Year 6 Autumn 2020

This half term we have been busy working on the practical side of our foundation topics. As our topic is life in Ancient Greece, we have based our art and DT around this too.  The children designed a Greek style mythological beast which they then made from clay, and for DT they designed their own 3D maze which they then made from art straws, for the minotaur to hide in! The children had some brilliant designs and we were very impressed with the completed products.

Our science this term was called Animals, Including Humans. We learnt about the circulatory and digestive systems in our bodies, and the impact of cigarettes and other drugs. We have also learnt about the benefits of a healthy diet and active life style, and have loved playing Endball in PE. The children have worked brilliantly as part of a team and improved their passing and catching skills.

In English, we studied the fictional world of Pandora. The children created their own insect which lives on this amazing moon and then wrote a non-chronological report about it. They really enjoyed being creative in their designs and were able to use a variety of literary devices in their writing, such as relative clauses, extended noun phrases and subordinating conjunctions, as well as a wide range of technical vocabulary. They also published their completed work on the word processors.

Our mathematical work has been very much based on fractions and properties of shape this half term. We can now add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions from unit fractions to mixed numbers. We have also learnt to draw and measure angles and calculate missing angles in triangles, straight lines, quadrilaterals, other regular polygons and around a point.

It has been a busy but enjoyable half term.

Autumn 2 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘Celebrations.’ We started by learning about Bonfire Night, we found out who Guy Fawkes was, talked about the fireworks that we had seen from our gardens or windows, and created some firework art using paint and a salad spinner! 

We also spent a week learning about birthdays! We wrote invitations and party food lists, created birthday cards and best of all, had a birthday party with our favourite songs! We have been able to find out when our own birthdays are and learnt the months of the year.  

On 11th November, we learnt about Remembrance Day and talked about why people wear poppies. We were able to make our own poppies to wear in class, and had a class assembly where we observed the 2 minutes’ silence.  

We have also been learning about Diwali; the Hindu festival of light. We have designed our own Mehndi’s, lanterns, rangoli patterns and Diva lamps. We were very lucky to have a dance workshop with Miss Helen where she taught us some dance moves and we helped to tell the story of Rama and Sita. We all enjoyed wearing Bindi’s and bells whilst we were dancing.  

Year 5 November 2020

Year 5 have been working hard to develop their art skills of light and shade, using various media of pencils, pastels and water-colours.

We have made specific links to our science topic and our shadow experiment.

We have brought all these skills together in a sunset image of Stonehenge.

Year 6 Autumn 1

We have been really impressed with how the children have settled back into school and adapted to all the new school routines. We have been revisiting certain topics in order to fill gaps from the time the children were unable to be in school. The children have been working very hard to learn their personal spellings and develop their handwriting skills. We have been focusing on practising our times tables a lot this half term to develop fluency and the ability to apply this knowledge to other contexts.

In English this half term we have been writing our own Greek myths. The children have enjoyed developing their descriptive writing skills by including grammatical features such as expanded noun phrases, similes and metaphors. We spent some time gathering powerful vocabulary that was then used in the children’s writing. Our whole class guided reading text this half term has been The Iron Man. We have really enjoyed getting to know the characters and the children have been very successful in answering retrieval and inference style questions. In maths we have been focusing on place value of numbers up to 10,000,000 and applying this knowledge to the four operations. We are looking forward to the next unit – fractions, which we will be covering in Autumn 2. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our science learning this half term which focused on living things and their habitats. The children have classified different animals based on their characteristics. We then created our own animals based on these characteristics.

Year 1 Autumn 2020

We are really impressed with how the children have settled back into school and adapted to all the new school routines. It is clear that the children have been working very hard at home and can apply their skills to help them with new learning.

We have been focusing on catching up and filling gaps from the time the children were unable to be in school. We have been doing daily handwriting, fine motor skills, phonics, writing and maths activities along with the other subjects. 

The children have started the new topic ‘Animal life’ and have enjoyed learning how to classify animals and label the different animal body parts. They have also been painting their favourite animals.   

Reception Autumn 2020

The Reception children have been settling in very nicely to their new school over the last few weeks. They have been exploring their new classrooms and having fun in the outdoor areas, including Ted’s Den. The children have been enjoying using the big playground at lunchtimes and then coming in to eat their lunch together in the hall. They have been working hard in class and have already started learning about letters and numbers. They have also been very busy making new friends and getting to know each other.

We are so impressed with how all the children have settled into year 5 and have come in every morning ready to learn.

They all worked very hard during the first week of English to write an informal letter, a formal letter and an advert. In week two, the children will be starting their science fiction unit of work which will build up to them writing their own science fiction story. In Maths they have been learning about place value and recapping year 4 objectives as well as covering year 5 curriculum.

  • PE – please help the children to remember their PE shoes on the days they have PE
  • AR5 – Tuesday and Wednesday
  • RL5 – Wednesday and Thursday
  • SJ5 – Tuesday and Thursday

This year the children will not have reading diaries so please send a message on Dojo each weekend to tell us if your child has read 3 times and we will award them with dojos. If we do not receive a message then we will presume they have not read at home and ask them to read in class during play time. Don’t worry, we will be kind and ease them into this rule slowly.

Children will take the quiz for their book in school like they did last year. We will keep an eye on the quizzes that the children are taking to see if they are finding the book too easy or hard and once they have done a few quizzes we may decide to change their ZPD.

Staff in school will be changing books for the children once a week in their library slot so that the children have two books from the library. One book will stay at home and the other book will stay in school. If your child has finished their book, please help them to remember to bring their book in for their library day so it can be changed. The class library days are listed below.

  • AR5 – Monday
  • RL5 – Thursday
  • SJ5 – Tuesday

Homework will be set on MyMaths every Friday. Please also continue to encourage the children to read and go on TTR at least three days a week.

The quickest way to contact the class teacher is to send a message on Dojo and they will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Mrs Rathi, Mr Jacklin and Mrs Lee.

Year 2 English Autumn Term 2020

Year Two have been looking at the book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. As part of one of the lessons based around this lovely book the children thought about what made the world a wonderful place to live in. We listened to David Attenborough narrate the song ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong with amazing photos of nature to inspire the children’s ideas. The children then worked as a class to develop a poem by writing about their favourite thing on Earth.

The poems are shown below for each class and KT2 recorded their poem to share on the website and the children joined in with the repeating elements of the poem. We hope you enjoy reading them!

CC2 Poem

What A Wonderful World Poem KT2

What A Wonderful World Poem PA2

Spring 2 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘People Who Help Us’. We have been very lucky and have had lots of visitors coming into school to help us learn more about the different jobs that people do to help us. We met paramedics, fire fighters and police officers. We all had a great time looking at the emergency vehicles, and going inside the police car, fire engine and ambulance. We talked a lot about what we would like to be when we grow up, and we learned about the jobs that people in our families do.

Year 6 Residential at Thorpe Woodland

After much anticipation and a delayed start for some Year 6 we have all returned from our residential with lots of memories and achievements. The children had a wonderful time, with a wide variety of activities, such as rock climbing, zip wire, high wire course, tree climbing, archery, caving, and many more. The children were exemplary in their behaviour, respect to each other and the staff, as well as the way the support each other. The children have written letters to the centre which can be found here.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff who made this all possible and gave up time with their own families for it to happen.

Group 1

Group 2