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Week 6


This week in English, the children have been learning all about writing school reports. They have written them about themselves and one of their favourite characters.


In Maths, we were learning all about translating and reflecting co-ordinates and then revising our understanding of multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000.


In Geography, we were learning all about how fossils are formed (this links in with our fossil hunt on the Isle of Wight!).


Some of our children went to William De Ferrers school this week to participate in the Technogames. They did brilliantly – here is a picture of some of their finished products!


Have a great weekend – ready for the big trip next week!


Week 4


In English this week, we have been trying to persuade potential house to buy our one on a stack! (Obviously, this is a bad idea!). The children did very well using lots of persuasive phrases and vocabulary. We also learnt how stacks are formed – we shall be seeing our very own stacks soon on the Isle of Wight (The Needles).


In Maths, the Year 6 children were finishing designing, budgeting and advertising their theme parks. The Year 5 were studying regular and irregular polygons – their features and how to describe them. We then looked at co-ordinates in the first quadrant.


In Computing, the children were coding their second game using Scratch! We had many brilliant programs all about creating and looking after a pet (a bit like a Tamagotchi!). Hopefully, you’ll be able to see some of these at our summer open evening!


It has been an amazing week for our class athletes, with the Year 6 girls’ relay team achieving first plus many others! Well done everybody!

Have a great weekend!



Week 3


Another week has whizzed by!


This week, in English, the children have been learning all about coastal erosion to prepare us for our Needles sightseeing trip to Alum Bay. We have learnt what causes different erosion, how waves are formed and how destructive they can be!


In Maths, the Year Six children have been busy designing and costing up a theme park. They have all had to budget carefully to ensure their customers get maximum value for their money! The Year Five have been busy learning all about properties of triangles, quadrilaterals and working out angles on a straight line and around a point. 


We also had our athletes represent us at the District Sports field events. They all did fantastically well – we achieved 1st place and two second places!

We have also been learning to code a computer game for our project. Coding is really difficult but the children have done really well evaluating and debugging their programs!


Have a great weekend!


Week 2


This week, we have been learning all about the HMS Victory and producing our own display using a mix of leaflets, posters and double page spreads. The results are great as you can see!

In Maths, the Year 6 have been looking at finances – mortgages, salaries and tax – all very important when you have responsibilities of your own!


In Year 5, the children have been learning all about measuring angles and drawing them accurately. Remember children, acute is less than 90 degrees and obtuse is more than 90 degrees but less than 180!


In Geography, the children studied fair trade; how it works and what it means.


In Science, both Year groups studied their SRE topic. If you wanted a reminder of what they studied, it is on our website under “policies”.


Finally, today was drumming day and the children have filled the air with beat and rhythm – they sounded great!

Have a great weekend!




Week 1


Already a week has flown by and we’re into our new topic – Coasts! We’ll be tying in all of the places that we’ll be visiting on the Isle of Wight within the new topic.


This week, we kicked off with the wonderful HMS Victory! We learnt all about its incredible history and produced a non-chronological report all about it. We learnt some amazing facts such as the battles it was involved in, the diet and discipline of the crew and how popular it still remains to this day!


In Maths, the Year 6 children were learning about how to plan and budget for a holiday by using and applying all their learnt mathematics skills. In Year 5, the children were learning all about capacity and volume and what is different about the two – can your child tell you?


In Geography, the children were continuing their work based on trading, importing and exporting by studying a country very different from the UK – El Salvador!


In Computing, the children were using and applying all their computer skills up to now to try and research, create and produce their very own computer game!


Have a great weekend!



Week 6


What a fantastic end to our half-term. This week has been Jubilee themed and the children have had lots of fun!


In English, we were writing and planning a letter to Her Royal Majesty, congratulating her on her 70 years as Queen. We were looking at how to write formally and the best ways to address probably the poshest person in the country! The end results were great and the children wrote some brilliant letters!


In Maths, the Year 6 were looking at Fibonacci sequences, solving mysteries and tried a maths-based escape room. In Year 5, we were revising our understanding of reading, interpreting and plotting line graphs. We had some tough challenges but the children were resilient throughout!

We also did some cooking in our Design and Technology lesson. Thank you to Mrs Haldane who made it all possible.

Here are some photos from the week:

Have a super half-term!


Mr Forster


Week 5


This week, we have been planning and writing a recount about our first day of school or a memorable day out. Our finished writing had to have the following elements:

Look out for a similar task for this week’s homework!


In Maths, the Year 6 children have been looking at the history of maths and creating art using maths! In Year 5, we have been revising our understanding of perimeter and area and working out those pesky composite rectilinear shapes! A great effort by all!


In Geography, we were looking at what the UK imports and locating the countries they on a map. I must say that the children have really improved in their map work – could it be to do with the Geography weekly challenge on a Friday or our frequent playing as a class? Have a go – it’s a great game for your geography!


Our sporting teams have been out representing the school. They did brilliantly! Here are some shots of our bowling team:

Here are some snaps of our brilliant netball team!

Have a great weekend!


Week 4



In English this week, the Year 5s have been using emotive language to describe a scene – all based from the video “Titanium”. I was impressed with the type of language they were using and enjoyed reading their pieces!


The poor Year 6 had their SATs: Spelling, grammar and reading. Well done to them for trying their very best! I hope it wasn’t too traumatising and they did get some biscuits for their troubles!


In Maths, the Year 5 were working on symmetry and reflection. Their homework this week is based on reflection so they may need a small mirror from home to complete the task! If you are stuck, let me know and I can allocate one.


In Geography, we were looking at importing and exporting goods from the UK. The children should all be able to tell you what the UK exports and imports – they also plotted their findings in a bar graph.


Finally, in Art the children were using paint to create a still life piece. We have had to extend this to next week and you can't rush greatness!


Have a great weekend!


Week 3


This week the Year 6 children have been consolidating all the knowledge they have learnt and applying it to a wealth of exciting practice tests, ready for the big week! They have all worked so hard and wish them all the best!


In English, the Year 5s have been looking at writing descriptively by planning using DADWAVERS. So, when introducing a piece of narrative, they must include:


Look out in their homework for a task similar to this!

In Maths, the Year 5 children have been learning all about the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes, translation and co-ordinates in the first quadrant.  In Science, they learnt about all the characteristics of living things.


The Year 5 also had their Road Safety Training. They were all very well behaved and learnt strategies about how to cross the road safely:


We finished the week with Art and were using rubbers to draw with! We were creating negative images from our charcoal pieces that we completed last week. Some fantastic ones here!

Have a great weekend – get lots of rest Year 6!





Week 2


Another week has whizzed past. The Year 6 have been eagerly(!) revising for their SATS whilst the Year 5 have been reviewing their understanding of fronted adverbials, sub-ordinate clauses and possessive apostrophes!


For your information, the Year Six timetable is as follows:


Monday 9th May 2022 English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2

Tuesday 10 May 2022 English reading

Wednesday 11 May 2022 Mathematics papers 1 and 2

Thursday 12 May 2022 Mathematics paper 3


There has been a bit of time for some respite from all the revising though! The children enjoyed their new topic of athletics in PE, creating their own Mandalas in Hinduism (RE), Animating a scene in Computing and Still life in Art.


Have a great weekend!


Week 6


The children have continued working hard right through to the end of term! In English, the children continued to analyse famous poems from Robert Frost and we created our very own poetry book!


In Maths, the children were learning how to read and draw line graphs – all worked very hard to understand scales, intervals, labels and axis!


We finally finished our playgrounds in DT – the children did a marvellous job and were really creative! The children also attended a Easter service at the church where they learnt all about Holy Week.

Have a fantastic and restful Easter break!



Week 5 out of 6


This week in English, we have been learning all about how to read and write poetry. We have studied some brilliant poems by William Blake (The Tyger) and D H Lawrence (Man and Bat) and have created some similar ones in the same style. Ask your child whether they can tell you their poet name – mine is William Daffodil!


In Maths, the children have been continuing their learning about area in Year 5. In Year 6, we have been ploughing on with the dread ratio – scaling and problem solving!


In Science, we learnt all about the moon phases and eclipses – some fascinating facts and knowledge acquired here!

Thank you for all of your who came to our Class Lunch – all the children loved having you here!

Finally, a look at the progression of some of the playground models in DT.


Have a great weekend!



Week 4


This week is always a favourite with all the children - TEST WEEK!


The children completed Maths, reading, spelling, grammar papers and had a writing assessment! 


We did manage to have some fun on Friday though and have continued designing and creating our fun and interactive parks:

We look forward to seeing you all next week for either at parents' evening or at the Class Owl lunch on Wednesday at 12:30!


Have a great weekend!


Week 3


In English this week, the children have been researching and writing an explanation text about space. We really do have some knowledgeable children who taught me a thing or two!


In Maths, we were learning all about area of rectilinear shapes (Year 5) and triangles (year 6), perimeter and ratio (Year 6).


In Science, we were looking at the history of famous scientists and how their views evolved from geocentric to heliocentric perspectives!


In Design and Technology, we started our design of our playgrounds - I can't wait to see the final results!

Have a great weekend, smiley



Week 2


Another week flown by!


Our topic this half-term is Star Gazers:

In English this week, we have been continuing our explanation text genre. We were researching particular questions such as: Why does it get dark at night? Why do tides form? How does a lunar/solar eclipse work? How did we land on the moon? We will then create our final write ups next week!


In Maths, we have been learning all about perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes.


In Science, we looked at the order of the planets and their particular features.


In Religious Education, we were learning more in depth about the Easter story. We were also starting to plan our playgrounds for our Design and Technology learning this half term:

Finally, today we celebrated World Book Day! It was fantastic to see all the children’s favourite books! Hopefully, the children will be able to meet the challenge of reading lots over the coming week for the Read for Good Charity Challenge – see your Dojo for more!


We look forward to sharing our learning with you on Wednesday!


Have a great weekend!


Welcome to the new half-term!


The topic for this term will be Space Explorers! Please keep your eyes peeled for the at-a-glance sheet which will be “landing” soon!


This week, we had Canon Christine visit us. We discussed our last topic of “Can religion help prevent racism?” where the children asked her some very pertinent questions. We then learnt all about the resurrection. Thank you Canon Christine!


In English, the children have started their new genre: explanations. Firstly, they identified what makes a good explanation text and then went on to plan one of their own – all about a machine they had invented to help around the house! Look for a similar task that I have set for homework this week!

In Maths, the Year 5 and 6 children were learning all about metric measurements and how to convert between them all!


In Science, we started our new topic of Space and we learnt that the Sun, moon and Earth are spherical. A long time ago, many people thought that the earth was flat! How times have changed (!)


Have a great weekend!



Week 6


This week, in English we have been completing our Lost in the Jungle narratives. All the children tried hard to include amazing adjectives, exciting verbs, figurative language and checking through and editing our work!


In Maths, the children have been looking at decimal sequences, and multiplying and dividing by integers. 


In Science, the children were learning about at reversible and irreversible changes.


In Religious Education, the children were learning all about the Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.


Just a reminder that PE will be on a Thursday afternoon next half term where our topic will be gymnastics. 

Have a great half term break!


Mr Forster



Week 5

In English this week, we have started writing our flashback narratives. We were focussing on making them really engaging for the reader by including amazing adjectives, exciting verbs, figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification), semi-colons and ISAWAWABUB (ask your child for an explanation of this!). They produced some great stories – we have some great authors in the making!


In Maths, the children have been continuing their work on decimals. The majority of the children now seem confident with this – just remember to line up the decimal points carefully!


In Science, we had a bit of a problem – the local supermarket had had a few incidents with their order – some paper clips had got into the rice, the sand and water had mixed, salt had mixed with the water and the raisins had mixed with the flour. With careful planning, the class were put to the task of separating each mixture!

In Art, the children were sculpturing clay in the style of Käthe Kollwitz. Here are a few of the finished products!

Have a great weekend!


Week 4


Another week has rushed past; this half term seems to be whizzing by!


In English this week, the children were lucky enough to have a hot task! This is where they are asked to apply their learnt persuasive techniques to a new context: a Sea World resort! The children were successful in applying their key phrases, exaggeration and they used slogans effectively. I would love to visit some of their parks!


In Maths, the Year 6 children were learning all about percentages (a personal favourite of mine!) and the Year 5 were learning all about the addition and subtraction of decimals. The homework this week is based on these concepts. Enjoy children! smiley


In Science, the children were experimenting with sugar and different temperatures to answer the question: how does the temperature of water affect the speed that the sugar dissolves? Lots of budding scientists here who worked hard to come to a solid conclusion!

In Religious Education, we wrote our own scripts of a conversation between two Christians: John Wesley and Edward Colston. Lots of important dialogue here which illustrated the children’s good understanding of the role of some Christians in the slave trade.


In Art, the children added black, whites and grey using paint to replicate their own version of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’. As you can see, they are very impressive!


Have a great weekend!



Week 3


This week in English, the children have been applying their learnt persuasive skills to sell their ideal holiday resort! Lots of great ideas; from hot tubs on the balcony to excursions to the local aquarium. Well done Owls - try and apply the same brilliance to your homework task this week!


In Maths, the children have been refining their percentage, fraction and decimal skills! Remember children that 0.1 = 10% and not 1% !


In Science, we have been continuing our topic of Properties of Materials - predicting and investigating which materials are soluble (and form a solution) and which are insoluble.






In Geography, we were continuing to practise our six-figure grid references and in Religious Education we were looking at how famous Christians had radically different views on the slave trade. 


In Art we were looking at the famous anti-war painting, Guernia - we will be designing our own version of this next week!


Have a great weekend!



Week 2


In English this week, we have been continuing our persuasive language topic and trying to market our ideal school. Lots of great ideas; from Damien Hirst being the art teacher to each children have their own laptop! Great use of exaggerated language and adjectives!


In Mathematics, the Year 5 children have been learning about percentages and the Year 6 should now know how to convert fractions into decimals!


In Science, we were investigating the conductivity of different metals. I think we all agreed that copper came out top - it made the bulb the brightest!

In Geography, the children have been continuing their understanding of six-figure grid references. This one was a treasure hunt around Chelmsford - it featured the prison, Hylands Park and the sewage works!

Finally, in Art we were looking at the work of Kathe Kollwitz and creating our own charcoal portraits. I think you'll admit, we have some great artists in Owl Class! 

Have a great weekend!


Spring Term 1


Welcome back to a chilly Spring Term. I hope you all had a great Christmas - a big thank you for all your kind gifts! It's was very much appreciated.

This half-term we shall be learning all about Art. Please see the at-a-glance below:



For English, we have been learning how to use persuasive techniques, extended noun phrases and emotive language and to try and sell some old, dodgy houses! Great work from the class - they'll make good estate agents!


In Mathematics, we have been learning how to convert fractions into decimals - we went as far as thousandths. So 1/10 = 0.1, 1/100 = 0.01 and 1/1000 = 0.001! It was challenging but I think we all got there in the end!

In Science, we started our new topic - Properties of Materials. We all investigated which materials were flexible, permeable, hard, magnetic and those that insulated well. Great investigating Owls!







(1)The children will still get either a Maths or English task each week.

(2) The children will have to complete 15 minutes of TT Rockstars.

(3) The children will have 5 spellings which they need to correct and put into a full sentence.


Thank you for your on-going support with homework - I know it can be a bit of a battle sometimes!


Have a great weekend!


Mr Forster :)