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Term 6 Week 3

What an amazing time we had at the woods.  We made stick 2d shapes and also completed some tree rubbings.  Thank you to the mums that accompanied us! Despite the wet weather, we were able to perform our Shepherds Hey dance at the summer event - and it did stop the rain for 5 minutes! Thank you to everyone who came along - it was just like Glastonbury! We have all worked hard this week and wrote amazing reports about the life cycle of a sunflower.  We are now able to tell the time to quarter of an hour e.g. quarter past 2 or 2:15.  Some of us can also tell the time to 5 minute intervals e.g. 2.10.  This is an important skill to know.

Term 6 Week 2

What an amazing week!  Eden Week was such fun and the school grounds look brilliant.  Our bug hotel is already well occupied and the field and playground are litter free.  The planters are full of plants donated by the children and it will be their responsibility to make sure our planters are watered and weeded!  Green Fingers continues for us next week.  We hope to visit Vincients Wood on Thursday morning - letter to follow.  A HUGE thank you to all parents and grandparents who helped during the week.

Term 6 Week 1

That a great start to our new theme Green Fingers!  We have already planted carrot and lettuce seeds - please look after them at home.  Has your seed germinated yet?  We wrote some amazing instructions - How to Grow a Carrot Seed.  Please come in and take a look at our new theme books! We have also enjoyed playing in our new Garden Centre role play area. Don't forget that next week is Eden Week.  Wear old clothes to school as you will get dirty!

Term 5 Week 6

This week we have been learning about the human life cycle. In maths we have worked hard to recall our times tables quickly - 2X, 3X, 5X and 10X.  We have also used the vertical number line method to work out division problems.  It was tricky to solve worded problems using X so we'll do some more next week! France Class enjoyed the Pop Choir assembly - well done to Ann-Marie who sang beautifully. Don't forget to play the X table game using a pack of cards.

Term 5 Week 4

This week Firefighter Jan visited our class to tell us all about keeping safe at home.  We know how to STOP DROP ROLL and what to do if the smoke alarm goes off at home.  Jan told us about the importance of not touching matches or lighters.  We also had a visit from Nurse Patient and found out how to do a low arm sling and a high arm sling.  She told us all about her exciting job in the Minor Injuries Unit at Chippenham Hospital.  Thank you very much!

Term 5 Week 1

Welcome back!  This week, we started our new theme 'Blood, Bones and Body Bits!' - if you have any information books about the human body, please bring them into school to share (named).  This week we have named different parts of the human body and written a non-chronological report about our bodies.


Term 5 Week 2

This week we have named some bones that make up the human body.  We have also talked about what these bones do to support and protect our bodies. What bones can you name?  Why is the skull so important?  There are some great human body activities to complete on Purple Mash!



Term 4 Week 3

This week, we all worked hard to learn the time.  Keep looking at clocks at home and try to work out the time.  Can you read the clock face (analogue) and a digital clock?  We wrote super recounts about our trip to Chippenham Museum. We enjoyed exploring the museum and the World War One hospital set up in the Yelde Hall.  Mr Skelton let us play with some of his very old toys and we had great fun!  I enjoyed rolling the hoop and lots of you enjoyed the penny game.  The children also explored magnetism and investigated which materials / objects are magnetic.  What a busy week!

Term 4 Week 1

This week we have been learning about fractions.  We worked hard to learn our doubles and halves up to 10+10 and beyond.  We used tens and ones equipment to help work out half of a number. The children had a great time with their favourite toy.  We described our own toy using lots of adjectives e.g. long, golden hair.  What is your favourite toy?  We also sorted push and pull toys. A very busy start to Term 4.  Don't forget that next Thursday is World Book Day!

Term 3 Week 3

This week we have enjoyed making porridge. We tried lots of different toppings! France Class are now experts at writing instructions.  Can you write instructions for making toast with different toppings?  Thank you to all parents who came to our work share - we had an excellent turn out and it was great to see so much maths going on.  The subtraction booklet was included with home learning this week. We are using partitioning column or difference between number line (demonstrated in the work share) to subtract.


   45-23 = 22



   20+2     we start with the units / ones.  5-3=2, 40-20=20



Term 3 Week 2

This week has been a very healthy week for France Class.  Not only are we swimming and developing gymnastic skills, we have also designed and made our own Pitta Bread Pizza.  We wrote instructions and identified the different food groups. It is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet so we are fit and well, ready for our learning.  Have you eaten your 5 a day yet?  In maths this week, we used our number facts (pairs = 10, 20, 100) to help us with near pairs e.g. 6+4=10 so 6+5=11. Can you recall your pair that make 10, 20 100?  What about your - facts e.g. 10-4, 20-17, 100-20?

Term 3 Week 1

What a busy start to the year.  This week, we launched our new theme 'We are what we eat!' and have started to sort foods into different groups so that we know what they do for our bodies.  Also we wrote recounts of our Christmas holidays - what exciting things you did!  The pupils used many different time openers and also planned their writing into 2 or 3 paragraphs.  In maths this week we were able to +9  (+10, -1) and -9 (-10, +1).  Can you work out 34+9, 27-9, 45+9, 31-9 by using this method?  What about 56+19, 56-19?

Term 2 Week 6 and 7

Well done to everyone.  Despite many children feeling under the weather with colds and coughs, the show went on and was amazing! You all did so well and I know your families were very proud! We all enjoyed our Christmas party and disco. You also wrote some amazing poetry this week, using some great adjectives to describe the snow! When out and about over the holiday, do look out for shapes around you - what can you see?  Hunt for 2d (flat) and 3d (solid) shapes.  Have a merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in the new year 2016!

Term 2 Week 5

A huge thank you to all our amazing parents who came to our parent / child work share to learn about addition.  I hope you have found out more about how we are learning 'adding' at school.  If you have any questions, please come and talk to me!  This week, we wrote some great Christmas stories and wrote in story style, with story openers, adjectives (WOW words) and some connectives such as because, so, but.  In maths this week, we continued to learn our tables (2X, 5X, 10X and challenge 3X)  It is important to start with the timetable that you are counting in e.g. 5 x 3 = (counting in 5s, 3 times 5+5+5) - please explore this with your child (refer to home learning task week 5).  The 'Christmas Recipe' has been pieced together this week and our show is nearly ready.  We can't wait!  You are in for a treat. 

Term 2 Week 4

This week we wrote some super stories about Babushka.  Please tell your families all about Babushka.  Where does this traditional story come from?  Thank you to all the children who brought in green shiny things for our Christmas stall!  It was great to see so many families at the Christmas Fayre. In maths this week we started to partition to add e.g.




We will practise again next week!  We also recalled double facts to 15+15=30 and have started to use these facts to work out near doubles e.g. if 7+7=14, 7+8=15.  This is our home learning activity this week - try to help your child at home with this.

Term 2 Week 2

This week we have found out about Diwali.  We enjoyed the story of Rama and Sita.  Please come into class to see our amazing stories. We made our own diva lamps which will be on sale at the Christmas Fayre. In maths we have started to use a 100 square to +/- 10 and then 11 / 12 / 21 / 22.  We also used tens and ones equipment to help us. Please use the 100 square at home (provided with this week's home learning) to +/- 10 and 11.

Term 2 Week 3

This week we have been busy starting to learn our play 'The Christmas Recipe' - we are all working hard to learn our lines, speaking clearly and with expression!  This week we have found out about the Russian traditional story 'Babushka'.  We wrote some great character descriptions!  In maths we have been outside using directional language including left, right, forward, backward, practising half and quarter turns and also controlled a 'robot' on the computer using Purple Mash! 

Term 2 Week 1

Welcome back to everyone.  What a busy term we have ahead of us!  We made a great start on our new theme 'Celebrations' and found out about why we celebrate Bonfire Night.  Ask your child to tell you about Guy Fawkes!  We wrote amazing Guy Fawkes stories and also worked co-operatively to create firework safety posters.  This week in maths we have been learning to add and subtract 10p (challenge 20p, 30p) - please count lots of money at home!

Term 1 Week 7

This week we worked hard to name and describe 2d and 3d shapes.  What shapes can you remember?  When out walking with your family, try to spot some of the shapes we named this week.  Can you find a triangle, square or hexagon?  Try to find a cube, cone or sphere!

Term 1 Week 6

What a busy week.  We have been learning to tell the time (o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to) - please look at clocks and tell the time during the holiday.  We also worked on money to explore different ways of making 10p, 20p, 50p and £1.  How many ways can you find?  All children wrote super reports about transport a long time ago and compared it with today. We made some amazing collages of Mr Brunel which will be on display in the corridor.  Look at for them!


NEXT WEEK - France week!  We will be tasting french food, learning some basic french language and finding out about our country!  Please look at home learning for week 6 to find out about our holiday project.

Term 1 Week 5

What an exciting week.  Mr Skelton from Chippenham Museum visited our class twice.  He showed us household objects that Brunel would have had in his home. We compared these artefacts with things that we have in our homes now.  On the second visit, we found out more about Mr Brunel and dressed up in the clothes that children wore a long time ago. We also wrote reports about Mr Brunel and used sub-headings to organise our writing.


In maths this week, we have continued our learning about fractions and have all improved our recall of doubles and halves!  Can you double 12?  Can you half 16?  We also began learning about money and added up different coins to find the total.  We will continue this learning next week.  Can you find 4 different ways of making 10p, 20p and 50p?  What coins could you use?

Term 1 Week 4


Term 1 Week 3

The week we started to learn our 2X, 5X and 10X tables using equipment to help us.  We can count in 2s, 5s and 10s up and back.  We know that 2X5 (2 multiplied 5 times 2+2+2+2+2) =10.  In our writing, we used adjectives to describe artefacts in our museum e.g. The candle stick is metal and shiny. In science we started to use words to describe properties of different materials e.g. The fabric is soft and flexible. Thank you to all parents who answered questions written by their child about when they were younger.

Term 1 Week 2

What a busy week!  In maths, we have recalled 1 more and 1 less and explored what happens when we add / subtract 1 more or less.  The units always change and sometimes the tens do!  1 more than 45 is 46, 1 less than 45 is 44.  We also used tens and units equipment to find 10 more and 10 less e.g. 37+10=47, 37-10-27.  Sam noticed that the tens change but the units do not.  In Literacy we have been sorting words that are common nouns and proper nouns (common noun = car, proper noun = Ford Focus).  We know that all proper nouns need a CL.  We also wrote questions to take home for you (an older family member) to answer.  We want to find out about when you were a child!  Finally, we completed our own timelines which look amazing.  Please come and see them at our Parent Curriculum Meeting on Thursday 24th September 9am - 9.20am - all welcome.


Term 1 Week 1

This week we have been very busy learning.  We have made 2 digit numbers using tens and units equipment and also recalled our number bonds to make 10 (pairs=10).  Some of us also recalled pairs that total 20!  Have fun playing the home learning game.  We have made a good start with reading and well done to all children who are reading regularly at home with an adult.


Thank you to all families who have provided photos for our timelines - we look forward to showing you!

Our visit to the SS Great Britain

What an exciting week. The children enjoyed our trip to the SS Great Britain. The talking toilet was popular along with steering the ship!  We were surprised to find many horses inside the ship! Everyone decided that they'd like to go first class!  Thank you to all parents who helped on the trip.


The children used time openers (First, Then, Next, After lunch) to write recounts of the trip.  They also tried to include adjectives to make their writing more interesting.  We also worked hard with doubles and halves this week.  Do you know double 6? Do you know half of 10? We solved 'half' using partitioning to help us e.g. Half of 18 (half of 10 is 5, half of 8 is 4, so half of 18 is 9)


We also took part in a drumming workshop - what fun!