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  • Thursday 28 March 2024 Happy Easter The term ended in the typically busy manner with the Easter Service, Easter Egg Hunts and the Stations of the Cross among the big events.
  • Thursday 28 March 2024 Happy Easter In the countdown to Easter, Year 3 and Year 4 children delivered a very meaningful Easter service at the church retelling the story of Easter.
  • Thursday 28 March 2024 Exploring different biomes This week, Year 3 Geographers were looking at different climates, from tundra to very hot and dry climates. The children tried then identify which plants and animals live in specific climate and why.
  • Monday 25 March 2024 Seasonal Feasting During our design and technology lessons, we have be been learning about the value of eating food that is in season.
  • Friday 22 March 2024 Thank you for the music
  • Friday 22 March 2024 Easter Artwork To create our Easter cards, we used pipettes and paints to create a colour wash with yellow and red. We loved watching the colours mix to create different shades of orange. It was very exciting to peel the masking tape cross off our artwork to reveal a cross shape. We are looking forward to bringing these home next week to share with our families.
  • Saturday 16 March 2024 Week 3
  • Friday 15 March 2024 Science Week As part of the Science Week, the children had a chance to investigate the questions 'Can a substance act as a liquid and a solid at the same time?'
  • Friday 15 March 2024 Discrimination
  • Tuesday 12 March 2024 World Book Day 2024 Year 1 had a wonderful day on Thursday, celebrating World Book Day. All the children came dressed up as one of their favourite non-fiction characters. During our English session the children has the change to share with their friends and write about their own special characters. Throughout the day the children enjoyed many World Book Day activities including listening to an adult reading them a story in Secret Reader and sharing their own booked with this Year 5 buddies during Buddy Reading. To end the celebration of reading, the children all got to see the whole school dressed up for World Book Day in a special World Book Day assembly. It was joyous day, where you could see every child sharing their passion for reading with others.
  • Tuesday 12 March 2024 The Easter Story Today we were lucky enough to experience the Easter Journey at St. Paul's Church in Letchworth.
  • Monday 11 March 2024 World Book Day 2024 Last week we celebrated World Book Day. The children looked absolutely brilliant and were able to talk about the texts that they were representing.
  • Monday 11 March 2024 World Book Day The children were incredibly busy last week. They worked hard to create prepare for the Mothering Sunday service and make their cards. The service went well with the children speaking clearly and giving heartfelt messages.
  • Monday 11 March 2024 World Book Day Fun
  • Friday 8 March 2024 WORLD BOOK DAY What a day it was! A plethora of various book characters appeared in Year 3 classroom on Thursday morning. Rather than the usual set of children, we welcomed Isadora Moon, Alice in Wonderland and even Sherlock Holmes himself! Once all the characters introduced themselves, they had a chance to plan a story with a twist. A story in which two different characters would meet. The characters had a fun time planning their stories, after which they wrote and illustrated their own books. Then they had a chance to share the stories with other book characters.
  • Friday 8 March 2024 World Book Day Nursery have been talking about their favourite books this week in preparation for World Book Day. We saw some fabulous costumes on Thursday and went down to the school library to read the books that some children brought in.
  • Friday 8 March 2024 Mothering Sunday We have been very busy creating fantastic portraits of our mothers. We very confidently stood up to show them to the school community in today's church service and talked about why we loved our mummies.
  • Friday 1 March 2024 Spring has sprung! This week we began looking at the spring season and made our own blossom pictures. We looked outside to see if we could find signs of spring, and we noticed that new flowers were growing and there were minibeasts everywhere!
  • Friday 1 March 2024 Dinosaur hunt To launch our new topic we embarked on an artefacts hunt around the school grounds. The children became detectives searching for the clues and working out what linked all the artefacts together. The children guessed the clues were all linked to dinosaurs. We were able to confirm our suspicions by opening the eggs revealing miniature dinosaurs nestled inside! This discovery was a great way to launch our dinosaurs topic, which closely links to our English writing based on the book 'The Odd Egg'.
  • Friday 1 March 2024 Kicking off with K'nex The week began with the children taking part in a K'nex STEM challenge. STEM was prominent throughout the week with the children beginning the unit involving the heart in Science. Children also listened to a live online talk about Trees and the diseases that could affect them. The children asked some really good questions in the question and answer part. They ended the week designing and using microbit to make products to help encourage people to exercise.
  • Friday 1 March 2024 Author's visit Wow! We were super excited to be visited by the local author and book illustrator, Chloe Savage. Chloe spoke to us about her latest book 'The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish'. She was more than happy to answer our questions about what inspires her to write, what her favourite book is and how she got into drawing.
  • Friday 1 March 2024 Crafting Rainforests This term's Geography topic is Rainforests and Deserts which links to our story 'Jemmy Button'. Inspired by the sounds and images, the children created their own rainforest collages. This empowered us to write descriptive setting descriptions in which we tried to create the effect on the reader.
  • Friday 1 March 2024 Spring 2 It has been a great first week back after half-term, with lots of new topics that the children have started learning about! In geography, we have been exploring countries across the equator and looking at hemispheres; in art, we have created tertiary colours and the children are loving their new book in literacy which has led us to creating a small leaflet this week on mosques! A fabulous start for Year 4!
  • Friday 1 March 2024 A Spring Walk Reception excitedly explored the school grounds to investigate seasonal changes this week. We spotted buds on trees, daffodils, primroses and crocuses. We also noticed that although it was chilly, it was bright and sunny. We look forward to repeating the walk soon and seeing what other wonderful changes have happened around us. We predict there will be more leaves on the trees, more flowers and it will be warmer.
  • Monday 26 February 2024 The K'nex Challange Today we completed our K'NEX challenge.
  • Monday 26 February 2024 Hindu Worship During R.E. week, we learnt about the way in which Hindu people worship using home shrines. We thought carefully about what this tells us of their view of God.
  • Wednesday 21 February 2024 Local Historians
  • Sunday 18 February 2024 Dragon Hunt "We went on a dragon hunt, we tried to catch a big one. It was beautiful day but if we are totally honest, we were a little bit scared!"
  • Sunday 18 February 2024 Plastic Free! On Wednesday 7th February, we were lucky enough to have a visit from the Plastic Free Hitchin organisation.
  • Friday 16 February 2024 Celebrating Raksha Bandhan During RE week, Year 1 enjoyed learning about Hindu's traditions and beliefs. To end our week the children learnt about the Hindu Festival Raksha Bandhan, where Hindu's celebrate the bond between brothers and sisters. Hindu's give Rakhi bracelets as a sign of their love and bond between siblings. Year 1 created their own bracelets to share with a sibling or loved one to represent their special bond.
  • Friday 9 February 2024 Year 6 - Week 5 Year 6 continued to work on persuasive letters in English before moving on to begin looking at a Tale from the Caribbean.
  • Friday 9 February 2024 Year 6 - Week 5 Year 6 continued to work on persuasive letters in English before moving on to begin looking at a Tale from the Caribbean.
  • Friday 9 February 2024 Saint Alban and Roman Mosaics What a fantastic day Year 4 had today at St Albans Cathedral. The children took part in a Roman workshop, dressed up and acted out the story of Saint Alban and learnt about and made Roman mosaics. A very informative and fun day was had by all, well done everybody!
  • Friday 9 February 2024 Little People, Big Dreams! This week the children in year 2 have been sharing all of the Little People, Big Dreams books that they have been bringing in over the last few weeks. The children were able to pick one of the incredible women that we had around the classroom and create timelines about the incredible achievements of these women.
  • Monday 5 February 2024 Chinese New Year A Reception parent came into class this afternoon to teach the children all about Chinese New Year! We learnt about pandas, Chinese horoscopes and the children made lanterns and cut out paper shapes. We also tried watermelon and we thought it was delicious! Thank you very much!
  • Saturday 3 February 2024 Living or non-living Thursday afternoon was beautifully sunny and warm for this time of year and year 5 took the opportunity to do a little outdoor learning.
  • Friday 2 February 2024 Patterns This week, we have been learning about patterns. We talked about the different patterns we could see around the classroom, and we noticed that lots of children had patterns on their clothes! We also looked at repeating patterns with two colours or two shapes. As a class, we were able to continue patterns and quickly spot mistakes. We then had lots of fun creating our own repeating patterns using coloured pencils, paints and multilink cubes.
  • Friday 2 February 2024 Antarctica
  • Friday 2 February 2024 Dodge, duck, dive. The highlight of the week for a number of children may have been the Dodgeball tournament. The teams performed well coming 6th and 8th out of 19 schools. There was also a Sportshall Athletics competition, which a number of Year 5s and 6s participated in.
  • Friday 2 February 2024 Wonderful Women This week we have continued to look at wonderful women from the past and present. The children have began to bring in their presentations on the women that they have focused on at home and it has been wonderful to see how this topic has inspired them to do this. Well done to those children who have been able to share this and speak about the impact these women have had on our world. I have attached an image from the presentation about Rosa Parks that was delivered beautifully!
  • Friday 2 February 2024 What a Wonderful World! Reception enjoyed reading the book, 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers. We listened to the Louis Armstrong song, 'What a wonderful World' and created our own lyrics to the song to reflect the things we think are wonderful in the world. We are also enjoying creating our own paintings of the world's wonderful animals.
  • Thursday 1 February 2024 Shout Out No to Bullying As part of the anti-bullying week, the children came to school in odd socks. This was to recognise how unique we are yet so very similar.
  • Saturday 27 January 2024 Working Scientifically To complete our materials topic, we looked into the work of Patsy Sherman, the scientist who discovered and developed Scotchgard.
  • Friday 26 January 2024 Poetry Corner! This week we have been focusing on poetry and the children developing a love for the poetry we are focusing on and to become poets themselves. The children have looked at the language in the poem and the imaginary language that can open up rhythm within their own free verse poems. The children have created and performed poems that link to everyone being unique and individual!
  • Friday 26 January 2024 Poetry journey continues... This week has brought a rainbow of poems created in Year 3. We focused on figurative language and how poems are structured differently to stories. We used this knowledge to then plan, draft, evaluate and suggest changes. We were then able to write the final poem all about our wonderful world. The next step in our journey is the publication.
  • Friday 26 January 2024 Another week whizzes by Another busy week in Year 6 saw the children work on their poems for the writing competition; identify rules for sequences and learn about algebra in Maths; make predictions and test them in Science and explore what happened to the British Empire in History. They also composed music in, well Music, and looked at using spreadsheets in Maths.
  • Monday 22 January 2024 Welcome We have had a great start to the New Year in Nursery. The children have been very welcoming, and it has been lovely to get to know them all and hear about their Christmas holidays! They have all settled back in very well, and it is evident that they remember their classroom routines and expectations from term 1. Last week, we started exploring traditional tales in literacy and shapes in maths. We looked at paintings by Wassily Kandinsky and talked about the different shapes we could see. We have also been thinking about the seasons and the type of weather we see at this time of year. We talked about what we might see when we go outside in winter, what we might wear, and how the cold weather affects different animals. We look forward to an exciting year ahead.
  • Friday 19 January 2024 I'm afraid of no SATs As you may have heard from your child, or guessed from the title, the children completed some past SATs papers. Their effort was fantastic for all 5 papers. They showed be really proud of themselves.
  • Friday 19 January 2024 A Trip to the Greengrocers On a very cold Thursday morning, Reception walked to the greengrocers in Hitchin town. We had our shopping list and money ready and bought all sorts of wonderful fruit and vegetables. We learnt how the greengrocer weighs the fruit and vegetables and where some of them grow. We particularly enjoyed tasting them when we got back to school!
  • Friday 19 January 2024 Next Page Books Today, half of the class had the opportunity to walk down to Next Page Books in Hitchin. We listened to 3 books all about snow and ice, one of the books was a non-fiction book, we learnt at penguins that live in Antarctica. The children then voted for their favourite and we purchased this book to share with the rest of the class and keep in our class library.
  • Thursday 18 January 2024 The Roaming Romans Two weeks into Spring 1, we're getting stuck into our history unit on the Romans and our writing project on Here We Are (pop your round the door to see our display!). We are very much looking forward to our future trip to St Albans Cathedral for a Roman workshop and to learn about Saint Alban himself. We will also be doing a workshop on mosaics. In other subjects, the children have been learning about food in French and will also be doing some cooking in DT - this week they redesigned a trolley and started researching world-wide Easter foods!
  • Thursday 18 January 2024 Poetry explorers Continuing the journey with poetry, the children had a chance to submerge in a wide selection of various poems. Having read the poems, the children confidently presented their views on which poem they liked most and why. There was a real buzz as the children were reading the poems. Some poems made us giggle, whereas others made us stop and reflect.
  • Saturday 13 January 2024 Our favourite places Along with other classes in our school, year 5 have begun the term by basing our English learning around the text - Here We Are. This week we thought about our favourite places and drew them using a range of different media. We then described them in poems. We thought carefully about the language we selected and developed our ability to write noun phrases.
  • Friday 12 January 2024 Here We Are! This week the children embarked on a new 3 week English unit linked the the text 'Here We Are' written by Oliver Jeffers. The children will be working towards writing a poem at the end of the 3 weeks to enter a writing competition that spans across Hertfordshire. This was very successful last year and we look forward to participating again this year.
  • Friday 12 January 2024 Multiplication Learning multiplication can be fun. The children practiced their 8 times tables by playing bingo. An element of competition has certainly helped to get better at a quick recall.
  • Friday 12 January 2024 Next stop 'The Apprentice' It was a fantastic start to the new term for Year 6. They came up with some fantastic expanded noun and adverbial phrases in English. In Maths, they were introduced to ratio and proportion and made fantastic progress.
  • Friday 12 January 2024 Next stop 'The Apprentice' It was a fantastic start to the new term for Year 6. They came up with some fantastic expanded noun and adverbial phrases in English. In Maths, they were introduced to ratio and proportion and made fantastic progress.
  • Friday 12 January 2024 Here We Are Year 3 children started a New Year with great enthusiasm and engagement. All the children are very excited about taking part in the North Herts writing competition which will last for three weeks. Everyone has been super active in the English lessons, making predictions about the text, creating expanded noun phrases to create an image and use conjunctions to link ideas. Although it is only the first week of the competition, the children are full of creative ideas. It was very fun to discuss what it is like in our brains and draw pictures to represent our 'Brains of Curiosity'. A wide variety of pictures revealed that some brains are like a circus with balancing plates, a whirlpool of ideas or exploding popcorn.
  • Friday 12 January 2024 Taking care of our environment Despite the colder temperatures this week, we have taken our learning outside to observe the signs of winter, search for minibeasts and collect natural resources to make journey strips. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking their learning outside. We also discussed as a class how we can take care of our school environment – ideas included: picking up litter, not picking leaves or flowers, and not scaring any birds or wildlife. When creating our journey strips, we made sure to only collect natural resources that has fallen from trees or resources laying on the ground, in order to protect our environment.
  • Thursday 11 January 2024 The Gigantic Turnip Reception have had a super week of fun and learning. We have started reading our new focus text, ‘The Gigantic Turnip,’ which we have really enjoyed creating story maps for and retelling ourselves using lots of actions.
  • Thursday 11 January 2024 Food, glorious food! Happy New Year and what a wonderful first week back! The children have done some fantastic writing in preparation for the North Herts Writing Competition - based on the beautifully illustrated book Here We Are - and started learning about the Roaming Romans in our new history unit, looking at the countries which were part of the Roman Empire in 43AD, just before they invaded Britain. Today, the children enjoyed learning about and creating a diagram for the digestive system - next week, they will physically replicate one using tights, a plastic bag and various food items! Watch this space...
  • Saturday 23 December 2023 Happy Christmas We have had a wonderful time with our Christmas crafting this year. The children have worked very diligently and produced really high quality Christmas cards and tree decorations.
  • Monday 18 December 2023 Sharing our learning As we have now published our planet non-chronological texts, we decided that buddy playtime was the ideal time to share them.
  • Friday 15 December 2023 It's a small world, after all! This week the children have designed and created their own small world. They created a design to begin with, thinking about the materials they would need to depict some of the things you would see from an aerial view image, they then moved this into a stage where they could put their maps into reality.
  • Thursday 14 December 2023 Switched on This week, the children have dived into the magic of all things wintry with our literacy work on Winter Tales looking at a range of stories from France to Poland to Japan!
  • Sunday 10 December 2023 Christmas Journey This week we had the opportunity to visit St Paul's Church in Letchworth to witness the re-enactment of the Christmas story. The volunteers were amazing at the Church and the children enjoyed listening to the various stories, answering questions and engaging in the activities that were on offer to them. The children represented the school amazingly and the people at the church were really impressed with knowledge the children had!
  • Friday 8 December 2023 Winter Tales This week, the children have started learning about a new book, Winter Tales by Dawn Casey. This is a collection of wintry stories from many places in the world, from North America to Japan, and will form the basis of our English lessons for the next two weeks. I also wanted to share with you these lovely pictures the children did recently in RE, where they explored art reflecting the symbolism for the Trinity.
  • Friday 8 December 2023 Clarinet Every Friday, the children have a chance to develop their musical talents playing the clarinet. The confidence is growing and the children can play the C, E, G and F notes. It is amazing how the children can play in harmony and to the beat. We can't wait for the whole class performance at the end of the school year.
  • Monday 4 December 2023 Our visit into space Last week, year 5 were lucky enough to visit the STEM Discovery Centre in Stevenage. This organisation is linked to Airbus - the company which designs many of the elements that are used to explore our solar system. During our visit, we heard stories based around our galaxy and completed an activity about the spacing of planets in our solar system. Finally, were able to see some of the space rovers the company are currently developing in the viewing gallery. During our break time, we were able to explore some of the games in the playroom which reinforced our understanding of various scientific concepts. Thank you to the three supportive parents who accompanied us – we couldn’t have done it without you.
  • Friday 1 December 2023 Figurative language, fractions and Phase Year 6 began the week reading poetry and giving reasons that they liked a poem more than others. They compared two of the poems before generating ideas for a poem of their own. There have been some terrific ideas with different types of figurative language, for example, similes, metaphors and personification being trialled.
  • Friday 1 December 2023 Wood, metal, plastic, rubber, & rock This week, Year 1 participated in an interactive workshop facilitated by STEMPOINT. The children delved into material exploration, identifying the composition and properties of various different objects. The children explored the most suitable fabric to effectively block out sunlight, carefully choosing the optimal material for curtains. Inspired by the tale of the Three Little Pigs, the children applied their knowledge by determining the most effective structure to safeguard the pigs using only cocktail sticks and mini gems.
  • Thursday 30 November 2023 Photo editors! This week the children have started a new text, 'Skater Cielo', and are enjoying the learning they are doing from it. We have all learnt some new vocabulary that we did not know existed! We will be continuing to build on this learning in the coming weeks.
  • Friday 24 November 2023 Times Tables In Mathematics, we finished the Addition and Subtraction unit. In preparation for the new learning with the focus on times tables, we used TT Rock Stars to practice multiplication.
  • Monday 20 November 2023 Family Learning It was a pleasure to host so many parents during our Family Learning Week to share various approaches to teaching writing based on CLPE resources.
  • Monday 20 November 2023 Family Learning Week! Last week we enjoyed Family Learning Week, thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend and engaged in the learning that your children are doing.

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