Calder Vale C of E Primary School

Grow, Achieve, Explore


This term we are reading The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. We have been writing our own jungle book adventures with Mowgli and a jungle creature and we are loving listening to the story and reading it aloud together.


We have been learning how to measure and read scales for weight and our Year 5 and 6 used their ratio knowledge to rewrite our flapjack recipe for different amounts of people.


This term we are learning about habitats, life cycles and keeping healthy. Our Year 2’s loved tasting a variety of fruit and vegetables, the favourite was goji berries and we are all growing sunflowers to plant out in our allotment. We also have some caterpillars living in Willow class, two have just made their cocoons and we are excitedly waiting for them to hatch out into butterflies.


Our topic is the Ancient Egyptians and we have been engrossed with Howard Carter’s adventure finding the Tomb of Tutankhamun. We have been archaeologists, used magnifying glasses to examine our findings and drawn detailed drawings of the fossils.


Our theme this term is humility and in worship we have been learning about Mr Pride and Mr Humility. We have linked our knowledge of humility to Bible stories and fables, like The Hare and The Tortoise. Our topic this half term has been learning about the church as a place of worship. We loved spending a morning in Calder Vale church, studying features, images and soaking up the atmosphere.

Using our outside environment

We have been creating nature diaries, examining how plants have changed in nature over the summer term. We have already seen daffodils come and go, trees burst into flower and mini-beasts appear in the warm sun. We are also very busy, with the help of parents/grandparents, in planting up our allotment with fruit, vegetables and plants to attract bees and butterflies.

PSHE/Relax Kids

We have loved having Stef in every Friday again this half-term. Our favourite activities have been making Ishi stones, lavender bags, team games and we have become really good at giving and receiving positive affirmations.

We have also had a visit from the fire service talking about road safety and fire safety in the home. All the pupils loved dressing up in the fireman’s hat!


In music the children have been learning about rhythm and pulse by doing echo clapping and playing switch. They have also begun to learn some simple notation listening , following and playing rhythm grids. They have used instruments to create a variety of sounds for each other. After half term, we will begin choosing our end of year production – more news will follow shortly!