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26th June 2022

So, on Friday morning in assembly our year 6 received their leaver's hoodies from two members of our brilliant FOSA team.

Such a wonderful gift from team FOSA to say goodbye to our lovely children. They now enter the last four weeks of their primary education, to say they will be missed is an understatement.

Thanks again FOSA.

12th June2022 

This week looks like it is going to be very hot. Please ensure your child brings in a bottle of water, we recommend they put sun cream on before coming to school and bring a hat...named!

Sue Belcher



Monday 9th May

Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation Papers 1 and 2

Tuesday 10th May

English Reading

Wednesday 11th May

Maths - Paper 1 Arithmetic and Paper 2 Reasoning

Thursday 12th May

Maths - Paper 3 Reasoning



Welcome To Willow Class Summer Term 1 2022


We have already been in school a week and have been working incredibly hard. The sun has been shining and it has been a good start to the term.

This term we will be reading Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson-an exciting tale set in South America.

Much of our English work will be based around this.

In History we will be looking at World War Two-focusing on The Battle of Britain, Bletchley Park and The Home Front.

Our Geography is about Africa-focusing on Human and Physical features, Kenya, food/famine and desertification.

Science, this term, is about Reproduction in plants. We will look at parts of plants and how some plants produce seeds and others reproduce by producing side branches or runners.

Art is a study of Impressionism and Post Impressionism. We will look at Monet, Degas and Renoir- and are all looking forward to finding out more about how the Impressionists worked.

We will look at Christianity in RE and answer the question 'Should believing in the Resurrection change how Christians view life and death'.


We have a busy and exciting time ahead. 

Mr. Bland.

24th April 2022

Ssssh🤫.... This is Top Secret!!
I will say this only once!!
I have a secret mission for you.... 🔎

We are looking at World War Two next term. In one of our lessons we will look at Bletchley Park and code breaking. Find out about the Bletchley Park Code Breakers and the Enigma Machine-make a booklet and use their website: 

Should you accept this mission-I 🤐expect it to remain top secret!!
Roger! Wilco! Out!
Message ends!!

Wing Commader Bland.

28th March 2022


I know I have sent this out previously but I thought I would send it out again, as it may interest some of you. This is a free online course that explains the phonics programme we are following in school. There is also a video by the Sounds-Write team modelling supporting with reading with younger children.
We follow something called sounds write which is accredited by the department of education. This programme ultimately aims at building reading fluency and enjoyment for reading.
This first course focuses upon the early stages which we look at in Early Years and Key Stage 1.
I do hope some of you find it of interest, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. 


Mrs. S Belcher

7th November 2020


Hello all,
Hope you are all well.

I had originally sent this out to just the parents of my reception class but upon reflection I wondered if any of the rest of you lovely parents would be interested in doing this. Plus it is free and not often do we get the chance of a freebie!

I have a little learning opportunity for you all that I would like to signpost you to, should you wish to try it.

I have recently finished a 40 hour course on phonics called Sounds Write. I have been teaching phonics , reading and writing for many years but the academy trust invested in this training for all of their schools, as they wanted a universal approach to the teaching of phonics.
I must say that I did actually enjoy the course and it reaffirmed what I had been teaching all these years. I have been implementing some of the ideas the last few weeks and the children are as always very eager to learn. We also have more new reading books arriving soon that will closely follow the Sounds-Write approach.
Normally I would do a phonics and reading meeting for parents to explain our approach but as you will appreciate that is not possible at this moment in time. Luckily Sounds-Write have came to the rescue and produced a free online course for parents so that you will become familiar with the approach...the added bonus is that you won't have me on video explaining it!
So if you click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser it should take you to it. 

I hope this helps you to understand the approach and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you
Susan Belcher

22nd October 2020


Good morning everyone, hope you are well.

During half term could you please look out for a pebble or large stone to send into school with your child after half term. We would like to paint them with poppies for Remembrance and display them around the school.

Thank you so much for your support, we really do appreciate it. We have had a really enjoyable half term and we hope that your children have too. They certainly have been a credit to you all.

Have a good and restful break.

Susan Belcher

 Welcome to Willow Class.

We hope you enjoy hearing about the great things Willow Class have been doing.


September 2020

 It has been a good start to the school year and Willow Class are amazing!

 We have all settled well into our new class and routines.

Off with her head!! is our topic for this term. We will be finding out about life in Tudor times.