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Week beginning 30/1/23


This week we have continued our theme of 'Exploration' in dance, the children have been making movements and pathways do do with Space Exploration. This has tied in nicely with their English work, where they have been writing Newspaper reports about the Moon landing in 1969. 


Maths has been focused on written methods for multiplication and division (bus stop method) We are concentrating on these important methods this coming week as well, to make sure the children understand them fully. 


In art we are learning how to sketch and shade using pencil - the children have produced some wonderful sketches of 'Coca Cola' and 'Tango' cans. 

Week beginning 9/1/23

We have enjoyed our first full week back after the Christmas holiday, everyone has settled very well. 


In Maths we have been looking at the link between multiplication and division, in TT Rockstars the children are practicing their 3,4,and 8 times tables using their division bonds (32 divided by 8 = 4) Our English has been focused on Poetry this week - we have looked at adjectives, simile, metaphor, alliteration and onomatopoeia. we will put all these features together next week when we write poems of our own. 


This term's topic is "Our American Roadtrip". We have started by looking at atlases and learning how to read grid references. We pretended to be explorers in our dance lesson as well! 

Week commencing 28/11/22


Kingfisher class have impressed both of us this week with the concentration they have shown during their assessments. It is important that we can see how much the children can remember so we know what to teach them next.


In between these, we have been continuing with our Design Technology project - our mini cushions are coming on nicely and everyone is really good at threading needles now! We have also been doing some Christmas activities as well as practicing our Christmas carols. 

Week commencing 21/11/22

Everyone enjoyed coming to school in their sportswear today - thank you for your donations! 

Year 4 have been learning about area in Maths this week, while Year 3 have been consolidating their understanding of subtraction. 


In English, we started our topic on Instruction writing by making parachutes - we learned that instructions are not always clear!


We are practicing our Christmas Carols in preparation for the church concert on 13th December and have made salt dough decorations which we will be selling on the evening. 

Week commencing 14/11/22


This week we have been working on creating our own villain. We have described them including details such as; what the character looks like, what they do, what they say and the effect they have on others. 


In Maths we have been continuing with mastering written methods for column addition and subtraction, we have also been applying this to worded problems. We are also now learning the 8x table.


We have started our DT sewing project and spent some time practicing threading a needle and making knots. 


P.E. has involved learning new skills in Hockey. 


Head teacher award - Ollie Gilmour                         Handwriting award - Harry Wiltshire

Congratulations to you both! 

Week commencing 7/11/22


This week has been Maths Week! Kingfisher class have had a great time investigating 3D shapes using straws, modelling clay and making nets of shapes. They have completed a maths scavenger hunt and looked at different ways of making the numbers that are special to them. 

They have also been learning a range of card and dice games which they shared with our Special Visitors on Thursday afternoon - Thank you all for coming in! 

We have collected, recorded and presented data, measured the length of our paper chains, learnt about area and perimeter and the properties of 2D shapes.

Please visit the gallery to see what we have been up to! 


Headteacher award - Holly Smith and Handwriting - Eve Patrick   Congratulations! 



This week, we have finished our non-chronological reports. The children have worked really hard to include the features they have been learning about and have presented them beautifully. Hopefully, you will see them on display when you join us for parents evening this week.


In Maths today, we did an investigation called ‘Five Coins’ which involved finding different combinations and working out totals.


Our art project is complete and we finished by creating a whole class piece of cave art using positive and negative hand prints.


Table of the week is Rowling table – Congratulations!


Headteachers award – Joseph Handwriting award – Edie W






This week we have been looking at the features of Non-chronological reports – paragraphs, sub headings, bullet points. Maths has been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000 and Year 3 have consolidated their understanding of place value in numbers to 1000.


In Art, the children used spices mixed with water and flour to paint their cave wall – which was made from couscous and pva glue on a piece of thick cardboard. Sorry if they were a bit messy on Thursday afternoon!


In Science, the children have been looking at food groups and food packaging. P.E. has been swimming and netball skills.


Table of the week is Morpurgo table – Congratulations!

Headteachers award – Amelia Handwriting award - Eva




Our work on place value has continued this week, with comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000 and 10,000.


In English most of us have finished our Stone Age stories – copies of these should come home today. Next week we start Non-Chronological report writing which will involve researching our Stone Age topic.


In Art this week we went on the field and found some natural materials to make ‘paint’ from which was fun and quite messy! P.E. this term is learning netball skills and we have started to play mini games following the rules.

Table of the week is Kinney table – Congratulations!


Headteachers award – Harry I Handwriting award - Lexi




This week in Maths we have been placing numbers on number lines and considering the place value of numbers. In English we have continued planning for our stories about meeting a Stone Age person! Hopefully these will be ready by the end of next week so the children can bring a copy home for you to read.


In History, we have been looking at Stone Age artefacts and considering how these show progress over the period. Our cave style art work involved enlarging our animal sketches and outlining them using charcoal.


Table of the week for this week is Walliams table – Congratulations!

Headteachers award – Leia Handwriting award – Violet



W/C 5/9/22

I can't believe we have just finished the first, full week of the Autumn term! It has been lovely to hear about all the wonderful things the children did during the Summer holidays. We must have some very exhausted parents!!!


The children have amazed us with how well they have settled into Kingfisher Class and we are looking forward to the year ahead. 


In Maths this week the children have been working on Place Value by recognising the value of each digit in a 3 or 4 digit number. They have been using arrow cards, Dienes equipment and HTU grids - photos will follow next week. In English the children have been working on stories with an unfamiliar setting and looking at how description can add interest to the reader.  In Computing we discussed the importance of staying safe when gaming online and in Science we looked at the digestive system. Swimming also began this week and the children quickly picked up where they left off last term. 


TTRockstars has begun with a bang in Kingfishers and the children have been carrying out times tables activities every day. Lots of challenges are going to happen this year across the school and we are determined to beat Owl class!! Please continue to practice these with them as much as possible. We cannot stress enough how important it is that the children know their times tables up to 12x12.


Congratulations to Harry W and Jessica for getting their celebration certificates today and well done to JK Rowlings for earning the first Table of the Week award of the year!


Despite the sad news we received yesterday about Her Majesty the Queen, we hope you are able to have a good weekend. 


Mrs Thomas and Ms Reeves