Thank you so much for your continung support with home reading and with phonics learning at home. we are really pleased with how well the children are progressing.

In English this week, we have finished our writing based on the ‘Journey’ book. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this enchanting picture book story. Next week, we will be a looking at a book called, ‘The Magic Train Ride’. When the children write their descriptions of its travels, we will be encouraging them to use a range of interesting adjectives.

In Maths, we are contining to add numbers within a 100. It would be hugely beneficial if you could work with your child to familairise themselves with numbers to 100, counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Using a 100 number square will be a reeally good method. You could play a game adding 10 to a given numer or subtracting 10. 

In our history topic, we have been learning about new and old things in the context of toys. Next week, we will start to learn about the history of trains.

Miss Fellows, who has been working with Oak Class and has been a super temporary member of our team, is leaving today to continue her teaching studies and get ready for her final placement. We will miss her but are very thankful for all her hard work teaching Oak Class.


This week we have really been enjoying reading our Journey book in the lead up to World Bood day on Thursday and will be continuing reading this next week. The children have been deepending their understanding of the story through a range of drama and writing activities. 

In order to secure the childrens’ understanding of a rich vocabualry, we have started investigating three new words each week. The words this week have been curious, investigate and surprise. If you could encourage your child to use these words or explain them to you that would be very helpful. Next week, our focus words will be alternative, uncomfortable and notice.

In maths, we have been practising our adding within 100. To be able to do this, children will need to have a secure understanding and confidence in counting to 100. We have also been practising our place value and talking lots about how many tens and ones are in numbers e.g. 67 is made of 6 tens and 7 ones. 

In phonics we have been looking at the /l/ sound. The spellings are: l, le, ll, al, ol, el, il. Next week, we will be doing a revision of the sounds we have learnt so far. We will also be sending home a phonics pack with your child. This is to be done at your child’s own pace over the next few weeks. If your child would like to bring any completed pages back in to school with them to show that would be welcomed.

We will be starting our topic on trains next week and will begin this by looking at different toys and objects from the present day and also over different time periods in history.


It was lovely to meet with you all at Parents’ Evening. We are so grateful for all your support with home learning especially reading and phonics. We will be sending home some phonics activities for half term which are not compulsory but it might be of some benefit.

In maths, we having been learning about measurements and next week we will focus on capacity. The children will be looking at sizes of different containers and noticing whether they are full, half full, empty etc. It will involve a lot of practical learning.

In English, we have finished learning about Katie Morag. Next week, we are learning a story from Northern Ireland called Finn McCall. It is a myth about the Giant’s Causeway. In topic, we will be learning about Northern Ireland. In phonics, we are looking at alternative spellings for the /u/ sounds spelt <o>, <ou> and <u>.


The children have been delighful, as ever, this week! They have been working so hard and have shown great understanding in their maths lessons. We have been learning about 10 more than a given number (for numbers up to 100), greater than and smaller than and 10 less than. If you have time at home it would be useful if you could practise writing numbers neatly and the right way round with your child, including forming 0 correctly with the whole circle joining to avoid looking like a 6. We are still having quite a few number reversals e.g. for 3, 5, 7 and 9. 

In topic we have been learning about Scotland. We have been reading a lovely Katie Morag story and the children created some freeze frames to show different parts of the story. 

We are looking forward to chatting with you at Parents’ Evening next week. During this time, we will talk through your child’s report and agree some next steps for their learning. The report will be in your child’s book bag this evening.


The children have been learning about England as part of our topic this week. They have been finding out about important landmarks, the flag and some of our national dishes. They have also really enjoyed writing descriptive sentences about our ‘Katie in London’ story. When children are writing, we encourage them to say the sentence out loud and count of the number of words. This really helps them check that their work makes sense.

In Maths we have been learning about place value in numbers up to 100. The children are making good progress but it would really help if they could get lots of practise counting numbers to 100. 

Thank you for your continued support with home reading. Ten minutes each day or as often as possible really does make a big difference. 


What a busy week we’ve had this week! The children have settled back into classroom routines and the Christmas break seems like a distant memory. We are so impressed with the way Year 6 are rising to their daily challenges and, looking back at where they were at the beginning of the year, their hard work is really beginning to pay off.

This week

Charles Darwin continues to drive our English and topic work this week. In English, the children have continued to learn about his life and travels in preparation for writing his biography. They now have a good understanding about how his discoveries during the voyage of the HMS Beagle informed his thoughts on evolution and ultimately led him to publish his eminent and controversial book ‘On the Origin of Species’. In science, the children have become palaeontologists. They have learnt all about the process of fossilisation and have even made their own fossils!  

Next week

In English, the children will begin writing their Charles Darwin biographies using the skills they have gained so far this year. Fractions will continue to be our maths focus for next week.  We will be looking at inherited traits in science and it would be really good if the children could bring in any photographs of family members (especially those who look similar).

Home learning

Please ensure your child completes the following pages of their SAT Busters:

Arithmetic: page 23

Number, ratio and algebra: pages 7-8

Grammar: pages 32-33

Spelling: page 21

Punctuation: pages 22-25

Alongside this, please ensure that your child regularly reads for at least 10 minutes a day and continues to practice their times tables on Times Table Rockstars. 

We are also still asking the children to bring in tools that they think are similar to/or can be used like the real tools palaeontologists use. For example: brushes of various types, things for scraping like spoons, cocktail sticks, mini hammer. Please do not send anything sharp or dangerous. 


We have been really impressed the progress that the children have made with their story writing this week. The children have used picture prompts of woodland scenes to stimulate independent descriptive writing. They have worked really hard and have produced some really lovely work. We have been focusing on using adjectives in sentences.

We have started our topic on the United Kingdom. Over the next few weeks we will be learning about the different countries in the UK. It is a super topic and we know that the children will really enjoy it. We will be reading some great books including, ‘Katie in London” and ‘Katie Morag’. We will find out what the capital cities are called and will even be making some of the traditional foods from each country.

In Maths, we have been finding out about different ways to subtract including finding the difference between towers of  multi-link, using part, part whole, models, counting back on number lines and using our knowledge of number bonds. It would be great if the children could start to practise their number bonds to 20 at home e.g. 12 and 8, 19 and 1. Next week, we will be looking at place value in numbers to 100 e.g. 84 is 8 tens and 4 ones.

Thank you for counting to read regularly with your child. We have been listening to some of our readers this week and it has been great to hear them using their phonic knowledge to sound talk new words.

Miss Jacqui Fellows will be joining the Oak teaching team for the next seven weeks as part of her teaching training. She has met all of the children and have a lovely start to her teaching placement. 


We have been starting to make some tree decorations this week for the Christmas Fair on Saturday (where they will be on sale) and for our Year 1 tree which will be in the corridor from next week as part of our Meadowdale Tree Festival. We have also been asked to decorate some love heart wooden baubles for the Market Harborough market. They will be displayed on their tree in the market hall from December 6th.

The children have continued to learn the Christmas carols for the EYFS and Year 1 Nativity assemblies. We have sent each child home this afternoon with a copy of the script. Not all children have words to learn but all children do have a part either as a narrator, one of the characters from the story or as an animal.  Some children will need to bring a costume from home. There is a list of costume suggestions at the bottom of the script. Narrators will need to be in party or smart clothes and shepherds may need to bring in an oversized t-shirt and a headdress (t-towel and string). Most of the animal costumes we have in school. If your child does have some words to learn, please could they start practising them at home. Please can any costumes be sent in by Monday 10th December in a named bag.

In maths, we have started to use the terms, ‘greater than’ and ‘smaller than’. Some children continue to need some extra practise with this. At home, you could put out two piles of objects and ask your child to show you which pile is greater/smaller. Then, you could ask them how much greater the bigger pile is. We encourage them to find this out by counting on from the smaller number to the bigger number with their fingers.

We have just finished learning the /e/ sound in phonics spelt <e, ea, ai>. Next week, we will start unit 8 which is the /ow/ sound spelt <ou, ow> as in bound and clown.

In Year 1, we have two very special teddy bear friends that like to come and visit each of the children for a short stay. The bear for Cherry Class is called Rupert and Oak’s is called Jofli. Each Friday, we will pick a name of one of the children using lollypop sticks and that child will take the bear home and bring him back the following Wednesday. The bears come home with some ideas about what they like to do. Their favourite thing is listening to stories read to them by the children. They also like to go on any outings that you are going on as a family. They have their own scrapbook and each child has a double page where they can record their time with the bear. Each Friday, before a new child is chosen, the the child who has just had him shares their page with the class.


We have had a lovely week in Year 1 with the children producing some good quality work. In English, we have continue learning about Romeo and Juliet. The children have done some more drama, written about the secret wedding, written some questions for Romeo and Juliet and some magic sleeping potions. There was a special celebration today where classes throughout the school showcased some of their best work.

In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about place value of teen numbers. Some children are struggling a little bit with counting from 10 to 20. Please can you reinforce this at home. Next week, we will start looking at ordinal numbers and positional vocabulary e.g. first, second, last, nest to, in front of.

In topic, we are still learning about different types of materials. This week we have been sorting objects according to their material. Next wee, we will be investigating the properties of materials.

One of our most important aims in Year 1 is to secure letter formation, size and orientation in handwriting. As you know, we use special lined books in school. Over the next few weeks, we will be sending the children home with some handwriting sheets. It is not compulsory but if your child would like to do them or you think it would be useful that would be a real bonus. They can show us back in school once they are completed.

Some children are still not remembering to bring their reading book in each day. Also, some can’t remember whether their book needs changing. We are very limited in terms of how much time we can spend chasing this up with them individually so it would be very helpful if you could prompt them each morning.

This year, EYFS and Year 1 will have a joint Christmas assemblies to which you are invited. The first one is on Friday 14th December at 2.30pm and the second one is on Monday 17th December at 2.30pm. We will shortly be sending out words for children to learn and costume requests.


This week we have had a fantastic week in Year 1. We have begun learning about Romeo and Juliet and the children have been very excited taking part in drama activties. This is part of a RSC project with a cluster of local schools. The children learn much of the story ‘on their feet’ as it was written as a play to be performed. They have made some freeze frames of the Capulets and Montagues and taken some walks around Verona. They are doing some lovely writing too and we are so proud of them.

In maths, we have begun looking at our numbers to 20 and have been practising forming these correctly. Next week, we will be learning more about place value in the context of numbers to 20. We will talk about tens and ones. Some children continue to reverse the teen numbers e.g. 41 for 14. Learning about place value will help to reinforce the correct positioning of numerals.

Regarding the knowledge organiser sheet we recently sent home about our topic of materials, we hope these are proving useful in highlighting to you what the children will be learning in school. Any conversations or games you can play with your child to discuss the information about materials would be really helpful. They could go on a material hunt at home and find objecets made from wood, plastic, fabric etc. They could sort materials into opaque and transparent.

Thank you for your ongoing support with home reading. One or two children in each class are still regularly forgetting to bring their books in in the morning and, therefore, are unable to change their books. Please could you ensure that their books are put back into their bag each evening after you have read them together.

The NSPCC representative came back to school on Wednesday to do a special assembly thanking them (and you) for all the brilliant fundraising.