Many congratulations to the children (and parents!) for dealing so admirably with last week’s tests. They approached them with confidence and enthusiasm, ensuring the whole week went without a hitch. 

This week’s learning 
In Geography, we have continued learning about South America, particularly its most famous city, Brazil. We have begun to take a look at life inside the favelas of Rio, comparing and contrasting the lifestyles of the rich and poor.
After half term, we will still be working hard on our curriculum, along with being fully involved in preparation for our Year 6 production: Rock Bottom: A side-splitting musical adventure set in the Stone Age. We would like the children to practise the songs and any lines they may have during half-term.
Sports Day will be held on Wednesday 5th June at 1.30pm (weather permitting). The children will need to wear a t-shirt in the colour of their house group.
On the subject of sports and PE, please may we remind you to ensure that your child always has a full PE kit in school. We have noticed a few of the children wearing the same t-shirt for PE that they have worn to school which, especially as we approach the warmer weather, is not particularly hygienic.


Dear Parent/Carer,

This week, the Fire Service came to deliver a talk on Fire Safety to both classes. Please have a chat with your child about what they have learnt. 

In maths, we have begun to look at units of measure. We have discussed how to convert from metres to centimetres, kilometres to metres, kilograms to grams and litres to millimetres. We revisited multiplying by 100 and 1000 in order to convert between these units of measure. We consolidated our understanding of the place value system. This unit of work will continue after half term. 

In English, we have used another short animation film called Lighthouse as a stimulus for our writing. We discussed the message of the film, how tension was built throughout and also discussed the feelings of the different characters in the story. The children have written a descriptive paragraph about the main plot of the film and also described the events and feelings from each character’s perspective. 

We had a great afternoon on Tuesday! We learnt about the food that the Aztecs ate and how different and similar it is to our diet today. The children enjoyed an Aztec feast where they were invited to try many different types of food to give them a taste of the Aztec diet. We had pears, pineapples, sweetcorn, avocado, pulse bean stew, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, chillies, turkey, hotdog, tortilla crisp and tortilla wraps. We were so impressed with the children’s willingness to try foods perhaps they hadn’t eaten before or were not keen on. We also created an Aztec menu that included starters, mains and desserts. 

On Friday afternoon, the children created an Aztec exhibition to display what they have learnt and created during our learning of this topic. They worked hard to prepare presentations, quizzes and displays. Different classes across the school came to visit and view the exhibition. What a brilliant celebration of their learning!

There is no homework this week. Have a lovely half term break.


It’s been a short but very busy half-term which we have all thoroughly enjoyed – from the fantastic STEM week where we had exciting visitors to some wonderful writing about the Flower Man and some challenging maths which has including fractions and decimals. To finish the half-term we are looking at 3D shapes and their properties.

In the last half term of the year we will be looking at plants including what they need to grow well and looking closely at their parts. We will also be learning about the development of Market Harborough, to include how and why the town has changed – even in the living memory of the children! We are hoping to have some visitors to talk to the children about development in the town and some of the fascinating history of Market Harborough. We would welcome any information, stories or images you have about the town and how it’s changed as well! In addition, we are hoping to organise a trip into Market Harborough to do a ‘Town Trail’ and learn about the history of the Harborough Theatre. The date is to be confirmed, but we wondered if any parents, grandparents or carers were able to come along to help? If you are interested, please let us know and we will confirm dates as soon as possible.

Please enjoy the holiday and have a good rest! If you could encourage your child to continue to read and practise their times tables and spellings that would be great. Thank you so much for all your help over the year with this, it is really very much appreciated.


We have had a brilliant last week of term. We have been continuing our learning about Market Harborough and have been practising the races for sports day. Sports day will be the first Wednesday back in the afternoon. Each child will be reminded of their house group indicating the colour t-shirt which they must bring in for this day. If your child is unsure please speak to your child’s class teacher and we will send a slip home with the information.

After half term, we will be continuing our Market Harbourgh topic and visiting the market. After this, we will begin our topic on plants. In maths, we will be learning about time. Any work children can do over the holiday spotting the hours and minutes would be very helpful. In Year 1, we develop our knowledge of o’clock and half past. In English, we will be looking at the story Amazing Grace.

Over the half term holiday, each child will be sent home with three books and a selection of children will be sent home with some additional phonics. Just a little reminder that in the week beginning 10th June the children will be completing the Year 1 phonics screening so please keep up with all the fantastic work you have been doing with the real and alien words.


This week the children have 

  • Blended to read and segmented to write words with five sounds
  • Written sentences to describe the settings and characters in the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’
  • Completed their guided reading sessions
  • Compared three items by capacity, length, weight and height
  • Completed repeating pattern vegetable printing

After half term, the children will be –

  • Blending to read and segmenting to write words with five sounds and words with more than one syllable
  • Reading the book ‘Minibeast Encyclopaedia’ and writing facts about Minibeasts
  • Revisiting doubling, halving and sharing
  • Completing a Guided Reading session
  • Writing Minibeast fact files
  • Exploring uses of ICT in our lives

We hope that you all have a restful and fun half-term break.  Please continue to listen to your children read throughout the week and revisit our tricky words (listed at the front of the purple reading journals).  It is also very important to encourage your child to write as often as possible. They could write about their adventures or even write about ‘minibeasts’ in preparation for our new topic!  Keep revisiting the spellings (graphemes) sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, oi, ow, ur and er. 

Please look in your child’s book bag for a writing home activity. 


We have had a very busy couple of weeks!  Our special quizzes (otherwise known as SATS!!) are all completed and will form just part of our teacher assessments for the end of the key stage.  The children who have been absent this week will complete them at some point during  next week.  

We have finished our work on George’s Marvellous Medicine and compared Grandma’s character to that of Mrs Twit. The children have designed a new medicine to improve Mrs Twit and have written some amusing descriptions about the effect that the medicine has.

We have also started our Castles topic this week and have looked at the physical features of land to decide where would be the best place to build and why.  The children have also been learning about what a ‘motte and bailey’ castle is and have drawn detailed pictures.

In maths we have been looking at how to solve a two step problem and exploring the strategies needed. 

Next week we will be continuing with our Castles topic and will be finding out about how a castle could defend and protect itself.

Please could you make sure that your child brings a drinks bottle to school each day? We have noticed that some children haven’t had one this week.

Sports Day

It will be sports day on the Wednesday after half term and next week we will be deciding the races that children will take part in.  We would like each child to wear a t-shirt for the colour of their house if possible: red for Red Admiral, green for Brimstone, yellow for Swallowtail and blue for Tortoiseshell.


In maths, we have continued our learning about shape by focusing on perimeter and area. The children have learnt the difference between the two and practised drawing and finding the perimeter and area of rectangles. We also challenged the children to solve problems and find perimeters and areas of compound shapes. 

In English we have continued to use the film, The Birthday Boy as a stimulus for writing. The children produced a piece of descriptive writing based on the character’s flashback to the events in the war. They then learnt about the features of a newspaper and planned a report about the events of the Korean War specifically relating to the village and character in the film. The children discussed possible headlines, images that could be used and the captions for these as well as think about quotes that the character might give for the newspaper article. 

We have continued with creating our Aztec masks in our topic work and have used feathers, sequins and gems to decorate them. 

Please support your child in choosing an activity from the homework menu this week. If you are able, please continue to help your child practise the Year 5 spelling words from the lists that were given out in the Autumn and Spring term. 


The children have been working very hard this week and have enjoyed writing their settings for an animated story called The Dream Giver.
They also completed tasks in reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

We have been learning how to multiply and divide decimal numbers by whole numbers and we were pleased to see that the method is very similar to multiplying and dividing whole numbers by a single digit.
School Trip

Next week is our two days out at the Leicester Outdoor Pursuit Centre. The children are very excited about the trip and we’re all hoping for good weather.

If you haven’t yet paid, please do so by Wednesday next week.
A reminder that children need to be at school  at 8am on Thursday and Friday with a packed lunch, drinks bottle and wearing suitable clothing. On Thursday, pupils will also need a change of clothing in case they get very wet during the boating.

Please hand any medication and travel sickness tablets to Mr Pierce on the morning of travel. These must be named and labelled. We will take inhalers and other medications that are already in school.
We aim to be back at school each afternoon at 4pm for you to collect your child.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Chestnut class would like to thank all the parents/grandparents who came along to last week’s assembly. Hopefully the songs are a distant memory to you all now!

Sports Day takes place on the first Wednesday after half term. This year, the event takes place in the morning. Details to follow.

Some parents have been asking if the classes for next year have been sorted yet. The simple answer is not yet. Parents will be informed after half term once the staffing structure for next year has been finalised.
Well done to the six pupils who took part in the Shakespeare Play in a Day event which took place last Saturday. A great day was had by all and Mrs Ellis who accompanied the children was very proud of their efforts. Well done Sam, Isabelle, Alfie, Taya, Daniel and Ellie.

Don’t forget to keeping reading and practising your tables with Times Table Rock Stars.


We have had a lovely sunny week in Year 1 and have enjoyed looking at the geography of our school through marking areas on a map. We will continue to look at maps within our topic work and start to look at changes over time e.g. the addition of houses, buildings and roads. 

We have once again been revising some of our previously learned sounds and next week will be focussing on the sounds:  /ure/, /ue/ and three letter consonant blends which many of the children struggle with such as /str/ in stripe and /spl/ in splat. 

In English, we will be extending our use of adjectives in sentences, using exclamation marks and writing letters.

In maths, we are continuing our work on multiplication. We will be drawing picture representations called arrays to show our workings and talking about how many groups of something there are. For example, in 3 x 5 there are 3 groups of 5 or 5 groups of 3. 

Thank you to the parents that have already volunteered to help with the market trip. We are still looking for additional volunteers if anyone is able to help.


This week the children have –

  • Blended to read and segmented to write words with five sounds
  • Used story maps to tell and write sections of the Enormous Turnip story
  • Read as a group (Guided Reading)
  • Written a diary entry to record further changes to our Beany Bags (independent)
  • Solved problems involving counting in twos, fives and tens
  • Created repeating patterns by printing with vegetables

Next week the children will be –

  • Blending to read and segmenting to write words with five sounds
  • Using story maps to write sections of the story of Little Red Riding Hood
  • Completing Guided Reading sessions
  • Comparing capacity, weight, length and height
  • Completing repeating pattern vegetable printing

Please continue to listen to your children read as regularly as possible.  Also remind them of the tricky words I, the, to, go, no, into, he, she, we, be, me, was, are, you, they, some, come, all, for, her, said, so, do, what, there, like, where. 

Please encourage your child to write sentences at home. They could write about their day, write about a favourite toy or a model that they have made, write a letter to their family or make shopping lists.  Keep revisiting the spellings (graphemes) sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, oi, ow, ur and eras we hope that all of the children will be confidently using these spellings (graphemes) in their writing by the end of their time in Foundation Stage. 

Where possible, continue to revisit our maths Early Learning Goals (listed on your parents evening sheets).  Again, we hope that all of the children will be confident with these by the end of their time in Foundation Stage. 
As always, thank you for your continued support!