Filed Under (PTA) by on September 22, 2014

PTA AGM Poster


 Over the next 15 weeks those of us in Year 1 will be following topics called ‘The Magic Toyshop’ and ‘Dressing Up’.

 Over the first half term we will be looking at how toys move, the history of toys, toys from around the world, and ways of making our own toys. The children will be using a variety of materials to design, paint and make toys, working both individually and as part of a group.

Through music and dance the children will be exploring pulse and rhythm, making up dances linked to toys. If you have any old fashioned toys that we could show the children we would be very grateful.

We would also be very interested to see any toys from other countries. Please talk to your children about toys that you played with as a child and toys that their grandparents may have played with.

In the second half term we will be looking at clothes we wear, the materials they are made from and clothes from other cultures. We will start by having a dressing up parade when the children will be able to come in any dressing up clothes.

Please talk to your child about clothes you wore as a child and clothes their grandparents may have worn. We also hope to visit Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood during this term.

It would be really helpful if you can ensure you are reading with your child three times a week and signing their diary. They will also need to practice their target from the Rainbow Wall as well as high frequency spellings at home.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their continued support with their child’s learning.  If you would be interested in volunteering to hear readers, please let us know.

Yours Faithfully

Miss Moss,   Ms McMahon   and   Mrs Taylor

Unknown-6 Throughout the first half of Autumn term Year Two will be following the topic ‘We Are What We Eat’.

We will be studying different food groups, foods from around the world and healthy eating, covering the importance of a balanced diet. We will be looking at food, linking this to our core texts in Literacy. We will also be going on some visits outside of school to find out about where our food comes from and how it is made. We will need some parental help for these outings, letters will be sent in September and we would appreciate any support you can give.

In Numeracy we will be focusing on number bonds to ten and twenty, addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers and counting in twos, fives and tens (multiplication tables).

We would appreciate your efforts in reading three times a week with your child and ensuring their reading diaries are signed every time that you do this.

As continual homework throughout the term, we would ask children to practice their number bonds as well as their high frequency spellings. This information will be included in your child’s new homework book next term along with a copy of the rainbow wall where a target will be circled for your child to practice at home. We will aim to check your child’s progress on this once every two weeks.

We appreciate all of your efforts at home and would like to thank you for your continued support.

Yours Faithfully,

Miss N Lee and Miss I Ronald



In Year 3 we have a range of exciting learning opportunities for your child.

During the first half term our topic will be Chocolate, we will be learning about, where chocolate comes from, how it is packaged and designed, as well as investigating melting. The children will be making and branding their very own chocolate bars, including creating logos and constructing packaging. 

 In Literacy we will be reading a chocolate themed book, which will link nicely with our topic. We will be learning how to write newspaper articles, perform poetry and write instructions for making a new and exciting chocolate bar.  

In Maths we will be looking at a variety of topics including, 2d shapes and their properties, measurement, place value for HTU and using number facts for addition and subtraction. 

It would be really helpful if you can ensure you are reading with your child three times a week and signing their diary. They will also need to practice their times tables, number bonds and high frequency spellings at home. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their continued support with their child’s learning.  If you would be interested in volunteering to hear readers and check pupils’ times tables, please let us know.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Boyle and Miss Mackie 


During the first half term of Year 4 we will be looking at the topic Gadgets and Gizmos. This will include aspects of what it would have been like to live in the Victorian times as well as finding the differences between the rich and poor. We will also be looking at the invention of everyday objects and how these have changed our lives. 


In Literacy we will read Oliver Twist and link our writing to this. We will be covering instructional, diary and persuasive styles of writing. We shall also be looking at how to develop sentence structure and focusing on enhancing our vocabulary. 

 In Maths we will be looking at a variety of topics including, 2d and 3d shapes and their properties, number sequencing, place value for ThHTU and using number facts for addition, subtraction and multiplication.

It would be really helpful if you can ensure you are reading with your child three times a week and signing their diary. They will also need to practice their target from the Rainbow Wall as well as the high frequency spellings at home.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their continued support with their child’s learning.  If you would be interested in volunteering to support children in Year 4, please let us know.

Yours faithfully, 

Miss McCleallan and Mrs Dinnis




Welcome back to a new school year.  There are many exciting activities planned over the coming term.

In Literacy we will be reading Greek Myths and linking this to our topic on Ancient Greece.  There is a visit planned for Year 5 to visit the exhibits in the British Museum on 15th September and will include a talk with a professional.  Look out for a letter with more details. Our main text will be Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

Through Literacy we will be learning about the Greek Myths through drama, poetry, narratives and film.

Maths has a strong focus on calculations.  It would be helpful for you child to practise their times tables.  They need to know 2, 5 and 10, then 3, 4 and 8.  After this they need to learn 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables.  You can really make a big difference if you help your child practise!

Topic work will involve working with clay, looking at artefacts and really gaining a good understanding of life and beliefs held during the Ancient Greek period.

Children will be taking part in swimming each alternate Wednesday.  When they are not swimming, they will have PE with Mr Gosnell all afternoon.  It is essential children are appropriately equipped for these lessons with their correct PE kit or swimming kit.  Swimming hats can be purchased from the office for £1.00.  A list of swimming dates will be sent out separately.

It may be hard to believe your child is now in Year 5 as the time goes by so quickly!  They are now in the upper juniors so expected to become increasingly independent in their organisation and learning.  Children will be set homework and are expected to work towards completing their maths Rainbow Walls as well as regular reading at home.  Reading diaries need to be signed at least 3 times per week.

Reading diaries will be checked each Friday.  Maths Rainbow Walls will be tested each Monday.  Please ensure homework books are brought into school on this day.

If any parents are available to help on occasional trips or in school on a regular basis, please speak to the class teacher.

We look forward to working with you and your children!

Yours faithfully,


Mrs Fuller, Mrs Price, Mrs Armstrong

and the Year 5 team

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Over the next term in Year 6 we will be following a unit of work that focuses on ‘Explorers’. This unit will be about looking at key explorers and discoveries that have happened throughout history, with a particular focus on the Tudor period. This topic will be embedded throughout the Curriculum, encouraging children to develop as responsible and independent learners, whilst gaining an understanding of how culture and lifestyle has changed over time.

Our literacy work will be based around the stories ‘Journey to the River Sea’ (by Eva Ibbotson) and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (by Lewis Carroll), two stories about children who go on explorations.

Some of the different questions we will cover, as explorers, through different subject areas include:

English :

Autumn 1: Journey to the River Sea: exploring new lands

Information texts,
Diary entries, Persuasive writing, Narrative (story) writing, Poetry

Autumn 2: Alice in Wonderland: exploring new worlds

Recount texts, Poetry writing & performance, Play scripts,
Biographical writing 

Maths :

 Autumn Term 1

  • Mental & written calculation methods.
  • Place value.
  • Problems with addition, subtraction & money.
  • Algebra & multi-step problems.
  • Conversions of measure and time.

 Autumn Term 2

  • Negative numbers & fractions.
  • Perimeter & area.
  • Fractions & percentages.
  • Data Handling


 Autumn Term 1- Exploring where we come from: Evolution and Inheritance.

  • Have we always looked like this? 
  • Could we possibly have evolved from apes, monkeys or other primates? Fossils, evolution and Charles Darwin
  • Why do you not usually look exactly like your mum or dad? Inherited traits, DNA
  • How are animals and plants adapted to different environments? Habitats, adaptations

Autumn Term 2- Exploring our solar system: Light

  • Can you light up your life?
  • How do we know that light travels faster than sound?
  • How can you set up an experiment to show that light travels in straight lines?
  • How do your eyes work?
  • How can you use mirrors to see around blind corners?

Can you create a shadow puppet story and present it to others?

 History/Geography/Art & DT

 Focused on our topic work of ‘Tudor Explorers’, we will study:

-   Who were the Tudors, and where do they fit in History?

-   What was different for the Tudors compared to life today: clothing, lifestyles,

     food childhood?

-   What did the Tudors understand and believe about the world?

-   Why was the Tudor period such a key time in history for exploration and discovery?

Would the Tudor period have been a good time for me live in?


Autumn 1: Exploring other faiths: Buddhist Beliefs and Values.

Autumn 2: The Christmas Story through many different eyes


Autumn 1: We are app planners (creating a Tudor factfile app)

Autumn 2: We are project managers (developing leadership skills


Autumn 1: An exploration into space: Exploring sound sources

Autumn 2: Exploring working together: performing in rounds


Homework will be set on Thursday and due back on Tuesday. Children are responsible for taking an ownership for completing their homework, in preparation for secondary school, however please do encourage them to do it promptly and to the best of their ability.

We would encourage all parents to attend the ‘SATs parents workshop’ on Thursday 25th September at either 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. This workshop, which will be no longer than an hour, will give you an introduction to the end of key stage tests and, most importantly, practical tips and ideas demonstrating what you can do to support your child. You will also be able to have a look at some of the past papers for yourselves!

We are sure this will be a very positive term and we look forward to working with you as we see your children continue to grow. If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch, either via Email or by making an appointment with the office.

Warmest Regards,

Mr C. Speller                         [email protected]

Mrs K. McLaughlin               [email protected]

Mrs C. Dyer                           [email protected]








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Sports Week….Skipping, hopping, stretching, circuits and more.


A great start to the week.


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Filed Under (* Oak, * Poplar) by on July 7, 2014

IMG_9230 IMG_9231 IMG_9232 IMG_9233 IMG_9235 IMG_9250 IMG_9253 IMG_9258 IMG_9260On Thursday, linked to their topic work, year 5 had a sleepover in school to look at the stars.


After arriving back in school at 7pm, the children had a play in the school grounds before having a snack. As it was getting dark, they then went on to the school balcony to look at the stars through a telescope and the ‘Star Walk’ app on the iPads.


They then Skyped Elm Park Primary School in New Zealand where it was 9.30am on Friday morning! The boys in New Zealand performed the school Haka and the girls performed a traditional song and dance called the Poi Dance. The pupils then chatted and compared life on the other side of the world.


Unfortunately, due to problems with Skype, our pupils were not able to perform a Morris Dance andpiece of drama that they had prepared, but we will be sending them a video of this performance this week