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On this page you will find links and photos of things we have done recently and what we will be looking forward to in the future.


We will be regularly updating the photos of the learning activities we have got up to, so please come back again soon.


If you would like any further information about the learning we have covered, or the forth-coming learning topics, please don’t hesitate to come and see us. We will also post topic overviews for the term and homework tasks on the classroom noticeboards.


Term 1



We have had a very busy start to our year in Kingfishers with our topic ‘Turrets and Tiaras’.  As part of our topic we have been learning the story of Snow White and we have written our own stories about how the wicked Queen got her magic mirror.

Here are other things we have enjoyed:

‘I liked just coming into Kingfishers and finding our home tables.’ Brandon

‘I really liked designing the magic mirrors making them really colourful.’ Maisie

‘We really enjoy the jobs we do in Kingfishers like the lunch trolley and the register.’ Divine and Matija

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Term 2

This term Swans class would like to tell you about science .In science we have been learning about forces and magnets.  We learnt that gravity can pull anything down to the centre of the earth.  In our topic groups we made massive parachutes and tested to see if we could make then float down slowly. Also we got to know how magnets work.  Only the red and blue magnets stick together.  These are the north and south poles of the magnet.  We played a fascinating and fun game on the interactive whiteboard.   It was to see how far the horse could go by pushing it around a track.  The game also involved forces like friction.  The thing we like best is experiments.  Push, pull, gravity and magnetism are all forces.


Written by Phoebe and Zoe in Swans

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Term 3

Swans have been learning all about life as a prehistoric human being. We found that a very special guest called Stig visited our school and set up a temporary camp on our field, he even decided to leave us a warm drink that he had prepared. Later in the term we had a survival expert come to teach us about lighting an open fire and how to cook a special type of bread using only flour and water wrapped around a stick, this seemed to go down extremely well. We also tried some nettle tea which had mixed reviews!


Here are some quotes from the open fire day:

"Can I have some more bread?"

"Will the nettle tea sting my mouth?"

"Nettle tea is much nicer with a bit of honey in it!"

"It was cool when Neil threw the spear!"

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Term 4

The children have been busy at the start of this topic. We changed the story of Cinderella into a new story. We have been using description to make missing person posters for Cinderella. Putting ourselves into the role of the ugly sisters gave us a different perspective on what happened in the story.
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Wow! This week has been a blast in Swans class. It all started with a cracking visit from the Tall Trees Theatre Company. They performed an intriguing play to us and took us along Shakleton’s journey beyond the bridge. They drew us into a fantasy world that you could never imagine in your wildest dreams. They told us the story of how a dog named Shakleton just wanted an adventure. He wanted to explore the world and experience new things. But his boring owner was so upset at the loss of his beloved wife that he only took Shakleton on short walks to the bridge and back. By the end of the story his lifelong dream had come true. He had the adventure he had always wanted and found out that his owner was actually a world-famous explorer. We really enjoyed it, let’s hope they come back soon.

On Thursday 2nd March it was World book day. The school grounds were flooded with characters from all types of amazing books. The day got off to a flying start. All pupils were excited about the fun activities that awaited them. Later in the day we recorded our iSing POP CD packed with funky pop tunes that we had rehearsed throughout the week. At the end of the day every child went home with a brain bursting with an exciting day to retell their parents.

Also in Book Week we went on a class trip to Royal Wootton Bassett library. We were warmly welcomed by a librarian who read us part of her favourite book. We had lots of fun going shopping in the children’s book area. Our baskets were overflowing with tasty ingredients to make a delicious library. We also filled in a questionnaire about a non-fiction book that we liked the sound of. We all enjoyed that!

Well that wraps up our incredible book week. We hope you have enjoyed reading about it.

Written By Emily, Jackson and Isabel
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