Kingfisher Weekly News w/c 11th September 

Posted on September 8th, 2017 by Kingfisher Class

In English we will be starting our unit on Traditional Tales/Fables. We will be working on our comprehension skills through reading information on scorpions and leopard frogs. We will write descriptions and include varied adjectives

In Maths we will be ordering and comparing numbers. We will revisit our number bonds and work on our Mental Maths skills. We will be estimating and counting in steps of 10 from 1 and 2 digit numbers

In Science we are starting our unit on Humans and other Animals  – describing how animals change as they grow


Homework Books, Book Bags and Water Bottles due in.

Our Meet the Teacher 3:30pm


Book Bags to go out


Homework to go out


Book Bags due in


Book Bags and Water Bottles to go home.

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Bedtime Story Competition 2017

Posted on September 5th, 2017 by Robin Class

Do you know a child aged between 5 and 11 years old who has a brilliant idea for a bedtime story? Would they love to see it published as a fantastic picture book? Book People, in association with Little Tiger, are on the lookout for the nation’s best storyteller!

 Any child living in the UK aged between 5 and 11 years old can take part in Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition. Schools, libraries and community groups are welcome to submit entries for their children, too. All they will need to do is:

  • Write a 200-800 word bedtime story about friendship
  • Have a parent or guardian submit their entry using the link below
  • All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday 2 October

One winner will be selected from each age category and one overall winner will be chosen to have their book illustrated by Alison Brown, published by Little Tiger and sold exclusively through Book People!

To find out more, go 

Mr Libberton

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Hertfordshire Library Services

Posted on September 4th, 2017 by Robin Class

Here are some events at local Hertfordshire Libraries. Click the link to find out about different events and activities on offer.

Weekend Stories – story time for under 8s

Weekend Stories are story time sessions in the library aimed at children under 8 years old. Come along to Saturday Stories or Sunday Stories and enjoy listening to old favourites and discovering new stories too.

This is a family event and all ages are welcome.

  • £1 voluntary donation per family

Hertfordshire Weekend Stories


Chatterbooks – reading groups for 8-12 year olds
Whether your child is already an avid reader or needing some inspiration, joining Chatterbooks is a great way to encourage them to have fun with books.

Please find more information about when the groups meet and to apply for a space in the link

Hertfordshire Chatterbooks


If you take part in any of these activities please let us know at school it would be great to share experiences at the Library.
Many Thanks
Mr Libberton

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Kingfisher Weekly News w/c 5th 

Posted on September 3rd, 2017 by Kingfisher Class


This week we will be getting to know each other, establishing class rules and completing assessments. Our Meet the Teacher meeting is Monday 11th September 3:30 in our classroom. If you can’t make it, let me know and I’ll give you the handouts. 


PE Kits, water bottles and sun hats are due in. 


Book Bags will go out Wednesday for the first week. This will give us the day to hear all the children read and ensure their reading book is appropriate. Homework books will go out Wednesday and due back the following Monday.


I am on a course – Mrs Austin teaches on a Thursday in Kingfisher room anyway. Book Bags due in. 


Book Bags and water bottles to go home. 

Have a great week! 

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Welcome back! 

Posted on September 3rd, 2017 by Kingfisher Class

Reading Morning begins Tuesday 19th September 8:45-9:10. We look forward to welcoming you to share books with the children. 

Reading books will go out on Wednesday 6th for the first week. Then back to normal (in on a Monday and Thursday, then out in a Tuesday and Friday) 

Looking forward to seeing you all Tuesday! 

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Kingfisher Class Overview Autumn 2017

Posted on August 30th, 2017 by Kingfisher Class

Autumn Term!

Each week we will be updating our blog to give you information about the coming week and important dates to remember.

This blog tells you about the term ahead and what your children will be learning.


Year 2’s are now the oldest in KS1 and we hope their behaviour in and around school reflects this. Pupils will be expected to concentrate for longer periods and to work more independently. We will be giving children more responsibility and will expect a greater amount of personal organisation. From the beginning of the Summer term pupils will be tested in various core curriculum areas. These Standard Attainment Tests (known as SATs) are mandatory. We will be able to give you more information after Christmas.


Maths: During the Autumn term, the children will focus primarily on ‘Number’ including mental arithmetic.  They will learn to read, write and order numbers to at least 100 including place value.  They will complete sums involving adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. The children will also focus on Measure and Shape.  We will also be asking the children to explain their workings out. You can help your child with their number work by practising their times-tables.  Firstly by counting in steps of 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards and then by asking them questions such as ‘2 lots of 2 are …?’. You could also look at their number bonds to 10 and 20 e.g. 4 +6 =10 or 3 + 7 =10. There are some fun games on Woodlands Junior or Topmarks websites that the children may like to try in order to improve their mental maths agility and at the same time have some fun.

English: In English, the children will look at a range of genres including character descriptions, diary entries and poetry.  In non – fiction the emphasis will be on using adjectives, time connective, adverbs, handwriting and presentation.  In our fiction – our emphasis will be on using adjectives, beginning, middle and end, creativity,    conjunctions, compound sentences. In SPaG (Spelling Grammar and Punctuation) Capital letter and full stops, Plurals Apostrophes for contractions and for possession, Past, present, future tense. Handwriting will receive significant focus over the forthcoming weeks and the children will practise forming their letters correctly using Cursive Script.  I have included a copy of the cursive letters in my Meet the Teacher Pack should you wish to do some extra practice at home.

The children will receive weekly Guided Reading sessions during which they will read carefully chosen books appropriate to their level.  In support of this, please encourage your child to read daily with you at home as this will help to strengthen their understanding and develop their reading skills.

Phonics/Year 2 Spelling: The beginning of the Autumn Term will include some revision from the end of Year 1:

The sound spelt as ge and dge at the end of words, and sometimes spelt as g elsewhere in words before e, i and y

– The /s/ sound spelt c before e, i and y

– The /n/ sound spelt kn and (less often) gn at the beginning of words

– The /r/ sound spelt wr at the beginning of words

– The /ai / sound spelt  y at the end of words

The children will also explore strategies for having a go at spelling words independently.


Science: In this unit, children learn about how humans and other animals are born, grow and change, and what we need to survive and be healthy. Children classify different kinds of animal babies, learn about the basic needs that are shared by humans and animals, and research the differing needs of animals within our care. Focusing their own experiences, children explore the need for humans to eat a varied diet, to keep themselves clean, and to take regular exercise.

Jigsaw PSHE: Being Me in My World has a wide focus, looking at helping others to feel welcome, discussing ways to make the school community a better place.  We will also explore how everyone has a right to learn and the reward and consequences that go along with that. This will culminate in creating a class Learning Charter. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. Celebrating Difference: This will link with Anti Bullying week in November. We will discuss how everyone is different but we can include everyone when working and playing. We will also explore how we can start to solve problems, leading onto receiving and giving compliments.

Art/Computing: This ‘Computer Painting’ unit will teach your class key skills that will support progression within the KS1 Computing curriculum. The children will have the opportunity to learn about reproducing the painting styles of great artists using computer programs. Each lesson focuses upon a different artist and their particular style. The children will use this as inspiration for mastering specific techniques within design-based software. Through this we will be continuing to embed the importance of E-Safety.

PE: The children will master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities. This will be achieved through a heptathlon unit practising the various disciplines of Jessica Ennis-Hill

Design Technology: The task is to design and make a simple push-along toy (a roly poly) using a mixture of found materials, paper and card. The children will learn about different mechanisms including wheels and axles.

Music: In this unit pupils will explore duration and sound. the children will learn to vary the duration of sounds on tuned and untuned instruments. They will notate their compositions and decide how to organise their performance

RE: The children will be focusing the signs and symbols of everyday life, the use of artefacts and symbolic religious behaviour. We will then follow on with a topic discussing Why gifts are given at Christmas?

History: Children will learn about the history of Watford and how the town has changed over time. Through this topic, we are going to recognise why changes happened and what occurred as a result. We will identify differences between ways of life at different times. Through this topic, we are going to recognise why people did things. We will find out about past from a range of sources.

Geography: In this unit pupils, will compare life in Watford and in Mexico. They will compare physical and human characteristics alongside using maps and atlases. As part of our study, we will be learning how to use simple compass directions and locational and directional vocabulary to talk about the places on a map and to describe a route to a place.

French: Through songs, role-play and games the children will revise greetings and colours. They will make a calendar including numbers to 31. Alongside this they will develop their question and answer skills in relations to pets and families.


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Maths Problem Solving Week

Posted on June 10th, 2017 by Eagle Class

This coming week is Maths Problem Solving Week.

All the children will be completing activities in their class rooms.  Reception up to Year 4 will also be taking part in a Problem Solving Workshop run by The Happy Puzzle Company.

After school, in the hall from 3.15pm, on Monday only, you will have the opportunity to purchase games and puzzles for as little as 75p.

Please see the web link below for a voucher to use when making your purchase on Monday, you can print it off yourself, to claim the Happy Puzzle Voucher, or alternatively collect one on arrival at the school hall on Monday.

There is a Problem Solving workshop of Parents only on Tuesday at 6.30pm, please complete the return slip on the letter sent out previously to indicate your interest so that we are able to cater for the numbers.

Thank you.


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Summer Fete! 

Posted on June 4th, 2017 by Swift Class

Jazzy Jars are due in tomorrow. There will be tables in the playground for you to put them on. 

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The Victorians

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by Kingfisher Class

The children have been learning about the Victorians and have made Victorian houses and wrote amazing  information leaflets about their lifestyles.

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