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Friday 7th December

Theme of the Week: Mindfulness

We discussed the importance of being aware of what is happening at the moment and how their actions and thoughts impact on themselves and others.

Home Learning:

Continue to read daily to an adult. Are you making a list of new words that you come across in your books? There is a place for this in your Reading Record.

Complete the next page in your Times Tables Test book. Please look at your child's times table assessment which has been sent home. This will give you an idea of which tables to work on with your child.


We played a game called Cops and Robbers which the children thoroughly enjoyed it and a number of them asked if they could have a copy sent home. Please look out for a copy in your child's book bag.

MathsZone is a good website for all sorts of games including ones that we play as starters in our maths lessons.

A taste of our learning:

English: Our unit of work is from a book, 'Stone Age Boy.' We will be comparing this story with the story from the previous unit.

History: We have been looking at dwellings from Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and comparing them. We will be writing an estate agents leaflet about one of them to try and encourage somebody to buy it. We will also be explaining which period we would like to live in and why.

Science: We have been thinking about safety and completed an oral risk assessment for using candles in our investigation. We predicted whether the size of a candle would affect the brightness of the flame.

World Faiths and Philosophy: We have begun our learning about Advent and the concept of anticipation.

Dance: We have completed our unit on the Iron Age. Please see photographs below. Can your children explain what is happening in their dance?




Friday 30th November

Theme of the Week: Success

In previous discussions about what makes a Successful Learner, children identified that we need to be resilient, use our initiative, concentrate, have a go and work as part of a team. We have reviewed these and talked about how we were doing individually. We also focused on being 'ready to learn'.

Home Learning:

Continue to read daily to an adult. Are you making a list of new words that you come across in your books? There is a place for this in your Reading Record.

Complete the next page in your Times Tables Test book.

Spelling: Please learn the following five words, arrive, believe, bicycle, breath and breathe.The strategy we used to practise this was to write each word four times using different colours each time. This is called the rainbow method.

Science: Look around your house and find things that are translucent, transparent, opaque and reflective. Record these in your books however you would like.

A taste of our learning:

Maths: We have been playing a times table game this week on the mathszone website. Have a look at the website and try and find other times table games.

English: We have been using figurative language to write a narrative about, 'The Black Cat'.

Maths: For the moment, we have finished our work on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables and we are revising addition and subtraction with exchanging.

History: We have been looking at statements and sorting whether we thought they were from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We worked in pairs to make a poster with facts that we have found out (see below for examples).  We will be creating an estate agents leaflet about a home from one of these periods.

Art: We have developed our skills in creating pictures with dots using Aboriginal pictures as our inspiration. We are now drawing on fabric and will eventually be making a class wall hanging.








Coming up:

Mufti day - 7th December: Please bring a donation for the Christmas market.

Friday 23d November

Theme of the Week: Respect

We started the week off on Monday by discussing what the word respect means, then throughout the week, we looked at examples of how we do and don't show respect.

Home Learning:

Continue to read daily to an adult. Are you making a list of new words that you come across in your books? There is a place for this in your Reading Record.

Complete the next page in your Times Tables Test book. Year 6 will mark two weeks together as it has been a busy time!

Spelling: We have been looking at the prefixes, 'mis' and 're' and what happens to a root word when they are added. Here are six root words: appear, take, play, calculate, apply and build. Add either 're' or 'mis' to them to make a new word and include them in a sentence. For an added challenge, add six words to this list.

Continue with your project.

English: We have been writing descriptions of settings and characters and we will be going onto using figurative language.

Maths: We have been problem solving using the 4x and 8x tables and testing the children as to their knowledge of these tables.

Science: We had a very interesting child initiated discussion about whether all light sources get hot and why that happens. We were making connections with our prior knowledge and thinking like scientists.

Dance: We have moved from creating dance pieces about everyday life in the Stone Age to thinking about different tribes as they move into the Iron Age. We have choreographed unarmed combat scenes. No children were injured in the making of these sequences!

As part of our 'Anti-Bullying' curriculum we had 'Fire House Productions' come to present an interactive drama about the bullying of a person new to a school. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and were able to pick out key messages and show off their understanding of what bullying is and isn't. See photos below.


Friday 16th November

Theme of the Week: Remembrance

We discussed remembrance in relation to World War One but also within a broader context. The children were very respectful and showed maturity.

Thanks to all those who came to the World War One Open Classroom. We were very impressed with their work and hope you enjoyed sharing their learning.

Home Learning:

Half termly project:

Make a replica tool that a person from the Iron Age might use and write a brief description of how they might use it.

Due in Friday 14th December or before.

Continue to read daily to an adult. Are you making a list of new words that you come across in your books? There is a place for this in your Reading Record.

Complete the next page in your Times Tables Test book. Year 6 will mark two this weeks and next weeks together as it has been a busy time!

Try using these prepositional phrases in a sentence:

Above the clouds

Below the sea

Under the ground

In the distance

On Thursday we were lucky to have an athlete to join us for assembly. She discussed what life was like to be an athlete and how she sets herself challenges. The boys under 9 football team had their photograph taken with her, see below.

A taste of our learning:

English: Our new unit is called, 'The Black Hat' and we have been doing lots of drama to understand the actions of characters. We are working on using descriptive language and prepositional phrases.

Maths: This week, we have been focusing on what multiplication and division are. We have used the 3 and 4 times tables to problem solve.

History: We have used the ICT suite to research the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age. The children will be collecting facts and then creating a way of sharing what they have found out with the rest of the class.

Science: We have continued with our 'Light' topic. The children have carried out an investigation into how the distance of an object from a light source affects the brightness of the light. Next week, we will be looking at translucent, transparent, reflective and opaque objects.

Children in Need: We really enjoyed coming to school in our pyjamas today. Mrs Rawlings had to try not to fall asleep! See photo of the whole class below.

Coming up:

On Tuesday 20th November we will be having a danceathon to raise money for NSPCC. The children will be dancing every hour on the hour. The children need to come to school in school uniform please.

                               'Stone Age' dance


              Amaya with the under 9's football team.








Friday 9th November

Theme of the Week: Keeping Safe

We took the opportunity, at the beginning of the week to talk about keeping safe around fireworks and bonfires. The right to be safe is something that we have discussed in depth, as a class, and the children were pleased to see that many changes have been made around the school grounds in order for them to access this right.

Home Learning:

Continue to read daily to an adult. Are you making a list of new words that you come across in your books? There is a place for this in your Reading Record.

Complete the next page in your Times Tables Test book.

Teach your family to play 'Fizz' and 'Buzz' with the 3 and 4 times tables. When you are brilliant at this try playing 'FizzBuzz'.

A taste of our learning

English: This week we have had a focus on making using dictionaries and thesauri. We have played alphabetical order games and challenged ourselves to locate words and look closely at definitions. We will build on these skills as the term progresses.

Maths: Our anchor task to launch the unit of learning asked 'How many different ways can you represent the calculation 14x5?' The children came up with representation using equipment, arrays, by partitioning into tens and ones and many other ways of manipulating the digits. This was not only an enjoyable activity but it laid down a basic understanding of what multiplying  is.

Dance: After discussing the various tasks that someone from the stone age would and (and wouldn't) have to do during the day, we created movements to represent each activity. Next week we will put the movements to music so look out for action photos.

IT: The children have really been enjoying using the computational thinking program - Microbit. This week the programs that we created were downloaded onto LED Microbits. Next week we are writing a game for us to have a go at.







World War One day

We had a very successful day. Many thanks to all of you for providing your children with costumes. They all looked wonderful. They took part in a drama workshop, created a water colour of the trenches and wrote a letter to a loved one. There will be more photographs on the gallery next week, so watch out for them.











Friday 2nd November

Theme of the week: Democracy

As well as explaining to pupils what this means, we have demonstrated how it works by taking opportunities to make decisions using the democratic process. 

Home Learning:

Continue to read regularly. How are you doing with the autumn book challenge? Please complete one of the activities in your Reading Record. Choose one that is most suited to the book you are reading.

Complete the next page of your Times Tables Test booklet. This was the first week that they were marked with the Year 6 buddies. A few children didn't have their books with them or had not completed the page. This is a valuable and enjoyable learning experience for the children so let's set a challenge of 100% of the class having the page completed and with them next Thursday.

Try learning to spell these Science words. Have a go at finding out their meanings.

transparent, translucent, opaque, reflection, shadow.


A taste of our learning.

English: The children were keen to share their holiday experiences this week so they had the task of writing a letter to an imaginary pen pal or relative recounting (or embellishing) on their adventures.

Maths: We have now completed our unit on addition and subtraction and will be moving on to multiplication and division next week.

Science: We have started our topic on light.

History: We have begun to practise some WW1 songs. The children have been so enthusiastic and are desperate to tell me facts and information about their family. They may ask you if you have had a member of the family who served in WW1. If you have any stories, memories or recollections, then we would love to hear them.

PE: Outdoor PE this term is hockey so we built on the skills learned in Year 2.

In Monday's assembly Mrs Wright introduced the children to questions to start dinner time conversations with. See an attachment below to find out what they are. 

Checking our times tables with Y6 buddies







Friday 19th October

Theme of the week: Challenge

In Wednesday’s assembly, Mrs Cave told the children that ‘easy is boring’ so all of us have been challenging ourselves to try something that we find hard. This has certainly added some excitement to our lives (or is it that it’s half-term next week?).


Home Learning:

Continue to read regularly.

Complete a page of your Times Tables Test book.

Find a humorous poem that you really enjoy. Bring it in to share with us after half-term.

Get out and have fun, but remember to get lots of rest too!

We were amazed at the standard of the children's projects. Thank you so much and well done children.

A taste of our learning this week:

English : We have been looking at humorous poems about school. The challenge was to perform them to the class using different techniques to make them enjoyable and engaging.

Maths: Our challenge has been to add 3 digit and 2 digit numbers using column method. All have grasped adding without crossing the tens or hundreds boundaries so we have started to practise addition with exchanging.

PE: Our Gym unit has been completed. Our focus was travelling in different ways over low level apparatus. Have a look at the photos below.

World Faiths and Philosophy: For the concept ‘Temptation’, we discussed the accounts of Jesus being tempted after his baptism.

This was linked to how we make choices every day. How easy is it to make the right choice? Is it easier when we stop to consider the possible consequences? Pupils showed their understanding of different situations through drama.

Science: In Science, we have begun an investigation with the question,

How does the height of a person affect the length of their bones? The children worked in groups and discussed how they could find out the answer to this. They then had great fun measuring each others' skull, length of leg and from the tip of their index finger to their wrist bone.  They even collected some data from the adults around school! Now, we will measure the height of all the children in order to discuss the results.

Please have a good half-term – let’s hope the weather is kind to us. 





Thank you to all of the parents who were able to join uis for our discussions on how to support our children to be successful learners. Please take some time to read the document at the bottom of the page with your children and discuss how they can also pursue the expectations.

Friday 12th October

Theme of the week: Going for Goals and Aiming High

As before, we have shared the theme with the class and discussed what this could mean for all of us at Langrish. Your children were interested to know that both of us have targets that we need to work towards. Over the next week, we will talk about how we can support each other to meet our goals

Home Learning: Who has listened to you read this week? Please don't forget to log it in your Reading Record and ask them to make a comment.

Spelling: Our focus this week has been apostrophes used for contracted words for example, do not = don't.

Make a chart and write either the contracted form or the expanded form of these: would not, haven't, should not, couldn't, must not, I have, I'll, I'd. Ask an adult if they know this one: of the clock.

Add any others that you can think of.

Maths: Adding and subtracting tens

Play this game : Throw a die 3 times to create a 3 digit number (eg 357) throw the die once more to create a tens number (eg if you throw a 6, add 0 to make 60) then create  2 calculations  using those numbers (eg 357 + 60 =   , 357 - 60 =     ).

You could use a shuffled pack of cards instead of a die.

Times Tables books have also come home this week. The children should have a go at completing a page each week to hand in alongside their other home learning.

Extension learning: In English, we have been using imperative verbs in instruction writing. Can you explain what imperative verbs are?

Write a set of instructions for making either a cup of tea or beans on toast. Highlight the imperative words that you use.


A taste of our learning this week:

English: We created our own board games similar to Snakes and Ladders but added a twist. Then we had a go at writing the instructions focussing on using imperative verbs within clear, short sentences.

Maths: This week we have taken our time to embed the concept of subtracting tens with crossing the hundreds boundary. We have practised counting on and back in tens from different 3 digit numbers.

PSHE: We continued to discuss the Global Goals and created and rehearsed our class assembly. Thank you to all that were able to attend. I think you'll agree they did a fantastic job and are developing into great global citizens.


Friday 5th October

Theme of the week: Appearance

This has been shared with the children and talked about how the junior school uniform looks so smart on everybody.

'It makes me feel very grown-up'.

Home Learning: Please try and complete 15 minutes reading each day. How are you doing with the autumn reading challenge?

Spelling: Our focus has been adding the prefixes 'un' and 'dis' to root words to make a new word. Try these: like, able, interested, do, appoint and popular. Put each new word into a sentence to show that you understand the meanings.

Maths: We have been practising the 4x table. Check that you know the 2, 5 and 10 x (Year 2 aims). Can you find different ways of practising the 4x? For example, can you choose the tune of a song you know well (maybe a nursery rhyme) and sing the 4x table to that tune?

Science: As an additional challenge, research a famous scientist and present your learning in an interesting way.


A taste of our learning this week:

English: Following on from the stories that we created last week, we learned about including dialogue to move the story on. Our focus has been to use inverted commas correctly but as a challenge we have had a go at including the 5 Golden Rules of writing speech. How many can you remember?

Maths: Our focus has been to add and subtract hundreds to and from 3 digit numbers and to add and subtract 1s to and from 3 digit numbers. In each case we looked carefully at which columns were affected. We have just started to look at exchanging when we add and subtract.

Design and Technology and Art: We have been evaluating our photo frames and making improvements so that they are free-standing. On Wednesday, we ventured out into the school grounds to gather 'signs of autumn'. We enjoyed recreating the vibrant colours with pastels on black sugar paper.

PSHE: We have been looking at the 17 Global Goals as this is the focus of the World's Largest Lesson this year. It was impressive how much the children know and care about environmental issues in particular the issues around single use plastics.

Signs of Autumn!


Friday 28th September

Theme of the week: Positivity

This has been shared with the children and we have discussed this when talking about what makes a successful learner.

'We are a bunch of YETTIES. We may not be able to do it YET but we soon will!' Tia.

Home Learning: Try to keep reading for 15 minutes every day. What have you read this week other than your reading book? A recipe, a letter, a catalogue or comic? Note it in your Reading Record so you can share this with us.

Spelling: What happens to these words when we add the suffixes 'ing' or 'ed'?  love, hate, brake, make, take, tussle, dazzle.

Can you think of a rule for adding these suffixes?

Maths:  We started off our unit of work on addition and subtraction with an anchor task. This was about adding 3 consecutive numbers. Can you explain what consecutive means? What happens if you start with an odd number? What if you start with an even number? What do you notice when we add 4 or 5 consecutive numbers? Can you spot a pattern? Is there a rule and can you prove it?

In addition to trying the above Home Learning we are setting a very practical challenge. Many in the class are still getting to grips with taking off and putting on their new school uniform. This impacts a great deal on PE so any practise with this would be most valuable!

A taste of our learning this week:

English: We have started to write our own stories based around the book, 'The day I swapped my dad for two goldfish'. We found the story so funny so we are writing our own humorous texts. The grammar focus for this is, starting to use inverted commas and of course they can always use previous learning, like similes and expanded noun phrases.

Maths: We will look at methods of addition and subtraction in the coming weeks.

Science: The children were given the question, 'Can you run quicker than Usain Bolt? Why?'  We discussed our ideas as to why he is able to run so fast and the children's answers included, that he was fit, had resilience and was flexible. We predicted how quickly we could run 100 metres and thought about why we might not be able to run as fast. Then we went outside and paired up with Year 5 who timed our runs.  

Music: The children were introduced to the Djembe Drums and used them to clap a beat in song we are learning. The children loved it!






Our esafety charter is attached at the bottom and will be coming home in the children's Home Learning books. Please read with your child and sign. Thank you


Friday 21st September

Theme of the week: Resilience

We have shared this with the children and will be reflecting on the meaning and how we can show it.

'When life gives you lemons; make lemonade!' Edward.

Home Learning: 15 minutes daily reading. Why not have a go at paired reading this week?

Spelling: We have been looking at how the spelling of verbs change when the suffix 'ing' is added and trying to learn the spelling rule - when a word ends in a short vowel followed by a consonant then double the consonant before adding 'ing'.

Which of these words does the rule apply to: chat, cry, spoil, map, stop, love, hit?

Maths: Next week we will be focussing on counting in 50s. Do some pre-learning by counting up and back in 50s. Challenge yourself by starting with different numbers. For example, 3, 35, 103, 153 ...

Well done those of you that have started their project. If you have any questions about it, don't forget to ask Mrs Rawlings.

In class this week:

In English - After reading the description of Miss Trunchball from Matilda, we created our own nightmare Headteachers. Using exciting adjectives, adverbs and similes, we wrote our own descriptions. Next we imagined that a well-known character (ask your child who they chose) was our teacher for the day. What did they teach us? What was their specialist subject? What happened when they met our nightmare Headteacher?

In Maths - Our unit of learning on place value is finished. Next week your child will be given a post-assessment of their learning and from this we will set some targetted home learning. Watch out for this in their Home Learning book.

In Design Technology - We have created our photo frames and have turned our attention to how they will stand up using hinges and glue to secure them rather than tape. They are looking rather smart and will be brilliant when they have a photo of your child inserted. These will come home soon so make sure you have a suitable place in mind to display it!

In French - We've enjoyed learning a song to help with our learning. So far we can: greet each other; tell each other our name; and ask the question 'What is your name?' We have some children in the class who know this already and so they are being challenged to hold simple conversations with others.

In Science - We have been looking at the three types of skeletons. Ask your child what they are and give you some examples.

In computing, we researched facts about the body. Ask your child, what were the most fascinating facts that they found. See photos below.









Friday 14th September

Theme of the week: New Beginnings.

We have shared this with the children and we will be reflecting on how we are settling into our new classroom with new teachers and members of the class.

Home Learning: 15 minutes daily reading.

Autumn Reading Challenge - new book challenge for Autumn is now out! Please stick in the front of the Home Learning Journal. This year, rather than publishing a physical list of books to support this, we are signposting you to a brilliant website where you will find numerous lists including the 'Must Have' books for each year group. It is from this list that we would like your child to select their recommended reads. Good luck and get reading!

Spelling - choose 5 more science spellings off the sheet and put them into sentences. Please help your child to spell them so that they use them correctly in their writing.

Maths - choose any 3 digits from 0-9. How many different numbers can you make from these?

Half-termly project -  Choose a European capital city and research it. You might like to include, population, language, currency, natural and man-made features and landmarks. It can be presented in any you choose but will be shared with the class. To be handed in the week beginning 15th October.

In class this week:

In English - we celebrated Roald Dahl Day by looking in depth at the story of Matilda. We have reflected on the treatment of her by her parents in relation to which of the Rights they denied her. So far, the children realise that she was denied the right to an education and the right to be kept safe. We are also including descriptive language in our study.

In Maths - our focus is Place Value. So far, we know our numbers up to 1000, we know a 3 digit number is made up of hundreds, tens and ones and we can place them on a number line. To support this, we have set a Home Learning activity.

In Science - we have been continuing to look at the human skeleton. We have discussed the functions of a skeleton and how joints work. We should be able to tell you lots of information about them.

In Design Technology -  we have continued our investigation into free-standing structures by making prototypes of photograph frames. In the coming weeks we will be creating one of these each for your child to bring home.

Where does this bone go?

Prototypes of our photograph frames

















Friday 7th September

Welcome back and a big thank you to all the people who came to the new format, 'Meet the teacher'.

Home Learning:

15 minutes daily reading (you do not have to make a comment every time but a signature would be useful).

Spelling - as an introduction to our topic we would like the children to learn 5 key science words. In addition, they can put each one in a sentence to demonstrate their understanding of the word. This is an activity for each topic that will continue throughout the year.

Although it has been a short week, we've hit the ground running!

In English, we have reviewed different types of sentences and their relevant punctuation and started to create a class book based on the text, 'Would you rather...' by John Burningham.

In Maths, our focus is place value and numbers up to 1000.

As a start to our DT project (stable structures) we had great fun meeting the challenge of creating the tallest, freestanding structure we could to hold a tennis ball using art straws. Photographs below.

Our preliminary discussions prior to creating our 'Rights Respecting Charter' are well under way.



Our Awards

  • Arts Mark Gold
  • Music Mark
  • Offsted
  • RRSA Silver
  • Gold Sports Mark