Monthly Archives: October 2015

Room on the broom

Home Learning for Room on the Broom 2015 What did you do that was helpful

Julia Donaldson’s very popular story ‘Room on the Broom’ has been our focussed text this week. Consequently, we have been creating, making and on flying a variety of vehicles from broom sticks and planes to large flying machines constructed from big bricks and steering wheels. Potions have been mixed and spells cast using items such as leaves, conkers and bugs (plastic ones!) all mixed with black sparkly water and bubbles.

Many members of staff have been turned into frogs.

Cheesy ‘broom sticks’ have been made and eaten, witches’ hats made and hand print witches created. What a busy week!

Just a few reminders for next half term:

  • We are going to create a ‘bedroom’ after the holiday linked to the text ‘Wake up do Lydia Lou’. Do you have any night wear, dressing gowns, sleeping bags or duvets and blankets that we could borrow for the week? We do not want your best items, as although we will do our best to look after your things, accidents do happen!
  • We are always in need of reclaimed materials. Please could you begin to collect items for us over the next week. We use materials such as boxes, clean tubs, pots and plastic bottles, egg boxes, cardboard tubes (not from toilet rolls) and tissue paper
  • Do you have any large indoor plants that you would like to donate to us or bags of compost?
  • Nursery parents / carers please do fill out a ‘Moments to Share’ form if your child does  something awesome over the holiday


Have a great half-term break. Let’s hope that the weather is kind to us!

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Clay Pot Fun

We have been investigating clay. Which pot worked best, the coil or the thumb pot?

We have really enjoyed working with your children and making as many links to Stone Age Man as we could. We will be making shelters in DT in the second half of the term and our main focus will be rocks. Get ready for an other learning adventure with volcanoes, rocks and explosive writing.

Best wishes for a safe and fun half term,

Mrs Hackworthy, Mrs Bickham and Mrs Worthington.

“That’s not my …….”

This week we have been focusing on “That’s not my ….. ” books, with the final product being all children made their own “That’s not my …..” book in DT. The children had to decide on the textures and materials as well as having to think about how they could attach them to their books. It was lovely to see the creative ideas that the children thought of.

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Anyone fancy a sandwich?!…

We hope you are feeling peckish reading this, as your lovely Year 1 children will be on hand to whip you up a delicious sandwich after all the practice they have had this week! As part of their Design Technology topic on ‘ Sandwiches’ the children tasted different types of bread and spreads and thought carefully about the sort of sandwich they were going to make. They decided upon two different fillings and drew – and labelled – their design. There were a few odd combinations (cheese and jam, ham and chocolate spread to name but a few) but the children were encouraged to exercise their right of ‘free choice’! Who are we to say that jam and cheese do not go together?! Tally charts were made of different filling choices and spreads and the teachers set off to the shops with a list…..containing everything from honey to red pepper! The children then had great fun yesterday making, eating and evaluating their sandwiches. The majority thought they were delicious……and they all enjoyed putting their spreading and cutting skills to good use.

Many thanks to all those of you who were able to come and support our informal ‘Harvest Celebration’. The children performed brilliantly and it was fantastic to have such an appreciative audience. We’ll include a song for you all to sing in our Christmas Nativity!

Please look out for the flyer in your children’s book bags with regard to half-term home-learning.

Happy holidays!


Hello again,

I think you will all agree that our Harvest assembly was excellent, with brilliant actors, loud, clear speaking and, as always, wonderful singing!

We learnt so much about Harvest during our rehearsal process, that we weren’t quite ready to stop learning about it! This week we have been constructing our own Harvest Poetry.
What fantastic poets we have in year 5, here are just a few of our favourites….

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Great West Run

On Sunday 18th October, 44 of our upper Key Stage 2 children took part in Exeter’s Great West Run. They had previously run 12 miles in running club at school and completed their 13 mile challenge on Sunday morning. We would like to thank all the parents for navigating their way around the town centre to meet at 8am and cheering them on.

Three members of staff (Mr Carter, Miss Whiley and Mrs Morrel) completed the full half marathon on the day – WELL DONE!!!

Thanks again to the children for making the most of this fabulous opportunity and to the staff who gave up their time to supervise.

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Recycling Challenge

This week we were visited by James Leigh from Recycle Devon. He reminded us about the importance of recycling and the environmental problems associated with rubbish. We learnt about how we are quickly using up the Earth’s natural resources and how recycling can help to save these resources.  We found out where materials are extracted from and had to guess what various recycled objects were made from. We looked at bags and clothing made from plastic bottles, tools made from cans and even a bag made from recycled nappies! We all agreed that it is important to reduce, recycle and reuse.



The Enormous Turnip part 2

This week the Foundation children have been recapping and retelling the story of The Enormous Turnip. We made a turnip and masks as props to help with this.

We have taken the opportunity to expand on the children’s interests in chopping, with them preparing, and then eating, vegetable soup. Each class has also been tasting different fruits and vegetables and deciding on their favourites. Celery was not very popular but lemons were!

The children are developing great muscles by pulling tyres from one end of the playground to another as well as pulling other objects, such as string lengths from the sand tray.

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Thank you so much for all your harvest donations; your generosity has been amazing. Please could any further donations reach school by Monday 19th October.

With all the fruits and vegetables purchased over the last two weeks, our ‘cooking pots’ are now a little depleted. If you have not made a donation for cooking this term and are able, please could you pass your £3.00 to your class teacher. Many thanks