Calling all of our budding artists in school…

Calling all of our budding artists in school…

It’s that time of year again! Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education is looking for someone to design this year’s Christmas card. The winning design could become the Diocese official Christmas card for 2020. Make your design using any of the following mediums:




Digital Media


Be creative and let your imagination run free.


To enter a design it must be A5 in size and has a theme of Christmas Joy. Closing date is Thursday 5th November. Please drop your entries off at the school office.

Year 1 Phonics Zoom Meeting

Hello Year 1!

Just a reminder that on Monday, 19th October I will be holding a zoom meeting for Year 1 parents.  This meeting is about phonics and how we deliver phonics in school, as well as information on how you can support your child at home, and about the Phonics Screening Check in June.

There will be two meetings; 2pm and 5pm.  Here are the login details for you to access the meetings:

Topic: Mrs Thompstone’s Meeting
Time: Oct 19, 2020 02:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 999 1144 0827
Passcode: szfY58


Topic: Mrs Thompstone’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 19, 2020 05:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 975 8231 4588
Passcode: B8Tmsi


I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible online tomorrow.


Mrs Thompstone

Long Mynd celebrations!

Well done to Raahith who won the satellite competition. Fantastic effort and design! Mrs Platt said it was hard to decide a winner but Raahith’s attention to detail was the decider!


Well done to Hasan who is Long Mynd’s star of the week.
He has shown determination and perseverance in Maths this week. He asks questions, answers the maths questions with full sentences using STEM sentence openers and when he is unsure, he never gives up.

Well done both and to all the children who have passed their times tables, accelerated reader and spellings tests. Keep up the excellent work.

What a wonderful week of celebrations

Long Mynd – Shropshire Fire & Rescue talk

Every year, Holy Trinity welcome Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service to talk to the Year 3 children about fire safety at home. This year, due to Covid 19, the school were unable to welcome the team. However, were still able to complete the talk but lead by school staff.

The children took part in multiply choice questions, danger scenarios and how to keep safe at home.
The talk and PowerPoint informed the children about: smoke alarm safety, prevention of fires at home, when to call the fire service and what numbers and home exit plans.

The Fire and Rescue service advise you check your smoke alarm weekly and talk to your child about x2 safe exit plans (in case of a fire).

Hawkstone Star of the Week

Well done to Nia Evans who was Hawkstone’s Star of the Week on Friday for her  fantastic knowledge of the Digestive System in Science. Nia could name all parts of the digestive system using correct terminology and gave a detailed explanation of our Science Investigation. She showed great enthusiasm and leadership when carrying out the investigation and worked independently to write up the method of our investigation in the next lesson. She was a real support to the rest of her group and was able to give confident explanations.

Also a big well done to the children who got ten out of ten in their spellings – Jeremy, Emma, Freddie, Ala, Amelia, Skyla, Aaliyah and Ava-Leigh and to those children who practised at home and beat their scores from the previous week.

Space Week

Last week was Space Week and Hawkstone class had lots of fun continuing our Stargazers topic.

In English we researched Tim Peake, the first British Astronaut to fly to the International Space Station, and planned a Biography about him which we are writing up in class this week. We found out lots of interesting facts – try asking your children what they can remember about him.

One of the most asked questions about space in our class was “Is there other life out there?” So we looked at the Mars projects and carried out an investigation on some fictional planet soil samples to test if there was any carbon dioxide present in the soil which might suggest that there had been life on our imaginary planets. One of our soil samples did show evidence of CO2 which could suggest life. However, we discovered that so far Scientists have not found any hard evidence to suggest that there is life on the other planets in our actual solar system.

We also linked our Year 4 Science topic of digestion to space by finding out how digestion is affected in space.

Year 5’s used spaghetti and marshmallows to create star constellations. We found out that years ago sailors used the stars to guide them – like a map in the night sky. We looked at the star signs and which star constellation to look out for in the month of your birthday.

We all created some amazing artwork based on the real life artist and astronaut Alan Bean after reading the book – The Astronaut Who Painted The Moon; the true story of Alan Bean. Alan Bean completed two flights into space and even landed on the moon. On his return to earth he painted images from his journey and even added some moon dust to his work. Most of Alan Bean’s paintings included images of astronauts so we used foreshortening (where images in the background look smaller and fade away) to draw and paint images of ourselves as astronauts using watercolour paints.

We began to create Papier Mache planets which we will paint this week and add to our Stargazers display.

Thank you to all of the parents who have supported their children in creating a satellite project. We have had some wonderful entries from models to paintings and even satellite cakes!



Lawley’s week!

This week had been Space week, and alongside our Topic Moon Zoom, we have been carrying out lots of space related activities.

In English we have been completing our recount based on the spaceship crash landing.  Following this, we have edited part of our recounts to improve them.  In maths we have started our addition and subtraction unit by revisiting number bonds to 10 and 20.  In Topic we have learnt about the planets in our solar system and created a whole class mnemonic to remember the order.  We also looked at the history of space travel by creating a time line.  In Science we investigated materials in order to find the most suitable material for a space mask (see spreads post).  In are we learnt about the Torah Scroll and the children write their own message on their own Torah Scroll. In PE we learnt various ways of moving round, both slowly and quickly.

Well done to Basel who is Lawley’s Star of the Week for his fantastic improvement in his handwriting, his determination in class and his brilliant efforts every day!  Also well done to Sienna and Indi who received Dojo certificates for reaching 50 points.  If you have not registered for class dojo, please do so ASAP.

Thank you to everyone who is reading at home and practising spellings.  This is so important and is vital for children to complete daily.

Please remember my phonics zoom meeting on Monday.  There will be one at 2pm and one at 5pm.  Please do take part in one of the meetings.  Our year 2 children will be completing their phonics screening check before Christmas, and my meeting will help you support your child.

The codes for our Year 2 meetings are:

Topic: Mrs Thompstone’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 12, 2020 02:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 939 1606 0390
Passcode: UaKj4v

Topic: Mrs Thompstone’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 12, 2020 05:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 981 6041 1504
Passcode: qujgy4



Baroness Floella Benjamin

On Wednesday we were extremely luckily to take part in a zoom meeting with Baroness Floella Benjamin.  During her chat she told us all about her move to England during the 1970’s, how different life was compared to that in Trinidad, and the difficulties she faced due to the colour of her skin.

Her chat was very inspirational, she told us we are all worthy and must believe in ourselves.  Thank you to Booka for allowing us to join..