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Take a look at all the wonderful learning we have been doing in Ospreys Class!

Our PE days for Term 6 will be Monday and Wednesday.


We experienced Eucharist at St. Margaret's Church in Yatton Keynell this week. We learned so much from the adults from the church who volunteered to help us understand what the Eucharist is. Thank you to everyone involved! Take a look at what we did...




By Brook Valley have had such a sporty week, this week! First, we were lucky enough to be visited by Brogan Cowley. Brogan was a talented Team GB Junior level heptathlete, but unfortunately suffered nerve damage during surgery in her ankle, meaning she now can’t feel her foot.

Instead of giving up, Brogan made her Skeleton World Cup debut in 2020 and recorded a career-best finish of fifth at the World Cup event in Innsbruck in January 2021! Earlier this year, she made her Olympic debut in Beijing. Ospreys found Brogan's story of fighting against setbacks incredibly motivating. She also provided top tips for our sports day which was the next day.

It was so wonderful for Ospreys to see their loved ones on the field cheering them on in their races. All the children were such good sports and showed real team spirit and resilience. I was so proud of them, and I am sure you all were too!


We began our new English focus of writing newspaper reports by becoming By Brook Valley journalists. We wrote reports about our jubilee celebrations last term. Ospreys were able to capture the fun we had in their writing.

We used drama in history this week and re-enacted the invasion of Britannia by the Roman Empire. We all learned Latin commands used by the Roman army. Our commander was very strict!

Some of us were Celts living by the sea. We spotted the huge Roman army sailing towards us and then thought about how that would have felt. The Roman Legions were a terrifying sight! Some of us were Roman soldiers, rowing to the drum beat. We were exhausted and then had to march carrying heavy equipment.



We started our week with 2 days of art. We discovered some fascinating facts about plastic pollution and recycled plastic in our own pieces of art. We also carved sea creatures into polystyrene tiles and used them to create printed images for our display. Take a look at what we made...

We have also been really interested in learning about the Queen, her role and discovering about the jubilee. Ospreys looked amazing in their hats and they really enjoyed eating their cakes as part of our jubilee celebration picnic on the field. We played The National Anthem on our recorders and all of KS2 performed Sing by Gary Barlow to the rest of the school. As you can see, we decorated the field with special jubilee bunting we made.


We began our first week back after Easter with a fantastic morning at Abbeyfield School. We took part in lots of different sports skills activites. It was such great fun! We then kicked off our Ancient Romans topic by watching a time-lapse animation that reconstructed the day Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed Pompeii. We used all our senses to write descriptions of Pompeii before the eruption. On Friday, we were so excited to welcome Rocktopus back to By Brook Valley School. Ospreys and Hawks worked with Rocktopus to create a song and dance to represent our school value, 'honesty'.



What an adventurous start to our last week of the spring term! Ospreys Class joined in with the rest of By Brook Valley School to climb the equivalent distance of Mount Kilimanjaro. Everyone was so brave and exceeded their own expectations.

We finished our poem topic by performing what we had written to a live audience (Year 4). Not only did we think about entertaining our listeners in our writing, we thought about how to perform our poem in an entertaining way through the volume and tone of our voice. We used our body language and facial expressions to help convey the meaning of our poem. Year 4 loved our performances and were really impressed by our creativity.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and look forward to seeing you all after the break.


We have been using The Sea by James Reeves as inspiration for our poetry writing in Ospreys Class. We wrote our poems about the wind and came up with our own ideas for animals to use as metaphors for the wind. I was so impressed by the imagery created by Ospreys through their careful selection of vocabulary.

Please can all children come into school in their PE kits on Monday, ready to climb Mount Kilimanjaro!


We celebrated Red Nose Day today at By Brook Valley School and Ospreys Class looked amazing in their red or superhero themed outfits.

We talked about where the money raised during Red Nose Day went, and we watched a video that told us all about how Red Nose Day funds supported a boy called Teddy. We also did lots of fun activities including a Red Nose Day themed word search, quizzes and puzzles.


In science this week, we carried out experiments to see if we could answer our big question of 'Where do rocks come from and are they all the same?' We discussed what a 'fair test' was, how to observe the results of our test, sort out the results and then classify our rocks.




It is so lovely to be back in school! We started our weekly yoga sessions again on Tuesday. Take a look at how focused we were. I was amazed with Ospreys balance and concentration...








We celebrated World Book Day this week by making book boxes of our favourite stories. I was really impressed with the creativity and imagination of Ospreys Class!

I bought some new books for our class and wrapped them up to hide the front covers. On the front, I wrote some quotes from people who had reviewed the books. We tried to guess what each book was about before we opened them. See if you can guess ...



To finish our science topic, 'How do we stay healthy?', we thought about the perfect meal. It needed to include all the nutrient groups humans need to stay healthy. Ospreys designed a pasta salad which included:

Carbohydrates and fibre - whole wheat pasta

Protein - kidney beans

Vitamins & minerals - spring onions, carrots, peppers

Fats - pesto & olive oil

We then used our DT skills when preparing the ingredients by chopping, mixing, peeling and grating.

Finally, we enjoyed our salad!





We have been learning about keeping safe on the Internet this week. We have been focusing on how to stay safe and happy while gaming online. There are lots of support in games to help us, and we discovered how to block and report other gamers who are making us feel uncomfortable. Finally, we acted out some online scenarios which children might experience and talked through what to do if the same situation happened to us.


Science has been all about humans and animals this term. We have investigated the nutritional needs of humans and compared them to other animals. We then discovered the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates. This helped us to understand the 3 types of skeleton: endoskeleton, exoskeleton and hydrostatic skeleton. We looked at the function of each type of skeleton and how it meets the needs of the animal. 


We were focusing on amazing weather this week. During our guided reading sessions, we discovered all about the power of lightning - did you know that it can reach temperatures of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit? That is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun!

It was the turn of hurricanes in geography. We created fact files to showcase all our hurricane knowledge. Take a look...



Our journey round The Americas continued this week as our hero, Tom, cycled through Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. We discovered that Ecuador means Equator in Spanish and it got its name because it sits exactly on the equator. We learned about the floating villages on Lake Titicaca, the hidden Inca site of Machu Picchu and the beautiful green waters of Laguna Verde with the impressive geysers!

The end of the week was even more exciting because we were visited by the talented musicians from Rocktopus. They helped us to create our own song and dance. It was brilliant fun and I was really proud of how well Ospreys performed.


We have had a great first week back in Ospreys Class. Our whole school geography focus is on weather and Year 3 are looking at the weather in Florida. We are finding out how the geography of Florida affects it's climate and how this compares to Wiltshire. We have chosen to study The Boy Who Biked The World (Part 2) by Alastair Humphreys in English as the basis for our writing of information texts this term. The story is about Tom who is cycling through The Americas so it links perfectly to our topic. If your child has a copy of this book, they can bring it in and use it in class during our lessons.


Yesterday, we joined with Hawks Class and had a joint Christmas lunch. We pulled our crackers and sang Christmas songs. It was such a great time and Ospreys looked so smart in the hats they had made that morning.


This week we performed our nativity play, 'A Midwife Crisis' to an real audience! Firstly, we began by performing to KS1 and then Year 5 & 6 on Monday. Everyone was so impressed by our acting and singing. We felt much more confident afterwards. On Wednesday, it was time to show our families! It was great to see how the smiles on the audiences faces. The children said they felt so proud, and Mr Pike said he loved the humour in our play.


In English this term, we have been looking at writing to argue and inform. We have learned the standard layout of a letter and thought about selecting the most persuasive vocabulary. Ospreys were also able to incorporate their prior learning of paragraphs to make their letters easier for the reader to understand. Finally, we wrote letters to Mr Pike and Miss Reed to persuade them to do various things. Ospreys' requests ranged from purchasing more PE equipment to introducing 'Pancake Tuesday'!

We finished the week on a high by taking part in the Santa Run which set off from Hardenhuish School and finished at Sheldon School. All the children had a wonderful time and gave their best during the race so fully deserved the hot chocolate and biscuits which were given out at the end. We all entered into the spirit of the run by wearing our best Christmas jumpers and hats. Here is a photo of us warming up before the run.


Our new maths focus of multiplication and division started this week. We have been building on our KS1 learning by using the most efficient method to calculate the answer, using the inverse operation and commutative law to help us.

We finished off our history topic by answering our 'big question' of 'How has Chippenham changed?' We compared a map of Chippenham from 1840s to a modern map of Chippenham. Take a look at the changes for yourself...


We also thought about why there were no Anglo-Saxon maps for us to use. We then looked at artist impressions of what Anglo-Saxon Chippenham looked like and compared houses, churches and roads to what we see today. Here is an image of what we think Anglo-Saxon Chippenham looked like ...



We showed our support for Children in Need today at By Brook Valley School by wearing something spotty. Thank you parents for helping your child with this. We had a great discussion about all the amazing work that Children in Need do.

In French lessons this term, we have built upon our greeting vocabulary by learning how to say the days of the week and months of the year. Perhaps your child could tell you what day it is today?


Our focus in PE this term is dance. It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm and creativity Ospreys Class has towards our lessons. Some moves Mr. Peters has shared with us have been quite tricky to master, but everyone has persevered, so well done everyone!

We continued to investigate our big science question of 'How do we see?', this week. After learning how reflections work, we came up with some uses for reflective materials and realised their importance in keeping us safe. We put our theories about what makes a good reflective material to the test by carrying out a practical experiment on different materials. Take a look!



Welcome back to the second half of the autumn term. We started our new topic in science this week and our 'big question' is 'How do we see?' We will be lots of practical investigations to help us answer our question.

In RE, we are learning about The Trinity. We started by looking at the symbolism of water and the importance of water in Christianity. One of the examples we looked at was the washing away of sins during the baptism service. We read about the baptism of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (we also discovered that gospel is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning good story!). After brainstorming adjectives to describe water, we went outside to write these in chalk on our playground. We finished by washing away the words with water.



Hawks and Ospreys went on a trip into Chippenham this week to learn all about the importance of our local area during the Anglo-Saxon period. We learnt about why the Anglo-Saxons came to Chippenham, and discovered it was mainly due to the fertile land which was excellent for farming. Another advantage Chippenham has is the River Avon which made travel easier and created a defensive barrier from the Vikings. Our guide Elaine told us that Avon is the Anglo-Saxon word for river, so River Avon means river river! We loved hearing about the battle that occurred between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. It happened in Chippenham on the 12th night 878AD, when Kind Alfred The Great was celebrating the wedding of his sister who got married in a church in our town. We even saw a Viking stirrup which was lost in the battle. It was discovered in a local stream many years later and is now on display in Chippenham museum.




Yesterday was National Poetry Day, and we celebrated by sharing our favourite poems. Thank you so much for supporting your child to select a poem to bring in to class to share with us all. Every child who read out their poem to the class performed it confidently and with style! I was very proud of them all.

On Wednesday, we came together as a whole school via Zoom to celebrate Harvest Festival. It was such a lovely opportunity to see what each class had done. Ospreys Class had researched Harvest celebrations around the world. Every child shared their knowledge clearly and confidently. Well done, Ospreys.


We have had such a busy week in Ospreys Class! Our preparations for our Harvest Festival celebrations are going brilliantly. All the children have learnt the song words, and it is clear that they have been practising at home so thank you to all the families for supporting them with that. We had a visit from the local Road Safety Officer who talked with us about the importance of being safe when out walking or cycling. Ospreys Class listened carefully and asked valuable questions during our session. I was so proud of them.

In maths, we have started our new topic of addition and subtraction. We are using base 10 resources to help us see what happens when we use the column method and the column goes over 9. Have a look at Ospreys' mathematicians!




Our investigation into forces has moved onto the invisible magnetic force. We made this visible by sprinkling iron filings onto whiteboards and watching how they were attracted to the magnet we held underneath. We also went outside with a compass each to investigate the force of the Earth's magnetic field.

Just like the Anglo-Saxons, we made our own natural dyes in Forest School and created a rainbow of colour from things we foraged from our school grounds.




We had our first Forest School session of the year today. Linking to our history topic, we thought about how the Anglo-Saxons would have felt when they landed in England. We decided our first priority would be to make shelter. Mr. Summers was so impressed by how well the groups worked and how willing they were to share expertise between the teams. Once we had our shelters, we made fire and roasted marshmallows.

In science this week, we tested different materials to see which had the lowest friction and would be the most suitable for our Hot Wheels racetrack. After discussing the importance of conducting a fair test, Ospreys were very scientific in their experiments and recorded their findings accurately. Finally, we wrote our letter to Hot Wheels and reported our findings to them.


Although we have only been in school for 2 days this week, Ospreys Class have already completed so much brilliant learning. We investigated a bizarre incident that occurred on the school field over the holidays. Using our fantastic vocabulary skills we created a whole class word bank of adjectives to describe the clues we found. We then planned and wrote a story to explain what could have happened. Here is a picture of what we found.   

We also learned about the Anglo-Saxon story of Beowulf. It is a very exciting story that was told around the fire rather than read as most Anglo-Saxons could not read. There was lots of tricky vocabulary that we researched. Do you know what a 'Thane' is? Ask one of Ospreys Class, and they will be able to tell you!