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Time Travelling with Year 5

15th June

Today the year 5’s have enjoyed a fun packed day participating in Time Travelling workshops at

St. Mary Magdalene.

Bell ringing, acting out a baptism, organ playing, dressing up, story telling, cross-stitching… you name it, we’ve done it! Below, we have shared some photos of our day! 


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Meet Larry our Learning Lion


Larry is always on the look out for ‘Royal Learners’! Every day he chooses a child he would like to come home with, who he thinks has been a fantastic learner. I wonder what adventures Larry will get up to this term…

Topic Words

During our topic on ‘The Seaside’ we will be looking at lots of new words which the children will use both in their speaking and in their writing. It would be really useful if you talked about these words with your child and practised spelling them.

Here are the words that your child will see/use a lot of over the next few weeks:

ocean – sea – seaside – coast – sea creature – diver – diving – tide – wave – beach – pier – lighthouse – lifeguard



Year 5 are fully immersed in our new book for the term.

Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan!!!!!




In year 5 this term we have covered a variety of topics:

In English, we have thoroughly enjoyed reading one of David Walliams best sellers ‘Billionaire Boy’.
Father and son Len and Joe Spud have very little, but they become overnight billionaires when Len invents a new toilet roll. Joe now has everything he ever wanted – except a friend.
The children have written diary extracts from the perspective of Joe Spud and invented their own story- Gazillion Girl!

In Maths, we have been having fun with Geometry- studying angles and shapes in great detail. The children have even enjoyed learning outside when they had the opportunity to draw the 2D representations of 3D shape with chalk.

Whilst being very busy with our fountain subjects, I would like to highlight a few special things the year 5’s have participated in. We had the pleasure of Ben from NCC come in and help us put together a play about Recycling, Reusing and Reducing household waste. Not only are we now experts, but the children impressed the whole school with their performance. We also enjoyed a morning at our local Frankie & Bennies where we; made gorgeous pizzas and mocktails- using our measuring and instruction reading skills, developed our knowledge of the local community and learnt about the history of F&B’s. Some on the year 5’s experienced a mining morning delivered by retired miners and the children’s feedback to the class was amazing. Also, a small group have ran a chocolate club where we share our stories and support each other through difficult situations. Amongst other fabulous activities, I would like to share our class treat to Sutton Lawn. The children earnt this through their positive attitude to learning, good behaviour and work achieved in class. We were able to take some sport equipment with us and have a laugh in the sunshine with an ice-cream.

During the final week of term, some of the year 5’s experienced an unforgettable week at Walesby Camp whilst the others enjoyed a week in school baking, experimenting and transforming our school garden!

Roll on next term where we can experience more exciting and memorable things together as a year 5 family! 🙂


In Year 3/4 RG this term we have been learning all about our ‘Extreme Earth!’

We began our topic with a scientific investigation whereby we constructed and then exploded our very own volcanos. Following this we have looked at the impact volcanos have upon communities and decided whether we are for or against them! Alongside volcanos we have researched how earthquakes happen and what impact they can leave behind, researching the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal.

In our numeracy topic we have been busy learning all about measurement; in particular, length and time. We have tried really hard to apply our knowledge of place value when converting different units of measurement, such as km to metres and understand why we have different units of measurement. In time we have had to grasp confusing patterns and rules. We can all read the time really well in Year 3/4 RG!

We have really enjoyed reading our class book this term in literacy- ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!’ In particular, we have really enjoyed explaining how to survive the weird and wonderful weather conditions. Together, we designed a newspaper report based on a giant pancake Landing on Hillocks Primary School.

During the term we have focused on team work and friendships. I am really proud of how well we are all supporting and mentoring each other during lessons. Our class is a lovely place to be and learn!


We have had a really great half term! The children have really enjoyed the ‘Growing’ topic and have had the opportunity to plant and watch their own plants grow. We are currently watching the pumpkin seeds grow that we planted a couple of weeks ago.  We were not sure if they would grow as they were very dry and were from our pumpkins in October.   As you can see they have made great progress whilst the weather has been warm.

The children have enjoyed learning about food that is healthy. Most of the children enjoyed trying the fruit smoothies that we made together.

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The children have also experienced going to Forest Schools together as a whole group. This has been really successful as the children had a wider range of friends to talk to and explore with.

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Our next and final topic for the year will be ‘Fairy Tales’. We will be exploring different fairy tales and looking at the different types of characters that they have.  Castles are a big part of this topic and we will be looking at them in detail and trying to make our own!

Of course we will finish our year with our trip to Sundown, and will explore the Fairy Tale aspects of the theme park when we visit on the 30th of June

National Space Centre Trip 27th January 2017


F1 visited the National Space Centre in Leicester as part of our topic ‘Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon!’ The children we’re very excited as it was our first school trip without our Mummies and Daddies!

We had chance to explore the Centre independently and look at the exhibits as well as taking part in two workshops led by Commander Jim and Astronaut George. They told us all about the different planets in our solar system and then took us on a story journey to help Astronaut George on his mission.

All the children behaved amazingly and were very enthusiastic about the space memorabilia that we saw and the workshops we took part in.


Year 6 trip to The National Holocaust Centre

On Tuesday 6th June, year 6 spent the day at the National Holocaust Centre. Here is the link to their website

Please take a look at some of the photos of our day.

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F1 Spring Term Newsletter


Wow! What a half term we had!

We started the half term by welcoming 12 new children to our afternoon sessions. They are now all settled into nursery routines and have made lots of new friends.

The sun finally came out just in time for our ‘Let it Grow’ topic and allowed staff to begin to put our plan into action to make the outside area more appealing and fun.

We have been sharing stories about growing and learning all about looking after plants – the staff have been trying to learn lots too as we are not the most ‘green-fingered’ of people!

We planted some of ‘Jack’s magic beans’ in clear pots early in the term and watched them develop roots, stems and leaves while they were in our greenhouse. We have now planted them in the nursery garden and are eagerly awaiting a visit from the giant!

We also planted some very tiny seeds called cress and watched them speedily grow in time for us to enjoy egg and cress sandwiches just one week later on!

We used some of the ‘Piggy Money’ that parents have kindly donated to buy some small flowers, planters and hanging baskets. The children enjoyed getting their hands mucky creating the beautiful display that is now by the fence outside. We also received a donation of different herb plants so have revamped our overgrown herb garden. The children have been amazing at reminding us to water all of the plants!

This last week has been spent looking at different vegetables and finding out about how they grow. We eventually chopped them up and made them into a beautiful homemade vegetable soup.

We have also purchased some new decorations for outside and have redeveloped our outside small world area using some of the ‘Piggy Money’ that has been donated – thank you so much, we couldn’t have done it without your small weekly donations!

Our new topic for next half term will be ‘Oh I do like to be by the seaside’ and we have lots of fun activities planned for the children already.

We hope that you all have a lovely half term holiday and will see you all on Monday 5th June.

Katy, Lianne and Sarah


A few reminders…

  • As the summer will hopefully be here to stay, can we please remind you to send your children with hats and wearing sun cream every day. Water will be provided throughout the session and the amount of time spent outside will be assessed on a daily basis.
  • Forest School will take place on Fridays. Please remember to send children with named wellies in a carrier bag along with sensible clothing i.e. no dresses or skirts for girls.
  • Can we kindly ask that you do not allow older or younger siblings to play on or with the equipment and activities that are outside in the garden area when dropping off or collecting children from nursery. Thank you.