Reception Topic

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic this term is "Knock! Knock!". We will post some photographs of our learning shortly.

Summer Term 2018

Our topic for the Summer Term is "Egg Drop". 

New Arrivals

Some eggs were delivered to Reception from Incredible Eggs. Chicks hatched from the eggs - it was very egg-citing!


Keeping the eggs warm.


Hatching begins.


The chicks are here!

Shhh! Don’t tell Mr Stallibrass but Reception have been making egg protectors so when they drop eggs onto the playground, they won’t break!


I hope it keeps the egg safe!

We have been out to the school pond and spotted frog spawn and some frogs.


Looking for frog spawn and frogs.

Spring Term 2018

Chinese Day

The children learnt how to cook a vegetable stir fry, tried prawn crackers and practised using chopsticks. The Chinese Workshop taught them about dancing with a Chinese dragon.

 Using chopsticks

Using chopsticks

 Dressed as a dragon.

Dressed as a dragon.

 Practising the dance.

Practising the dance.

Our topic is "Bears, Bears, Everywhere". Remember you can see what we have been doing using Tapestry.

A creature is hiding in the cave in Reception. Who could it be?

 Who is sleeping here?

Who is sleeping here?

Reception children have been asking the question “How do bears keep warm when they are hibernating?” They carried out a science experiment using a fur-covered hot water bottle and an uncovered one.


Who's been eating my porridge?

Reception children learned how to make porridge and sampled it.

 All ready to cook!

All ready to cook!

 It was very tasty!

It was very tasty!

Autumn Term 2017

The children made "Gruffalo Crumble". It was sticky and sweet and they took it home to share with their families.


Smoothing out the crumble, ready for baking.

Reception children settled in to life in school. Their topic was "Webs, Woods & Wild".


The children have been exploring their classroom and outdoor area.


Here we are relaxing and looking at books.


Learning about Spinderella!


Making ladders to help Monkey get down from Mrs McMahon's speaker.

Year 1 Topic

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic this term is "In A Land Far, Far Away" - we will display some photographs here shortly.

Summer Term 2018

The topic this term is "In the Deep".

Pond Dipping

Year 1 went to the pond in the school's Wildlife Area and found tadpoles and froglets which was very exciting.


Look what we caught!

Visit to Brighton Sea Life Centre

The children had a fabulous day at Brighton Sea Life Centre learning about the habitats of the aquatic creatures there.


Can you see....?


In The Deep


Learning about the aquatic creatures

Year 1 have been reading “One Tiny Turtle”. They have role-played a turtle’s life and recorded it in a diary, studied how to look after turtles and keep oceans clean and created a turtle out of recycling plastic.


Year 1's turtle made from recycled plastic.

The journey under the oceans of the world began with adjective building and sharing lots of ocean stories. Some fabulous art work has been started too.


Careful painting

Spring Term 2018

We were on an "Arctic Adventure". The children started their new topic by role playing an adventure to the Arctic. In their Art lesson, they created an Arctic scene using paints and tissue paper. They had fun!


Arctic Art

Using tissue paper and glue in Arctic Art lessons.

The children have enjoyed creating their own Arctic poems about Arctic animals, using some brilliant adjectives.



What adjectives describe how we are feeling?

In Maths, Year 1 investigated the length of Arctic animals using metre sticks.


How many centimetres do you think the animal measures?

Autumn Term 2017

Sir Teachalot Visits Year 1

Year 1 looked at medieval armour, took part in a joust and learnt how to be a knight.


Victory over Mrs Dedman!


At the joust!


The children developed their stirring, mixing and kneading skills when they made bread. They also learned about proving and how yeast works.


Stirring the ingredients together.


Kneading the dough.

Year 1 went on "A Secret Quest". They found an egg in the school grounds and then tried to build one of their own.

 Finding an egg with Mrs Dedman.

Finding an egg with Mrs Dedman.

 Building an egg.

Building an egg.

 We designed and made a drawbridge to help rescue the princess from the castle.

We designed and made a drawbridge to help rescue the princess from the castle.

Year 2 Topic

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic this term is "In A Land Far, Far Away"; we will post some photographs of our activities here shortly.

Summer Term 2018

The children's topic this term is "In The Deep".

Year 2 have really enjoyed creating and performing their own poems. They used an ocean theme to play and explore with language.They had great fun thinking of ways to capture an audience through performance. Bravo Year Two!


Reading and performing poetry.

They began their work by researching what creatures live in the ocean and used their "Reading Rock Pool".

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Reading in the rock pool.

Spring Term 2018

Our topic this term was "Pole to Pole". Year 2 started their topic by learning about polar bears and the Arctic. Thank you for all the milk cartons;construction of the igloo started well!


Working with Miss Allan to get the best consruction plan.


It's very chilly in this igloo!

The children researched Antarctica and chose how to present their work.


What shall we use to do our research?

Autumn Term 2017

Year 2's topic was "Squires, Swords and Shields". Sir Teachalot came in to school to show us his medieval armour and teach us how to joust and become a medieval knight.


Miss Allan begging for mercy from a knight!


Who is this knight in shining armour?

We have been working hard settling in to Year 2.

 Here we are outside our classroom.

Here we are outside our classroom.

 Learning outside on the playground.

Learning outside on the playground.

Year 3 Class Topic

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic is "Stones & Bones"; photographs of our learning will be posted here shortly.

Summer Term 2018

Year 3 are studying "The Rainforest" this term. 

The children in Year 3 have been reading Rainforest animal rhyming poetry. They have listened to the poems, analysed the rhyme schemes, memorised the poems and then performed them with a view to creating their own.

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Awesome Acting from Year 3!

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What animals are we ?

Hard work from Year 3! They have been writing myths about Rainforest creatures, using “Just So” stories to inspire them.


Inspired to write.

Spring Term 2018

This term Year 3 studied "Storms & Shipwrecks". They started their new topic by building shelters, finding a safe way to evacuate the school after being hit by a storm and learning about different types of disasters.

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Topic Day - our shelter.

The visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and H.M.S. Victory was interesting and enjoyable , despite the wet weather. We looked around the museum, found out about life on board The Victory and the different jobs that there were to do.

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Dressing up on board H.M.S. Victory.

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The children looked at seascapes created by various famous artists and started to investigate different mark making using paints to show the sea and waves.


Seascape work

Autumn Term 2017

Year 3 studied The Romans.

Clay Tile Making

They made clay tiles carefully and precisely.


The children visited Fishbourne Roman Palace. They wrote on wax tablets, explored the museum, dressed in a toga and made an archway out of bricks.


Learning about life in Roman Times

We listened to the curator to learn what a slave's job involved.


Life as a Slave

A slave had to work hard!


Building an Archway

We had to concentrate well to be successful at this task.

Year 4 Class Topic

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic this term is "Stones & Bones". We hope to post photographs of our learning here shortly.

Summer Term 2018

Year 4 are learning about "The Rainforest". As an introduction to their topic of 'Rainforests', the children have studied types of leaf and looked in detail at the shapes and colours of them. They then painted their own leaves to be used in the classroom display.

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Careful observational art work for the classroom display.

Spring Term 2018

"Storms & Shipwrecks" are the basis for our learning this term and we started by building shelters, finding a safe way to evacuate the school after being hit by a storm and learning about different types of disasters.


Surviving a disaster!

We visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and explored H.M.S. Victory. We learned about what it was like during a battle on board a ship and compared warfare today and throughout history. We also learned about the different jobs on board The Victory.

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Looking for other battleships!

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All kinds of equipment.

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Looking at artefacts.

The children looked at seascapes by various artists and then tried some mark making using paints to show the sea and waves.

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Mark making using paints to create sea and waves.

Autumn Term 2017

The children have been busy designing and creating shoes and making clay tiles to paint for mosaic.


Stitching and sticking.


Using clay and cutting precisely.

Year 4 learned about life in Roman times. They visited Fishbourne Roman Palace where they spun wool, made mosaic patterns, created an arch out of bricks and learned about the jobs of a slave. 


Spinning wool


Under the brick archway.


Creating mosaic patterns.

The children took part in an archeological dig in the school grounds and found some Roman artefacts.

 Hunting for Roman artefacts.

Hunting for Roman artefacts.

Year 5 Topic

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic this term is "Into The Unknown". We will display some photographs of our learning here shortly.

Summer Term 2018

Year 5 are studying "The Awesome Egyptians". They immersed themselves in their new topic by creating a topic display, making a collage of the River Nile, creating pyramids out of cuboids and reeds with notes about what they would like to find out.


Egyptian Topic Display

‘How would you reinvent a school blazer to give it a new life?’ is the challenge which has faced Year 5  –  they have been working in small groups to show off their innovative and creative skills. The children have been busy planning their work for this competition – run by John Lewis -  with the hope of winning a 3D printer for Castlewood School!


What can we change the blazer into?

Spring Term 2018 - Year 5 Music Festival

Spring Term 2018

Year 5 were on a "Polar Adventure" this term; they started their  topic with an ice sphere melting to reveal a message from Sir Ernest Shackleton which led onto writing a persuasive letter applying to be part of his crew on The Endurance.


Our Ice Sphere.


What will be inside?


Let's Apply!

The children followed instructions to make a penguin corner bookmark in preparation for writing instructions themselves.


Taking great care!

Autumn Term 2017

Year 5 had a very special visitor: a WW2 evacuee.  Molly told them all about her experiences when she was evacuated from Portsmouth to Loxwood.

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To commemorate Remembrance Day, the children wrote some thought-provoking poems which they put on display in the classroom.

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We will remember them.

Year 5 studied World War II. They went for a trip on The Bluebell Railway dressed as evacuees to experience life in the early 1940s.


At the station.


I wonder where we are going?


At our destination.

Year 6 Topic

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic this term is "Into The Unknown"; photographs of our learning will be displayed here shortly.

Summer Term 2018

Residential Trip to South Downs Adventure Centre

The children enjoyed creating catapults and kites on the Downs, a visit to Lewes Castle, a day at the beach and constructing and floating coracles.


Creating catapaults


Constructing a coracle


It floated!

"Awesome Egyptians" is the focus of the Year 6 studies. They learnt about the mummification process during Egyptian times; they weer particularly disgusted with the process of removing the brain which involved sticking an iron hook up the nostril of the dead body, whisking the brain vigorously until it was scrambled and then rolling the body over so the liquified brain could drain out through the nose. Revolting!

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Year 6 reaction!

Spring Term 2018

"Polar Adventure" was our topic during this term; the children conducted a range of “Frozen Oceans” investigations as part of an introduction to their topic. They made Arctic food webs, trained like explorers – including taking part in sleeping bag relays to see if they would be quick enough to avoid frostbite! – and thought about the best insulating material for cold climates recreating blubber using butter and bubble wrap.

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Food webs.

Autumn Term 2017

Year 6 studied World War II. They produced some really creative World War II gardens.


The visit to the Bluebell Railway helped the children experience what it was like to be evacuated.


At the station.


What will happen to us?


On the steam train.

It seems like a long journey!


In the Tunnel.


Who will take care of us?

Bikeability Week

First of all the children learnt how to check that their bicycle and cycle helmetwere roadworthy. Then they were out in the local vicinity learning how to ride safely as part of the traffic.


Turning right from a main road in to a side road.


Moving right from a side on to a main road.

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