Week 4

Another fun and busy week! In Maths we have been solving problems involving addition and subtraction. The children have been looking for key words that tell them what operation to use.

In Phonics, we learnt the diagraphs ou, ie, ay and ea and our spellings this week were words with the diagraph er.

We had fun preparing our class garden to plant bulbs for our Garden of Hope.

In Science we had a big question. Does the tallest person have the biggest feet? The children decided we should stand in a line from the tallest to the shortest to test this. We found out that the tallest child in Year 1 did have the biggest feet but the second tallest child had smaller feet than some shorter children.

Then we learnt about a scientist called Mae Jemison. The children wrote questions they would ask her.

In Art we looked at the artist Paul Klee. We used some primary colours and mixed paint to make other colours and printed a picture using different shape blocks.

In Religion the children wrote Advent promises on stars and decorated them for our class display. Then each child wrote a prayer for our class Advent calendar to tell God something good that we will try to do every day in Advent. The children also made advent wreaths.

Please can you send in Christmas costumes by Thursday 3rd December.

Wednesday Word https://www.paperturn-view.com/uk/wednesday-word/advent?pid=MTA101634&v=11.2

Home Learning

Phonics sheet sent home in their folder. Please return in their folder by Wednesday 2nd December.

Spellings – words with ir diagraph

Whole School Home Learning Advent 2020 Friday 27th November 2020 – see the Newsletter for examples.

Advent  is the period leading up to Christmas. It starts on the Sunday nearest to 30 November which this year is Sunday 29th November and ends on Christmas Eve. The word ‘advent‘ comes from the Latin word ‘adventus’ meaning ‘coming’ which is a translation of the Greek word ‘parousia’. It is a time of waiting and preparation rather than a joyful celebration like Christmas.

Advent reminds us to remember and prepare for the birth of Jesus.

To help us prepare for Christ’s coming during Advent we invite you to take part in a creative home learning opportunity. 

  1. Make an Advent wreath 

One of our Advent traditions is to pray around an Advent Wreath.

Create an Advent Wreath or Advent Candles from card and paper and display in your home as an Advent focus. Here are some ideas for making a craft display.

  1. Write an Advent prayer to say with your family every day of Advent. Here are some examples to help you.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe.

You sent your Son to be the Light of the world and to spread his light of love to all.

As we light the candles of this wreath

May its growing brightness remind us of the approaching nearness of your Son

So that the day of His coming may find us prepared and filled with joy.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Taking part in these activities will help us to prepare and focus for the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Carey

Friday, 20th November 2020

Year 4 had another busy week!

On Tuesday, Miss Pringle helped them learn about the fantastic game of hockey! The children practiced different ways of holding their sticks and they also dribbled their hockey balls, ‘hoovering’ on the playground. They then consolidated these skills on Thursday and moved onto two new games where they could become goalkeepers. They did very well!

On Wednesday, the children had karate with Michael where they learnt new movements and techniques of meditation. Another chance for the children to be active came during our English lesson, where they acted out some of the characteristics that some of the main characters displayed in the play such as confidence, shyness, anger, etc  The children finished their second narrative piece this week with such imagination and showed that within their story their writing is progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary with an increasing range of sentence structures! Well done to Ben and Nathalie for receiving Head Teacher Awards for their pieces.

The children later brought balance to our week by participating in a serene and respectful Lectio Divina prayer session on Wednesday where they meditated and prayed on a piece of scripture from Luke’s Gospel.

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

Please see your Home Learning below:

Friday, 20th November 2020 Home Learning
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame to practice and test yourself on this week’s spellings.


division, invasion, confusion, decision, collision
television, erosion, fusion, passion, pension
Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities.


Please make sure you put time aside to read and update your reading logs.

Study Ladder Please log onto Study Ladder and complete your assignments.


For this week’s tasks, I encourage you to write down your number sentences on a piece of paper using the vertical method presentation and calculate them on the paper, showing your exchanges before submitting them online.

Science In the next 3 weeks, I would like you to create a musical instrument using recycled materials. We are going to use these instruments during our final assessment lesson in the topic of Sound.

Your musical instrument must produce two different tones.

Once, you have created the instrument, please write up a short summary of :

  • how you have made it
  • what materials you have used
  • what you have had to do in order to produce two different tones.

Please bring your instrument into school latest on Monday, 14th December 2020


Week 3

A great week of learning. We began the week with an assembly to begin anti bullying week. The children recognised many ways that people bully others. They were able to identify bullying in different scenarios that we discussed. They were able to name five adults who they would tell if someone was upsetting them.

In Maths we have been subtracting with different objects and counting back on the number line. We have been recording subtraction in the cherry model to recognise the relationship between addition and subtraction. The children applied their learning to problem solving.


The children planned and wrote their own stories about losing something. They used the skills we have learnt this term in their writing; capital letters, fingers spaces, full stops, adjectives and the conjunction and.

Year 1 has a remote trip with Whipsnade Zoo! We learnt about the different types of animals and their diets. They asked fantastic questions and listened to the speaker. We had Toto the lion listening to our questions.

In Art we learnt to mix primary colours to make other colours.

This week, we have been practising the prayer Hail Mary. Please continue to practise this prayer with your child.

Thank you for supporting your children to make bird feeders. All of them looked wonderful! The children were able to tell the class how they made them. They have taken them home to see if they can catch a bird eating in their feeder. Send in photos if you catch them!

Next week we will be learning and applying the Phase 5 sounds. I will be sending some phonics for home learning so please send in your plastic Home Learning folders on Monday.

Home Learning


Reading and Spelling

Can you find an animal living in your garden or in the park? Look for worms, ladybirds, spiders or snails. Take a photo or write a description about it!

Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Carey

Friday, 13th November 2020

Year 4 had another busy week. In Maths, the children carried on developing their column addition skills and have now moved onto formal written subtraction. In English they have practiced constructing expanded noun phrases and have planned how to turn our shared play script, ‘The Fly and the Fool’ into a narrative.

On Wednesday, Year 4, as well as all year groups, took part in a live Remembrance Assembly. They  used what they learnt and in an art session, painted water colour pictures themed around poppies.

They had karate this week learning a new sequence with Arthur and Kian showing the rest of the class a chosen sequence alongside Michael.  On Wednesday the children logged onto their Year 4 Google Classroom, took part in a Maths Quiz and then wrote a Book Review using Google Docs.  This session showed us how independent and confident they are growing in using this learning tool.

Today, we said Goodbye to Angela who is leaving our school and going to Cranbourne Primary School.  The children wished her all the best and Maria and Hebe organised a card for her from the class.  We will miss her and wish her all the best.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

Thank you Eric for sharing this picture of you with us!

Our Karate Session with Michael

Using water colours on our poppy designs.

Please see your Home Learning below:

Friday, 13th November 2020 Home Learning
Spelling Please use Spelling Frame to practice this week’s spelling words and later test yourself!


measure, treasure, pleasure, enclosure, creature, furniture, picture, nature, adventure
Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete three tasks. Please also update your reading logs.

Reading awards will be given next Friday!

Study Ladder Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the assigned activities.


In Maths you will be asked to recap and practice 6s and 7s multiplication facts.

In English your task is to complete and improve sentences using better quality vocabulary. This task is very similar to the ones we do in class as morning challenges but the focus is solely on the use of vocabulary.

Week 2

Another busy week of learning. In Maths we have been learning the strategy ‘Think 5’ when adding. Using a variety of resources and pictures, children persevered at this new concept. The children used the cherry models on the playground to make a number in lots of different ways.

In English we have been writing recounts using sentence starters first, next, then and after. We read the book Where’s my Teddy? And the children described the character’s feelings.

In PE the children were moving in different directions to avoid getting caught. They practised controlling the ball with their feet.

On Wednesday we had an assembly and the children were respectful in the two-minute silence.

In Science, we have been developing out observation and reasoning skills. We have been picking the odd one out of different objects and explaining our choices. Then we learnt about the different animal groups; reptiles, mammals, fish, amphibians and The children have been sorted animals into these groups.

In Art we looked at the artist Piet Mondrian and replicated some of his artwork.


Home Learning

Practise forming all letters correctly and writing on the line. We have been practising writing letters f, g , j, p, q and y where their body sits on the line and their legs go under the line.

Reading and Spelling


Make a bird box – We have been learning about different types of animals. One of the groups we learnt about was birds. Please make a bird box to feed birds. I have attached some examples. Please can the children bring in their bird box to show to the class then they can leave it outside somewhere at home with some bird food in it. Can you get a photo of a bird using your bird box? Send the bird boxes in by Friday 20th November.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Carey

Autumn 2 Week 1

Welcome back. I hope you all had a wonderful half term. This week we have begun our new English unit on Ernest Shackleton’s  expedition on the Endurance. The children have been captivated by this survival story and even wrote letters of application, explaining why they would be an asset the the voyage. In maths we have been learning how to multiply by 10, 100 and 1000. We have worked hard to understand the place value change that happens and have applied this knowledge to multiply decimals.

Along with the rest of the school, Year 5 learnt about Judaism for Other Faith Week. We focused on Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s and what this right of passage means to a Jewish child.

In PE, Year 5 have been learning about possession and passing in hockey. They have learnt how to hold the stick correctly and move the ball with ease.

During our Karate lesson, Sensei challenged the children to see how many kicks they could do. Our champion was Freddie with a whopping 43!We’re hoping it will be the school record.

On Wednesday, Year 5 went outside and learnt how to measure the size and age of a tree.

Have a wonderful weekend


Mrs Lines


Home learning:



Spellings Week 1- New sheets have been given.

Readtheory- 10 tests



Autumn 2 Week 1

Welcome back, I hope you had a great half term. Our author this month is Anthony Browne. In our English lessons, we have been reading the story Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne. We described how the characters were feeling before and after they went to the park. Then we sequenced the story and added captions. The children have been painting pictures of the story, building their own parks and writing about their own experiences in a park.

In Maths we have been adding by counting on using a number line. We have played games using dice and a number line, making sure we count on from the next number.

In Science we investigated the different eye colours in our class. We started by predicting what we thought was the most popular colour and then we made a pictogram to show the most popular eye colour. Brown is the most popular eye colour in Year 1. What is the most popular eye colour in your house?

We continued the karate lessons. The children loved the new movements and counting to ten in Japanese.

In PE we danced liked fireworks. We did spiral movements, circle movements, quick fireworks, slow fireworks and our PE T- shirts helped us to make different colour fireworks.

In Religion, we have been learning about the Jewish religion, we learnt about a special ceremony called the Bar Mitzvah.  Then we made poppies and learnt about Remembrance Day.

In the front of your child’s reading record there is a sticker with your child’s google classroom username and password. You will need this if the class or school has to close due to isolation.

Home Learning

Reading and Spelling

Read Anthony Browne books at home or on youtube.




Have a wonderful weekend.


Mrs Carey

Friday, 6th November 2020

The children in Year 4 came back with renewed energy after half term!

In Maths the children have moved on to written formal method for addition, whilst in English they have started working towards writing a new narrative piece based on a traditional Vietnamese folk tale, The Fly and the Fool.  On Friday, the children worked in small groups and after discussing the elements of a play script, they went onto acting out the playscript.


In RE, the children have learnt about Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah as special occasions in children’s life. They also took part in a Remembrance Act of Worship.

The children carried on with their karate lessons with Sophie being given recognition by Michael.  Well done Sophie!  In PE the class have continued to develop their skills through invasion games. They looked at the basic parts of their digestive system in Science and looked at Milton Keynes as the fastest growing city in the UK as part of their Geography.

Leon, Finn and Eric have been exploring our school garden and came across some small peppers.

Please see your Home Learning below:

Friday, 6th November 2020 Home Learning
Spelling Log onto Spelling frame to practice and test yourself on this week’s spelling words.


sadly, usually, completely, finally, comically, happily, angrily
gently, simply, humbly, nobly, basically, dramatically
Reading Please logon to Read Theory and complete 3 tasks
Study Ladder Please logon to Study Ladder and complete your assignments.

They are based on mental and written methods for addition.


Friday, 22nd October 2020

Year 4 has had another busy week.

The children participated in One World Week, where they focused on the United States of America. They have learnt about its location and searched for ‘megacities’. They took part in a treasure hunt outside where they looked for information about other important cities and located them on maps. The children also completed activities on the Mississippi River identifying its stages. As part of One World Week they tasted Giant Marshmallows, a typical American treat!

On Wednesday, the children lead Mass in their classroom on the theme of Community and Participation. They celebrated the Eucharist and revised the importance of Holy Communion as a sacrament. Fr Shaun helped them to revise all the special things that are found on the altar. Today in class, the children had the chance to set up the altar and learn again about the sacred items that are used and what they are used for. Thank you to Sophie, Eimear and Alfie who read beautifully during the mass and the class who followed Fr Shaun’s sign language for the songs.

Following all their hard work in preparation for their writing, the children completed their River Story narratives and we have enjoyed reading such descriptive narratives.  Well done!   They loved their karate session on Wednesday afternoon!

On Friday, Year 4 participated in a Harvest Act of Worship lead by several members of the class: Macy, Johanna, Gabriela, Hebe, Leon, Elle, Arthur, Charlie, Ben and Oskar.  Eric took photos which you will see below.

At the end of today before heading home, Johanna shared a quiz with the class that she had designed on British English words and American English words.  We really enjoyed the quiz – even I didn’t know all the answers!

Look below to see some of the quiz questions.

Wishing you and your family a restful half term.  See you back on Tuesday 3rd November!


Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

The American Treasure Hunt!


Johanna’s Quiz!

What is the American English word for our  English word flat?

Answer:  apartment

What is the American English word for our English word sweets?

Answer: candy.

What is the English word for the American word cotton candy?

Answer:  candyfloss

What is the American English word for our English word postcode?

Answer:  zip code.


Week 8

This week was One World Week and Year 1 learnt about France. The children located France on a map of Europe and wrote facts about France, they painted flags and they made the Eiffel tower with lego, bricks and straws. We enjoyed having a brunch with croissants and orange juice. In PE we made up a dance to a French song about fruits. Then we looked at a French artist called Georges Seurat and painted the Eiffel tower in the style of his paintings. Thank you for the wonderful home learning.

In Maths we used the cherry model to find as many ways as we can to make different numbers. We thought about how we could check if we found all of the possible ways. We added two and three numbers together to make a total.

In Science we investigated our sense of taste and smell. We tasted different flavour crisps and guessed what the flavour was. We smelt different things and guessed what they were.

On Friday we had an act of worship to celebrate Harvest. Thank you for your generous donations.

Find some Julia Donaldson and Jill Murphy books at home and read them as a family.

Have a wonderful half term


Mrs Carey