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13th March 2020


This week we have been extremely busy doing our assessments alongside enjoying Science Week.

We have had an absolutely fantastic time learning about our Solar System and the position of  each of the planets from the Sun. Please test the children to see what they can remember , they have been truly amazing at remembering the facts.



Thank you for bearing with us while we are assessing the levels and reviewing systems in school regarding reading, please continue to  read library books or your own books in the meanwhile.


 The children got fabulous spellings scores again last . thank you for your  continued  support.


This weeks spellings :

  Y1 Spellings                    Y2 Spellings

boxes                                                 dropped

apples                                                running

beaches                                             bigger

trees                                                  saddest

dishes                                                whole

dogs                                                  sugar


Have a great weekend

Mrs Thagia


6th March 2020


This week we have been exploring the story 'Beegu' and have explored how this alien might have felt when he landed on earth. We have also been learning about different type of sentences such as statements, commands, questions and exclamations.


In Maths we have focused on learning our 2d and 3d shapes and have discussed their properties. In Science we have been looking at the properties of different materials and we have ben looking at materials that will float and materials that will sink.

We had a fabulous day on Thursday celebrating World Book Day and learning about inspirational people.

Please note that we have taken reading books back in from most of the children in school as we are assessing the levels next week, please read library books or your own books in the meanwhile.


 The children are also getting super scores for their spellings consistently.well done for the support.


This weeks spellings :

  Y1 Spellings                    Y2 Spellings

give                                                   write

love                                                   wrong

have                                                  wriggle

five                                                    most

save                                                  both

grave                                                 only


Have a great weekend.

Mrs Thagia

28th February 2020


This week we have worked really hard practising our amazing assembly and we were delighted to perform for you. We hope you were really proud to see how much fabulous learning goes on in Van Gogh class.


In Maths we have focused on Fractions and working out halves, quarters, and thirds. the highlight of our week was when we made our own delicious pancakes and then we wrote some super instructions so that Mr Dryburgh can follow them to make his own pancakes ! We did a fantastic job.


We also had a fabulous afternoon on Wednesday afternoon going into the forest to have fun ( please see photos on our website ). Well done to everybody because we  all remembered to bring in our Forest school clothes. The children are also getting super scores for their spellings consistently.


This weeks spellings :

  Y1 Spellings                    Y2 Spellings

hutch                                                key

kitchen                                             donkey

match                                               monkey

witch                                                 how

watch                                                steak

catch                                                 beautiful


Have a great weekend

Mrs Thagia


14th February 2020


This week in English we  have really enjoyed  finding out more about 'The Terracotta Warriors 'and  we have done a wonderful job of writing our own diaries as though we were the farmers that actually found them.


In Maths we have focused on sequencing numbers in the 2's, 5's, 10's and 3 times tables and the children are getting really good at them. Please could Y2 have a go at some Comprehension and Maths activities from their booklets.

This weeks spelling :

  Y1 Spellings                    Y2 Spellings

  but                                                    scare

  you                                                   stone

  so                                                     shake

  was                                                   every

  push                                                  money

  school                                               busy


Have a wonderful half term

Mrs Thagia




7th February 2020

We have had another busy week of learning this week , In Maths we have been learning to make Tally Charts and we have been amazing at interpreting them. We have also enjoyed learning about The Terracotta Army this week and done some amazing observational drawing on the warriors.

The Y2 children have been given two booklets for extra practice that can be done anytime .

We will shortly be giving the Y1 children a phonics booklet to get extra practice too,

Don't forget to send your Valentine disco slips back as tickets will soon be running out.


The children have been working  really well on their spellings  and it really shows when they have had time to practice- Well done.

This weeks spellings for Y1- today, are, has, love, house, she

Y2 -  didn't, they're, can't, old, gold, wild


Have a great weekend

Mrs Thagia

31st January 2020

Another great week in Van Gogh class. The children have continued to learn about China and loved learning about the Great Wall of China.  This week we have been working really hard to use our Phase 5 phonic knowledge in our writing  and arithmetic skills. We have also been practising our comprehension skills too.


The spellings to be learnt for this week for Y1: our, says, want, once, pull and he.

                                                                    Y2: table, bottle, middle, beautiful, climb, water


Please find below this weeks Picture News to discuss with your child.


Have a great weekend

Mrs Thagia

24th January 2020

What an exciting week of learning we have had this week ! We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year Celebrations and were delighted to see the lion dance in assembly on Wednesday. We loved the lion dance workshop where we got to try on the costume and learn more about the Chinese traditions. We had a great time learning about why the Chinese years are named after animals and we found out that this year was named after the rat !

We have also had the opportunity to try out a variety of Chinese foods and have become experts at using the chopsticks (please check our updated class page photos on the activities we have enjoyed )


The children have done brilliantly on their spellings this week, please could you encourage them to go on Spelling Shed so they can have fun practising.

 Next weeks spellings are : Y1- back, black, tick, pink, bank, think

Y2- couldn't, shouldn't, wouldn't, can't, people, little




Have a great weekend

Mrs Thagia


17th January 2020

 We have had another busy week  learning lots more about Martin Luther King and the children have really enjoyed developing an understanding of what happened along time ago.

in Maths we have been learning our multiplication facts for the 2x  and 3x tables and the children have been doing so well to remember them. We have done an incredible job of mastering division this week too. We have also made our own story maps for our class text ' Meerkat Mail ' to help us to get a deeper understanding of the story. 


 Here are the spellings which we will be testing next week.


Y1- less, pass, class, fizz, his, busy

Y2- cry, sky, July, reply, by, my 


Have a great weekend

Mrs Thagia

Here is this weeks picture news to discuss with your child.

10th January 2020

Welcome back to school we hope you have had a lovely break with your families. The children have settled back in really well and have been working incredibly hard in their first we back. We have started our new topic called 'I have a dream' and this week we have begun by researching about Martin Luther King and the children have already learned so much.

in Maths we have been learning about division and how to share things equally into groups the children have really worked hard on this and have nearly mastered it.


 Here are the spellings which we will be testing next week.


Y1- puff, huff, stuff, full, bell and spill

Y2- Knee, knit, knight, move, prove, improve 


Have a great weekend

Mrs Thagia

20th December 2019

We have had a fabulous festive final week starting off with our Christmas party where we danced, played lots of traditional games had some party food and tried our amazing jelly that we made. We even got a visit from Santa as we have all been so good and made lots of precious memories with our friends.

The children who went on the carol singing tour made us very proud with their wonderful behaviour , singing and kindness, well done to all our children.

Finally Mrs Lucas and myself would like to say a great big thank you to all the parents for our very generous gifts it is not expected but very much appreciated as it is a pleasure to work with the children.

over the Christmas holidays we would like you to have some quality family time together so that the children are all refreshed for learning in January. Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2020.

Mrs Thagia

13th December 2019


We've had a fabulous festive week performing our Christmas play for you all. This week we have had a fantastic time in Design and Technology, investigating, designing and making our own jelly for the Christmas party. We have been writing some amazing clear instructions so that Mr Dryburgh can make his own jelly instead of eating ours ! We are really looking forward tour Christmas party on Monday, don't forget to come dressed in your party clothes. Y2 will be going on on tour singing Christmas Carols on Tuesday.


Next weeks spellings are:

Y1- pink, wink, bank, tank, think, thanks

Y2- talk, walk, door, floor, because, saw


Have a great weekend

Mrs Thagia

2nd December 2019


We've had a great week practising our Christmas play and can't wait to perform for you all. In English we are looking at the book Footprints in the Snow. We have used the book to help us with our inference skills and can't wait to get writing our own Footprint stories. Next week we are looking at how to structure a story and create our alternative endings. In Maths we are working on money; adding the amount to find the value and working out the change.


Next weeks spellings are:

Y1 - back, neck, deck, click, black, tick

Y2 - could, would, should, your, school, today


Please could all the towns people bring in their Christmas jumper.

Thank you to all the parents who have already sent in their party pound, we are really looking forward to our party.


Have a great weekend

Mrs Thagia

29th November 2019


We've have a great week learning all about our Class artist -Van Gogh and creating some wonderful Starry night pictures .  In English we have been revising our nouns, adjectives and various sentence types.  In Maths we are working on our arithmetic skills. the highlight of the week was our Christmas tree service where we hung our beautiful hand made decorations on our wonderful tree.


This weeks spellings are:


Y1-   buzz, fizz, is, his, busy, has


Y2 - ridge, judge, also, there, come, house


Polite reminder - please practise these spellings at home. Many children didn't  seem to learn last weeks spellings.


Have a great weekend

Mrs Thagia


22nd November 2019

We have had a busy week trying to get through as many  'quizzes'/Tests as we possibly can alongside lots of Christmas song practice for our Christmas play 'Midwife Crisis' . We have asked the children to start learning their lines particularly if they are in Y2 and they have chosen a speaking part. We would appreciate any support you can give to the children. We are trying to upcycle as much as we can and have tried to find costumes in school. You should have received a letter by Friday on costumes.

Here are the weekly spellings:


Y1- less, miss, pass, mess, class, dress 

Y2- giraffe, giant, gerbil, went, friend, once


Have a great weekend

15th November 2019


This week we started off by learning about the significance of remembrance day and we all worked together to create a giant poppy. We were amazing at answering lots of questions about Remembrance day too. We have also started to look at different types of sentences for example, statements, commands, questions and exclamatory sentences and wow the children have been  amazing at identifying these. 


In Maths we have practised more mental maths using addition, subtraction, multiplication and even some division.

Today we have really enjoyed learning about Children in need day and we even got a visit from Pudsey. Feel free to watch our Pudsey dancing on Twitter.


Here are the spellings for next week


full   till  bell  doll  skill  spill



bridge  fridge  sledge  to two too


We are delighted that so many of our children are using spelling shed to help them to practice their

spellings.We are having a competition with the other two classes and we obviously want to win !


Have a great weekend


8th November 2019


This week in English we  have really enjoyed  finding out more about the events in the Gunpowder Plot and have done a wonderful job of writing them all up.


In Maths we have been problem solving and focused on sequencing numbers in the 2 times tables.

Next week we will be creating our own giant poppy out of red leaves and stones , if you could collect some red leaves for us that would be great.


We will now be adding our weekly spellings to our class page and here are this weeks spelling :

     Y1 Spellings                                  Y2 Spellings


   puff                                                   huge

   cuff                                                   change

   huff                                                   stage

   stuff                                                  cage

   cliff                                                    about

   staff                                                   said


Children in Year 1 are free to challenge themselves and learn both lists if they want to. We will have a quick quiz in class to see how well the children know their spellings.


From now on, we will be adding a Picture News document so you can see what we have been learning in our KS1 assembly.



Have a great weekend.


Welcome back and we trust that you have had a restful and fun filled half term. Thank you to everyone who returned the weather diaries as we learned a lot by looking through them and discussing patterns.  This week we have practised addition and subtraction and we have learned that addition can be done in any order. In English we have started to learn about Guy Fawkes and have enjoyed hot seating- Guy Fawkes with all our amazing questions. We enjoyed our visit from the NSPCC visiting speaker where we learned lots and were treated to a special sticker !


on Remembrance day Key stage 1  are hoping to create a giant poppy made from red autumn leaves and black stones so if you do go out for an autumn walk we would love for you to start collecting for us.


We are finally relieved to say that our diaries have arrived so if you could complete them each week that would help us greatly. The purple mash and Spelling Shed logins are included at the back for you for the children to practice as  home learning. Thank you also for your generous and creative donations for our 'Pink' hamper they are greatly appreciated.


Have a great weekend



We have had a another wonderful week again in Van Gogh class  and can't believe it is half term already.  We have worked incredibly hard with all our learning this term  and are really loving our 'Down to Earth' topic. We have had a great time exploring autumn this week and thinking about all the seasons.

We have written some amazing facts about autumn too and punctuated our work superbly.


In Maths we have been learning about  adding numbers using our knowledge of place value and are getting very confident. In English we have been focusing on using our capital letters and full stops in the correct places and learning about verbs.


Today we will be sending a weather chart home to fill in over the half term if possible. Please could you return this on Monday. If you take any extreme reading pictures over the holiday could you please send them in too.


Have a fabulous half term

Mrs Thagia




We have had another great week of exciting learning, we have been creating our own fruit faces just like the artist Giuseppe Archimboldo and then we wrote a set of  amazing instructions on how to create our fruit face using time words. We have been doing lots of addition and subtraction practice this week and we have worked hard to know our 'doubles'. The highlight of the week has been when we learned all about primary and secondary colours and got to choose to paint a unique picture  of our own using either primary or secondary colours.

Don't forget Forest  School is on Wednesday and we can't wait.


We have had a great week again and really loved our visit from the Community Champion at Asda who came into talk to us about healthy foods and allowed us to try a variety of very unusual fruits and surprisingly  we loved a lot of them.

In Maths we have been learning about numbers which are greater and less than  and have been using symbols to represent these in number sentences. In English we have been focusing on using our capital letters and full stops in the correct places. We have applied our learning to our topic writing on Thomas Edison and did a great job.


Please can we remind all children to continue to bring their forest schools bags in on a Wednesday, we had quite a few children this week who forgot !



It has been a very wet and wild week in Van Gogh class this week. We have been writing fact pages on the famous artist Giuseppe Archimboldo and have learned absolutely lots. We have also been reinforcing our tricky words and learning how to form our letters correctly. In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10 and 20 and in the afternoons we have been making our own pictures in the style of Giuseppe Archimboldo which we have absolutely loved.

 Thank you for all of your generous donations for the Macmillan Coffee Event. The children enjoyed their cakes and taking part in a variety of games for this very worthwhile cause. 



We are experiencing extreme difficulties with the reading diaries supply company and are totally aware that we still have no diaries but we are delighted to learn from the children that lots of reading takes place at home. Thank you for your continued support.


Have a great weekend

Mrs Thagia

20th September 2019

We have had another week of amazing learning, In English we have been learning all about nouns and adjectives and writing more letters to Mr Dryburgh ! In Maths we have been learning about Place value and solving problems.

We are updating our extreme reading board in school to show children reading in wonderful places so if you have any great ideas please bring in your photos for us to share. Don't forget it is our bookfair next week and the Macmillan coffee morning on Friday afternoon from 1.30- 3.30.


Reminder -The P.T.F.A. A.G.M. meeting is on Tuesday 24th September 2019 at 6.30.


Have a fabulous weekend.

Mrs Thagia


13th September 2019

We have had a very busy week of fabulous learning again and this week we have really enjoyed reading the story ' Dear  Greenpeace ' and we have been learning all about Whales in our ocean. We have also done a fabulous job of writing letters to Mr Dryburgh to convince him that we have seen a whale in our school pond ! We think he believes us too. In Mathematics we are practising our counting up to 100 and beyond and we have been doing some great actions to help us. We have also been understanding place value and doing lots of practical activities. We are also learning about our continents and naming our oceans too. Now that our twitter account is up and running please try to follow us to see what we are getting up to .


Please could we request that you send your child's Forest School clothes in a distinct  plastic carrier bag with their name on it so they can easily recognise it as we need to store them together and then hand them out as efficiently as we can .


We are still waiting for delivery of our new home/school diaries. We will get those out to you as soon as possible.


PE is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so please remember to have your kit.


Have a great weekend.


6th September 2019

The children have all settled in really well and are already fabulous at knowing the  new routines and have been engaged in some very exciting learning. Every morning we have started off with an energetic phonics session and practised our sounds which the children have really loved. In Maths we have been  busy counting to 100 and understanding place value. We have also been finding out about the amazing time your children have been having in the holidays and the children have done some wonderful writing. Our topic this term is called 'Down To Earth' and we have been learning about all the continents in our World and the children have created some of their very own world maps.


The Van Gogh Team