23rd June 2023

Dear Parents,

The highlight this week was the fantastic Year 1 assembly!  I was very impressed with how confidently the children spoke on stage and how enthusiastically they shared their learning from the year.

Also this week, it was a delight to welcome parents into school to look through the children’s books.  The children were excited to share all their learning and I enjoyed hearing the comments from parents about how pleased they were to see the progress that had been made.

Our Celebration Assembly this morning was full of achievements and successes. Well done!

Music and Drama

Reception Class Music

In class music this week, pupils in Reception tried out various musical instruments. Much fun was had trying out the ukulele, fife, piano, violin and cello.

Years 1 and 2 Class Drama

This week, we have enjoyed playing drama games to explore and develop skills in role play, vocal projection, expression (emotions), focus, quick reaction and movement. Lots of fun was had during the lesson.

Year 2 Ukulele Players

This week, some of our ukulele players performed in our class music lesson and talked about the value of practicing at home between lessons.

Year 2 Class Music

In our Year 2 class music lessons this week, we have been using graphic scores to compose music. Working in groups, the children designed their own version of a treasure map and selected various percussion instruments to compose a short piece. Well done to everyone for performing some very creative pieces.

Year 1 Class Music

In our class music lessons this week, pupils have been working in groups to retell the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. They selected instruments to represent the key characters and elements of the story. Well done to every group that performed and to each of the story tellers that led each performance.

Informal Tea Time Concert

On Tuesday this week, we had our final Informal Tea Time Concert of the summer series. Congratulations to everyone that performed, it really was a lovely concert.

Football Summer Camp

Premier Education are offering a football camp at Newmarket Football Club for specific dates over the summer holiday.  Please click here for the flyer with more information.


This week, the children were introduced to a wonderful story all about a boy called Billy and his very special bucket. They have thoroughly enjoyed retelling the story in school, so please ask them to share it with you at home too.

They were also able to visit Billy’s shop and used their recent knowledge of British coins to buy a range of different sea creatures for their own buckets.

In the forest, the children were thrilled to receive their own brightly coloured bucket from Billy and they had a great time hunting for mini-beasts to share with him. It was wonderful to see such super ‘Exploradactyls’ in action!

The children also discovered some fun facts about seahorses and enjoyed using mixed media to create their own.

As the term draws to a close, it was a lovely treat to be joined by two special surprise readers. A big thank you to you both for coming in and for sharing such super stories!

Year 1

A HUGE well done to the children for performing so confidently in our Sharing Assembly on Thursday!

I have had so many lovely comments from pupils, staff and parents about how impressive all of the children were.

I could not be prouder! Thanks also to the parents and carers for your constant support helping the children learn their lines. Below are some pictures from our rehearsal.

Year 2

This week, Year 2 have shown how resilient they are when undertaking assessments! I was so proud of the effort and great attitude towards the assessment – everyone was a Prideosaur!

We have been looking at statistics and all of the ways we can show information visually. We have made and interpreted bar graphs, pictographs and gathered information using tallies to create our own graph. We have been using our problem solving skills to get to grips with the information shown.

In English, we have been looking at the poem ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough. The children have been very inspired and we wrote an amazing class poem about the sound collector taking all of the noises from the forest. The children worked very hard to write in the style of the author and to include the alternating rhyming sentences as well.

In PSHE we have been looking at keeping our bodies safe and continuing our understanding of the names of all of our body parts. We have discussed how important it is to be able to speak knowledgeably and without embarrassment about our amazing bodies! We also explored the PANTS rule from the NSPCC – there is a lovely and VERY catchy song if you would like to have a listen and continue our discussions at home.

In science, we have recorded the results of our fair test experiment and discovered that light and water are key to a healthy plant. We have also dissected at bean to find what is inside – ask your learner what they found out!

Year 3

In Year 3 this week, we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes by identifying their properties. We studied shapes in different orientations and made our own 3D shapes in a particularly popular way.

In science, it was time to check the progress of our bean experiment. Using our observational and measuring skills, we compared the growth in different conditions. We were particularly surprised by the height of the bean with water but no light. We compared these results to our original predictions.

In English, we have started our poetry unit and have been analysing different poems. We have paid particular attention to the alliteration, similes, personification and punctuation. We are looking forward to writing our own poems next week…

Year 4

In humanities, Year 4 have been analysing primary sources of evidence to learn facts about the Ancient Greeks and considering how stories such as, The Trojan Horse, could have changed as they were retold over time. With this in mind, they have identified facts about the clothing worn, the foods eaten, education and varieties of entertainment. They have also drawn their own conclusions based on evidence, on which parts of the The Trojan Horse were true and which may have been altered or exaggerated through the years.

Year 5

This week, the children in Year 5 have been preparing for their café role play performances by designing their own menus in French! They really enjoyed having the creative freedom to pick the food they would want to include and it gave us an opportunity to build up our vocabulary, including ‘Plat du jour’, ‘Entrées’, ‘Plats principaux’ and, best of all, ‘Desserts’!

Year 6

Last Friday, Year 5-6 visited the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The women’s match between Great Britain and Germany was 0-0 for three of the four quarters but Germany triumphed, scoring two goals in the last 10 minutes! The children coped well in the heat and the covered seating provided much needed shade.

We hope that Dads liked their Father’s Day gifts – teachers agreed not to share photos of the children at work in last week’s newsletter as it would have spoiled the surprise! I have also included some photos of Year 6 on Art Day when they made impressive wire sculpture of insects with Mrs Newman.

Huge congratulations to the Year 4-6 children who won the local cricket tournament last week and for coming 3rd in the county competition on Tuesday! We are so proud of you! Thank you to all parents who were able to attend the book sharing event on Thursday afternoon. You will have even more time to look at the huge pile of books as Year 6 will be bringing them home at the end of term.

This week, the children have been practising their class assembly (about Hollowford) which parents may attend on Thursday 29th June, 8.45-9.15am. Year 6 have also been thinking about their leavers’ speech which they will share with everyone in the church at Prize-giving. As you will have seen from Mr Radford’s letter, lots of events have been planned for the final two weeks. This includes the Year 6 leavers’ lunch next Friday. Chef and her team love to make a fuss of the children and are looking forward to preparing their chosen menu – pizza and Arctic roll!

MFL Reminder

As we approach the end of the year, there are two more weeks to listen to our musicians of the term in both languages! Our Spanish músico del trimestre is Alicia Granados and our French musicien du trimestre is Charles Trenet. Miss Bryan will be handing out the final prizes on the morning of the last day of term!

Have a lovely weekend!

Michael Radford