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HadlowPrimary School

Happiness, Progress, Success

Term 3

Week 6


10th February 2023


Well done Oak Class! What a fabulous performance of Bugsy Malone today. We are so proud of you. Individual cast photos have been emailed to parents - thank you all for coming to watch. 


End of term has been busy as always. With year 3 harp performances (WOW!), amazing home learning (well done Imogen), a man of the match trophy, Celebration tea and we managed to squeeze in some RE lessons too! 


Have a wonderful half term everyone, and see you on Monday 20th February. 


Best wishes.


Oak Class teaching team

Week 5

5th February 2023


Hello everyone


Hope you are enjoying a sunny Sunday. How can it be the last week of term already? 


This week, we have started our rehearsals for Bugsy Malone. We do hope you will be able to join us on Friday at 2.45pm (come to main reception and it will be in the hall) - grandparents or older siblings invited.


Apologies it is clashing with the PTA event - I did not realise at the time of arranging and we have struggled to find any other time that week when the hall is free etc. 


Do start sending in costumes to school - in a bag - ideally the bag named (special request from Mrs A).  

A big favour - could a few parents come a little early to set up chairs and stay to help us put the stage away once it has finished? It should finish by 3.15pm and it will make such a difference to the teaching team who might be slightly on their last legs by then. 


PROPS needed - some nerf guns for the gang members (will not be actually used - just as props - we have other plans for the splurging!). Boys will have hats provided, and girls a head band. 


School trips - I am finally hoping to send out a parentmail early next week for the school trip to Hever Castle next term. I apologise it will be less than 6 weeks' notice but I have managed to keep the costs down to last year's price of £12 per child (50% off for some children) which includes an additional (animal related) activity that I hope the children will really enjoy and help them have some happy memories of this year. 


I have also heard back from Lullingstone World Garden that Tom Hart Dyke can do a tour for the children in term 6 which will fit in with the Science topic of plants (and the previous term's Geography). 


Please send in bottle tops and plastic drinks bottles by Thursday. 


A suggestion/recommendation to those who want to support their children in maths - and worksheets aren't cutting it! 


White Rose app - 1 minute maths is fabulous to reinforce basic maths concepts like number bonds - which is still needed in year 3 to help build confidence and speed of mental maths recall. There are also helpful hints for each question to support the children if doing independently. 5 minutes a day could make a real difference. 


If you are teaching the children maths, and want to know the right way to do it, our new maths policy is amazing - it is how the children will be taught in class and has very easy steps to follow. It is divided into addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. A link to the whole document for all year groups. and I am emailing you all a copy of just the year 3 concepts. 


And finally we had a visit from Miss Hooper and Miss Hawkins to the children's maths lessons this week, as part of their Maths Deep Dive review of maths teaching in the school, and the children are making enthusiastic progress! Mrs Chimmalagi also enjoyed teaching her first maths mastery group. Well done Oak class. 


Best wishes.

Oak Class teaching team

Bugsy Malone rehearsals!

Week 4

28th January 2023


Morning everyone,


Thank you for attending the consultations this week. It was so useful for the Oak class teaching team to get your feedback.


One area of regular discussion, for me to follow up on, is going on a school trip asap which I am trying to bring forward to next term. A parentmail will go out once it has been arranged and do remember that some will only have to pay 50%.


For those children who enjoy problem solving, and is a great fun introduction to algebra, try Solve emoji with free daily puzzles


Reminder of spellings for this term, from Sir Linkalot - tested on Friday - group 1


Mrs Austin's group spellings


Fun ways to practise them are on the website & challenge cards here.


This week, in PSHE (Personal, social, health education) we watched a video about autism. It is excellent and will hopefully help the children to understand each other and how neurodiversity changes someone's perceptions. Link to the video should you wish to watch - Amazing things happen - National Autistic Society


Next week, we are writing playscripts and rehearsing Bugsy Malone. Fingers crossed we will have time to do a performance to parents. We will send a parentmail with a date and time if we can fit it in.


A playscript is going home and list of songs to practise below:

Bad Guys/You Give a Little Love

So You Wanna be a Boxer

My Name is Tallulah

Best wishes.


Miss Leigh, Mrs Austin & Mrs Chimmalagi


Oak Class teaching team

French acting lesson

Maths - mental & concrete methods

Science Week 

Week 3

20th January 2023


Hello everyone,


Well, hopefully you do not need me to send too long an update on Science week as the children seem to have been buzzing about it all week, so hopefully been updating you.


The Science week theme this year is Connections and the children have been making lots of their own scientific connections. 


We also had a connections workshop from Miss Hooper, Jaws and Claws, a poster competition, they’ve learnt about local Kent based scientists Charles Darwin (from Downe House and Tom Hart Dyke (Lullingstone Castle World Garden, made compasses and bird feeders, created their own data and bar charts, completed the year 6 engineering challenge and visited the amazing year 6 Science Fair. Hopefully it was worth cleaning all the mud off them when they got home!


This coming week, on Monday & Tuesday after school, we have our child learning reviews with you all. Thank you for booking them in and if for any reason you can't make it or haven't booked a place, just email us and we will try and schedule it in at another time.


Mrs Austin has asked me to remind you all about reading diaries and making sure you are sending them in regularly and noting when they read. Just a few minutes a night can make such a difference. If they are reading on their own regularly it would be great to know - especially for our new free readers.


And finally, welcome to Mrs Chimmalagi who is now our permanent 1:1 and groups support TA.


Wishing you all a good week.


Best wishes.


Oak Class teaching team

Outdoor learning day

First Aid workshop with Mrs Hardcastle

Year 6 Engineering challenge

13th January 2023

Week 2


Hello everyone


It's been a busy week with various colds doing the rounds!


This week, we've had some useful talk time sessions with the children about how to be kind to each other and reminders of school rules around behaviour. Their learning behaviour has been amazing - and this has shown in their writing in particular. Mrs Austin told us all about the River God NyamiNyami and how a dam got in the way of him and his wife and the children came up with their own endings.


Next week is Science week and we have lots of fun activities planned. I know the newsletter sent out today has detailed everything but please let me know of any allergies (or phobias) to animals (reptiles mainly I believe) via this email address before Tuesday in preparation for the Jaws and Claws workshop. Here's their website for details:


Are you free on Thursday morning from 9.30am - 11am to help take the children to Broadview garden centre? We need an additional 2-3 adults to help walk the children there and back and supervise them when we are there. 


Do you have?

  • Egg boxes (to chit potatoes)
  • Old tights or stockings (to make cress heads)
  • Seeds for the allotment to help plan it.
  • Sticks no longer than child’s fore arm (fingers to elbow)
  • Stones ie pebbles

If so, please send in to school on Monday/Tuesday.


Would your child(ren) be interested in attending an after school coding/robotics club? The clubs would be run by an external organisation and include a range of different topics, including game building, robotics, stop-motion animation, web building, code quests, Minecraft challenges and many others. Please let me know by email or in their reading diary if you think this would be of interest. I'm not sure at this stage if it's chargeable, just gauging interest.


Wishing you a peaceful weekend. 


Best wishes.


Oak Class teaching team

Week 1


6th January 2023


Welcome back everyone, 


Hope you all had a good break and the children have returned so enthusiastically this week, which has been lovely!


We've dived into our new topics this week. In maths, we are starting multiplication and division - first working with arrays - and in English we are visiting Africa for some African tales before travelling to North America for our Geography topic this term. The children produced a really good short fact file about what we have learnt already about Africa, thanks to Mrs Austin and her incredible knowledge from living there. In Science, we have been finding out about forces and what is magnetic and what isn't!


Miss Leigh has read with as many children as she could fit in this week and has been so impressed by their progress. A couple of new free readers too!


Home learning went out today. Resources are in the home learning section of the website. Handwriting booklets and some maths resources will go out on Monday with spellings. Any books still to be sent into school please send in on Monday. 


PE on Monday afternoons will be Dodgeball - the children have already started gymnastics with Mr Nurden (on Wednesday). 


Our new curriculum map is also now on the website here that shows you what topics we will be covering each term in each subject. We hope it is useful. 


Have a good weekend. 


Best wishes.


Miss Leigh & Mrs Austin

Oak Class teaching team

Week 1 - Arrays in maths, magnetics in Science and off to Africa with Mrs A!

North American Road Trip & 

Stories from other cultures 

Hadlow Primary School

Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0EH