Tadley Community Primary School

Tadley Community Primary School

Autumn Term 2020

What a fantastic term we have had!

We hope you all have a lovely Christmas 






For our Art lesson on Thursday 3rd December we will be painting rocks. Please can you collect 1 or 2 rocks/pebbles that are large enough to paint. They do not need to be any bigger than 10cm.

Please bring them in to class so we can name them ready for the lesson.


Thank you! 😁​



Monday 23rd November 2020


In our Guided Reading lesson today we started looking at the book: THE ICE MONSTER by David Walliams. We looked at the front cover and the blurb then came up with questions that we would like answered.


Key questions for the lesson:

  • What does the title tell you?
  • What does it make you think about?
  • Does this book attract your attention? Why? Why not?
  • What questions do you have after seeing the front and back of the book?




Friday 20th November 2020


In our English lessons this week we have been studying the poem THE MAGIC BOX by Kit Wright.


THE MAGIC BOX by Kit Wright


I will put in the box

the swish of a silk sari on a summer night,

fire from the nostrils of a Chinese dragon,

the tip of a tongue touching a tooth.


I will put in the box

a snowman with a rumbling belly

a sip of the bluest water from Lake Lucerene,

a leaping spark from an electric fish.


I will put into the box

three violet wishes spoken in Gujarati,

the last joke of an ancient uncle

and the first smile of a baby.


I will put into the box

a fifth season and a black sun,

a cowboy on a broomstick

and a witch on a white horse.


My box is fashioned from ice and gold and steel,

with stars on the lid and secrets in the corners.

Its hinges are the toe joints of dinosaurs.


I shall surf in my box

on the great high-rolling breakers of the wild Atlantic,

then wash ashore on a yellow beach

the colour of the sun.


Friday 13th November 2020


In our English lessons this week we have been practising using alliteration. 




Wednesday 11th November 2020


Remembrance Day is celebrated by members of the Commonwealth on 11th November at 11am. Traditionally marked by a moment of silence, laying of wreaths, military parades and more, it is a chance to honour, remember and say thank you.



Thursday 5th November 2020


In our Art lesson this afternoon we were inspired by the artists John Constable and Andy Goldsworthy. Here is one of Constable's pieces that we examined and discussed:





The great landscape artist John Constable made a watercolour of Stonehenge which is now at the Victoria & Albert Museum.


John Constable and Andy Goldsworthy are famous artists that have used different media to create amazing pieces of art. John used paints and large brush strokes with moody/ dark/ cold colours. Andy uses real stones to create structures. He uses different coloured stones to create shades and tones.


This afternoon, we worked really hard using pastels to create our own stone images.


Tuesday 3rd November 2020


Today we found out about the different periods within the Stone Age.


We found out that:


The Stone Age is split into three different periods:

  • The Palaeolithic period (early Stone Age)
  • The Mesolithic period (middle Stone Age)
  • The Neolithic period (late Stone Age


The Palaeolithic period lasted the longest of the three Stone Ages. Each different period was characterised by different advances in how people lived.


FUN FACT: During the Neolithic period of the Stone Age, the mysterious monument of Stonehenge was built. No one is quite sure why or how it was built, and it remains one of the greatest mysteries in human history.


We hope you had a lovely Half Term.


Thursday 22nd October 2020


In our Maths lessons we have been practising column addition and subtraction. This week we have had a go at solving problems involving money.


Wednesday 21st October 2020


This morning we found out about the poet Benjamin Zephaniah.


The British writer Benjamin Zephaniah is known for his poetry as well as novels, plays, and other works. His poetry is called “dub poetry,” which means that is performed—the words are recited over the beat of reggae music.


We listened to some of his poetry and then created some art based on this.


At the bottom of my garden
There's a hedgehog and a frog
And a lot of creepy-crawlies
Living underneath a log,
There's a baby daddy long legs
And an easy-going snail
And a family of woodlice,
All are on my nature trail.

There are caterpillars waiting
For their time to come to fly,
There are worms turning the earth over
As ladybirds fly by,
Birds will visit, cats will visit
But they always chose their time
And I've even seen a fox visit 
This wild garden of mine.


Squirrels come to nick my nuts
And busy bees come buzzing
And when the night time comes
Sometimes some dragonflies come humming,
My garden mice are very shy
And I've seen bats that growl
And in my garden I have seen
A very wise old owl.

My garden is a lively place
There's always something happening,
There's this constant search for food
And then there's all that flowering,
When you have a garden
You will never be alone
And I believe we all deserve
A garden of our own. 


Benjamin Zephaniah


Friday 16th October 2020


This afternoon we found out about ROSA PARKS.


  • In 1950s America black people were treated unfairly. One person who tried to change this was Rosa Parks.
  • On 1st December 1955, Rosa Parks was tired of having to give up her bus seat and she said “No” to a white person.
  • This started the Montgomery bus boycott.


We watched some video clips and then created our own posters with key words to describe her.


A powerful moment from Doctor Who highlighting the story of Rosa Parks being arrested. Clip taken from Doctor Who Series 11 Episode 3 'Rosa'.


Monday 12th October 2020


In our Guided Reading lessons we have been reading the story of Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age.


Ug and his parents are living in the Stone Age. And that means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Being an inquisitive and intelligent child, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life. His ideas about heating, cooking, boats, and balls that actually bounce are met with a hostile reaction by his parents who don't know what he's going on about. Even Ug himself is occasionally unsure of the purpose of his inventions - his round stone that rolls down the hill is great, but what is it actually for? With the help of his father, who is slowly coming round to his son's way of thinking, Ug comes tantalisingly close to his ultimate garment goal, only to find that there are some obstacles even a boy genius can't overcome.



Tuesday 6th October 2020


In our English lessons we have been learning how to describe different settings. We have practised using adjectives and writing expanded noun phrases.


Expanded noun phrase = adjective, adjective noun.


Here are some of our examples:


  • The deep, dark forest looked cold and eerie.
  • I walked through the misty, enchanted meadow and saw a fairy.
  • She looked up at the dusty, old cobwebs that were swaying in the wind.

Monday 5th October 2020


In our English lesson today we practised using past tense verbs. We thought about how we would say something had already happened and put our verbs into sentences.

This will help us when we write our Stone Age Boy story in the past tense.



Friday 2nd October 2020


In our Maths lesson today we reviewed everything that we have learned about place value.

We showed off our knowledge of partitioning and ordering numbers.



Monday 28th September 2020


This afternoon we found out about Makaton. We watched the 'Into the Unknown' video and practised how to sign a song instead of singing it.


Into the Unknown - Frozen 2 - British Makaton



Thursday 24th September 2020


This afternoon we looked at the 6 main religions in the world. We found out a couple of facts about each one.

We looked at the different symbols that are important to each religion and found out where people worship.




Thursday 10th September - Maths


In our Maths lesson today we investigated odd and even numbers.


An even number is a number that can be divided into two equal groups.

An odd number is a number that cannot be divided into two equal groups.


Even numbers end in 2, 4, 6, 8 and 0 regardless of how many digits they have (we know the number 5,917,624 is even because it ends in a 4!).

Odd numbers end in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.


Here are some games you could play at home: