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Highlight of the Week

Year 5

Year 5 went to the RAF Museum to link in with the Term’s theme of World War 2. The children participated in a workshop where they went back in time to 1940, pretending to be in class. They learnt that they were to be evacuated after school completing their identity cards and labels for their belongings. They endured Maths and English as it would have been taught in 1940, using dip pens and ink, blotting paper and even suffered the fear of being bombed. The children had to hide under their tables to keep safe.

 

Year 4

Year 4 have been studying the topic of Chocolatology so far this term. We are half way through Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Many facts on the Mayans have been researched and discussed too. The children have also started to learn about Andy Warhol and Pop Art. We think the children liked being asked to provide an empty chocolate bar wrapper for their art work!

Year 3

Our topic this half term in Year 3 is ‘The Stone Age’. This week we have been changing ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ into ‘Little Red Deer Skin’ and have enjoyed publishing our work for a special class book. Children have been enthusiastic about turning traditional characters into prehistoric human beings and have used high-level vocabulary to write character descriptions. During our History lessons, we have also been learning about Stone Age food and have had lots of fun playing the ‘Hunter-gatherer’ game with our peers. Finally, we have also compared Stone Age food with the Modern Age and created some of our very own shopping lists!

Year 2

 

Our topic this half term in Year 2 is 'Once Upon a Time'. This week we have been retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs, we enjoyed acting out the story and describing the characters. We then looked at how we can use conjunctions and expanded noun phrases to make our sentences more interesting when retelling the story. In Maths we have been exploring tens and ones and using this to help us understand the value of digits in a number. During our science lessons we have been a material hunt around the school where we looked at which material objects were made from and why these materials were suitable. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary to describe the properties of these materials!

Year 1

 

Our topic this term is Paws, Claws and Whiskers. In English we have used the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ to write labels and captions. We also enjoyed acting out the story! We will focus on a different animal book fortnightly. In Maths, we have been exploring positional language, linking it to ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. For example ‘We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it’ and more. We also learnt about ordinal numbers and their importance, linking them to real life events. In Science, we have identified the main parts of the human body and our senses. We will then link this to animals as well as grouping them based on their features, diet and habitat.

Welcome to the class of 2019-2020!

 

The new EYFS children have settled well into school life. The children have really enjoyed meeting and making new friends. Next week the children will meet their new Year 6 buddies and have lunch with their parents.

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Proud of our Year 6 SATS results

 

We are incredibly proud of our Year 6 children this week. As you may know in May these children undertook National Testing (SATS), this week the results were published and the result show the hard work the children have put in and their determination to achieve their best in these. The results will be officially published later this year but they show a real improvement on previous years and we are really thankful to Mr Evans, Mrs Egan, Mrs Doddridge, Mrs Moore and Miss Dawes for all of their hard work in

supporting the children in Year 6.

Sports Day 2019

 

We hosted our annual school Sports Day on Friday 5th July, which was well attended by parents and guardians. Thankfully we had some lovely weather for the day and the children were keen to showcase some of the skills that they had covered throughout the school year. All the pupils tried their best as they attempted to win points for their classes in a number of events including; javelin, speed bounce, obstacle course, target throw, target racquets, racquet balance, netball shot and golf putting. 

 

After all the points were calculated we are pleased to announce that the following classes won their Key Stage Trophies which were awarded to the classes in assembly on Wednesday 10th July;

 

EYFS: Hampstead

KS1: Knightsbridge

KS2 Lower: Marble Arch

KS2 Upper: Waterloo

 

Thank you to all the parents and guardians for cheering the children on throughout the day and to the Y5 pupils that helped Mr Mac and Mr Jones for the day! We look forward to seeing you all again next year! 

China, Year 6

In Year 6 this term we have been learning about China. We focused on modern China, including the One Child Policy. We also learnt about the ancient China focusing on the Shang Dynasty.

 

 

Ancient Egypt, Year 5
The children in Year 5 we have been focusing on Ancient Egypt. The children have loved learning about all the Egyptian Gods and ways of living. They have made mummies, writing the different steps and wrapping them like linen bandages around a Sarcophagus. In English we have been studying Ancient Egyptian Myths and have begun writing our own using the features Beowulf linking our work to the Anglo Saxons which we learnt about in the beginning of the year.
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Out of Africa, Year4

 

The children in Year 4 have been enjoying their Summer topic, Out of Africa. They have completed lots of cross-curricular work, including explanation texts on mountains and animals, making animals from clay, writing traditional African tales and painting African sunset pictures. The children are really looking forward to continuing this topic with an exciting African day at the beginning of July. They have made their own tie dye t-shirts to wear on the day and we are looking forward to seeing their creations.

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Year 3 have been learning all about Brazil.

 

The children in year 3 have been learning all about Brazil this term. The children have learnt about the rainforest , the animals that live there and the different layers. In English they have just finished writing adventure stories based around Lynne Cherry's story, The Great Kapok Tree. You can see in the photo the children have created beautiful watercolour paintings, using the artist Helen Cowcher as their inspiration.

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Year 2 have been learning all about India
The children in Year 2 have been immersing themselves in their learning about their topic, India and have begun exploring Indian food. This week the children have tasted Naan bread and used their senses to describe the smell, appearance and of course the taste. They then discussed what Naan bread they wanted to make. On Friday they made their bread and they are bringing it home to cook. We hope our Year 2 families enjoy this over the weekend!

Year 1 Tennis

Today Knightsbridge class had their introduction to Racket sports. They had great fun playing racket drop and bounce and swipe in the sun, building confidence with a bat and ball.

 

EYFS, learning all about Dinosaurs 

 

The children in EYFS have been learning about dinosaurs. We are so impressed with what they have been doing. They have used their hand-prints to make their own dinosaurs. They have written instructions about how to grow their very own dinosaur . The children have found out facts including the difference herbivores and carnivores. In Maths the children have been measuring prints from different types of dinosaurs using non standard units, eg. cubes, as well as centimetre rulers.

Wow! A dinosaur came to visit Forres primary school. 
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Tennis

Forres children played in the festival of tennis at Hoddesdon LTC on

Friday 3rd May. We are very proud of them for achieving the runners up position. Well done to all!

Ducklings at Forres

Our ducklings have arrived safe and sound, we have had three hatch in reception and year 6. The ducklings have been named Donald, Daisy, Dave, Cornflake, Daffodil and Zed.

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Voice in a Million

Forres choir were very proud to attend 'Voice in a million' at Wembley on Thursday 21st March. They had a great time singing along to their favourite songs. 

Science Week Highlights

The children explored journeys during science day. They looked at the various daily journeys that occur around us without noticing.

The children enjoyed completing several experiments, ranging from paper aeroplane racing, fruit printing and exploring plastics in the ocean.

All of the children thoroughly enjoyed their day and can now notice the journeys that happen around them. 

 

 

Year 6 Cycle Training

 

Last week pupils from Year 6 had the opportunity for participate in a Level 1 and Level 2 Cycle Training course, designed to equip children with the required skills and confidence to ride their bikes safely on the roads. After a week consisting of a bicycle check and lots of time putting their new new skills to the test we are pleased to announce that all pupils passed their Level 1 and Level 2 award. 

 

Well done to all pupils that participated in the training and a massive thank you to the instructors Mel and Eric for all their hard work and patience. We look forward to offering this opportunity to Year 6 pupils again next year.

School Assembly

 Many thanks to Nick Sharp, the vicar of St. Cuthbert's, who visited Forres on Wednesday 13th February and lead an uplifting and inspiring assembly on 'All things that can feel impossible'. 

The staff and children really enjoyed it and sang along with great enthusiasm. 

 

The John Warner Coffee Morning

A group of Year 5 children attended The John Warner coffee morning for the Foodbank, whilst there they painted pebbles.

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Congratulations To Forres Kitchen Staff

We are proud to say well done to Mrs Lane and the kitchen team who have just passed their spot check and got high praise and 5 stars!.... Congratulations ladies.

Forres Choir

Forres choir sang beautifully on Sunday 25th November at the Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon. We look forward to hearing them sing again at The Spotlight Christmas concert this Wednesday 28th November.

Writing Week

This week we made an interesting discovery of bones in our outdoor classroom. Each class has had the opportunity to go outside and investigate the reason for their sudden appearance. Children had a wonderful time writing in many different genres - descriptive writing in Ks1, newspaper reports in Yr3 and 4, and narrative writing in Year 5 and 6. The writing outcomes from every class have been fantastic and the children had an opportunity to share their work with the whole school.

Macmillan Coffee and cake morning

On Friday 12th October 2018 children from Forres Primary School went to The John Warner secondary school to help them support this worthy cause.

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