Weekly Newsletter

Filed in Main School Newsletters | Posted on October 11, 2019

Weekly Newsletter 7th to 12th October


This week Reception have been working hard on their number formation. We have been using our number rhymes to recall the correct formation. The children have been learning about the changes of the seasons and the sequence that this occurs in. In Literacy we have introduced the phonic sounds u, b, f and have continued forming simple CVC words (such as mat). In Topic we have used Autumn as an influence in our Art work and we produced some wonderful finger print foliage on Autumn trees. In PE they have continued to consolidate on throwing a ball with their ‘writing hand’ and adopting a ‘ready to go stance’.

Year 1

We have continued work on number bonds to 10 this week and begun looking at inverse operations (e.g 7 + 3 = 10 so 10 – 7 = 3). We have also continued our work on counting on and back from any number. In literacy our sound of the week has been ‘ng’, which we have used to sound out words and write sentences. Don’t forget those full stops! The children also wrote some lovely sentences about a forest scene. In topic we discovered where the children’s family members were born and found their places of birth on a UK and world map. The children also coloured in flags for our display.

Year 3

In English the children have been preparing for a long piece of writing. They have been outside in the orchard exploring using their senses to write descriptively. We are looking forward to reading the account of their adventures.

In Maths we have been doing lots of practical investigations measuring length in cm and metres. Lots of the children have mentioned that they have been making cakes and biscuits at home and so are familiar with g and kg. Please do this as often as you can as this encourages familiarity with weights and measures. Please could you also encourage your children to look at measurements on packaging.

We continue to follow the Clipper ‘Round the world yacht race, ‘ with a special interest in ‘Dare to Lead,’ and ‘Ha Long Bay Vietnam.’ These are the Year 3 boats that we have been assigned.

In Science this week Mrs Buckley has been investigating shadows and now the children are trying ( in between showers ) to create a sun dial in order to explore how shadows change during the day. 

Year 4

This week in Year 4 literacy, the children wrote a whole class story that had to be just 4 sentences long based on the structure of a story mountain: The opening, build up, climax and ending-they had great fun making these ‘funny’ stories and it helped them immensely with their own independent writing.

In math this week, the children were focusing on different types of fractions and some children were beginning to work with decimal points. They have worked incredibly hard this week.

In History, the year 4’s are really enjoying their Egyptian topic and starting the process of mummification on their favourite teddies.

Year 5

As part of our Vikings History topic, Year 5 had a fascinating talk from John Foxwell, who is in the process of writing a Viking novel. The children asked such interesting questions and we all really enjoyed ourselves.

Next week:

  • Monday 14th October Year 5 and 6 swimming
  • Tuesday 15th October Year 6 trip to Westonbirt/Bristol Museum
  • Wednesday 16th October Year 5 and 6 Netball Tournament v Iron Acton (H)
  • Wednesday 16th October Reception Class Parents Evening from 4.00pm
  • Friday 18th October Year 1 and 2 swimming

Coming Up:

  • Week commencing 21st October Arts Week
  • Tuesday 22nd October Year 5 and 6 Tag Rugby Tournament at Aretians – 9.30 until 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 23rd October FOSS Halloween Disco from 3.00pm
  • Thursday 24th October Arts Week Carnival/Celebration – all parents welcome 3.00pm in the Hall
  • Thursday 24th October Break up for half term
  • Friday 25th October Half term starts