Space Chase: Summer Reading Challenge 2019

The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 theme is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children taking part in the Challenge will join our super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!

Space Chase will feature bespoke artwork from top children’s illustrator, Adam Stower, and will celebrate adventure, exploration, reading and fun!

Illustrations © Adam Stower 2019 for The Reading Agency

Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven and it is run in almost all libraries in the UK.

Visit your local library during the summer holidays to sign up – the sooner you go, the longer your child will have to read six books!

Staff will register your child for the Challenge and give them some fun materials to get them started.

Many libraries will also offer pre-school activities suitable for under-fours, including specially designed Summer Reading Challenge materials. Visit your local branch to find out more.

The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest free reading for pleasure event for children. It is run by the national charity The Reading Agency in partnership with the UK public library network.

The aim of the Challenge is to encourage children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.

Children receive special rewards each time they finish a book and there’s a certificate for everyone who completes the Challenge.

Year 4 @ Kew Gardens

The sun shone for us this week when we visited the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Sophie takes up the story…

On Tuesday the 21st  May, Year 4 went on their school trip to Kew Gardens. Year 4 had a fantastic time even though we didn’t see all of Kew.

Year 4 were delighted when we got tickets to go to the children garden.

When we got to Kew, half of the children went to the Palm house and the other half went to the Temperate house. The Palm house was very hot and steamy while the Temperate house was a much more relaxed temperature.

A while later, we all met near King William’s Temple. The children were exhausted and hungry but were determined to go to the Treetop walk.

The children kept screaming because the bridge they were walking on was very wobbly! Apart from that they loved the treetop views.

After the Treetop walk, we had lunch. The children cheered with relief.

After lunch, we went to the new children’s garden. The children were so unhappy when we had to go. They still had a lovely time.

Thank you for all the parents who helped.

Thanks, Sophie, and I would echo your thanks to Mrs Miller and Mrs Watson for their help throughout the day. Here are some more of our photos.

Y3 and Y4 Swimming

Some of the children will be working on their life-saving skills in swimming this week and have been asked by their swimming teachers to bring in pyjamas for their lesson.

Thank you!

Sharing stories for World Book Day

As part of our celebration of World Book Day, children across the school shared stories with their friends in other classes.

Reception and Year 4 paired up to read to each other and enjoy sharing stories together.

We’ve been sharing stories!

We’ve been celebrating World Book Day this week with special assemblies where teachers have taken it in turns to share favourite stories or poems with the children in their key stage.

We hope that the stories we share will inspire the children to read on and read the books for themselves or find other stories by those authors.

We will list the books we have share on this page.


  • Mr Hayes (whole school):
    • Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, from Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
  • Mrs Hayes (key stage one):
    • Mrs Wobble the Waitress by Allan Ahlberg
    • All Join In by Quentin Blake
  • Mr Hayes (key stage two):
    • The Rise of Wolves by Kerr Thomson


  • Mrs Teixeira (key stage one)
    • Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen
    • Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg
  • Miss Costello (key stage two)
    • Little House in the Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder


  • Mrs Ruffell (key stage one)
    • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  • Mr Sallis (key stage two)
    • ‘Infinity and Me’ written by Kate Hosford and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
How would you describe infinity to Uma?

Happy Christmas, Year 4!

Thank you so much to you all for your generous gifts and kind words from all of us who have the joy of working with Year 4.

We hope that you and all of your families have a happy and peaceful Christmas and looking forward to seeing you all again in the new year when term begins of 7th January.

(In the meantime, enjoy being at home with your families, help your parents, read a book or three, keep your tables sharp and stay on top of your spellings. Lastly, be good!)

Y4 National SumDog competition

Well done to all of you who entered this week’s National SumDog competition. 3506 classes entered and we came a very impressive 173rd, scoring 347 points – exactly the same score as our friends in Year 5. They may have sneaked ahead of us on speed, but Year 4 triumph with the top placed student, Aidan, who came 40th out of 31,737 students – great job.

The competition may be over, but SumDog is always on hand to help sharpen your maths skills and while away the hours whilst you are waiting for school to start again on January 7th!

Y4 Viola visit!

Following our visit to see Hansel and Gretel on Tuesday, we were lucky enough to be visited by Natalie’s mum today, who told us a little of her role with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Natalie’s mum played her viola for us and answered our questions about playing and performing as part of an orchestra.  

Thank you to Natalie, for planning what your mum should tell us, and to your mum for taking the time to come and visit. 

Year 4 @ The Royal Opera House

Year Four had a wonderful day today, visiting the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to see Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. The opportunity to see this story staged was a great way to conclude our English writing sequence on this Grimm’s tale. 

We were lucky enough to have seats right at the front of the orchestra stalls which meant we were also able to see Natalie’s mum in the orchestra.

Crossed wires in Year 4

Our learning continues with an investigation into the science of string telephones. We learnt that  vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear: in our phones, the vibrations travelled through the air and the cup, through the string and then into our ears.