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Brazil Day


Wednesday 5th July was Brazil Day in Key Stage 2. The children learnt lots about Brazil through a carousel of activities including language learning through role play, designing a carnival costume, tasting Brazilian street food, making chocolate truffles and playing traditional playground games. 

Shanties on the Shore


Thistle Class are very lucky to be taking part in the Shanties on the Shore project in celebration of the life and work of Arthur Ransome. The children had a fantastic time when composer John K Miles and poet Dean Parkin came in to do some workshops. They wrote poetry and helped to compose songs which they will perform along with the other schools on the peninsula on the 22nd June 2017.

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Tooth decay investigations - May 2017

Digestive system practical activity - April 2017

Robots - March and April 2017


On Wednesday 29th March, Thistle Class became professors for Volcano Industries on our trip to 'We're Stuck' at the Wolsey Studio in Ipswich. We had a fantastic time making robots dance using coordinates, and stopping killer robots using our maths skills. To start the term we continued our work for Volcano Industries by making robots using our knowledge of 3D shapes and nets. Please have a look at the photos below to see some of our creations.

March 2017 - Tractor models


Thistle class are taking part in the 'Transform a Tractor' competition for the Suffolk Show. The challenge is to design and make a futuristic tractor model out of recycled food packaging. We have been making our models over the last couple of weeks. The children have really impressed me with their creativity and they've also shown excellent team work skills.

March 2017 - We mixed materials to find irreversible changes in Science

Tractor visit - 22nd February 2017


We were very lucky to have Mr Wrinch come into school with his tractor this week as part of the East Anglian Tractors into Schools scheme. We found out lots about the tractor including the fact that it has 96 gears! Wow! The children also got to have a look inside. 

February 2017 - In English, we evaluated card game instructions by following them and looking at their features.

February 2017 - We made origami houses in French.

January 2017 - We made wire loop games in DT.

January 2017 - We investigated materials that do and don't dissolve in Science.

Investigating the properties of materials

Welcome back! January 2017


I hope that you all had a lovely and restful Christmas break. In Thistle class we've already had a great start to the year. The children have really impressed me in maths where we've been working on number and place value. I can see that they've made excellent progress since the start of the year which is fantastic. 


We've also been working hard on our presentation and last week I awarded the first 4 pencil case licenses to Charlie, Ella, Toby and Jimmi. Well done! I look forward to giving out more over the term.


In science we have started work on our topic 'Properties and Changes of Materials'. We have already carried out 2 investigations - discovering the properties (such as permeability and flexibility) of everyday materials and testing which materials make the best thermal insulators. 


I am very much looking forward to the rest of the term!


Miss Clarke

Welcome! 25th September 2016


Thank you for visiting the Thistle class page. I have had a brilliant first few weeks with the class. We’ve already made an excellent start to our local area topic. In English, we have considered how areas can change over time and how this makes us feel with poetry and writing in role. We’ve also thought about what we could do to improve our local area and written persuasive letters about this.


In Science, we have focused on living things and their habitats. We have identified mini habitats around the school; we’ve been on a minibeast hunt and also collected leaves and sorted them into groups according to their features. In Topic sessions we’ve located where we live on a range of maps, studied the features of maps and we will soon make our own with help from a walk around the village.


Please look at our class topic web under the curriculum section of the website if you would like to find out what we have got planned for the rest of the term. I have very much enjoyed getting to know the class and I look forward to working with them and supporting them more as the year continues. I also look forward to working with you and please don’t hesitate to speak to me if there is anything you need to discuss.


Many thanks for your support,


Miss Clarke

Christmas Play Lyrics with links to songs

Using role play across the curriculum October 2016

Key Stage 2 Topic Morning 10th October 2016

Photos from our minibeast hunt and journey stick walk - 2nd October 2016