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Welcome back! I hope that you have all enjoyed the Easter holidays and had a well-deserved rest.


Over the course of the Summer term, our topic is Australia. In Geography, we will be looking at where we live and comparing this to life in Australia, as well as learning some basic map skills. We will also be learning all about the Aboriginal Australians and trying our hand at some Aboriginal art, as well as using these skills to create our very own didgeridoo!


In Science, we will (hopefully!) be getting out in the sunshine and learning all about different types of wild and garden plants. We are hoping to go on a plant hunt around the local area with Year 2 where we will be doing some observational drawing of the plants that we find. We will also be looking at the conditions that a plant needs in order to grow and will be carrying out lots of experiments to test out different suitable growing environments. Later on in the term, we will be doing a D&T project where we will be designing, making and evaluating an exotic fruit salad!

So, a very busy but exciting term ahead!


To make you aware of the PE timetable, our PE sessions are now on Friday afternoons. Please could you make sure that your child has their PE kit in school every Friday. This term we will be doing Games and will be taking advantage of any sunny weather, so please do make sure your child has suitable outdoor footwear to go out on the field in. If your child wears ear-rings, could you also ensure that these are removed on PE days or are able to be covered with plasters.


Homework - Topic homework should be brought into school on a fortnightly basis every other Friday. Your child is expected to choose a topic task and complete this in their homework book. All children are expected to read regularly at home and are welcome to swap their home readers more frequently than once a week if they would like to. Children are also tested on spellings each week and each spelling group has a different spelling day:


Red - Monday     Blue - Tuesday     Green - Wednesday     Yellow - Thursday     Purple - Friday


Thank you for continuing to support your child with their learning.


Miss Catriona MacLeod

April 2018



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White Post Farm

The children were so excited to on their school trip to White Post Farm! We had a lovely day; the children had the opportunity to see a wide range of animals and they were so gentle when given the opportunity to stroke or hold them.


You can find more photos in the Gallery.

Royal Wedding Fun!

Year 1 had so much fun celebrating the Royal Wedding by creating crowns, flags and necklaces and learning about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the rest of the Royal Family. We really enjoyed joining in with the Street Party on the day before the wedding!

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Topic Work - Aboriginal Australians

For our topic this term we have been learning about Australia. I was really impressed by the children's enthusiasm to learn about the Aboriginal way of life, with everyone asking lots of questions! Below you can find a super example.

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Science Week

We had great fun in Science Week! We read the Gingerbread Man story and decided to test how the gingerbread would react when placed in different liquids. We tested vinegar, milk, water and cooking oil. Here we are carefully measuring out the same quantity of each liquid!

Also during Science week, we took part in the whole school Bridge Building Challenge. Working in teams we had to design and make a bridge using only paper and sticky tape. I was very impressed by how everyone worked so well together.

Designing and Testing Our Boats!

With our topic this term being ‘Land Ahoy!’, we decided that we would design and make our own boats! We used lots of different materials to make them, made a prediction and then tested their success by floating our boats in the water tray.

Making Pizzas!

We have been following instructions to make some delicious pizzas. We were very  proud of the results!

The Three Little Pigs

The children have worked extremely hard learning the story of the Three Little Pigs for our Talk for Writing sessions in English. Not only did we create story maps, the children used iPads to draw and created their own puppets to put on a show. They then moved on to Innovation when they made the story their own. In their final invention task they wrote their own stories using everything they had learned.

Here we are retelling the story as a class.

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The children enjoyed using chalk, paint and glitter to create some fabulous firework pictures!

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The Great Fire Of London - Houses In Flames

The children worked hard in art making collages of the houses on fire during the Great Fire of London.

The Great Fire of London With The Partake Theatre Company

We had a great time re-enacting the Great Fire of London! With one child dressed as Charles II and another as the baker, Thomas Farriner, the children had great fun re-enacting the momentous events. They dramatised rats in the plague, made a ribbon fire, pretended to ride horses with King Charles and row boats on the river Thames.


You can find more photos in the Gallery.

'Like a rat running through the London streets'.

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Our Shop

We have been learning about money and have been making amounts by using different coins. The children have been using their skills to buy items from our class shop!


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The King's Breakfast - Talk For Writing

One of the ways in which we develop children's writing is by using ‘Talk for Writing’ techniques with them. The children learn to retell poems and stories by using actions for familiar phrases or vocabulary and we make up story maps which are quick pictorial representations of the main parts of a story. By doing this the children will build up a bank of interesting vocabulary, phrases and types of plot they can draw upon to help them with their own writing. Our first poem is The King's Breakfast by AA Milne.



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