9th December

9th December: Cyborg Cat: Rise Of The Parsons Road Gang by Ade Adepitan When Ade moves to London from Nigeria, he knows things will be different, but nothing can prepare him fully. Ade doesn’t always feel welcome in his new community; fitting in is hard, especially as he looks different to everyone else. But Ade […]

Newsletter: 8th December 2023

In our final piece of our recent series on Safeguarding and Online Safety, I wanted to share some more general online safety parenting tips with you. Did you know…? most inappropriate content online is seen by children through games console browsers, not on phones or laptops? parental controls with your internet service provider is the […]

8th December

8th December: Little Red Riding Hood by Bethan Woollvin Another writer-illustrator to look out for is Bethan Woollvin, who has taken some very familiar tales and given them a twist of her own. She describes herself as having a touch of humour and a pinch of subversion and her picture books are a delight, especially […]

7th December

7th December: Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Lauren Child If you haven’t met Pippi, it’s time you did! She lives on her own with a horse, a monkey and a big suitcase of gold coins. She ignores the advice of grown-ups and spends her time having adventures with her neighbours, wrestling a circus […]

Stroxworthy science

More solids, liquids and gases! Today we were exploring gas. How heavy is gas? What does it smell like? Can you squash a gas?

6th December

6th December: Little People Big Dreams series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara This award-winning series has got a biography for everyone, from Jane Austen to King Charles, Harriet Tubman to Lewis Hamilton! The biographies are factually accurate and extremely accessible for children wanting to find out more about their heroes and heroines. There are also […]

5th December

5th December: Ten Word Tiny Tales by Joseph Coelho In this unusual collection designed to spark the imagination, Joseph Coelho, the current Children’s Laureate, brings you stories of underwater worlds, demon hamsters, bears in outer space, and portals to unknown places … all in just ten words! Each tale is illustrated beautifully, and the words […]

Rain painting

We had a great afternoon rain painting some Christmas decorations. We had to make our own rain as it actually stopped raining when we got out to forest school. We had a run to keep us warm and learnt some different ways to keep their hands warm.

4th December

4th December: Madame Pamplemousse And The Time-Travelling Café The Madame Pamplemousse series has been around for some time and should appeal to readers of 7 upwards and fans of Tilly And The Time Machine. In this story, the café-owner discovers that her coffee machine is actually a time machine and, before long, she and her […]

3rd December

3rd December: The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers is another favourite at school, and KS1 staff are already planning to base some learning around Lost and Found next term. He has written so many brilliant books (fiction and non-fiction) that it’s hard to choose just one. This story is one of […]

2nd December

2nd December: Tales From Shakespeare by Michael Morpurgo Michael Morpurgo is a favourite with teachers, parents and children, and he has written books for all ages: if you’ve not tried classics such as Kensuke’s Kingdom or The Story of Adolphus Tips, you’re missing out! His latest offering is a retelling of ten of Shakespeare’s famous […]

Birch farm visit

We had an amazing time at Birch farm learning about what they do there and Agrofostery and Syntropics. We will be creating our very own Syntropic area in the school with the help from the gardeners at Birch Farm. The children learnt about biodiversity and we planted some wiow cuttings. The children found this exciting […]

Pine pitch glue and forest school buddies

Today we looked at pine resin and made it into pine pitch glue. The children estimated how long it would take to melt. They were fascinated when the solid resin turned into a liquid. They had fun making magical sticks and learning the cobra knot for their forest school buddies. We had a fire and […]

Newsletter: 1st December 2023

We’re continuing our Online Safety series, this week looking at 8-10 year olds   Rather like last week’s Jessie and Friends series for 5-7 year olds, the CEOP resources for the next age up comes in a series of 3 movies designed to be a starting point for conversations at home. The series is called Play, Like […]

1st December

Are you stuck for Christmas present ideas? Would you like to give a present that never runs out of batteries? Do you dread finding room for your family’s presents when Christmas is over? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then make sure you add books to your shopping list the next […]

Cooking with Tythecott

Tythecott class learnt how to safely light fires and then making ‘smores’ to eat (YUM) We created magic sticks by making pine resin glue from pine and soya wax.  I wonder what they could be used for? We had fun minibeast hunting and observing in a magnifying pot. Lastly, we explored the new yurt and […]

Real Gym with large apparatus

Yesterday, in Real Gym the year 3s had time and space to really develop their gymnastics skills. They challenged themselves, worked together and helped each other improve through encouragement and giving ideas to help improve performance. Focusing on the 5 main gymnastic shapes (tuck, star, straddle, pike and straight), they all show great strength, balance […]

Real Gym

During Real Gym this week, we were thinking about how we can use the 5 gymnastic shapes (straddle, pike, tuck, straight and star) to create movements and sequences in rhythmic gymnastics. We focused the session on developing our listening and negotiating skills working with a partner to create each movement.  We discussed the challenges we […]


This week in science, Gorwood class have been looking at shadows. We thought about transparent, translucent and opaque objects and predicted whether the size of a shadow will increase or decrease depending on how close the object was to the light source.  We found that the closer to the light source the object was, the […]

PE With Apparatus

Sunflowers had an enjoyable PE session using the apparatus. After listening carefully to instructions, they took it in turns to develop their movement by balancing, jumping, crawling and climbing. Sunflowers had the challenge of thinking of different ways to move over and under the benches. All these activities help develop their gross motor skills.

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