Monthly Archives: October 2016

Phonics – Free Monster Mini Games

You may be familiar with Teach your Monster to Read which is an online game that we use in School to help with phonics. Teach your Monster to Read have just released some Free Monster Mini Games to help practice the different aspects of phonics. You do not need a login to play them. Click on the Monster below to access the website!


A week of Autumn and Harvest fun!

In Year 1 this week we have been learning all about Autumn! We talked about different sorts of trees and the ways in which they change colour and lose their leaves. We had a lovely walk down in the Nature Area and collected lots of different leaves, which later found their way into all sorts of different arts and crafts! In Literacy, we began exploring adjectives and some of us thought of exciting adjectives (describing words) to describe our leaves: red, smooth, yellow, gold, beautiful, spotty, wrinkled and crinkly are some of the fantastic adjectives that the children came up with…..and had a go at spelling!

In Maths, we have been learning about subtraction. Ask the children to show you how to write a number sentence for subtraction, taking a number such as 6 away from 10. They can then use objects (ten Barbies or ten Lego men, for example) to help them work out the answer.

It was lovely to see so many of you on Thursday, watching the children perform their songs and words for Harvest. We hope that you enjoyed it as much as us!

Have a lovely half term – there is no formal homework for the week as we think that the children are in need of a well-earned rest but please continue to read with them every day. Perhaps you could visit the library and choose some books to enjoy together at home? Board games, counting here, there and everywhere and playing shops are also great ways to continuously improve your child’s mathematical fluency…..and they are great fun too!

Happy holidays!


The Year 1 Team



Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom

The fantastic story of ‘Room on the Broom’ has been our focused text this week and the children have thoroughly enjoyed helping us to retell the story. We have been making and flying on 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!), jelly and slimy spaghetti. The children designed pumpkin faces using shapes. Some of these designs were used to create faces on real pumpkins.

For snack this week we have eaten boggy desert with creatures (chocolate delight and fruit!).

Also Bee-bot was sent on many journeys this week as if it was on a broomstick journey and lots of spiders have been created and collected from webs.

This has been a fun way to end such a brilliant half term. The children have settled into school life very quickly and we hope that the half term holiday will give everyone a chance to recharge batteries ready for the adventures of the next half term.


  • Nursery parents / carers please do fill out a ‘Moments to Share’ form if your child does  something awesome over the holiday
  • We are always in need of reclaimed materials. Please could you continue 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 and tissue paper

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Room on the Broom Home Learning

Great West Run 2016

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Great West Fun Run on Sunday!

Young Enterprise in Year 6

Last Friday, Year 6 enjoyed a visit from the Lockabox team as part of their learning for the Young Enterprise Project. Lockabox is a new company that sells lockable plastic boxes that are as strong and as secure as a safe. They are designed to store important medication or even to stop sneaky housemates from pinching your favourite food in the fridge! The children learnt about how this simple idea first got off the ground and how the team manufactured and sold their product. Not only did the children learn about starting up a business they also had to pretend they were on Dragon’s Den and present an exciting and persuasive sales pitch. We (and the Lockabox team) were blown away by the children’s ideas and ability to pitch an idea. Well done! 

Sarnies and shapes

It was lovely to see so many of you at parent’s evening this week – many thanks for taking the time to chat with us.

This week in Year 1 we have been busy designing and making our very own delicious sandwiches! The children tasted different breads and spreads before settling on their favourite. They also discussed fillings and were able to choose 2 different things with which to fill their sandwich. After drawing and labelling a plan for their sandwich, the children were able to make and then eat them! We had some very interesting combinations, including chocolate spread and cheese, ham and jam, and ham and tuna, as well as more traditional flavours, such as cheese and pickle, ham and cucumber and tuna and sweetcorn. The children then evaluated their sandwiches: they all agreed that they were delicious!

In Maths this week, we have been looking at 2D shape. It would be helpful if you could continue this with your child at home, spotting shapes in the environment, counting sides and talking about what makes each shape different. Hexagons and Pentagons are particularly tricky shapes for the children to get to grips with.

Next week, we will be having doing some Autumn-themed work and looking at subtraction in Maths. Don’t forget that Monday is school photo day! We look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday for our mini (very informal!) Harvest Celebration in the Early Years Hall.


The Planetarium

Year 5 really enjoyed their visit in the planetarium. Mr Barber was a real expert about outer space and the stars. We learnt lots more about the solar system and enjoyed finding the different star constellations in the night sky. When the earth span we were all a bit dizzy but soon came back down to earth!


Climbing through the entrance tunnel was fun!


Awe and wonder!


Back into the light!


Some girls in year 5 practised a song and dance about the solar system. Enjoy ( watch out for alien robots!)

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The Enormous Turnip

FS Home Learning

Oliver’s vegetables

Continuing with the autumn and harvest theme, this week our book has been Oliver’s Vegetables. It’s about a little boy who thinks he only likes chips but discovers that when harvesting and trying different vegetables, he actually likes everything in his Grandpa’s garden.

Many children helped to peel vegetables this week and we made soup for snack. Several children were surprised that it was orange and not red but equally enjoyed trying it. We talked about what they thought they could taste e.g. turnip, carrot etc. We also used vegetables instead of brushes to paint with, designed ‘leafy’ hedgehogs and made paper mache turnips to help us retell the story of the Enormous Turnip.

We have learnt some harvest songs which we have performed and recorded for you. We hope you enjoy them.


  • School photographs are taking place on Monday morning
  • We are still collecting reclaimed materials, rolls of wall paper and bags of compost. Thank you


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