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Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 3:13pm

The Woodpecker class created their own rhythmic gymnastic piece to the count of four. They used the rainforest as a stimulus.

Reception - All about Diwali

Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 8:00am

We are really enjoying learning about Diwali this week. We have been reading the story of Rama and Sita and acting it out. To strengthen our fine motor skills we have been creating our own Mendhi and Rangoli patterns, it has been lovely to see so many bright colours and patterns being made. Making Diwali card has really helped us practise our writing too. 

We have also used clay for the first time and made some Diva lamps, the children absolutely loved making these and did such a brilliant job. 

I have also enjoyed seeing some of your observations from home where you have been continuing your Diwali learning, this is fab.  Well done Penguins!

Nursery- outdoor learning and Diwali

Date: 18th Nov 2020 @ 2:54pm

This week in Nursery we have been learning all about the Diwali story and celebrations. The children have enjoyed hearing the story, looking at special items, making Mehndi hand patterns and also practising their writing skills by making each other Diwali cards. Outdoor learning has included scavenger hunts using numbered pots. The children were challenged to recognise the number on the pot and find that amount of natural items. What a great start to the week! 

Woodpeckers Fact Files

Date: 18th Nov 2020 @ 12:22pm

This morning in the Woodpeckers we have been using our computing skills to type up our fact files in English. We have worked really hard to remember our word processing skills and to apply them to our work. 

Eco Award at The Gates

Date: 17th Nov 2020 @ 10:11pm

This school year, The Gates will be undertaking an adventure to achieve the school's Eco Award for sustainability. As part of the award process, we will undertake an evaluation of our learning environment to become more 'eco-friendly' and work towards making more of our classroom time, 'Learning Outside the Classroom'. The result will hopefully be a more diverse outdoor area and a more personalised space for the children, over the course of a number of years.

A large part of the assessment process is to hold regular meetings of our Eco-Committee. We have this week announced the winners from each class, from years 2-6. This process was so very well responded to and there were over 40 applications for the positions! There were some outstanding applications in the form of letters, spoken Seesaw posts and even some cakes baked!

A huge thanks goes to those who entered and those that took the time. Take a look at just some of the entries below. 




Date: 17th Nov 2020 @ 4:30pm

Kingfishers have learned how to present themselves in French.  They can say their name, how they feel, their age, nationality and where they live.  Tres bon, tout le monde!   If you want to practise this at home, use the following as your script:


Ca va

J'ai neuf/dix/onze ans.

Je suis anglais/anglaise.

J'habite a Westhoughton.


Date: 17th Nov 2020 @ 9:44am

Eagles have been working well in their French lessons.  They have had lots of speaking and listening practise and can write short conversations to present themselves.  Eagles have also developed their rapping skills in French and can perform the following rap: 

Bonjour!  Bonsoir!  Bonne nuit!  Bonjour!  Bonsoir!  Bonne nuit!  Bonjour! Bonsoir!  Bonne nuit!

Comment ça va? Ça va bien, merci!

Salut!  Comment t’appelles-tu?  Salut!  Comment t’appelles-tu?  Salut!  Comment t’appelles-tu?

Je m’appelle Michel!

Au revoir!  A tout à l’heure!  Au revoir! A tout à l’heure!  Au revoir!  A tout à l’heure! 

Au revoir! Madame!

Puffins - History

Date: 16th Nov 2020 @ 10:16pm

In History this afternoon we looked at why the Great Fire spread so quickly. We looked at some paintings and watched a video someone created to make imagining the streets of 1666 more real. Then some of us had the opportunity to play in our role play area, complete an activity on the iPads and take part in our outdoor learning task. We acted out the Great Fire of London. One team were the fire and spread the 'fire' and the other team were the people putting out the fire using 'leather buckets' all the way from the 'River Thames'. Some really fantastic work!

Swallows - Digital Citizenship - PowerPoint Presentations!

Date: 16th Nov 2020 @ 8:41pm

Have a look at some of the fantastic Computing skills on display today from Swallows! We have been attempting to create our first 'slides' for our Rainforest- themed PowerPoint presentations, by using a short success criteria. Our task was to create an attractive design that would inform the viewer of exactly what our presentation was all about, in a short summary. 

Some of the skills on show such as 'copying' and 'pasting', cropping of pictures and formatting background and font colours were things I didn't learn until high school Swallows! Certainly an impressive feat from all involved today, keep it up! 

Penguins Evidence Me

Date: 16th Nov 2020 @ 3:31pm

I have been really enjoying seeing all the different types of learning that you have been sharing with me on Evidence me.  There has been baking, crafting, gymnastics, days out, homelearning and even some home animation.  

Remember to keep sharing with me as its so lovely to see all the fab things you get up to at home. 

I have added two lovely videos for you to watch. 

Penguins Stay and Play

Date: 16th Nov 2020 @ 3:13pm

Wow Penguins, you have really impressed me with how you have tackled the stay and play virtual sessions.  I have loved seeing all your videos, photos and excited comments from your grown ups. 

I am really pleased you are enjoying them, and that its helping the grown-ups at home too. 

I have added some of the pictures below for you too look at, remember to keep sharing them with me on Evidence Me. 

Woodpeckers Reading -character emotions

Date: 16th Nov 2020 @ 10:44am

Today in reading we have been busy sequencing the events from our class novel. We tried to remember when things happened in the story and how the character felt at different points. We talked about how and why the character feelings changed and why this was important to the reader. 

Robins - Reading challenge winner

Date: 15th Nov 2020 @ 8:49am

Congratulations to our reading challenge winner this week. 

He has read 5 times and has had his name picked out of the hat. 

Keep reading and you might win next time!

Robins - Star of the week

Date: 15th Nov 2020 @ 8:47am

Congratulations to this weeks star of the week!

He has shown fantastic initiative when correcting his own work and has tried hard to form his letters and numbers beautifully. I have also noticed that he has been improving his fitness massively during our daily mile. Well done!

Robins - Chester zoo virtual day

Date: 15th Nov 2020 @ 8:45am

This week in Science, we have been learning about animals and their offspring. We were very lucky because Chester zoo hosted a live virtual zoo day to announce a new baby animal.

It was a rhino! The zookeeper gave us lots of information about the rhino and asked the audience to vote for a name.


Puffins - Certificates & Key Learning

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 8:13pm

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Here is last week's star of the week. This little girl always has the most beautiful manners, a fantastic attitude towards her learning and she is an absolute pleasure to teach! ⭐️

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Then we have this week's star! I would describe this little star as a walking WAGOLL (What a good one looks like). She is always doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right place. She always gives all her work 100% effort and always listens to instructions. Well done! ⭐️

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We also have our House Point Winner this week. This little girl got double the house points of the next highest person. She is always a star but she has been phenomenal this week! Well done little miss! 

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Finally we have our last winner of the week, our Reading Challenge Winner! This little girl has read 5 times and uploaded her diary to seesaw, well done! 

What a busy week! We had great fun in history playing in our bakery role play area and enjoying some outdoor learning, acting out the Great Fire using real water and chalk to represent the fire. In Computing we created images of what houses looked like in 1666 and used our typing skills to add a sentence with finger spaces and capital letters using the new keys we learnt about. In Music we created a rainstorm using our bodies as an instrument. In DT we explored different joining methods to join 2 pieces of paper together. In RE we created hidden meaning boxes about the Parable of the Lost Son. We also enjoyed practising our underarm technique and learnt 3 new gymnastics actions in PE. In PSHE we created our own Sun Safety adverts and in Science we looked at the life cycles of humans and butterflies. A busy week as you can see! 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Owls Reading Challenge Winner

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 4:35pm

Here is our Reading Challenge winner. Well done and keep up the amazing work! 

Friday awards in Starlings

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 4:26pm

Congratulations to our Friday winners!

our star of the week has worked extremely hard this week on her animal fact file. Well done!

We also have our spelling and times table winners and our reading challenge winner.

Woodpecker class great topic work

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 4:19pm

Fantastic topic work!

Swallows - Star of the Week

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 4:16pm

Star of the Week


Congratulations to our worthy winner of the coveted 'Golden Jumper' in Swallows this week. You have worked hard to challenge yourself in Maths and in your written tasks. Your pride in presentation is extremely apparent and you have worked well with your partner to solve tasks in foundation subjects. You are flourishing as part of our class!

Keep up the outstanding work! 

Swallows - Celebrations!

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 4:08pm

Celebratory Achievements

Congratulations to all our worthy winners this week, you have all worked hard to overcome some tricky challenges and push your learning to the limits!

Our winners included Spelling Award and Times Tables. Well done to you both, keep up the effort! 

Swallows - Digital Leader

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 4:04pm

Swallows Digital Leader! 

Congratluations to to our new 'Digital Leader', who has completed their first training session today as part of a new role in school. His role involves helping others in our class that find All things Computing tricky and sharing their knowledge regarding the subject. Well done for this and as the role grows, you will most certainly be a huge support to your peers as they navigate the world of Online Safety! 

Penguins Celebration

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 3:31pm

Well done to all our winners this week!

I chose our star of the week for working so hard this week in everything she has done.  She has absolutey blown me away with her writing and her never giving up attitude. Well done Super star!




Doves - Geography

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 3:21pm

LO: To locate cities, counties and hill forts

This afternoon, we have started our new Geography Topic. Today, we looked at identifying cities and counties on our map. 

Once we had completed this, we then looked at where the Hill Forts were based within the UK, looking at the counties they were in and the cities nearest to them.


Doves - Digital Leader

Date: 13th Nov 2020 @ 3:17pm

Digital Leader


Introducing our new Digital Leader!

This role involves helping other children in the class with their computing skills. Our Digital Leader has completed their training today and is ready to go! I am sure you will be a great help with supporting your peers in class and advising them on how we can continue to stay safe online. 

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