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Welcome to Red Kites 2022-2023 with Miss Kelly!

Here you will find out what the children have been learning about in class. 

This term our topic is ‘A Right Royal Rumble’ and we will be studying the Tudors.

Our class topic books are ‘My Friend Walter’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

Today we had an amazing skateboarding workshop which the Red Kites loved! We learnt how to get on a skateboard, move, turn and even some tricks! The children showed brilliant teamwork skills and should be very proud of themselves!

In DT the children have been making owl cushions. They have all worked really hard and should be very proud of their cushions. The children learned about Minerva the Roman Goddess of Wisdom who was associated with the symbol of an owl which represents knowledge, culture and discernment.

In English we are writing a diary entry from the point of view of Arthur. Today we used hot seating to explore how Arthur was feeling and what he was thinking at different points during his adventure. The children had the opportunity to ask Arthur questions and put themselves in Arthur’s shoes. I was really impressed with the children’s questioning and acting skills. 

Athlete in School

Today we were very lucky to have heptathlete Katie Stainton in school. This morning we had an assembly and this afternoon we enjoyed a PE lesson with her. We learned about what it takes to be an athlete competing at the top level. Bravery, courage and commitment were just a few of the themes mentioned. The children were extremely competitive in their PE lesson, where they competed in a relay race and received some top tips on their javelin throwing technique. We will look out for Katie at the next Olympics!

Roman Workshop

The children thoroughly enjoyed our Roman Workshop this morning. We learned about how the Romans socialised, what they wore and how they fought. I was really impressed with how much the children have learned this term.

Be Space

We had a fantastic morning at St Mary's Church taking part in reflective activities organised by Be Space. The children particularly enjoyed the 'fizzy forgiveness' activity and making pipe cleaner people. We thought about our dreams and ambitions, hopes for different countries, forgiving others and great people we know.

Violin and Cello

The children are extremely excited to be taking part in violin and cello lessons in school each week with a specialist teacher from the Oxfordshire County Music Service. I look forward to hearing their progress!


We were very lucky to have a special visitor who came to teach us more about Hinduism. We enjoyed looking at a variety of interesting objects and making bookmarks.

This week we walked from school to North Leigh Roman Villa. We were very lucky to be met there by knowledgeable volunteers from English Heritage. We enjoyed a guided tour of the of the villa, where we were able to see the remains of the bath suites and under-floor heating. Then we looked at some interesting Roman artefacts from local museums. Finally, we went into the mosaic house where we were able to see the fine mosaic tile floor which dates back to the early 4th century!

Welcome to Red Kites 2021-2022 with Miss Waters!

We have had lots of fun and worked hard in Red Kites this year! It has been a pleasure to teach you all and I wish you all the best of luck. Have a lovely summer holiday and hope you all enjoy your new classes in September! 

Didcot Railway Centre

We were lucky enough to have a class trip to Didcot Railway Centre! We visited the centre as we are learning about Inventions in the Victorian era. There were lots of fun activities to do and lots of steam engines to see. It was a lovely hot day so being in the engine shed kept us nice and cool when we were learning about how they all worked. It was wonderful to see what we had been learning about in class in real life - some of us were smaller than one of the wheels of an engine! 

Art and Design Technology based on the book 'The Iron Man'

We based our art and design technology on the book 'The Iron Man'. We made individual models using clay and added details with equipment we could find in the classroom. We then created an Iron Man out of junk modelling, working in groups to create a different part so we could add details. Miss Waters helped to put all the pieces together so he could protect our classroom. 

Science Day!


In our gymnastics, we have been thinking about how to use different parts of our body to balance. We tried various different balances and added some equipment to make things more challenging.

Design and technology - Food preparation

We have really enjoyed design technology learning how to prepare food correctly. We began the topic with learning how to prepare fruit for a Japanese fruit skewer - some of us were even brave and tried lychee! After the skewers, we learnt how to make an apple crumble and our final project was to design and make our own savoury tart. This involved a lot of food preparation and making sure there was a good amount of each ingredient when putting the tart together.

Music - African Drumming

We were very lucky by having a visitor come to school to talk about Africa and give us an introduction to African drumming. We all got to have a go at playing the drums and learning about the history. Red Kites loved learning about African music and the listening to other instruments as well as the drums.

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