Spring Term 2019
The children in the Drey, joined the rest of the school on a flight to Italy on the first day back. Having formed a very long but orderly queue to check in and get their seat number, they had to endure a short delay in the departure lounge as the cabin crew cleaned the plane and located the refreshment trolley!
Passports checked, security clearance safely negotiated, they boarded the short haul, morning flight to Milan, during which they enjoyed three short inflight films and a selection of biscuits.
Once in Milan, the children were treated to a virtual tour of the city and then spent the afternoon and following day, in various fashion houses, working in mixed age groups to design and produce their own clothing range, culminating in a 'no expenses spared' fashion show.
Venice, Rome, Florence and the beautiful area of Cinque Terre were all 'visited' over the following week.
To finish this 'fun' start to our topic, the children spent Friday morning learning to count to 20 and recite the days of the week and months of the year, in Italian.
Autumn Term 2018
Welcome back after the summer! As the children trotted in to The Drey they were herded into a stable in the corner. So far there’s been no need to use the crop, or wield the switch, in the training of these young foals as they are ‘mane’ly very well behaved, although they are very hungry. They have ‘neighly’ devoured all the carrots and apples.
An invitation was quickly discovered on the hay bales- to experience a farm adventure courtesy of the Tims. The children eagerly responded with their acceptance and have already found the farm on maps and plotted the route. There’s no escape now, Mr and Mrs Tims. The Drey are on their way!
An old army chest arrived in the stable one morning and the children discovered some keepsakes inside: A photo of an elderly farmer, a picture of a majestic bay horse, a faded certificate, a dusty leather bridle, a large medal and an old crumpled letter from a mother to her son. The children were full of ideas as to what these clues could mean.
They quickly wrote letters to the owner of the box asking lots of interesting questions. A note was left on top of Michael Morpurgo’s “War Horse” with the cryptic message that this may help to answer some of their questions.
Meanwhile, Mrs Wharton- who has recently defected from Early Years- is starting to talk in German on Fridays, while Mrs Taylor is busily painting poppies on Tuesday afternoons. It might help if we knew the topic title... if only we could Remember... Remember!
Summer Term 2018
This term the Drey are finding out about Giants through the ages. We will be looking at the Iron Man in Literacy and writing our own version. Through our topic we will find out about giants in history including Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Isambard Brunel and many more!
The Drey have been trying to find imaginative ways to practice our spellings.
We have been creating robots inspired by the metal materials the Iron Man would eat for lunch.
On Thursday 19th April 2018 large metal objects were discovered scattered across the playground by Headteacher, Mr Johnson.
What are they? Nobody knows.
Where could they have come from? Nobody knows.
Why are they here? Nobody knows.
Muttering loudly about fly tipping, bad backs and health and safety policies, Mr Johnson drew round the objects with chalk and quickly tidied them away while The Drey launched an investigation into 'the case of the metal artefacts.' Sherlock Holmes could not have been more thorough.
The objects were measured, hunted and observed closely. Whatever had landed across the playground was big. Colossal. As imposing as a skyscraper.
Some letters were found inside the objects which Sherlock Drey managed to unscramble: The Iron Giant.
The investigation continues and the Drey will report on their findings as the term progresses.
Spring Term 2018
This term the Drey are taking a trip to the Antarctic for our topic 'Frozen Worlds'.
We will be learning about the Voyage Ernest Shackleton and his crew took on the Endurance and the troubles they had.
Spring Term 2017
Our topic this term is 'Lovely London!'
Autumn Term 2015
Our theme this term is “Hard Times,” and we shall be looking at the Victorians.
This is a great theme for covering so many other curriculum areas. In history we will ask and answer questions about Queen Victoria and use a range of sources to compare and contrast various aspects of life, including school and transport. Using maps, atlases and globes will enable us to use our geographical skills to identify the countries in the British Empire. We will be linking our science with art by exploring light and shadows and creating silhouettes. By using watercolours and pastels we will explore ways of creating portraits. Observing the detail and pattern in William Morris designs will help us produce our own prints. We will use ICT to create symmetrical patterns and experiment with manipulating design and colour, as well as using search engines to locate and retrieve information about the Victorians.
Comparing a Victorian diet to ours will also require our scientific skills as we consider the importance of a balanced diet with a healthy lifestyle and the impact on our hair, skin and teeth.
Later in the term we will design and create samplers so if any parents feel able to volunteer their skills please get your thimbles ready!
Summer Term 2015
Our topic this term is called ‘Sail Away’ which began with the children walking into an underwater classroom which they have decorated with sea creatures and will continue to add to throughout the topic.
We are working on learning the oceans and seas around the world, the different parts of boats and ships and also all about pirates. As a class we will compare the diverse ocean habitats and will be investigating coastal landscapes and land-forms.
We will be listening to and learning sea shanties in music. Most subjects and skills will be taught through this topic so that each lesson has a purpose and is meaningful in a context.
Spring Term 2015
Our topic this term is called ‘African Adventure’ which began with a day of African drumming and fruit tasting and we have also made some African instruments of our own!
We are working on learning the names of African countries, their location and their climate. As a class we will compare the different environments in Africa and investigate the differences in lifestyle between people in urban and rural Africa.
In Science we will be finding out about African habitats, predators and prey and separating materials to get clean water. We will be listening to African music and performing repeating drumming patterns, we will also be responding to African music through movement. Most subjects and skills will be taught through this topic so that each lesson has a purpose and is meaningful in a context.
Autumn Term 2014
Our topic this term is called ‘Remember, Remember’ which began with sharing our own memories from our memory bags.
We are working back through time exploring their childhood, your childhood and their grandparent’s childhood.
As a class, we will compare objects from the past, investigate the materials they are made from and make predictions on how long ago these objects were used (e.g. toys, technology, clothes etc).
We will be finding out about the elderly and we will discover how sounds are made.
After half term, we will travel even further back to ‘The Great War’ and we will focus on what life was like 100 years ago.
The children will need to know about the roles on the home front, animals in war and understand why “Remembrance Day” is so important.
Most subjects and skills will be taught through this topic so that each lesson has a purpose and is meaningful in a context.
Summer Term 2014
Space - Autumn 2013
Frozen Worlds - Spring 2013
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