This is a Good School

Ofsted says "Pupils achieve well and make good progress"

Teaching is good

"Teachers and TAs work together very well to support pupils' development."

Governance is strong

"Governors understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school"

Pupils achieve well

"They make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics"

Pupils' behaviour is good

"They demonstrate high levels of respect and are considerate of each other's needs."

Teaching is good

"Teachers and TAs work together very well to support pupils' development."

Curriculum design is inspiring

"It is complemented by an extensive range of enrichment activities"

Pupils achieve well

"They make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics"

Pupils' behaviour is good

"They demonstrate high levels of respect and are considerate of each other's needs."

Haymead Class

English – Speaking and Listening

We use drama in English to explore stories, characters and ideas. We use drama activities to improve our speaking and listening skills. We also enjoy debates and discussions. 

English – Reading

We love reading in Haymead Class. We enjoy recommending books to each other and as a class we are currently reading ‘The Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells. In our guided reading groups, we are reading ‘Tilly and the Time Machine’ by Adrian Edmondson. Last week, we read ‘The Rainbow Bear’ by Michael Morpurgo. We enjoyed it so much that we had a class discussion about predicting what might happen next and why. 

English – Writing

Based on our topic of ‘You Look Frozen!’, we have written survival guides for how to survive in sub-zero conditions. We used ideas from our class text ‘The Ice Palace’ and how the character Ivan survives to help us. Our finished guides are great!

Entrepreneurial Week

During Entrepreneurial Week, Haymead Class created a museum. We gave guided tours, drawing lessons, played games and sold fossils to raise money for the class. This was linked to our learning in History about the Stone Age.

Design and Technology

During our Roman topic, we learnt the skills needed to make bread: kneading, mixing, sieving, measuring and proving. We will use these skills when learning to cooking more dishes during Term 4. Everyone had the opportunity to try new foods and were encouraged to ‘give it a go’. Some of us were surprised that we liked foods which we thought we would not. 

Geography

We have used atlases and maps to locate different countries and physical and human features. Our focus this term is on Scotland and Iceland and we are enjoying finding out about the features of these countries and how some of them have been formed. We have also used photos and videos to explore the places further and we have spoken to people who have been to those places. 

Art and Design

We have enjoyed creating mosaics and learning about mosaic construction. The grout was tricky to apply but we worked hard to ensure it was between all the tiles. Also, we have been learning about colour mixing with paint and how to draw trees. We will be combining these skills in our final pieces.

We have created our final ‘Winter Tree’ pictures using colour mixing to create different shades. We used our learning from drawing trees to paint tree silhouettes. 

Computing

We have enjoyed learning about coding in computing and created games where the ‘sprites’ respond to other other objects. We have also created posters and we are currently learning about internet safety.

Aladdin Dance Workshop

Haymead Class were lucky to have visitors to come and work with them and teach them moves from the Aladdin theatre show. They explored the costumes and showed great endurance by keeping dancing for 90 minutes!

Haymead’s trip to Caerleon Museum

Haymead Class went to visit Caerleon National Roman Legion Museum as part of their learning about The Roman Empire and it’s impact on Britain. The excitement built as we crossed the River Severn and entered Wales. Finally, we arrived at the museum where there was lots to do. It was great to explore real objects which were found at the site. We got to try on armour and explore the life of a soldier further. The armour was really heavy so most of us agreed we wouldn’t like to march for long distances wearing it. After lunch, we role-played a Roman dinner party and acted as slaves or rich Romans. Did you know the Romans ate peacock brains and stuffed dormice? The best part was visiting the remains of a real amphitheatre. It was great as we acted out gladiator battles and fights against wild beasts. We managed to spot the different parts that we had found out about in the classroom. It was a fantastic visit and it helped us to explore how archaeologists were able to work out how the Romans lived and it was great to find out more about the different parts of Roman live we had studied.