Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School

Class Owls


5th October 2020

We have been talking about slavery in Owls class as William Wilberforce had a lot of patience and determination to push forward his idea to abolish slavery. Julia Edwards, the author who visited us last year, has written a children’s book which features slavery and is reading it online. You can listen to the story, ‘Slaves of Isabella’ by clicking here.

Spellings: 15th October 






We have been talking about chronology in our topic lessons – the prefix ‘chrono’ meaning time. We have ordered pictures of different time periods in history and talked about how we find out about the past.

Task: We would like you to produce a timeline of your life – from birth to present day, mapping out all the key/important dates you have experienced. You can add information and even some pictures or photographs. Please could you bring in on the last week of half term (date beginning 19th October). You might like to talk to your parents about their timeline and how these overlap with yours – do you share any of the same key dates? Did you look back on these events with the same opinion or remembering the event in the same way?

Mrs Welch’s writing club

The children have chosen a topic for article they are writing for our magazine.  This week can you collect as many facts as you can about your picture so we have plenty to write about next week.  Thank you!  Mrs Welch.

14th September 2020

Welcome back everyone! We have had a great first week in Owls and have enjoyed settling back into the swing of school. We have welcomed two new students into our class this year, Evie and Henry, and we look forward to getting to know them better in the following weeks. All the children have let their lights shine beautifully this week, by behaving well, being polite, kind and working hard.

The timetable is as follows: 2020 Timetable

I will be teaching Monday – Thursday with Mrs Blazer, Mrs Connor and Mrs Green helping throughout the week. On a Friday, the children will be with Mrs Blazer and Mrs Connor for  English work. After break, they will have art with Ms Godbold and on a Friday afternoon they will have PE with Mr Colbeck and Mrs Green who will dismiss them at the end of the day. Children can come into school in their PE kits on Fridays. Appropriate clothing (school PE kit) must be worn. As winter draws near, the weather will begin to turn cold and wet, so please ensure your child has jogging bottoms, jumpers, gloves and light waterproof jackets.

Like last year, Madame Brown will teach French on a Tuesday. In the second half of the year we will be continuing our Ukulele lessons with Mr Cooper which will also be on a Tuesday afternoon. Please can all ukuleles be returned to school as soon as possible so that the Eagles class can use them for the first half of the year.


This topic incorporates learning about the Tudors and what Norwich was like during this period, including Strangers Hall. It will allow conversations about strangers; who they are and what it feels like to be a stranger. There is so much to learn within this topic and I know the children are going to really enjoy learning about this period of history. We have redesigned the curriculum, meaning much of the children’s learning will be cross-curricular and purposeful, although some subjects (French and some aspects of maths and science) will have to be taught separately to guarantee that all the objectives are covered by the end of Key Stage 2. See out topic plan for more details: Owls 2020 Curriculum Map.docx



The children will continue to read regularly in class with a member of staff and receive regular reading homework. The children may also receive reading comprehension tasks associated with their reading homework which will be written and completed in the child’s Home Book. It is important that you check your child has completed both of these as they are crucial to support their understanding and progress. It is essential that your child reads their ‘Group Reader’ or their own reading book every day. It is also recommended that, despite their fluency, children read with an adult regularly, to check their understanding of the text.


Your child has been assessed and grouped accordingly for spellings. These will be set and tested every Thursday – the first lists will be handed out on Thursday 17th September ready for testing on the 24th September. I will also post the spellings on this page so children can access them at home. Once again, it is vital that your child takes times to learn these, so they become embedded into their English work. Be creative with learning – writing on the patio in chalk, repeating in the car, using pens in the baths – any way to engage them.

Mental Maths

This first half of the autumn term has been a time for us to work out where the children are and what aspects and concepts of their learning they need to work on. Once we are clear what each child needs, we will group the class for mental maths. They will be given a mental maths target which they are to practise and embed over one week. These will be handed out on Tuesdays (beginning 20th October) and tested on the Tuesday after half term (3rd November).  Please support your child by helping them to learn and secure these key facts, as these will help your child become more efficient and improve their reasoning skills within the lesson.

Home learning – September 2020

If for some reason, your child is off during term time and/or you need some extra work to do, check out these websites and activities to keep your owl busy!

Writing: Use Pobble365 – click on ‘pick a day’ in the top right hand corner, choose a picture and follow the writing instructions!

Why not write a letter to a friend? Or a set of instructions on how to make something?

Reading: Read your book – find expanded noun phrases! Draw and write a description of one of the characters! Write the next part of the story!

Maths: Play ‘hit the button‘ to test your mental maths skills! Use Premier League Primary Stars to work on maths or spelling. Maths Frame is also a game recommended by Molly.

Strangers Topic: Research Henry VIII or Elizabeth I. Can you make a poster telling us about their lives?

DT: Use your recycling to make a Tudor house. Find some facts about them.

Art: Learn how to use perspective in your drawing by watching this video

September 2020

Hello everyone!

Hope you are having a good summer and enjoying some relaxing family time. Life is probably a little strange still but hopefully things are a returning more to normal. 

At school, we are excited to welcome all of you back in a couple of weeks and we are busy getting the classes ready for our new group of children. I know you all pretty well, but it has been a while since we saw each other, so I am really looking forward to getting to know you better on our return. 

Obviously COVID -19 has changed our way of learning slightly, but many of you experienced our ‘new normal’ when you came back in June. For those that were not back, things are slightly different. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions we have arranged all the desks facing the front. We will have to stay in the same seats for most of our activities, but are all next to or near someone you know well. Our Owls class is a ‘pod’ and we will stay together in our pod all of the time. We won’t mix with other pods (classes) and will have break and lunch times on our own. There will still be plenty of thorough handwashing, hand gelling and desk cleaning – we will make sure we do everything we can to prevent the spread of infection.  We will have our own designated toilet in the cloakroom which will be cleaned throughout the day. Assemblies are just as fun as before, but will be done using Teams (‘facetime’ on the computer) like last term. We are allowed to have other teachers in now, so you will have PE with Mr Colbeck and French with Madam Brown. We aren’t allowed to have choir at the moment as that would mean mixing pods. Hopefully, when the COVID-19 situation improves, things will return more to normal! Whatever happens, it won’t stop us learning and having fun! In Owls, we understand learning has been very different for a long time, so we will try to move about, be outside and keep you engaged as much as possible. We will make sure you are safe and happy! 

There are a few practical matters to deal with, so please read below:

  • Your parents have had a letter which explains all the arrangements for the new term. Things are still a bit different because of COVID-19.
  • In the mornings, you will need to enter at your allotted time through the main office door into the classroom. Mrs Welch, myself and Mrs Green will be close by to welcome you with smiles! 
  • On the first day, you need to bring all your things into the classroom. We will sort out pegs that morning as Year 4’s will be using pegs under cover in our outside area and Year 5 will be using the lockers (excitement!). Packed lunches can be placed on the trolley just outside our door when entering.
  • We will take it in turns to wash our hands thoroughly. You will then go to your desk (find your picture) and begin the task on the board. This will be our daily routine and you will soon get used to it all. Myself and either  Mrs Blazer or Mrs Green are always on hand to help you. 
  • If you have any school reading books, please bring those back and put them into the returns box.
  • You also need to remember to bring in a pencil case containing: a pencil, a pencil sharpener, a writing pen, a red writing pen, a rubber, a ruler, some coloured pencils and/or felt-tips and a couple of high-lighters of different colours. If you can’t get some or all of this, don’t worry we can give you it. You need to keep this in you tray for your own use as we are not allowed to share it with anyone else.

Finally, please don’t worry about anything. It will take us a few days, even weeks to get back into the swing of ‘school life’. All the adults are here to ensure you are safe and happy, so any worries, please come and tell us. 

Enjoy the rest of the holidays – we can’t wait to see you and find out what you have been up too. 

Miss Betts


Week beginning 20.07.20

We have made it to the summer holidays! A huge well done to all the children and parents who have made such a fantastic effort to keep up with the home learning during this strange time, I hope you all enjoy a well earned break.

If you feel you would like to keep up with some key skills practise or you are really missing school and learning, I have included some helpful websites with activity suggestions below:


English Skills

From phonics and reading comprehension to writing strategies and more, IXL helps learners develop the communication skills needed for success in school, university and career.

Make Writing Magical! The Night Zookeeper is a fun and safe writing community for kids, Improves spelling, grammar and writing skills & over 1,000 different learning games and activities.

Have you signed up for the library reading challenge?

At Reading Rockets you will find books and activities for summer reading and learning.

Can’t get to the library but read all the stories you have at home? Oxford Owl has an extensive free online library.

Learning to read is made easy and fun as your child makes their way through self-paced, one-on-one lessons that match their ability and feature fun characters, wonderful songs and interactive animations.

At BBC Bitesize you can continue to practise key skills with short daily activities.

Topmarks has a wide range of games and activities available for all ages and year groups to practise key skills independently.



Maths Skills

Gain fluency and confidence in maths! IXL helps students master essential skills at their own pace through fun and interactive questions, built in support and motivating awards.

We have selected some of our favourite activities and games from the NRICH collection that are ideal for working on at home without a teacher.

At BBC Bitesize you can continue to practise key skills with short daily activities.

Topmarks has a wide range of games and activities available for all ages and year groups to practise key skills independently.



Foundation Subjects

Camp Wonderopolis® is the free online summer-learning destination that’s full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments!

Learn to code properly and develop a programming mindset. Code today encourages the development of creative skills, logical thinking and problem solving.

Norfolk Music Hub invite you all to join our virtual workshops! We have partnered with The Come and Sing Company, Louder Than Life LTD, and Lee Gibling  for a series of interactive music workshops for young people aged 6-11 and 12-18 years old.


Fun & Games

Simple to use home learning packs covering a wide-range of environments, fun activities and hints on making life more sustainable.

Camp PBS KIDS is here to fill your days with creativity, exploration and fun for the whole family. Explore ideas, tips and activities around different themes with your favorite PBS KIDS characters!

Fun and factual games to play for children who love learning about the natural world.