28th September, 2018

Another busy week in Year 4 which ended with our class assembly on Friday on St Vincent de Paul.  Well done to all the children on speaking so clearly and acting brilliantly.

In Maths we have finished off our work on rounding and in English, have continued our work on Poetry.

Coach Dugan continued on developing our team work skills…we had great fun searching the school playground and field for clues for a final result which we checked in with Coach Dugan.

It was lovely to watch your teamwork skills of cooperation and decision making in good use.

Homework has been handed out and the focus is on creating your own sound poem.  Any problems, please come in and attend Homework Club on Monday at lunchtime.


Have a lovely weekend.



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Reception Week 4

We have been blessed with beautiful weather this week and so we have spent most of the time learning outdoors.

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The children were very excited to begin learning letter sounds and have had lots of fun doing so.

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Thank you for supporting your child by completing the phonics home learning and sharing their reading book every night. It really does make a huge difference to the progress they make. You will notice that we do not send home any letter sound on a Friday. Instead, we ask that you find a little time over the weekend to revise any previously learnt sounds.

In RE this week, we have been focussing on being unique and celebrating differences. The children drew self portraits after using mirrors to look at their own physical features.

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We also spent some time learning about St Vincent de Paul and enjoyed watching the Year 4 tell his story in assembly this morning.

It was lovely to have a visit from Amelia this afternoon and to give her the card that the children had made for her. Everyone was so pleased to see her!


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team


Year 2 Blog Week 3

It has been an action packed week for the Year 2 crew. In Religion this week we focused on the life and work of St. Vincent de Paul. Thank you for all your donations of socks, soap and toothpaste for The Passage.

In English we have turned our attention to fairy tales. This week we looked at the tale of Rapunzel. The children delivered some wonderful oral retellings of this well loved tale. We also looked at an alternative Rapunzel tale. The children generated plenty of amazing adjectives to describe Rapunzel in Beth Woolvin’s version. IMG_2570 IMG_2571 IMG_2572 IMG_2573 IMG_2574 IMG_2575 IMG_2576 IMG_2577 IMG_2578

Year 2 had great fun using Mathletics this week to test their place value knowledge. Logging in to Mathletics takes practice!  Please note that the usernames and passwords are case sensitive. We reviewed our e-safety rules and everyone used the devices responsibly. Remember .. You need to think, think before you click, click and tell someone! IMG_2579 IMG_2580IMG_2581Year 2 have taken on a very special art project. The children thoroughly enjoyed their pasta painting session…. watch this space! All will be revealed soon.

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Home Learning: reading comprehension, handwriting, maths worksheet, spellings wk3 and spag.com – sentences types (A)

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Miss Davey


Autumn 1 Week 4- Year 5

It has been another busy week in year 5. We have continued to build our place value knowledge by counting forwards and backwards in powers of 10 and have begun our new English unit based around an exploration text. In RE, we have been discussing the Blessed Sacrament and looked at how the Catholic belief towards it is different from other Christian denominations. We have also been learning about St Vincent De Paul and how his beliefs shaped his life.

The highlight of our week was, of course, our trip to the Chiltern Open Air Museum. We began the day by taking part in an Anglo Saxon Workshop. Cara-Jessie took on the role of the Earl and kindly let us into her homestead. During this time, we learned about Saxon runes, games, made jewelry and had the chance to handle some objects that told us more about Saxon life. Year 5 also learnt the important skill of thatching and perfected their hammer skills! At the end of our session, we learnt about Saxon beliefs and how they converted to Christianity from Paganism. For this, we had a visit from a very important visitor- a bishop portrayed by Mikey.

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We were lucky enough to enjoy fantastic weather and so ate outside. After this, we headed down to the playground to burn some energy.

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We then made our way to our archaeology workshop. Here we used a range of historical skills to answer questions and learn about the past. This included digging for artifacts and looking for evidence in artificial poo!

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The coach was very quiet on the way home with most of Year 5 dosing off! It was a fantastic day and we even caught glimpses of Horrible Histories being filmed.


From next week, P.E will be on Thursdays instead of Tuesdays to accommodate a rugby coach working with another year group.


I have a great weekend.


Mrs Lines


Year 6 – 28/09/18 (Trip to British Schools Museum)

After the outbreak of World War Two, as recently declared by our Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, the children were evacuated up to Hitchin on Tuesday. With their gas masks and name labels at the ready, they waved goodbye to their life in Potters Bar to be transported to a safer environment at the British Schools Museum. Here is a recount of our trip, written by Annabel and Anthony.

At the British Schools Museum in Hitchin, we learnt and had an experience as an evacuee. To start the day, we walked into a cold hall where a woman named Rosalyn greeted us and told us what we would be experiencing. First, we had to line up in different categories: one girls, one for boys. We had a new host and she was going to be our teacher for the bit of time we had with her. She stated, “Ladies first”, so of course my line went into the classroom. We each sat down at a desk. On the desk was a place to rest your pencil/ink pen and there was also an ink well where you would dip your ink pen. When talking to the teacher, you had to call her ‘Miss’.

Firstly in the lesson, we had scratchy ink pens which we had to use to write a postcard to let our mums know we had arrived safely. Well, we were basically copying, for the Miss told us what we should write. After writing, we had to blot it dry. Next, we did maths. Because of a shortage of paper in the war, we did it on a brown paper bag. Maths was again different because there were pounds (£), shillings (s) and pence (d). 12 pence would make a shilling and 20 shillings would make a pound. After maths, we looked at planes. We looked at the British planes – Spitfires – and the German planes – Focke-Wulf – and how if there was a red and blue circle on its wing it was a British plane, but if it had a cross it was  German plane. Later, we tried on the gas masks and it smelt like rubber. Finally, we were transported back to 2018 and left the classroom to do another activity.

Once we had left the classroom, we came to look at WW2 items like the gas rattle or bullet cartridges. In the hall, two old people sat (their names were Douglas and Angela) who were children during the war. They told us that as kids they had to collect conkers and rose hips to help the war effort, because in those time, everyone had to help win the war. The conkers were made into gunpowder and the rose hips for vitamin C because there was a shortage of fruit (because these had to be shipped to England, and the Germans torpedoed the ships).

Finally, we were taken down into the air raid shelter – which was freezing cold – and were taught about how children entertained themselves if they had to be down there for hours.

Thank you for the hard work that went into the children’s costumes – they looked sensational! Thanks also to Mrs Hathaway and Mrs McDonald for accompanying us.

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Week 4

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In Numeracy we have been matching objects with numbers and comparing amounts using the vocabulary more and fewer.

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In Science we did an investigation, we were blindfolded and had to smell three things and guess what they were. It was very difficult! We also looked at the colour of eyes and found that blue and brown were the most popular colour eyes in the class.

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In Religion we learnt the story called the Burning Bush that tells us that there is one God. Some beautiful paintings were done to show the story. This week was the Feast of St Vincent de Paul, we have been learning about his work with the poor. Thank you for your kind donations.

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Have a lovely weekend!


Mrs Carey


Year 2 Blog Week 2

Our second full week in Year 2 has flown by. This week we had our whole school mass to celebrate the beginning of our new school year. The children all showed great reverence during the mass and sang beautifully.

This week in Religion we started our unit – Beginning with God. We looked at the story of Moses and the Burning Bush. The children produced some wonderful retellings of this story.IMG_2537

In English we continued work on our poetry unit. The children created some fantastic list poems all about autumn which were full of amazing adjectives.IMG_2552

We are number and place value crazy in Year 2. We have continued work on regrouping and the children have also been learning about different ways of representing number. We used dienes, money, whole and part models as well as pictorial representations.IMG_2553

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Home Learning: reading comprehension, spellings week 2, handwriting and Mathletics.

Have a restful weekend.

Miss Davey

Week three

We have combined our problem solving and computing skills in PE this week by hunting for images taken around the school and taking pictures of ourselves next to the objects. It was great fun – what resourceful beavers and fantastic (team work) ants we are!

In topic the children have also become archaeologists and investigated some fossilized Stone Age ‘poo’ in order to find out what Stone Age people ate. This as you can imagine caused quite a stir!

We have learnt how the three types of rock, sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous are formed  in our science lessons. Using starburst to demonstrate the changes that occur when pressure and heat are applied. I was very impressed with the children’s focus in this lesson.

During RE we have been looking closely at the Trinity and Adoration – taking time reflect and give thanks to The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit – the children have shown real reverence.

Please find information about this weeks home learning in your child’s home learning pack. Comprehension, mathletics, spag.com and spelling activities have been set. The full spelling list for the term can be found on our class page under ‘resources’.

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Pringle


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Year 6 – 21/09/18

(Please find Home Learning instructions at the end of this post).

There was great excitement this afternoon as Y6 met their Reception Learning Partners for the first time! They spent their time getting to know each other by reading and playing together in the Reception outdoor learning area. It was wonderful to see the Y6s acting so kindly and maturely with their partners; it is clear that they are going to be excellent role models to them for the year. Here they all are!

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I am looking forward to seeing your evacuee costumes on Tuesday for our WW2 trip! Have a great weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 25th September) is as follows:

English Schofield & Sims English Skills : Section 1 Test 1 – to be completed in pink Home Learning book
Spellings Words from the Y3/Y4 and Y5/Y6 Statutory Spelling word lists – spelling sentences to be written in pink Home Learning book. See below for this week’s spellings. The children also have 2 envelopes – one containing this week’s words and one empty one. Once they feel they are secure with a word from Envelope 1 (short-term memory), they put it into Envelope 2 (long-term memory). I could test them on their long-term memory words at any time, and they will be revisiting them in class. If they misspell a word that they’ve put into Envelope 2, it goes back into Envelope 1.

Times tables

Mathletics tasks:

·         Nearest Whole Number

·         Nearest 100

·         Nearest 1000

·         Rounding Numbers

·         Multiplying by 10, 100, 1000

·         Dividing by 10, 100, 1000

Reading Spend at least half an hour on readtheory.org

Daily reading. Reading Records are on order.


Spelling list (to be tested Friday 28th September)

Words from the Y3/Y4 and Y5/Y6 Spelling Lists

especially frequently
immediately sincerely
accidentally actually
occasionally probably
therefore though
thought thorough
through rhyme
rhythm temperature