Author Archives: Barbara Speer

Goodnight Mr Tom

I was so proud of all the children yesterday as we visited Chiltern Open Air Museum for our ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ day.  Every museum staff member we met praised the children, describing them as ‘delightful’ and ‘beautifully behaved’.  First, they experienced what the Blitz would have been like.  They then visited Mr Tom in his cottage (polishing brass, cleaning shoes and exploring the concept of an outdoor toilet!).  Next, they crossed the Green to see Mrs Brant in her 1940s prefab with running water and electricity.  They helped her with her washing and played some 1940s children’s games.  Finally, the children were immersed in a 1940s school room, using slates and fountain pens with ink wells.  They were all shocked at how strict the school room was!  Pictures are in the Year 5 Gallery – here are a couple below!

Mrs Hunter

Happy Half Term

We have had such a busy few weeks I can hardly believe half term is upon us.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed their Space topic and have really impressed me with their inquisitive minds and curious questions.  Their final piece of writing this half term was a non-chronological report based on their own invented planets.  They showed fantastic use of the language features of such a report as well as superb creativity when imagining their planets.

We have benefited from an experienced Rounders coach who has really challenged the children to play their absolute best, significantly improving both their batting and fielding skills.  And Year 5 continues to go from strength to strength when completing their Mile A Day.

After half term, we will focus on World War II as our topic and are very much looking forward to our school trip to immerse ourselves in life in the 1940s.

I hope you all have a restful half term.
Mrs Hunter

Happy half-term Year 6

We made it to the end of another half-term (and a busy SATs one it was!)

All of the children in Year 6 conducted themselves beautifully throughout SATs week, showed resilience and applied themselves one-hundred percent!  They were truly a credit to you all.  Once exams had finished, we celebrated with lots of fresh air and a well-deserved ice-cream treat!

This week, we have continued to focus on our writing for English and the children have also presented some creative videos in Science, advertising the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.  Rounders has been a big hit with them all in PE lessons and their skills have come on fantastically.  Don’t forget that skiing sessions start on the first Monday back.  The children have brought home their song words and lines for the Year 6 production, which promises to be a big hit.  Please put the date in your diary: Thursday 12th July.

I hope that you all have a relaxing half-term holiday, whatever you are doing, and here’s to a jam-packed, exciting final last 7 weeks at Two Waters for this amazing class!

Mrs Chassebi

Week 4 in Year 5

After a beautiful Bank Holiday weekend, we were lucky enough that the sun stayed with us into the school week.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed our sunny Rounders lessons where some fantastic fielding and impressive batting could be seen.  We have also made a start with our gardening plot, in which we are creating a Victory Garden to tie in with our World War II theme next half term (when we hope our vegetables and herbs will be harvested).  The children have worked their socks off creating their Journey stories in literacy, drafting and re-drafting their work to show off their ambitious vocabulary and editing skills.  Maths has seen us move on from decimals to Angles and the children have had fun exploring protractors and measuring angles around the classroom.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Mrs Hunter

A Space focus for this half term

It was lovely to see all the children back from their Easter holidays!  We have a busy half term ahead of us.  We will be looking at Space in both Science and History, to understand our solar system, seasons and night and day, as well as the history of space exploration including the Space Race and telescopes.  The children have created a fantastic Space display in our classroom, painting beautiful planets which show their comparable size to Earth.  In Literacy, we are hard at work looking at The Firework Maker’s Daughter and will be writing our own journey stories in a couple of weeks’ time.  In Maths, we will focus on decimals and percentages.

Wishing you a lovely bank holiday weekend!
Mrs Hunter

Our trip to The Verulamium Museum

Dear all,

I hope you have had a lovely and restful weekend. I wanted to let you all know about our recent trip we took to The Verulamium Museum in St Albans to help us with our new Roman topic. The children first spent some time in the museum where they enjoyed learning through the interactive games and reading about some gruesome Roman facts! We then had lunch and went over to the learning area where all of the children had a chance to handle some genuine Roman artefacts. Finally, we had a chance to go over the road to the Roman amphitheatre and finished off at the gift shop.

Throughout the day, the children were incredibly well behaved and enthusiastic. They asked great questions and were both well mannered and polite to everyone they met. I’m very proud of them all!

The Art of Being Human

Year 6 have been enjoying the practical nature of their current Science unit, which mixes Science and Art in a creative way.  Last week we launched the subject by making Blood Smoothies which were a big hit and this week the children worked in groups to sculpt models of the human heart.  These practical lessons, along with fun PE lessons and our mile a day running, have been a great balance to all the hard work of preparing for SATs!

We have two weeks to go now and we will be making the most of the time in class to consolidate areas of maths, spelling, punctuation and grammar and to enhance our reading comprehension techniques.  Please continue to support your children at home to have a final push at maths activities and to make time for 30 minutes a day to build their reading stamina (and, of course, enjoyment of reading)!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks again.

Mrs Chassebi

Welcome back to Year 3

Year 3 have made a fantastic start to the new term and have really been impressing us with their hard work and enthusiasm. We have started a new Maths unit this week, fractions, and the children are beginning to understand what fractions are and what the denominator and numerator represent.

In Literacy we have started to read Greek myths, thinking about their features and the messages they give. We are focusing on the myth of Icarus, the boy who flew too close to the sun, and will be writing our own versions over the coming weeks.

Our PE for this half term is athletics which we are linking to our Greek topic and the Olympics. Please can you ensure that the children have the correct PE kit in school each week. We will be going outside onto the field for PE so they will need to have trainers.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine 😊

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Shay

 

Happy Easter Year 5

We have come to the end of our Spring Term – although the weather doesn’t quite appear to be Spring-like just yet!  The children have made super progress and have worked their socks off at fractions, learning all about Medieval Britain and writing some fantastic rap songs over the past week.  We finished our term with a surprise ‘Celebration Day’ yesterday where the children created Coats of Arms for their teams, designed a board game based on the ‘Black Death’, competed in an outdoor Treasure Hunt, put their minds to solving word searches and crossword puzzles and finally explored Medieval Music.

Next term we are beginning our new topic of Space.  We will be looking at Narratives in Literacy and Decimals in Maths.  In PE, we will be playing rounders.

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Easter holiday.
Warmest wishes,
Mrs Hunter

Happy Easter Holidays Year 6

We were so lucky with the weather for our Year 6 trip to Knebworth House on Tuesday.  The children behaved beautifully and were certainly a credit to the school.  It was a great way to finish our topic on the Tudors and the children were able to show off their knowledge and enjoy some really hands-on experiences.  Please take a look at our gallery for a full range of pictures!

Yesterday, the children took part in a Year 6 bake-off, organised and prepared by the lovely Mrs Bennett.  They have been working towards this class treat for many weeks and, during the day, their collaborative and organisational skills really impressed us!   We have a lot of budding bakers who took pride in their work and were great at clearing up afterwards too.  Mrs Bennett, Hayley and I all enjoyed tasting the results (as did the children) and had a tricky challenge in choosing our Bronze, Silver and Gold winners! Again, further photos can be found in the Year 6 gallery.

The children have come home with three SATs papers (1 arithmetic, 1 maths reasoning and 1 reading comprehension), which is just over 2 hours worth of work for them.  Please could you support them in enabling them to have a quiet space to complete these at some point during the fortnight.  Thank you so much.  They definitely deserve a well-earned break over the holidays but hopefully they won’t mind keeping their brains ticking over a little bit with the run-up to SATs fast approaching.  Hopefully, they’ve all got an exciting reading book on the go too; they are impressing me so much with the speed with which they are devouring books!

Have a wonderful holiday and hopefully enjoy some days out in the sunshine and lots of family time.

Warm regards,

Mrs Chassebi