Class News

Forest School

Posted on Wednesday 15 May 2024 by Mr Nash

The children have thoroughly enjoyed the return of forest school! We’ve spent time exploring the woodland habitat, identifying plants and observing seasonal changes.

This has linked well to our current science unit – we’ve been learning about sustainability and the ways in which we can care for local wildlife.

sustainable – causing no harm to the environment

In our recent forest school session, the children made miniature ‘landscapes’, considering the features of the local area and how they could be represented.

Help at home by discussing sustainability with your child. Why is it important to care for local wildlife? What can we do to help?

Science – Plants

Posted on Monday 13 May 2024 by Jamie Kilner

Enquiry questions:

How do plants transport water?

Does the number of seeds within one plant pot affect the growth of the plants? 

Working scientifically:

I can set up a simple practical enquiry.

Ask relevant questions and use different scientific enquiry types to answer them.

This afternoon, we carried out various science experiments that encourage us to observe over time whilst ensuring our tests are fair.

We placed a white flower into a pot of red water. We made predictions based on our prior knowledge and understanding. Tomorrow morning, we will be able to view the results and see if our predictions were correct.

The fun didn’t stop there. We then began an experiment to see what would happen if we planted one sunflower seed in a pot compared to two, four and eight. Again, we made predictions; we will take measurements over the coming weeks.

Finally, we planted our own sunflowers. We really enjoyed getting our hands dirty and it was so lovely to see the excitement in children.

Let’s hope for lots of sun and the children will be able to bring some tall sunflowers home.

Help at home – try planting some seeds of your own at home. Can you grow something you can eat? What does a plant need to grow? What is the function of the roots/stem/soil? What happens in the leaves?

Send pictures in and we can display in the classroom.

Walking Through The Jungle

Posted on Sunday 12 May 2024 by Emma Kendrew

We have been so busy with our focus books Walking Through The Jungle by Julie Lacome and Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz.


The children have really enjoyed learning about jungle animals. We have talked about the difference between jungle and desert animals. We have travelled like animals in the outside area and even had a go at making our own jungle animal in the waste innovation area.

Our word of the week this week was Rainforest the children have really enjoyed using this during their learning.

“These trees are the rainforest, my train is going through the jungle.”

“Tigers live in the rainforest and gorillas.”

Hep at Home: Tell your grown up about some of the other animals that live in the rainforest? Find some facts about one of your animals to share with everyone.

Next week our story is Farmyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz.

Reminders and Notices

Forest School- The children have enjoyed Forest School so much we have decided to continue to take them, our new Forest School slot will be on a Thursday so please can you send your child to school in their PE kits with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Have a happy and healthy weekend and please don’t forget to email any pictures from home to thank you as always for your support.

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Miss. Feldman.


Minibeasts are everywhere!

Posted on Friday 10 May 2024 by Miss Ward

We’ve been on a minibeast hunt this week and they are everywhere!

We have been reading a non-fiction book this week – ‘ Minibeast Food’ by Charlotte Guillian

What better place to search for minibeasts, than in our own forest!

We found lots of different minibeasts including, worms, earwigs and centipedes!

It’s got so many legs! -Charlie

Miss ward it’s tickling my hand -Immy

I’ve found a big fat slug, it gets smaller when you touch it – Ella D

It needs a leaf to eat, I think it’s hungry -Evie


Help at home: Can you find any minibeasts in your garden or out on a walk? here’s a little checklist to help you ..

With all the rain we had on Monday it created a monster puddle! which we all thoroughly enjoyed. MUD SLIDE!

We also looked at the symmetrical patterns on butterflies wings and created our own versions. we looked in detail at the different colours and patterns and used these to explore colour mixing.


This weeks sound is: ‘Z’ Zebra

Rhyme of the week: Ring a Ring of roses


Have a happy and healthy weekend everybody!

Miss Ward, Miss Harvey and Miss Feldman

Living and Learning: I know the importance of ‘five a day’

Posted on Friday 10 May 2024 by Mr Freeman

This week, our living and learning statement is based on healthy eating and ensuring we keep a healthy, balanced diet. A key part of this is in the contents of our packed lunches in school. For our fluency sessions, we have been reading into our school policy around packed lunches (below). We discussed elements of our packed lunches that are vital (protein, carbohydrates, fruit and veg), and some elements that are fine in small portions (oils and spreads).  We used some great examples of what pupils have bought in their lunches and compared this to our recommended guidance – the packed lunches were successful against our healthy, balanced dietary advice.

Help at home: Encourage your child to make up their packed lunch with you at home. This way, your child can learn the contents of a packed lunch and why a variety is so important. You could ask questions whilst packing a lunch such as ‘Why are we adding this to the box?’ further develop understand of a healthy, balanced diet.

Forest School is Back!

Posted on Wednesday 08 May 2024 by Mrs Freeman

Forest School is back and we have been learning about plants in Science


In year one the children have been learning about plants. At the start of the term, each child planted their own sunflower and we have been eagerly observing them grow.

The children in class have been monitoring the sunflowers and making sure they have everything they need – light, water, oxygen.

Evergreen and deciduous trees

The children have also been learning about the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees. They can now identify specific features of an evergreen tree and a deciduous tree:


  • Keep their leaves all year round.
  • Leaves have a waxy coating.
  • Leaves can often be spikey or sharp.


  • Lose their leaves in Autumn.
  • Have colourful leaves and blossom.
  • Leaves are often flat and fragile.

Forest School

The children have been extremely excited to get outside for this term’s Forest School. On Friday afternoon’s, they will spend the whole afternoon outside in our own forest. Here they enjoy learning about nature, getting stuck in with outdoorsy crafts and generally getting mucky.



Posted on Wednesday 08 May 2024 by Jamie Kilner

We had some fun in the sun today, with a maths arithmetic relay – combining maths and PE.

Help at home – set your own maths relay in the garden or park.

Wonders of the Amazon Rainforest!

Posted on Wednesday 08 May 2024 by Mr Freeman

In geography, years 5 and 6 have been focussing on the Amazon Rainforest (which spans across 9 South American countries, Brazil being the most prominent). We’ve learnt a lot about the climate, biome types and vegetation within the Amazon, but found it difficult to piece everything together. To help with this, the children researched the four layers of the rainforest, along with plants, animals and climate within them. We then used our notes to draw our interpretation of what the Amazon might look like, just like being in our Class Novel (Survivors)!

Here’s some of the brilliant learning from our pupils:

Glug Slug Milkshake!

Posted on Friday 03 May 2024 by Miss Ward

This week our focus story is called ‘ Spider Sandwiches’ by Claire Freedman

The children got creative making spider sandwiches using appropriate materials to reach their desired outcome! We used, playdough, sticks, leaves and clay to make our own sandwich.

In maths we have been doing lots of counting- 1:1 correspondence. This helps them to build a strong foundation of number sense, by grasping the concept that one object represents one unit. We often ‘touch’ count in nursery to ensure we count each object once. 

Help at home:

Here’s the numberblocks explaining the rules of counting and more!

Can you count some objects around your house? how many did you find? did you make sure you touch counted them all?

Top tip for watching YouTube with your child: Go to the settings cog (it’s along the play bar) and turn off autoplay – this avoids an inappropriate clip coming up automatically, and helps to discourage your child from passively watching clip after clip


This weeks sound is: ‘Y’ for Yo-Yo

Rhyme of the week: Incy, wincy spider



Just a reminder …

Tuesday- is our forest school session and library book day

Wednesday- is PE day (comfortable clothes)

The weather has started to pick up this week and hopefully long may this continue. Therefore we ask if your child may have suncream applied before school. You may wish to send your child with bottle of suncream (clearly labelled)  incase they need a top up in the afternoon. please can you also provide your child with a sun hat.

We hope you have a lovely happy and healthy bank holiday weekend!

Miss Ward, Miss Harvey and Miss Feldman


Posted on Thursday 02 May 2024 by Jamie Kilner

Today, the sun was shining and we had another superb PE lesson learning key basketball skills. We began by recapping the key principles of dribbling and then moved onto stealing/tackling.

Here’s what the children had to say:

Remember to bounce the ball at waist height to keep control. Use fingers not palms to bounce.

Gabriel Y3

You can’t walk with the ball; you must bounce as you move. Must use two hands. Two hands would be a double dribble.

Madeleine Y4

Use our bodies to block the person trying to steal.

Emily M Y3

Today, I enjoyed playing Gauntlet.

Emily G Y3

I really enjoyed playing Gauntlet and stealing bibs.

Christian Y4