Week 2 – Sparrow

Posted on September 16th, 2017 by Sparrow Class

 Well done Katherine for being the Star of the Week in Sparrow Class!

Katherine has welcomed our new classmate and has helped him and younger children feel happy during lunchtimes. Well done for contributing to making our school a better place.

Thinking about Harvest, Mrs Bastable has lead a very inspirational assembly about homelessness. This made us all realize how fortunate we are to have a safe, warm home. In class, we have read the book “A squash and a squeeze” to reflect on being grateful for what we have.

Emma and Sonny have been very creative and made these incredible projects for their home learning. Well done to all who have worked hard and handed their home learning in on Monday.

Our book of the week was “Class Two at the Zoo”. Bobby enjoyed being hot seated as Anaconda, answering children’s questions during our English lesson.

Naomi and Sacha did a good job representing us all as new members of the school council.

I am looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 3:30 for our “Meet the teacher” session which will take place in our classroom.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Webb

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Sparrow Week! 

Posted on September 10th, 2017 by Kingfisher Class

First Week in Sparrow Class:Well done, Sparrows for settling in very well in our class, making new friends and supporting each other in your learning.

Nya is our star of the week for helping others to feel welcome by holding their hands in lining up times. Well done for being so kind.

We had so much fun this week writing and posting our postcards to different adults in the school; writing about ourselves, our homes, our likes and dislikes and some of us even planted some bulbs in our garden.

Please remember to bring in your chosen homework task on Monday along with your book bags. Monday afternoon will be when we have our PE lesson, so you should make sure you have your PE kit with you.

Next week we will be continuing to look at what we are grateful for in RE, our dream school in Art and the local area in Geography. We will start with balance in PE, Phase 5 in Phonics and Seasons in Science. Keep practising counting up to 20 in groups of 1s, 2s and 5s in Maths and reading daily.

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday. 

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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 towww.thebokpeople.co.uk/bedtimestory 

Mr Libberton

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Autumn Term!

Posted on September 4th, 2017 by Sparrow Class

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.

 In Sparrow Class we will be working hard while still having fun. Pupils will be expected to concentrate for longer periods and to work more independently. We will still encourage their communication skills, creativity and independence through child-initiated activities. However, pupils will be doing more formal learning, sitting at tables and writing in their books in most lessons. For pupils in Year 2, in the beginning of the Summer term, the Standard Attainment Tests (known as SATs) are mandatory. We will be able to give you more information about these after Christmas.

Maths Y1: During the Autumn term, the children will focus primarily on numbers from 0-20 and beyond. In the first few weeks will be comparing numbers and using mathematical vocabulary: equal to, more than, fewer than, less than, most and least. We will also learn bonds (or pairs) to 5 and 10 e.g. 1+4=5 2+3=5 and 3+7=10 6+4=10. Regarding shape, we will look into symmetry and common 2D shapes  and their properties (rectangles, circles and triangles). There are videos and games online that can help your child to practice these contents in a fun way.

Maths Y2: In the beginning of the Autumn term, the children will focus on ‘Number’ including reading, writing and ordering numbers to at least 100.  They will complete sums involving adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing 1-digit and 2-digit numbers. The children will also focus on Measure (including Money and Time), Shape and Space.  We will also be asking the children to explain their workings out and “how they know the answer” in order to encourage Reasoning in Maths. You can help your child 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 Y1: In English, the children will look at a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  In non – fiction the emphasis will be on sequencing. Key vocabulary will be: first, next, after, then, finally, last. In our fiction unit our emphasis will be on predicting what will happen next in a story, plan, storyboard, orally re-tell and write their own versions inspired by stories. In SPaG (Spelling they and Punctuation) Capital letters, finger spaces and full stops will be our main focus. The children will receive weekly Guided Reading and Handwriting 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. Children in Y1 will be encouraged to learn cursive script in their handwriting. However, our focus will be on letter formation and writing letters and numbers the “right way round”.

English Y2: Children in Y2 will also be  looking into at a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They will be encouraged to write more independently and start writing into paragraphs.  In SPaG (Spelling they 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. The children will receive weekly Guided Reading and Handwriting 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: The beginning of the Autumn Term will include some revision from Phases 2, 3 and 4 as well as starting Phase 5. Children will have daily Phonics lessons in addition to English, Guided Reading and Handwriting lessons in which they will be able to consolidate their knowledge of sounds (phonemes) and letters (graphemes).

Science/Computing: In this unit, children learn about changes in the  4 seasons through observations, the 5 senses and everyday materials. We will be learning outdoors and exploring the school gardens and nature areas to make a link between scientific vocabulary and concepts and our surroundings.

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.

Art/Design Technology: Children will be exploring the school building and outdoor area through pictures and designing their “Dream School”. They will be using their knowledge of materials to create a model of their “Dream School”. Children will also learn about Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving, Mexican Art and Christmas through painting, collage, videos and performances.

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. In addition to that, we will be learning dance moves and coordination through our “Wake up, Shake up” breaks in the morning.

Music/ RE: The children will be focusing the signs and symbols of Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. We will then follow on with a topic discussing Why gifts are given at Christmas and Eid? Music will be integrated in PE, Art and RE lessons as well as being a big part of our Christmas performance.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday.

Mrs Webb

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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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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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Welcome to Sparrow Class!

Posted on September 1st, 2017 by Sparrow Class


Dear Sparrows,
Our classroom is ready and we are waiting for you.
This year Sparrow Class is themed around Woodland Animals. Our role play area is a Travel Agency, so you can all share your holiday memories; our reading corner has many new and exciting books; our Maths and English areas are full of exciting challenges and games.
You can also see a picture of Harper, our class teddy bear. When you receive Star of the Week, Harper goes home to spend the weekend with you and your family. We will all have a turn to take her home once during the year.
We are all looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday.
Mrs Webb

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Sparrow Weekly News 26.06.2017

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by Sparrow Class
Weekly Learning

The  week after half term,  we will be learning about:

The  week after half term,  we will be learning about:

English – Non-fiction unit about fact files and instructional text/ Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.

Maths –  Multiplication & Division

Phonics- Phase 6 sounds

Science-To know how plants grow and change.


Home Learning Year 1 & 2- consolidation tasks based on this week’s learning:

Please remember to spend no longer than 5 minutes on each task unless your child wishes to continue.


Year 1 & Year 2:

As it is International Day on Friday 30th June the children will have a fact file about India (Sparrow Class focus) to complete.

I would like the children to create a poster fact file about their favourite memory in Sparrow Class also.

Points to note:

Wednesday 28th June ·         Homework and Chatter Letter home.


Thursday 29th  June ·         Book Bag due in

Miss Kelly PPA, Mrs Austin teaching today.


Friday 30th June ·         International Day- The children will be visiting other classes in KS1 learning about Sweden, Russia, India and China.

·         Book bag home and stay home until Wednesday 5th July (extra books sent home today to account for book bag not being changed on Monday 3rd July as Mrs Filan is out of class).

·         Water bottle home.

Monday 3rd  July ·         Mrs Filan Out of class.
Tuesday 4th   July ·         Mrs Filan Out of class – extra books will be sent home Friday 30th to account for this.
Wednesday 5th  July ·         Homework and Chatter Letter home.

·         Miss Kelly PPA today Mrs Austin teaching.

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Sparrow Class Weekly News

Posted on June 19th, 2017 by Sparrow Class

Home Learning

Year 1:

Maths: Block Graph Worksheet

English: Phonics Worksheet linked to lessons.


Handwriting Practise

Year 2:

Math: Number and Place Value

English: Reading Comprehension

Grammar worksheet



Points to note:

Wednesday 21st  June ·         Homework and Chatty Letter home.

·         Year 6 Enterprise afternoon

Thursday 22nd June ·         Book Bag due in


Friday 23rd  June ·         Miss Kelly PPA today Mrs Austin teaching.

·         Book bag home.

·         Water bottle home.


Monday 26th June ·         Book bags, homework and water bottles due in.

·         Show and tell: Joshua

Tuesday 27th June ·         Reading Morning

·         Book bags home.

·         Year 2 Music Festival at Boys Grammar School in the afternoon.


Wednesday 28th June ·         Homework and Chatter Letter home.

·         Miss Kelly PPA Mrs Austin teaching.


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Sparrow Weekly Learning 19/06/2017

Posted on June 19th, 2017 by Sparrow Class

This week we will be learning about:

English- Poetry & Grammar

Maths- Geometry and Data Handling

Phonics- Introduction to Phase 6 sounds.

Science-To know what plants need to be healthy and survive/nature walk to observe different plants and flowers in our school environment.

Jigsaw- Changes

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Old Boxes for Art

Posted on June 15th, 2017 by Sparrow Class

Dear Parent,

A part of our last art project in class we will be exploring vehicles, mechanisms and wheels/axis. Once we have look at each aspect we will be constructing our very own vehicles using old cereal/rectangular boxes.

Should you find yourself recycling old cereal boxes or any type of rectangular box could I kindly ask that you give it to your child to bring to school as we will need quite a few to complete the lessons.

Many Thanks,

Miss Kelly/Mrs Filan

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Sparrow Class Weekly News 12th June 2017

Posted on June 12th, 2017 by Sparrow Class

Home Learning Year 1 & 2- consolidation tasks based on this week’s learning:

Please remember to spend no longer than 5 minutes on each task unless your child wishes to continue.

I will be sending home a handwriting booklet with each child this week. I do not expect it to be completed in a week: it is for your children to complete before the end of term. Please send in once completed.

Year 1:

English: Sentence Worksheet

Maths: Problem solving Activity

Weekly Spellings


Year 2:

English: Reading Comprehension

Grammar Worksheet

Maths: Problem Solving Activity

Weekly Spellings


Points to note this week:

Wednesday 14th June ·         Homework and Chatter Letter home.


Thursday 15th June ·         Book Bag due in
Friday 16th June ·  Sponsored Run today – Non School Uniform day, if you could bring in Sweets or Chocolates for the Fete that would be much appreciated!

·Water bottle and book bags go home.



Monday 19th June ·         Book bags due in

·         Homework  due in

·         Water bottles due in


Tuesday 18th  June ·         Reading Morning 8.45am-9.00am

·         Book bags home.

Wednesday 19th June ·         Homework and Chatter Letter home.


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Sparrow Class Weekly Learning 12th June 2017

Posted on June 12th, 2017 by Sparrow Class

Weekly Learning


The  week after half term,  we will be learning about:

English – Story Writing Continued.

Maths – Problem solving activities for “Problem Solving Week”.

Phonics- Revision of all Phase 5 sounds.

Science – Science experiment about what seeds birds like to eat the most.

History- To know why Marie Curie is famous.

Art  & Design- experimenting with patterns using tie-dye.

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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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Sparrow Summer Term

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by Sparrow Class

Here is some of our favourite learning so far this term:

Lifecycle of a sunflower:

Rainforest animals:

Exploring the globe:

Exploring the garden:

Special people in our lives:

Making 3D structures (rainforest animals) in art:

Learning about 3D shapes in maths:

Story writing in English:


Writing information booklets about Rainforest animals:

Learning about healthy living in Science:

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Star of the Week

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by Sparrow Class

This week our star of the week is Louis Baleham for making a real effort and working very hard in maths this week.

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Old T-Shirts for Art

Posted on June 7th, 2017 by Sparrow Class

Dear Parents/ Carers,

This coming fortnight Sparrow class are going to be experimenting with tie-dye as part of our Art and Design topic for this term.

As a result we need the children to bring in an old white t-shirt/vest or anything white that you do not mind your children dying.

I will be providing the tie-dye kits all the children need to do is bring in some sort of white material to dye.

Many thanks,

Miss Kelly

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