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Henley Primary School

Classes

CLASS 1

Welcome to Class 1 - Jellyfish Class 

 

A very warm welcome to Spring term!

Please do not hesitate to come and see us after school, or give me an email if you have any questions.       

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Important information:

-Your child needs their own named plastic water bottle to keep in class, which they can access and top up during the day. Please label every part of your child's uniform so that if they misplace it, we will know it's theirs. Please also bring wellies, labelled for wet weather and muddy ground. Please also ensure your child brings trainers every day to change into after the Golden Mile to help keep our carpets mud-free. They may also wish to bring a healthy snack (fruit or veg) for morning break which they can eat at the beginning of play time. They also will have the option to have a school-provided snack (fruit or veg) and milk in the afternoon. 

Our exciting learning this term...

Morning activities: Reception will be practising our motor skills such as pencil grip, cutting, painting, writing skills through a number of activities like squeezing, rolling, poking using play dough, tweezers, weaving string, using sand etc. 

Phonics: 

This term, some reception children are recapping Phase One phonics where they learn how to listen carefully, then move on to learning how each letter sounds and how it has a corresponding grapheme (how you see it written on paper).

Some children have progressed onto other phases of phonics learning and have their own group by ability with a TA and will carry on expanding their reading knowledge, looking at the different ways to pronounce and write the same sounds like 'ea' and 'ee'. They will learn digraphs- 2 letters that make one sound like ay, oy, th, ng, ck and double consonants like ll, ss, zz, ck. They are starting to apply their phonics knowledge to short sentence writing. 

Reading at home: Your child will be given a book to practise reading at home when they have shown they are ready to start reading, and we ask that they read this twice before changing it and that a guardian signs the book to say they have read it each time. When your child has shown they can read the first book level with fluency and have worked their way through the red flashcards, they will be moved up to the next colour band and we will let you know of this in their reading diary.

Please encourage your child to engage in listening to story-telling or read to you or themselves when they can every day. The Department for Education's recommendation for Key Stage One is ten minutes every day to help your child maintain the level of English skills required at their age. Eventually, your child will be able to move onto library level books that are on our 'Accelerated Reader' system. This means that they can take a comprehension quiz on a tablet at school to see their understanding of what happened in the book; the children find this very exciting! They can then move on to another book. 

Literacy:

Reception children will be with Miss Bramhill and will be looking at the story 'Can you catch a mermaid'. We will be enjoying story telling, practising actions and role play, writing story maps and labelling captions,

We will also be learning rhymes and poems to expand our vocabulary and consolidate our communication and language skills. Towards the end of the year, the children will look at how to create simple sentences that include capital letters, full stops and interesting words like adjectives. 

Whole Class Reading: 

We will be looking at a variety of high quality books and enjoying them together.We will be developing our reading VIPER skills: vocabulary, inferencing, predicting, explaining, retrieving and sequencing. This will be done through lots of discussion, drawings, role play.

Maths:

Reception children will be continuing to develop their understanding of numbers up to 10, weight, mass and capacity, length, height, time and 3D shapes we will do this through lots of fun games. 

 

Science/Understanding the World

 

Topic: Our topic this term is 'Opposites'. See the medium term plan/knowledge organiser below:

  

 

Music: We will be making 'sound paintings' for different types of weather and different landscapes, recording for the gallery, having fun with improvisation, exploring sound and creating a story.

We will also be doing lots of practise for the KS2 performance of 'The Wizard of Oz' during assemblies and in choir club.

 

Art: We will be learning and practising mixing colours and using hot and cold colours.

 

 

RE: We will be looking at some different religions and beliefs including: 

Diwali

We will look at other cultures through learning focusses like Chinese new Year, tasting Chinese foods.

PSED: We will be looking at our mental health and wellbeing. 

 

 

 

CLASS 2

Welcome to Seahorses - Year 2

Seahorse Facts - Animals of the Ocean - WorldAtlas

This term our topic is called Polar Explorers. It is a History and Geography focused topic. We will learn about the South Pole. We will find out about the climate, the animals and the environmental issues facing the South Pole. We will also learn about the location of the poles and compare the North and South Pole with the equator. 

We will then move on to learning about the 'Race to the Poles'. We will find out about the early explorers to the South Pole. We will finish the topic finding out about how modern day scientist live and work in the South Pole. 

Science

This term in Science we will begin learning about habitats. We will find out about the different habitats that animals live in. We will then look closely at the microhabitats that they live in too. We will discover how different animals are well suited to the habitat that the live in and how animals depend on each other for survival. The children will learn about food chain and food webs. We will finish the term by finding out about whether things are living, dead or have never lived.

English

In English we will look at a range of texts including: Man on the Moon, Lost and Found, Milo Imagines the World, The Emperor's Egg and I Definitely Do Not Like Winter. We will also write some poetry describing Antarctica, write non-fiction texts about Antarctica and we will try to persuade someone to go on holiday to Antarctica.

At the beginning of the term we will focus on writing with accuracy and we will learn to edit and improve our own work. We will also learn to use adjectives, expanded noun phrases, write stories, ask questions, use suffixes and to use a range of conjunctions. 

Reading

In Year 2 we spend half an hour during the afternoon and fifteen minutes each morning working on our reading skills. The children are learning to read and understand the text. We use VIPERS skills in our reading lessons. These are shown on the image below.

Some of the texts that we will look at during reading sessions are: Tad, The Emperor's Egg, Antarctica: A Continent of Wonder, The Smartest Giant in Town, Once There Were Giants, Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door, Captain Whiskers, Superhero Dad's Day Off and Wiggle and Roar Poetry.

Each child has a reading book to read at home and in school. We ask for all children to read this five times a week at home. We also send home Victor the Viper to encourage reading at home. The children are encouraged to read to Victor the Viper and then fill in a simple book review. We finish each afternoon at school with a class story.

Maths

In Maths lessons we follow the White Rose Scheme of learning. This term we are going to learn place value, addition and subtraction and shape.  

PE

Year 2 children do PE on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Sturmey.

Computing

Year 2 children do Computing on a Thursday afternoon with Mr Barlow.

Your child needs their own named plastic water bottle to keep in class.

-They may also wish to bring a healthy snack for morning break which they can eat at the beginning of play time. They also will have the option to have a school-provided snack in the afternoon and some have milk.

-Please also label every part of your child's uniform so that if they misplace it, we will know it's theirs. Please also bring wellies labelled for wet weather and muddy ground.

-Please ensure your child brings trainers every day to change into after the Golden Mile to help keep our carpets mud-free.

Please speak to Miss Way if you have any questions.

 

CLASS 3

Welcome to Dolphins Class (Year 3 and 4)                                    

 

Mrs Townshend and Ms Jary teach in Class 3 with Mrs Downey and Mrs Sturmey as class TAs. Please do not hesitate to come and see us after school if you have any questions or queries

Your child needs their own named plastic water bottle to keep in class, which they can access and top up during the day. They may also wish to bring a healthy snack for morning break which they then eat at the beginning of play time. 

                                                     
          Mayan Tribes - History of Ancient Mayan Tribes such as the Acateco; Achi;  Ch'orti and Chuj Tribes.Maya Civilisation Large Display Cut Out Pack (teacher made)
 

 

Class News

Welcome back to an exciting Autumn Term. We hope you are refreshed and ready to learn!            

Our History topic this term is Ancient Maya.

Our Science topic is Living Things and their habitats. We will investigate how living things in our local and wider environments can be grouped using classification keys, as well as explore both the positive and negative impact of humans on different environments.

(Don't forget to use Curriculum Visions for extra research at home-ask if you've forgotten your login)  

In English this term, we will be studying 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'The Great Chocoplot' and 'Rainplayer' to inspire the children's writing and encourage the children's love of reading. 

                                              

 

In Maths we will continue to follow the White Rose scheme of work and use Times Tables Rockstars to help with learning times tables. All children are required by the government to know their times tables up to 12x12 before they reach Yr 5. We use a 'Rocket' system so that the children know which times tables they are learning next, please feel free to ask more about this system. Times tables tests are on Fridays. On completing a times tables test successfully, the children the move onto the next number but the tests each week also cover numbers previously learnt to constantly consolidate the children’s learning.

Trips/Visits

Tudor Music Performance at Ipswich School 5.10.23 (tbc)

Harvest Festival 27.9.23

KS2 Carol Service 18.12.23 at the Community Centre

Class information

  Spellings

Spellings will be learnt in school and will be tested at the end of term We will be revisiting the words regularly in class in order to embed the spelling rules and patterns.

Times Tables
We learn times tables in a certain order. (Please feel free to come in and see our times tables display.) Everyone will start with 2s in September and then move up through the chosen order until they reach 'The Moon'. Children will be tested each week and will move up or be re-tested. Please practise times tables as much as possible over the holidays - car journeys are the perfect time.Times Tables Rock stars is a new and exciting way to learn times tables. Your child has his/her own password.Please encourage your child to use it as much as possible.

Reading
Please listen to your child read as often as you can. Just ten minutes every night can really help your child to progress in their reading. (Even fluent readers may need help with difficult words.)

When you have listened to your child, please sign and date the pages read. Reading diaries will be checked weekly by Mrs Downey and a raffle ticket will be awarded if your child has read five times or more in a week.

Independence
One of the important roles in Class 3 is to develop your child's independence. Being ready for lessons with the appropriate equipment in their own pencil case and having appropriate clothes for the weather that day is all part of this.

PE/ICT timetable

Tuesday - PE with Mrs Sturmey

Thursday - ICT with Mr Barlow 

 

PE kit. T-shirt in the house colour, navy shorts, navy tracksuit, plimsolls, plain trainers. If your child wears tights to school that day, they will need white socks to change into.Long hair will also need to be tied back and earrings removed.

Please make sure your child has:
1. A book bag/ folder to protect school library books and reading diaries.
2. Sports kit
3. A pencil case with a selection of HB pencils for writing and drawing, a few coloured crayons, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener etc. Please make sure that the pencil case is small enough to fit in your child's drawer in the classroom.
4. Wellies.

Please make sure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS 4

Welcome to Barracuda Class

Miss Snell teaches the Barracudas with Mrs Dod as our class TA. Please do not hesitate to come and see us after school if you have any questions or queries.

Our topic this term will be:

The Three Monarchs.

This term we will be learning about significant monarchs from the past. This includes Henry VIII and his influence as a King, husband and a father. We will also be analysing the creation of the protestant faith and England’s split from the Pope. This will allow us to also look at Tudor life for the rich and poor and how life has changed overtime. 

 

Things to Bring

Please make sure your child has :

P.E is on Tuesday afternoons. Children can come to school in correct P.E kit on Tuesdays. Long hair will also need to be tied back and earrings removed. Please make sure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled.

Your child needs their own named plastic water bottle to keep in class, which they can access and top up during the day. They may also wish to bring a healthy snack for morning break which they then eat at the beginning of play time.  

Key Events

The PGL trip is coming up on Monday 2nd of October 2023 for one week. Just ten miles north of Grantham, there’s over 65 acres of space for your child to enjoy at Caythorpe Court, packed full of adventure activities on land and water. From high ropes to the giant swing, each challenge will help children reach further and achieve more. Please follow this link if you would like to find out more! 

https://www.pgl.co.uk/en-gb/school-trips/primary-schools/centres/caythorpe-court 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class information 

Homework 
The children will be given homework every Friday starting from the second week back in September. This will be due in the following Thursday. Homework will always be based their learning in class that week and the children are expected to have a go at completing their homework tasks independently before asking for a helping hand.

Reading

We expect every child in Barracuda class to read every evening for at least 15 minutes. Please keep a record of when your child reads so that we can ensure they are reading regularly and making good progress. We also give prizes out for people reading regularly so the more they read, the greater chance they have of winning prizes. 

Independence
One of the important roles in Class 4 is to develop your child's independence. Being ready for lessons with the appropriate equipment in their own pencil case is all part of this.

 

 

 

 

PE & Outdoor Learning

Click here for PE & Outdoor Learning Kit required for Physical Activity
 

The Trust's PE & Outdoor Learning Expectations can be found here.

PE Lessons

Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4
Wednesday & Friday Wednesday & Thursday Tuesday & Thursday Monday & Thursday

PE & outdoor learning resources

Ipswich Town PE with Bluey - If your children are keen footballers then they might enjoy a weekly PE session with the Club's mascot, Bluey.  The club are running a series of 10 minute PE sessions to engage with their young supporters and keep them fit and healthy whilst schools are closed. Please visit their website www.itfc.co.uk here, or view the sessions via YouTube or Facebook.

Keep Suffolk Moving - Supporting children that are learning at home isn’t easy, so SCC have produced an online resource to help you build exercise into your child's daily routine.  PE with Joe Wicks, Daily Mile at Home, BBC & Premier League Primary Super Movers, it's all here.  There is something for all ages.

 

 

Autumn Term 2021

 

Summer Term 2021

 

SPRING TERM 2021

Welcome back!

Although PE will be different this term we have some lovely plans to keep you active. At school our subjects are gymnastics and ball skills, linked to either netball or basketball.  If you are at home there is a weekly PE timetable for you to follow, beginning next week.  I will be posting a link on Google Classrooms each Monday morning for you.

I am very much looking forward to you sharing your PE activities on Google Classrooms.  Please send in any photos and let me know in the chat how you are doing, especially if you have attempted something new.

Remember to stay safe and have fun!

Autumn term 2020

PE Lessons
In PE this term children will be developing fundamental physical skills in many ways.  

KS1 will be developing fundamental movement skills and engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of challenging activities. They will be mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also participate in team games.  The subjects this term are ball skills (link - football & tag rugby), hockey and dance.  

KS2 will be applying and developing a broader range of skills learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will practise communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will be running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Children will compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement. The subjects this term are football, tag rugby and hockey during invasion games and dance. 

Henley School Strictly Dance Competition 2020

Although school is a little different this year we were determined to host the annual dance competition and the contestants didn't disappoint.  We grouped the competition into key stages and prizes were awarded to the winners.  Our judges, Len Goodmood, Shirley Balance, Bruno Decamp and Darcy Ballonne had a fabulous afternoon!

 

The Circus Came to Henley School!

Class 2 enjoyed experiencing lots of different circus skills as part of their topic work this term.

summer term 2020

Support For Parents To Keep Children Active At Home

Since the announcement that schools would be closing and children will be staying at home, we have been working so that we can continue to support you to keep your children active.

We are adding links and resources from Active Schools to support parents to promote physical activity as part of the children’s new daily routine. These can be found at http://www.activesuffolk.org/covidschoolsupport

We Have a Winner!
We are delighted to announce one of our pupils was chosen as a winner in this weeks Staying Active At Home Competition run by Westbourne Sports Games Partnership. There was over 70 photographs entered in the competition.  Anyone for tennis?!

 

spring term 2020

PE Lessons
In PE this term children will once again be developing fundamental physical skills in many ways.  

KS1 will be developing fundamental movement skills and engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of challenging activities. They will be mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also participate in team games.  The subjects this term are gymnastics, basic ball skills (link - netball/basketball), badminton and skipping. 

KS2 will be applying and developing a broader range of skills learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will practise communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will be running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attaching and defending. Through gymnastics they will develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. Children will compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement. The subjects this term are basketball during invasion games, gymnastics, badminton and fencing (enrichment activity). 

Fencing
This term KS2 are learning fencing as an enrichment activity as part of Henley’s PE & Sport Programme. Laura from Premier Education is leading the sport.  This is great for Henley school pupils have had the opportunity to participate in fencing and as you can see from the photographs it looks great fun.

AUTUMN TERM 2019

PE Lessons
In PE this term children will be developing fundamental physical skills in many ways.  

KS1 will be developing fundamental movement skills and engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of challenging activities. They will be mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also participate in team games.  The subjects this term are ball skills (link - football & tag rugby), hockey and dance with Dance East.  

KS2 will be applying and developing a broader range of skills learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will practise communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will be running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attaching and defending. Children will compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement. The subjects this term are football, tag rugby and hockey during invasion games and drama with Dance East. 

Dance East Drama Project 
KS2 are working with Karen from Dance East on a drama project this term.  The focus of the lessons have been linked to the Class topics; Class 4 theme is Victorians and Class 3 is Aztecs. We are so excited to be working towards The Arts Award with Dance East.  This is a new incentive for Henley School. 

Dance East Project
KS2 have been working with Tom from Dance East on a project this term.  The focus of the lessons have been linked to the Class topics; Class 4 theme was World Wars and Forces and Class 3 was the Rainforest. Some of the lessons were taught in school and the final sessions were delivered via a computer link, with Tom appearing on screen. Class 4 were excited to perform their dance to the rest of the school at the end of term Strictly Dance Competition. 

 

Henley Strictly Dance Competition
Once again the annual dance competition was a huge success. Every child took part by competing in the first round and dancers were then chosen to compete in the final. The hall was filled with enthusiasm and fun as the judges took their roles very seriously. 

Summer term 2019

PE Lessons
In PE this term children will once again be developing fundamental physical skills in many ways.  

KS1 will be developing fundamental movement skills and engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of challenging activities. They will be mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also participate in team games.  The subjects this term are athletics, striking and fielding skills (link - cricket/rounders) and tennis. The enrichment activity is archery.

KS2 will be applying and developing a broader range of skills learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will practise communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will be running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attaching and defending. Children will compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement. The subjects this term are cricket/rounders during striking and fielding games, athletics and tennis during net games. 

Chance To Shine Cricket
This term we are fortunate to have Ben, an experienced cricket coach from Chance To Shine visit the school to deliver quality cricket sessions. The organisation aims to to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. Henley School has benefited from this coaching for several years both in KS1 and KS2. 

SPRING TERM 2019

PE Lessons
In PE this term children will once again be developing fundamental physical skills in many ways.  

KS1 will be developing fundamental movement skills and engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities in a range of challenging activities. They will be mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. They will also participate in team games.  The subjects this term are gymnastics, basic ball skills (link - netball/basketball), badminton and skipping. 

KS2 will be applying and developing a broader range of skills learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will practise communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will be running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. They will play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attaching and defending. Through gymnastics they will develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. Children will compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement. The subjects this term are basketball during invasion games, gymnastics, badminton and lacrosse (enrichment activity). 

Whole School Ski Centre Trip
We had lots of fun at the Ski Centre, trying out skiing on the dry ski slope, tobogganing, ringos and mini golf. 

 

Lacrosse
This term KS2 are learning lacrosse as an enrichment activity as part of Henley’s PE & Sport Programme. James from Premier Education is leading the sport.  It is the first time Henley school pupils have had the opportunity to participate in lacrosse and as you can see from the photographs it looks great fun. 

World Book Day Quidditch 
Being creative with our equipment and using our imaginations we entered the world of Harry Potter by playing quidditch. We had so much fun we decided to start a lunchtime quidditch club so we can continue to play. 

OUTDOOR LEARNING

Outdoor Learning 

We are learning many skills in this blindfold trust game. Can we keep all of our 3 lives when we are instructed around the cones?

A flood is coming!
Children had 2 minutes to get their whole group to safety (on the tyres). Everybody had to be on the tyres. They needed to work together and use their problem solving skills to complete the challenge. 

PE & SPORT PREMIUM GRANT

Please read the information below which gives details of our PE and Sport Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

As part of the government incentive for PE and Sport we are delighted to advise you that Henley Primary School has been awarded a grant in line with other primary schools which will be spread over the next two years.

We will use the grant to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision so that pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach their full potential.

In order to achieve this we will be inviting specialist teachers to work alongside teachers in PE lessons to increase their subject knowledge, provide qualified coaches to take after-school clubs, develop links with schools and local community sports clubs, purchase special equipment and resources for early years and special needs pupils, provide transport for competition events and expert coaching for gifted and talented pupils.

For a breakdown of how the PE and Sport Premium has been spent at Henley Primary School and the impact seen on pupils' PE, physical activity and sport participation, along with attainment data for year 6 pupils recorded during swimming lessons is included here.

For further information on how much PE and sport premium funding schools receive and advice on how it should be spent, please visit the website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools.

Celebration of work & good behaviour awards

In school, we have set up a reward system which celebrates the effort, behaviour and resilience of children in school. These are given to children for using good manners, looking out for their friends, helping others, helping visitors etc. Children earn points which then in turn can be exchanged for prizes from the reward cabinet. Prizes have been donated by the Friends of Henley School and are updated regularly to keep up with trends and fads, maintaining the interest of the children.

The behaviour points are also added together for the house totals every half term, together with house points which are awarded for achievement and attainment in class. House points are awarded for academic achievement in school and at home for improvements to work quality, outstanding presentation etc.

As well as these reward systems, staff use sticker charts in class, celebrate with certificates and notes home and our Head Teacher certificates are awarded in assembly each week. Other certificates in school include Accelerated Reader and Maths timetables achievements.

We also have a WOW! Board in the school corridor which celebrates achievements beyond the immediate school environment. Children can bring in photographs of their activities and awards to share their successes at clubs outside of school. These have previously included karate competitions, scouting, ballet and dance shows, beekeeping experiences and music awards.

We really like to see what the children accomplish outside of school and share in their successes and achievements. 

The Consortium Trust supports schools through all aspects of school improvement and development, and this is especially true during an Ofsted inspection.  From the point of conversion, the Consortium team work collaboratively with all member schools to build a strong professional relationship. 


Through this close working relationship the central team have an in-depth understanding of all aspects of our schools.  Therefore, from the moment one of our schools receives the Ofsted phone call, the central team are on hand to support and be present during the process.
 

It is likely that one of our colleagues from the Education & Learning Team will join the Academy Head on the day Ofsted call, to ensure they have everything that they need ready for the inspection.  During the inspection process a small number of central team members will be available throughout.  Their support on the day is designed to provide the inspection team with as much information as possible about the collaborative support that has been given by the Trust.  The central team will also support senior leaders at the school to signpost the Inspector(s) to relevant information regarding the school’s current position as measured through the Trust’s audit systems.  


In line with the Confederation of School Trusts and the National Governance Association, governance sits within the responsibilities of the Trust Board.  In line with the Scheme of Delegation, the tasks and functions of governance are delegated to a Locality Committees. Therefore, the Trust Board will take a lead role with regard to governance during an Ofsted inspection.
 

It is important to note that whilst offering this support, the Trust central team will not deliver the school’s general day to day operational activities during an inspection.