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Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all. I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas break and are relaxed and ready to start the new term.


This term we will be looking at the Romans; the invasions, important figures and the architecture they have left us with. We will also be covering a range of subjects such as: maths; English; art and geography. Our science topic this term focuses on forces; looking at pushes and pulls, friction and magnetic forces.


As always, please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school at all times as our lesson can alter days from time to time. P.E lessons can be indoors or outdoors, so please equip your child with suitable clothing for all conditions and ensure that this is named. Our PE sessions this term are planned for Monday afternoon, but as mentioned, these can change.


Finally, homework is expected to be handed in on time and at a high standard that we would see in school. Spelling homework, set by Mrs Kemp, is given out and expected in on Monday. Mrs Litten will provide maths homework on a Friday, to be given in the following Thursday. We ask for you to read regularly with your children at home to support their fluency and understanding; this record is checked fortnightly.


If you have any concerns or anything you wish to discuss, please feel free to come in for a chat.


Thank you,

Emma Kemp and Kate Litten


January 2019


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The children have enjoyed their art lessons this term. Given a photograph of a crocus, the children focussed on the shapes they could see, how to hold their pencil to sketch and how to blend oil pastels. The results were stunning, as you can see. Such wonderful attention to detail.

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Moving Monsters!

The class showed great resilience and teamwork when building their 'Moving Monsters'. They carefully planned how they wanted their monsters to look and how they could make them move using a pneumatic system. The finished monsters are fantastic and we all had great fun making them.

Bad Egg

We recently used the animation, 'Bad Egg' to develop our musical and artistic skills. The children were intrigued when we played the sound track to the animation, without knowing what the film was about or seeing the picture. We discussed what could be happening and how it made us feel. We then watched the film without sound and concentrated on what we could see.  The class were able to link the sound to the visual to understand how the music developed the atmosphere of the film. We then went on to draw a character from the film using charcoal and chalk and created some super pieces of work!


We are really enjoying learning to play the violin this term!

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Roman Day

We had a great day with Partake learning more about the Romans. In the morning, we investigated Roman artifacts, and looked at games that the Romans played. We also tasted some foods that the Romans enjoyed such as dates and their very own tomato ketchup! In the afternoon, two of our class got to dress in Roman clothing. They looked super. Finally, we re-enacted a battle between the Romans and Barbarians with big Roman shields, and the boys won! It was a great day.


More photos can be found in the Gallery.

Christmas Cookies

We had great fun baking these cookies at the end of term!

Home Studies

Thank you for all the wonderful Volcano homework projects. We have had some fantastic models, writing and cakes, to name but a few. We really appreciate all the support you give the children at home and we know that all the reading and homework support is having a big impact on their enthusiasm for their learning and their progress.

RE Week

The children worked thoughtfully and with empathy in RE week this term. They learnt about the story of the prodigal son and why it is important to Christians. Inspired by a sculpture by Charlie Mackesy, the children created their own foil sculptures. The children had to choose what belief or feeling they wanted their sculpture to represent. We had some very mature and reflective responses - love, respect, resilience and peace.

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Flag Fen

We had a wonderful time on our class trip to Flag Fen Archaeology Park near Peterborough which is home to a unique ancient wooden monument.  A kilometre long wooden causeway and platform are perfectly preserved in the wetland. Three thousand three hundred years ago this was built and used by the Prehistoric fen people as a place of worship and ritual. Sixty thousand upright timbers and two hundred and fifty horizontal planks are buried under the ground along with many swords and personal items given as offerings to the watery fen. It was a fabulous opportunity for us to discover what life was like for our prehistoric ancestors.  We were able to explore Bronze Age and Iron Age artefacts and made clay pots using natural materials to create patterns. The highlight of the day was listening to a story around the fire in the roundhouse. The children were captivated and we're sure this is something they will remember with fondness in later life. The whole day brought our topic to life and immersed the children in prehistoric life.


More photos can be found in the Gallery.

Celebrating Harvest

We were so proud of the class when they, along with the children in Impala Class , led our Harvest celebration. We all had great fun learning the songs and the children worked wonderfully together to perform in front of their friends and family. Well done everyone!

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Rocks and Volcanoes

We have made a great start to our study of rocks and volcanoes.

Our Class Display

One of our first tasks this term has been to create a display to represent our class name, Barasingha. The children used sletching pencils and echo drawings with patterns to create a fabulous Barasingha!

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