama workshops. 

We have lots of things coming up which we wanted to remind you of:

  • Tomorrow (22nd Feb) is World Thinking Day, so all children who are a part of Brownies, Cubs or Scouts are allowed to wear in there uniforms if they wish
  • Dogs Trust is coming in on the 27th Feb to run some workshops on how to be safe around dogs
  • 1st March is World Book Day, so the children have been invited to dress up as a character from a book that they have read. Please do not feel like you have to run out and buy a costume, the Year 4  team are dressing up as the characters from the Wizard of Oz, so if the children want to wear something green then they can join in with us.
  • We are underway with our Easter Production and are intending to get costume letters out by the end of the week, so please look out for this in your child’s school bag. On the letter is a reply slip which we need back, regarding the evening productions and timings. Please return this as soon as possible as we have given the children lines already.

We are looking forward to this half term,

The Year 4 Teachers

What a great half term in Year 1!

We have had great fun learning about toys this half term. The children have enjoyed finding out about how toys have changed throughout History and learning about the different materials they are made from. The project culminated in our year group toy museum and the children loved showing the Year R children around, explaining all about the different toys on show.








In our Maths this term, we have been learning about positional language. We helped Buzz direct his space ship left and right and helped Woody locate the toys who had been trapped by Zurg! The children explored their use of positional language outside by directing their friends to move in whole, half and quarter turns.

The term ended with our RE learning about Special Things. As a year group we are creating our own special gardens in the flower beds. Last week, we started creating our special garden by weeding it and digging in the bulbs. We have also made beautifully decorated pictures for our gardens which will be adorning the area in the coming weeks. Watch this space!









It’s been a great half term and we are looking forward to our new project, ‘Transport’. We hope you all have a restful and fun half term and we will see you all after the half term break.

Year 1 Team

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