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This term (Summer 2024), our enquiry project is:

'What can we tell from a portrait?'

This project has an art focus and is all about exploring portraits.  We'll look carefully at portraits to see what we can tell about a person from them before learning to create our own.  Our focus will then turn towards the portraits created by Pablo Picasso.  We'll investigate his artwork before creating our own portraits in his style.  In history we will learn about what Forest Row was like in the past and compare it with how it is now.  We'll be learning to use photographs as a source of evidence to compare and contrast.    On the 4th July we will be visiting Wakehurst!  During the day we will take part in an art workshop using natural materials from the garden as well as exploring the site.  It should be a great day! 


Below you will find our project planner with further details about this term's learning:

term 6 2024 project planner docx.pdf

 Birch Class Art 

The children have worked really hard on their portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.  They learned about drawing faces and the positioning of facial features before learning to colour mix to create the correct colour tone to paint their portrait.  Finally, they added a little black pen and some glitter for the diamonds!  

Birch Class Art Queen Elizabeth II Portraits

 Here are our final portraits:


Birch Class Queen Elizabeth II Finished Portraits




term 5 2024 project planner.pdf


 Birch Class DT

The children learned how to create levers and linkages to create these fabulous moving monsters.  Well done Birch Class! 


Birch Class Moving Monsters 2024



 Birch Class Art

The children created fantastic collages inspired by Henri Matisse. 

Birch Class Art Henri Matisse


Birch Class Art Pattern Penguins

 Birch Class investigated pattern and then applied what they had learnt to create these fabulous pattern penguins. 



Social Action Project Update

Birch Class are interested in the work of Crawley Open House after finding out that that is where our Harvest gifts are sent.  During our ‘What makes a home?’ project we learned that people don’t always have somewhere to call home for all sorts of reasons.  The children liked the idea of working with Crawley Open House to help those without a home.  After half-term we will talk as a class and decide together how we think we can help.  We look forward to being in touch soon with the children’s plans.   


Important information

  • Our PE lessons this term are on a Tuesday (striking & fielding) and on a Thursday outside (athletics) with Mr McCarthy.  
  • Please bring a filled water bottle to school everyday and a waterproof coat or sun hat as we will endeavor to go outside at break times whatever the weather.  



Home Learning

Please read with your child everyday from their Read Write Inc or book band book and record the reading in their reading record.  The children on Read Write Inc have a bookmark for their book band with tricky words to also practise reading nightly.  Inside the reading record you will see that there are tasks to be completed to help develop your child's reading skills.  Those children children who have finished the Read Write Inc programme have a gold band reading book to start with and then progress up through the book bands.   

There will be a maths task set on a Friday which will link to our work in class.  The task will be sent home in a home learning book and should be completed in the book and returned to school by the following Friday ready for the next task.  

Each week the children will have 8 focus spelling words to learn taken from the Read Write Inc spelling scheme.  We will teach the spelling rule in class and practise it everyday ready for a quick test on a Friday.  It would be great if the children could also practise the words at home to reinforce the spelling pattern we are learning.  If your child can already confidently spell the word they should write it in a sentence.  Sentences must start with a capital letter but could end with a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.  The spelling grid was sent home on 15.04.24  Spelling practise can be recorded in the home learning book.  


 Our spellings this term: 

birch spring term 6 spellings pupil view.pdf


birch spring term 5 spellings for website.pdf



  Additional Information

Common Exception Words lists:

commonexceptionwords y2.pdf


commonexceptionwords y1.pdf




Teaching Team     



Mrs Upton (M-W) & Mrs Taylor (Th-F) - Teachers               Mrs Usman - Teaching Assistant        Mrs Johnston and Ms Parsons - INAs