Malala Class Assembly

Today Malala class showcased their learning of Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses in their class assembly. They showcased them all, from Zeus, Poseidon and Hades to the beautiful Aphrodite and the magnificent Athena. Don’t forget WIlliam Knibbs Assembly is on Thursday 8th March and Stephen Hawking is on Thursday 24th May. Here are a few pictures from today’s assembly…


Our Little Borrowers…

Mrs Buettner’s Guided Reading Group are currently engrossed in the famous satori by Mary Norton, The Borrowers. As part of our push on finding evidence from the text and selecting necessary information the children were given the challenge to re-create the home of Pod, Homliy and Arietty using a shoe box and some ‘borrowed’ items.

Using evidence from the text they created wallpaper using old letters, hung pictures on the walls that were in fact stamps, used cotton reels for tables and matchboxes for sofas. These are some of the final results…

Who Let the Greeks out?

As part of our creative curriculum we aim to provide children with a STUNNING START, MOTIVATING MIDDLE & an EXPLOSIVE END to their learning. This term our topic is Heroes and Heroines; the children will begin by studying Ancient Greece, in particular the powerful and mighty Gods and Goddesses. To create our stunning start we asked the children to come dressed as Gods and Goddesses or just simple towns folk of Ancient Greece. We had a wonderful day doing some Greek drama with Mrs Gardner; took part in some art activities, creating mosaics and replicating famous Greek stories onto vases. We finished off the day with a wonderful Greek banquet. Trying different traditional Mediterranean foods such as feta, olives, cured meats, humus… Miss Kettle and Mrs Buettner even made big trays of moussaka for the children to try. One was a traditional lamb and potato moussaka with aubergine and feta. The other was a vegetarian option with chickpeas, aubergine and lentils.

The children had a great day and it set them up for the term ahead.

All the time in the world…

Today we are having a creative maths lesson looking at TIME ZONES!

We have discussed Greenwhich Meridian Time often referred to as GMT or Universal Time. In small groups the children have been asked to mark on a world map the basic time zone lines, find the cities and locate them on the map. The challenge then is to answer questions about each country relating back to GMT. 

E.g. If it is 3pm in London what time is it in Dhaka?
First the children had to locate Dhaka, understanding that it is the Capital city of Bangladesh. Next they had to locate Bangladesh on their world map, finally working out whether it is + or – GMT.

Welcome back…

A massive welcome back to all our pupils and their Parents/Carers… as a team we are so excited to start the new school year. Just a quick reminder of who we are and where we are based.  Malala Yousafzai class in taught by Mrs Buettner and will be supported by Miss Whysall; William Knibb class is taught by Miss Kettle, they will be supported by Mrs Gardiner and Stephen Hawking will be taught by Mrs Hobday and supported by Mrs Napier.  We have our meet the team meeting on Thursday 14th September at 3:30pm in the school hall. It would be great to see as many of you as possible.  After the meeting we will then hold a brief meeting regarding our upcoming residential.  We looking forward to seeing you all soon.  

Through the eye of a needle…

This afternoon Year 5/6 have been practising their sewing skills this afternoon in preparation for their ‘Gingerbread Man’ tapestry inspired by the famous Bayeaux Tapestry the depicts the Great Norman battle of 1066. Our finished tapestry will be given to Foundation Stage ready for their Spring Term topic.  

The children have been practising different stitches such as the good old running stitch, the blanket stitch, the overcast stitch aka the whip stitch aswell as the backstitch.  Have a look through our pictures and see if you can spot the different types of stitches. 

The hardest part of the afternoon was threading the needles just to get started! It was quite interesting watching the resilience the children showed.  They definitely had to apply the principles of growth mindset today. 👍🏻👍🏻

“Mistakes are proof that we are learning, I’ve definitely been learning because I couldn’t thread my needle!” Jagdeesh Bains (Year 6, Malala Yousafzai)

“It has been challenging because the thread kept falling out of the needle, I definitely had to show resilience!” Elise Martin (Year 6, William Knibb)

” It was hard to finish it off, especially you leave the thread and it gets too short! It was just hard!” commented Charlie Grundy (Year 6, Stephen Hawking)

Tucking in to our Viking Feast!

What a great afternoon! The children loved tucking in their hearty Viking stews that they prepared this morning.  Along with the stew the children had the opportunity to try boiled cabbage, a favourite side dish of the Vikings! During the morning we also talked about the process of preserving and how meats and cheeses would have been smoked to cure them and preserve them to longer to last over the winter months therefore the children also had the opportunity to try some smoked cheese, cured and smoked meat aswell as some smoked salmon.  

The children were encouraged to try all of the food, allergies and dietary requirement allowing! Whilst tasting the food they recorded their initial thoughts about smells, tastes, textures and using Jane Consadine’s FANTASTICs.  The staff were all impressed with how much the children liked the stews and were even more impressed when they ate it all. The only thing that didn’t go down too well was the smoked salmon… we all know that’s a required taste!

“The food tasted interseting, some of it was nice and some of it wasn’t! I really didn’t like beef stew- it tasted weird stuff!” Sophie, Year 6, Stephen Hawking Class.

“I don’t like stew, this didn’t any taste better!” Alice, Year 6, Malala Yousafzai, ” but I did like dipping the bread into the gravy.”

Tomorrow the children will be writing a descriptive piece about their Viking feast experience.

Viking Feast Preperation

This morning we have been preparing our Viking Stew for our Viking Feast this afternoon. Malala and Hawking have created a beef stew packed with swede, potato, leek, onion, celery, carrots and  plenty of herbs! Knibb class have made a vegetable option packed full of cabbage, onions, leeks, potato, garlic, carrots, celery,plenty of herbs and a lovely vegetable stock. It has been interesting seeing the children vegetable preparation skills; some interesting knife skills from a few children and likewise some amazing knife skills from a few others. Potential future chefs? And of course there were some tears when cutting the onions.  The stew is now on and will simmer away for the next couple of hours whilst the children continue with their learning.  They will tuck into the hearty stew this afternoon along with some fresh baked bread and a selection of smoked cheese, meat and fish. Maybe even a jug of (child friendly) mead to wash it all down!  More pictures to follow later.

🏏Cricket taster session🏏

Before half term, Year Six children had the opportunity to take part in a cricket taster session. To begin the afternoon, they practiced throwing and catching in a warm up and then put them into a game with batting and fielding. We had lots of competitive children having lots of fun. Thankfully, not too many 6’s were hit out of the playground! 

Here are some quotes from the children who took part…

First steps to grid method for multiplication


Today in maths with Miss Kettle and Mrs Buettner’s sets, we made initial learning of the grid method for multiplication a practical lesson. Children made grids using tape on the floor in the hall. They then threw dice to create two-digit by 1-digit number calculations. After that, they calculated the answers and made them with dienes before adding them up and coming up with their answers. Pupils will consolidate and apply this learning formally into their books in our next lesson. Perhaps you could get your child to show you their new learning at home? Alternatively, you are invited to see our learning in action at school next Wednesday (19th) at 9am at the maths workshop. Everyone welcome😃 

Have a fantastic weekend! Miss Kettle🌸