In Geography today, year 6 have been learning about the different layers of the rainforest, and how this supports biodiversity 🦜


Happy Wednesday everyone 🌈 For this week's challenge, we would like you to write a poem around the theme of Halloween 🎃 It can be any style of poem: rhyming, Haiku, narrative etc. We can't wait to hear what you come up with!


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Can’t believe how well these sweet peas are doing! Well done to the young farmers of who sowed all these a few weeks back. We’ll keep you posted with their progress throughout the year.


Wow they are looking fantastic! That is amazing how well they are doing! Thank you for the update 👨‍🌾


In science today, year 6 have been learning about reproduction in flowering and non-flowering plants. They then dissected a flower to identify the different reproductive organs 🌺


Amazing generosity from our school community to donate food to our local foodbank - thank you!


This week in Nursery, we have been reading the book 'This is Our House'. We have thought about our own houses and homes, exploring different ways to join materials to create our own collages 🏠


We are very excited to announce the dates for our open days this year! Follow the link to book your space and watch out virtual tour:


Year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to take part in a virtual talk by incredible writer Joseph Coelho this morning. They thoroughly enjoyed learning about how to become a writer and are looking forward to having a go at writing some poetry 📝


Happy Wednesday everyone 🌈 For this week's challenge, we would like you to design your own Halloween scene🎃


Mysterious book corner break-in in year 5! Both classrooms targeted. Suspect as yet unknown.. Young detectives are writing a newspaper report to help try and catch the culprit. Watch this space for updates 👀


Thank you to the staff and students from Harris South Norwood Clock Tower for coming to to talk to our year 5's and 6's about going to secondary school 🏫


Happy Wednesday everyone 🌈 For this week's challenge, we would like you to design your own car! You should come up with a name for it and label its features 🏎️


Year 6 have been using their knowledge of circuits and electricity to design their own torches which are fit for purpose. We had some designed for the general public, children, and even the military! 🔦


In art, year 6 have been drawing what they can see out of their classroom windows 🪟 They have been doing this in the style of Stephen Wiltshire, showing the texture and tone of what they can really see


Coming through Croydon at the moment, eta closer to 16.15 now


Still on for 16:00


Our year 6 Victorian children are taking part in a typical 'Drill' lesson which was the Victorian equivalent of PE


Break for lunch, now back on the road, still on track for 16:00


Some nonsense poems written by our Year 6's inspired by Lewis Carroll's 'The Jabberwocky' which was written during the Victorian times 📝

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1: 
Ganges and Rhine class 


Mr Turner is teaching Ganges class and Miss Sayers is teaching Rhine class. Mrs Learmouth and Mrs Heath are supporting across Year 1.  


Welcome to Year 1! We hope you find the information below useful. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home. 

Key Times 


We expect children to be reading daily at home as this will benefit them greatly with all their learning in school.   


Rhine Class: Tuesday and Thursday 
Ganges Class: Monday and Thursday 

Please ensure your children have their kits in school on these days and be sure to label all clothes with a permanent marker. 


We are having a walk around our local area to support our learning in Geography this term. We will also be using the experience to write recounts in Literacy.  

Key Times 

For Year 1, the school day will begin at 8.45, and end at 3.20.  


What are we learning? 


In Literacy this term we will begin by reading “Man on the Moon” by Simon Bartram. We will begin to develop our prediction skills and our ability to recount a story. We will also be innovating and editing our own stories. We are continuing to consolidate and develop our grammar skills from last year with a focus on full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, question marks and exclamation marks.  


In Maths this term, we will begin by re-capping our learning from last year to ensure everyone is confident with their numbers to 20. We will then practice reading a writing numbers, counting forwards and backwards in 2s and looking at different ways to represent and order numbers. Lastly, we will introduce addition and begin looking at number bonds. 


This half term in Science, we will be looking at the human body. We will be learning about the body’s five senses and how they help us make sense of our world. We will be learning about the different names for each body part and what they can do. 


We are learning will be learning all about our local area. We will be talking about the different human and physical features that can be found in our local area, different modes of transport and will even be taking a walk around Penge!  


In History, we will be learning that just by being born, we are making History. We will be focusing on embedding knowledge of the past, present and future and understanding what makes events important.  


In RE, we will be learning about Hinduism, with a focus on Diwali and belonging. 


This term in computing, we will be using PurpleMash to start to develop some basic computer skills.  


In Art, we will be learning about drawing, with a main focus on Pablo Picasso’s line drawings. We will be experimenting with different media to create our own wonderful drawings using different techniques.   




In PSHE, we will be looking at rules and why it is important they are in place. We will also be thinking about families and the importance of them. There will also be a focus on wellbeing, and we will discuss the importance of being kind to others. 


In PE we will be learning how catch and throw a ball skillfully.  


Music this term will be singing, counting-in singing and how to sing along with others. We will explore how we can use our bodies to sing and use our voice in different ways. 


DT will be completed at the end of each term. This term there will be a focus on making moving pictures using levers and sliders.  


How can I help at home? 

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 3- minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school.  

Children have logins Purple Mash– please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts. 

If you have any questions, please talk to Mr Turner or Miss Sayers or you can arrange a phone call by emailing the office. 

Look forward to hearing from you soon, 

Mr Turner and Miss Sayers