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Reading Buddies

This week the Year 6 children have really enjoyed setting up a new scheme with the Year 1 class. They are now Reading Buddies, twice a week, with a Year 1 child to support their reading. They are taking this responsibility very seriously and are doing a great job! The Year 1 children are very excited to see their older visitors and it will be lovely to see their confidence and reading ability to grow.

Year 3 19/01/18

We have had a great week in Year 3.


In English we have been busy learning our story of Robin Hood.  We now know the text really well and have spent the week exploring it in more detail.  We have explored the language used, the features of Rags to Riches stories and even started writing the sequel!

In Maths we have been exploring division and the different methods we can use to solve 2 digit numbers divided by 1 digit numbers.  We have looked at sharing, arrays and partitioning.  Although some of them are quite tricky, we have had to be resilient and just keep trying and now we are really starting to get the hang of it.

In Science this week we explored what we mean by the term healthy balanced diet.  We learned about the 5 main food groups and how it is important to eat a balanced amount of each group.  We then started a daily food diary, where we tracked the school hot dinners.  Luckily, they provide a good balance of all 5 food groups each day! 🙂

Diaries, division and forces.

It’s been a busy few weeks in Year 5. In Maths, we have been working on our standard written methods of long multiplication and division. It’s been tricky, but we’ve been persevering. It’s great to see the children enjoying their successes and feeling confident to ‘have a go’.

English sessions this week have brought tears to our eyes, as we’ve been working hard to imagine how passengers on the Titanic felt. We wrote diary entries, some of which were amazing; containing ambitious vocabulary and ideas. We then edited and published them to put into our topic books.

We are looking forward to the STEM week (beginning on 29th January) as Science is one of our favourite things. This week, we’ve been continuing our work on forces, looking at water resistance, gravity and upthrust. Our challenge was to design a boat which could balance weight and upthrust so it could float, carrying as many marbles as possible.


Dragon Fever

This week we performed our dragon report to Y4 and they were very impressed. 

They would like us to return to show them our written reports, which we started on Thursday and will finish on Monday. We are publishing them, like real books, with a front cover and a back cover.


In maths we have been learning how to add and how to subtract using numberlines. We are getting very good at marking our froggy jumps on the numberline, remembering to start on the right number and jump in the right direction.

We have also been learning the song “Puff the Magic Dragon” which we will hopefully learn in full to sing to parents at our assembly at the end of this term.


Our past couple of weeks …

We have been using money a lot in Maths this week and are starting to get to grips with how we can use different combinations of coins to make the same total. It would be brilliant if your child could help you this weekend when you are out shopping. Can they pay for items by totaling amounts?

We have been busy bees in English as we have been planning our adapted stories of The Tunnel. We have lots of new titles including: The Rabbit Hole, The Secret Door and The Puddle. Yesterday we retold our stories in preparation for writing them and today we started on our opening.

In Science, we have been looking at the different parts of plants and flowers and their jobs. In Geography, we have been looking at where we live and what it’s like as a place. In PE, we have been exploring different balances in gymnastics. In Computing, we have word processed our front cover pages for our Topic books. Finally, in Design Technology, we have been exploring different types of puppets and comparing them to see what kind of puppet we would like to make during our STEM enrichment week.

Several homework tasks come in recently especially the one which was to draw a map of your journey to school. It would be lovely to have some more coming in over the next few weeks.

Don’t forget it’s our class assembly next week…we literally can’t wait to share it with you!!!

Year 4 blog

What a busy start to the year – Christmas feels like a distant memory! This term we have started learning about France.  We have been learning the words for different items of school equipment and how to say them. This week we have been looking at food and the links between our food and French food in their names.

As part of our English lessons we have been looking at the train crash at Gare Montparnasse in 1895; I am really looking forward to the children’s own reports coming up! This week year 1 came and told us their dragon report; it was amazing.

For Maths this term we will be concentrating on multiplication, so any times table practice at home would be very beneficial in helping your children to feel more confident in class.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to me in school or at the gate. Thank you, Mr Halliwell.

Year 3 5th Jan 2018

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a lovely, restful Christmas break!  The children have all come back happy and ready to learn.


We have started our brand new English unit this week.  We are going to be learning the story of Robin Hood, which is a ‘Rags to Riches’ story.  Next week we are going to be learning this story, using our story maps to help us.


We also started our new PE unit of Gymnastics.  We explored individual balances today, trying to create different shapes.  We will progress this next week, by trying to work together to create more interesting and complex shapes.


We have started to further our understanding of our current topic the ‘Rotten Romans’.  Although we started this last term, we only focussed on our Art work, which we used to create our topic book cover pages.  This term we will be focussing on the History side of the topic.  Keep your eye out for our big Roman v Celt battle!!

Happy New Year!

It has been a really happy new year in Year 5. We’ve come back to school quite rested and ready to learn! The children have become fascinated by our new topic, The Titanic. They really enjoyed drawing and painting their topic title pages and learning a little about the mighty ship.

In English, the children wrote some amazing, emotional poems, imagining that they were on the boat as disaster struck. They really did bring a tear our eyes when we read them.

In Maths, we have begun a unit on multiplication and division. We’ve learned that knowing our tables really speeds up our calculations!

This term, the children will be having PE on Monday and Tuesdays. It would be ace if they could all have their kit in school for this.


Happy New Year

Happy New Year and welcome back.

Our new Topic is ‘Our Town: Stroud.’ Below is a copy of the homework tasks that can be completed this term.

Yesterday, we had a very interesting English lesson which involved us all travelling through a portal! The portal led us into a quiet wood which soon turned into a menacing forest. We had great fin acting out the story and thinking about the different character’s behaviours and feelings. Our story is called ‘The Tunnel’ by Anthony Browne.

First Week Back – 5/1/18

Happy new year! The children have all made a happy return to school after a good Christmas break. We have worked towards preparing our newspaper reports which we will begin next week and have worked hard with our decimals. Some of the children were very relieved to find that decimals are not as tricky as they first seemed!

Our mini hockey tournament on Thursday was not quite as we expected – it was so windy, the balls kept blowing away before we could hit them! This gave us a good additional challenge but we, unfortunately, had to give up in the end.  It did make us all laugh though.

Happy New Year!

The children have returned happy and ready to learn.

We have started our new topic “Dragons, Castles and Medieval Times” already and the topic umbrella is coming home to you tonight, along with a homework booklet and Rainbow Spellings.

We have already discovered that Isaac is the class expert on dragons, explaining the difference between a male and female dragon (to do with defending the young with fire) and learnt that there are Swedish, Hungarian and Welsh dragons. The children have shown a lot of interest in this topic already and I have gathered up their questions to  see if we can cover them during the topic. We have been describing dragons such as this scary creature in English.


Forest School starts on TUESDAY. This is a cold term so please make sure your child is well wrapped up on Tuesdays, with extra socks and a good coat. It is a good idea to send them in with some overtrousers to go over their uniform or some old trousers to wear instead.

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a good term. At the end of this term we will be showcasing our topic work in an assembly so look out for that date in the newsletter!