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Grab every opportunity!

Another week that has flown by. I’m sure it gets quicker every week. Here is what class 6 have been up to this week.

In English we have continued with poetry. You may not have realised but on October 4th, the day before our class assembly, was National Poetry Day. Each year there is a particular theme, this year, the theme of the day was change. This National event involved 12 specially chosen poets from around the UK. They were invited to write a poem about a change that deserves to be celebrated in poetry. These changes could be big or small but had to be turning points for a community, or something that changes people’s thoughts and feelings. With all the changes that year 6 have to go through - we had to seize the opportunity.  Today we looked also at vocabulary related to change such as: regeneration, modification, migration, deviation, enhancement, deterioration. As we planned to write we took time to consider using some poetic techniques in our poems such as: simile, metaphor, personification, rhyme, alliteration, imagery and repetition.

In Maths we have turned now to increasing our confidence in working with fractions. Of course, we started at the beginning and did a very quick whistle stop tour of all the different elements that fractions can bring. This way we can iron out any misconceptions or gaps in our knowledge. As you will have seen this week’s homework has focused on this mathematical strand as well. We have also had the chance to carry out a few low key assessments across a number of strands of maths. I will be taking the time to chat with each child about them and I’m sure they will let you know how they did.

I have been so pleased to see a number of you returning slips to the upcoming SATs evening on the 24th October. I reminded the children that they should take the time to come along as well. I shall be showing, explaining and giving the children their SAM Learning accounts that night. Please do not worry if you cannot attend, I shall make sure you have the details.

Our weekly dictation practise has been improving and this week we realised how important it is to read, taking punctuation into consideration. I modelled reading the particular passage as quite a few children, from the previous week, had missed the two exclamation marks. Already I have seen children purple polishing once they have the sentences down.

Another National event which we participated in this week was, World Mental Health Day on the 10th October. Our learning powers worked hand in hand with the theme of resilience. We had a wonderful discussion as a class about how we can look after our wellbeing. From this we have started to make posters, flyers, leaflets about what we can do in school and at home.

In Science we had great fun looking at generating an experiment to muffle sound. Using our collaborative learning powers we have organised experiments and will have great fun in testing them out in our next session.

Also this week we have carried out lessons in geography, music, DT and PE. Your child I’m sure will tell you more.

I look forward to seeing most of you next week at Family Week and then the following week at the SATs evening.

Hope you have a great weekend!


  • Home school contact books. A few have been left behind this evening but do feel free to read over the weekend.

  • Swimming kits

  • Spellings tested Monday, out on Tuesday.

  • Homework out on Tuesday

  • Any plastic bottle donations are very welcome (as seen on the newsletter)

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Autumn week 5 & 6!

The end of the Gingerbread Invasion… What a busy few weeks we have had! I hope you have heard all about it. The children have been brilliant detectives/investigators/theorists/journalists and more! I am very impressed of the final Newspaper articles and a good effort with our Gingerbread Men baking - even if they didn’t all survive the oven!

In Maths we have practised our skills of mental addition and subtraction, the children have done really well with this as well as sometimes it’s hard to solve trickier sums in our head! The children have also embraced the challenge of Turbo Tables over the last few weeks - please do encourage them to practise at home.

We have also continued our Prehistoric Times topic, the children are very knowledgeable and interested in this topic. I have also been very impressed how well the children are developing their resilience in learning and their attitude to learning! Good work Class 4!

Enjoy your weekend

Miss Gale

Please ensure snack boxes are named.

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Autumn 1, Week 6

Class 2 have been working extremely hard this week. In English, we have been looking at some of the different adventures Mr. Benn has been on. We mainly focused on Mr. Benn’s diving adventure. From using his adventure, we could identify and retell the events in the beginning, middle and end of the story. In maths, we have been learning how to count in 2s and 5s. We used a range of different resources to help us with our learning, these included, 100 squares, number lines and the outdoor washing line!

Over the past 6 weeks, I have been encouraging independence with changing of books and taking them home at the end of the day. Regular reminders are given to the children about this routine throughout the day and I can see this is improving.

A number of items of clothing, especially jumpers, remain un-named. This makes it very difficult to return them to their rightful owners. Please can you make sure that all items of clothing are named. In class, we have discussed and been working on putting our jumpers straight into our bags when they are taken off to avoid loss of items. This is work in progress and I am sure this will develop over the upcoming weeks.


-      When bringing in a snack, please could this be put into a named container or bag to avoid any confusion.

-      Class 2 family afternoon is on Monday (15th) 1:15pm-3:00 pm.

-      Rearranged open session is on Wednesday 24th 3:30pm-6:30pm. This is a drop in session to have a look at your child’s amazing work they have produced in their books.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Leake

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Autumn 1 Week 6

Dear Parents,

We've had another productive week in Class 3. We have been working hard at learning our 2, 5 and 10 times tables and we have enjoyed writing our own version of Snow White.

In Geography we made up our own fact cards and compared two capital cities, London and Brasilia! 

In RE we wrote table contracts and discussed why it is important to keep our promises! 

We would like to remind all children and parents, that the homework is handed out every Tuesday and is due in the following Monday. Unfortunately we won't be able to mark the homework, if it is handed in late.

New spellings will go home every Tuesday and the spelling test is on the following Monday. We will be focusing on Common Exception words (also known as Tricky Words) for the rest of the term!

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing lots of you next week for Family Week! 

Mrs Weston and Mrs Pateman 

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Autumn Week 6

Another week has flown by in Class 5! We've been very busy designing our wands and writing our advert in English, working on our short division skills in maths and exploring the different layers of soil in science! 

I have seen a real improvement in the children's presentation this week and they are becoming far more confident in using their learning powers to show their understanding! It makes marking their work far more interesting and exciting to read! 

I'm aware that some children have been a bit careless with their belongings at school and our cloakroom is full of jumpers, coats, bits of PE kits and trainers. Hopefully next week we can keep on top of tidying it and everyone can take home their items. 

Looking forward to seeing some of your on Thursday afternoon for Class 5's family week session - there will be lots of maths actitivites to do including Turbo Tables! 

Have a good weekend, 

Miss Walker :) 

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