It was like we’ve never been away!

Well we can’t believe we have been back for one week already!  The time has gone so quick which is always good news.  The children in Mars, Jupiter and Neptune Classes have settled back into school life very quickly and we have been so impressed with how they come into school with happy, smiley faces each morning.  They also look very smart in their school uniforms and new shoes!

We would like to say a big thank you to our parents for helping the children collect items to put into their holiday memory bags.  Again this year, they have been a great success and it has been wonderful listening to the children talking about the things in their bags and sharing their memories with others.  We have also used the memory bags to inspire some recount writing of postcards, and some of these are up on display in the school library area and in the KS1 corridor.

Congratulations to the children who also completed some of the tasks on the summer holiday reading challenge too.  Hopefully they should have received their certificates and house points too.

We have also been thinking about being positive in our learning, trying things even if they are difficult,  not giving up and recognising that mistakes can help us learn.  We call this having a growth mindset.  Neptune Class read a book called ‘Beautiful Oops’ by Barney Saltzberg, which demonstrates that it is okay to make mistakes – in fact you make beautiful things out of mistakes!  Neptune Class had an afternoon of making mistakes in art, smudging and flicking paint, folding and tearing paper and crumpling up sheets too.  They then turned their mistakes into something beautiful and created this very imaginative and creative art gallery.

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Well we hope you will keep visiting our blog this year to see what is going in in our classrooms.  You can ‘follow’ our blog too, then you will get notifications every time it is updated – see the link on the right hand side menu.

P.S. Please leave us a comment below as it is lovely to see who visits us and we can show the children who has been visiting our blog on the visitor map too. Thank you 🙂

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Miss Shaw’s summer blog post

Hello everyone! Hope you have all had a lovely break.

My summer has been quite quiet because I’ve had a poorly car and poorly puppy but I have been for lots of walks and picnics.

I also went camping for a few days with lots of my family (and 5 dogs) in Weymouth which was lots of fun, even if it did rain quite a lot!

We went to see Portland lighthouse and went to the beach too. My favourite part was making a camp fire and toasting marshmallows after our dinner!

Can’t wait to see you all next week,

Miss Shaw  🙂 xxx

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Mrs Mulreany’s summer holiday

Hello to everyone.  I hope you have all had a happy and enjoyable summer break.

Due to family commitments, we stayed close to home this year but still had lots of lovely days out. It was great to catch up with family, friends and past work colleagues. This involved plenty of good food and drinks.

I also spent time in London with my husband, Brendan. The weather was terrific so we did lots of walking. We visited: Regents Park, Wapping, The Cutty Sark at Greenwich , travelled on the Thames and best of all…went up 1000ft to the viewing deck on the 72nd floor of The Shard. What a view!  Here are a few photos of Tower Bridge, Cutty Sark, St Katherine’s Dock, Camden Lock and at top of The Shard.

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I found this “little free library” box at the edge of a pavement in Wapping….a great idea.

See you all next week and look forward to hearing what everyone has been up to.

Best wishes from Mrs Mulreany.

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Mrs Carpenter’s Holiday Blog

Hello everybody!  I hope you are all having a brilliant holiday and having lots of fun with your friends and families.

My summer holiday did not quite go to plan as I have been on crutches twice this holiday – once for an infected spider bite that made my leg and ankle swell right up (didn’t think you would want to see the photos of that!) and then on Saturday I managed to tear my calf muscle running around on the beach with my dogs.  But I am hoping it will be much better by this time next week!!

However,  I have managed to find some photographs of the fun things that I have done when I could get out and about.


At the start of the holidays, we went to West Wittering beach on a windy day and the sand was blowing across the beach and it was making patterns that looked like snakes slithering across the sand.  It was very cool!

Having a barbeque on Hayling Beach was a fun way to spend another evening, although it got dark very quickly once the sun had gone down.

We have walked the dogs, Sam and Murphy, around Butser Hill too – there were some amazing views from the top and it is was quite fun to walk down the slopes but not so fun getting back up! 

My favourite part of being on holiday is being able to go down to the beach as often as I can and paddle in the sea.  Here is a photo of Sam and Murphy playing in the sea with their toy bone. They would do this for hours and one day we were in the sea for nearly two hours playing this game.

And here is a photograph of my footsteps on the sand at Hayling Island.  About ten minutes later I had my accident and tore my calf muscle and had to make a phonecall for help!

Well I now have to rest my leg to get it to heal but it has meant that I have been able to complete Neptune Class’s pebble fish mural, to go with the work that we did on transition day after reading the book ‘Only One You’.  I think it looks really good and I just hope that the glue will hold all of your pebble fish on.  I wonder if you can find your fish if you made one.

Well enjoy the final week everyone!

Love from Mrs Carpenter 🙂


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Holiday blog from Mrs Cannell

Just over a week left – where are the holidays going???

Here’s a summer holiday blog update from Mrs Cannell.

I have been very lucky to have been to Mallorca for my summer holiday.  Here is a scary photograph of my husband and I on a train in Mallorca.  We went for a ride through some mountains to see lemon, orange, almond and olive trees.  It was very, very hot!

When we got back to our hotel we had to cool off in the swimming pool.

See you all in September.

From Mrs Cannell 🙂

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Summer Holiday update from Mrs Greenwood

Hello everybody,  I hope you are having a lovely summer holiday.

I have been having a fantastic holiday, having lots of fun day trips here and there.  Here are a few of my photos to share with you to let you know what I’ve been up to so far.

 I was lucky enough to see some newly hatched baby dragons at Legoland.  I did wonder if they might have been friends with the baby dragons we had at school last term.

My family and I also had a wonderful time on Southsea Common at the Kite Festival.  The weather was perfect for kite flying and there were lots and lots of amazing kites flying in the sky of so many different shapes and colours. 

I have got lots more to squeeze into the last two weeks of my holiday and I am sure you all have too.  Enjoy the rest of your holidays!!! 

Love from Mrs Greenwood 🙂

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Summer Holiday update from Mrs Tyler

We hope that all of our KS1 families are having wonderful summer holidays so far and the children have started collecting bits and pieces for their holiday memory bags.  Some ideas of things to pop in the bags could be a photograph, a postcard, a ticket, a menu, a map, a shell and so on.

Mrs Tyler has been having a wonderful holiday so far and here is her blog update……

Hell0 all in Key Stage 1.  I hope you are all having an amazing holiday.  So far I have had some lovely days out and have bumped into one or two of you in various places!

The first thing I did on my holiday was to take my mum and my sister out for coffee and cake in Emsworth.  It was a lovely day so we went for a walk by the Mill Pond and saw lots of swans. 

Apart from going for lots of walks, I have been on lots of boat trips and sailing trips with my family.  We have had picnics on the beach and have swum in the sea.  In the photograph below I have just spotted a seal in Chichester Harbour! 

My son Nicholas and I went sailing on a big yacht to the Isle of Wight.  Unfortunately the weather was terrible and we got stuck in Yarmouth for two days.  We played Monopoly, ate biscuits and went for little walks between the rain showers.  Too windy for sailing, so I had to come home by train! 

My best day out has been a ride in a hot air balloon.  Mr Tyler and I had to get up before the sun got up, and drive into the countryside near a place called Henley.  We met some people in a big field and there was the balloon, lying on the wet grass.  We had to help hold the balloon while it filled with hot air, then we climbed into the basket and flew up into the sky!  It was amazing … so quiet and peaceful …. over houses and farms, roads and rivers, towns and countryside, woods and fields.  However, when the pilot put the burners on to make us go higher, it sounded like a dragon roaring and the air was all hot too.  I think I know what it would be like to ride a dragon now!  The landing was very exciting because the pilot chose a very small field and I thought we were going to miss the grass and end up in the trees, but the pilot was very good and we landed safely.  It was a fantastic trip and I would like to do it again. 

The holidays are going very quickly now and I am looking forward to seeing you all in your new classes soon.

Love from Mrs Tyler.

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