Spring Bank Primary School

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Over the past few weeks Year 4 have been undertaking the some exciting science work; investigating the different states of matter. Year 4 have been conducting various experiments analysing the different states of matter, observing how states of matter can change and assessing the states of matter of different materials.

Fizzy Drink Experiment

This experiment saw the students investigating the differences in weight between drinks when fizzy and drinks when flat, with the students concluding which fizzy drink was the fizziest.

Chocolate Melting Experiment

This investigation involved melting chocolate using different temperatures of water to find out the optimum temperature for melting the chocolate the fastest. This was a particularly interesting experiment as the Year 4’s used their results to melt some chocolate for their own Rice Krispie Cakes! Mr. Wrankmore and Mr. Tooley were quickly shunned from any taste testing!

Evaporation Challenge

Another exciting experiment involved the children dissolving salt and sugar into water and placing the resulting mixture into different shaped containers before placing them in various points around the room to assess the speed and extent of evaporation.

Other experiments were observed by the class allowing them to see more of the processes and states of matter that they had learned about, they will now take this knowledge forward to learn more about the Water Cycle in their next Science topic.

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Spring 1 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the winter break and are settling back into the routines of school life. Here is some general information about Reception and an overview of the learning we will be doing this half term.

Staff in Reception this half term

  • Mrs Ryan, Reception Class Teacher.
  • Marcella, Full time Teaching Assistant.
  • Miss Milburn, Learning Mentor (Tuesday and Thursday all day and Friday morning).
  • Miss Luney, Student Teacher.


Phase 2 sounds this half term – j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh. (digraphs: 2 letters that make one sound).

We will also be learning how to read some common exception words – I, go, to, the, no, into, are, they, my, was, her, he, she, we, me, be, you.

Please continue to read with your child every day and practise their new sounds. Remember to write in their reading journal so we can change their book. We will continue to visit the school library on a Friday.

There will be a phonics ‘parent’ lesson on Monday 8th January, 6pm. Thank you to all those who attended the previous phonics evening. I look forward to seeing you all again. This session will introduce you to Phase 2 and provide you with the opportunity to really put yourself in your child’s ‘learning’ shoes. I will also provide your child’s assessment of phases 1, so you can practise the sounds they find tricky at home.

Circle Time

We will be focusing on making goals and plans, understanding that some behaviours are unacceptable and have consequences, and learning how we can show sensitivity to other people’s needs and feelings.


We will be focusing on counting on to 20 and back from 20, as well as counting on and back from any given number within 20. We will be learning that numbers beyond 10 are combined by more than one digit, as well as focusing on number facts to 5, doubling, halving, and measuring height, weight, length and time.


PE lessons will start on Wednesday 10th January.

We will continue our work on the gym apparatus, helping us to learn how to keep safe and assess risks. We will continue to learn about the effects that exercise and being active has on our bodies and how to make healthy choices.

Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times (white t-shirt and dark shorts, socks, trainers). Please make sure that all items are named. Without a PE kit your child will not be able to take part in PE.

Please make sure that your wears clothes that are easy for them to take off and put on independently (no buttons or clothes that fasten at the back). Children with long hair should come to school with their hair tied up.

Play and Learn

Will start on Monday 8th January, 9-10am and will run every Monday.

A gentle reminder

Please refrain from entering the Reception outdoor area on a morning. We will open the main door and gate at 8:55am. These will close no later than 9:05am.


We will be going to Pizza Express on Tuesday 6th March, this will be a morning only trip. We will walk to Pizza Express, make our own pizza, walk back to school and eat our pizza for lunch! More information regarding the trip will be provided nearer the time.


On Friday 2nd February we will be fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy. We would like all children to come to school wearing something orange and to donate a £1. More information will be sent regarding this fundraiser nearer the time.

Finally if you have any questions I am always happy to have a brief chat after school. If you need longer, please arrange a time with me so we can discuss things fully. My email address is n.hussain@springbankprimary.org

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Ryan

Reception Class Teacher





On Monday, Year 5 enjoyed a special visit from Joan Marshall with her Guide Dog Whisper. The children have been learning all about how guide dogs help people with a visual impairment. Year 5 are excited for their Bake Sale on Friday 19th January to raise money in aid of guide dogs. 004 002 003


Wednesday 10th January 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope that you had a wonderful break. Here is some information you may find useful and an overview of the learning that will be taking place this half term.



PE is on Thursday and Friday.

Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school (white t-shirt, dark shorts and trainers). It is also really helpful if these items are labelled with your child’s name! Please can children leave their kits and trainers in school at all times, as sometimes the timetable can change.


Reading Books

Please try to listen to your child read every day and sign or tick their reading record book, showing that it had been read.

Our class library day is Monday when children may select a book at lunchtime to take home from the library.



This half term our topic is ‘Into the Freezer’.


Science – we will be looking at the seasons. How the weather is different in each season and how the day length changes according to the time of year.


Geography – we will be using maps and globes to look at the world. We will focus on being able to name the 7 continents and the oceans and be able to show where they are. We will be focusing on the cold areas of the world and exploring what it is like to live in Antarctica. We will also be collecting weather data and comparing it with Antarctica.


Art / DT – towards the end of the topic the children will design a moving picture that uses cold colours.


PE – Thursday – dance linked to topic.

Friday – invasion games, learning rugby skills. How to catch and pass a ball and to     work as a team member.

Music – we will be looking at music linked to weather, the seasons and the Chinese New Year.


RE and Computing will be taught on a Wednesday by Mrs Birdi. They will be looking at how to use data on the computer in computing and ‘Why we care for people’ in RE.




Homework is set throughout the school half termly. They will have a few weeks to complete the project and can complete it in any way they like. Ways of presenting their work is:

  • Through writing
  • Photographs
  • Art work
  • Sculptures
  • Anything that inspires their creative side.
  • Can the children find out what is like to live in the coldest parts of the earth?


If you have any questions please come and ask us.


Yours Faithfully,


Caroline Mitchell

Mrs Bhogal


Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break. This half term our topic is ‘The Golden Age of Islam’ in which the children will be learning all about Early Islamic Civilisation.  In literacy we will start with information texts with a focus on using dashes for parenthesis and organisational devices. After that we will focus on traditional tales and study the poem ‘The Highwayman’. In mathematics we will be working on multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages.


In science we will be looking at the properties of materials. The children will be investigating which materials can dissolve and what kind of changes are reversible. Art will be linked with the topic work and the children will be creating some Islamic artwork using printing. In computing the children will look at presenting data using charts, graphs and databases.


I will teach the class for the majority of the week apart from Thursday afternoons where Jessica Freitas will be leading the ukulele lesson for the first lesson. The second lesson will be French and the class will be taught by Mr Brawley.


This half term the children can look forward to our trip to Cartwright Hall on Friday 2nd February. On this visit, children will have the chance to investigate and explore Islamic artefacts and artwork.


PE will be on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child has their PE kit which must be a white t-shirt, blue/black shorts and a separate pair of trainers suitable for sport. Please note baseball trainers and pumps are no longer allowed. I would also advise providing a sweater or tracksuit top as the weather remains cold.


Guided Reading is every Thursday morning and homework will be set each week. The task must be completed for the next lesson and if time is not available at home then the children can attend Homework Club which is held in the Computing Suite each lunchtime. It would be greatly appreciated if you can help or remind your child to ensure they have completed the task. Spellings will be given on a Monday morning to be tested on a Friday morning. Children will have a weekly times tables test each Monday afternoon.


If you have any questions then please feel free to contact me at school.




Miss Johnson


Spring 1 Newsletter


Last week Year 1 were busy making their own puppets. They all made a snowman.

Have a look at the final result!

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Since the beginning of Year 1 we have been going out with Elena and Mr Tooley in small groups and using the outdoor areas to help us learn.

In the first half term we were focusing on the season of Autumn and using our senses. We went to find Autumn with our ‘lookers’.

We made self portraits using natural materials that we found.

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This half term Year 1 have continued to go out with Elena and Mr Tooley to use the natural environment to explore games and make toys.

To finish off, they all made their own hobby horse toys using some natural materials that they had collected in the school grounds. In fact we had a range of animals including horses, reindeer, bulls, sabre tooth tigers, camels.

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