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    21/02/2018 - 'Little Apple ' - today we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn and dance to a popular Chinese Song. We hope you enjoy our dancing!

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    21/02/2018 - Chinese Learning Afternoon

    21/02/2018 - Dancing Raisins (Working Scientifically)

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    20/02/2018 - We were very lucky to be visited by Ben, an engineer from Dyson. Ben inspired us, and we were all able to construct and design our own bridges in teams, with the challenge of seeing which bridge could be built with the least amount of money and hold the heaviest weight. What a fantastic day!

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    2/2/2018 - Sustainable Fashion

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    This week in Owls, we started to create our own sustainable fashion items. This involved sewing, gluing, decorating and lots of creativity. As a starting point, we used our own 'old' t-shirts and began to upcycle them. We cannot wait for you to see our finished designs in the near future! 
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    26/1/2018 - Super Scientists

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    Our world is a beautiful place and it has sustained everything living on it for millions of years. Although our presence has done much damage to it, we still have a chance to change it. We will be learning about how to 'Save Planet Earth' as part of our topic for the Spring terms. 


    The wonderful thing that’s happening today is that people are becoming more aware of the needs of our environment and are showing signs of willingness to make a change. We will be learning about the environment in terms of everything around us, not just the weather. Our learning will include all the animals, plants and the human beings living in this planet.


    Here are some amazing environmental facts that you need to know about: 

    • 27,000 trees are cut down each day so we can have Toilet Paper.
    • Aluminum can be recycled continuously, as in forever. Recycling 1 aluminum can save enough energy to run our TVs for at least 3 hours. 80 trillion aluminum cans are used by humans every year.
    • American companies alone use enough Paper to encircle the Earth 3x! (It’s a good thing that businesses are moving towards going paperless)
    • We can save 75,000 trees if we recycled the paper used on the daily run of the New York Times alone.
    • When you throw plastic bags and other plastic materials in the ocean, it kills as many as 1 million sea creatures annually.
    • A glass bottle made in our time will take more than 4,000 years to decompose.
    • Only 1% of our planet’s water supply can be used. 97% is ocean water and 2% is frozen solid in the Arctic, for now.
    • Our planet gains inhabitants numbering to 77 million people a year.
    • An estimated 50,000 species inhabiting our tropical forests become extinct annually. That’s an average of 137 species a day.
    • Rainforests are cut down at a rate of 100 acres per minute.
    • The world’s oldest trees are more than 4,600 years old.
    • Landfills are composed of 35% packaging materials.
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    Autumn 2017

    This week, we will be solving a mystery as part of our SPAG work...

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    Murder Mystery – Death at the Spag Bol 


    The Spag Bol restaurant had for several years been recognised as the top Italian restaurant in London. However, the local Health Inspector had paid a surprise visit and had been shocked to find, not only some moist mouse droppings in the Bolognese sauce, but the plaster from a chef’s finger embedded in a bowl of lasagne. A visit to the kitchen revealed a couple of cockroaches scuttling about between the pans. 


    By the time the inspector ordered his dessert, it was clear that his report was going to be dreadful.  His report was never published or even typed as he was found dead in his bed. The post mortem revealed that the dessert, a delicious Tiramisu gateau, had been laced with poison. 


    The 32 people who worked at the Spag Bol became immediate suspects. 5 clues in code were discovered. Each clue eliminates half the suspects.  


    Can you use your SPaG skills to solve the Murder at the Spag Bol? 

    21/11/2017 - We solved Clue 1 for our SPaG Mystery...

    22/11/2017 - We solved Clue 2 for our SPaG Mystery...

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    23/11/2017 - We solved Clue 3 for our SPaG Mystery...

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    27/11/2017 - We solved Clue 4 for our SPaG Mystery...


    Today we solved Clue 4 of our SPaG mystery. We were told to correct the spellings of the homophones in italics. The number after each word shows which letter is part of the message.  So ‘This pear (3) of socks is blue’  = pair = i 


    If you would like to have a go, the problem to be solved is below. Happy Detective work!

    The bowls, with remnants of the desert (7) from last knight’s (4) meal, had been left their (5) by the guests. Freda poured some serial  (1)- found in the hire (6) of the two cupboards – and looked out of the window. A tall fur (2) tree cast a shadow over the beds of mint, rosemary and time (4).  The postman sauntered up to deliver the male (3) as a large lorry turned left onto the mane (4) road. Piece (3) was restored as the lorry departed and the pail (3) sunlight revealed a squirrel’s twitching tale (3) on the bird-table.  
    Carrying the kitchen waist (3) up the garden, she saw a cue (4) forming down the road. It was plane (5) to see that the driver of a Fiat had not red (4) the One Way sign. She watched the seen (5) with interest as a large motorbike arrived with a raw, (4) the driver impatient with the weight. (4) He fort (5) his way through, the mussels (6) on his arms bulging, as reign (2) began to fall.  Ate (3) minutes later the police arrived and find (4) the Fiat driver.  
    “I know I’m not aloud (4) that way but you shouldn’t prophet (4) from my mistake,” complained the driver.  
    Hearing a message on the radio, the policewoman replied, “We have to chute (5) off now, I hope this has taut (5) you a lesson.” 
    Freda went indoors and climbed the stares. (4) The storey (4) was fresh in her mind as she began to right (4) her diary. The raise (3) of the evening sun lit the room.  


    28/11/2017 - We solved Clue 5 for our SPaG Mystery...


    We had to highlight the first letter of every noun in the first paragraph, every adjective in the second paragraph, every verb in the third section and every adverb in the fourth section!


    The tiger crept slowly towards the sleeping hyena. A nearby elephant was being washed by a keeper. An iguana, an interesting lizard, lay camouflaged amongst the leaves. Eric and Rachel, full of hope, began their ascent to the summit. (nouns) 


    It was a beautiful day and the evergreen rainforest teemed with life. The energetic walkers soon passed the nearby monument . There was a tense moment as an orange snake leapt towards Rachel but she dodged it easily. (adjectives) 


    A wild boar ferreted among the dead leaves and opened a seed capsule. 
    “I understand,” remarked Eric, “Those seedpods smell so strongly, animals turn up from miles around.” 
    “I agree with you,” grunted Rachel. (verbs) 


     The two climbers became painfully aware of large number of mosquitoes who were avidly homing in on them. They reluctantly decided to stop for the night. Tiredly, they erected their tent and  dragged their bodies inside. Lying under their mosquito nets, they listened interestingly to the loud calls of the nearby bull frogs as they enticingly tried to attract mates.  

    Suddenly they were disturbed by a loud crash behind them…. 

    29/11/2017 - We have identified the culprit for our SPaG Murder Mystery! We have worked really hard with this mystery, simultaneously consolidating our Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Skills!

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    Conscience Alley - Was Cromwell a Hero or a Villain?

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    Super Scientists - Working Scientifically (Forcemeters and Exoplanets)

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    Force meters

    Forces can be measured using a force meterForce meters contain a spring connected to a metal hook. The spring stretches when a force is applied to the hook. The bigger theforce applied, the longer the spring stretches and the bigger the reading. We used force meters as part of our forces topic whilst working scientifically. 


    An exoplanet is a planet outside of our solar system that orbits a star. As of 8th November 2017, there are 3,693 planets in 2,768 systems, with 620 systems having more than one planet. 


    Currently, astronomers can investigate Earth-sized exoplanets using only indirect methods such as detecting the changes in starlight as a planet passes in front of its star. The starshade (also known as an external occulter) is a spacecraft that will enable telescopes in space to take pictures of planets orbiting faraway stars. The starshade is designed to fly in front of a telescope and block the immense glare from a star’s light before it enters the telescope, allowing the planet’s reflected light to pass through and be collected.


    We designed our own starshades (also known as star shields), considering how these will be beneficial to space science. 

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    Drama Workshop - The English Civil War theme

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    During the Autumn Terms, we will be learning about the English Civil War, which was a series of armed conflicts between Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and Royalists (Cavaliers) over, principally, the manner of England's government.


    We will become 'Historical Detectives', learning in detail about this aspect of history, including the causes and consequences of such conflicts. Our study will explore the impact of the Civil War on England, specifically focusing in on the local area. 


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    Class Guide Dog


    As part of our PSHE unit, we have been learning about the work of 'Dogs for Good', a charity which supports adults with a range of disabilities, giving them practical support which enables greater independence. Our learning has been related specifically to a puppy from the local area, Olive, who is currently being trained to become an Assistance Dog. Olive (and her owner) will be coming to visit us in Owls, and we will be following her progress throughout the year. 


    Class Novel


    As a class, over the course of a few terms, we are going to write our own novel. How exciting! We will each have the opportunity to write our own chapter, of no more than 3 pages.

    The theme for our book is ‘Space’. A new chapter will be written every week. The novel will be given out on a Friday, and should be returned, like normal homework, by Wednesday. If it is your turn to write, then for that week, you will NOT be expected to do your English homework (unless of course you want to).

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    We have been learning our Prime Numbers up to 100! 

    Every day, we spend time on a problem solving challenge. This week, our favourite challenge asked...

    'Can you find the four consecutive prime numbers that add up to 220?'


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    As marvellous mathematicians, we solve problems like these:

    - Can you find four consecutive prime numbers that add up to 220?

     - Using only addition, how can you add eight 8’s to get the number 1000?

     - What are 3 positive numbers give the same result when multiplied and added together?

     - I add five to nine and get two. The answer is correct, but how?


    We are learning to interpret and analyse poems beyond the ostensible. We will then be writing our own poems to enter into the national Rhymecraft Young Writers poetry competition!


    • Figurative language
    • Interpretations
    • Vocabulary and etymology 
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    This term, we have become Historical Detectives. A historical detective is somebody who looks at the events of the past. 

    The word History comes from the Greek word ‘historia’, meaning to learn by inquiry. To search for the truth, history requires a close investigation of a matter in search for the true information.


    We started our topic by looking at the key events around the English Civil War, including key causes and consequences. As historical detectives, we then analysed and considered these facts, choosing the most important causes. We identified that the main causes of the Civil War were Religion, Power and Money.


    In 1642, a Civil War broke out in England between Charles I and Parliament. It ended up with Charles losing his head in January 1649.Charles came to the throne in 1625. Relations between Charles I and Parliament gradually got worse. There were clashes about foreign policy and many Puritan Protestants disliked Charles's religious policy. Charles revived old laws and taxes without the agreement of Parliament. When Parliament complained in 1629, he dismissed them. Until 1640, Charles ruled without a Parliament – the 'Eleven Years' Tyranny'.


    War with Scotland forced Charles to recall Parliament. Instead of granting Charles money, Parliament sent him the Grand Remonstrance (1641). This was a list of 204 complaints about the way he was running the country. After Charles had tried and failed to arrest the five leaders of the Parliament, a Civil War broke out.


    Parliament had the support of the south-east of England, merchants, London and the navy. Charles's forces were gradually worn down. After Oliver Cromwell set up the New Model Army, Parliament won decisive victories at Marston Moor (1644) and Naseby (1645). Charles surrendered in 1646. He failed a second time to defeat Parliament during the the Second Civil War in 1648. Parliament put him on trial for treason and he was executed in 1649.


    The Civil War divided the country and families.'Cavaliers', the gentry of the northern and western areas, were Royalists and supported the king. At the start of the war Charles had better horsemen. Charles also used soldiers from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Most of the Royalists were conservative Protestants or Catholic.'Roundheads', the merchants and traders of the south-east and London, supported Parliament. This gave Parliament much more money than the king. Parliament also controlled the navy. Many of the supporters were also Puritan.

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    School Year 2016 - 2017

    Welcome to Owls!


    This term, we are learning about the Saxons. So far, we have learnt about Saxon kingdoms, settlements and invasions. We have been 'Historical Detectives' and archaeologists, exploring the Sutton Hoo burial site where many treasures were discovered.


    Over the course of this term, we will be learning much more about the Saxon way of life, their beliefs and the impact of these factors on modern life.


    Matilda - KS2 Performance 

    We had a fantastic time for our KS2 performance. It will stay with us as a special memory forever. We really hope that you enjoyed it. Photos are available on the 'News and Events' section of the website, where there is a password and link to login to the professional photograph website. Here is a sneak peak of us performing Matilda (photo credit to Martin). 
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    Bridge Building Challenge 

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    Cricket Festival 

    Outdoor learning 

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    In Owls, our focus for the Key Stage 2 performance will be on 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl, with some Revolting Rhymes also included. 


    Published in 1988, the story of young genius, Matilda Wormwood and her horrible parents, ogrish headmistress and kindly class teacher, has been delighting audiences ever since.


    How much do you know about everyone's favourite child prodigy and reading enthusiast? We think you might be surprised by a few of these facts...


    1. Matilda Wormwood started out as a "wicked" child

    Roald Dahl wrote at least one draft of Matilda that was very, very different to the one we now know. In that early version, Matilda was a wicked child who plagued her poor, kind parents and caused havoc at school, ultimately redeeming herself through helping her teacher - an early version of Miss Honey - get out of financial difficulty by fixing a horse race...


    2. Upon finishing his first Matilda draft, Roald Dahl thought he "got it wrong"

    In a rare interview, recorded in 1988 - the year Matilda was published - Roald Dahl talked about how, in creating this "wicked" child, he knew he'd got the story "wrong," saying:

    I hadn't bothered to go back and rewrite [that] for several chapters...

    After finishing the draft and reflecting on it, Roald went back and rewrote a great deal of the story, creating the villainous Wormwoods and turning Matilda into the thoughtful child we now know. 


    3. Mr Wormwood was based on a real-life character from Roald Dahl's hometown of Great Missenden

    In Storyteller, Roald Dahl's biographer Donald Sturrock tells us that Matilda's father, the devious Mr Wormwood, was based on a man called Ginger Henderson. Ginger owned the filling station in Roald's hometown of Great Missenden and was thus also the inspiration for a character called Gordon Hawes, who appears in some of Roald's short stories.


    4. In the RSC's musical adaptation of Matilda, Miss Trunchbull is played by a man

    Actor Bertie Carvel originated the character of Miss Trunchbull onstage in the RSC's multi-award winning Matilda The Musical - first in Stratford-upon-Avon, then in London, and later on Broadway.


    5. Matilda was Roald Dahl's last long children's book

    Although he wrote several shorter stories and poems in the last few years of his life - including Rhyme StewEsio Trot and The Minpins - Matilda was the last long children's story Roald Dahl wrote before his death in November 1990. It was also one of the few of his stories to win an award in the UK within his lifetime, scooping the Federation of Children's Book Groups Award when it was published in 1988.

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    History Mystery

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    This week in English, we have been learning about the Flannan Isles Lighthouse mystery. 

    Just four days before Christmas 1900, three lighthouse keepers seemingly vanished into thin air on the remote Flannan Isles. Not a single shred of evidence was ever found to point to what might have happened.


    We have been making our own inferences about what happened to the men, ensuring that these related to the evidence that actually existed, for example, the fact that they had no boat. We have also been reading and undertaking work on the Ballad of Flannan Isle by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson - see below if you would like to read it!

    HOUGH three men dwell on Flannan Isle

    To keep the lamp alight,

    As we steer'd under the lee, we caught

    No glimmer through the night!


    A passing ship at dawn had brought

    The news; and quickly we set sail,

    To find out what strange thing might all

    The keepers of the deep-sea light.


    The winter day broke blue and bright,

    With glancing sun and glancing spray,

    As o'er the swell our boat made way,

    As gallant as a gull in flight.


    But, as we near'd the lonely Isle;

    And look'd up at the height;

    And saw the lighthouse towering white,

    With blinded lantern, that all night

    Had never shot a spark

    Of comfort through the dark,

    So ghastly in the cold sunlight

    It seem'd, that we were struck the while

    With wonder all too dread for words.


    And, as into the tiny creek

    We stole beneath the hanging crag,

    We saw three blackbirds--

    Too big, by far, in my belief,

    Upon a half-tide reef:

    But, as we near'd, they plunged from sight,

    Without a sound, or spurt of white.


    And still too mazed to speak,

    We landed; and made fast the boat;

    And climb'd the track in single file,

    Each wishing he was safe afloat,

    On any sea, however far,

    So it be far from Flannan Isle:

    And still we seem'd to climb, and climb,

    As though we'd lost all count of time,

    And so must climb for evermore.

    Yet, all too soon, we reached the door--

    The black, sun-blister'd lighthouse door,

    That gaped for us ajar.


    As, on the threshold, for a spell,

    We paused, we seem'd to breathe the smell

    Of limewash and of tar,

    Familiar as our daily breath,

    As though 'twere some strange scent of death:

    And so, yet wondering, side by side,

    We stood a moment, still tongue-tied:

    And each with black foreboding eyed

    The door, ere we should fling it wide,

    To leave the sunlight for the gloom:

    Till, plucking courage up, at last,

    Hard on each other's heels we pass'd

    Into the living-room.


    Yet, as we crowded through the door,

    We only saw a table, spread

    For dinner, meat and cheese and bread;

    But all untouch'd; and no one there:

    As though, when they sat down to eat,

    Ere they could even taste,

    Alarm had come; and they in haste

    Had risen and left the bread and meat:

    For on the table-head a chair

    Lay tumbled on the floor.

    We listen'd; but we only heard

    The feeble cheeping of a bird

    That starved upon its perch:

    And, listening still, without a word,

    We set about our hopeless search.


    We hunted high, we hunted low,

    And soon ransack'd the empty house;

    Then o'er the Island, to and fro,

    We ranged, to listen and to look

    In every cranny, cleft or nook

    That might have hid a bird or mouse:

    But, though we searched from shore to shore,

    We found no sign in any place:

    And soon again stood face to face

    Before the gaping door:

    And stole into the room once more

    As frighten'd children steal.


    Aye: though we hunted high and low,

    And hunted everywhere,

    Of the three men's fate we found no trace

    Of any kind in any place,

    But a door ajar, and an untouch'd meal,

    And an overtoppled chair.


    And, as we listen'd in the gloom

    Of that forsaken living-room--

    O chill clutch on our breath--

    We thought how ill-chance came to all

    Who kept the Flannan Light:

    And how the rock had been the death

    Of many a likely lad:

    How six had come to a sudden end

    And three had gone stark mad:

    And one whom we'd all known as friend

    Had leapt from the lantern one still night,

    And fallen dead by the lighthouse wall:

    And long we thought

    On the three we sought,

    And of what might yet befall.


    Like curs a glance has brought to heel,

    We listen'd, flinching there:

    And look'd, and look'd, on the untouch'd meal

    And the overtoppled chair.


    We seem'd to stand for an endless while,

    Though still no word was said,

    Three men alive on Flannan Isle,

    Who thought on three men dead.


    Railway Theme Week

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    This week, whilst Year 6 are on their Residential, Year 5 will be at school undertaking a Railway themed topic week. 


    The first railways in Britain were simple systems operated in mining towns. The expansion of the railway network was delayed by different problems and there were several objections to the construction of the railways. We will be exploring these factors in detail. Our topic will also incorporate an exploration of popular railway themed literature, including 'The Railway Children' by E. Nesbit, and 'From a Railway Carriage' by Robert Louis Stevenson. 


    We will also be finding out about railway engineers. Here are some interesting facts about two particularly famous engineers: 

    George Stephenson

    • Built his first train, the Blucher, at Killingworth Colliery and demonstrated that a train could run along an iron track at six miles an hour without a stationary engine.
    • Stephenson used a fixed gauge (width of the track) of 4 feet, 8.5 inches when designing the Stockton to Darlington Railway, which is the world's standard gauge and still used in Britain today.
    • The Stockton to Darlington Railway (1825) was a great commercial success and Stephenson became famous. He was asked to design the Liverpool to Manchester Railway line.

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel

    • Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a pioneering railway engineer who designed steam trains, oversaw the construction of new railway tracks and built bridges and tunnels along his railway routes.
    • Brunel became the chief engineer of the Great Western Railway (GWR) in 1833. The railway linked the towns of London and Bristol and was often referred to as "God's Wonderful Railway" because the route was so smooth.
    • The GWR line was so successful that it was later extended to connect to Plymouth and Cornwall. Brunel built the Tamar Bridge and Box Tunnel to overcome major obstacles on the route.
    • One of the reasons why Brunel's railway routes and tracks were so smooth is because, unlike George Stephenson, he used a gauge of 7 feet, 3 inches. Unfortunately, 92 per cent of the railway tracks in Britain had already been built at Stephenson's gauge of 4 feet 8.5 inches. This led to the Gauge Act being passed in 1846, which stated that all train tracks had to be built to George Stephenson's gauge width, making it easier for trains to run on all tracks across the country.

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    This is a story of three children, Roberta, Phyllis, and Peter, who live in a respectable suburban villa with a wonderful mother and father and a cook and servants, until one day great disgrace and poverty befalls them. Father is taken away to prison (but they do not know this at first), and they have to move to a poor cottage in the country near a railway line. Mother writes stories to earn what little they live on and they get used to being poor and have to learn not to steal coal from the railway station, even if they have so little to keep warm by. Sometimes they argue and have crises, as one does, but in time they make many new friends, and amusing adventures aplenty happen near the railway and the canal. They develop the habit of waving to the train as it goes past and sometimes the people in the coaches wave back. Their friendly habits makes them one special friend in particular, who although he mostly just goes by in the train, eventually gets to know them, and helps them out in various ways. And somehow all the good things that they do add up together and end up coming back to them, and there is happy ending to it all. 

    Our Art Exhibition

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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.