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New Beginnings

Welcome Back ! I do hope everyone had an enjoyable summer. Year 6 are back and seem fully charged and ready to go, although I cannot believe they are now Year 6. I still find it impossible to think that the old Year 6 will have just finished their first week as Year 7.

You should have received, with this week's newsletter, a copy of the 'Moving On' document informing you about applications for secondary school. If you are planning to attend any of the open morning sessions please could you let the school know, as this means I can plan and ensure learning is not missed.

Of course we were straight back into learning on our first day with some mental maths. The children felt they were a little rusty but with further maths lessons during the week, they blew the cobwebs away. I loved listening to their reasoning and reading their methods too. We shall be focusing still on number next week, just to ensure they are secure.

As you will also have seen from the curriculum leaflet and homelearning grid we will focus in a cross curricular way about Scotland. We will be concentrating on a range of writing skills through working on a class novel - The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant. Already from the first two chapters the class have identified similarities of JK Rowling. Without giving too much away three children are packed off to an unusual boarding school in ... yes you have guessed... Scotland! Already we have had the opportunity to write a monologue, diary entry or advertisement.

Our initial Geography session saw the children using their learning powers to show what they knew about Scotland. It was lovely to see how much they knew. We then went on to discuss more of some of the traditions. Our next session will focus on atlas work, finding locations and understanding the landscape.

Our first PE lessons went off to a great start. The children shall need their swimming kits on the 17th September and indoor/outdoor kits for Wednesdays and Fridays.

A Big Question kicked off the start to our RE this term- 'What does it mean if God is Holy and loving? We shall be looking at a range of biblical texts, seeing how Christians use the Bible to help them understand what God is like. The focus of our learning will be looking at God's character- his holiness- and the personal aspect - God is loving. Saying sorry to a holy God, receiving forgiveness and starting again are also at the heart of other faiths and not forgetting our values.

Speaking of values, the children were all thankful and very keen for the allocation of jobs and responsilbilities and buddies. I think we have covered all bases, however some children are still waiting to meet the remaining reception children who start next week. For those who already have buddies, Miss Ingle has been very impressed with Class 6. A terrific start!

I am sure it will be an exciting year ahead and look forward to working with you all. See you tomorrow for the week ahead.

Mrs Stewart


  • Home school contact books. These will be collected in. As I explained to the class, they need to be signed off by an adult each day. The expectations are to be heard by an adult once a week at home(more is okay) and to try to read independently each day for about 10 mins(again longer is fine). House points will be up for grabs !
  • PE kit. Please ensure it is named. I have also explained that I do not mind kits being taken home during term time to be freshened,and that they are responsible for bringing them back ready for lessons. A spare carrier bag for trainers would be great.
  • Spellings and homework will start on Tuesday.


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Autumn Term, Week 1

What a successful week we have had in Class One this week! All children have settled extremely well into their new routine and it has been a joy to get to know some of our new intake over the course of the week. The children have been up to many different and exciting activities including rainbow sand mark-making, painting, PE lessons with our amazing sports coaches Mr Jefferies and Mr Smith, number work, phonics sessions and even creating their own mud-recipes in our brand new mud kitchen! It is also really lovely to see so many children coming in to the classroom independently now; we are very proud of them and how positively they are entering the classroom each day.

A big thank you to all parents for being so patient at the gate as we learn all of your names and faces and also for ensuring that all school uniform is clearly named’. This has made things much easier for us all this week and is very much appreciated!


  • A reminder to all parents that children’s reading books will be changed each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Your child will be heard read by the class adults throughout the week so please ensure these come into school each day in book-bags.
  • Water bottles should contain still, unflavoured water only. Your child may also bring in one fruit or vegetable item each day to eat at their snack-time. We ask that you do not send in cereal bars/ crackers/ yoghurt covered fruit/ / fruit winders or other similar items please.
  • As part of the Early Years Curriculum, children are encouraged to work and learn outside as part of an ‘extended classroom’ in out outside area. We have a saying in Reception that there is no such thing as the wrong weather, only wrong clothing! We therefore ask that children bring in some wellington boots to keep in class each day, so that they are suitably dressed for all weathers. Some of our best learning and experimenting comes from playing in the rain and with puddles!
  • Lastly, all children are expected to change for PE at school with a level of independence. Whilst we will always help those who need it, we encourage children to ‘have a go’ at doing up/ undoing buttons and ties, before seeking help from a grown up. We therefore ask that you practise this at home with your child over the next half term or so, so that they can get used to dressing and undressing with confidence.

Thank you to all for a great first week, it has been lovely chatting to some of you at the gate and I look forward to getting to know you and the children more over the coming year!

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes (Nursery Nurse), Mrs Sabri and Mrs Gemmell (Class TAs)

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The Final Countdown

Where has this year gone! I just cannot believe we have 4 more days to go. Last week had still as much learning in and of course some super performances from The Mystery at Magpie Manor. Looking at all the fab pictures in the photo gallery just reminds me how much fun and learning comes from a production. The many cross curricular subjects involved and not forgetting the fun of learning.

Class 6 were also very mature whilst covering the information involved in our sex education and relationships programme.

We also had time to visit the field on a few occasions for our PE lessons to polish up on our rounders skills, ready for Monday.

We had time to also fit in some maths lessons which was good. It did seem very strange however on Thursday when no one was around at the gate , with the usual 'Morning Mrs Stewart'. It was lovely to hear about their day on Friday and I'm sure they will all have made a super first impression at their new schools.

Friday was however a little emotional. Each year we ask the children to walk a labyrinth and reflect on their time at St Ippolyts. The children each then gather pebbles as the think back and place memories into a small trinket. I stand watching each of them, with so many memories of my own. Mrs Jones also joined us. You will have the opportunity to see and hear some of these thoughts at our Leavers Service on Wednesday. 

Let us look to next week then and a few reminders.

A very exciting day after school tomorrow for our Staff v Year 6 leavers match. I hope you can join us. Year 6 please try to remember your PE kit please and trainers.

Please can the children, if they have not already completed, hand in their Leavers page. I have read so many lovely pages but do need them in by Monday.

Also I have been discussing and starting to work with the children on their leavers boards. For those children newer to Year 6 we ask you to gather a range of items that show your journey of primary school years. These items are then displayed. You of course will be able to take these home on Thursday with you.

Tuesday is our Leavers BBQ for Year 6 and hope that the beautiful weather stays. Leavers service on Wednesday pm.

Last but not least, it may be an idea to bring some plastic bags in as we will be distributing things. Please can you also have a good look at home and return any library books or badges that you may still have.

Remember to try and keep learning your songs and words for the service.

See you all tomorrow!

Mrs Stewart


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Class 4 in July

How is it already July!

We've been busy again with production rehearsals and it is looking very good! We are very excited for you all to see it - not long now! Please make sure your child has all of their costume in school from now on. 

Year 3 - Magpies - Black and white clothing

Year 4 - Servants - Black/brown/cream/grey clothing (lots of people are using last year's Victorian outfits - great idea!)


In Maths we have been learning about angles. In Science, we have learnt more about the digestive system! In RE today, we have looked at symbols to represent ourselves. We have almost finished the sock monkys (They are SO brilliant!)


Last two weeks Class 4...

Please don't forget to return report slips and parent questionnaires. 


See you at the summer fair! 

Miss Gale

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Class 4 in the summer!

We've been very busy in Class 4 these last few weeks as the production rehearsals are underway! The children have worked very hard to learn the songs and dance moves and are performing with great enthusiasm. Please ensure your child's full custome is in school, labelled, by Monday.

In English we have finished our unit of Explanation texts. We looked at a variety of different things to explain including some imaginative responses on how a TV actually works! The children have worked very hard with their writing these year and I have loved reading their recounts of our class book, Charlie Small.

In Maths we have become experts in short written division! They really got the hang of the bus stop method and it was really good to see so many links being made between multiplication and division. Today we took on some investigation challenges involving money - good work!

Enjoy the sunshine class 4, why don't you have a dance and practise the songs whilst in the garden this week?


Please ensure water bottles, snack boxes and all clothes are labelled as we having lots of things left behind!

Miss Gale 

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