Category Archives: Key Stage 2

Y6 Update

Hi folks

Year six have been learning more about the Ancient Greeks and Odysseus’ adventures.  Using the story as inspiration, we have been writing our own descriptions of gruesome monsters and improving our descriptive writing with SAS sentences – see if your child can give you an example!

In Maths we have been exploring prime numbers, square and cubed numbers with a variety of mind expanding tasks!

In the last two weeks year 6 have performed to the school and parents in no less than three assemblies! We hope you enjoyed them. We are particularly proud of our pastel art depicting Icarus falling from the too-hot sun.

If that wasn’t enough, we also enjoyed two unseasonally warm days in Captain Phillimore’s Woods.

Have a restful weekend ready for another busy week ahead!

Year 6 Team


Year 3 Curriculum update


Over the past few weeks we have explored an alternative traditional tale and have read and performed some of Aesop’s fables.  We enjoyed writing our own story ending to Mr Wolf and the Enormous Turnip and have developed our use of inverted commas to mark speech in our writing and have extended our sentences using coordinating conjunctions.


We have been hard working to develop our understanding of place value in numbers up to 1000, have ordered and compared 3-digit numbers and counted in steps of 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 50 and 100.  We are now using this understanding to add and subtract 3-digit numbers.

Year 4 Curriculum Update

Y4 maths: we have been working on place value especially partitioning and ordering numbers beyond a thousand. Next week we will be rounding numbers before moving on to addition and subtraction.
English: the children have written some poetry on rainforest animals and have been describing imaginary rainforest creatures that match a description sent to us by Bean Grylls.

The children produced great artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy in the woods. They were all fantastically well behaved despite making some unusual smells.

All the best from the lovely Y4 teachers

Year 6 Curriculum Update


In English this week we have been creating information pages on Volcanoes, written from the perspective of a volcano.  Each volcano was given its own personality and we were very creative when publishing our pieces of work.


In maths we have been solving logical reasoning problems and have also been learning how to complete sudoku puzzles.  At the end of the week we took part in a maths investigation.

This week in Y3

This week in maths we have been learning how to draw and interpret pictograms. Our homework this week is to gather data by asking our family and friends  to choose which is their favourite Christmas carol and then using this data to create our own pictogram.

In English we have been finding out all about reindeer and then using our notes to create an informative leaflet.

We have also welcomed Mrs V Hughes to Y3DH and have been enjoying getting to know one another.

Yr 3 Curriculum Update

Firstly, thank you for all your donations and support during our Harvest festival celebrations.  The children did us all really proud with their delivery and we supported Southampton City Mission with our numerous donations.


This week we have continued to work on our fluency, reasoning and problem solving whilst working within Maths.   We have been looking closely at Multiplication and Division (understanding the inverse) and have been working hard at our 3 times tables in particular.  The children have enjoyed taking responsibility for their learning and have been using the self check sheets to push their learning forwards at a quicker rate.


We have continued to read James and the Giant Peach and the children are engrossed.  When we have been writing about what will happen next in the story the children have been using ADDSPICE for our sentence starters.  A=Adverbs, D=describe, D=drop clause, S=simile, P=preposition, I=ing words, C=connectives/conjunctions and E=ed words.  The children have been able to write with greater variety using this system and are becoming highly proficient!

Yr 3 Curriculum Update

The children have come back from the Summer holidays refreshed and ready to learn!


During our English work this week we have been working on a unit entitled ‘Troublesome turnips!’  We have compared the traditional story of ‘The enormous turnip’ with the modern version, ‘Mr Wolf’s enormous turnip.’  The children then wrote an alternative ending to the story.  They came up with many interesting ideas!


This week, during our Maths sessions, we have been working on our place value.  We have been focusing on the value a digit has when it is placed in a particular column.  Our homework this week reflects this work.   We have also begun to order groups of numbers ensuring that we pay particular attention to the place value of each digit.  In addition to this work we have been problem solving with place value and the children have worked really hard at being resilient.

Keep up with the positive start Penguins and Puffins!


Year 3 Curriculum Update

We have enjoyed a number of different activities over the past two weeks. Our Enterprise project on sports day was an enormous success, raising an amazing £164.00. The children had fun cooking and decorating shortbread biscuits as well as making fruit kebabs. The whole year group took part in advertising our products during the Infant Sports Day, resulting in a complete sell out. We would like to say a massive “Thank you” to everyone who helped us achieve such a brilliant result.

Other English activities have be led by our class book, The Abominables.  We have read on to find the Yetis travelling to England and have taken the opportunity to link their adventures to written work on newspaper reports, as the journey of five Yetis inevitably brings adventure!

In maths the children have been busy revising the written methods we have learnt this year and have been completing our end of year assessments. It has been interesting to look back through their books to see the journey they have made through the year, and the different methods they now feel confident to use when solving problems.


Year 3 Curriculum update

Year 3 have had a busy couple of weeks.

We’ve been busy looking at our new book study ‘The Abominables’ in English and revising our number and place value work in maths.

However, the Year 3 Pirate Camp has to be one of the highlights, with the children taking part in a range of pirate tasks. The evening activities included flag designing, boat floating, clay coin making and treasure collecting. Mrs Woodman and Mrs Smith kindly led us through a campfire singing session, with some very catchy tunes that the children are still singing in class today! After the children had some sleep, they cleared out their tents and enjoyed a sausage sandwich or three for breakfast.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up and then pack down all of the tents, meaning the year 3’s could carry on with more pirate activities in the morning.

If a pirate sleepover wasn’t enough excitement, we were very lucky to have Mr Watson join us the following Friday morning for a special science experiment. Take a look at this video to see the end result:
Lolly stick explosion!

If you have some lollypop sticks and a lot of patience, then do try it at home!


Year 3 curriculum update

It has been a busy end to the term in Year 3!

Last Friday we travelled back in time to Ancient Egypt for our Egyptian day. The children took part in a range of activities including making canopic jars out of clay, designing their own cartouche by writing their name in hieroglyphics, and baking then tasting bread and other traditional Egyptian snacks.

The children were then able to show off some if their Ancient Egyptian knowledge by setting up a museum for our Open Afternoon on Wednesday. The museum was full of artefacts that the children had carefully researched and written information labels for.

This term the children have really enjoyed learning to play the keyboards with Mrs Cook from Hampshire’s Listen2Me. On Wednesday, the children performed a keyboard concert where they played seven different songs that they had learnt, some of which included singing and playing at the same time!

In maths this past week, we have been looking at interpreting data from tally charts and bar graphs. This was a useful skill to learn leading into Charity Day as some children were then able to create a bar graph from the results of our sponsored welly throw! There were some impressive distances thrown and hopefully a lot of money will be raised for this year’s three chosen charities.

We wish Year 3 a good rest over the Easter break and look forward to an exciting Summer term!