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🌸

Story Mapping

It’s been a while since our Viking workshop ‘A Viking Tale’ – the story was based on an ordinary young Viking girl named Freya.  She was fed up of being treated like a girl, she wanted to go out and explore the world like the boys got to do- she didn’t want to stay at home and cook and clean like tradition demanded.  After being teased by the boys in the village she made a brave decision one day and climbed into a trailer that was heading for the port, she hid under a blanket for the long journey. Once she arrived she set about finding a way to be chosen to set sail aboard a ship. The journey saw many turbulent times but Freya held her own- unfortunately one day her secret was discovered and along with her friend Boris she jumped ship and swam to shore. Once in England they set about finding Boris’s home town.  The children have been recapping the story today, creating story maps to help them remember the story. This is a great skill to recount popular stories and familiarise themselves with key events.  The children will be using their story maps to create an diary extracts of Freya’s exciting journey.

Performance Poetry

Mrs Buettner’s guided reading set have spent the week learning and rehearsing poems written by Lewis Carol taken from our current group text, Alice in Wonderland. The children worked in small groups to learn, rehearse and perform their poems for #nationalpoetryday

Group 1 – Ollie, Charlie & Harley performed ‘The Walrus & The Carpenter’

Group 2 – Elise & Destiny performed ‘Old Father William’

Group 3- Bayley & Freddie

Group 4- Elliot, Bayley M, Bailey W & Trish performed ‘Lobster Quadrille’

Group 5- Catherine & Colao

The children then peer assessed each other based on objectives taken from the Year 6 Reading Objectives. 

1) to read fluently and effortlessly

2) demonstrate appropriate intonation, tone and volume when reading aloud

3) learn poetry by heart

For a first attempt the children did a fantastic job. We will be reviewing their performances on Monday and considering how they could improve their performances for next time. I’ve already set them the challenge to learn a Christmas in spud poem to perform before we break for the Christmas holidays; this time they will be working solo! Keep your eyes peeled.

Outdoor Learning in Maths

Today Miss Kettle’s and Mrs Buettner’s maths groups took a trip down to Grafton Park to take part in a practical session about Roman Numerals. From pre-assessments we knew that most children had some prior knowledge of Roman Numerals but needed reminding on how to put them together. First of all we asked them to collect as many sticks and twigs as they could find.

Once they Had collected all their sticks we set them the challenge to, firstly, create the number 1-10 in Roman numerals. We had a few challenged with remembering how to make a 4 (IV) and 9 (IX). Nathan was excellent at explaining that to make nine we need “1 less than 10, so we write it IX”

After they had completed 1-10 we set them the challenge to make 11-20, we had great conversations again about how to make 19 (XIX), most children could articulate that it was 10 + 9.

Marta is our Roman Numerals queen and was challenged to make dates out of Roman numerals, can you work out what dates she has written? Remember X=10 C =100 M= 1000.  Add comments to our blog if you think you know what she has written.