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Learning about the circulatory and digestive systems

Taking advantage of the sunny weather! Roll on spring

Great fun in Gym again - lots of hard work on building new skills

Fantastic World Book Day Costumes - well done all :)

Fantastic World Book Day Costumes - well done all :) 1

Last updated: 10th February 2020. NSPCC workshop on staying safe and speaking out - the children were very engaged and enjoyed themselves!

Updated: 14th January 2020

Great fun making our Mayan masks - we didn't quite have time to fit this in at the end of last term!

Welcome back :)


We had an exciting first week back last week with our trip to the Gordon Brown Centre and deciding on a new project for our term. The children learnt lots and really enjoyed themselves on our trip, as you can see from the photo.

Our project this term is going to be to create a cookery book! The children have decided it will be themed somehow about Ancient Greece and Animals so watch this space for some new recipes headed your way! If you have any expertise about any aspect of this we would love to hear from you - from cookery to photography, from editing to painting, from graphic design to writing, we will need help with as much as possible!


A reminder as well that swimming starts again tomorrow, we have four more sessions on Tuesday mornings with the last session being on Tuesday 4th February - this will be our gala so please save the date.

The children won't have Thursday afternoon PE with me until the week after that - Thursday 13th February - as their two weekly PE slots are taken up by swimming and PE with George/Mason until then.


Also looking to the future - we have Bikeability cycling proficiency booked for the week beginning 20th April so dust off the cogs and get practising. Children will need to be competent in cycling (comfortable to control the bike around the playground) and will need access to a bike to take part. If you have any concerns about this please see me as soon as possible and we will try our best to help!


Alex Walker

Dear parents,

To accommodate our class trip to the Gordon Brown centre and allow for the full amount of swimming lessons we are changing our last swimming lesson to Tuesday 4th February. This will be the date of the swimming gala where you are all invited to come and watch the children enjoy the skills they have been building up over the series of lessons so we look forward to seeing you all there!

Have a lovely break and a wonderful Christmas,


Thank you to Sadie from Southampton University in to do a workshop about the Aurora

River crossing in PE - great teamwork

Lots of great skills on display in our gym session

6th November


Busy first week back after half term! We're doing our last of the written methods of calculation (division) and then will be moving onto measurement next. They are finishing off a non-fiction book that we have put together for our space experience day, are planning the different experiences we will be offering and will be writing some science fiction stories next.


We are working on music composition and effect so we can create some music for the experience day and will soon be learning about evolution and adaptation so as to create aliens that might live on the planets in our solar system.


We will also be working on modelling with play dough and other resources so that the children can bring to life the Mayan masks they have designed!


Busy Busy :)

We had a visit from the Newbury Astronomers who were kind enough to share their expertise with us after being contacted by a member of the class, the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt a huge amount.

16th October


We've been busy over the past few weeks, the class have settled in well and are working hard on our project. We have had lots of e-mails back from members of industry including the UK Space Agency, Newbury Astronomical Society, Reading and Southampton Universities and others, with some promises of coming in to help us. Phone calls to come!


The children are all making great progress in their maths and working hard.

Amazing day out at the Winchester Science Museum - lots of fun had by all :)

Welcome back to all Year 6 parents and to year 5 parents - Welcome to Hornbeam.


We are having a lovely first day back, creating class values, artwork and growth mindsets to help us become ready for the year ahead.


Please find below the Meet the Teacher presentation that I delivered to a few parents at the end of last term, if you missed it - please look through it and if you have any questions don't hesitate to find me at the door in the mornings and afternoons.


I hope you all had lovely summer breaks :)


Mr Walker