Superstars – Friday 9th November 2018

Well done to all our Superstars this week!

Joachim – for good understanding in RE
Jamie – for good understanding in RE

Year 1
Rosie – for having huge amounts of confidence in herself in maths this week
Lilah – for coming back after a week off and wowing us with her attitude to learning

Year 2
Grace – for good listening on the carpet and her fantastic contributions to class discussion
Jarvis – for great listening, resulting in good work in Maths and English

Year 3
Catherine – for working really hard throughout the week
Jackson – for working really hard throughout the week

Year 4
Taya – for fantastic resilience in Maths and trying hard during lessons
Daniel T – for having a good attitude to learning this week and bringing a smile each day

Year 5 were out on a trip to the IMAX cinema – so their superstars will roll over to next week

Year 6
Aaron – for a super effort when comparing the lives of children in El Salvador in Geography
Luke – for applying logic and perseverance when deciphering WW2 secret codes in History

Well done also to our children from Year 6 who were the class with the highest attendance of 99.3% last week.

An investigative kind of week!

This week, Year 6 have been busy investigating in Maths and Science, writing poetry in English and praying for all Saints and Souls on their feast days.


In Maths, we have been investigating the relationships between the radius and diameter of a circle and the diameter and circumference of a circle.

We found that the diameter of a circle always measures double the radius (and the radius always measures half the diameter) but found it a little trickier to see the relationship between the diameter and circumference. First, we had to figure out how to measure the circumference of a circle in the most accurate way as it turns out rulers just aren’t that bendy! When we finally decided that using string was the best way, we got down to measuring each part of different sized circles.

We could see that the circumference of a circle was more than 3 x the diameter but less than 4 x diameter. So we tried multiplying by 3.5 but that was still too much. Finally, Mrs Hartwell gave in and showed  the number we have to multiply the diameter by to find the circumference and Year 6 were shocked!

It begins like this:


but goes on and on and on and on and on …

To read the first million digits for yourself, prepare to be amazed and check out this website:

It was much easier when we knew that we could use 3.14 (2dp) to find out a close estimate instead!


In Science, we were trying to answer the learning question: How do mirrors enable us to see objects that are behind us?

We set up a similar demonstration to last lesson which showed that light travels in straight lines but then added a mirror. Ask us what happened and why!


In English, we put our new poetry skills to the test as we began writing our own Remembrance poems in preparation for the Memorial Service we will be attending next week.

So much effort and thought went into every word within the poems and they really are very special. Here are the two chosen to be read during the service itself:

We Commemorate These Heroic People

On the 11th of November,

We solemnly remember,

Those who suffered in World War One,

And those special people now gone.

Lots of poppies are shared and sold,

Heroes are honoured for being so bold.

We commemorate these heroic people.


There in the fields people did die,

But in our hearts they live with thy.

Those selfless people who fought for our world,

Will not rest with their stories untold.

In the fields the poppies grew.

In the fields the wind blew.

We commemorate these heroic people.


Families were broken up,

With no one there to give them a hug.

Today we offer them a warm smile,

And remember them for a while.

In the fields between the graves,

There lays a large poppy parade.

We commemorate these heroic people.


Poppies are as red as red.

We wear them with thoughts in our head.

They remind us of the battle-scarred fields,

That were transformed into flowering fields.

They remind us of those who died,

Of those who gave their precious lives.

On this day, we commemorate these heroic people.

By Molly and Zuzanna

We Shall Never Forget

A century ago, there was sadness, sorrow and woe,

Amongst all – friend and foe.

Soldiers bravely resisted their enemies’ power,

When their nation called upon them in their darkest hour.

We shall never forget!


Today, we acknowledge the gallant heroes who bravely fought,

Their courageous might will always be remembered in awe

They answered their country’s desperate cry,

Most of them, for justice, they died.

We shall never forget!


There they were avoiding their emotions,

Soldering on for peace for their nations.

The enemy had not won yet,

Living in despair,  all soaking wet.

We shall never forget!


Then peace arose and poppies grew.

The world had seen the Great War through.

Through fearless acts Britain had won,

But sadly the damage had already been done.

We shall never forget!

By Lorcan and James









In RE, we have been learning what qualities make someone a saint and creating adverts calling for new saints.

Be a Superhero: Be a Saint!

As part of All Souls’ day, we also considered what Heaven will be like and drew our own interpretations:

What is Heaven like?

Year 5 to the IMAX

Tomorrow morning Year 5 will be visiting the NEC Birmingham IMAX to watch A Beautiful Planet as part of our ongoing Space Invaders theme.

We will be leaving school at 8.45, so we ask that children be in as close to 8.30 as possible to avoid any disruptions. When children arrive at school, can they please come up to the Year 5 classroom to be registered.

Children may bring in one bottle of drink (with a lid) of their choice and one snack to eat while at the cinema. It is the children’s responsibility to look after their belongings throughout the day.


Many thanks,

Mr Rolison

You will have received an information pack regarding the NHS nasal flu immunisation programme currently taking place for children in Years R-5.  Please could you ensure that the consent form is returned to school as soon as possible to confirm whether you would like your child to be immunised or not.

The immunisations are due to take place on Monday 26th November.

There is a video clip that the immunisation team would like you and your child to see prior to the day.


We are ‘sorted’!

We have had a lovely start to the Autumn 2. This week we have begun our new English unit, Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone. First thing Monday morning, we were ‘sorted’ into house by the Sorting Hat. We found out which house we belong to: are we brave like Gryffindor, loyal like Hufflepuff, cunning like Slytherin, or wise like Ravenclaw? All of these attributes are worthy when used correctly. Want to find out which house you belong to? Watch this space for our descriptions of Diagon Alley. Many of the children have expressed an interest in bringing in their own Harry Potter book, which is fine, but please don’t read ahead of where we have got to!


During maths, we have been using our equipment to help us to understand column addition including exchanges. Using the place value counters and dienes equipment, we have been able to visually see what happens when we have to exchange across a tens or hundreds boundary, before moving to the abstract format.

Y2 Drama Workshop

On Monday 26th November, Year 2 will be taking part in an all-day drama workshop at school. The workshop aims to draw together all that we have learnt about the Great Fire of London and bring the topic to life through drama. This will be a fantastic and fun opportunity!

We are asking for a contribution from yourselves of £8 per child. Please make all payments through Sims Agora. Should you have any issues with using this system, please see the office for assistance. Please ensure that all payments are made by Monday 19th November.


Many thanks.


Year 1 and 2 Cinema Trip

On the morning of Monday 12th November, Years 1 and 2 will be walking to the Odeon Cinema (at the Skydome) to watch a screening of ‘Ferdinand’ as part of the Into Film Festival. This festival is a free, nationwide celebration of film & education for children and so this trip comes at no cost to yourselves. The film is rated ‘U’.

The children should come to school in their school uniform as normal. We ask that all children arrive at school at 8:30am on this day, as we will need to leave at 8:45am prompt. We will be back in time for lunchtime. We will provide the children with a small bag of sweets to enjoy at the cinema.

Spaceports, satellites and services

This is A’Mhoine.

It doesn’t look like much now, but Year 5 will be able to tell you that this piece of Scottish highland will become the UK’s first spaceport sometime in the 2020’s. We’ve looked into the benefits and problems that could be caused by this project and made our own decisions on if we would allow it (if we were in charge!).

This week we’ve also looked into how reports are structured and made our own research into satellite technology and existing satellites orbiting Earth. We’re going to add to this knowledge bank with a visit next Friday to the NEC IMAX to watch A Beautiful Planet, more details to follow. The trip is free but we just ask children to do their best to be in school ready by 8.30 on Friday to set off on time.


Thank you very much to the Year 5 readers who read beautifully, the altar servers for their hard work and those who shared our bidding prayers.

Welcome back  and have a restful weekend,

Mr Rolison