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We had several moments of awe and wonder as we harvested the seeds from our beautiful sunflowers.

Amazing focus! You could have heard a pin drop in our hot write today.

X tables are fun to learn. We used a number stick to encourage fluency in the 8 X tables

Harvest festival fun!

We enjoyed using our dictionaries and tablets to research exciting new vocabulary πŸ˜πŸ“–

Thank you to all the children who stood for election on our School Council this week. We were impressed by your confidence, kindness and passion to make a positive difference in our school. Well done to you all! (9.9.21)

Welcome to Chaffinch Class Autumn 2021

DT - Pop Up Books with V folds, box folds, levers, flaps, doors and tabs. You're in for a treat when you see what they have produced. So much concentration.

6th July 2021  -  This is the day… 
We took Chaffinch class up the path to the church,
Sang a song which made the sun come out, 
Made ‘rejoice’ artwork on the green, 
Had a cupcake treat
Sang another song to make the sun come out,
Felt the calm and peace of the church inside, 
Explored the lost gardens … and learned how wasps protect their nestπŸ₯΄,
Ate our perfect picnic lunches,
Before hiking to the luscious lavender farm and back to school ….just in time to avoid the sudden downpour that had held off all morning! 
… we will rejoice and be glad in it!πŸ€—

Sports day practice...a few hurdles but then it was in the bag!

Learning to bowl in our PE lesson 30/06/21

Philosophy for Children - 21 June 2021


We had a really thoughtful morning thinking about the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert after he was Baptised and how he was tempted by the Devil.  We thought really carefully, in small focus groups, and came up with several great philosophical questions before choosing one for our whole class discussion. 

Our question was:

Why is temptation in the world and is temptation really the Devil or just a voice in your head. 

Our discussion was fascinating and we wonder if you would like to talk about this with your friends and family at hone?  

Excited About Reading.

Chaffinch have had a lovely start to the afternoon sharing their new Reading Challenge books with a reading partner. We focused on bringing the story alive with expression and asking each other questions. It was wonderful to see their obvious enthusiasm for all the books. 


Celebrating Ascension Day at St James' Church

Exploring Dahl books May 2021

We worked together to explore lots of different books and express our opinions. We looked at our likes and dislikes, what was similar, what was unique and encouraged each other to try new new books. 

By working together like this, we  learn new vocabulary, interlink our thinking and create a new shared understanding.  It's also fun.  😁




Science in action

Our Locality - 11 May 2021

Today we were 'secret geographers'.  We had to read a map, navigate to our secret location, record human and physical geographical features and then report back to our class so they could guess our location.  

Secret Geographer Work in Action

5th May 2021 - planning our descriptive writing of a Minpin's journey

29/04/21 a special science and art afternoon today! We looked really carefully at all the separate parts of a flower and then drew them as botanical sketches/paintings..

Contemplative walk - before the five minute walk we used these adjectives to describe the mood in the classroom: busy, exciting, loud, friendly, happy, shouty, silly and distracted. After the walk, we talked about feeling calm, focused, happy, friendly, belonging, cool and refreshed ; as well as saying we were much more able to think about our learning and some of us even talked about our brain ' feeling clear ' and 'our mental health being stronger'. This just shows the power of connecting with nature, even if only for five minutes each day.

26.04.21 We showed some great learning behaviours today as we built our toolkit to write an engaging and exciting setting in English: responsible, resilient, resourceful and reflective thinking from the whole class.  I can't wait to read your settings later in the week...

1st April 2021 - class assembly all about forgiveness with a fantastic link to the Easter Story. We wish you all a joyful Eastertide.

Welcome to our Ancient Egyptian Day 30 March 2021


We have worked hard today:

  1. Researching, publishing facts and making our own artefacts to exhibit in our museum. 
  2. Cooking – making salatit zabadi with flatbread and tasting exotic fruits from the bank of the Nile.
  3. Choreographing and performing our own Egyptian Dance
  4. Egyptian Writing and Egyptian Maths.

What do you think we learnt while having all this fun?


mint, garlic and cucumber dip with flatbread

An afternoon of Egyptian fun 30.03.21

We would like to invite you to our Egyptian Museum on 30 March 2021

29.03.21 Rev. Gemma sharing her views on communion and belonging as part of our RE learning

24.3.21. Another thoughtful pupil lead assembly. The focus chosen by the group was 'compassion'. They re-enacted the story of the Good Samaritan and lead really compassionate prayers.

WC 15.03.21. Making artefacts for our virtual Ancient Egyptian museum

English WC 8.3.21

Over the next few weeks, we will be studying news paper articles in our English lessons.  Starting with the features of a newspaper, we will then move on to journalist skills of questioning and note taking before studying headlines, puns and wordplay, quotes and opinions based on a news report of the short animation ' Spy Fox'.  If you have a news paper at home, or access to the children's newspaper First News or BBC Newsround online, it would be great to support our class learning by reading and talking about news reports together.  

Working hard to sequence our news story

Return to school 8/3/2021. What a wonderful day we have had. Maths and English this morning with art and hot chocolate this afternoon, as requested in last week's pshe lesson! Thank you to the Gan family for the lovely surprise in our garden at lunch time too. 😍 Welcome Back Chaffinch πŸ₯° .

Roman Jewellery Making

Design Technology - instruments

Planning our own musical instruments in DT. We looked at how to alter the pitch of the instrument and thought carefully about materials and how to join them. I wonder what our finished designs will be? (8.12.20)

Santa Dash - several santas were in training for all the hard work ahead of them this year! Well done Chaffinch. You were resilient and everyone had fun!

Playtime in Chaffinch Garden - after our lunch we play creatively in our garden. Thank you for your donated toys as they add a real interest to our play.

Children in Need - who would believe this was November 13th? Look at the beautiful sunshine and smiles

10 Nov - Roman Gods Fact Finding Fun!

We finished the Minpins today 10.11.20 Can you retell the story? Do you think this is little Billy's swan?

Friday Fun

Practicing our X tables

Start each day, or even each moment, with a clean sheet. Our pshe lesson talked about kindness, forgiveness and fresh starts. ❀️

Compassion and Thankfulness - we wrote letters to thank the staff of The Royal Liverpool Hospital for all they're doing to help people with Covid 19.

Our Class Assembly - children lead a very thoughtful prayer time on compassion

Lunch - on the wildside!


Cheerful Chaffinch Challenges this week:

Are the miracles of Jesus really true? We acted out several of the bible stories and talked about how these stories impacted our faith. Everyone had their own ideas and all contributions were valued and respected.

Summer 2020 - our final message for the Summer Term: 


Happy Holiday Birthday wishes go to Lily, Amelia, Jude and Finley! laugh


We hope you all enjoy your summer break and come back to school refreshed and re-energised in September. As some of you have asked for some guidance on resources to keep things ticking over through the summer, we have posted some resources to  help.  These are completely optional.  You can also continue to log on to Purple Mash, Education City, TTRS and Read Theory if you wish to. 


Take care and enjoy the break. xx

Chaffinch Home Learning 13.07.20


Dear Chaffinches


this is our last week of learning for this year and I have a special message for you:


We're so very proud of you  

And we just want you to know

That although our year was cut short

It was wonderful watching you grow


We've loved being your teachers

And we've missed your smiling face

But the memories we have made this year 

Will never be erased


Wading along the chalk bed river

Celebrating Harvest at Wellington

Learning our spellings and times tables

Has all been so much fun!  


The most important lesson though

To last your whole life through

Is to know that you are special

Just because you are you!  heart


We will see you all in September.  Some of you will be in Chaffinch, and some in Goldfinch, but which ever class you're in remember to work hard, try your best and be kind.  We're  sending each of you a great big hug!

with love, Mrs Dodds, Mrs Gan, Mrs Coulson and Mrs Farrell xxx

Homelearning focus: Wellbeing Why not try to select an activity from each colum each day? What will you try today?

Please remember to return your HOW TO TRAIN A DRAGON BOOK this week when you come into school.

Chaffinch Home Learning for week commencing 06.07.20 


Hello Cheerful Chaffinches - we hope you are well and ready for your penultimate week of home learning. 


Let's start by  wishing Jessica a very Happy Birthday for this week - another summer birthday to celebrate!  We hope you have a fabulous day Jess!


Mrs Gan and Mrs Coulson have welcomed many of you back to school over the last couple of weeks and have told me that you've listened well, worked hard and really enjoyed your time in school.  That's fantastic news and we all hope you continue to enjoy your learning as we approach the end of term.  This week there is less directed work on the website: 

  • A whole school focus on healthy eating with a project on picnic planning  - incorporating Maths and English.
  • Finishing off our Rocks, Fossils and Soil planning
  • Maths - please keep practicing your times tables
  • English - spelling (see last week's summary of the key stages) and reading regularly


As always try your best and do what you can.  Keep smiling. wink



Chaffinch Home Learning 29 June 2020


Hello everyone and welcome to this week's home learning...we have some great ideas planned for you this week.  smiley  Let's start by wishing three gorgeous Chaffinches a very Happy Birthday: Ethan Hu, James and Bethany.  We hope you each have a very special day!


As Mrs Vanstone's newsletter mentioned, many parents are finding this time difficult, especially as lockdown lengthens.  The most important thing is our health and wellbeing so we can hopefully  return in September ready, energised and determined.  This week we have planned learning as listed below but know many of you are enhancing this with your self initiated learning and / or only completing some of the work.  This is absolutely fine and we really enjoy hearing what you've focused on.  Please share your learning with us.  Here's a summary of our planned work:

  • Maths - the last unit of our booklets can be completed this week.  The teaching slides will help you make the most of the exercises in the workbook.  As always, please practice times tables.
  • English - no set work this week other than a summary of the year's spellings and the reading/comprehension in the rock topic slides.
  • Science - focus on soils, worms and mud!
  • Music - singing for wellbeing
  • PE - Friday would have been Sports day so instead we will be competing virtually this year.  There is also a short exercise on the Olympic Values - Not the winning but the taking part. 


Enjoy the week and may the best team win sports day!  


Chaffinch Gallery 29.06.20 - Lots of art, measuring of mass, fantastic writing and photos to show lines of symmetry

Chaffinch Learning 22.06.20


Hello again cheerful Chaffinches - how are you all?  This week includes Midsummer Day or St John's Day on 24th  June 2020.  It's hard to believe we're in the middle of summer because the view from my window as I write this is grey, gloomy and wet.  I'm imagining all your smiling faces to brighten up my day.  


I hope you're ready for some more interesting learning...this week we're finishing off our Talk for Writing booklets, our maths topics on mass or shape and our spelling programme.   Keep practicing your times tables and reading regulary too please.  We  are also continuing with our Rock topic and I know from your emails, photographs and telephone conversations that you're enjoying this creative topic.  Some of you are even extending your own learning in this area and linking it to our other topics -  such as rivers, or healthy eating or famous artists - which is just lovely to see -  so resourceful!  It's also been great to see you inspire your siblings or other family members to join you in your learning.  There are some great photos in our gallery this week where brothers or sisters are working alongside you, or family members are taking you on shape or rock hunts around your area - there's even a rock collection from outside Winchester Cathedral!


We have no birthdays to celebrate this week but I wanted to end this message with a very thoughtful prayer,  celebrating our  wonderful world, written in response to the RE learning on the creation story this week:


Dear God our Father,

We are very thankful for everything you have made in our world. 

We are thankful for the amazing forests, the jungles, the deciduous trees and the tiny plants. 

The rocky mountains are high and the oceans are vast. 

How did you create all these beautiful things?  

Please help us to look after our environment and care for all your animals – big and small. 

Make us strong enough to do it all.

You are truly amazing!



Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.  Enjoy your learning and please keep in touch. xx



A treasure hunt by Jude 15.06.2020

Home learning - week commencing Monday 15th June 2020

Hello again Chaffinches,

We hope you're all well and looking forward to your learning.  Thank you for all your emails and messages - we have even managed to talk to some of you, or your parents, on the phone this week .  It was great to hear how you're all being positive and responsible learners - learning lots of new life skills too such as pet care, baking or gardening.  Well done Chaffinches!  It sounds like you're enjoying our Rocks, Fossils and Soils topic; so make sure to share this week's learning via the parent email so we can put it in the gallery.   


Jack has sent some new jokes:

What  do you call a rock that never goes to school?

A skipping stone.


What do rocks eat?



What did the boy volcano say to the girl volcano?

I really lava you!


After that, I think we should get on with our learning - all listed below as usual - but remember you also have purple mash and education city (your choice of activities)  Read Theory and Timetables Rockstars.   We haven't sent any links or ideas for PE this week but would love to see some photos of you keeping fit.  What exercise did you enjoy the most?  What unusual things did you do?  What made you the happiest or the most tired? Please send your responses to


Have fun, be kind, be resourceful


Chaffinch Gallery