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Friday 5th April


Home Learning:

There is no Home Learning set for the Easter Holiday. Get out and enjoy yourselves. You will have a chance to share your adventures when we return to school.

A taste of our learning:

Despite it being a fairly cold and drizzly day we managed to spend our day at Royal Victoria Country Park out in the fresh are and enjoyed learning about the creatures to be found in the intertidal zone. There were some surprises when we placed various pieces of rubbish found on the beach on a 'How long does it take to break down' timeline. Can you remember how long the tin can or the pair of scissors took? We have made a list of questions that arose from our visit and will research these during the summer term. See below for photos of the day.

We had a lovely last day, performing poetry for a house competition, solving a maths mystery and an Easter egg hunt.

We hope you all have a really good break and see you next term! Don't eat too much chocolate!











Friday 29th March

Theme of the Week: Noticing

Our visit to Victoria Country Park is coming up on Tuesday 2nd April. Pupils will need to wear older, casual clothes suitable for beach combing and discovering what is in the park. Long trousers, trainers, walking boots or wellies and a jacket will be essential. We have been asked to bring along a single-use plastic free packed lunch, which is in keeping with the theme of our visit. The weather looks good for Tuesday so I’m sure we will have an enjoyable time.

Home Learning:

Reading – 20 minutes daily reading to an adult. Our library is well stocked with new titles as well as classics. Why not try a genre that you don’t usually choose?

Maths – The next page in your Times Tables Test book. Print off a challenge from ‘Times Tables Generator’ website or use Interactive Maths to play times tables games. 

Spellings – We looked at ‘ph’ making the ‘f’ sound and reminded ourselves of ‘tion’ making ‘shun’ sound. Here are some for you to try: photograph, pheasant, elephant, phone, phantom, action, correction, solution, relation, nation. Can you create a sentence containing at least 3 of these words ready for our dictation session on Wednesday?

We hope you have thought about the half-term project. Don’t forget that if you make a percussion instrument, you need to write instructions as to how you made it.

A taste of our learning:

English – Reading and SPAG assessments have been completed so we will be going through these in class next week. Spelling and SPAG papers will be coming home for you to share. 

Maths – We have started a unit of learning on Fractions. To date we have created a fraction wall and observed fractions that are equivalent and learned what a unit and a non-unit fraction is. Ask your child what this means.

Swimming- We have completed the swimming program for this year. All children were challenged by their coaches who have provided an assessment, which will be included in the end of year report.

Science – To round off the unit on Forces and Magnets, children thought of their own investigations. These included finding out if materials could block the force and how many of a certain magnetic object could be pulled along.

Geography / English – We have been researching what it is like to experience an earthquake and what you would have to do in order to keep safe. We have begun to write a diary extract using adventurous topic words. The children have been thinking carefully about how they would feel in an earthquake.

Friday 22nd March

Home Learning:

Reading - 20 minutes daily. Have you 'magpied' any words from your reading this week? Ms Fiers learnt 2 new words from the book she is reading however I'm still looking for the opportunity to use them in my writing.

Spelling - We have learnt 5 new words from the statutory list for Years 3/4. These are: early, earth, exercise, eight and enough. We had fun chanting the letters to each word whilst taking part in some brain gym. Have a go at home!

Maths - We are getting near to the end of our Times Tables Test Booklet. If you have pages left continue with the next page. If not you can go online to Times Tables Generator and print off a test that will challenge you.

Home Learning Project - Next week we will be finding out about the percussionist Evelyn Glennie. For your Home Learning project, do some research about a variety of percussion instruments. You can create a PPT to present your research but you must also choose one of the following in addition to this, design and make a percussion instrument along with instructions for how you made it; organise two or three of your classmates into a percussion band and create a performance piece to show to the class; create a leaflet about another famous percussionist. This Home Learning project is quite a challenge so please ask if you encounter any problems or have any questions. Please bring your projects in to share as soon as they are finished but no later than Friday 3rd May. 

A taste of our Learning

Maths: Our challenge this week was to know the relationship between mm, cm and m. We've started to add and subtract lengths and to give answers in different units of measure.

English: Our individual book reviews are completed. Inspired by last week's whole school writing task, we have created narratives using trolls as the main characters. Our grammar focus was using subordinating conjunctions. Our learning was greatly enhanced by Miss Jones who challenged us with some games to make us think about how we use these.

During our spelling session this week, we had great fun doing a crossword, using a dictionary and speed writing spellings.

Music: We have really improved our recorder skills this term.

Science: In our science session, we continued to learn about magnets. We investigated how far away magnets need to be from a magnetic object and still work. Next week, we will be coming up with other investigation ideas. 

 Geography / Design technology: This week, we were given a challenge to create a structure using marshmallows and cocktail sticks that would withstand an earthquake ( jelly in a baking tray!). The classroom was buzzing and it was great to listen to 'real engineers' at work. Well done to all the children. Lots of the structures stayed up and they were able to explain why some were better than others. 

Measuring the how far away a magnet will work from a magnetic object.
























Friday 15th March

Theme of the Week: Next steps

Home Learning:

Reading - 20 minutes daily. Don't forget there are sections at the back of your Reading Records for recording new words and phrases that you come across as you read. You can always 'magpie' these for your writing!

Tables - The next page in your Times Tables Test book. Ask an adult to test you verbally on 2,3,4,5,8.10 x tables but don't forget to include inverses. Could you represent your House at the summer Times Table Bee?

Spelling - We understand that last week's task to create a Venn diagram prompted a lot of discussion. Thank you for engaging with this so enthusiastically and we will be discussing the activity in detail on Monday. In the meantime, have a go at putting these words that have the prefix 'super' in sentences. Could you include them in a humorous paragraph? 

supermarket, superstar, superior, superhuman, supersonic, superficial.

A taste of our learning


What a day we had on Tuesday! We joined the rest of the school in a fun filled day. During the morning, our activity was to design a theme park and calculate the perimeters of the individual enclosures for the rides. In addition, we created entrance price lists and menus for our themed cafes. In the afternoon, we undertook various maths challenges related to our parks that really stretched our learning. See the photos below.


This week, the children brought a book of their choice to discuss with the class. Following this they have planned and started to write a review. They considered their likes and dislikes, whether they had read other books with a similar theme or characters and what unanswered questions they had once they had finished reading.


Another enjoyable and successful swimming session was had by all. This week the swimming coaches assessed the swimmers so that we can report back to you. If your child didn't swim this week they will be assessed next week.


In Word Processing, we have been exploring the different icons on the tool bar. We have been finding out more efficient ways of editing our work and the importance of saving our work carefully!


Levers and linkages, is the theme of this term's DT topic. After introducing the end task, to create a picture with moving parts, we gave the children some materials such as card, paper, split pins, paper clips and string. From these they had to explore ways of making a simple shape move up and down or from side to side. Once they had produced their own ideas (with varying degrees of success) a bit more direction was given. Look out for photos of the different stages and the final product next week.


As it has been science week we had great fun carrying out an investigation into whether a paper aeroplane, glider or a helicopter was the most effective object at staying in the air or going the furthest distance. The children wrote some fabulous scientific conclusions. We discussed how we could improve our designs and what prevented them from being successful. Please see photos below.


We have enjoyed creating a poster about what to do in an earthquake. Thank you so much for supporting your child with their earthquake facts for Home Learning. They have been very interesting.















Friday 8th March

Theme of the week: Improving focus

Home Learning:

Reading - 20 minutes daily reading. Make sure you have your chosen book for your own review on Monday.

Spelling - Next week we will be learning about the suffixes '-less' and '-ly'. Make a Venn diagram to show how you can create new words using the root words - care, thank, slow, rough, joy, mercy, quick, careful, job, thought, sudden, angry, fear, pain, sad and happy. Where would you place root words that don't make real words after adding the suffixes?

Maths - Complete the next page in your Times Tables Test book.

Can you find an example of a pictogram, bar chart or table of data to bring in to share with the class? Make sure you can explain what information it is giving.

Can you find out about any countries that have had earthquakes and write down where they were and what effect they had?

A taste of our learning

English: We have started our book reviews on Minty by Alan Schroeder. This book is set in the USA during the 1800's and deals with the issue of racism and slavery. It is a true story of a young slave girl who eventually finds her way to freedom and, at great personal cost, helped hundreds of slaves escape to the north.

Maths: Our unit on statistics is a short one. We have looked at tables, pictograms and bar charts - please look at the Home Learning section for a note on this.

Science: We have started our new topic about forces and magnets. The children investigated which objects in the classroom were magnetic.

World Book Day

What a lot of fun we had! Well done those of you who dressed up as detectives. There is a photo below. The Mystery of the Golden Pen was quite difficult to solve but working together as teams we managed it just before home time. We also watched the BBC Live Lesson and joined in the activities. Don't leave it too long before spending your token! (See photos below)


Friday 1st March

Theme of the Week: Self Control

Home Learning:

20 minutes daily reading. Next week we will be completing an in-depth book review so choose a book that you have already read or have just finished and talk about it with an adult. Talk about the setting, plot, main characters, genre, theme/moral and whether you have read any other books with the same theme.

Complete the next page in your Times Tables Test book. Don't forget you can print out challenges for yourself using the Times Tables Generator.

Spellings this week have focused on the 'sh' sound and how this can be made in different ways. The words picked out were: shop, chef, brochure, mission, special and sure. Can you create a table and add words to each group? What other ways are there to make the 'sh' sound?

Some of the children have been very creative with their recycling ideas. These have been shared with us but we would welcome more examples.

A taste of our learning: 

English: We are editing and reviewing the first drafts of our chapters for the Dragon Keepers Handbook. These will be word-processed to link with the Computing curriculum for this term. We plan to record ourselves reading our own chapters so that we have a 'talking book'.

Maths: This week we have completed the unit of learning on money. Next, we go on to look at statistics in the form of bar charts and tables.

PE : We started recording our personal challenges for fitness and hope to see a gradual improvement in stamina, speed and technique. Swimming took place on Thursday and all pupils took part in lessons that were pacey and structured so as to learn several skills each session.

Art: We thought we would have a bit of fun drawing our shoes this week! After learning several techniques for creating layers and texture in our pencil drawing we took of our shoes and had a go at drawing them. Next week, we start a new DT project using using levers.

Science: We have finished our topic on rocks and soils this week. We looked at different types of soil and described them. Then we carried out an investigation. We put two different types of soil and some water into bottles and then shook them up. We wanted to find out what would happen to the soil and the water if we left them overnight. We were amazed to see that they had separated with the soil at the bottom and the water at the top. Also, the soil had layers. We discussed the results and Mrs Rawlings was very impressed with our scientific thinking!

Geography: We are continuing our unit on the  'Active Planet'. This week, we learnt more information about volcanoes and their structure. We were challenged to make a volcano with the different elements. We worked in teams of four and then Mrs Wright judged which one was the best. Well done to all! It was very exciting to watch the winning volcano erupt. See photos below. 

Finally, we would like to say how impressed we were with the participation of the class for Single Use Plastic Free lunch time on Thursday. Thank you all so much for supporting your children to do this. We plan to make this a regular challenge.




Friday 15th February

Home Learning:

  • Please continue to read during the half-term break. We have already had some recommendations by members of the class. The children always enjoy hearing about what their peers are reading especially as they talk in such detail about why they are recommending a book.
  • Continue to practise times tables but don't forget to include inverses (eg. 32 divided by 8 ).
  • The weather looks good for the holidays so get out and enjoy the fresh air. If it does rain (possibly Monday) and you're looking for something to do, have a go at a recycling challenge - turn something plastic that you might ordinarily throw away into a useful product. For example, turn a plastic bottle into a bird feeder or pencil holder. An extra challenge would be to recycle  a carton that can't go into the recycling bin. Either bring your product in after half term or put a photo in your Home Learning book.
  • You could also research the different types of volcanoes.

A taste of our learning:

PE: Children have all had a chance to coach their peers in throwing and catching games. They have had to think about what their top-tips are for success. They have also had to think about creating games, being clear about rules and umpiring.

Next half term, we will be working on personal challenges in fitness and co-ordination.

Take One Picture:

This week, our afternoons have been taken up by a variety of activities inspired our Take One Picture choice.

 In our class, we started by painting pictures of winter skies. On Tuesday, we used the ICT suite to research castles built in different centuries starting with the 13th. On Wednesday, we continued to look at what a Medieval castle would have in it and then pupils designed their own. On Thursday we wrote our own stories with a castle theme. Finally, we created pictures in the style of the artist Paul Klee. We looked at his art work called 'The Castle in the Sun and discussed how he used shapes and a lot of colour. Our week was a good example of how pupil voice is listened to in our class as all of the activities were suggested by the children. 

We hope you enjoyed the exhibition put on by all classes. Please see the nutshell for photographs from the week.

Thanks for all your support.

Have a really good half term.

Friday 8th February

Theme of the Week: Communication

Home Learning:

  • 20 minutes daily reading - If you have read a book that you would like to recommend to the class, write a brief review of it and ask to share it.
  • The next page in your Times Tables Test book. How are you doing with learning the times tables? If you'd like to come and show us how well you're doing, please ask.
  • Spellings - We have been looking at the suffixes 'ness' and 'ful'. Can you recall what these suffixes mean when added to a root word? Can you find 10 'ness' words and 10 'ful words?


A taste of our learning:

Art: What an amazing turn-out to our art exhibition on Thursday! We're sure you'll agree that the standard of work was exceptional. In class, we had drawn portraits, looked at architecture and designed hats. A range of artists was studied by children for Home Learning. Take a look at the photos below.

English: Our non-fiction unit of work is called 'How to trap a Dragon'. After watching several news reports about sightings of dragons in Louisville USA, we had an animated debate about what actions should be taken. Following this, we looked at instruction writing on 'How to trap a Dragon'. No dragons will be harmed in the process!

Maths: We have concluded the section of learning on multiplication and division by looking at dividing using repeated subtraction and scaling. We used recipes for fruit salad as an example. Look at a recipe to produce something for 8 people then scale the quantities up for 12 and then down for 4.

Swimming: It was a fantastic swimming session on Thursday. All of the children are putting 100% effort into their lessons and the progress is evident. They are constantly challenged by their instructors and are learning and perfecting new skills every session.















Friday 1st February

Theme of the Week: Mindfulness and reflection

Home Learning:

  • Write an acrostic poem with a word associated with the snow.
  • 20 minutes daily reading to an adult
  • One page of the Times Tables booklet or why not download a times table practise test from
  • Complete your art project and bring it into school to share on Thursday 7th February at our Open Classroom
  • Produce a poster advertising our single-use plastic free lunch on Thursday 28th February.

A taste of our learning:

Maths: We are now practising division skills and have focused on ways of partitioning numbers so as to divide them. For example: 108 could be partitioned into 30 + 30 + 30 + 18 in order to make it easier for us to divide it by 3.

English: The final piece of writing for our unit on the Ride of Passage has been photocopied and sent home with your child. You can get an idea of the quality of their writing as well as seeing one of the ways writing is marked to move it on. Talk with your child about the dots and green comments on their text. A photo of the code sheet that explains what the dots mean will be attached to the bottom of the page on Monday.

Geography: We worked together to learn about the Structure of the Earth. We sorted facts into the appropriate columns: crust, mantle, outer core and inner core. We will be learning about volcanoes next and we know the children are very excited about it.

Science: We have continued our learning about rocks. This week we carried out an investigation as to which rock would make the best kitchen surface. We discussed the meaning of the words permeable, impermeable and durability. Ask your child if they can remember what they mean. The children tested six different rocks to check which one would be best (photos to follow). Ask them the outcome. Next week we will be writing up our results and then moving onto learning about fossils.  

Circus skills: We all had a go at practising a variety of circus skills as part of the Chinese New Year celebration. Peacock feathers, plates and diabloes flew everywhere - great fun!

Friday 25th January

Theme of the week: Striving for excellence

A taste of our learning:

Maths: This week we have been learning the expanded method for multiplying two digits by one digit numbers. There is a picture of the method below. 

English: We have been looking at different ways to start sentences in our writing. We have been using the acronym DADWAVERS. D - description, A - action, D - dialogue, W - where, A - adverb, V - verb, E - estimation of time, R - rhetorical question, S - simile or metaphor. Next week your child will come home with a piece of their own writing - marked - for you to share with them. Also please watch out for a list of spelling words that your child needs to practise. On Friday, we had a spelling extravaganza. The children carried out lots of different activities.

PE: We had our second of our swimming sessions at Churches College Thursday. This was a great success. 

RE: Our unit of work was The Creation and why it is important to Christians. We had some very interesting discussions about whether the Creation story was historically accurate. We reinforced how important it is to allow everyone to have their own opinion and the children were extremely respectful to each other and their views. We also looked at other creation stories and similarities and differences between them and the Christian story. We acted out some of these stories, see below. 










In assemblies and in class, we have been looking over the pupils' anti-bullying policy. We have also focussed on what is mean behaviour, what is rude and what is bullying. The assembly powerpoint, 'Rude, Mean or Bullying' is attached below for you to look at together at home.

Friday 18th January

Theme of the Week: Looking to the future

Home Learning

  • 20 minutes daily reading to an adult. Are you using the section at the back of your Reading Diary to make a list of new words that you come across?
  • The next page of your Times Tables Test booklet. Make sure you have it with you next Thursday so you can mark it with a Year 6 Buddy.
  • We have looked at how the words ‘antique’ and ‘unique’ are spelt. Learn these and add any words you can find with ‘que’ making the ‘k’ sound.
  • Continue with your European art and artist project. Please ask Ms Fiers if you are struggling to choose an artist to research or if you are not sure how to present it.
  • Don't forget the Y3 and Y4 maths challenge.

Spring Term Maths Challenge!

  • This term there is a Maths Challenge instead of a Reading Challenge. There are 8 activities for you to have a go at and record in your home learning books. Make sure you tick your challenges off on the sheet when you have completed them. There are still 25 house points available for any completed challenges, or 2 house points for any tasks that you have had a go at if you haven’t been able to complete the whole thing. Good luck!

A taste of our learning

Maths: We have been practising times tables that are set out in a grid. A natural progression from this is to multiply 2 digit numbers by 1 digit (for example 23 x 4). We have included below two examples of how this is done. Ask your child to explain this method to you.

English: Our grammar focus has been using subordinating conjunctives. We have started to identify main and subordinate clauses and include these in our writing (for example, Toki went into the jungle, although he was not sure what he would find).

PE: This week, in PE, we continued to build on throwing and catching skills. Rapid progress was made by all, which really showed when we finished our session with a game of ‘butterfingers’. See the photo below.

French: We enjoyed finding out the names of different pets and have started to create our own booklets to show our learning. Look at the photo below and see how many you can remember.

PSHE: We started off our PSHE unit by asking the questions: What is rude? What is mean? What is bullying? By exploring the meanings and giving examples of each we have started to think about how we would deal with situations we find ourselves in.

Science: We have started our unit on rocks and have been finding out about the different types. More to follow!















Friday 11th January

Happy New Year to you all!

Welcome back to a new year and new term. What an exciting term we have, starting this week with two Cultural Days.


Home Learning

Reading – Continue to read for 20 minutes daily. Look out for the spring term Maths Challenge coming soon.

Tables – Complete the next page in the Times Tables Test book. Remember, this needs to be in school to mark with a Year 6 buddy on Thursday.

Spelling – We have been looking at how the words fatigue and catalogue are spelt. The focus is on how the ‘g’ sound is made. Can you add to the list of words that end with ‘gue’ that makes the sound ‘g’? Check that you know what the words mean?

Half termly project

We are studying European art and artists this term. We would like the children to research a European artist from any century and present their research to the class. This should include a piece of artwork that they have produced themselves. This time we have decided that no Power Point presentations are to be used.


A taste of our learning


Maths: We have started a unit on multiplication and division where we are building on the skills of knowing times tables to be able to multiply and divide 2 digit numbers by single digits. Where appropriate, we will share any anchor charts produced in class that demonstrate our methods of calculation.

English: Our English unit is using a short, animated film called 'Ride of Passage'. We will be using this to practise using connectives and adverbial phrases, write in paragraphs, use pronouns and possessive apostrophes and understand clauses in a sentence.

Geography: Over two days each pupil has ‘travelled’ to some of the countries in Europe. The activities have ranged from water colour landscapes (Russia) to dancing and food tasting (Greece) and creating landmarks (France). Ask your children what they have learnt about the following countries: Spain, Poland, Sweden and Italy.

Watch out for a Nut featuring news and photographs from our Cultural Days.

Friday 21st December

We have had a busy, fun and creative week. All the children have made an advent wreath as part of our World Faith and Philosophy unit. The children have also been making either a card or a calendar and a tree decoration. These should now be at home and we hope you like them.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the party and there are some photos below.

Thanks again for the projects which have now all been shared. It was lovely to give the children a creative brief and we were very pleased with their ideas.

If the children receive any books over Christmas, we would love to hear about them when they return to school.

Thanks again for all your support this term.

We wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year and hope you have a lovely, relaxing (ha ha!) holiday. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. x








Friday  14th December

Theme of the week: Character

In our Monday assembly, the theme was discussed and children came back into the classroom able to give examples of how their friends in the class show good character.


Home Learning:

Continue to read daily. Any who have completed or nearly completed the Book Challenge need to let us know so that their house points can count towards this term’s House total.

We now have a ‘Beast Quest’ corner in the classroom! Four volunteers are running a Beast Quest club just for year 3 so any who might like to try a challenge are welcome to join. The books have been kindly donated by the Pearson family.

Complete the next page in the Times Table booklet.

Any who have not brought in their Iron Age tool project need to do so ( see photographs below).

Look out for the autumn term spelling assessment in your child’s bag. Please go through this with them asking them which is the tricky part of the word and how they could remember it.


A taste of our Learning

English: We have reviewed the book ‘The Stone Age Boy’, written instructions for how to catch a fish (stone age style) and started some Christmas themed extended writing which will give all a chance to show off what we have been learning this term. Please look at the new writing targets in the front of Reading Journals.

Maths:Still focussing on addition and subtraction of larger number, we found the answers to some Christmas themed jokes. We even looked ahead and used co-ordinates to crack codes.

Science: The final lesson on light was about shadows. The majority of pupils knew that a light source and a solid object is needed to produce a shadow. We investigated how light travels in a straight line by shining a light through three pieces of cards with holes punched at the same places. When the holes were lined up the light appeared on the shadow of the card but when one piece was out of line it didn’t. What other investigations could you do to show that light travels in a straight line?

Thank you so much for all the projects. We very much enjoyed sharing and asking the children questions about them.










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.



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