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Good morning Chameleons,

It's April 1st, time for a joke!


What do you call a sleeping dinosaur?

A dino-snore!


Now one for the parents/carers:


When you look for something, why is it always in the last place you look?

Because once you've found it, you stop looking. 


Have a good day and do some form of exercise today; create your own obstacle course or set up your own round of circuits such as 10 star jumps, jog for 20 seconds, skip round the garden.


Mrs Watts


Good afternoon Chameleons,

That wind is quite cold today. Do you remember the melting experiment we did at the beginning of term? I have just used the left over butter to make chocolate chip cookies, they smell delicious. I was able to use up some old ingredients, like flour, chocolate chips and sugar, that was in my cupboard. See if you can do some cooking too.

Tomorrow is April 1st and you know what that means? April Fools day. Will you think of a clever trick to play on somebody? Does somebody need cheering up? Tell them a joke.

Knock, Knock.

Who's there?


Boo who?

Don't cry, it's only a joke!


Knock, knock.

Who's there?


Ranata who?

Ranata jokes, will need to find some more for next time.


Mrs Watts


Dear Chameleons,

I hope you had a work-free weekend and made the most of some free time instead. 

Here are some extra resources you may find useful:

You will need to register to access this resource but they are free.   


free online learning resources   this is from the UCL Institute of Education


Have a great learning day!

Mrs Watts




Good morning Chameleons,

What another lovely day so don't forget to go out for your daily walk or play in the garden!

It is much quieter now there is less traffic, so you can hear different bird sounds! I didn't realise there was a bird that sounds like a police siren!

I saw lots of rainbows in windows today. Did you join in the 8pm clap for the NHS last night?

It was noisy around here, including some fireworks.

Keep up the good work and do 1 job to help your parents or carers today.

Stay safe and well.

Mrs Watts


Good evening Chameleons,

Sorry for the late entry but I was at work/school today. It was such a lovely day that the children were outside playing a variety of games.

Great to hear that you are all working on your packs, using TTRS, My Maths and doodlemaths, and even doing your own mini-projects! Keep up the good work! 

Don't forget to put up some words of kindness in your windows tonight.

Stay safe and well.

Mrs Watts


Good afternoon Chameleons. What a lovely day. I hope you are not working too hard.

Here is a link to another website for all those enthusiastic about Maths.


Jigsaw PSHE


Jigsaw is the lovely PSHE scheme we follow. They have put together some online resources for families. They recommend these are for ages 5+ but they include a story and discussion so younger family members can listen in too. There is also a Calm Me section, which encourages children to be mindful.


Make sure you say something nice to each member of your family today to make them feel good. laugh




Good morning Chameleons,

I hope you are enjoying your home packs and joining Joe Wicks for his daily workout. I notice some of you have been on TTRS and I have put more homework on My Maths. I hope you have made good use of Doodle Maths and keeping up with reading at least 3 days a week.

Be kind to each other. smiley

From Mrs Watts 



Ideas for activities to do at home

Spellings for this week:

boastful                          gold

cheerful                          hold

grateful                           mind

powerful                         find

skilful                              poor

faithful                            floor






World Book Day is Thursday 5th March. This year it is wear your pyjamas to school and bring in a favourite book to share. 

Wow it's February already.

Thank you to all those who provided card for the shields, they are looking colourful. Please encourage your child to practise their times table knowledge on a regular basis - we are now focusing on the 3 and 6 times tables. Also, there are activities and homework for them to do on My Maths.

76% read 3 times or more to an adult last week which is a great improvement, let's hope it continues. Spellings are still being tested on a Friday morning and that is when they are given the next set of words.

Your child is also learning to play the ukulele. At the moment PE is on a Thursday and Friday afternoon but this might change next term.

We also have a visit from Warburtons to look forward to next week. Hopefully your child will be excited to share what they do.

Happy New Year. It's great to be back. I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year.

The children worked so well last week; I think they missed school! It was a busy week. 


Reading records will need to be given in every Monday; don't forget your child should be reading aloud at least 3 times a week. Remember to sign their record book.


Spellings have been set for a test on Friday:

although                                                           later, because, said, went, also












This week we have PE on Wednesday and Thursday with a coach.

Thank you to all those who have brought in card already so they can make a Roman shield. Don't worry if you have recycled the card as some Parents have brought in extra. 


Your child should know their My Maths log in and can now be doing some of the work set. They had a go last week. Please let me know if you are having trouble with it.

They can also continue with TTRS.


Friday 24th January is our class assembly at 2:30pm so we will be busy practising for that.

Look forward to seeing you there. 






Picture 1

What a great morning we had at the cinema Friday watching Dumbo.


There will be no PE Tuesday as everybody will be having their photo taken and the Circus is visiting! We are lucky enough to be learning some new skills too. I can't wait to find out what!

In Science we have put hard boiled eggs in different drinks, ask your child what has happened to the eggs - you may be shocked!


Spellings for this week:


impatient                                                                          child

important                                                                          children

imagine                                                                             chin

mature                                                                               chip

immature                                                                            beach






I have just added some more homework on My Maths and all children had their log-ins given to them on Wednesday. 


Just a reminder that it is Forest School on Thursday afternoon so please make sure they bring in their change of clothes and footwear on that day; they still wear their uniforms to school. It was a pity it was so wet Thursday that we couldn't go exploring- hopefully this week will be better!

Hello and welcome back to Term 2.

We will not be swimming this term. Instead, we will be doing indoor PE on Tuesday and Forest School on Thursday afternoon. Your child will need a change of clothes and footwear for forest school. It is best to bring to school old clothes and wellies so they can change before participating in the activities and then put their uniforms back on when we return..

Spellings have been given to your child today ready for the test on Friday.


describe                                                                   school

description                                                               more

colour                                                                      most

favourite                                                                   past

reappear                                                                   last






Welcome Chameleon Class of 2019-20!


Hello. My name is Mrs Watts and I started teaching Year 5 Elephants in Term 2 (2018) as a job share and I am looking forward to being part of the Year 4 team with Mrs Welch in Iguana Class. Our teaching assistant will be Mrs Merchant who is a fabulous experienced teaching assistant at Barley Close.


Important Days to note: THURSDAY for PE 

Don't forget your child can wear their PE kit to school on that day.

Your PE kit should include black shorts and a white t-shirt and black daps or trainers. Jogging bottoms and a jumper are also handy as we do PE outdoors as well. Some older clothes and shoes would be advisable for this PE session. 

Please also remember that if your child wears earrings, then they need to be taken out that morning before school.


WEDNESDAY for swimming until half term.


Spellings will be given out on Friday and then tested the following Friday. Please encourage them to practise them every day so they know them before the test.


Please continue to hear your child read and sign their reading record books. The school expect children to read at least 3 times a week and there is a raffle draw every week. Please remember to send their reading records in on a Monday and Thursday so they can be checked. For every child who does read at least 3 times in a week, the class will receive 30 seconds of extra play so that could be a maximum of 15 minutes, if they all read!


TTRS and My Maths logins have been given to the children and it's great to see so many of them enjoying these activities at home.


It has been great to meet so many of you already and I look forward to getting to know you and your families this year.

Don't forget to come and see me if you are concerned about anything or just want to talk. I am available at the end of the school day. 

Let's hope it will be a year full of fun and learning.

Mrs Watts



Spellings for week beginning 7th October:

couldn't                                                                                   when

wouldn't                                                                                  her

shouldn't                                                                                 him

busy                                                                                        your

business                                                                                  most






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