Explorers Day!

Well done to everyone in Congo Class who dressed up (including the grown-ups)! What a busy day we had. Because we couldn’t visit the National Maritime Museum, they came to us.

We had two great digital sessions. The first was all about life aboard the Cutty Sark, and the second was about Maps, Charts and Globes. We also enjoyed writing like a Victorian boy, using a feather quill and ink. Finally, we travelled back to the modern day, and investigated the app What3Words, and had a look online at why it is so useful. Do you have it on your device?


Week ending Friday 27th November 2020

Many thanks for all those amazing book reviews. I will start putting them on here very soon.

The children have really enjoyed starting their new literacy block on newspaper reports. They have written some great Cold Writes and have been looking at different magazines and newspapers this week.

I was really impressed with Congo Class’s history this week, too. We are learning about Sir Francis Drake, and realising there can be two sides to a story. While Elizabeth I of England loved him, King Philip II of Spain did not; he even put out a reward for the head of Drake!

And many thanks to everyone who dressed up in their brightest clothes, to celebrate Brightness Day. Although this was great fun, we also talked about the importance of staying safe on the roads, as it is Road Safety Awareness Week this week. This year’s motto is NO NEED TO SPEED!. You can find out more on the link below.


Looking bright and safe for those dark winter nights

Congo Class Times Table

Children in Congo Class have been practising their times tables by making patterns from circles.  There are ten points on each circle, and the children count clockwise around the circle.  The top starts as zero, but then becomes ten after first counting round, then the next number one is worth eleven, the next number two worth twelve.  For each times table, there will be a unique pattern. The children have investigated these patterns, and were fascinated by how different each one was.  You can find out more about this from the link below:

Week ending Friday 20th November 2020

Congratulations to Congo Class for being maybe the first, but definitely the earliest, class to have EVERYBODY receive their Bronze Reading Certificate! Thank you to all parents/carers for your continued support helping your children with their reading.

The children have been listening to the story of Robinson Crusoe, and have recently finished some amazing adventure stories based on an escape from an island. It’s so good to read a story once you’ve written it, so they enjoyed reading their (socially-distanced, of course) stories to the children in Yangtze Class. Thank you, Yangtze, for being such a great audience, and for giving the children such positive feedback.

While we still have a bit of mild autumn weather, the children have been enjoying a bit of outdoor learning, creating autumn kebabs, using natural found objects. We weren’t expecting to find ripe tomatoes at this time of the year!

Tesco Letter

We’ve recently received an interesting letter from Tesco, in reply to two great persuasive letters written by Ethan and William. Tesco is trying to persuade us that they are doing a lot to reduce single-use plastic in its supermarkets. I wonder what you think of this letter?

Wednesday 22nd July 2020; we’re finally there!

Here is the class football (or what’s left of it), also known as the Lockdown Football, which, for me, will represent our time outside enjoying the sunshine and playing together. I’m sure our home learners have also enjoyed more time outside this school year too.

And now we’re finally finished, here are a few pieces of work and news.

Great open letters from some of you; please read them and enjoy them.

Well done, Lily, with all your cycling; one hundred miles plus, and all for a very worthy cause – Banham Zoo. Donation details below:



We are proud of you, Riley, for coming into school with a smile, and also for your work at home. You were able to get straight down to writing a newspaper report, as you had spent time at home thinking about and planning the characters and events. You have slotted intoImage.jpeg a new class with different children and different routines. That’s a sign of your growing maturity. Great work, Riley. 

Congo Class: Week beginning Monday 20th July – The Final Push!

Wow. It’s the last few days, and everybody has worked so hard this year! In school, we would still have some structure and be keeping children busy, although the adults would all be very busy sorting and tidying!

For these last few days, I have looked for some fun ‘transition-type’ activities, as well as the ‘regular’ activities. Many children tell me they love the comprehension sheets, so here are the last two, about Cats (Year 4) and Cycling (Year 5). Personally, I’m happy for you to just read. I have also added my own open letter to the class. I would really appreciate it if all the children were able to have a read of it. If any children want to write their own, then add some of their own photos or illustrations, it would be lovely to display these here next week, as a way of saying goodbye to each other. I have included some editable border paper below, although most children will be able to make their own. If you don’t fancy writing, then how about a photo-montage or a poster to show us what you have been up to?

I have also added the maths and English summer booklets, which I know not all children have done.

Please don’t forget the Summer Reading Challenge this year. It’s on the theme of The Silly Squad. Libraries are opening again and, after so many weeks when children have had to read and reread their own books, this is a fantastic opportunity to get some more reading material. I would say, if you do one thing to catch up this summer, do some reading! If you want any advice on good books and authors, I can help a little, but the librarians will be so much better.


A big well done for all your work this week, especially these great newspaper reports. Mr Leicester has been really impressed, too.

And great work, Riley, who is our Superstar of the Week (see our home page for more details)!

Wednesday 15th July – Congo Class

Well done to you all for reaching your last full week. Please would you send in work any time from Thursday onwards this week. It’s extra points up the rocket this week, too!

And well done, Zac, for being the first to send in your newspaper report on the Must Farm fire.

Well done, Congo Class

Well done to Belle, for being our Superstar of the Week (see the home page). It’s great when children are able to work so hard when they are both in school and at home, like Belle, over the week.

And a belated well done for a beautiful bag from our No Plastic Bags Day last week. I have even seen this bag being used!

Great sewing and embroidering!

A big well done to Thomas, who has been improving his typing and keyboard skills; very useful. We’re also proud of Zac, who has been ahead of the game, and finished his newspaper report, as he is in school next week.

Autumn has been really busy with some great multiplication and history; well done, Autumn.

Some great detective work, identifying the artefacts excavated at Must Farm.

Last week is your very last whole week of the school year. So please, let’s all have a final big push and send me your lovely work, from Monday through to Friday!