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Message from Primary

It has been fantastic to welcome our students back into school in the past two weeks. It has been such an unprecedented time for everyone, and I am so proud of their positive attitudes to learning and their resilience towards such a strange situation.

The online learning the children have done over the past few months has been fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing their work. Over the rest of the term we will be continuing to work very hard to ensure the children are safe, working well and above all happy now we are back in school and below is a little taste of what each year group will be learning.

In Year 1 our current topic is Splendid Skies. During this topic we are learning about the seasons and the different kinds of weather that we experience within each season. 

In Maths, we are revising the names and properties of 2d and 3D shapes. To make this fun, students will be asked to go on a 2d and 3D hunt at home to find examples. 


 In Year 2 our topic is 'Beachcombers'. This week we are writing 'sea creature' riddles and the children are making their own book of riddles! In Mathematics, we are learning about Fractions. We are beginning a new Dance Unit for Juilliard Dance based on Street and Hip Hop Dancing!


Y3’s topic is ‘Tremors’, a geography-based unit. We are learning about nature’s awesome energies and discovering the dangerous and ferocious world of natural disasters. In Maths we are learning about geometry and the properties of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes. Our Science topic is ‘Rocks’ and we are classifying and studying rocks, soils and fossils.

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In Y4 this half term, we’ll listen to a live musical performance, picking out the different sounds and techniques. Roger McGough’s poem, The Sound Collector, will inspire us to go on a sound walk around school. We’ll investigate the volume of sounds and make vibrations using different equipment. Our toes will be tapping along to all kinds of music, and we’ll be listening to song lyrics to get lots of ideas to write our own. We’ll create artwork that represents jazz music, and look at famous, jazz-influenced art. We’ll find out how our ear works, how sound travels and learn about pitch. In D&T, we’ll investigate how musical instruments work and enjoy making our own. 

We’ll share our favourite music and explore how music is used in everyday life. As a challenge, we’ll create an uplifting celebration song. 

In Y5 his half term, we are going to learn first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb, or whether it should have been left as it was. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting Egyptian mystery stories and non-fiction books and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail, focusing on symbols and design features. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs.

In Maths we are currently measuring angles in degrees by using a protractor. In the coming days we will begin to draw lines and angles accurately, investigate angles on a straight line, calculating angles around a point, measure lengths and angles in shapes, become familiar with regular and irregular polygons and reason about 3D shapes.


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In EAL the Year 1 students are learning to talk about things that have already happened using the past tense and Y2 students are working on identifying and using adverbs.

In KS2 EAL Y3 are learning about the prepositions of time and place: at, on and in. These are not interchangeable and are used for very specific purposes. 

Year 4 are learning about homophones. We are fascinated by them! Mane, main, mail, male, break, brake... the list is endless. English is so tricky and confusing! Year 5 are learning about the present perfect. We are working hard to memorise irregular past participles. We are also trying to use the present perfect in our writing.