Filed in Main School Newsletters | Posted on March 9, 2020

 WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – 6th March 2020

Future Events

  • Monday 9th March – Year 5/6 Swimming / Book Fair arriving
  • Thursday 12th March – Year 1 visit to Cardiff Castle
  • Friday 13th March – Year 1/2 Swimming / Year 3/4 Swimming
  • Wednesday 18th March – “The Wider Community” Spring Garden Party (by invitation only)
  • Thursday 19th March Athletics vs Hambrook School
  • Friday 20th March FOSS Mother’s Day Sale (art room) / Reception Swimming

Polite Notices

  • Please may we also remind you that we are a nut-free site.
  • We are still observing some drivers not adhering to the 5mph speed limit.  The site speed limit is set for the safety of your children and your cooperation with this is much appreciated.
  • When parking your car please help others by parking courteously.
  • Please make sure you are familiar with the one way system.
  • During the school holidays, it is equally as important to maintain the security of the site.  Please can you make sure you close the main gates after gaining entry at these times?

We will be holding a book fair in the conference room next week (9th to 13th) and here are the times that it will be open:

  • MONDAY 3.40 pm – 4.15 pm
  • TUESDAY 8.00 am – 8.30 am 3.40 pm – 4.15 pm
  • WEDNESDAY 8.00 am – 8.30 am 3.40 pm – 4.15 pm
  • THURSDAY 3.40 pm – 4.15 pm
  • FRIDAY 8.00 am – 8.30 am


This week in Literacy Reception have continued to write about the Gingerbread Man. Some of the children have been attempting simple sentences whilst others have formed simple captions. In Maths we have looked at 2d and 3d shape and Ordinal numbers. PE this week has been a mix of Gymnastics and ball skills which the children have enjoyed. For World Book Day the children enjoyed meeting author Amy Wilson who shared with them some story writing techniques. All the children had embraced the theme of dressing up as a character from their favourite book. They enjoyed sharing their books together on the carpet after snack.

Year 1

Year 1 have had great fun this week thinking of their own ‘Don’t let the Pigeon…’ stories.  What great imaginations!  They have used connectives such as and, but, because and so to join clauses together to make compound sentences.  We all thoroughly enjoyed sharing each other’s stories on World Book Day.  What amazing costumes!  The sound of the week is ‘oy’ as in boy.  Please help your child to find some words.  In Maths we have continued our work on measurement, this week concentrating on weight/ mass.  The children used their estimating skills and weighed some fruit using cubes to see which were the heaviest or lightest.  We also found the difference between the weights of the different fruits.  If you are happy for your child to be part of the filming for the phonics session on 24th March, please return the permission letter asap (if you haven’t already done so).

Year 2

Year 2 this week have been looking at directional and positional language and used it to find objects on a grid. They then transferred this knowledge to program a route for the Bee Bots across the school hall. 

In ICT the children were shown how to research facts about Elizabeth 1st using appropriate web sites. The children really enjoyed using the computers and will have more opportunities to do so.

In Topic we have started looking at Queen Victoria and will continue this next week.

Thank you for all your efforts making World  Book Day costumes. The children all looked wonderful and enjoyed participating in a wide range of activities around books. They enjoyed listening to local author, Amy Wilson discussing her books and talking about her writing experiences as well as watching the brilliant Year 6 play.

Year 3

This week in English lessons the children have been using apostrophes for singular possession, following on from last week’s work where they used them for contractions.   

We will be finishing our Internet Safety lessons shortly and the children will be formally introduced to our I.C.T. suite which they are looking forward to.

The children all had a great time on World Book Day. They were resplendent in their varied costumes with many showing strong support for Hogwarts School! Miss Offord read them a story called The Day the Crayons Quit which was very well received. Following on from the workshop they attended by Amy Wilson in the morning, the children used their imagination to invent their own magical creatures and began to think about the adventures this character would have.  Please feel free to allow them to carry on their story at home if they would like to.

Year 4

This week Year 4 have been looking at the features of newspaper reports in preparation for writing their own report next week. 

The children thoroughly enjoyed coming dressed as their favourite characters for world Book day and looked wonderful. They enjoyed a fantastic work

Year 5 English

The children in Year 5 clearly love dressing up and on World Book Day many costumes reflected a book that they had recently read. This was fantastic as it clearly shows they are developing a love of reading.  Many thanks to parents for supporting their child to dress up for World Book Day. We were very fortunate to have Amy Wilson (our local famous author) deliver workshops to the children and she was very inspirational as she talked about her journey as an author, how to use your imagination and thus be creative in writing. The children planned out imaginary, magical characters during the session.  Year 5 also watched Year 6 perform their mini-play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’  and interviewed the actors afterwards!  Finally, at the end of the day, the children took part in a whole school assembly celebration where the children were able to look at each other’s costumes and gain inspiration for further reading.

Year 6

Year 6 have written some fabulous speeches around the topical question of how best to contain The Plague outbreak in Eyam in 1665.  I think Mr Johnson might be interested to see some of the original and interesting points the Year 6 children are coming up with, not to mention their impressive use of persuasive techniques.

Year 6 English

This week was very exciting for the children in year 6 as they practised their play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ ready to perform to the rest of the school on World Book Day. They certainly did not disappoint and I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm they showed when writing their modern day play and the way in which they dutifully learnt their lines. Every child took part, and it was wonderful to see them brimming with confidence. There are certainly some budding actors in the making and they delivered their lines with integrity and a sense of humour!

They also took part in a workshop run by Amy Wilson (our local famous author) where she talked to them about the writing process, from finding an imaginative idea to editing the final result. The children found her talk very inspirational! During the session the children also started to plan out their own imaginary, magical character. Finally, at the end of the day the children took part in a whole school assembly celebration where the children were able to look at each other’s costumes and gain inspiration for further reading.

Year 5 & 6 English Homework

The children produced some very imaginative ideas during their session with Amy and so I would like them to write their own fantasy story for homework, using the character they planned out during their workshop. As I am expecting a full story, I am giving the giving the children three weeks to complete this homework (due in on the Thursday before we break up for the Easter holidays).  This story may be handwritten or typed. Please feel free to include illustrations if you wish. 

 World Book Day 5th March 2020

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