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Sycamore’s French Day

On the 15th of July (the day after Bastille Day), Sycamore class came to school dressed in red, white and blue for our French themed day.  The day’s learning supported our Food technology and MFL curriculum objectives.  The children worked in small groups to prepare ingredients for a French soup from the Provence region called ‘Soupe au pistou’.  Under close supervision of LSAs and parent volunteers, the children worked on their chopping skills.  Later on in the day, the children turned the classroom into a French café.  Half of the class were waiters, and the other half were customers, after which, they swapped roles. They had conversations in French ordering their drink and main meal. Most of the children enjoyed eating the vegetable soup, although some preferred the baguette.  The children loved the day and it was a great way to end our ‘Picturesque Provence’ topic.

Mrs Aitken


Maths Minion Day June 24th 2016

Maths Minion Day 24th June

The children were surprised and excited to see a blow up Minion attached to the railings as they came into school on Friday. A whole day of Maths to look forward to  – what fun!  Each teacher had designed activities around a book – for example Year 1 and 2 had the book ‘Actual Size’ and  Year 3 had the book ‘365 Penguins.’

The parent governor for Maths dropped in to see what the children were busy with. She remarked: “There was a real buzz in school with pupils engaged in fun learning tasks. It was a great pleasure to see and hear the children’s enthusiasm .”  Year R were creating number lines based on ‘number of legs’ and showed creativity in the ways they could make numbers through different combinations. Year 1/2 were chalking on the playground and measuring the aquatic creatures they drew at actual size.  Year 3/4 had to work out different ways of storing penguins- in pyramids,  rectangular structures and cubes.   Year 4/5 had a task on Pythagoras’ theorem and had balls of string ready to go and mark out right-angled triangles on the playground later. Year 5/6 were tackling ‘How Big is a Million?’ and one of their tasks was to go out to the field and take samples of daisies.

The children clearly enjoyed the activities, particularly the creative aspects and being outside. They were challenged with real life scenarios such as working out sizes or costs. A couple of children from each class were awarded minion prizes for their involvement.  The whole school was set a home learning task of coming up with all the Maths associated with their house number.  Many children have remarked what a fun a home learning task it was.



Science Day Fun!

What a fantastic day was had by all on Twyford St Mary’s Science Day on Tuesday 21st June! The children loved our amazing scientist, Ian Dunne whose passion for science had the children brimming with excitement! Ian’s funny but informative presentations ensured the children were inspired to do some fun investigating of their own! There were floating egg investigations in Ash class, exploding balloons in Oak, cars whizzing down different ramps in Beech, plant investigations in Sycamore, sound experiments and explosions in Willow and finally pulleys in Yew. The children also used Ballard’s Close to go bug collecting and to colour match with nature. Children also investigated and made thaumatropes, investigated sound vibrations, shadow formation and made structures using marshmallows as cement! One child was overheard saying, “that was the best day…EVER!” on her way out of school. I think the rest of Twyford St Mary’s children and staff would echo that!