19 Sep 2014

Year FS1 Week 38 2014

Getting Life In Balance 
We would like to clarify that the meeting with the new FS Leader, Mrs Gibbons, is for FS2 parents only - not FS1 parents - and that the meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th September from 1:30-2:30 at school. We apologise for any confusion.

The children have had an exciting week with visits to the gym, the computer suite and to the big white Yurt tent. We have been finding out lots more about the children this week as they have been talking about their favourite things to eat and favourite things to do. 

Don’t forget to enter the art competition that closes on Friday 26th September. We have already received some fantastic autumn pictures, so get busy this weekend.

Next week we will be sharing our favourite nursery rhymes. We wonder what your favourite nursery rhyme was when you were children! Do let us know.

We hope you will also share your “Magical Rainbow Moments” with us too and tell us what exciting things you do at the weekend.

Snack next week: savoury platter, Madeleine cakes, tuna/egg mayo pitta pockets, cereals and rice cakes, philli & cucumber.

Dates for your calendar:-
  • School photographs next Wednesday 24th September.
  • Remember that the school will be closed on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd October. Note that the 3rd October is a German Bank Holiday.
  • Half term is Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October. 
If you have any worries or concerns, please feel free to contact us straight away, we are more than happy to help sort out any problems, big or small.

Thank you for your support, The FS1 Team

Year FS2 Week 38 2014

A suspiciously purple concoction!
The children in FS2 continue to engage in many and varied activities that are allowing us to observe them closely and plan for future learning.

You may have noticed your children coming home with mud or flour on their clothes. We apologise for the increased washing load for you but the skills that our Mud Kitchen and messy activities allow your child to develop cannot be underestimated. We are grateful for your understanding of this part of our curriculum.

Thank you so much for your support in sharing the reading books that are coming home and for writing the title in their journals.

Family photo please (if not already sent in)
Please label all clothes (incl PE kit)
Forest Schools on Thursday


  • Wed 24th Sept School photographer in 
  • 13.30 – 14.30 FS2 Meeting  
  • 2nd and 3rd Oct – No school

Have a lovely Weekend, Mrs Baxter and Mrs Kerray  

Year 1 Week 38 2014

Exploring good, 'old-fashioned' picture books
Well done to all the children who completed the homework about their family. We have thoroughly enjoyed looking at the pictures, photographs and writing.

This week we had great fun exploring our Forest School area. You have probably heard about the “outdoor framed pictures” that the children created.  

In Literacy our work has been based on “Peace at Last” by Jill Murphy. Each child has talked about the story and described how Mr Bear might have felt.

In Mathematics we have been adding two sets of numbers together to find a total.

Computer Work
Inside the front cover of each reading journal is a user name and password for your child. Please support your child to access a variety of educational support material at home. Children also have a user name that they use at school every time they log on.

Reading Books
Please remember to sign your child’s journal when they have read with you at home. We will then let them choose a new reading book. 

Thank you for your continued support. Mrs Hawker and Miss Caunter

Year 2 Week 38 2014

Illustrating But, Martin Work
This week in literacy we have continued to look at the But Martin story. The children have made their own puppets of the characters from the story and used them to retell it using lots of storybook language and expression. In numeracy this week we have been learning to use the 100 square and to look for patterns in numbers.

At Forest Schools the children are demonstrating fantastic team working and decision making skills.  We are really proud of them all! This week they have made 3D pictures with frames all from natural found materials, and we also had some time in the yurt. 

Diary Dates:
  • Weds.  24th September School Photographer will take class photographs for each year group.
  • Weds 1st October  there will be a parent drop in session for Year 1 and Year 2 parents between 
  • 11.00 and 12.00  We look forward to seeing you all. 
  • Next Wednesday 24th September we are hoping to take the children to Bielefeld Alstadt for the morning as part of our Geography topic.  Please look out for the letter in your child’s book bag. 
Thank you for your continued support. Have a lovely weekend. Miss Mead and Mrs Halstead 

Year 3 Week 38 2014

Practical Mathematics, This Week 
In Literacy this week we have created story maps for our story on Rama and the Demon King,we have also looked in depth at the main characters and creating a character study. 

The mathematics setting is going well and Mr.Kerray has been looking at partitioning and recombining of two and three digit numbers as well as the revision of key oral and mental strategies.Mr.Askew is working on securing place value with three and four digit numbers and 'more than' and 'less than'

In I.C.T the children have been using their new logins and working on sharpening their reaction skills in Mathletics.

In R.E. we celebrated the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan,the children enjoyed their 'band' that came all the way from Kathmandu! 

Music with Mr.Reeves started this week and the children are getting ready to use their colour mixing skills in the style of Paul Klee with Mr.Fidler. 

There is mathematics and spelling homework this week. Could this please be handed in on Wednesday so the following weeks homework can be added.

If you feel you need to discuss any issues with us please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

  • Remember to continue reading daily with your child, 10 minutes daily practice will really help them to improve.
  • You could also discuss together the book you have read, again this is an important reading skill that
  • the children need to develop.
  • Please keep signing your child's journal to indicate that you have read with your child. Many thanks.
  • Please bring PE kits into school on Monday, we will send them home on Friday.  
Many thanks for your support Mr Askew and Mr Kerray

Year 4 Week 38 2014

Jolly Hockey! 
Another busy week in Year 4, we can’t believe it’s only week 3 of the term!

This week we have begun working in our maths groups.  The children in both groups have worked hard and continued to develop and extend their understanding of place value in 4-digit numbers.  The children have been completing place value subtractions and have also compared, ordered and placed 4-digit numbers onto marked or unmarked number lines.

In Literacy, we have continued to explore Roman myths.  We have focussed on the story of Aeneas’ long and eventful journey from the destroyed city of Troy in his quest to find Italy. We have talked about the different ordeals and perils that Aeneas faced throughout the story.  We then took part in some drama activities using our vivid imaginations to role play different ordeals that a hero or heroine may face in a story.  The children have also had great fun creating and describing their own mythical creatures or beasts or monsters!

With Mr Fidler in our Art sessions, the children have begun to use levers and pivots to create a simple moving mechanism.  The children then used this type of lever when designing and making their own Roman Legionary, complete with moving arm!

During our Year group assembly this week, we have begun to talk about our RE topic for this term; ‘What makes a person inspiring to believers?’ This week’s session focussed on thinking of heroes or heroines from films, television and books and what they have in common and why people like them.  We then moved onto the idea of being inspired by someone and together we thought about ‘real life’ heroes.

Maths – The children have an activity to complete involving place value.  Please see your children’s homework folder.
RE – The children need to draw a picture of someone that inspires them, someone in ‘real life’.  They need to annotate their picture giving reasons why this person is inspiring to them. Please see the note in your child’s journal.  Paper will be sent home with your child’s homework folder.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a great weekend! Mrs Pond-Barrett and Mrs Scannell

Year 5/6 Week 38 2014

Researching Famous Scientist
And Presenting The Outcomes In Creative Ways
Another great week of learning draws to a close in Y5/6 and we hope the weather holds so that you can all relax and enjoy this lovely sunshine at the weekend.

Our topic work is well and truly underway and children have been fascinated by discovering facts about WW1. If you would like to carry out further research with your child at home, we recommend:


If children would like to research this safely and independently, we recommend they use their Espresso log in as well as: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/ww1/

In Literacy, children have been using Anne Frank’s diary as a model for writing their own diary entries. They have all learnt an extract from the text which they will modify and imitate over the coming weeks.

Children have presented the poems that they learnt at home last week and received lots of positive feedback from their peers.

In Maths, Miss Graham’s group have been working with positive and negative integers, Mrs Hood’s group have been rounding numbers and Miss Kinsey’s group have been working with enormous numbers and devising strategies to secure multiplication facts and their corresponding divisions. 

In Computing, children are familiarising themselves with using Microsoft Excel, which they will use to help them solve mathematical problems in the coming weeks.

Please can all Y5 children bring their pyjamas as well as their swimming kit into school next week.

Homework: All classes have a Maths activity page and a piece of English homework in their folders to complete and hand in by Wednesday.

Miss Graham, Mrs Hood & Miss Kinsey

17 Sep 2014

Autumn Art Competition

School Hall - Blank Canvas
In our school hall, on either side of the stage, are two huge walls! They are currently a blank canvas. 

With this in mind we are holding a competition to create pieces of art in order to fill them. Don’t worry we don’t want huge 10m by 10m creations – we’re hoping that lots of children enter so that we can fill the walls with lots and lots of different works of art!

The theme is : AUTUMN
Size : no larger than A3
Materials : Anything you want – just so long as the finished piece can be blu-tacked onto the wall.
Closing date : Friday 26th Sept.

There will be a prize for each year group (FS1 to Y6) so can you please make sure that your child's name and class are written on the back.

Please feel free to help your child but the finished piece should be predominantly their own work. 

Many thanks, Mr Fidler