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Puffins - Our First Music and Geography Lessons

Date: 14th Sep 2020 @ 10:33pm

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Today we had our first music lesson. We were learning how to stop and start using visual clues. We also explored how one insrument can make different sounds. I was so proud of all the children, they used and explored the instruments really sensibly. Fanastic listening Puffins! 

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We also had our first Geography lesson today. This half term we will be learning all about the United Kingdom so we began our topic by asking what the UK was. We had a variety of answers ranging from 'a place with electricity to charge ipads' to 'a little tiny thing with all the world like around it'. So today we looked at the four countries that made up the United Kingdom. We then drew our own maps of the United Kingdom and labelled it. Take a look at some of our amazing maps. Can you remember the four countries that make up the UK? 

Robins - Number bonds to 10

Date: 14th Sep 2020 @ 4:28pm

Hello Robins!

You have blown my socks off today with your super number bonds knowledge. We had lots of fun splitting the counters to make 10 in different ways. Some children even moved on to making 20!

Some super social work through team work. This has linked well to our whole school SMSC approach.

Well done Robins!

Miss Dooley

Seasaw tutorial

Date: 14th Sep 2020 @ 4:00pm

We are using Seesaw as a way to record the number of times the children have read for the reading challenge. Simply fill in the reading diary as you normally would, take a photograph of the page and upload to Seesaw. Please do this by Thursday night so we can see the entries the following day. Here is the video that shows you how to upload a photograph of your child's reading record.

Owls - outdoor learning

Date: 14th Sep 2020 @ 1:07pm

In English this morning we watched a clip from 'Up'. We then looked at the image of paradise and went outside to find materials to create a picture.

Here is the picture we were recreating:








Haven't we done an excellent job?!


Owls - Maths fun!

Date: 14th Sep 2020 @ 10:38am

In maths this morning we made the most of a lovely sunny day! We went outside to practise our number bonds to 10 and 20.







We also learned a number bond song. Click here to be taken to the Youtube page so you can practise at home!



Swallows - What a week!

Date: 12th Sep 2020 @ 8:37am


WOW Swallows!!!

What a super week we have had in class! We created our own welcome signs for the children in our school that speak different languages, researched our chosen autheor, Michael Morpurgo and completed our first assessments of our fantastic Maths skills! All in a weeks work for a great team and we are really proud of your efforts with new routines, the new layout of school and the way you followed new rules. Keep up the great effort all, you deserve the rest this weekend brings! 

We even had a wonderful birthday treat!


Great first week back

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 5:04pm

What a fantastic week we have had!

It has been a slightly different start to the school year with our new routines in place but you have all done brilliantly!

Take a look at our dream jars that we made this week. We wrote down all our aspirations for the year ahead:


Owls - I am an amazing person!

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 3:52pm

This week we have discussed how we are all special and unique. We looked at how our behaviours reflect this and it showed that we are all pretty much amazing people! 






Owls - Figure Me Out!

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 3:48pm

In Owls we decided to make people work hard to find out information about us! We wrote number sentences where the answer relates to some facts about us such as our house number, shoe size and birth month. The children showed some excellent addition and subtraction skills!




Don't the first pages of our Maths books look great!


Owls - The Gates Values

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 3:45pm

This week we had a look at the values that we hold in school:






We discussed what these words mean and then thought of how we demonstrate these values at school. We drew some pictures that show the values in action!


Owls Class First week!

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 3:42pm

What a WONDERFUL first week we've had in Owls Class! We are really proud of how quickly the children have settled in and have adapted to our new normal. It's like they've been in Y2 forever! Here are some photos of the fun we've had this week:










Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 12:13pm

Kingfishers got off to an active start this week - we tested our fitness to give ourself a base to set targets for the future. We are excited tracking our progress over the next few weeks.


Puffins - Our First Week!

Date: 10th Sep 2020 @ 10:01pm


What a wonderfully busy week it has been! Mrs Bevin and I are so proud of how well you have come back to school! We have been reading, writing, counting, colouring, painting, exercising, playing, talking, listening, learning about ways to keep safe online... The list goes on! However, I think one of the activities the children enjoyed most was using the iPads. This year we will be using an app called Seesaw, it is a brilliant tool which will improve our learning even more! One skill this requires from the children is for them to be able to take a photograph so we started practising this, this afternoon. We talked about how to hold the iPad correctly and safely and the children were so careful with them. We practised taking photos of some of the books from our Puffin library. I was so proud of every Puffin! Look at the concentration on their faces. See you all tomorrow! 

Miss Southern & Mrs Bevin 

Robins - SMSC at The Gates

Date: 10th Sep 2020 @ 9:07pm

Hello Robins!

We have had a fantastic start to the year in Robins class. We have had lots of fun team building and learning all about each other. 

Today, we had a very special lesson all about SMSC (Social, moral, spiritual and cultural) values at The Gates. We used our super social skills to discuss with our talk partners how we use SMSC skills and knowledge in our every day learning at The Gates. 

I am very proud of you Robins! Look at the fantastic work we have done.

What is SMSC?

Date: 10th Sep 2020 @ 3:21pm

This afternoon in Doves, we looked at understanding what SMSC is and how it is promoted and incorporated at The Gates. 

We learnt that SMSC is an abbreviation for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural. 

We then looked at definitions for each of these: 

Social - This involves the growth of a child's ability and their development of interpersonal skills. 

Moral- This involves understanding the distinction between good and bad, right and wrong and the opportunity to express their own views. 

Spiritual- This involves the growth of children's sense of self, their unique potential, strengths and areas for development. 

Cultural- This involves understanding the cultural diversity in Britain and the wider world and how this influences individuals and society. 

Using this information, we then discussed what activities/events we do in school which promotes these values. 

We used this to create some pointers for our display:

A Woodpecker Welcome

Date: 10th Sep 2020 @ 12:33pm

The Woodpecker class have had a fantastic week back. It has been amazing to see all the children together in class and we have had lots of fun! 

We have completed some Maths activities and created some story cubes based on the story from one of the books read in class this week. 

We have also created dream jars, had a go at some Science and decorated hands to show what we can do to be kind. 

Like they’ve never been away...

Date: 10th Sep 2020 @ 11:46am

Eagles have been working hard this morning and are starting to build their writing stamina back up again with a non-chronological report about eagles.

Great attitude by a all today!

A super first week!

Date: 10th Sep 2020 @ 10:19am

We've had a wonderful start back to the school year in Doves Class and we've been so excited to be all back together!

We have spent this week getting to know each other and share some interesting facts! We have created a 'Figure Me Out' sheet in Maths, using calculations of addition, subtraction and division to share out information. 

In our Writing, we completed some work about ourselves!



Nursery New Starters

Date: 8th Sep 2020 @ 8:51pm

We had some more new children on their taster days today. They have settled really well and it was lovely to see the existing Nursery children showing them how to use the areas. We saw the start of some friendships developing too. Some boys built a train track and garage together and tidied up before they moved onto another area!  

Swallows - Fantastic First Day!

Date: 7th Sep 2020 @ 9:46pm

Well Swallows....

What can I say? What a day, filled with new routines and lots of information! I cannot thank you enough for how you all handled the day and the work you produced was incredible! You have certainly remembered so much from Year 2 (supported so well by parents and family at home!)

I was incredibly impressed with your attitudes to learning and your resillience when performing our new daily 'Physical Challenge' - a huge high five to you all! Keep up the great effort, it was wonderful to see 28 smiling faces and a room filled with children's laughter once again! 

Stay safe,

Mr P :)

Fabulous First Day in Nursery

Date: 7th Sep 2020 @ 7:38pm

The children have made an amazing start to the year in our Nursery class. It was lovely to see so many smiling faces and watching the children playing alongside their friends. They have been learning all our rules, routines and have been playing with all the toys and equipment carefully, sharing with their friends and using good manners. Here are some photos from today. Well done super stars! 

Welcome Nursery

Date: 3rd Sep 2020 @ 10:47pm

Hello Nursery,

We are so excited to meet you next week on your start dates! To further support your transition, we have made a short video to show you what to expect. We hope that you find it useful.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Lengan, Mrs Parnell and Mrs Mort

Y6 Leavers

Date: 17th Jul 2020 @ 10:06am

Today, we say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils.

You have been an outstanding year group; not only in your academic achievements and the progress you have made through your time here but in the progress you have made socially. You have been excellent role models to the younger pupils within school and throughout this time of uncertainty you have shown immense resilience, determination, understanding and responsibility.

The picnic we held on Monday was a wonderful way to reunite and catch up. Throughout the year, you have kept us all entertained with your funny jokes and stories and continued to do this right up until the very end. We have laughed, we have cried, we have made memories which will stay with us a lifetime! You have grown in many different ways, and the progress you have made matters more than you know. 

Today, we close the door to the past.

Open the door to the future.

Take a deep breath, step on through and start a new chapter in your life.

You are all ready for this next chapter in your life, you are a credit to yourselves, your families and the school and we would all like to wish you every success in the future.

From all the staff and children at The Gates Primary school, we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours! Continue to aim high!

Its not goodbye, its see you later! 

A final message for the year!

Date: 17th Jul 2020 @ 9:57am

Kingfishers Home Learning - 17th July

Date: 17th Jul 2020 @ 9:12am

Good morning Kingfishers!

I can't quite believe it is the last day of term already. The past few months have been incredibly strange however I have loved getting to know you all through these last two weeks, through your amazing work and through the zoom calls.

I hope that you all have a lovely summer, full of fun activities, laughter and memories! I can't wait to hear all about it in September. Take the time to relax and recharge ready for an important year next year.

Remember to stay active over summer. Now you have the time, try doing a daily workout or yoga etc in the morning to kick start your day. It will make you feel amazing for the day ahead.

Todays Task: 


Interest/Passion Project

Today, you are continuing with your interest/passion project. Remember to do this based on something you are passionate about or extremely interested. This could be a hobby, a person, a place, animal etc. I want you to do as much research about it as possible and present it to me in a way that can best teach me about your chosen subject. 

Here is an example from someone who did a project on China.

I can't wait to see the end results!

Have a great day, 

Mr Horsley

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