Monthly Archives: July 2015

Mapping and Monet


We are having such a great week with your children. We have been painting in the style of Monet ‘en plein air’ (outside) and have been learning about his life and works. There are some budding Art Historians in this group!

For the second part of the week, we are studying the course of the River Exe. Today the children have been looking at Ordnance Survey maps, studying the course of the river from source to mouth. We have compared the uses of maps and Google Earth and decided they both have their uses but not when we are driving!

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Bee Week

To introduce myself, I am the person responsible for a sudden demand of honey within many of your households.

Last week the whole school were involved with a range of activities all related to bees. I brought a special bee hive, set up in a tent with the entrance on the outside, to allow the pupils to safely observe the bees working within the hive. I attended the hive with years 3, 4 and 6 and every child was fascinated with the secret life of the honey bee.

I also taught lessons across the school culminating in a whole school assembly on Friday. Year 1’s were busy scout bees discovering ‘bee friendly’ flowers within the school grounds.

Year 2’s investigated the different ways bees and humans communicate and created their own form of communication, using it to communicate with each other.

Year 3 became micro entomologist’s pulling apart honey comb to discover how the bees store the honey and pollen. They all made some interesting discoveries and did well to avoid the temptation to lick their fingers!

The year 4 geographers plotted the location of flowers around the school on maps to give us a picture of how insect friendly the school grounds are. I am pleased to say they found a diverse range of flowers with many pupils observing bees at work during their study.

The Year 5’s studied the lifecycle of the honey bee and used this to calculate the bee population in our bee hive.

Thanks must “bee” given to Mrs Amos for all her hard work in co-ordinating the week and helping me set-up the bee hive.

Mr McCulloch

The video below is a recording of the bees in the hive whilst they were at Exwick Heights.

Bee Week from Exwick Heights on Vimeo.

Thank you to Mrs Timmis for making this amazing cake to help us celebrate Bee Week.

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Year 3 Bee Week

What an amazing week we have had in Year 3!

We have been learning all about bees, we were even lucky enough to have a bee keeper in school. During the week, we have visited a real bee hive, investigated honeycombs and researched how bees live. As you can see from the photos, we have had lots of fun!

Next week. we are learning about the artist Monet.

Mr. Prosser and the Year 3 team.


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The Night Pirates

Ahoy, me Hearties! This week we have gone pirate crazy; inspired by the story ‘The Night Pirates’. We have made hats, eye patches, flags and maps. Also we have been digging up treasure, making giant pirate ships and trying to float smaller ones.


We took the opportunity to visit the bee hive that has been in our garden area this week. The children were fascinated with watching the bees moving and making honey.

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Could you use this weekend and next week to read with your child as we will be collecting in all the reading books next Friday.



Bikes, Bumblebees….. and the Argentine Tango!

We have had another busy and exciting week in Year 5! The majority of children took part in the Bikeability programme, going out every day on their bikes with an instructor for either a whole morning or whole afternoon session.  They ALL passed both the Level One and Level Two training with flying colours and now feel confident about riding safely around their local area. They are able to check that their bikes are roadworthy and can use hand signals to show other road users where they are going. The instructors were all delighted with the perserverence and determination of the children and commented on what a great week they had had. Well done all!

As part of the whole-school ‘Bee Week’ the children have also had chance to explore a real-life bee hive (from a safe distance!). Other activities have included honey tasting, baking honey cakes, flapjacks and biscuits, learning about the lifecycle of a bee and investigating pollination and the different types of flowers that local bees are most likely to visit. We are really grateful to our visiting bee-keeper for making our ‘hands-on’ sessions so interesting and informative.

Today (Friday), 10 of our Year Five children have accompanied Miss Whiley to Sandy Park, to take part in an Exeter and District School Competition, linked to the Rugby World Cup. They have been asked to prepare a presentation about Argentina and have been working very hard rehearsing and learning their lines. Bonnie and Carter have even rehearsed a stunning version of the Argentine Tango! We are sure that they will do an AMAZING job at representing our lovely school and wish them all the best!

Giraffes Can’t Dance

The title of our book this week has been ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance!’ The morals behind this story is that we are all different, that some of us are better at some things than others and that the more we practise at something the better we get.

This text linked so well with our Sports Day events. The children all took part with big smiles on their faces, enjoying every moment and were a credit to you. We only had a few practises but they worked hard at every event, certainly getting better each time.

Also this week, they took part in the whole school transition time – meeting their new teachers and class mates. Again, they were very well behaved, taking everything in their stride and returning to their present classes with beaming smiles. There are two further transition sessions next week, Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. There will be a chance to meet your child’s new teacher on Wednesday afternoon, after school.

Please remember that money for class photos is due in school by Tuesday 7th at the latest. Thank you

Home learning PDF version – Home Learning for Giraffes cant dance

Home learning Word version – Home Learning for Giraffes cant dance

Growing up and moving on

In  Year 5 this week, we have been thinking about getting older and moving on to the very top of the school. On Thursday, as part of transition day, we spent the first part of the morning in Year 6! It was great fun to meet our new teachers and to spend some time in the Year 6 unit. For some of us, our school time will have gone ‘full circle’: many of us started nursery or reception in the unit when it was a giant Foundation Stage room, soon after the new school building opened. The children are all looking forward to the challenge of Year 6. They will be expected to work hard, at home and at school, and behave impeccably, as role models for the younger children. They will also enjoy all the responsibilities that come with being right at the top of the school!

On Friday, the school nurse came to visit to talk to us about the changes our bodies will be going through over the next few years. Growing older: worrying and confusing on the one hand but fun and exciting at the same time. Our future awaits!………