The Open Day will now take place on 11th December 2021.
If you would like to book a visit, please call Mrs Eaves or Mrs Drax in the office on 01379 586393

What great Greek urns you have made, Congo Class!

Who would have believed that a Year 4/5 class would be able to make such original, creative and diverse Greek urns as these?  Well done!  Once we had learned what these urns were used for (any kind of carrying and storage, basically), we then set about learning, firstly, the pinch pot technique and secondly, the coil technique.  We could see how the coil technique took a lot longer and was fiddlier, but it made our pots so much more rigid.  We had some great shaping from all of you – and some of you even added handles to your urns.  We then used imagery from genuine Greek urns to find out more about everyday life in Greece, learning about issues as diverse as Slavery, the Role of Women and Leisure and Pleasure in Greek Society.  We realised what a sophisticated society the Greek people were.

Congo Class Art

Children in Congo Class have been looking at work by the American hyperrealist Dennis Wojtkiewicz, who made detailed studies of the cross-sections of fruit.  Children explored the texture and composition of pieces of fruit and vegetables, sketching them, and then making them larger than life.  They then made printing blocks and created their own hyperrealist imagery.  Great work, Congo Class.

National Poetry Day

For National Poetry Day, Congo Class listened to a range of raps, then worked collaboratively on their own.  We created a chorus with good rhythm, then chose a verse each, in groups, on the theme of Harvest.  We were so pleased with our rap that we recited it at the church for our harvest festival.  Well done, Congo Class.  What do you think?

Football Tournament

Well done to the 12 Year 5 and 6 children who took part in the Football Tournament in Hartismere. The whole team really enjoyed themselves and showed admirable resilience, commitment and sportsmanship despite finishing ‘second’ in each of their games! As we kept on telling ourselves—it’s the taking part that counts!

Cross-Country Success at Mellis

Well done Nancy, Sonny and Liam who came second, fourth and fifth in their year groups. The three will now proceed to the Cross-Country County Finals which takes place in the Spring. Indeed, well done to all the children who raced around the (very) long course on Mellis Common last Friday. All the children in Yangtze and Congo classes took part and great resilience and determination was shown by all. Some opted to take part in the fun run (which was also over a long-distance) and others took part in the competitive course, which was slightly longer again.

Congo home learning; week beginning Monday 1st February 2021

Well done to everybody for some fantastic virtual sessions and some smashing learning. I was especially impressed with your deep thinking in history, when we considered the evidence about who built the pyramids.

Congratulations to both Chloe and William, who were our joint Superstars of the Week.

This week has been Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, so we have been doing some activities which help us to keep chilled and relaxed.

Here is some of our great work. Well done, Congo Class!

Congo home learning: week beginning Monday 25th January 2021

Well done to all of you for your fantastic efforts learning a poem this week. I was so impressed with the way you all recited those poems; slowly, loudly and clearly!

A massive well done to Summer, who is our Superstar of the Week this week. Here is some of her beautiful work.

Congo home learning; week beginning Monday 18th January 2021

Well done for those lovely recounts you have been writing this week. By now, I think you are all expert Egyptologists, with your knowledge of Howard Carter and his amazing tomb discovery! I was really impressed with your detail and description. And it’s great to see more super sentences and some great editing.

Here is a selection of some of your work this week.



Well done, Charlotte and Martha; beautiful colour choices from Martha, and some lovely texture from Charlotte.

Great work, Charlotte and family

I love the black and white filming – it really adds to the atmosphere.  And your narration is spot-on.  It really built up the tension.  Great ending! 

Congo Class Home Learning; week beginning Monday 11th January 2021

We are really getting into our Ancient Egyptians topic this week, and seem to have learned loads! Well done for all the home learning, and especially your fantastic photos and videos of your tombs. Here are a few below.

Plus some great photos from Thomas and Liam, who discovered teddy bear hieroglyphics in their tomb!

And a big well done for some great artwork from Jacob.