Our new budding writer……

The title, ‘writer of the week’ goes to Connor for writing a very impressive diary entry. He not only met all the steps to success but went over and beyond to include some wonderful adjectives to make his writing super great! Way to go Connor! Keep up the great work!

In his words……

Dear Diary,

Today was a great day. I was playing with my toys in my bedroom when suddenly out of nowhere a magic coin appeared. I was afraid to touch it. I decided to take it to school and put it in my pocket.

All of a sudden, I was teleported to Greece. I met someone called Orpheus. In his palace, he showed me a big slide that goes in to the water. What a brilliant day it was, incredible!


Presenting… Writer of the week!

We worked really hard at improving our writing skills a few weeks ago. All of us in Ash turned in some really inspired pieces of writing. The prize on offer was being nominated as “The Writer of the Week” – and after a lot of careful deliberation, the child chosen was…. (drum roll)…. Phoebe!

Congratulations! We look forward to more wonderful work from you! Keep up the brilliant work.

Excellent editors and immense improving

In Aspen, we pride ourselves in celebrating our mistakes and improving our work. In literacy, we have started to use our editing rulers within our editing station sessions. It’s helped give children a focus to their editing, especially in their writing. We’re hoping this enthusiasm for editing and improving will help us to make our writing even more fantastic!

Stone Age tools

This half term’s topic is ‘Tribal Tales’. We will be looking at life in prehistoric Britain, focusing on the Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age.

We started our exciting topic by making tools that you would have found in a Stone Age cave. The children showed excellent resilience to follow some difficult instructions. I wonder if anyone knows what the name of the tools are?

The children had great fun making their tools and will continue to use them and learn about them further in their History and Literacy lessons this half term.


Magnificent, Marvelous, Mucky…Muddy Adventures

Brrrrrrrrrr!!! It was our last session of Muddy Adv with Miss Lindsey in Ash class, and have we had fun over the last half term!

The children have had a fantastic time building dens, playing hide and seek, splashing in the mud puddle, climbing trees, walkways and other new obstacles Miss Lindsey has created, exploring the music tree, creating awesome things, making mini rivers and playing Masterchef in the mud kitchen.

A big thank you to Miss Lindsey for making the sessions so enjoyable, toasting marshmallows, bread and setting up sweet hunts!!!


Can we talk to you about the River Can?

Year 3 used map reading skills to walk from the school to Admirals park to complete activities based on the River Can, a tributary to the River Chelmer. We sketched a view of the river, attempted to measure the velocity and also analysed a cross section of the river. We discussed that parts of the river do not go at the same speed and that it depends on where the river meanders and how much sediment and rocks are in the water.


The children had a great time viewing the river and observing what they have learnt in their Geography lessons.


Chasing Chelmer and tracking tributaries

In Geography, Aspen were using Digimaps to find all of the tributaries that flow into the River Chelmer from it’s source all the way through to it’s mouth. Tributaries are streams that flow into a larger stream or river.

‘Digimap was helpful to find all of the tribuataries of the River Chelmer.’

‘Digimap was clear with it’s colours, as we knew we had to follow a blue line to follow the river.’

‘I found it complicated with all of the grid lines on the map.’

Digimaps is a great resource and Year 3 are excited to get better at reading maps and following directions.



River basin building

Year 3 gathered in the hall on Monday to the surprise of boxes, tissue paper and glue. Children were challenged to create a river basin that shows the source and mouth and other features in between. The children demonstrated terrific teamwork, sublime sculpting and great geography knowledge.

Can you identify the river features from their basin models?