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    Welcome to Eagles Class!



    Our exciting topic will see the class finding out about this wonderful and challenging story written by Mary Shelley. It will inspire our written work. They will also find out about the human body as part of their Science lessons.
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    Before half term, pupils investigated Road Safety and made these wonderful posters to remind all road users to be safe.

    In class, we created these 3D shapes of monsters using 2D nets.


    Pupils worked hard to visualise what had to be drawn on each face so that the parts matched when joined together!


    It turned out to be quite challenging for a few but it was wonderful to see the children use the RESILIENCE learning power.

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    In P.E we have been doing a sequence of Dance lessons that have linked to our Geography work (RIVERS).


    Pupils have been exploring the Water Cycle and creating dances to represent evaporation, condensation and precipitation.


    They have had a go and using a range of dance skills:


    • Canon
    • Unison
    • Call and Response
    • Level It Up
    • Solo dancing


    It has been lovely to see the pupils really challenging themselves to explore these in detail!


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    In class, we have been looking at the wonderful story of Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein's ambition is to create a living person. This decision leads to a terrifying chain of events...


    In pairs, children gave a talk that focused on:




    They gave reasons why he should, reasons why he shouldn't and then summarised it with their own opinions.


    Here are their presentations...


    Our class presentations

    Being inspired by our story:

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    Pupils had the opportunity to find out about the bones in the human body.


    They found out their scientific names.


    They also found out the 3 main functions of the skeleton:


    • Support the body
    • Protect vital organs
    • Help the body to move


    In class, we made our own skeletons.


    Here we are making the skeletons:


    Putting our skeletons together

    The finished skeletons!

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    Our topic will see the class looking in depth at the Vikings and their invasion of Britain. They will get to look at Scandinavia as part of our Geography - finding out about the wonderful physical and human geography. Pupils will also have a go at creating some amazing Viking themed artwork.


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    For Homework we had to make our very own 'How to Train your Dragon' books. Here we are in class sharing them! We peer reviewed them as well.

    Rock Steady came to Thrupp to get us excited about creating our very own rock group!

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    In Computing, we have been working hard at making our own Roald Dahl booklets.


    We used a range of skills on Microsoft Word to do this.


    Once finished, we printed off copies and had the opportunity to read them all and peer mark them. We gave thoughtful feedback that said what worked well and what could be improved.


    We were using the REFLECT Learning Power.

    Roald Dahl Booklets

    Eagles Cake Sale! Thank you for all the fantastic cakes that were donated. We look forward to finding out how much we raised.

    Children in Need! The pupils looked wonderfully spotty, striped and brightly coloured for Children in Need on Friday 17th November



    Today, we were using all our learning powers by going around the different classes and completing a range of different tasks.


    Owls (REFLECT)

    We reflected on how we have changed from babies to who we are now.


    Eagles (CURIOUS)

    We had to be curious to draw a picture of 'curious'. What did it look like?  What would it look like as an image?


    Buzzards (ASPIRE)

    We had to aspire to be good gymnasts and focus on our body positions.


    Hawks (RESILIENCE)

    We had to use straws to pick up peas from a bowl. This was quite hard so we had to keep on trying.


    Kestrels (RELATE)

    We had to work together to make famous buildings. We had to use a range of different materials to create them (e.g. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, etc.)



    Writing about the attack of the monastery at Lindisfarne by the Vikings

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    Writing in code using Viking Ruins

    The finished pieces! Pupils used charcoal to create these wonderful images

    Starting our Viking Dragon Heads - focusing on line and pattern



    As part of our R.E lessons we are looking at Judaism. Pupils will learn about the customs and beliefs of the Jewish people. We hope the children's respect for people of different faiths will grow as they continue learning about other religions.


    They will find our about the key traditions, festivals and pilgrimages of the Jewish faith, including looking at Moses as a key figure and learning about the Passover.


    To start the topic, pupils sang a Jewish Hymn (see video below) as well as looking at a few artefacts to see what they could find out.



    Singing the Jewish Hymn Hina Ma Tov

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    As part of our art lessons we looked at the Northern Lights - and were amazed by them.


    We had a go at recreating them using soft pastels. The children created these wonderful pieces of work that are currently on display in Eagles class room.

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    To start our topic the class tried to be curious about the Vikings. They thought about what they already know and what they'd like to know. Here is a record of their conversions. 

    Being Curious...

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    Our topic will see the class investigating incredible things that have happened all over our wonderful planet.



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    Pupils were amazing as they dressed up in clothes and costumes inspired by locations all over the world.


    They had a go at designing their world of the future, they watched a little bit of the BBC PLANET EARTH II (the Jungle episode) and they also had an amazing shared lunch - aka 'THE FEAST 'where pupils tried delicacies from all around the globe.


    It was a wonderful day!

    Where in the World Celebration Day!




    On Wednesday 19th July pupils had a science day. Pupils used their scientific skills to investigate the quality of a range of 5p bags. 


    Pupils made predictions - a lot of pupils thought Waitrose would have the best bags. They then came up with ways to investigate and test this.


    Pupils collected their results, they reflected on the investigation in their conclusions. They looked for trends, evaluated fairness and suggested new possible investigations based on their results.


    1st - Sainsbury

    2nd - Tesco

    3rd - Co-op

    4th - Waitrose


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    The Roald Dahl performance was a huge success. I couldn't have been more proud watching the pupils. I would like to thank the pupils and parents for making it a huge success. You may have a look at some photos of the class trying on their costumes (I wish they were as good as the ones taken by the photographer).

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    Eagles class is working hard to prepare for the Roald Dahl celebration concert. This is at Cotswold playhouse on Tuesday 18th July at 2:00pm and 6:30pm.


    Pupils are working together to act a few scenes from the Witches. Hopefully, you will be impressed by the amazing effort that has gone into it. Pupils have auditioned for parts, spent time learning lines, bringing in props and preparing their costumes.


    I can't wait to see it all come together and I hope you are all as excited as we are in Eagles class.


    See you on Tuesday!







    On Tuesday 4th July, Eagles class were lucky enough to go on an amazing trip to the Living Rainforest in Newbury. There they saw wonderful plants and animals from each layer of the rainforest. We were overloaded with fantastic facts from our knowledgeable guides.





    Eagles class were amazing on Friday 30th June. They had to run as many laps as possible of the field. In about 25/30 minutes - they ran 380 laps.


    Some pupils even managed to run 26 laps by themselves (Freddie, Orson and Mrs Westwood). It was exciting to see pupils push themselves to excel...


    Well done Eagles class!

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    The missing person was... PERCY H FAWCETT.


    This May marks 92 years since Colonel Percy Fawcett lost contact with the world. He was one of Britain’s greatest explorers. In class, we have been finding out all about Percy’s life and disappearance.


    Percy had a near-lifelong obsession – of an unknown, ancient civilisation lay lost in the Amazon. He called it, ‘the Lost City of Z’. In 1925, he vanished, along with eldest son Jack, 22 looking for the lost city.

    Percy had spent years in the Amazon and knew it well. He had been attacked by everything and knew how dangerous it could be. Did he see something that caused him to think that Z does exist?

    What happened to Percy H Fawcett and his son?

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    In English next week we are starting a new unit of work. It will begin with the children finding about a real missing person.


    I will have all the information about this person and about their disappearance.


    The children will have to use a range of open and closed questions to find out who this person could possibly be.


    Will the pupils find all information?


    Who could the mystery person be?


    We will find out next week...




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    In our History lessons we found out about the amazing Kingdom of Benin.


    The kingdom of Benin began in the 900s when the Edo people settled in the rainforests of West Africa. By the 1400s they had created a wealthy kingdom with a powerful ruler, known as the Oba. The Obas lived in beautiful palaces decorated with shining brass.


    Gradually, the Obas won more land and built up an empire. They also started trading with merchants from Europe.


    For 200 years Benin was very successful, but in the 1600s the Obas started to lose control of their people. By the 1800s Benin was no longer strong or united. The kingdom came to a sudden end in 1897, when a British army invaded and made it part of the British Empire.


    We completed some drawings of the artwork created by the talented people of Benin...

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    In class, we had a challenge to write a poem as a Benin Bronze Plaque.


    We had to imagine the things that it had seen and write it as a poem.


    We had a completion and the winner was Diella. Here is her poem:


    And now I am part of history



    I was sitting still on the palace wall

    When I saw something quite disturbing

    The British stormed in and killed the king.

    I was ripped off the wall I knew so well

    And now I am part of history.


    I was sitting still on the palace wall

    And I watched the festivals, trading, parties and death

    But I didn’t complain did I no!

    I was ripped off the wall by the British

    And now I am part of history.


    I was sitting still on the palace wall

    And I saw the leopards and the stars

    And the soldiers on guard.

    I was ripped off the wall I knew so well

    And now I am part of history.


    By Diella




    As a challenge and an introduction to our topic the children had to draw a map of the world with no help from the Internet or an Atlas. They then studied the world, continents and oceans. Afterwards, they drew a second map and were astonished by the improvements and progress that they had made in their recollection of it without any source materials!

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    In our English lessons we are looking at the amazing story ‘Journey to Jo’ burg’ by Beverly Naidoo. Mma lives and works in Johannesburg, far from the village thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro, call home. When their baby sister suddenly becomes very sick, Naledi and Tiro know deep down that only one person can save her.


    Should they go? What if something bad happens? What if their mother can help?

    Bravely, alone, they set off on a 300km journey to find Mma and bring her back. It isn't until they reach the city that they come to understand the dangers of their country, and the painful struggle for freedom and dignity that is taking place all around them.

    This story will inspire our writing in class.

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    Our very popular PTA Quiz Night is on Saturday 10th March. Please contact the office or a committee member for tickets.