Reception Topic

Spring Term 2019

This term’s topic is “Bears, Bears Everywhere”.

Balanceability Week

The children enjoyed learning to ride balance bikes. The instructors taught them how to stop safely, speed up and to say “Excuse Me!” when overtaking.


Learning to ride balance bikes.

In Reception the temperatures have been chilly.... the children have been learning about polar bears.  They have been printing polar bears using cotton wool and adding their features using black paint.


Printing polar bears

Shrove Tuesday

The children enjoyed whisking a batter and cooking pancakes. They tasted them with sugar and lemon juice.


Whisking the batter together.


Cooking the pancakes.

Paddington Bear isn't the only one who loves marmalade sandwiches! Paddington Bear arrived in our classroom on Monday and the children have been making him feel at home by making marmalade sandwiches and then writing a set of instructions on how to make them.


Making marmalade sandwiches.

Autumn Term 2018

The topic this term was "Knock! Knock!".

Reception received a letter from Santa so they walked to the local letter box to post their replies.


I hope the letter gets to Santa in time!

Reception had a lovely walk to the village with lots of parent helpers.


Through the woods.


Careful crossing of the road!

Reception class had to listen carefully and count the number of beads being dropped into the pot. Then working as a team they had to check by counting and find the correct numicon shape to represent the number.


Listening & Counting

The children collected leaves which they used to make hedgehogs.


Using leaves to make a hedgehog.

Reception class enjoyed getting physical in the afternoons with Play Doh and music!


Play Doh & Music!

Reception children settled quickly in to school life.


Cutting and sticking




In our own play area.

Year 1 Topic

Spring Term 2019

“On The Move” is the topic in Year 1 this term.

“On The Move” Dancing

Year 1 enjoyed a half term of dance learning a racing car dance to the Grand Prix music and then travelling for a Bollywood dance. Some brilliant dancing from all! 

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“On The Move” Dance

Scooting & Skateboarding

The children had a fun morning learning to scoot and skateboard safely.





A gentleman from the Penny Farthing Club came in to school to teach the children about the penny farthing and to let them have a ride.


A penny farthing


Having a try!

Year 1 walked to the park to find different adjectives to describe the park before using them to write their own exciting poems.


Collecting ideas to create poems.

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic this term was “In A Land Far, Far Away”.

Dancing, eating and drinking were great fun at the Key Stage 1 Ball.



Year 1 have been learning the stories of Hansel and Gretel and The Little Red Hen. They made bread and it was lots of fun!

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Making bread.

The children made porridge for The Three Bears.

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Tasting the porridge to make sure it was perfect!

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Making porridge

Year 2 Topic

Spring Term 2019

Year 2’s topic was “On The Move”.

Scooting and Skateboarding

Year 2 enjoyed learning to scoot and skateboard safely.


Scooting with Mrs Richardson.


Learning to skateboard safely

The children had fun writing their own naughty bus stories. They published their stories and shared them with Year 1 and Reception. 

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Naughty! Naughty!

They had a visit from the Penny Farthing Club. The children learned the history of the penny farthing and had a turn on a smaller version. They were inspired to research bicycles and created some superb fact files.

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Work inspired by the visit from the Penny Farthing Club

Year Two enjoyed the start of their topic ‘On the Move’. They collected suitable verbs and adjectives whilst on the playground equipment to make a range of playground poems. 

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Having fun collecting ideas to create poetry.

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic this term was "In A Land Far, Far Away".

Year 2 used their drama skills! They acted out wolf pack behaviour in the wildlife area and used their drama experience to help their writing.

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Acting like a wolf.

The Key Stage 1 Ball was great fun - the children enjoyed dancing, eating and drinking.


Food and drink time at The Ball.

A trail of breadcrumbs appeared outside the Year 2 classroom door which the children followed to a sweet-making kitchen.


Crushing biscuits to make Rocky Road


Melting chocolate

After receiving a letter from Goldilocks, Year 2 have made and tasted some porridge. They have been writing instructions using imperative verbs and they plan to send their delicious recipes to Goldilocks. 


Cooking the porridge.

Chaos in the Key Stage 1 corridor! Year 2 have found a trail of breadcrumbs and are trying to find out who left them.

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Who has made this mess?

Year 3 Class Topic

Spring Term 2019

Year 4’s topic is “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.

To begin their topic, the children used atlases to locate the mountain ranges of the world.

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Vital research using an atlas.

Year 3 worked together to create a large picture of mountains - each person used paint, pastels and collage to reproduce a small section of the original.


Using glue and collage


Pastels and paint were used here first then some tissue collage added.

“ Climbing Wall” Day

The children faced the challenge of the climbing wall, cooked white rocky mountain and performed a science investigation.


On the climbing wall


Cooking white rocky mountain.

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic was "Stones & Bones".

The children have had great fun acting out scenes from “Ug, Boy Genius of the Stone Age” and then scribing the dialogue.




Written dialogue.

The children wrote instructions about how to brush a sabre tooth tiger’s teeth.


Concentrating hard!

Year 3 created some woolly mammoths and then wrote instructions about how to make them.


A Woolly Mammoth


Inspired Writing

Trip to Worthing Museum

The children explored the Museum, looking at artefacts from Stone Age times. They were also able to handle relics from this era that had been found in the local area.


Handling artefacts


Archaeological digging.

In Gymnastics, Year 3 have been exploring the different shapes that they can make with their bodies including: thin, small, round and wide shapes.


What shapes are they making here?

Year 4 Class Topic

Spring Term 2019

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is Year 4’s topic this term; photos will be posted here soon.

Year 4 learned about division in Maths using a variety of apparatus to help them.

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Learning how to divide.

Climbing Wall Day

The children faced the challenge of the climbing wall, made white rocky mountain and performed a science investigation.

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Climbing with confidence.

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Science investigation

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic this term was "Stones & Bones".

Cake Sale for Zoe’s Charity, Caudwell Children

Year 4 held a Cake Sale and raised over £440 for Caudwell Children.


All ready to sell cakes.

The children have been writing non-chronological reports about imaginary animals that lived in the Stone Age.

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On Display

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Superb Non-Chronological Report Writing

Year 4 have been writing postcards after imagining they had travelled back to the Stone Age.

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Stone Age Postcards.

Visit to Worthing Museum

The children explored Worthing Museum, focusing on the artefacts from Stone Age times. They also participated in an archaeological dig and were able to handle the relics they found.

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Archaeological dig.

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Chalk rubbing.

Year 5 Topic

Spring Term 2019

Year 5’s topic this term is “The Vikings Are Coming!”.

Year 5 have played the game 'Exquisite Corpse' in English to help them create a monster.  They are now busy writing a description of their monster before they go on to writing instructions based on how to trap him/her!


A Monster!

In Maths, Year 5 have been learning how to multiply a three-digit number by a two-digit number.  Their knowledge of times tables has really helped them!


Careful concentration!

Year 5 have been busy showing off their creative skills; their fabulous writing was sent off to be entered in the West Sussex Writing Competition. Good luck Year 5!

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Fabulous writing

Viking Day

Year 5 became Viking warriors for the day, experiencing what it was like to live in Viking times.


Viking Victory

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic this term was "Into The Unknown".

Year 5 had a very creative start to the term and have all made their own skyship in preparation for their 'Brightstorm' topic.  In addition to this, they enjoyed the visit and workshops from Vashti Hardy and are now eager to start writing their persuasive text to become a member of the crew.

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Meeting Vashti Hardy.

Year 5 continued their work on Brightstorm and lots of their fantastic work went on display in the classroom.


Classroom Display

During their ICT lessons, Year 5 looked at 'Hour of Code'.  They created their own flappy bird game, making the bird fly through a variety of obstacles gaining points as it travelled.

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Flappy Bird Game

It's been an exciting time on Times Tables Rockstars, with Year 5 and Year 6 going into a tournament battle against each other. The Staff are very proud of the level of participation resulting in their speed and accuracy in times table knowledge being dramatically improved. 

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Battle of The Bands Year 5 winners

Year 5 have studied the work of Lichtenstein this term. They have used the theme of pop art to create their own portraits. Here are a few pictures from their gallery...can you guess who they are? 

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Who is this?

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And this?

Year 6 Topic

Spring Term 2019

The topic for the children in Year 6 is “The Vikings Are Coming!”. They kicked off their new topic by inventing their own Invasion Games in PE.

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Invasion Games

The children have explored texture and pattern to create their own Dragon Eye sculptures.

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Dragon Eye Sculptures

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed interviewing prospective candidates for the role of Viking Hero. They asked some very interesting questions!

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Interview time!

Viking Day

What a bunch of vicious Vikings! Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their workshop, learning huge amounts, experiencing Viking life by handling artefacts but – without a shadow of a doubt –the most enjoyable part was using a sword to chop their teacher’s “head” off!

Please note : no teachers were harmed during this workshop – a few cabbages met a rather sticky end though!


Viking Warriors

Autumn Term 2018

Our topic this term was "Into The Unknown".

In Year 6 the children have been making their own networks to help them understand how computing networks operate.

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Making networks

Year 6 have been learning about the importance of E-Safety. They have thought about how they would react in different scenarios & created some very informative Online Safety posters which will be displayed around the school to help younger children make the correct choices.

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Creating E-Safety posters.

Bikeability Week in Year 6 was a great success – the children learnt to cycle safely on the roads.


Getting started.


On the way back to Castlewood.

It's been an exciting time on Times Tables Rockstars, with Year 5 and Year 6 going into a tournament battle against each other. The Staff are very proud of the level of participation resulting in their speed and accuracy in times table knowledge being dramatically improved. 

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Year 6 Winners of Battle of the Bands.

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