Monthly Archives: November 2015

What a busy, and very exciting week, it has been in year 5!

This week we have so many exciting and fun things!!

Earlier in the week we had Exeter Fire service in to teach us all about being ‘fire safe’ – we learnt how to ‘stop, drop and roll’, what precautions to follow if we are concerned about a fire and how important it is to only make genuine 999 calls!DSCF5303






Some of us also went on a school trip to the Christmas Market – which was great fun!!
Photos to follow next week when both classes have been.

And finally we had the opportunity to computer programme a battery powered car. The company ‘FabLab’ were great and we all had an opportunity to race our cars! It was much harder to programme the cars than we expected!!



What a great week! We definitely need a rest this weekend 🙂

Kings, Shepherds, Windy Weather and Lots of Fun with Numbers!

Well it has been a busy old time in Year 1 of late…… so busy we have not had time to write a blog post for a couple of weeks!

The children have been hard at work practising their nativity play in the ‘big’ hall on the main site. ‘Baubles’ is a lovely story, that promises to remind us all of the true meaning of Christmas. Remember to order tickets from the office on either site if you would like to come and watch your child perform (limited to two per family at the present time). The performances will take place on Monday 6th December in the afternoon and Tuesday 7th December in the morning and early evening (5.30pm). We are expecting ALL children to return to school for the 5.30pm performance. Please let us know immediately if your child is unable to attend the 5.30 performance as everyone has an important part to play. Costumes must be in school by next Wed (Nov 30th) in a named carrier bag. Again, let us know as soon as possible if you have any difficulty finding all or part of your child’s costume.

In other news, we have been learning how to become meteorologists! We have looked at the different symbols used to record the weather and thought about how the weather changes throughout the year, dependent on the season. Outside the front two Year 1 Classrooms, we have set up rain gauges and wind fish, which we will be checking every day, alongside the air temperature. Perhaps you could watch the BBC weather reports for the South West and / or UK on the TV and talk about the weather symbols that are used….and encourage them to find Exeter on the map! We will be continuing this topic into the new year. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had some real-life snow over Christmas that the children could talk about?!….

We have been challenging ourselves, as ever in our maths work over the last couple of weeks! Last week, we focussed on place value, rehearsing the ‘teen’ and ‘twenty’ numbers, working out how many tens and units were in certain two-digit numbers and counting on (and back!) in tens – from any given number! Some of us even began to add 2-digit numbers together using ‘diennes’ –  the tens and unit sticks many of you will remember from school. Tricky stuff! This week we have been focussing again on number bonds to 10 and 20. Please could you continue to rehearse these bonds with your child? It is essential that they are able to recall them instantly.

Happy counting

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HL for The Nativity

Firstly, we would like to say a big ‘thank you’ for supporting our ‘Children in Need’ cake sale. Your baking and buying helped us to raise a massive £190.00!

This week the Foundation Stage’s focus has been all about the nativity story. We have listened to the story about the first Christmas and we have explored how it links in with our Christmas play “The Sleepy Shepherd”.

As well as much singing practise and costume making, the children have explored how to make star shapes, which were then enthusiastically covered in glitter! They have tried to follow a football as it made its journey around a pre drawn line on the playground and travelled on various modes of transport, travelling by horse and a large bus.

In our writing we have thought of items that we could get for the Baby Jesus. We have also spent time in maths being sleepy shepherd counting our sheep!

Next week we will again be focusing on the Nativity story. We would like to explore how we have changed from being a baby. Could your child bring a baby photo to school to help with our discussions. Please ensure that photos are named and we will be able to return them to you.

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Online Safety

As part of our Online Safety Parent Session that is taking place today, here are some links that you might find useful.

Common Sense Media – A list of chat rooms and social sites for children.

Common Sense Media – Web Browsers and search engines suitable for children.

Parental Controls offered by your Internet Provider.

Advice for protecting children on their smartphones.

Family Media Agreement Examples

Parental Controls for Android

Parental Controls for Ipad and Iphone

Parental Controls for Windows Phone

Parental Controls for Windows 10

Keep your computer safe – Free antivirus and anti-malware software

Avast Antivirus

Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes – Anti Malware – make sure you choose the free version during install rather than trying the paid trial.

Malwarebytes – Anti Exploit (protect your browser) – make sure you choose the free version during install rather than trying the paid trial.

Here is a reminder of the Age restrictions on using certain websites and apps.


First Aid and Forces

We have had a busy week in year 5. On Monday we had visit from Simon Collier from Exe training and he did a session on resuscitation skills. Learning first aid is always very important . In the session we learned how to assess dangers at injury sites, check patients over and call for help. We also learned how to put patients into the recovery position and how to deliver CPR. Hopefully the children will never be in a situation where they have to use their skills but a least they will know how to stay calm and make the patient feel more secure.

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In Science we have been learning about forces. We planned and carried out our own test to find out about friction and resistance. We applied a pulling force to a shoe on different surfaces like fur, concrete, wood and grass. We measured the force needed to make the shoe move using newton meters. Which material do you think produced the most friction?



Week Ending 20/11/15

Some recent photos of some of our Year Three pupils. Yes, indeed, writing on the tables!

We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to multiplication, music appreciation, narrative writing and rock investigations next week with your lovely children.

Mrs Hackworthy

20th November 2015

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In Science we are studying electricity, and investigating how to make circuits. (Make light bulbs brighter and dimmer). In English we are learning about multi-sensory locational writing and performance poetry.

In Maths we have been looking at the area of compound shapes  and learning about circles.


The Year 6 Team


Snowy Scenes!

With Christmas approaching and colder weather forecast, 3JW had a go at creating their own Winter pictures on the laptops using Colour Magic. Here are some examples of their work. They used different tools such as the spray can, paint brush and shapes to create their pictures.

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