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.



Thank you to all of those who attended the parent workshops this week. If you missed these the presentations and any resources will be available shortly on the website.

The children have had a lovely week finishing off their work on the three little pigs. They have produced some amazing writing using the story maps in class. Over the next two weeks the whole school will looking at Romeo and Juliet and the children will be taking part in a lovely range of drama, reading and writing activities.

In maths, we have been looking at shape and pattern and will be moving on to numbers to 20. At home, any counting or writing numbers to 20 games you can play would really help the children with their learning next week.

In topic, we will continue to look at materials and will also have a focus on PSHE next week as it is Anti-bullying week.

Please can we remind you about how important it is to read with your child daily and if not possible at least three times a week. From our experience we know how beneficial it is for children to have this exposure to reading. Also, it is really helpful if you could remind children to change their books and let one of the adults know if they have any important letters or notes in their book bags to give in. Thank you for all your support at home.


The children have been writing sentences this week about ‘The Three Little Pigs’. One thing that we have noticed is that some children are not making the letters with ascenders tall enough e.g. b, k or d. All letters need to sit on the yellow lines in their books but the tall letters need to go to the next black line up. If you have the chance to do some practise writing at home using the sheet that we handed out at our Open Evening, that would be really useful. The children are getting much better at remembering to use capital letters and full stops in their sentences. As a school we are having a focus this year on developing vocabulary. When the children write, we always discuss which vocabulary would be good to use. Often we act out new words e.g. cunning or ferocious.

In Maths, we have been using different methods to subtract e.g. drawing dots and then rubbing some out and using a number line. As part of a mastery curriculum for maths, we encourage the children to find different ways of visualising number sentences. Next week, we will start learning about 2D shapes e.g triangles and rectangles.

In topic, we will continue learning about different materials and how they are used. We are going to have a go at making dens.

Thank you so much for all the bottles that you have sent in. The children are in the middle of making their poppies for our school remembrance display.

We are looking forward to seeing some of you at the parent workshops next week. There are two KS1 workshops – English and Maths. Each one will run twice. They will provide an overview of what we teach in school and discuss ways in which you can best support your child at home. If you would like to come along please book a place on our online booking system so that we know how many people to expect.

Please keep reminding your child to regularly change their reading book. We do have time to do this each morning.


The children have settled really well into their routines after the half term break.

Oak Class has been busily learning their parts for their assembly today. We are so proud of how hard they have worked in such a short period of time.

In English this week, we have been reading a book called, ‘The Ugly Five’. It is a super story about how the beauty that matters is found on the inside.

In Maths, the children have been using part, part, whole models to add and start to subtract numbers.

In Science, the children learnt about carnivore and herbivore diets by examining pretend poo! It was a throughly enjoyable afternoon. Next week, we are starting a new topic all about materials.

As a school, we are starting to develop knowledge organisers for each topic that we study. These are sheets with all the key information and vocabulary that children will be learning during the half term. At the start of each topic, we give the children a quiz to find out what they know already and, at the end of the topic, we give them the same quiz to see what new learning has taken place. We have attached a copy of these to share with you. We will use them in school as a teaching tool. Any support that you could do at home over the next few weeks to help develop understanding of key words and concepts would be fantastic. We will send home a pair copy with your child early next week.

We will be doing some junk modelling on Thursday next week linked to materials so if you have got any empty boxes etc you could send in, we would be very grateful. We will be reading and writing about The Three Little Pigs next week in English and, in phonics, we will be learning the /er/ sound spelt which is Unit 6 of Sounds-Write. 

In Maths, we will continue learning about subtraction and do some problem solving. 

Just a couple of other reminders: Please could you try and send in a 2 litre plastic bottle next week so that your child can make a poppy for Remembrance Day.

The NSPCC fundraising event will run throughout next week – sponsor forms were sent home on Wednesday.


This week we have continued to learn about animals with a focus on adult animals and their young. We have also been creating animal pictures in the style of Henri Rousseau which the children have had great fun doing!

In maths we have been looking at how to represent numbers in different ways ready to display in the main corridor after half term. We have used various equipment, drawings and mathematical representations to show numbers to 10. Next week we will be looking at formal addition and showing the children a number of different strategies such as counting on in our head, using a number line and drawing visual representations.

In English and topic next week we will be learning about Autumn ready for the Oak class assembly on the first Friday after half term. We will be reading a book called Autumn is Here.

We are still continuing to have a focus on forming letters and numbers accurately through daily practise.

In our phonics we are continuing to learn the /oe/ sound next week which is unit 4 of our programme.



We’ve had a lovely week in Year 1 this week. The children have really settled in to the routines of Year 1 and are adapting well to the more formal learning.

In maths, we have been practising simple addition using the part part whole model. We have been using practical equipment to add two numbers and find out how many we have altogether. Next week we will be continuing to look at addition within 10 and developing our fluency within this area of mathematics.

In English this week, we have read The Tiger Who Came to Tea and have produced some lovely written pieces of work where the children have tried really hard with their handwriting. Next week we will be reading The Gruffalo’s child and continuing to focus on our handwriting and formation of letters.

In phonics, we will be moving on to look at the /oe/ sound (<o, oa, ow, oe, o-e> which is Unit 4 of the Sounds Write Extended Code on your word list sheet.

Please can we remind you that children need to bring both their reading journal and reading book everyday, even if they do not need to change their book. We have a brilliant team of adults who regularly read with children and it is really helpful if they always have their book in school.