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Keinton Mandeville Primary School


This week in English we are learning: To edit and continue to write our legend retell. To use dialogue to advance the action.To identify possessive pronouns and to revise plural apostrophes.
This week in maths we are learning: To divide fractions by an integer. To reason and problem solve. To assess our fraction knowledge.

The children are working very hard already in our class and have been learning about King Arthur and his connection to Glastonbury. We will be providing details of a trip to Glastonbury Abbey very soon, so please look out for a letter coming home with your child.





Good luck to the Lego team on Wednesday. They have been working for many weeks on their mission and the competition is nearly upon them!



Welcome back to a new year and a new term! Thank you to everyone for the cards and gifts that the staff received for Christmas - very much appreciated!

The newsletter will be detailing a breakdown of what we intend to cover in this term, so please be on the lookout for that via Parentmail.

Following our recent sculpture trail, we are delighted to announce that we raised over £80 which we have split between two charities: Surfers against sewage and Young People's trust for the environment (based in Yeovil). Thank you to everyone who completed the trail or who kindly donated - the children worked very hard on this project and are proud of what they achieved.  





The children are doing a fantastic job with this year's Christmas performance of Scrooge and are looking forward to sharing their talents with everyone on Tuesday.

Please note that after Christmas, CGP revision books (for SATs) can be borrowed and children can work through these if they would like but this is not compulsory at this stage. More details will follow in a separate letter in the Spring term.



Thank you to everyone who has bought a sculpture trail guide and attempted to see all 15 sculptures in the rather blustery weather!

The children have been working hard on their poetry and created some very effective blackout poems which have been shared in the annual Christmas fair booklet. Only £3! If you would like one, please bring the money in to the class or to the office.

Fractions are our key maths topic at the moment and it is a very large area to cover. We will be working with fractions until the Christmas break and then resume again in the Spring term.










We were fortunate to have a visitor on Tuesday who gave us a brilliant performance all about 'Virtual Reality' and demonstrated both sides of the cyber world. The children were engaged throughout and had lots of questions afterwards! We are hoping to welcome Paul back in February when year six and parents can also watch.



The date for our sculpture trail has been confirmed as Friday 30th November and the children will be working on trail maps over the next week or two. Please encourage others to take part and hopefully we can raise awareness and a little bit of money for the children's chosen environmental charity.

Notice in advance! If you have any unwanted, old books (that are more of a novel type of text), please could you send them in with your children ready for the week after next. This is related to our next English unit. Many thanks!




The sculptures are taking shape and we are aiming to get these located around the village as soon as possible.

The children have been working hard on problem solving this week and are enjoying the challenge of finding solutions (which are not always obvious!)

Auditions for the Christmas play will be the week after next and we encourage our year sixes to take part in this process as it is a chance for them to be given a role with more lines (although ALL of year six will be given at least one line.)





We are going to be very busy this next half-term with our topic. There are two days planned for creating our recycled sculptures which will hopefully  be put on display in the next few weeks.

Extracts from our previous English writing have now been added to TripAdvisor (obviously no names have been added) and if you'd like to see them, please search Adventure Okehampton and the user name is MissGandSteve2018.




Street surfing!





Well done to all our children for the plastic awareness day on Thursday. Our class went on a litter pick and found nearly a whole bin bag full of rubbish (most of which was plastic.) We will be continuing this topic theme after half-term where an exciting event will be taking this space!!

Please keep the plastic coming in ready for our next topic as well as the plastic awareness day on Thursday!

I would like to remind parents that the children can wear their hoodies on Thursdays and Fridays.

PE reminder: There are a few children coming to school without kit on Weds, Thurs and now Fridays. Although we are encouraging independence, a gentle reminder from home would be very helpful.

Girls should have their hair tied up/back and earrings should be removed or covered with micro tape - this will mean more PE time for everyone!

Thank you


The children have been recalling many memories from their time at Okehampton last week and have used some of these in their English writing. They have also been working hard in maths to understand negative numbers and use reasoning and problem solving skills. 

On Friday, the class were lucky enough to have a session of 'Street Surfing' from an external sports company - Premier sports. These will continue until just beyond half-term when the children will take part in the new Golden Time activities that are on offer. 

We have had a brilliant time in Okehampton and I hope you've been keeping up to date with all that we have been doing. Our experiences will be helping us with some of our work over the next few weeks and the whole week will be a talking point for a long time to come!


A huge welcome back to all the children after the holidays! It is lovely to see everyone and to have such grown-up looking year sixes in Osprey class. We are looking forward to a super year and we are starting off with what will hopefully be a fun-packed and memory making experience for everyone at Okehampton.

Please see the newsletter for information about the term and details regarding classroom routines.