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Friday 14th June


What another busy week we have had!

It all started with a rainy walk to the church for our Flower Festival on Monday. Thankyou to all of the parents who offered to walk with us and to every Ladybird who decided to say their favourite things about St Germans – it was lovely to see all of the work the other classes had done!! We then had our SRE sessions that afternoon – lots of sensible questions asked and answered for our lovely Ladybirds who are thinking deeply about growing up.

We also had our fabulous one off swimming session on Wednesday which was really good fun and nice for some of the other children to go along to. Well done to everyone who swam – Miss Burrell and Mrs Brown were very proud of all of your efforts!!

In maths this week we have carried on with our algebra looking at word problems and solving simple one step and two step equations – it has been tricky but we are all working really hard on it!!!

For our English we have written a letter to persuade one of our family to move to our unique world and uproot their lives in favour of our new planet!!! We have also just started working on a TV advert advertising our unique world – we have created story boards and will start writing ours scripts next week.

Next week the cycling children will (hopefully) have their last 2 sessions on Tuesday and Thursday!!

See you soon!

Friday 7th June

Welcome back after the half term holiday Ladybirds!

This has been a very busy week; we have had cycling in the afternoons for some children working towards their cycling certificate. We have also had swimming for some children who are working towards achieving swimming 25 metres before leaving primary school.

The lovely year 6’s have finalised their play and who wants to be what part so will shortly start practising that – this feels like it has gone very quickly!!!!!

In maths we have carried on with our algebra work; looking at two-step function machines, formulae and substitution. This has been quite tricky to comprehend but we are getting there! A couple more lessons next week and then we move on to statistics!

In English we have finalised our ‘own world’ and have finished our two page spreads about them. We just started writing a recount of the year 6 London trip and the year 5’s have been writing about their half term with a specific challenge on using powerful vocabulary and adventurous punctuation!

Next week we are having a one off swimming lesson on Wednesday as the Dragonflies can’t use their slot due to their trip. The children will need swimming costumes/shorts, a towel and goggles (if you require them) please remember the permission slip for the goggles!

See you next week!

Friday 24th May

Wow – what an incredible health and wellness week which was FULL of great activities for all of the children.

Well done to the year 6 children who had a fantastic time in London for their well earned treat following their SATs week – Wicked was a great performance to see and all of the children conducted themselves really well throughout the day – you were a pleasure to take out.

Thankyou all for such an exciting and jam packed half term. I hope you all rest over the half term and enjoy some well deserved time off as you have all worked so hard this half term.

See you on Monday 3rd June!

Friday 17th May

I just wanted to say a huge well done to the year 6 for completing their SATs week. They took the week in their stride and have tried their hardest throughout – just remember you’re all amazing and these assessments do not define who you are!

Well done to the year 5’s too for completing their final assessment week of the year, they were also a huge support to the year 6 which was lovely.

Friday 10th May

It has been a busy week for the Ladybirds. We have got another test week (and SATs week for the year 6) coming up next week so we have spent our maths and English lessons completing revision style work. On Tuesday we were doing our own (maths related) graffiti ALL OVER the hall floor and for English we completed a SPaG treasure hunt on the field. On Wednesday we played ‘Pointless’ but it was a maths and SPaG version – we were very good at this and it was a more fun way to revise! On Thursday we wrote maths questions on the playground in chalk (mainly arithmetic) for each other to answer (luckily the rain held off long enough for us to do this!!) and after break we completed a reading comprehension carousel where we had lots of different 5 minute reading comprehensions with questions to answer. Finally, on Friday we completed a maths reasoning and arithmetic treasure hunt!!! Great fun!!

During the afternoons we have done a mixture of QUEST time – looking at Africa, PE with Nathan and also PE with Miss Burrell – we played a huge dodgeball tournament as unfortunately our cricket was ‘rained off’ – hopefully we will have better luck this week!

We just wanted to say to all of the Ladybirds – thankyou for a lovely week of revision and super learning!

See you next week!

Friday 3rd May

This week was an enjoyable week and lots of us were out and busy doing different things!

On Monday the year 5’s had a visit from West Norfolk Schools Sports Partnership where we enter a range of competitive sports. As part of our package this year, we also bought into ‘The Young Leaders’ programme. This week, the Year 5 children have worked with Tracy Bowers to become Young Leaders where they are working together to provide games to play during breaks. They really enjoyed the morning and some said they felt more confident with their hosting of activities on the playground.

On Tuesday, the year 6 visited King’s Lynn Fire Station for their annual Crucial Crew event.

This week the year 6’s visited the King’s Lynn fire station. We had 10 different activities to work through from different providers covering different aspects learning about how to keep ourselves safe. Some of the activities involved:

All of the children had a fantastic time and were a credit to the school with their brilliant behaviour!

On Friday we had our annual bake sale for the year 6 London trip – thankyou so much to everyone who contributed with either cakes/biscuits to sell or bringing in their own money to purchase some yummy things! We don’t know the final total yet but we think we have made enough money to cover the whole year 6 trip!!!!! (Who knows, we might even treat ourselves to an ice cream outside of the London Eye too!!!)

See you next week!!

Friday 26th April

This week was our first week back and we have been settling in to our new topic ‘Around the World in 63 days!’

In Maths this week we have been looking at the different types of angles and getting used to using a protractor.

For our English we have started to work on our new text ‘Visit San-Francisco’ which is a travel guide based on San-Francisco persuading us to visit there. We have written our very own text map of this piece of writing and are going to be writing our very own post cards next week.

On Friday we completed our Sparkling Start at St Germans Academy with the other 2 schools – Wimbotsham and Magdalen. We worked together on 6 different activities based on the different continents in the world. For Antarctica we all worked together in the hall where we discussed the species that can be found on that continent. For Africa, we made our very own tribal bracelet and discussed different African symbolism. For South America we made head dresses which were based on Brazilian themes. For North America we wrote our own lyrics to a song with Mr Johnson. For Australasia we looked at aboriginal art and used dot painting to create our own artwork.For Europe we learned how to say different greetings in many European languages such as French, Spanish and Italian. Finally, for Asia, we cooked our very own ‘vegetable toast’ which was really delicious! We all really enjoyed our day and left feeling very enthused about the topic. We will be discovering and working on a continent every 2 weeks (or there about’s) until the end of the summer term. If you would like to, come and take a look at our walls and doors and the effort we have put into our ‘continent’ drawings.

See you next week!

Friday 5th April and Friday 12th April

Happy Easter everybody – lots of love the Ladybirds!

Friday 29th March

This week in the ladybirds has been a really exciting week to start the week of we did maths in maths we did area and perimeter (calculated with metric measures). Then after break we started to write a recount of Cadbury World then after lunchtime we had a Genr8 assembly which was about Easter and it was a egg-tastic assembly.

We also went on a Hi5 netball competition on Tuesday this week. Well done to the team today. A fantastic effort against much bigger schools; we drew with Ashwicken (great goal Reece) and beat Whitefriars (Mr Dowers enjoyed that one!). We had close games against all the other teams.

On Wednesday, we started the day with maths using imperial measures to find out the area and perimeter. Then after break we started to look at the the features of a newspaper report and started to plan our newspaper report on KWEST letting us go to Cadbury World. Then we did P.E from 2-3 pm

Then on Thursday we started the day off by doing celebration assembly well done to Joshua and Harry Y for getting the merit certificates, then for the rest off the day we did area and perimeter then continued to do our newspaper for KWEST letting us go to Cadbury World then we did arithmetic test well done to Ethan for getting 36 out of 36 on the year above test!

Finally Friday, to end the week we started to work out area of triangle and then we had break after break we finished our newspaper reports  and then we did tackling tables after lunch we made mothers day cards and then we did fun Friday 15 outside in the sun as it’s still really hot outside!

By Ethan

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Friday 22nd March

Wow this week has been amazing!

In Maths, we have been doing grams measurements witch they have worked really hard on well done Ladybirds.

In English, we have been writing our own recounts E.G. climbing up the O2 arena witch are really good and very good use of speech.

Well done Ladybirds.

Have a lovely weekend.


We also went to Cadbury World this week – this is a brief bit about our trip:

On Friday 22nd March KWEST Multi Academy Trust helped the Ladybirds with a donation towards a fantastic opportunity to visit Cadbury World.

The Ladybirds have been studying Fair Trade and this trip rounded off their learning perfectly. This trip has taught them who first found that cocoa beans could make such a delight of chocolate. They also learned which people were the first to discover the chocolate drink which were the Mayan’s – they put chilli in their chocolate drink as they had a love for spicy foods and it gave them more energy – the Ladybirds thought that was a bit odd but are excited to try their version of this drink on the last day of term. Whilst the children were with Colin, the education manager of Cadbury World, they were able to see real life cocoa beans and smell them. When walking around the factory the children were able to see the chocolate being made and were fascinated by the fact it was the real chocolate that would be sold in the shops throughout the UK. Did you know that Cadbury Crème Eggs are only made in that factory in Bournville, Birmingham?

Throughout the factory the children could see the chocolate machines at work; they got to temper the chocolate and they also wrote with it.  Whilst at Cadbury World the children also got to enjoy a 4D cinema experience where they had to wear special glasses, the chairs moved and it felt like they were on a real roller coaster. There were lots of excited but scared screams coming from the brave children! The children were able to take a walk down ‘Advertisement Avenue’ where they could watch previous Cabdury adverts and also got to have a look at the old packaging. The advert with the 2 children and their moving eyebrows was quite funny to see again and the children got to learn how they actually produced that advert – they taped the children’s eyebrows for each and every different eyebrow movement.

Reece became a bit of a spy at Cadbury World as he went along his day with a traitors bag! He felt it appropriate to bring a Malteaser bag to a rival company. Luckily, the staff at Cabdury World saw the funny side and decided to kidnap him for a few minutes to see if they could get any information about their rival company from him. Fortunately for Reece his Mum is the member of staff at Mars and he could not answer any of their questions. Traumatised and tired Reece continued his venture around Cadbury World.

Before returning home the children got to visit the giant Cadbury shop the children could buy huge bars of Dairy Milk as well as souvenirs, clothing and stationery.

Finally, a message to KWEST from all of the Ladybirds students as they gave the following statement; ‘Thankyou for this amazing experience at Cadbury World, this was a great opportunity and we all had a lovely time there. We feel it has benefitted our learning as we could actually see how the chocolate went from a bean to bar and how to temper chocolate if we wanted a career as a chocolatier. It has shown us skills we probably wouldn’t have learned in the classroom. We can’t thank KWEST enough for their kind donation to our trip.’

Friday 15th March

This week has been amazing!

In maths, we’ve worked hard on perimeter and area and remembering to times for area and add for perimeter . We’ve all done very well on this and never gave up no matter what.

In English , we have been writing our own Non-chronological reports about Orangutans . When we were done , we wrote one about Orangutans,we got to do one about whatever we wanted for example, we could write about a dog.

In science ,we were finding out what were conductors and insulators. we found out that a nail is a conductor!

Hope you liked reading my blog – Jasmine!

Friday 8th March

This week has been super busy!!

We have worked really hard in maths this week on percentages – finding a percentage of an amount and also working out questions with missing percentages!! We are moving on from fractions, decimals and percentages next week and are excited to do some work on perimeter and area.

In English this week we have made pancakes using our well written instructions at the beginning of the week. We thought we may as well make the most of pancake day as well as our need to do some instructional writing. Then on Wednesday we moved onto advice columns; we looked at an example advice column for an eco friendly system and then create our own advice columns for cocoa farmers who had various questions about their crops or their pay.

This week in science we completed a ‘keeping cool’ experiment with a Mini Milk and various ways to conduct heat, lots of our learning is involving food at the moment but luckily those of us who wrapped the ice cream in cotton wool were able to eat the Mini Milks which remained frozen – those of us who left them on their own or used tin foil weren’t so lucky – ask your children why, I’m sure they’d love to repeat the question.

See you next week for some more awesome learning!!

Friday 1st March

Welcome back and what a lovely week to come back on!!

This week in maths we have continued our work on fractions, decimals and percentages looking more in depth to percentages – we can now comfortably find a percent of a number and are very happy converting fractions to decimals or percentages.

In English this week we have started to learn a new text ‘Pete’s Return’ which is a recount written by Pete who had gone back to the door in the forest only to find a different adventure on the other side, an adventure that taught him how chocolate is made and where it all starts. This week we have been text mapping, learning the actions and also writing our own recount of our half term holiday.

For our QUEST time this week we have started a few more challenges; Geography related, history related and of course some new Maths and English ones thrown in for good measure. We even took our QUEST time outside on Thursday afternoon as the weather was so lovely we wanted to make the most of it – however it wasn’t all fun and sunbathing; Miss Burrell was checking the quality and quantity of our work every 5 minutes.

Next week it is our World Book Day on Friday 8th March and we are dressing up as our favourite characters from a book we have read – we are also doing other reading related activities throughout the week to re-inspire our love of reading across the school!

See you next week!

Friday 15th February

What a busy but beautiful end to our half term!!!

This week we have been completing our own version of our portal stories as well as completing our cold write of a recount ready for next  half terms writing sequence. We have done a lot of writing but it has been enjoyable for most of us!!

In maths we have continued our scheme of work with fractions, decimals and percentages working mainly with decimals. Lot’s of us said we struggled with these when we had our previous assessments but following the ones we did this we seem to have grasped the hang of them a bit better.

Today we had our reading cafe, we had 3 different activities for the parents, carers and children to complete all based around our ‘Talk 4 Writing’ text The Door in the Forest. We have been doing a lot of work with this text this half term; short burst writing including diary entries and letter, retelling the story with actions and also rewriting our own version of this story. We have learned a lot about the vulnerability of orangutans as well as how to construct and write our very own portal story. The 3 different activities were:

  1. Creating your own ‘door’ for the forest
  2. Writing our own snake spiral story, some of us chose to write our own portal story on these
  3. Creating our very own orangutan door hanger for our bedrooms

We really enjoyed the morning and even gave the parents and carers a little test of their comprehension skills and also a teeny tiny Tackling Tables test (on red multiplication and division) to show some of the parents and carers the things we need to be able to do! We really enjoyed this morning and it was a lovely end to our test week!

We are extremely proud of all of the Ladybirds who completed their assessments this week – well done to you all!!

We hope you all have a lovely half term and have a well deserved rest, see you soon!

Miss Burrell, Mrs Brown and Mr Olander.


Friday 8th February

We have had another jam packed week this week!

We have started to link our fraction work to decimals and percentages this week which has been helpful as it is helping us to realise percentages are not scary and neither are fractions!

In English we have been writing our own portal stories, one with a similar layout to our text ‘the door in the forest’, another which changes a few of the aspects of that story and another which is based on all of our own ideas. We have also been completing lots of rapid grammar questions where we have been looking at different aspects of spelling, punctuation and grammar to help us to remember the terminology.

On Friday we ended with our mental health mix up day as it was national mental health week. We worked on 6 different activities throughout the day including yoga, making our own superfood salads and creating our own worry monster. At each activity we talked about the importance of our mental health and what it means to have a healthy mind and ways we can help to make our minds healthy if we are feeling a bit down.

Next week it is our test week for year 5 and year 6. Please do not worry about these assessments, we are just using these to look at the gaps in our knowledge to inform the teaching for next half term.

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you next week!

Friday 1st February

This has been such a busy week this week!!!

We have been smashing through our fraction work as though there is no tomorrow – ask your child how to add two fractions together, make it tricky with different denominators though – I bet they can do it! They can also tell you how to multiply a fraction by a whole number and tell you what 1/7 of 42 is!!! They’ve worked tirelessly on our fractions unit and I know they’re very ready to move on next week! Well done Ladybirds on your perseverance and determination with fractions!

In English we have been writing a very strongly worded letter to Mr Joko Widodo who is the Indonesian President to persuade him to stop allowing people to chop down the rainforests and to help preserve the orangutan’s and various other wildlife’s habitats.

Next week on Friday we are having our mental health mix up day as it is mental health awareness week and this is something that we feel is incredibly important. The day will be taken up with 6 30 minute activities to promote being aware of mental health and activities we can do when we feel things may be getting tricky or stressful for us.

See you next week!!

Friday 25th January

WOW this week has flown by..

To start with we welcomed Mr Olander into our classroom – he is a trainee teacher from Bishop Grosseteste University who is going to be getting to know and teaching the Ladybirds some of their lessons.

Secondly, we have been working really hard on fractions this week – if you would like to know how to add, subtract or convert a fraction just ask ANY Ladybird. They can even convert fractions from improper to mixed number fractions! Next week we are going to be multiplying fractions and finding fractions of amounts!

Thirdly, in English we have continued our work on our story ‘The Door in the Forest’. We have written diary entries this week from the perspective of Pete, the boy in our story, who talks about his day and how he felt when he came across a totally random door and decided to go through it.. into a world of an unknown rainforest and a very special orangutan.

Finally, this afternoon we worked with our buddies through exciting activities for the Great British Bird Watch! If you would like to get involved the children did bring home a leaflet all about how you can!

See you next week!

Friday 18th January

We have had a very busy week this week. We have been continuing our learning with fractions (and the involvement of food has gone down a real hit with the children!) We have also been working hard on creating a list poem to relate to our new story ‘The Door In The Forest’. If you would like to take a look at our poems, they are on display outside of our classroom; the children have worked exceptionally hard in particular on their vocabulary.

We had a trip today to KLA where we were looking at the design & technology equipment KLA had to offer. We then all worked together in the gymnasium where we created our very own ‘Whacky Racecar’ with very limited resources (deliberately) and some of the cars were outstanding. Well done to one of the teams where 3 members were children from St Germans; this team came first for their design, teamwork and resilience to the challenges. If you would like to know more please come and take a look inside our curriculum book in the corridor nearest to the kitchen.

Friday 11th January

Well.. today saw the reveal that we are allowed to go to Cadbury World for our Fabulous Finish (a long way away, in March) for our topic ‘It’s Not Fair!’ Mr Paul Donkersloot (the CEO of our academy) came to St Germans today with Mrs Alison Hughes (the director of Quality Assurance for our academy) to announce to the children that they would be willing to help us in our quest of learning more about Fairtrade products and sustainable living by donating half of the trip costs to the 3 schools. There may have been some gentle persuasion in the form of a positive and a (rather) negative newspaper report written by the children which were then sent off to KWEST to decide which one they would like to be published. The final newspaper article is below, should you wish to have a read! We have also had a generous donation from Mr Kevin Holland who came to visit the school today to discuss his solar shed and the tidal waves on our local rivers for our sparkling start today. All of the year 5 and 6 children are incredibly grateful for these donations as Cadbury World is an amazing opportunity to visit and it is something that smaller schools can sometimes miss out on due to heavy travel costs. There will be a letter containing all details about the trip later in the term.


KWEST Multi Academy Trust has granted a spectacular experience for children in Norfolk at Cadbury World.  In March 2019 the children will be granted funding to go on a once in a lifetime trip.

 Alison Hughes and Paul Donkersloot should be awarded a raise due to them offering the most superb trip to local children at St Germans Academy, Magdalen Academy and Wimbotsham and Stow Academy.

The children in the 5/6 classes across the 3 schools are studying a new topic called ‘It’s not Fair’ and throughout this topic they are learning about Fair Trade among other things. The classes expressed a huge interest in visiting Cadbury World in Birmingham. This was so they could learn about how a Fair Trade business is run, how Fair Trade products are made and also being able to have a taste of Fair Trade products.

One of the students at St Germans Academy (Ethan, age 10) excitedly quoted ‘KWEST are an amazing Academy Trust as they grant children the money for lifetime experiences that they might not get again!’

The children needed a huge amount of £1000 for the coach and £700 to get into Cadbury World; that’s a colossal total of £1700. The children are so lucky to have been given some of the money from the KWEST Multi Academy trust and as Reece (Ladybirds student, age 11) stated ‘We are very privileged to be given this opportunity!’

Miss Burrell, the teacher of the St Germans class has said ‘We are all small schools with only a few over 100 children each; so to give us this money is a great thing!’

KWEST have done such a lovely thing for these well-mannered children and they deserve to achieve great things due to their generosity.

A child (Jasmine, age 9) made the remark ‘I really appreciate the offer from them, they’re my heroes!’

KWEST have 5 core values. These are; Capacity, Community, Inclusion, Independence and Excellence. They are astounding. They are giving the children the capacity to learn because they are allowing them to attend a location which will fulfil their learning even further in a fun way. They are making them part of the community because they are giving them the tools they need to learn more about the Fair Trade community. They are feeling ‘inclusion’ from them because they are letting them go to somewhere where other schools can benefit from as well. They are feeling independent because they can go somewhere else in the United Kingdom to explore due to KWEST giving them their wings to fly. They are also feeling excellence because they are learning to their full ability and expanding their learning in ideal locations elsewhere.

The children are learning about Fair Trade and KWEST are enabling them to visit the biggest Fair Trade Multinational company in Britain.

Finally, Connor (Ladybirds student, age 10) exclaimed ‘Going to Cadbury’s World will be one of the best experiences ever and it is very educational as we will learn life skills – thankyou for letting us go KWEST!’

If you feel equally blissful and proud in your local Academy trust and you think KWEST should be recognised for their generosity then please tweet them at @KWESTTerrificTrust.

Alternatively, you could email at

Or you can post them a letter at:

KWEST Multi Academy Trust,

Super Street,

Thankful Town,

Clever County

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Friday 4th January 2019

We have had a lovely couple of days decorating our classroom and fully immersing ourselves into our new topic ‘It’s Not Fair’!

We have created a rain forest in the invention room, a chocolate bar (yum yum) for our front door, wind turbines to represent the sustainable part of our topic and also multiply other bits related to our Fairtrade and sustainability topic.

Thankyou to all of the children for getting so involved and a huge well done for participating so well.

Tuesday 18th December

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!!

Enjoy your couple of weeks rest – Miss Burrell & Mrs Brown.

Friday 14th December

Well..this was a busy week!!

Firstly, thankyou to all of the helpers who came to make the Christingle’s with us on Monday. Our service on Tuesday was lovely and the children sang their hearts out. Well done to all of them for being so sensible on their journeys to and from the church.

Secondly, a huge well done to the children for their fantastic performances in their Christmas play. We are incredibly proud of each and every one of them for their superb effort and enthusiasm for both of their performances. Thankyou to the parents who helped with the plays in many ways, costumes, refreshments, tech etc. We really appreciate it.

Thirdly, I just wanted to say well done to all of the children for their amazing behaviour during our panto yesterday, they were a credit to the school and it was a really enjoyable visit.

Finally, thank you to the children for a lovely Christmas lunch today followed by finishing watching Nativity – well done to you all for ‘keeping up’ this week as we have been super busy! See you next week for our class parties and the end of term assembly amongst other bits and pieces.

Bye for now!

Friday 7th December

What a lovely, quick week we have had this week!

We have been doing a lot of writing this week; we boxed up our text ‘Christmas Truce’ which is a newspaper report, we then wrote our own version of our news paper report and THEN we wrote our hot writes – all in the space of a week! Amazing!

We have also been working hard on our arithmetic this week with daily questions to work on, next term Miss Burrell is also going to throw in some reasoning questions for us to answer too!

We have been really trying hard with our play practises this week; we have worked with and without our scripts and have all tried exceptionally hard to get our practises really brilliant before showing them to you next Wednesday!! Miss Burrell and Mrs Brown are very proud of all of the Ladybirds for working so hard on their lines and the songs!!!

Next week is a very busy week.

Monday morning we are making our calendars and Christmas cards as well as Christingle (if you’re available we would love some help with these). Monday afternoon we are having a play practise.

Tuesday morning is our Christingle service (feel free to come along if you wish) and Tuesday afternoon is our dress rehearsal.

Wednesday morning we have another play rehearsal and then Wednesday afternoon is our play!!! And in the evening as well – hope to see you there.

Thursday afternoon we are at the pantomime (oh yes we are…) and will not be back at school until later.

Friday is our Christmas lunch day and we have told the children they can wear their Christmas jumper.

See you all soon!

Friday 30th November

Well… the Christmas spirit has hit!!

This week we have been making our crafts for our Christmas Fair on Friday 7th December. A huge thankyou to those who came in to help us. We made our felt Christmas decorations in Y6 and then created a new Y5 craft which is to decorate a tea light holder with glass pens – some of the designs for these were incredibly intricate and the felt decorations are just  WOW – well done to all of the Ladybirds for their effort and determination with these.

We also started practicing our Christmas play this week – we have all been given our scripts and we all bought the letter home this evening which states what we should get together for our costumes. The read through today was really good and we are all super excited to start our proper rehearsals next week!!

We have started our work on fractions this week and it was skittle-y fun!!!! We intend on using different foods to show how fractions work and how particular fractions with different denominators or numerators can actually be the same amount.

We had 2 brilliant trips this week. Y6 went to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and worked through lots of mini activities which explored the different careers you could have within the NHS. The Y5 went to KLA today and were working on their own type of ‘Dragons Den’ pitch for a new, Christmassy, educational board game. Well done to all of the Ladybirds for their impeccable behaviour on their trips as always!

See you next week for more Christmassy madness!!

Friday 23rd November

Hello all!!

This week has gone very quickly!

We have been very busy in maths this week with division. Firstly, we were looking at what division actually is and how we can relate it to ‘dividing’ things in real life – the most popular one was cake and how Miss Burrell would receive the majority of the cake and the children hardly any!!! Hehe! We then started to look at short division through the use of the bus stop method and we discussed those strange numbers that like to stand inside, outside and on top of their bus shelter. We all worked very hard on our division this week and have definitely improved since we have been completing our Maths meetings and daily arithmetic questions.

In English this week we have been working on writing a script for our very own news report for a TV channel. We initially wrote down our ideas and then created a script to go alongside and then recorded our reports – they were very fun and very realistic. We are moving onto boxing up our text next week and re-writing our own version of our newspaper report.

For our outdoor learning this week we have been exploring multiples and factors in the nature garden by being given a number and then working out the multiples and factors of each and then presenting that to the rest of the class with the materials we have outside.

We are starting to practice our play next week and the children should receive their scripts by Wednesday. Very exciting as we can officially start talking about CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!! If anyone is available Wednesday I would love some extra hands during the morning when we are creating our Christmas crafts – just let me know if you can pop in for a little while.

See you next week!!

Friday 16th November

Happy Kindness Week!

This week is friendship week and we have worked together to continue to create a nice atmosphere for us to work and play in.

We have worked with our buddies in Butterflies one afternoon on multiply friendship activities including friendship bracelets, poems, a friendship heart of all of our hand prints and also a cut out of a child full of words of kindness. I was so proud of all of the Ladybirds that afternoon as they all worked hard to ensure the Butterflies were happy and able to do all of the challenges with us.

Well done to all of the children for dressing up in their spottyness/fancy dress and a huge well done to the Ladybirds who won the competitions!! We came 2nd in the amount of money raised per class (which is a 1st for me as a teacher!) Thankyou to all of the parents for your continued support with the school and the charities we choose to support.

See you next week!


Friday 9th November

Wow – what a fantastic week!!!

On Wednesday 7th November we attended a very special day with Stories of Lynn. We were split into 2 groups and worked through a series of workshops related to WW1.

The first one was investigating two letters which were written by two men in the trenches and they were describing the conditions of the trenches and also asking for their parents to send them things from home to keep them warm.

The second session we looked through a series of photographs which were discussing women’s role in World War 1 and also looking at some of the different vehicles used throughout the World War.

The third session was all based around rationing where a lady told us all about the foods which were eaten when they had to be rationed during WW1 and also where the food came from. We also discussed how the Germans created submarines which intercepted the food ships and stopped them getting to England. We even got to see just how much food was given to families, it really wasn’t a lot.

The fourth session was all about how to sign up to the World War and we also had a poet read us a lovely poem about the conditions of World War 1. They also gave us a lot of information about a special King’s Lynn soldier called Percy Gazley and his wife Alice Gazley who were the first two people from King’s Lynn to die in World War 1. Percy died in action and Alice died from the drop of a bomb.

Our fifth and final session was with a Sargent all based around life in the trenches. He showed us how trenches looked, what the soldiers had to wear in the trenches, the rifle’s they used to shoot their enemies, the law of the ‘No Man’s Land’ and also just how lovely (and sometimes not so lovely) the food could be for the soldiers.

We later marched down to the Tower Gardens where we had a look at the special King’s Lynn memorial which named the 620 soldiers of King’s Lynn who died in the First World War we also sang a famous WW1 song ‘Goodbye-ee’.

We have all had an absolutely fantastic day and have learned so much about our topic!!!

Well done to all children who came with me to the cross country – you all did so well and worked exceptionally hard, I am very proud of you all!!!

Next week should be a pretty ‘normal’ week for us, we will be looking at multiplication and division for maths and carrying on with our news paper report for English.

Don’t forget about all of the events happening in King’s Lynn Sunday morning for Armistice Day.

See you next week!

Friday 2nd November

Welcome back after a fantastic half term holiday!

The Ladybirds were straight into their learning this week with a fantastic newspaper report and some work on subtraction!!

Our text for this half term is the same as last but we are going for a non-fiction focus, using newspapers. This week the children have written their cold write and have also completed some work on synonyms and antonyms whilst also (I know, they’ve been so busy!!) beginning to write a diary entry as though they were one of the soldiers who took part in that Christmas Truce back in 1914. These diary entries will be finished next week and will be available to read on the display outside of our classroom if you would like to look.

With maths we have been working on subtraction and applying our knowledge of subtraction to multiple areas of our learning; we were even working on subtraction in the nature garden this week with finding the difference between the lengths of different objects. Next week we will be starting to look at multiplication and then division – if your child has slight worries over these areas of maths please reassure them that we will continually revisit them so they are confident in using all 4 operations!

Our QUEST time this week included 4 new activities and had a role over of a few activities which hadn’t all been completed – we are particularly looking into the use of computing in our QUEST time with different challenges using this. All of the children will be working on a PowerPoint presentation which they can give to the class about the role of women in World War 1.

Next week on Tuesday we have our Cross Country event – if you want to come to this then please make sure you bring your slip in on Monday! We also have our trip to King’s Lynn on Wednesday so please make sure your slips are back for that too!

See you Monday!!

Wednesday 17th October 

What a lovely, short week to end our half term. This week we have been doing a lot of writing to complete our innovation write and also our hot write which we all worked very hard on!

Well done to you all for creating such amazing trenches that were incredibly realistic with many individual aspects as well as keeping them as close to an original trench as possible – I was particularly impressed with your creativity with your ideas – well done!

Well.. what an amazing first half term it has been. Thankyou to all of the Ladybirds for making this such an enjoyable start to the year. We have learned so much and have progressed really well as a class together. I hope you all have a fantastic half term and rest ready for another great half term on the run up to Christmas!!!!!!

See you on Monday 29th October!

Miss Burrell and Mrs Brown.

Friday 12th October

Thankyou to each and every Ladybird for their fantastic behaviour and superb effort with their performance at the KWEST together event today at Lynnsport. All of the 7 schools in our academy got together and performed an individual piece about King’s Lynn, finishing off with a  version of ‘It’s a Kind of Magic’ by Queen. Well done to everyone who was involved, it was a lovely morning and it was really great to see us all together!

On Monday we had a local gentlemen visit who owns a lot of war vehicles and tanks. He bought a Ford Model T to our school and showed it to us; explaining how it was used, why it looked very different to a modern day car and also what the different aspects that were on it were used for e.g. the different boxes. Take a look in our topic books for a picture of the car and to read a little bit more about it!

In our science lesson this week we continued to look at Earth and Space and investigated the opinion of whether our solar system is heliocentric or geocentric – this was quite an interesting theory given many thousands of years ago by early astronomers who believed that Earth was the centre of our solar system and all other planets revolved and rotated around Earth. Ask your Ladybird why we now know this is not the case!

Friday 5th October

WELL DONE TO EVERY SINGLE LADYBIRD!!!! For their fantastic effort and determination for their assessments this week and to reward them for their extra hard work we had a special treat this afternoon!

Mrs Hipkin (one of our MSA’s) works a lot with the Royal British Legion and she had arranged for 2 gentlemen to come in and talk to the children all about World War 1 and also about the way we commemorate and remember those who fought in WW1 now. We created our very own poppy wreathes out of our hand prints (green card) and sticky poppies – if you would like to see those then please pop in to our ‘trench’ which is in the invention room, they’re up on the wall!

Next Friday we have our QUEST together event which is being held at Lynnsport. Please can I remind the children that due to this (and the following week being half term) we will no longer need our clothes for the nature garden this half term. We will need them next on Friday 2nd November.

See you soon!

Friday 28th September

We have had a very busy week this week!

On Monday we had our harvest festival where we showed the rest of the school everything we could about how people who live in Spain celebrate harvest – well done to all who stood at the front of the church, you were all so confident and were really well understood. Well done to those who spoke about the Food Bank and what it does/how we can access it too – it is very daunting speaking in front of a lot of people!

In maths this week we have been finishing off our work on place value – we move onto addition next (after our assessment week next week). We have been working a lot on rounding whole numbers and decimals, it appears that most of us understand this much better now!

For our English this week we have written a descriptive piece about landing on one of the planets in our solar system and we have also written a letter to an a living species on another planet. We also spent our morning in the nature garden this week designing and making our very own space ship and then creating some drama to go alongside it – the children all worked exceptionally hard on this and I loved the ideas that you all came up with in your groups – well done!!!

Next week is our assessment week, these will be finished by Wednesday and I really don’t want anyone to worry about them – they are really just for me to find the areas of your work that you specifically need to work on which we can work through during lesson time and QUEST time.

Friday 21st September

This has been another fabulous week in the Ladybirds class!

We have continued our work on our text Alien Abduction, writing a diary entry from the perspective of Jez or Tom and then checking back over our writing with our purple polishing pens.

We have been continuing to work on our knowledge of place value; looking at rounding and the perfecting of working with decimals.

We have started our QUEST time this week – we have 8 challenges for the children to complete and they have 4 afternoons a week to work through these challenges. Some challenges will take one QUEST session and others more than one. We are trying to put a big push on presentation in the independent tasks that the children complete so they have to receive a signature from an adult as well as ‘sign off’ on their own work. It has been very interesting watching the children work through our World War I challenges, they are all very enthusiastic and are particularly enjoying our QUEST time.

It is our harvest festival on Monday and the Ladybirds are going to say a few things about how harvest ‘works’ in Spain. If you would like to join us please feel free, we will be leaving the playground at 9am on Monday morning.

See you next week!

Friday 14th September

This week has been a very busy but fun first full week in the Ladybirds class.

We have been getting to know our English text ‘Alien Abduction’ in our English lessons, taking it apart and trying to understand all of the language included.

During our maths lessons we have been looking a place value, firstly getting to know the place value grid and how we use it and then moving onto using the place value grid to answer questions.

We have spent our Friday morning in the nature garden where we created our own place value grids and we were ‘hot seating’ each other as the characters out of our story for English.

We have also completed our weekly mile, with all of us doing really well and everyone attempting it which was fantastic, 10 laps around the field on the park is very tiring! (Just ask Mrs Brown and Miss Burrell)

It has been lovely for all of us to get to know each other in our new class and we are excited for another week of learning ahead!!

See you next week!






























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