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w/c 16th January 2023


Maths: This week, we began our work on ratio. We can now recognise ratios and understand what the ratio symbol means. We had a go at solving some ratio problems including simplifying ratios. 

English: We have started the 'innovation' stage of our sci-fi writing unit. This means we are changing the model text. We have focussed on character and setting description. 

Science: We tested our boats! Some were more successful at moving across the water than others. Why do you think this was? Key words to think about: water resistance, streamline, buoyancy 

Art: We have continued our work on Eric Joyner and created some great robot/doughnut artwork! We are hoping to display these somewhere around the school soon. 

Exploring ratio in maths

Innovating our model text in English

laugh Welcome Back Crested Eagles! laugh


We have had a great start to Term 3.


Our new topic this term is Robots & Inventions. We have learnt what a robot is and had lots of discussions about the different robots that we rely on in our day to day lives.

In English, we have been looking at science fiction writing. We have learnt a new story map and began to pick out appropriate vocabulary to use in our writing. 

In maths, we have been recapping our arithmetic skills as well as focussing on written methods for multiplication and division. 

Thank you for donating so many types of junk modelling materials! We made our boats this week and are looking forward to testing them out next week on the water.


Have a great weekend everyone!



Friday 16th December 2022


We are nearly at the end of term! We have had a festive (but very chilly!) week in Crested Eagles. We have finished our discussion hot writes, planned and budgeted festive meals and enjoyed eating our Christmas dinners wearing our Christmas jumpers. 


Well done to all of the children who came to the church service on Wednesday. You sung beautifully. Thank you to all of the parents who came along, it was a brilliant way to end 2022. 


One and a half days to go now!


Miss Harman x


This week, the children completed their discussion hot writes. Have a read of their work below! 


The children were given the task of creating a Christmas dinner on a budget! Each team was given a different budget, for example:


Budget = £20

Family of 2



Budget = £60

Family of 5

3 children + 2 adults (2 vegetarian)


They flicked through food magazines to create the perfect Christmas dinner within their budgets. They all did a brilliant job! 

Looking festive in our Christmas jumpers πŸŽ„

Friday 9th December 2022


English: This week, we planned and started writing our 'hot' discussion texts based on the Tudor era. Here are some examples of the questions we chose to discuss:

  • Should the Tudors have been allowed to execute people for their crimes?
  • Should Henry VIII have been banned from re-marrying after he beheaded Anne Boleyn? 
  • Was the Ducking Stool a fair trial for witchcraft?

Look out for our finished versions on the class page next week!


Maths: We have started a new unit on measurement this week. We had a very tricky lesson converting miles and kilometres. Have a look at our example questions below!


DT: This week, we visited Icknield to use their fantastic facilities to bake some Tudor knots. The children were absolutely amazing and created some brilliant bakes! Watch out for some of Crested Eagles on The Great British Bake Off in a few years' time! smiley

Friday 2nd December 2022


That's the end of another busy week in Crested Eagles! 

English - we have continued our work on discussion texts. We created debates with a group and filmed them. We had to compose clear points 'for' and 'against' the argument. Have a look at our videos - which side are you on?! smiley

Maths - adding and subtracting fractions.

Art - painting our clay Tudor Roses.

PE - benchball and a football session with WR Sports, as well as swimming at the TLC. Both the WR coaches and swimming coaches have commented on how well behaved the class are and how lovely they are to teach. Well done, Crested Eagles smiley 


Should children be allowed to bring their pets to school?

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Should the World Cup be held in Qatar?

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Are footballers paid too much?

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On Wednesday, Year 6 were visited by IMPS (The Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools) to complete some first aid training. They learnt how to safely put a person into the recovery position and how to treat common injuries such as head trauma, bone breaks and cuts. Check out our pictures and video below. 

Year 6 First Aid Course

First Aid scenario

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Friday 25th November


Crested Eagles have been working incredibly hard on their assessments this week. We have been really impressed with everyone's attitude towards these smiley


In Science, we have been experimenting with force meters and measuring in Newtons. This was our first time using force meters - thank you to Icknield school for lending us the equipment! We have also conducted experiments involving air resistance. We had to make parachutes with the aim of creating one that falls the most slowly, therefore having the most air resistance.


In Art, we have been working with clay and modelling Tudor roses and other Tudor pieces. Once the clay is dry, we will paint our creations. 


In Maths, we have continued our work on fractions. This week, we have been focussing on adding fractions. We had to ensure that our fractions had the same denominator in order to add them effectively. 

Experimenting with air resistance

Using force meters in science

The beginning of our clay Tudor Roses 🌹




You all spoke really clearly and confidently. I am very proud of you! 

Friday 11th November


This week, the children created their own Remembrance poems. I was so impressed with their ideas! In maths, we have been solving multi-step problems using all four operations. We had to solve clues to find missing numbers. Here is an example, can you figure it out?


Find the 4 digit number. The digits are between 0 and 9.

- If the second number is n, the third number is n - 3

- The second number is 75% of 8

- The last number is an odd square number and so is the first number, which is smaller

- All the numbers add up to 19

Maths problem solving

Welcome to Term 2! smiley


It has been great to have all the children back in school this week. As always, they have embraced new challenges with a positive attitude and a 'can-do' mindset. This week, we have been looking at war poetry to go with the theme of Remembrance. Below is a video of Maddie, Matilda and Imogen performing Maddie's poem. We also made some poppies during our art lesson - please look out for these on display in the Granary window. In maths, we have been tackling long division. The children were brilliant with this and picked it up really quickly - well done, Crested Eagles! 


Have a great weekend everyone. laugh

Maddie, Imogen and Matilda’s performance

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Long division

Friday 21st October 2022


That's the end of Term 1! Well done Crested Eagles, you have all had a fantastic start to Year 5/6. This week has been as busy as ever, with the children completing practical science experiments (see explanation below), newspaper hot writes reporting on the death of King Henry VIII and some challenging multiplication calculations. 


Thank you to all the parents for coming to Parents' Evening this week. It was great to catch up and let you know how your children have been getting on.


I hope you all have a lovely half term!


Miss Harman smiley

Using our new iPads during our RE lesson

Some examples of our newspaper reports πŸ“°

Spooky portraits in the style of Tim Burton πŸŽƒπŸ‘»


The Apple Experiment


We know that when an apple is exposed to air for a period of time, it begins to go brown. This is because the inside of the apple reacts to the air and this reaction causes the apple to change colour. The class cut up an apple into four different segments to see what would happen to the inside of the apple when it was exposed to the air AND a different reactant.

We experimented with four different reactants:

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Vitamin C tablet
  • Apple juice

We will change the type of reactant on the apple.

We will keep the fruit the same. We will also keep the amount of reactant on the apple the same.

Our predictions:

  1. We predict that the apple juice will delay the effects of oxidation on the apple. We think this because the juice is alkaline and we think that might begin to prevent oxidation.
  2. We think the sugar will make the apple oxidise the fastest because too much sugar can be unhealthy for your teeth, so maybe extra sugar will also make the apple turn brown.

Our results:

  • When the vitamin C tablet touched the apple, it caused the apple to bubble up
  • The sugar made the apple soft and squishy
  • The apple juice stopped the apple from oxidising
  • The foam on the vitamin C apple disappeared after ten minutes
  • None of the apples really turned brown

Friday 14th October 2022


Happy Friday Crested Eagles! 


Science: This week, we carried out two different science investigations involving irreversible chemical reactions. Check out our videos below smiley

Rocket experiment

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Volcano experiment

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Maths: We have been investigating prime, square and cube numbers. 

Thank you to all the parents who came to our Harvest Assembly. Well done to all the children for their singing, and to the School Council and Sports Captains for coming up to the front and speaking so clearly! laugh

Friday 7th October 2022

What a busy week we have had here in Crested Eagles! 


English: This week, we started our new text type - newspaper reports. The children had to put a newspaper report back together, making sure that it was in chronological order. They then had to label the key features of a newspaper report. We have been focussing on adverbials for cohesion and created a class list of adverbials we found. We will use these words and phrases in our writing next week. 

Maths: We have been continuing our work on addition and subtraction, solving multistep addition and subtraction problems. 

Science: Looking at states of matter and the particle arrangements of solids, liquids and gases. 

PE: Enjoying tag rugby and gymnastics lessons with our WR Sports coaches! Year 6 have also been having fun playing hockey with Miss Harman and Mrs Doran on a Thursday afternoon. 

Topic: Creating double page spreads on Henry VIII. 

Our Henry VIII information pages

We ended the week with an Outdoor Learning Day. Crested Eagles were brilliant and really got stuck into all the activities. They created autumn scenes using only natural resources, helped weed and tidy outdoor areas (including moving some very heavy tyres and rehoming some VERY big spiders!) and building dens in Forest School. Have a look at our pictures below smiley 

Apple picking with our buddies 😊

Friday 30th September 


This week, we have been busy composing our 'hot' setting descriptions. We had to describe a scene from a battle from the Wars of the Roses. We had to make sure to use figurative language and a variety of sentence types to ensure our writing was descriptive and interesting. Have a look at Matilda's example below! 

In Maths, we looked at using knowledge of rounding to check answers. This can be especially useful when working out budgets and costs. We solved some 'real life' problems - see Sophie's work below. 

Friday 23rd September 2022


This week, we have been looking at the Wars of the Roses. We acted out the key events during our Topic lesson - thank you Freddie T, Marley, James, Charlie and Sophie for your fabulous acting skills! We then created comic strips of the event.


In English, we began to imagine what it must have been like to be on a Tudor battlefield. We created a series of freezeframes and performed them to the class - see our pictures below smiley


In Maths, we have been looking at rounding numbers. We have had some very tricky problems to solve, such as:


A and B are integers. 

A = 300,000 to the nearest 100,000

B = 300,000 to the nearest 10,000


What is the greatest possible value of A + B?

What is the smallest possible value of A + B?

What is the greatest possible value of A - B?


Do you think you can work it out? enlightened



Wars of the Roses Freezeframes

Friday 16th September 2022


What a brilliant week we have had! Crested Eagles have been working extremely hard and have been learning about:


English - using figurative language to describe a setting, such as similes, metaphors, personification and hyperbole. 

Maths - representing and partitioning numbers up to 1,000,000. 

Science - creating and describing different solutions (see pictures below!)

Topic - locating the countries and oceans visited by Sir Francis Drake and mapping out his route 


Year 5 began their ukulele lessons this week and Year 6 have spent more time getting to know their Year 1 buddies. 




Science - creating and describing solutions

Welcome Back Crested Eagles!


We have had a fantastic start to the new school year - have a look at our photos below of some of the things we have got up to this week! smiley

Portrait Sketching

Tudor Timelines

Testing out the new Sunshine Gym (in the rain...)

Welcome to our wonderful school!