Choose Respect

November 14th, 2018

As part of  Anti-Bullying Week 2018, everyone has been learning more about our first school value, RESPECT. One of the activities was taiko drumming which involved everyone respecting each other to be able to perform together. Also, the equipment needed to be treated with respect so the skins were not damaged by being touched by hands.

We began with an assembly where the drums were introduced with a fantastic performance from Peter and Oliver. Later, the Hawks and Owls all got the opportunity to learn some drumming skills and the Owls performed to the rest of the school before lunch. The sound was incredible and demonstrated what can be achieved through respect and collaboration. A full gallery of pictures is on the school website.

Drumming Demonstration

Hawks Drumming

Owls Drumming

Starting school!

September 13th, 2018

The Eagles

We have had a fantastic first week at Avening Primary school! Ms McKenzie and Mrs Carter are very proud of us all!


This is a photo of The Eagles taken on 4th September 2018

This week we have been getting used to our new classroom and learning all about school routines.

Our class book is We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen.  We have learnt the story, acted it out (we even got our feet really muddy!) and we went on a bear hunt in the school garden.



Sponsored Walk

May 25th, 2018

The whole school enjoyed being active and taking part in the sponsored walk to raise money for FOAS. We managed to dodge the showers and walk around the beautiful surroundings of Avening. There was plenty of mud and puddles which just made the walk even more enjoyable! Well done everyone!

Sponsored Walk

Through the forest!

A mediaeval banquet

March 28th, 2018

The Year 1 Eagles have been finding out all about castles this term, and to celebrate the term’s work, the children took part in a mediaeval banquet with their friends in the Kestrels.

All of the Year 1 children came to school dressed as people from mediaeval times.

Some of the children in Reception dressed up too:

The Year 1s joined the Kestrels in the hall (which had been decorated as a castle), while the Reception children waited outside the castle doors:

As we walked into the castle, the Year 1s and Kestrels played some mediaeval music:

Then we watched them perform some mediaeval dances:

Finally, we watched our friends have a go at jousting. Ms McKenzie explained that in the olden days, only the men were allowed to joust. We didn’t think that was fair, so all of the girls had a go too!

After the Reception children had gone back to class, the Year 1s joined in with a mediaeval banquet, complete with mediaeval food!


After the banquet, the Year 1 Eagles and Kestrels all went along to Sir William Romney’s School to participate in a dance festival.


Jamie said, ” I liked the music because it was really fun”

Sebby said, “I liked watching them on the horses. They were trying to get each other off the horses!”

Haitham said, “The decorations were so like mediaeval times!”

Jools said, “They all held hands when they were dancing. It was great and funny!”

Zac thought that everyone was amazing.


What a busy and exciting day.


Sport Relief

March 23rd, 2018

Everyone had fun taking part in our Sport Relief Step Challenge. There were skipping steps, sidesteps, jumping steps, backward steps and silly steps!

There is a full gallery of pictures on the school website.

Backward Steps

Jumping Steps

Silly Steps

Chepstow Castle

March 22nd, 2018

On Monday we went to visit Chepstow Castle. It was really thrilling to visit a real castle and everyone was very excited!

Some people had the chance to try on chainmail and helmets. The knight also showed us how to use a bow and arrow, and impressed us with how sharp his sword was.

Here are some pictures of our visit:


Capacity and volume

March 15th, 2018

This week’s focus in maths has been on exploring capacity and volume.

We’ve been starting each morning with Professor Pippette’s  song and dance about capacity and volume (on Supermovers), which has been great for developing and extending our mathematical language.

We explored different containers and discussed which containers we thought held the most and the least. There were quite a few surprises for us, as we soon discovered that the tallest containers didn’t necessarily hold the most, and some of the shorter containers had the largest capacities! We poured water into each of the containers to work out which held the most and ordered them by capacity.

The Year 1s have loved exploring the different containers, and had to fill them with differing amounts. We also looked at the labels on some of the containers and talked about millilitres and litres.

All of the children have been busy at the water tray, and everyone has loved exploring the volume of containers using beans and rice indoors:

Sorry about all of the wet clothes this week!


Position and direction

March 8th, 2018

This week our focus in maths has been on learning about position and direction. Every morning, we have been ‘Wake and Shaking’ with the Hip Hop Granny on BBC’s Supermovers. We love joining in and singing and dancing along to her song about position and direction!

We have also had great fun programming the BeeBots. The Reception children have enjoyed exploring the different functions and describing how they are moving, but the Year 1 children have taken it a step further by following instructions to program them, as well as writing their own instructions for their friends to follow.

The children have also been helping Mrs Carter to tidy the toy shed, and have been following instructions using positional language to put things in the correct places:

The Reception children are also really busy writing all the time in their play. During their free play, they are expected to write a sentence or two about what they have been doing, and they are really keen to have a go all by themselves. Many of them are also keen to use the tablet to photograph their writing and what they have made so that they can put it in their learning journeys!


Spring has nearly sprung!

February 22nd, 2018

We kicked off our first day back after the holiday by spending the afternoon in the garden with some of the Kestrels. We played some games around the log circle and then split into three groups. One group spent the afternoon gardening, one group went pond dipping and one group went on a Spring Scavenger Hunt. It was lovely to spend time learning outdoors, and we spotted lots of signs of spring, including lots and lots of frogspawn in our pond! We will be going out every Monday afternoon for outdoor learning sessions, so we’re hoping to see even more signs of spring over the coming weeks.

In maths, the Year 1s have been investigating halves and quarters of shapes. Next week, they’re going to be exploring halves and quarters of numbers…


The Reception children have been investigating different ways of making numbers using towers of Numicon:

The children have also progressed to using 2p coins and well as 1p coins at snack time. Every day they are shown how to count in 2s and 1s using the large magnetic coins, then they practise using real coins in the shop. The children are really getting the hang of counting out their money!

Finally, the Year 1s have been telling us all about the Kestrels’ ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ topic. We all thought that it sounded like lots of fun, so the children thought of some things that we could do in class. Some of the children went through the bookcase to find stories about castles and dragons, and some of the children decided to turn the home corner in to a castle. Flora thought a good name for it would be ‘Castle Corner’. I think we’re going to have lots of fun over the next few weeks!



Clay birds, more measuring, and a very busy Wednesday afternoon…

February 7th, 2018

Last week we made birds out of clay, so on Monday we decided to make some shelters for them in the school garden. We discussed what the shelter needed to provide for the birds- the birds had to be warm, dry and safe from predators.

Here are some of our birds and some of our shelters:

We’ve also continued to develop our understanding of measurement. The Reception children have been building containers for the toy animals, and thinking about how long/ tall or short the containers need to be:

Some of the children have been challenging themselves to see who could build the tallest towers:

Meanwhile, the Year 1s have been measuring using non-standard and standard units. We started off by measuring things around the class using our feet. We recorded our results in a table, and discovered that our results were all different from each other:

We discussed why our results were different, and then decided that it was important to measure things using a standard unit of measurement. Yesterday, we looked for things around the school that were longer and shorter than a metre (we even measured Mr Wilkinson- he’s just under 2 metres, but we didn’t take a photo because our camera ran out of charge!), and today we have been measuring things in centimetres:


And to top off a busy few days, this afternoon some of our friends from the Owls came to read us stories, we  practised our coding skills on the new laptops, and the Year 1s exhibited their artwork in the Kestrels’ gallery!


I think we’ll definitely be ready for our holidays on Friday….



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