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Sailing 5th and 6th July 2018

Hilltop 2nd and 3rd July 2018

Scaling the Solar System - We found out how far away the planets are from the Sun! June 2018

Summer Term

May 2018


We haven't been back for long but already Thistle Class have had a fantastic start to the Summer Term. The children are enjoying our new book Cosmic by Frank Cottrell-Boyce which is inspiring lots of discussion and writing. This week we are designing a theme park based on the story. We've also had several sessions with a dental hygienist, Mrs Coggins, where we've learnt about taking care of our teeth, and Year 5s are completing their Bikeability this week. Please see the below link for more information about what we will be doing!

Cave Art showing the achievements of Stone Age people - May 2018

Canopic Jars - March 2018

English - March 2018


I have been so impressed with the writing the children have done based on our work on Macbeth by William Shakespeare. They have really picked up on the use of imagery in the play which has inspired them when writing in role. Here are some examples of their amazing work:


‘Even though water can wash off blood, the word murder is engraved on my skin.’ – Innes

‘I will rest only in hell and never in my home…I am a rose losing petals and my body is falling towards the ground.’ – Marie

‘The tears of mine have fallen a thousand times and my heart is torn in half. What do I do? Tear after tear, my heart keeps on tearing.’ – Macy

‘My happiest page has been turned over.’ – Margot


French - February 2018


Thistle class were very lucky in February as we were joined by Madame De Schrooder, a student teacher from France. She was with us for two weeks, finding out about schools in the UK, and during that time she let us know what school was like in France. We practised French handwriting using the guidelines that French children use, and then she taught the children how to name their body parts in French, where we finished with a game of Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (or tete, épaules, genoux et orteils)!

Sound - January 2018


In Science this term we are learning about sound. We went on a silent walk around the school, seeing what sounds could be heard in different areas and whether we could find silence anywhere. We even went to the staffroom! The next week, we made string telephones which showed that sound can travel through a solid.

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Swimming update - 8th December 2017


In today's swimming lesson for Thistle Class (Year 4 and 5) they are working to get their certificates! In Miss Clarke's group they started off by jumping and then followed with beautiful front crawl, and the same goes with Mrs Catchpole's group. Now in Mrs Catchpole's group they are pushing off underwater to make them go more streamlined, and then followed through by swimming under the water. In Miss Clarke's group all is going well. Now everyone has gathered up to go underwater and to find some weights that we call sinkies. Now they are finishing it off by jumping in. That's been my report.


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Music Day - 21st November 2017


Thistle Class were very lucky to take part in a day of music lead by the musicians Raff and Phoenie, where we spent the day creating a song.


We started the day by playing lots of games to develop our rhythm and warm up our vocal chords. Then, the children gathered ideas about our topic, the Industrial Revolution, before turning them into metaphors and similes which became song lyrics. In the afternoon, the children then shared their ideas for the song melody which we then performed in assembly in the afternoon. 

Creating storybooks - October 2017


The first book we read in Thistle Class this year was 'The Green Ship' by Quentin Blake. We used it as inspiration to write our own stories and then made them into storybooks, adding illustrations in the style of Quentin Blake. Here are some photos of the children sharing their books with Cygnet class.

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Autumn Term Topic Overview

Autumn Term PE Curriculum


During the first part of the Autumn term the children will be learning football skills with Mr Cornish. These skills will build up so that the children can practice them in small sided games.

Autumn Term Timetable

Creating an adventure story - September 2017

Welcome! September 2017


Thank you for visiting the Thistle class page. We have already had a brilliant start to the term. We spent the first few days of term focusing on learning attitudes. The children chose what they think are the six most important learning skills - perseverance, confidence, self-belief, enthusiasm, independence and listening skills – and we’ll refer to them throughout our learning. We also decided on a class agreement that we will follow which you can see below.


I’m very much looking forward to this term; please look at our class topic web if you would like to find out what we have got planned.


Many thanks,


Miss Clarke