Reception children have been busy learning lots of new sounds. They learn four sounds a week and are enjoying learning how to form these correctly in a variety of interesting ways. Forming these in the sand and with paint have been a particular hit.
It is amazing now to see that they are beginning to be able to blend these sounds together to read short words. Fred the Frog helps us with this. Ask your child if they can tell you the sounds in the word sat (s – a – t). Remember you may see actions as they say these sounds too. This multi-sensory approach helps your child to retain their new knowledge.
Life in Reception continues to be great fun with children forming new friendships and building on their physical development, which will inevitably help with their fine motor skills and handwriting. We are really impressed with their independence and the positive attitude that they come into school with.
Welcome to Year 1!
All the children in Mouse and Rabbit class have had an amazing start to Year 1 and are always excited to learn.
We have been learning about who we are and where we live. As part of this, we went on a trip around Station Road so the children could learn more about their local area. We asked the children to describe what they saw on the walk. We walked up to the shops on Station Road where we saw a barber shop, a small bus stop and a big red post box. Then we walked down to the roundabout past the gardens which had colourful flowers and a stone owl. The children were very excited because we saw an ambulance, a police car and even a red fire engine. After that we stopped for a snack in Deerswood Play Area where we saw green grass and tall trees with red and yellow leaves. The children came up with all of these brilliant describing phrases, such as red leaves, during the walk. The children were so enthusiastic about are trip and are looking forward to writing a recount of the morning using these fantastic descriptions.
Welcome to Year 2!
The children have had a fantastic start to Year 2 already and are showing enthusiasm towards our first topic: ‘How do you know? The Great Fire of London.’
We began our topic by looking at fire fighters and finding out about the amazing work that they do. We are very excited to be visiting our local Fire Station next term to see them in action! We have also looked at the Notre Dame fire and the Grenfell Tower fire to help us to understand the importance of fire safety. Looking at these disasters has also helped us to understand more about the devastation of the Great Fire of London and how it affected people’s lives.
In Maths, we have started to look at place value and understanding numbers up to 100. We have had practical lessons making numbers with resources and writing a range of addition and subtraction equations. We have just moved on to partitioning numbers up to 100 so have been using plenty of resources to help our learning.
In writing, we have been learning the story of ‘Vlad and the Great Fire of London’ and have made up actions to help us to remember the story and characters. We will eventually be writing our own story using all the skills we have learnt, such as adjectives and writing in the past tense.
We are very excited to see where the year will take us! Keep up the hard work Squirrels and Hedgehogs!
Our superstar Year 3s have stepped up to the new challenge of Key Stage 2 with positivity and enthusiasm. We have started our new topic of Ancient Civilisations and we have begun to discuss the importance of other civilisations to us. They have also had great fun becoming archaeologists, decoding and writing in hieroglyphics and learning about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Next week, they will become journalists where they will reporting the discovery of the tomb in their own newspaper articles. As the term progresses, we look forward to learning more about Ancient Egypt before moving on to Ancient Greece.
Miss Withey and Mr Griffiths have been delighted with the children’s effort and attitude towards their learning. They are embodying the school’s values of being responsible, respectful, positive and kind. We both hope this continues for the rest of the term and beyond.
Year 4 have settled in well at the other end of the corridor and are embracing all that Year 4 brings. We have started our new topic of Communication and have begun right at the very beginning focusing on how people communicated during the Stone Age. We were aware of the children’s prior knowledge from Year 3 so we decided to draw upon that and give them a new experience. They have worked hard to understand how cave paintings were used to communicate and were able to re-create an important hunt scene for themselves. They’ve practiced the skill of line drawings alongside using a new tool to engrave their designs onto slate tiles.
We are looking forward to exploring another material used to paint during the Stone Age. Next week, we will attempt to replicate their cave paintings using paint made from crushed berries.
Miss Blake and Miss Elliot have been very impressed with the children’s effort and attitude towards their new learning and long may it continue as we travel through the history of communication to modern day technology!
We cannot believe that our Reception children have already come to the end of their very first year at school. It’s been eventful, emotional, incredible, engaging and, most of all, enormous fun. We hope that all the parents, friends and family who came to watch our ‘Stepping Up’ assembly enjoyed seeing how confident the children have become since they started school. The children are all very much looking forward to being in Mouse or Rabbit class in Year One. Thank you to all of the parents for your continued support and good luck to all of the children from the Early Years Team.
Here are some of the things the children have said about their year…
Lylas: We loved making lots of new friends at the beginning of the year.
Vinnie: We went on a bear hunt around the school, the mud was so squelchy.
Sienna: We went on a trip to the theatre to watch the snow mouse, it was magical.
Sam: We all learnt lots of new skills- we have learnt to cut, stick, staple and hole punch.
Ruby: We had lots of fun going to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, we got to ride on a tractor, we held lots of baby animals and loved visiting the giraffes!
Faith: We loved dressing up as our favourite book characters for world book day.
This week the Year 3’s took part in an athletics challenge. Each child had to complete six different activities, including sprinting, long jump, throwing, jumping and balancing. The children really enjoyed this experience and were completely focused at every stage of the set course. They worked hard to get their best scores.
We have continued to study The Romans this term. We have just finished making our own mosaic designs based on a representation of one of the Ancient Roman Gods, for example some children chose the God of Thunder; others chose The God of Love called Cupid. The children worked hard on these over weeks of planning and produced some interesting results.
As the school year draws to a close, the blog is a welcome opportunity to reflect on a successful year and an exhilarating final term. Since the excitement of Sports Week, Year 5 have been focusing on some interesting project work and some topic related writing.
In reading, we completed Michael Morpurgo’s ‘real history’ of Robin Hood, Outlaw. The children loved his intense dramatization of this Medieval legend and enjoyed witnessing Robin and his outlaws rebel against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.
Our writing outcome this term has been a ‘rags to riches’ tale set in the Medieval period. There was much enthusiasm for creating a storyline in which the main character overcame adversity and was rewarded with a happy ending. Many of these thrilling stories featured peasants fulfilling their dreams or escaping their cruel lives in the feudal system, an aspect of our history learning which many of the children have found fascinating. The published stories look fantastic on their tea stained scrolls and the tales themselves are very high quality; we are very proud!
Another topic related project this term has been to build a working model of a Medieval trebuchet out of wood. They have enjoyed honing their designing, sawing, drilling and glue-gunning skills. The children have really impressed the staff with their excellent conduct with regard to safety. They have also shown off their brilliant growth mind-set, working well in small teams to overcome challenges and improve their designs as they have gone along.
Mr. Jeanes has been leading our art sessions all year, with great results. Year 5 have been working in groups to represent ten of the most significant events in the Medieval period, producing some superb results using mixed media.
This week saw the Year 5 Stepping Up Assembly. It was a wonderful event and a fitting way to mark this important milestone in the children’s lives. We were so proud of the readers and singers who made it such a special occasion and we loved seeing the children receive their ties from the current Year 6 pupils. Thank you to everyone who attended for supporting the children and we hope you have a fabulous summer!