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Music Week

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Listen to some of the music we have been making using body percussion! Can you guess what it is?

Knights at the Castle......

This week we have started looking at medieval castles and who lives in them.  The children have been writing about parts of a castle and what a day in the life of a knight looks like.  We have even been writing in another language with a quill pen medieval style!

In our maths lessons we are looking at money again so do get the children to practise looking at the value of coins when they are out shopping with you, along with any 3D shapes they might spot around the home and out and about.

We are looking forward to our Music Week next week along with our first visit to Ashdown Forest on the Friday.

French day 3rd May

French day 3rd May 1
French day 3rd May 2

Castle fun and royalty!

We have been learning about the first castles built in this country these past few weeks with a visit from William the Conqueror himself to answer questions and give us some information!  The children are now busy making themselves 'royal' by painting their own portraits and are practising their maypole dancing ready for the School May Fair next Saturday.  Please do send back your slips as soon as you can to let us know if you are able to attend the fair and that your children will  then be available for the Maypole dancing.

We all enjoyed an amazing French Day last week with lots of singing as we learnt colours and numbers in French and ate cheese and bread in our lovely blue, white and red outfits! 

Hopefully you have all enjoyed the long HOT week end and the children are ready to return for a short but busy week!

WELCOME back after Easter to our new topic this term - Let's build a home!

We will be looking at all kinds of homes all over the world and throughout history.  We are starting with our own homes, looking at what they are like and why they are important to us.  We will also be exploring castles and their history and what it was like to live in one.  In our maths lessons we are focusing on place value and using 100 squares before we move onto practising using money.

P.E. lessons will continue to be Wednesdays and Thursdays and we will be practising multi-skills, working in teams and dancing. On Thursday do ask the children which country's style of dancing they tried! 


The last week......

The children have finished their amazing forest animal books, full of information and drawings just in time as we finish our topic of the Enchanted Forest.  We have had a busy week preparing for the Easter service and making cards and biscuits as well as showing what we have learnt in maths and English this term.  The children will be ready for a well deserved Easter break.  Have a super Easter holiday and watch this space for details of next terms topic. 

What else are we finding in the enchanted forest?

The children have been writing fantastic acrostic poems about the forest, including what they have learnt about real forests as well as the traditional tales set in the forest.  This is the poem they wrote as a class before they wrote their own.

F ish in the lake

O range leaves

R obin Hood hiding

E nchanted and evergreen

S ecret house

T rees everywhere!


We have now started looking at The Gruffalo story and writing about the characters and acting out the story with puppets the children have made.  We will then  be finding out about the real forest animals in the U.K. including mice, foxes and owls.  If you would like to start looking for information at home with the children please do and send in any facts they have found out, or drawings for home learning.

World Book Day - Amazing character costumes!

The Legend of Robin Hood


We have been exploring the legend of Robin Hood, writing about the characters, making hats and becoming the baddies the Sherriff and King John as we wrote our WANTED posters. We have also started learning a medieval dance We will continue with this legend as we build a camp for Robin and his merry men and women and explore other favourite characters on World book Day on Thursday 1st March.

In maths we have been practising counting on when we are adding numbers and using number lines and next week we will be looking at subtraction.

Just a reminder that P.E. will now be on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Who have we been visiting?


We have been busy visiting the three little pigs and working out what shapes we need to build the houses and how much they will cost!

If you are shopping see if your children can use the correct coins to pay for a small item in pennies.

This week we have finished our fantastic twisted Three little pigs stories. Ask your children what they have changed.  Are their characters different?  What happens at the end of their story?



Welcome to THE ENCHANTED FOREST for the Spring term.

The children will be reading, acting out and talking about traditional tales set in a forest.  We have started with HANSEL AND GRETEL and we have made a gingerbread house, puppets and have composed an Enchanted Forest Symphony.


We are also looking at measuring and time this half term and have measured many objects in the classroom including the children themselves!


P.E. will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays so if P.E. kits can be in on those days that would be very helpful.  The children will come home in their kits on these days.

The children have made poppies in all sorts of different ways and had a think about Remembrance Day this morning

We let our feet do the walking in maths today! What a great way of counting in twos!

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