Discovery Class

Last week of term 5

January 18, 2020

Good morning to you all and I hope everyone has had a good weekend. 

We are in the final week of term 5. As previously mentioned, our focus for this week would be science based 'animals and humans'.

Children have the option to undertake a project this week to either make a poster or to write a non chronological report on animals. The ideas, objectives and resources list has been provided on the web page. Children can also get creative and create their own art projects (ideas suggested).The quality of work  has been of a high standard. Please visit the web page to look at some of the work sent in already. I am looking forward to seeing your science projects at the end of the week. 

Maths- A recap on money with slides/ worksheets and this is another practical activity. Please have a look at the websites suggested, including White Rose videos, click on your child's year group.

Remember to send in your photos for our whole school celebration. Not long before the May holidays, hope you all have a well deserved break from home schooling. Thank you all for your continued support!

Good Morning

May 10, 2020

Hello and I hope you all enjoyed the nice long weekend, celebrating VE Day last Friday. A few parents have emailed me photographs, thank you. If you would like to share your  pictures of the celebration, that would be lovely.

We are in our final week of our topic. I wanted to say thank you to all the parents and children for all their hard work over the last few weeks.  It has been fantastic to receive all the writing, painting/ art, making models and power point presentations on the Great Fire Of London.

 For your final week on the topic, children will be writing instructions and designing their own fire safety posters this week. There are lots of links to videos and other writing resources to help you. Please take your time over the week to complete this task. I shall look forward to your fire safety posters.

I shall see you all in our zoom session tomorrow. Hope you all have a good week and stay well.

Week 3

May 03, 2020

Hello and I hope you all are well

I am so pleased to see the children's enthusiasm each term and how keen they are to learn about the topics. This term is no exception, I am delighted with all the work that has been coming in each week . I am very grateful to all the parents for the updates. I must add the zoom sessions have also been brilliant to see and talk to the children. I am so pleased to hear that the children are enjoying all the learning, how proud they are each week of their achievements.

This week in English we are looking at Samuel Pepys and the children will be writing a biography. I have attached a button on the page to look at an example and what the children will need to research. There is also a comprehension passage for those who would like to either revisit or complete this activity.

Maths: This is a mixed year group 2/3 activity but the worksheets are slightly different for each year group. Thank you for your continued support.

Term 5

April 19, 2020

It has been so lovely to see so many on our zoom sessions and the children joining in the assembly. A special thanks to all the parents for all the help, support and encouragement. The children in Discovery have worked so hard. I am so pleased to receive regular emails regarding all the lovely learning, acts of kindness, patience and progress the children have made.

Our  topic launch of  the Great Fire Of London has been fantastic, it's great to see the children have shown such enthusiasm.

The plans and overview in English have now been set up to help you dip in and out and to allow planning in advance. As normal daily plans will be on the web page.

I am looking forward to seeing the children on our zoom sessions in the coming week.


April 19, 2020

I hope you are all well and enjoyed a few days off from the home school learning.

It was so lovely to see so many faces on the last day of term in our zoom assembly. As previously mentioned in my email, we were hoping to organise more meetings on zoom. All being well and technology working as it should, I am hoping to schedule a meeting 3 times a week with my class. This will be an informal meeting and a launch of our new topic in term 5. I will read the the children a story about The Great Fire Of London. The sessions are roughly 30 minutes and this is also an opportunity to say 'hello'. As normal, I will send out the details of the meeting to all parents in Discovery Class.

I shall look forward to seeing you all soon!

Happy Easter

April 09, 2020

A very Happy Easter to you all. We are very lucky to have this glorious weather and I hope you all have had a bit of a break from all the home learning.


It was so lovely to see so many faces in our assembly last Friday. I am looking forward to seeing you on zoom soon after the Easter break.


Our next topic is 'The Great Fire of London'. There will be daily plans on the web page after the Easter break on Monday 20th April 2020. Given the current and very strange situation, Ms Roberts and I felt that the we will axe 'The Great Plague' as we thought this could be upsetting for the children. If you feel your child will be alright with this Topic. I am happy to put links on the daily plans should you wish to discuss this with your child.

Thank you all for doing such an excellent job with all the home learning. Enjoy the sunshine and have a lovely Easter.

Week 2

April 01, 2020

Good morning,

I hope you find this useful, I have uploaded the power point for the year 3 (measuring up). The work sheet can either be printed or write the answers in a book/sheet of paper, depending on the level you choose.

I have also added a science link for the children to conduct a few fun experiments at home.


Hope you all have a good day !

Home Learning

March 29, 2020

Good morning to you all,

I hope you and your families are all well!

I am so happy to receive so many emails from parents, sharing their children's work last week. What a fantastic job you all have done with the home learning.

I have set out work for Monday and removed the previous link. If you would like a copy of it, I am more than happy to email it to you.

Hope you all have a good and healthy week.

Week beginning 23.03.2020

March 27, 2020

Good afternoon to you all,

I hope everyone is well and managing to make the most of this very strange situation.

I just wanted to get in touch with all parents, to find out how you were all doing and how the children have been getting on this week.

I have had some lovely emails, from a few parents already giving me an update and how they've got on this week. I would really appreciate a quick line or two to keep me posted, if you are yet to send me an email.

the class email address:

Well done to everyone for doing their best this week. Hope you all have a bit of a break over the weekend from school and work. 

Home Learning

March 25, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Another beautiful day, I hope you managed to enjoy another warm and sunny day .

This is a message to all parents and I really cannot stress enough. This is a very difficult situation we are all finding ourselves in. I wanted to say a big thank you for all the support  with your children's home learning, alongside spinning umpteen number of plates at the same time.

Some days will be great and others not so great! Please don't worry too much, if you were not able to do a particular activity. It can happen another time or day. The links are there for the resources on twinkl for you to use. Also please, don't feel the pressure to print every document. The questions could be on the screen and your child can either copy or just answer the questions in a note book or on paper.

The important thing is to do some of that learning that doesn't happen in school. The maths does not have to be complicated either! Lots of addition and subtraction can be done with objects in the house, money, measuring the perimeter of the room, jumps in the garden, height of furniture or people. Weighing out ingredients for cooking, or weighing different objects, telling the time, learning your time tables using BBC super movers songs, active learn games drawing and painting pictures are all good activities.

Please be assured everyone is in this together and we can only do our best. On that note, I wish you all a good day, stay safe and well.


I hope you all have managed to soak up some of that lovely sunshine! This understandably is a very difficult period for us all. On the up side, it is a great opportunity to do all that fun learning outside of school, like cooking, learning a new skill and playing games.

Apologies, it has taken a bit of time to get things sorted on the web page and really appreciate your help, support and patience so we can iron out any issues that arise.

I hope everyone is well and stay safe.

Please find attached Year 2 maths document.

Year 3 SPAG for all week 23.3.2020

March 23, 2020

This SPAG activity for year 3's for the week. Please try and get these words in your writing for the week.

Twinkle have made resources temporarily free for all users. To set up your free account, go to Create a new account and use the code: UKTWINKLHELPS. You can then access resources for free.

Year 3 Maths

March 23, 2020

Year 3 maths work sheets unit 1. There are different challenges to suit you.

Year 2 Maths worksheets

March 23, 2020

Year 2 worksheets with different challenges..

Week Beginning 23.3.2020

March 23, 2020

Hello! Hope Everyone is well and that you all have had a good weekend.

Please find attached the following PDF document with a daily plan and for tomorrow please look at the links to Twinkl and other web links listed.

Any problems please send me an email

Work for Discovery Class

March 17, 2020

Given the current situation, work has been set for both year groups.



Yr 3 Please check the active learn account for various maths games.

Please continue to practise fractions on a number line, addition and subtraction with the same denominator, equivalent fractions and solve problem questions and times tables.

Yr 2 Children should use both the active learn maths games, practise the times tables, use the abacus book 1 and 2.

Year 3 and Year 2  Please practise these spellings and apply them in your writing.

RE : To learn the Easter story.

D &T: to design and make a small waterproof bag. Children to think what they would put in a small, suitable waterproof bag.

English: Children have been learning about paragraphs in SPAG. Children will write a non- fiction information text about an ocean they have researched. Children will consider the layout using a heading and sub- headings.

Topic: To look at the water cycle.

Spanish: Please explore the links on our Languages page.

Twinkl is a temporary free educational resource. Please type in the year group in order to access and download documents. To sign up, go to www.twinkl/offer. Create a free account, entering the code UKTWINKLHELPS. 

Please find attached a link to Twinkl resource.

The Week Ahead

March 09, 2020

It has been another busy but fun week with parent's evening, Henley drama work and travelling tuba.

English: The children made a very good start on their fiction stories. The children needed to be mindful about all the things they have learnt in their phonics/ SPAG lessons and applying that knowledge in their writing.

Maths: Children continued with fractions.

Topic: The children were learning about rivers and the various parts of a river.

Henley Drama workshop came into school on Wednesday to work with the Ks1 children. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

On Friday, year 3/4  visited the Travelling Tuba and participated as a team to perform a salsa tune. It was a fantastic experience.

Homework this week is researching an ocean and writing a non-fiction piece of text.

A busy week

March 02, 2020

It has been a very busy week with so many lovely activities.

On Monday Ks2 took part in a research, based on a well being programme (kiva) conducted by the University of Oxford.

Tuesday, Ks2 children had the opportunity to create beautiful fish, thanks to Henley Youth Festival.

Thursday was World Book Day and the children made a fantastic effort dressing up as their favourite book character and made their own book covers.

English: combined with topic work the children worked very hard on creating their fact posters on Our Watery World.

Children will be writing their non fiction stories w/b 9.03.2020 based on the Snail and the Whale story.

Maths: continuation of fractions and times tables.

DT: The children will be creating their very own waterproof bags. It would be greatly appreciated if they could bring in surplus items/ materials to help make their bags. Many thanks.


Our Watery World

February 24, 2020

Topic: Our Watery World

The children were introduced to the topic our watery word and have been learning about the 7 continents and 5 oceans.

English: Children looked at non-fiction text and completed comprehensions.

Maths: An introduction to fractions and building upon their knowledge.

Homework set is a reflection on what the children have been learning.

Please continue to support your child with their times tables, Yr2 CEW and Yr3/ 4 words, many thanks.

What a great end to term 3!

February 10, 2020

Celebrating cultures, traditions and foreign languages from all over the world. A massive thank you to all the parents, who came in to make this  a wonderful experience!

Maths and English was a recap and consolidation of what the children have already learnt.

Topic for Years 1, 2 and 3 is our Watery World. The children will be learning about the continents and oceans.

Chinese dragon masks!

February 03, 2020

The year 3's designed their own Chinese dragon masks for their dance.

English: Children wrote informal letters to Ma Liang ( Fictional Character) in China. The children described their life in England  and asked questions about China.

Maths: We continued with division and multiplications. Year 3's were taught column multiplications.

Science: We had a very practical lesson on magnetism. The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity.

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Week beginning 27.1.2020

Last week has been an exciting but busy week.

English: The children wrote their non fiction stories about a dragon in China. 

Maths: The children have continued with division. Children have been diving numbers by 2, 5 and 10. Year 3 have been diving 2 digits by a single number with a remainder.

Science: The children have been learning about materials, their properties and absorption.

Sheldonian Theatre: It was truly a wonderful experience for all KS2 children and the teachers. Classical music performed by the Oxfordshire Youth Orchestra.

Week beginning 20.1.2020

English: The children have been listening to stories from China. The children also drew a picture of their dragons, wrote their story maps in order to write their own fiction story.

Mrs Tarling visited Discovery again and told the children all about Chinese New Year. A big thank you to Mrs Tarling.

Maths: The children have started the unit on division. This also includes multiplication.


Science : We have been looking at materials and the various uses for different materials, what is natural and what is man made.

Week beginning 13.1.2020

Our whole school Topic this term is China. Mrs Tarling paid Discovery class a very special visit. Mrs Tarling enriched our topic by sharing lots of information, experiences and also brought in a few treats. A big THANK YOU from all of us.

English: Children focused on comprehension this week. The comprehension passage were topic based.

Maths: Following on from 2D and 3D shapes the children have been learning about lines of symmetry.

Our topic work has been about China, locating it on the map and learning other geographical facts.

Science: We have looked at everyday materials and their uses. We shall continue this next week.

Homework, CEW's , spellings, reading and times tables.

Please could you continue to support your child in doing their homework each week and learning the above, thank you.

Week beginning 6.01.2020

A very Happy New Year. Hope you all have had a lovely break.

English: The children shared their Christmas experiences at circle time and wrote wrote a recount of their Christmas holidays.

Maths: This week the focus has been on 2D and 3D shapes and the properties of the shapes. The children went on a shape hunt and recorded the number of shapes on a tally chart.

This week the year 3's have started recorder lessons and French.

Year 2's have also had a music lesson and will be learning the recorders. They have started learning Spanish as part of their Modern foreign language.

Week beginning 16.12.19


Lots of people to Thank!

Discovery Class would like to say a massive thank you to FONS for the generous amount raised from the cake sale. The children in Discovery chose a variety of games and toys and puzzles. The children are extremely happy!


Thank you to all the parents to who came in to make the Christmas lunch a success. It was so lovely.

A big thank you for the very generous presents from all the parents and children to the staff in Discovery. It was a very kind and thoughtful gesture and it's much appreciated.

There has been no homework set over the Christmas holidays. Our next topic for term 3 is China. I would really appreciate if children could do a bit of research on China, continue with their CEW's and time tables.

Next term the children in Discovery will be learning to play the recorders.

Year 3 will be taught French and Year 2 will be taught Spanish as part of our Modern Foreign Language (MFL)

On behalf of staff in Discovery, I would like to wish all the children and their families a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

See you all in the next decade.

Week beginning 9/12/19

Ks1 Play

The Princess And The Pea

It was an excellent performance from the children. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Thank you to all the parents for helping your child learn their lines and lyrics and not to forget the costumes.


We have continued with numberline subtractions and a bit of fractions.


Children have been learning about Christianity and the birth of Jesus Christ.

Year 3's have been practising their carol songs.

Please continue to support your child with their CEW's or year 3/4 words, along with their time tables. Thank you !

Forest School will be on Wednesday 18th Dec in the morning. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather in the morning.

Thursday 19th Dec

Children can bring in a toy or a game of their choice. Please do not send electronic toys. Thank you.

Week beginning 2/12/19

It's that time of the year again. The children in Discovery have their own Christmas tree and they have started making their own decorations for the tree. We also have a few snow flakes on the window.


The children have written some informal letters in their books to family and friends all about Alfred The Great.


This week we have concentrated on number line subtraction.



Thank you to all the parents for the lovely photographs sent in for our lesson. This has been a brilliant opportunity for the children to talk about themselves and to share some wonderful memories and getting to know each other better. 

KS1 performance is progress and the acting is great. Year 3's have also been practising their Christmas Carols.

Week beginning 25/11/19
Last week children wrote their fiction story about meeting Alfred The Great. The children used adjectives to make their story interesting.
We looked at  various lengths, measurements, right angles, acute, obtuse and reflex angles.
CEW year 2 and year 3 to learn their year 3 and 4 words.
Play: It's that time of the year again. The year 1 and 2's will be performing their KS1 play. Please could we have named quilts for the play. They will be returned after the play. Thank you!
Box of memories as part of our PSHE lesson. Please could we have a a few pictures of family or a picture of a favourite toy. This activity is to encourage children to speak and an activity to get to know each other better. 
Thank you for your continued support.

Week beginning 18/11/19



This week the children enacted their fiction story in groups, made their story maps and have started writing their story about meeting Alfred The Great by stepping into a time machine.


Children have been learning about position, direction and measurements.

Design and Technology (D&T)

The children had the chance to bake Alfred's Cakes!  They were a bit crumbly but really yummy.

Week beginning 11/11/19

Armistice Day 

The children as a mark of respect stood for two minutes silence.


The children have looked at the features of instruction writing. They wrote instructions on how to bake King Alfred's cake. They will be making the cakes in the coming week. 


The children have been learning addition and subtraction in class this week. They have looked at column addition and subtraction.



The children have started making their fact posters on King Alfred The Great. 


Week beginning 4th November 2019 

Apologies for not having a previous update due to technical issues.

Whole school topic for this term is Alfred The Great.

English and History

Children have been learning about the life of Alfred The Great in English and History. In English, children answered  a comprehension passage, watched a brief video and also looked other resources to find out facts.


Children have continued with multiplication and division activities this week.


I would urge that all children in year 2 learn their Common Expectation Words. 

Year 3 to learn their spellings (Year 3/4 words)

Thank you for the continued support with your child's learning.

Week 7

October 18th,2019


In English we have looked at comprehension. Our main topic has been ending plastic pollution. The children have been learning to answer the questions in full sentences. 


In maths we have focused on division and multiplication.


All the children have been learning the life cycle of flowering and non flowering plants and they planted their own runner bean seeds.


Some of the homework was marked this week, I apologise for the homework that has not been marked but it will be marked next week.

Week 6

October 11th, 2019


This week the children have looked at the format and wrote their formal letters to Mrs Greenwood about looking after our school playground by picking up litter.


The children have been learning repeated addition and multiplication using arrays.


The children have completed their bird feeders and will be hanging the feeders in the school ground. Thank you to the parents for donating bird feed and sending in plastic bottles.

Just wanted to say I am very proud of all the year 2's who took part in the Langtree cross country run!

Week 5

October 4th, 2019


We have been learning to write informal letters to family and friends based on our topic Eco schools.


We have looked at multiplication and adding equal groups. If would be a good idea to learn your times tables.


We have looked at lots of creatures and mini beasts living in our school grounds. The picture for this week was taken on our bug hunt.

Design  and technology

The children made bird feeders out of single use plastic bottles. They have thoroughly enjoyed this activity.

Week 4

September 27, 2019


We explored fiction books this week and wrote our fiction stories. 


This week we have been learning all about adding and subtracting money.


In art we made our marine life pictures.

Forest school   

The children had  a great time in forest school this week. Building dens, rope swings and a fire to toast marshmallows. 

Plastic bottles

Please could your child bring in a clean plastic bottle into school and if possible any spare bird seeds (nut free). Many thanks.


Nettlebed Community School

High Street


Henley On Thames



Office contact: Mrs Tracy Sedwell

Tel: 01491 641328


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