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  • Friday 24 May 2024 Natural History Museum Year 6 represented the school magnificently at the Natural History Museum in Tring. Their discussions in the adaption workshop were highly praised by the staff at the museum. After lunch, the children enjoyed exploring the exhibits.
  • Friday 24 May 2024 Trip to Shepreth What a busy week we have had in Nursery! Both classes went to Shepreth Wildlife Park, and we loved seeing lots of different animals (although the bats were very scary!) We went by train, and we are very lucky that the train staff and parent helpers were so helpful; a big thank you to everyone involved in this trip. We also noticed that our caterpillars have turned into butterflies, so we said goodbye to them and set them free outside. Wishing everyone a lovely half term break, and we look forward to our final term together!
  • Monday 20 May 2024 Paralympic sports Year 3 children had a fantastic opportunity to participate in the Paralympic games. The three disciplines the children had a go at were: wheelchair basketball, boccia and curling.
  • Friday 17 May 2024 Hudnall Park With memories still fresh in our mind, we look forward to sharing these with you in our assembly next week! In other areas, we are planning a story based on Mouse, Bird, Snake Wolf and in maths, we are learning about time. In science, we are learning about vertebrates/invertebrates.
  • Friday 17 May 2024 Friday, Glorious Friday Year 6 did themselves proud during the SATs. Their effort was fantastic and they should be extremely proud of themselves.
  • Friday 17 May 2024 From Past to Present This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from a pilot who happens to be one of our very own parents. It was great to welcome Mr Lonnon to come in a talk to the children about his experience as as a modern day pilot. We have been looking at the history of planes and how they have changed over time. The children flooded Mr Lonnon with questions and have been speaking about the presentation he gave all week!
  • Friday 17 May 2024 Rockets to the Moon Look at our fabulous rockets! We learnt how to make a cylinder with card and attach it to a cone or tube to create a rocket shape. We used materials from the atelier to give them windows, flames and decoration. They are now proudly displayed in our classroom.
  • Tuesday 14 May 2024 Outdoor Angles Today in maths, we reinforced our understanding of angles as amounts of turn by looking for different angle types in our playground.
  • Tuesday 14 May 2024 Making Hitchin More Like Heaven
  • Friday 10 May 2024 Field study in Hitchin To continue our learning around human and physical geography, we visited Hitchin town center to identify as many different human and physical geographic features.
  • Friday 10 May 2024 Almost There Year 6 put in a last, impressive effort this week. They have worked really hard in English and Maths and should be proud of the effort they have put in so far.
  • Saturday 4 May 2024 Spotting Scientific Patterns This week, we began learning about how humans change through out their lives.
  • Friday 3 May 2024 Aaaaaaah it's a spider!!! This week year 1 have been putting their 3D paper skills to the test. The children worked collaboratively to roll and shape newspaper to create a giant 3D spider.
  • Friday 3 May 2024 Grow, grow, grow! Over the last two weeks the children in year 2 have been looking at germination and the process that seeds go through when the begin to grow. The children have planted their seeds and are now monitoring them under various conditions to track their growth.
  • Friday 3 May 2024 Do our bones affect what we can do? This week in Science, we have been investigating whether people with longer legs jump further and people with longer arms throw further.
  • Saturday 27 April 2024 Top Trump Data To begin our computing topic on databases, we played a game or two of Top Trumps. This helped us to understand what is meant by a complete database, a record and a field.
  • Friday 26 April 2024 Hard, grey eyes like polished stones In between attempting past English SATs papers, the class began reading 'The Princess' Blanket'. We reached the point a stranger, dressed in black arrived at the palace.
  • Friday 26 April 2024 Is the moon made of cheese? When looking at the moon, we noticed that it is covered in darker patches. We learnt these are actually craters (and not holes in cheese!)We wondered how these were formed so we carried out a vey messy, but fun, investigation using cornflour and baby oil to see how rocks and comets have formed craters on the moon's surface.
  • Thursday 25 April 2024 Minibeasts Our topic for this half term is... minibeasts! Our class caterpillars have arrived, and we are very excited to watch them grow over the next few weeks. We have been reading books like 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and 'Mad about Minibeasts' to learn about the different minibeasts and how they move. Yesterday, we took lots of magnifying glasses outside and went on a minibeast hunt in the garden. We have also talked about our favourite minibeasts.
  • Thursday 25 April 2024 Planting seeds In this week’s Science lesson, we planted some sweet pea seeds. We have been taking care of them by watering them daily, we can’t wait to see our beautiful flowers grow soon! Hopefully we will continue to learn about how best to take care of plants and have the opportunity to plant our sweet peas in our outdoor area when they are ready.
  • Friday 19 April 2024 Celtic Harmony Visit This week, Year 3 children have travelled back in time to the prehistoric Britain for the whole day! We spent the whole day with a man from the Iron Age who knew nothing about Minecraft or lightbulbs!
  • Friday 19 April 2024 The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch In English, we began looking at the story of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. We were given some clues to help us make predictions about the story. We then used these clues to support us in retelling the story. We look forward to continuing to improve and develop our writing through the story of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.
  • Friday 19 April 2024 Pizza and Paintings The first week of term was predictably busy.
  • Friday 19 April 2024 Summer 1
  • Thursday 18 April 2024 Fairytales and Fables Workshop Reception had a magical time with Fizzy the Fairy today who visited us all the way from 'Perform Drama School'. We all enjoyed joining in with her dancing, acting and games during our 30 minute workshop. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip into the Fairy tale Forest where we met Rapunzel, Cinderella and even Rumpelstiltskin!
  • Tuesday 16 April 2024 You Rang My Lord! Today, Year 5 had a wonderful time developing their history skills and learning what life was like for the servants at Audley End. After taking a tour of the house itself and inferring about the kinds of values the family who lived there might have held, they entered into the life of a servant.
  • Tuesday 16 April 2024 The Stations of the Cross Despite the difficult whether, Year 5 presented a very professional and engaging performance of the stations of the cross for the rest of the school. It really brought the Easter story to life and gave the other children the opportunity to think about the true meaning of the most important event in the Christian calendar. Their hard work and dedication shone through and the children should be very proud of their efforts.
  • Thursday 28 March 2024 One Day on our Blue planet! Over the course of the last couple of weeks the children have been looking at the text, 'One Day on our Blue Planet'. All of their learning has culminated in them creating their own books written in the style of this text. We hope you enjoyed sharing these with the children when they had their books out to share.
  • Thursday 28 March 2024 Happy Easter During Holy week, the children have been learning about why Easter is so important to Christians and meaning of different symbols. Christians see eggs as a symbol of resurrection and new life. In RE, the children had the opportunity to design and decorate their own eggs representing what Easter means to them.
  • 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.

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