Staplegrove Church School

'That they may have life, life in all its fullness' John 10:10

Rowan Class

A warm welcome to the parents and carers of Rowan class from Mrs Law and Mrs Daykin, and our support staff Mrs Cramp, Miss Towns and Mrs Sweet.


Weston-Super-Mare Seaside Trip

We had a lovely time at the seaside on Thursday 9th July.  The weather was just right with no rain and just enough cloud.  The children spent an hour playing on the sand, some using their buckets and spades and others with our play equipment.  Following an early lunch, we walked down to the pier and had an ice cream before going to the SeaQuarium. We arrived home at 3pm just in time for pick up.  Have a look at some of our photos.

Seaside Trip letter
Seaside Topic Day photos
Seaside Topic Day
Healthy School Week
Rowan Class Curriculum Newsletter Summer B
WOW Poetry Day

The children really enjoyed the visit from Professor Poet and First Officer Ditty - although at first Rowan class thought they were too old for Cbeebies!  I'm not sure who laughed the most, the children or the adults but a fun time was had by all.  Have a look at the photos to see for yourselves.


The children heard some strange noises coming from the forest school today. We went up to investigate and found some mysterious looking footprints. On further inspection we found a dragon expert in the forest school with a dragon. Doc told us that she had come from a land of myth and magic where dragons roam freely and live up to 4000 years old! Our dragon Scarlet was a baby at just 52 years old. She had gotten lost and wandered into our world. Doc had found herself here as well and assumed that she had come to find Scarlet. Doc then told us just how tricky dragons are to care for and gave us strict instructions on how best to feed Scarlet.

P E Multi-sports Festival Year 1 and 2 Wednesday 13th May 2015 

As the year 2 festival is outside, your child may want to bring a pair of trainers and tracksuit bottoms to wear.  We will be changing into our PE kits at school so please could your child come to school in their school uniform.

VE Day Celebrations photos

VE Da70 yeacelebration

Today, your child brought home a letter with information about the school's celebration of the 70th anniversary of VE day on May 8th. This will be a non-uniform day and the children can wear clothes coloured red, white and blue. We will be starting the day with a collective worship and then splitting into 3 groups, mixing up the pupils from Elm, Beech and Rowan classes, into 'Navy, Army and Airforce'.  We will be making floral decorations, party hats, singing songs and dancing and preparing food for our street party in the afternoon.  We will also be having a national 2 minute silence at 3pm, which is the time that Winston Churchill declared the war was over in 1945.  We ask for a contribution of 50p to be brought into school on Friday - note this is the day after Polling Day when the school will be closed.  There are lots of exciting activities happening throughout the country with three days of celebration including lighting beacons, thanksgiving services and a concert to name just a few.

Staplegrove on Wheels

We had a fun day for the start of our Summer A topic, thank you for bringing in bikes, scooters and skateboards and most importantly helmets.  They had a fun time doing drama and learning the story map with actions to 'Mrs Armitage on Wheels' our Finding Tale in English. We also decorated some bike wheels and they are now hanging in the KS1 outside space by Beech class.  A very big thank you to Mr Woodford for taking the time to put them up - they look brilliant!

Rowan Class Curriculum Newsletter Summer A

Included with the newsletter is a letter and bookmark (with your child's user name and password) to launch our Abacus maths on-line club. There is also a letter with details of the entrance day for our next topic, 'Staplegrove On Wheels', on Wednesday 22nd April.  

Two reminders;

  • the school has an INSET day on Monday 20th April and is closed to children
  • school photographs will take place on Tuesday 21st April so please ensure the children are wearing their school sweatshirts or cardigans.  

Numeracy website hyperlinks - updated for Maths apps. We have used some exciting websites in our Maths lessons. The children have enjoyed using them and if you would like to use them at home simply open this page and click on the link.


Rodway Farm, Cannington College Trip

We had an amazing time with our trip on Friday 20th March to Cannington College.  The weather was perfect, as were the children, and this completed an exciting week of learning about William Shakespeare and was the exit point for our 'Ready, steady, grow!; topic.  Here are some photographs showing what fun we had.  A big thank you to Dani and Jess from Farmlink who showed us around the site.


Rodway Farm, Cannington College Trip

We are very excited to be going on a school trip to visit Rodway Farm at Cannington College on Friday 20th March.  You will find a copy of the letter below, where you can check on recommended clothing and lunch arrangements.  The completed reply slip needs to be returned to school by the morning of Friday 13th March, along with money to cover the cost of travel.  I apologise for the urgency of returning this letter to us but this is at the request of the firm who provide hot dinners for the children.  As lunchtime provision for key stage 1 pupils has now changed, we need to make arrangements for an alternative lunch when the children are on a day trip out. You may decide that you would prefer to provide your own packed lunch rather than the one supplied, which is; cheese sandwich, biscuit/cake, 2 pieces of fruit.   Please note there is no drink included.

Rowan class Spring B Curriculum Newsletter

Gardening Day  

Below are some photographs of the entrance day for our 'Ready, steady, grow!' topic.  When you are next in school take a look at our Rowan class garden area, in front of the classroom, and our vegetable raised bed by the KS2 play equipment.


Ready, steady, grow!

On Thursday 26th February the children will be enjoying a Topic day based upon our Spring B topic of - 'Ready, steady, grow!'  This is also our WOW entrance day for our English story - The Enormous Turnip.  We will be making vegetable soup, learning our new story map and planting vegetables.  Please send in some warm, outdoor clothes that your child can wear to do the outside activities, see the note attached that your child brought home tonight.  For more details about our curriculum work this half term, please see our curriculum newsletter which will be sent home on Friday.


Parents/Carers note for Topic day 26th February 

February half term homework

Please find enclosed a letter and boxed up plan for the children to complete over half term.  This will need to be returned to school, in their red homework folder, on or before Tuesday 24th February 2015.

Incredible India Day

The children had a wonderful, fun day celebrating the end of our current topic.  We were very fortunate to have the skills of a textile artist, Jill Denton, who worked with the children to make a class touran (door or window hanging).  Have a look in the classroom as it is now hanging in pride of place in one of the windows.  The children were very adventurous and sampled some Indian food including; vegetable curry, pekora, samosas, onion bhajis, poppadoms and mango chutney and naan bread and raita.   Many children brought in some wonderful artefacts to share within the group, a big thank you for providing these.  

Indian Dance

In our Friday PE sessions over the past half term we have been looking at two Indian folk tales; 'Lion meets his match' and 'Eyes on the peacock's tail' and dancing to them using Time to Move programmes.  Have a look at the photos, I'm sure you'll agree there are some very creative children in Rowan class.


Intra-sports competition

The Quantocks team won the overall class and school competition which was held on Tuesday 10th February.  Well done to everyone who took part.  Have a look at the photographs below to see what games the children played.

India Day letter - Thursday 12th February 2015
Rowan class Spring A Curriculum Newsletter 

The Tiger Child

The children are enjoying learning our new story, The Tiger Child written by Joanna Troughton, and have today brought home the story with the story map to learn.  If you would like to see a video of this story then type the address below into your internet browser


Christmas Carol Concert

Wow, what a talented bunch of children we have in Rowan class.  The children did exceptionally well with their narrating and singing (except for one little blip with keeping in time to the music!!).  We have only practised this 4 times before today and never in church so they did really well.  It was amazing to see so many of at the service, sorry we underestimated the number of programmes and carol sheets but hopefully everyone was able to join in. Have a look at our wonderful photographs, they all looked brilliant in their old-fashioned clothes. The collection you kindly left in church will be added to the Christingle service and sent to the Children's Society. Thank you. 

Christmas Performance

Just a reminder that our key stage 1 Christmas performance is on Wednesday 17th December at 9.30am in St John's Church.  All are welcome to come and sing along to our traditional Christmas carols, and watch and listen to the children perform and narrate this special event.  All costumes should be in class by Monday 15th December please.

Homework reminder

All children should bring in their Autumn B homework on Monday 15th December please.  This was to ask 2 relatives to complete a Past Time toy questionnaire, or, make a board game that we can play. For further details, have a look at our latest Curriculum Newsletter on this page.

Museum of Somerset

Karen, from the Museum of Somerset visited us on Friday 12th December bringing with her a vast selection of old toys to show the children.  She showed them a zoetrope and explained how it worked, to give the illusion of a moving image, and they made their own Christmas thaumatrope!  They dressed up in hats, pinafores and waistcoats and played with a variety of toys old and new.

Multi-skills Festival

The children enjoyed the Year 2 Multi-skills Festival at Wellsprings Sports Centre on Wednesday 10th December.  We had over 2 hours of sporting fun with activities run by the Sports Leaders from the Academy, including some ex-pupils.  

Rowan Class Autumn B Curriculum Newsletter

Starlight Day - Thursday 13th November

The children had a lovely day learning about the artist Vincent Van Gogh. We re-created his famous picture Starry night, even making our own stamps, and learnt about Road Safety.  A parents booklet to help your child stay safe on the road was sent home on Friday.  We were so busy learning that we forgot to take any photographs but please read more about our day in the school newsletter.  A big thank you to Specsavers in Taunton, who provided the children with their own hi-viz jacket, and to Mrs Desave in Elm class who organised this.


Information/Coffee Morning

Number Facts and Times Tables Challenge

To help you with this homework here are some ideas we talked about in class.  Please open the document below.

Half term topic homework

A very big thank you for all your efforts with our first homework in Rowan class.  We have some budding architects, builders, designers, artists and estate agents.  Apologies for some of the photographs that have not come out as well as expected, or for any missing pictures, we will check these next week.

The Museum of Somerset trip letter
Town Mouse and Country Mouse
There was a very strange incident in Rowan class today.  We were told there was something extraordinary in our outdoor classroom.  Imagine our surprise when we found the Town Mouse had come to see us and left a recount of the Country Mouse's visit.
Rowan Class Autumn A curriculum newsletter

School Walk

We had a great time on our school walk around the local area on Wednesday.  We followed a route from an aerial photograph and then carried out a survey of houses using a tally chart.

Many congratulations to Daniel and Millie B who have been chosen by their peers to be our School Councillors for this year.  A big thank you to all the children who participated with a presentation on why they should represent our class.  

The Happy Puzzle Company visits Staplegrove.

English - We begin this term with a 3 week fiction unit 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse'. We have begun by listening to the story and learning the story map.  This story map and the written story were sent home in your child's homework folder on 12th September.  See if they can show you the actions we made up when they tell you the story.  By the end of the unit the children will have created their own journey tale.

Town Mouse and Country Mouse

A reminder for your child to bring in their favourite book for our RE lesson.  Please see the letter below for details.

RE homework letter 5.9.14

Pride of Place

As the start of our Pride of Place topic Beech and Rowan class will be going on a walk around the locality of our school on Wednesday 10th September.    It is important that the school visits form sent out last week is signed and returned to either the class or office so that we have permission to take your child off site.  We will be carrying out a small survey of the types of houses we see in a specified area and would like the children to bring in a photograph of their own home for us to sort and use as part of this work. Please see the letter below for more details. Many thanks.

School walkabout letter