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7th February 2018

We off! It’s all very exciting and what a beautiful day to start on.








Having arrived safely, we have packed our kit away and put our indoor shoes in the boot room ready for when we return.  As you can see the house is really impressive, looks like we are in for a good time.    




We have tried losing them in the maze but they all managed to get out, so it's off for lunch.      








One of the year 4 group have just done their first activity. They have learnt a lot about team work as they helped each other overcome the obstacles. Well done to all.                                                      



1/2 of Year 6 went mountain biking, several overcame some real fears.  Well done to those who went solo for the first time.        






Beautiful view across the Bristol Channel to Wales   









The other year 4 group been testing their skills on the climbing wall. This is Leon half way up being supported by his group.            






The final year 6 group have been testing their sharp shooter skills on the air rifle range.  Some fab shot who made good groups. 







Leadership by example, Mr Murphy leads the way in the stream walk, well stream dive in his case.   







All eaten, ready to go out and do the jumbles. Hooray.









Thursday 8th February

Year 4s starting the day after a good night’s sleep and a big breakfast with grass sledging! 


Year 6 attempting team building challenges, they improved a lot!





Hungry for lunch and more Archery! Team 1 narrow winners and a top score of 32 from Reece!









It's amazing what we can achieve when we communicate, that's listening as well as talking.








Friday 9th February 2018


Everyone had a god night and a hearty breakfast this morning, just setting off to Kilve beach.


Is this the retreat from Dunkirk!





What we need here is a bit more wind! Super fun fossil finding. (Brilliant alliteration there).



Is this British Values? We have been to the beach so we are having an ice-cream!



You heard it first parents, the winners of the tidiest room, the year 6 girls. So, no excuses in the future!







The children will need to be collected from school at the normal time on Friday.  Looking forward to seeing you all then.

Welcome to South Africa Class!

Spring 1 Term



We will be looking at:

· The importance of the Nile

· Farming

· Jobs

· Pyramids

· Hieroglyphics

· Mummification

· Gods



Our topic will focus on using Historical and Geographical skills to gain a deeper understanding of Egypt.


I hope you enjoyed Christmas holidays and had a happy new year. Welcome back to the first half of the Spring term. Our topic for this term is the Egyptians. The weather is still cold and wet but we will try to be outside during PE and break times as much as possible so could children please have their coats in school at all times.




  1. In our fiction writing we will be focusing on writing narrative texts, building on character and setting descriptions. We will also be looking at using speech correctly in our stories. In non- fiction writing we will be writing recount texts. The children will be sent home spellings with tests happening weekly. Thank you in advance for your support encouraging the learning of them.




Reading at home is greatly encouraged. Please can the children have their reading records signed to show they have read five times during a week. It can be anything at all (comics, internet articles, game instructions etc.) but please make notes and comments. We are looking in detail at comprehension of what we are reading questioning the children on what they have read is greatly appreciated.




In maths lessons, we will be looking at fractions mainly this half term. We will still be learning a range of methods for calculating larger multiplication and division, as well as learning our times table facts so we can recall them quickly and accurately. Homework will link to this – always focussing on multiplication and division facts. They will receive a house point if they complete these and return them back to school. Again help learning table facts is greatly appreciated.






The Year 4 children in South Africa class will be drumming again later in the year. In computing we will be developing an understanding of programming skills through programs like Scratch. In Core Learning Skills Mrs Cannings will be running PHSE lessons with the children. We are also very grateful that Mr G will also be running Spanish lessons as a modern foreign language with the children - please ask the children what new words they have learnt!




The children will be doing a variety of forest school activities alongside PE lessons with Miss Davis on Thursday afternoon. Please make sure your child has their Forest school/PE kit every Thursday. PE will also happen some Mondays with me so please ensure PE kit stays in school.




Home Learning Activities- Spring 1
The Egyptians


Home learning tasks have been sent home separately and your child can complete as many of these as they wish. They can change the task being as creative as they want, and it is expected that at least two tasks are finished. These tasks can be brought in at any point during the half term. Homework will also go out weekly with a focus on spelling and times tables.




Use hieroglyphs to write a message.


5 dojo points






Practice your 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 multiplication facts.


3 dojo points






Design a model of something to do with Egypt e.g. a pyramid.


3 dojo points





Write some maths questions or word problems to solve using Egyptian number symbols.


5 dojo points







Write instructions or an explanation for mummification


3 dojo points








Write an acrostic poem using the letters of a key ‘topic’ word e.g. Egypt.


5 dojo points








Write a story set in Ancient Egypt.


5 dojo points








Create your own Egyptian style portrait with your name in hieroglyphs.


5 dojo points







Mummify an object!


3 dojo points









Please feel welcome to see me with any queries you may have, or if you just wanted to have a look at your child’s books.

Thank you, Mr Murphy.

Reading at home for Key Stage 2