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World Book Day fun!

We have had a great day today, all linked to reading! We had a great assembly with a whole school story – We’re Going on a Book Hunt! Mr Barker, Mrs Gunning and Mrs Digby were sorted into Hogwarts Houses by the sorting hat, we had a whole school sorting hat teacher swap. We also had lots of discussions about books, created magnificent art inspired by our class readers and filled in feathers to create a whole school display (watch this space) of why we love reading and why reading is important… phew!


Year 6 loved their focus on The Viewer – a fantastic book that really gripped their imagination – they couldn’t wait to read on !


It has been lovely to see so many children swap books, before school, during the day, during lunch time, after school… so great that the children are so keen to read and discover new books. I have had some lovely conversations with parents, staff and children about how we are all inspiring each other to read more and why it’s so important!

It was great to see lots of children swapping books and reading at lunch time!

Lola in year 6 has helped her friend to get a library card and swapped a book to read to her cousin today, it’s lovely to see Macauley reading a book he loves that he got from the library. Harvey in year 5 has inspired others to read different books and is going to be a reading ambassador. George in year 3 has swapped lots of books with Mrs Horan and has inspired lots of children in his class to read. Mr Shaw in year 4 has inspired his class to read and swap books on a regular basis.  The children in year 2 were really excited to create beautiful flower pictures based on the secret garden.

Year 5 fused art and poetry – inspired by their poetry class reader.

They created some great front covers inspired by their other class reader – The Explorer. They are going to use these to go on the front of their Explorer inspired writing.

In nursery today it was a real pleasure to read to them, they spoke in full sentences, listened carefully and we had a really interesting conversation about how you grow when you are asleep and we all agreed that the pigeon really needed to go to bed – NOT stay up late!

In year 6 the children created some great art inspired by The Viewer.

In year 4 they created Iron Man pictures – using the book and my pictures inspired by the book…

Year 3 created some fantastic pictures inspired by Kensuke’s Kingdom.


Year 2 created some great pictures inspired by the Secret Garden.

A fantastic day! Thank you for your support – letting your children bring books to swap and listening to your children read at home!

Emma Digby

What an amazing week year 4 have had this week. Well done to everyone for their amazing effort in their assessments.


To celebrate, Year 4 ran a family event of their own, the Disgusting Digestive System Experiment! Children talked their adults through the route which food takes before it it turned into human waste. Adults were amazed when children used their descriptive writing to turn the scientific process into a creative story. Well done Year 4!


Yummm…Lemon Meringue! This afternoon we practised our new skills of separating egg yolks and egg whites, with Mrs Houghton. The children really enjoyed this activity and got to eat their yummy creations!

Yesterday, year 4 began their new topic – ‘What happens to our food?’. We took part in an exciting hook day, during which children plotted their own digestive system, learned all about their teeth and how they help break up food, as well as making their own digestive system parts! We also got a visit from ‘a very very old’ friend who helped us show where the parts went inside the skeleton!

In 4B this half term, we have been writing our very own stories describing the setting of our own worlds. Taking a step into the wardrobe, we found ourselves on a beach in a land which had never been seen before. This is just an example of the amazing writing we managed to create…







On Wednesday, Year 4 went back in time to the Saxon ages and learnt what life was like for a villager working in and defending their village. The day started with outfit changes, where the girls put on their wimples and the boys dressed in tunics. Shortly after the teachers reluctantly became the childrens ‘slaves’ – which excited the year 4’s greatly. 


The jam-packed day was full of real life, day to day tasks that would take place in a Saxon village: bread making, pottery moulding, collecting firewood, preparing the ground for planting plus the most thrilling activity which was learning how to guard the village in case of an attack. 


The trip was brought to life by the fantastic staff at Murton Park – who led the day in role. The fierce Lord was not someone to be reckoned with. 


At lunch time the children were invited into the great hall where they ate and entertained the Lord during his meal. 


“This is the BEST TRIP EVER!” Jack 

” My favourite part was watching Mr Shaw dress up and have water poured down his head!” Ella 

“Why can’t we go every day?” Anonymous

” My favourite part of Murton Park was getting to do some gardening! I even saw a worm!” Alfie N


What a joy it was to see the children so engaged and active all day, our trip has inspired us all and we are so excited to see what the children will learn during this Learning Challenge.  

On Thursday, Year 4 headed off for their first football tournament of the year! They did really well and all 8 children had great fun. Huge thanks to the three year 6 children who helped out, and a huge shout out to Charlie for his amazing refereeing skills!

This week, Year 4 have been beginning to make our own newspapers! To begin this topic, we have been identifying key features of newspapers, using actual newspapers to help us. Here is some of our amazing learning as we tried to find all the features we could.

This week, 4B have been finishing off their amazing diaries, in which they wrote from the perspective of a WW1 solider on the front lines. Their writing was amazing and included lots of detailed description. Well done 4B!

Last week, Year 4 took part in our very own Battle of Hastings re-enactment on the school playground. We followed this up with a feast fit for a king in our classrooms. What a way to start our Royals topic and we look forward to carrying on with some amazing learning for the rest of the term!

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