Newsletter for the week ending 12th October
12 October 2018

Please read on to find out what has been going on in and around the classes… 

…not forgetting that Next Friday at 2pm is the harvest festival service at St Mary’s Church and Monday 29th October is a non-pupil day so children are back from half term and in school on Tuesday 30th October. 


Non-Pupil Day

Please be aware that children return to school from their half term on Tuesday 30th October, not Monday 29th October.

Halloween Disco
This will happen, but not until November so please keep hold of that costume (or buy one after halloween at a greatly reduced price!). The likely date is Friday 9th November, so pleas ekeep it fee and more details are to follow.

Thrift Club
There will be no Thrift Club until 5th November which will be the last pay in day. The follwoing week, Monday 12th, will be paying out day between 3.15pm -3.45pm.

Harvet Festival
Don’t forget it’s harvest festival next week on Friday 19th October at St Mary’s church. The service will start at 2pm and years 1 and 2 will join the service about half an hour in so it’s not too long for them. Everybody welcome. We will hold the usual collection of ‘harvest’ that we ill donate to the Harbour charity for the homeless. Please send any contribution to school.


We have moved away from Superheroes this week and started to think about Autumn. We visited the Jungle on Tuesday to collect Autumn things and have used them back in class to make leaf prints, leaf crowns, collages and stick man. We have read the story of a scarecrow called Tattyboogle and thought about what else the stick from the scarecrow could be used for

On Monday Year 1 found a bag in the classroom, after investigating the contents we discovered that it belonged to Jane Goodall. We then researched her and recorded the information in sentences. We also researched chimpanzees and discovered all the amazing things Jane Goodall found out. In Maths we have started learning about Addition. We have looked at part whole models and have started writing number sentences using the addition and equals symbols. In Science we have compared animals, spotting similarities and differences. In Philosophy we looked at the Chinese Symbol for Listening and discussed what a good listener looks like. We also spoke about all the different ways we can show respect.

This week, Lundy Puffins have read a new book called ‘How to wash a woolly mammoth’. They found the book very funny and are looking forward to writing their own instructions based on it. In Maths, they have been looking at number bonds to 10 and 20, so please practise at home if you get chance. They also discovered that if they know 15+5=20, they also know 5+15=20, 20-5=15 and 20-15=5. In Science, they completed a treasure hunt in the jungle for different items and then tried to group them. They then found out about things that are living, no longer living and things that have never been alive. After finding this out, they grouped their objects differently. Another personal best run was completed with everyone beating their personal best – well done! In a P4C session, they looked at a picture of two people: one was not listening and the other was shouting with a megaphone. The question they chose to discuss was: Why did the lady with the megaphone not talk without shouting? They then looked at the Chinese symbol for listening, which shows that we listen with our ears, eyes, mind, heart and undivided attention.

Seahunter started the week with some great work in the art studio, practising collage skills. In Maths this week the children have got to grips with expanded column addition and we have been impressed with their ability to use what they have learnt about place value and basic addition to help them. In English, we had fun playing Boom Chicka Boom to learn adverbs then practised using the in independent writing. On Tuesday, they did brilliantly in P.E., putting together the skills they had learnt to play their first games of handball. They demonstrated good skill but even more importantly great team spirit. Finally, we had a mini archaeological dig in class on Wednesday and everyone worked hard to carefully dig, record and archive their artefacts. It has been a very busy but fun week!

HMS Echo have been busy this week practising their singing for the Harvest Festival! In English, we have been justifying predictions with evidence from our new text ‘Leon and the Place Between’, and have looked at using comparative adjectives and antonyms in our writing. For Maths, the children have been adding and subtracting 1000s, 100s, 10s and 1s to 4-digit numbers. Next week, the children will be learning how to use the column method to add and subtract. The class enjoyed learning further coding skills on Scratch where they learnt how to use the pen tool to draw shapes! In Philosophy, we created our own ‘respect fish’ where the children wrote about some key ideas that we have discussed about respect. The children will be presenting this at our values assembly on Monday!

This week we have been learning about Viking Sagas in Year 5. In In English, we learnt about Oden and Loki creating the world. We did an elicitation task about the 3 lands created: Jotenheim, Midgard and Asgard. In Maths, we did column addition using 4 digit numbers and even decimals for some of us. We had to work out the value of words, as each letter was a different amount. During art, we have been making Viking/ Anglo-Saxon brooches with clay as well as finishing our collages. Look out for the letter on our residential (showing what we need to bring), complete the SOE3 and any medical forms for this and order your Christmas cards by Oct 19th. There are still a few spaces for Parents’ Evening on Thursday 18th.

This week, Year 6 has settled back nicely into the school routine after the residential last week. We have been producing our own power points about it. In English, we have been writing the story of Macbeth in a different character’s point of view. We are focusing on long and short division in maths. During our art session we painted trees to cut up and reassemble with other people’s pictures like a puzzle. In our philosophy we’ve been writing about our respect value which links to one of the NOLA award values at Heatree. Class reporters: Isabella and Leo

Have a lovely weekend
From Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children

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