🏏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.

1 afternoon… 716 Years of History covered!

Today the children began creating the first part of our Triumphant Tresspassers History timelines. From 350 AD and the first recorded invasion of the Picts and Scots to 410 AD when the Romans withdrew from Britain to protect their home territories from invasion. Their timelines then move on to 450 AD  to the invasion of British land from the Jutes, Angles and Saxons and the creation of the 7 Kingdoms: Northumbria, Mercia, Wessex, Sussex, Essex, Anglia, Kent. Jumping ahead to 793 AD – the first recorded Viking Invasion… Then 1016 when King Canute of Demark captures the English Crown, ending at 1066 with the famous battle that saw one man conquer and the other with an arrow to the eye! Or so some historians would have us believe! Over the coming weeks the children are going to be learning more about the events that have unfolded on their timelines and adding more information to their timelines. Nearer Christmas we will book looking at the famous 1066 Battle and creating a separate timeline to plot the key events that changed the course of British history once again!

Ashley- ” I was really interested to find out that the Anglo-Saxons were actually to groups of invaders that came together to settle: the Angles and the Saxons.”

Bailey – ” I thought it was interesting that Britain was divided into the 7 Kingdoms with different rulers in each Kingdom.”

Stunning Start

The children are thoroughly enjoying the stunning start to their Triumphant Trespassers topic. We’ve been lucky to get the Hobgoblin Theatre Company in to perform ‘A Viking Tale’ – the workshop consists of some acting, telling the story of a normal Viking girl called Freya and some small group chats about what the children have learnt as the workshop goes on. the children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 

Welcome back😃

Welcome back to year 5/6! We hope you have all had a fantastic summer and you are excited to be back at school.  Staff have been busy creating classrooms over the holidays ready for the new topic: Triumphant Trespassers. Malala and Hawking now have Viking longships and Knibb class have a Viking longhouse which they can use as a reading area or for independent work. We have had a great first 2 days back and are looking forward to the rest of the year. Watch this space for more updates of our learning 😊

Shields at the ready…

Transition day 2 -afternoon session- was finished off my some lovely artwork and painting of Viking shields ready to be displayed in September.  The children took inspiration from examples of Viking sheilds and then had time to design their own.  Once they had decided on a design they drew them onto their wooden sheilds and started to paint.  The small intricate detail was achieved using cocktail sticks. Parents were invited in this afternoon to join in and also created some wonderful sheilds. It’s been a lovely two days with our new classes and we are all looking forward to September.


Transition Day 2 has seen our ‘New’ Year 5/6 classes bonding over our scrapheap challenge inspired task. They had 40 minutes to design and create a model using the equipment they were provided with.  The had cardboard boxes, sugar paper, material, tissue paper, scissors, sellotape and a mountain of newspaper. The children had a great time and created some brilliant models; very inspired. 

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