Tadley Community Primary School

Tadley Community Primary School

Autumn Term 2019


We hope you have a lovely Christmas time 😊

Happy Christmas!


Mrs Taplin, Miss Culver, Miss Rieland, Miss Baptist & Mrs Ullman



Wednesday 18th December 2019


Dress up day – advance warning!

This is just a message to give you a bit of notice in case you would like to get organised early…we are planning an Egyptian dress up day in the Spring Term – end of January/early February. The children can be Egyptologists or Ancient Egyptians and come to school in this outfit.

Ideas for EGYPTOLOGISTS - Jeans, shorts, woolly jumpers, t-shirts etc.

Eg. Indiana Jones style.

Ideas for ANCIENT EGYPTIANS – This can be a bought costume or home-made. Eg. Cleopatra, Pharaoh, Mummies...etc.

Happy Christmas!

Thank you,

Mrs Taplin, Miss Culver, Miss Rieland, Miss Baptist & Mrs Ullman




Tuesday 10th December - Music


This afternoon we have been busy practising for our Christmas concert at St. Paul's Church.

We are performing a Christmas Cantata and have been rehearsing our songs ready for next week.


Reminder: Our Church performance will be Wednesday 18th December.



Friday 6th December - Maths in Swordfish Class


This afternoon, a group of children children explored equivalent fractions with Mrs Taplin.

We created our own rainbow fraction pages.




Friday 6th December - Maths challenge


In Swordfish class, Jingle the Elf left us some fractions to look at.

We talked about the fractions that he had written on the table and then created our own maths problems where we added and subtracted tenths.



Friday 6th December - English


In our English lesson today we wrote paragraphs about a dragon's habitat. We then thought about our word choices and tried to explain why we had selected particular phrases.


Friday 6th December - Maths


In our Maths lesson today we explored equivalent fractions. Equivalent fractions are fractions that are the same.


For example: 




Thursday 5th December - Maths


In our Maths lesson today we were exploring tenths. We practised counting up and down in tenths using fractions and decimals.

We noticed that 5 tenths is the same as a half.

We noticed that ten tenths is the same as 1.



Thursday 5th December - Maths challenge


This week in Maths we have been learning about fractions with a focus on tenths. In our Maths lesson this morning, we discussed this problem together and explained how we knew it was true.



Wednesday 4th December - Spelling


In our Spelling lesson today we explored the difference between homophones and homographs.



We then thought of sentences that used these different words.


For example:

I hope I don't tear my work.

tear rolled down my cheek.


Mrs Taplin has a bow in her hair.

Ollie bows when he enters his dojo.



Monday 2nd December - Geography


In our Geography lesson this afternoon, Swordfish Class discussed our local area, looked up Tadley on a map and then went for a walk around the school grounds.

We discussed local businesses and thought about the way in which the town of Tadley has built up throughout the years. We looked at our neighbouring towns on a map and then talked about what  things made Tadley special to us (swimming pool, the Common, Pamber Heath Forest, schools, football club, Memorial Hall, Churches, AWE, Sainsburys!)

We stood out of the front of school and then went to the back of the school to compare what we would see (roads, houses vs. green open space)



We were also very excited to spot a rabbit on the school field! Mrs Taplin managed to snap a photo of him - can you spot him?



Monday 2nd December - Guided Reading


In our Guided Reading lesson today we explored this page all about reptiles. We searched for information to answer the question - Can reptiles really fly?



We found out that flying reptiles no longer exist but that some reptiles can drop, leap and glide.

Friday 29th November- Maths challenge


Mrs Taplin set Swordfish Class a fraction challenge today.

Mrs Taplin would like to know...


One fifth + ? tenths = 1 whole


Come and tell her when you have worked out the answer!



Dragon eyes



Thursday 28th November - Science


Swordfish class carried out their Science experiment today. Our experiment investigated the rate at which water freezes - does the volume affect this?

Throughout the day we had to check our containers and note any changes.

We found out that the smaller volume (100ml) froze the fastest and that the largest volume (500ml) took a lot longer.



We thought about other factors that may affect our experiment:

Would it change the results if the temperature of the water was different in the different containers?

Would it change if the containers were different shapes and sizes?

Wednesday 20th November - Geography


In our Geography lessons we are learning about where we live. Today we created a piece of art based on our place in the world. We started off small and gradually got bigger!


1. My house

2. My town

3. My county

4. My country

5. My continent

6. My planet.






Tuesday 17th November - Art


As part of our Topic (Myths and Dragons) we have been creating sketches and paintings of dragon eyes.

We had a very arty morning today and made some beautiful eyes from clay!


Please come and see our work displayed in the link corridor by the hall!





Monday 11th November - Maths


In our maths lesson today we explored perimeter. We were provided with a variety of 2D shapes made out of masking tape and then we used a ruler to measure and then calculate the perimeter.


Perimeter is the distance around the edge of a shape.





Monday 4th November - Maths


In our maths lesson today we created our own colourful metre sticks. First, we had to estimate how long we thought a metre was and then use a 30cm ruler to create our own one.

We then went into the hall and compared our metres to see who was the closest to 1m.

We talked about why it is important to be accurate then adjusted our metre sticks so that they accurately showed 100cm.




Thursday 17th October - Science!

Following our experiment on how water changes, this week we have investigated the water cycle. We talked about how water evaporates and forms clouds. We also discussed how and why it rains, snows, hails and sleets. We drew pictures of what we had learnt and used scientific vocabulary. In year 3/4 we are becoming great scientists! 


Maths - Bar model and number lines

In Maths this week, year 3/4 have been working really hard on showing addition and subtraction in different ways. We have worked on using structured number lines, unstructured number lines and the bar model. This has helped us picture one problem in lots of different ways. 


Thursday 10th October - Science!

In Science we have been looking at solids, liquids and gases. We have been talking about how the particles are different in each of these and acting this out. We also conducted 2 different experiments! We looked at how raisins and plums act when they are put in lemonade and we looked at how water changes its state. Maybe you could ask your child what happened ... 



Monday 30th September - Dragonology

In English we have been working really hard on expanding our vocabulary. We have used our vocabulary to describe different dragons and new breeds of dragons. 

Wednesday 25th September - Learning behaviours


This week we have been focussing on our six school learning behaviours. These help us to achieve our best and become life long learners.


  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Reflection
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  • Independence


We have discussed what these words mean to us and how we demonstrate these at school and also at home. 

Tuesday 24th September - Maths (addition)


In our maths lesson today we used place value counters (concrete resources) to help us with our addition.

Year 3 solved given addition problems using 2 and 3 digit numbers whilst Year 4 created their own number sentences using 3 and 4 digit numbers.





Monday 23rd September - Suspicious activity spotted!


Something mysterious is going on at Tadley Primary School! When we went outside this morning, we discovered some unusual tracks leading from the playground into the trees...





- scorch marks on the ground

- scratches on the fence

- the wood chips had all been scattered over the playground

- there were broken sticks

- deep grooves that looked like something had been dragged through the bushes

- large scratches on the tree trunks

- a burning smell in the air

- black marks on the posts

- a suspiciously big footprint


Friday 20th September - Maths


Year 3: In our maths lesson today, Year 3 explored number using dienes.  The children built their names and then calculated how many dienes they had used in total.

For example: I have used x tens and x ones. The value of my name is x


Year 4: In our maths lesson today, Year 4 were detectives using their reasoning skills. They followed clues to eliminate numbers and solve the problem.



A week in the life of Year 3 & 4 ... 16th-20th September


This week has flown by so quickly! We have been sketching eyes in our Art lesson, pretending to be scary dragons in Guided Reading, rounding numbers in Maths and using different sentence structures in our English.


Reminder: Spelling tests have been sent home with homework today. The words that are highlighted are the words that the children can spell. Please practise the words that are not highlighted.


Staying safe online...


As part of our Computing & PSHE lessons we have been learning how to stay safe when using technology. We first thought about all the different ways we can use the Internet and different devices we can use to access information and communicate.


We thought about the following questions and then created mind maps for positive and negative effects of the Internet.


Q – What devices do you have that can access the internet?

Q – What games do you play that can go online?

Q - Do you have a social media account? Can you talk to people online?

Q – What are the age restrictions on social media platforms? (for example Facebook, Instagram etc.)


We also watched the following video:

Wednesday 18th September - Maths


We have been practising rounding 2 and 3 digit numbers to the nearest ten.


Eg. 34 rounds down to 30

      187 rounds up to 190


Times tables...


Every day in Year 3 and Year 4 we are practising our times tables. Today we used the counting stick to chant the multiples of 3 and 4 out loud.


This is something that you can practise at home too!


For example: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30

Monday 16th September - Guided Reading


In our Guided Reading lessons we are exploring the book "LOOK OUT, It's a Dragon!" by Jonny Lambert. We have been writing predictions about the story, clarifying what different words mean and using our inference skills to determine how Saffi the dragon feels when all the other animals run away from her.





We have acted out and drawn images to represent the following words from the story:

squeaked | swooped | lumbering | plodded | drooped | loomed | scorched | singe



A week in the life of Year 3 & 4... 9th-13th September


What a lovely week we have had! We have been busy learning about place value and numbers in our maths lessons. We have also been practising our times tables every day.


Year 3 have been:

Counting from 0 in multiples of 4

Finding 10 or 100 more or less than a given number (2 and 3 digit)

Recognising the place value in a 3 digit number

Practising the 3 and 4 times table


Year 4 have been:

Counting in multiples of 25 and 1000

Finding 10 and 100 more or less than a given number (3 and 4 digit)

Recognising the place value in a 4 digit number

Practising different times tables


In our English lessons we have been focussing on non-negotiables for writing. These include using full stops and capital letters consistently. Today we practised writing compound sentences using and, but or so. We also had our first Friday P.E lesson outside where we had the opportunity to play team games with our new class mates. The children have received their first piece of homework today which their teacher has explained to them.


Reminder: P.E is on a Tuesday and Friday.


Thank you to all parents who attended our Meet the Teacher presentation last night. Our Year 3/4 newsletter can be found at the bottom of this page. It has also been sent home as a paper copy today (Friday 13th)


Friday 13th September - Roald Dahl Day


Today is a day we celebrate Roald Dahl and his wonderful books (13th September was his birthday).


  • Can you tell someone at home all about your favourite Roald Dahl book?
  • Who is your favourite character? Why?
  • Perhaps you could draw a picture of your favourite Roald Dahl book or character to share with your class?




Popular Roald Dahl books include: 

James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits and The BFG




Thursday 12th September - Maths


In our maths lesson today Year 4 were given five minutes to complete as much of  the times table grid as they could. We talked about different ways to fill it in and decided to try all of the times tables that we were sure of first.

Well done Year 4, we are sure you will get quicker each week! This is something that you could practise at home too!