Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Parents of Charlestown came to town!

Yesterday the parents of Charlestown Community Primary School were invited in to celebrate year 2’s circus learning!

First, the children did a fantastic assembly showcasing their wonderful learning from this half term!

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The children then were able to teach their parents some circus tricks! It was lots of fun and we all had a great time!


Well done for your hard work this half term during ‘The Circus came to Town’ topic!

Oxford reading tree competition!

Last week the children in team three created their very own Biff, Chip and Kipper book for a very exciting competition.

This year it is Oxford Reading Trees 30th birthday and they decided to run a competition for children to make their very own stories about their famous story characters Biff, Chip and Kipper. Thirty children will be chosen to get there books printed for them to keep and the first two winners in the competition get their books illustrated by Alex Brychta.

Over the week the children read and explored magic key stories, about Biff, Chip and Kipper,  looking at the similarities in the stories and beginning to think about what they would have to include in their stories.

The children then began to plan their stories thinking about some wonderful places the magic key could take them. We had Harry Potter Worlds, back in time to the dinosaurs, into the future, shooting off into deep space and lots, lots more.

By the end of the week the children produced some great stories and we shared them with our class. The children looked and discussed all of their stories with their team mates in class.®ion=uk

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Times Tables Workshop

A big thank you to all the parents and carers that attended our maths workshop on Tuesday 8th March. I was really impressed with how everyone got stuck in and had a go at the different games. Well done to Rebecca’s mum (T4) and Darcey’s mum (T5) on winning the Easter eggs!

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There are packs available from this session if you were unable to attend but would still like the information please ask me (Miss Denham) and I will get one straight to you.


I hope to see many more parents and carers at our next session.

A Busy Morning in KS1

Thank you to everyone for allowing me into your classrooms this morning and telling me all about your learning.

I loved listening to some of you read and seeing all of the different activities that you were doing. You get so much done in your guided reading sessions and I was really impressed with how independently you are able to work and how well you understand the classroom routines and rules in this session.

I found out lots of fascinating information from you too!



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Saina, Paige and Libby were reading a book about elephants and then finding lots of interesting facts using the ipads.

IMG_0078 IMG_0080 IMG_0081 Miss Mulholland’s class were extremely busy finding out information from their books, on their ipads and answering comprehension questions.

Jayden’s group were reading a book about astronauts, he told me that rockets travel at 28,000km an hour! Darcy told me that astronauts have to pass a one year course of basic training and learn about Science. Michael found lots of information about satellites, he told me that the heaviest communication satellite weighs nearly as much as a London bus – imagine having to install something like that! Ava discovered that astronauts have to have hundreds of hours of training before they’re allowed to fly in space. Sufy told me that Russian astronauts are called Cosmonauts!

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In Miss Coy’s class, Angela and Michael were reading a non-fiction book about crabs. Angela told me that crabs can climb trees and Michael told me that the crab in the picture is able to swim really far!


In Team 1, Miss Absolom was talking to her group about which tricky words they would find in their book. They were really good at sounding them out!


Ruby had been reading a book about different kinds of transport over the years. Her group had to cut and stick pictures of past and present forms of transport into the correct section of the diagram. Ruby told me that there was a bike that was made from wood and metal! That must have been very heavy to pedal!


Alex and Bella Boe were reading their books independently in book area, I don’t think they even noticed me taking their picture as they looked very immersed in their reading. What a joy to see!!


Miss Sewart’s group were reading a book about pirates. Ahoy there!!


Riley’s group were reading a book about Octopi and Squids. Apparently an octopus has 8 tentacles and a squid has 10 tentacles-I never knew that!


Liam, Tony and Calem were reading a book about eggs. They told me lots of different animals that came from an egg!


Miss Boocker and Mrs Southworth’s guided groups were great at answering the tricky questions they were being asked about their texts.


Aaliyah and Mrs Lord were really engrossed in their Ipad work!

After guided reading I stayed in Team 4 and took part in their maths lesson. Everyone was working hard to master the time objectives that Year 2 need to learn.

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These children were learning to tell the time in 5 minute intervals. They were really resilient and because of this, they were making lots of progress.


This group were working hard with o’clock times, making sure that they could draw the right time onto the clocks on their sheets.


Louis and Harvey were making progress with time problems. There was some tricky language to think about and they really persevered.

So thank you again KS1 and keep up the good work. I’ll be back soon!

Miss Denham