Homework in Darwin Class.

Weekly spellings:

Spellings are set on Monday and the test takes place on the following Monday.


Pupils should set time aside for reading at home, daily. We encourage all pupils – including fluent, independent readers – to read aloud to an adult as often as possible. Reading aloud and sharing a book is not only an enjoyable activity, it also develops pupils’ cognition in many ways. Reading to, and with, your child is the most important thing any parent can do to support their child’s educational development.

Children in Darwin class each have a reading diary. Parents and pupils can write in this diary to log reading experiences. Diaries are collected in once a week, usually Thursday or Friday, and returned to the children as soon as it is possible to do so.

Weekly Homework Task:

In Darwin, a weekly homework activity is set on Friday and is expected to be handed in on Monday morning. Homework tasks are chosen to consolidate, or extend, learning which has been completed in class and are fully explained to the children in a discussion with the teacher.

Children in Darwin class are expected to take ownership and responsibility for the completion of their weekly homework task. It is important that pupils in Years 5 & 6 learn to become independent as part of their preparation for Key Stage 3.




End of week three.

We have had another busy week in Darwin class. We have mastered negative numbers, improved our punctuation, experimented with sentence structure and descriptive writing, developed our ability to create tone in our sketching and learned some more ju jitsu moves among other things!

Sadly, we have to say goodbye to one of our class members today. Lily-Anne is moving to New Zealand – exciting for Lily but a sad day for us. I have really enjoyed teaching Lily (and her big brother, Taylor, a few years ago!). We are sorry to see Lily go – but, wow! What an adventure!


Continue learning this week’s spellings ready for Monday’s test. (See Darwin’s spelling page).

Read to an adult and write in your reading diary. (I will collect these in towards the end of next week.)

Complete the ‘Nouns’ sheet which was given out today. When you have completed that, have a think about ideas for a story about being ‘Trapped in a Cave’  (as discussed in class) and jot them down on the back of the sheet for our discussion next week. This should be handed in on Monday.


This week’s certificates are the red certificate and the writing certificate:

I have given Lily-Anne the red certificate, as she ALWAYS works hard and tries her best and this is the last time that I will be able to acknowledge her effort and hard work with a school certificate! Keep up the good work, Lily! Your new school will be lucky to have you.

The writing certificate has been awarded to Anna this week for her attention to detail and her consistently accurate use of punctuation in her written work. Great work, Anna.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Evans.

End of the week message from Mrs. Evans

I have had a very enjoyable first full week – I hope the children have too! They have all settled in quickly and are getting used to the expectations in years 5 and 6. I have been impressed with how keen they have all been to learn.

This week’s certificate winners are: (It was VERY hard to pick only two children!)

Roy, has been awarded the ‘Reading Certificate’ for his excellent reading aloud in class. He also impressed me with his summary of the book he had read previously – Roy knows a lot about Alexander the Great!

The ‘Red Certificate’ was awarded to Ella this week. I feel that Ella has put a lot of effort into her work this week and has shown super concentration. Well-done, Ella! I know you will keep it up!

This week’s homework is for the children to read aloud to an adult, several times, and to write a short piece telling me about the book they are currently reading or to write a book review about a book they have already read. The children have brought a reading diary, or reading diary sheet, and a piece of lined paper home – if these have not made it all the way home, the homework can be completed on any paper that you have handy!

The children also need to prepare for their spelling test on Monday. We have been learning the spellings at school and most of the children know how to spell most of their words now.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. E.



Please find our spelling lists for this week below. The children have all been allocated their respective spelling groups today and will be reminded which group they are in tomorrow. This week, we will spend some time learning the spellings in school daily to help the children to develop their independent study skills.

You will notice that there are twenty words in each list: the word as it appears before      -ing is added and after -ing has been added. I will only test the children on ten of the words in each group but they must know how to spell both the original form of the word and the inflected form.

The spelling test will take place next Monday morning.

adding ing


Welcome back to school!

We have had a lovely first few days back at school. It’s been great to see how happy the children are and how keen they all are to learn.

You may have spotted our new outdoor gym equipment (if you haven’t yet seen it, there is a picture on Darwin’s Twitter page – click the link below.) It all looks very exciting!

Unfortunately, equipment of this size and nature is not suitable for our younger pupils, nor is it appropriate for free play at playtimes and we must ask that pupils do not play on it either before or after school. The equipment is intended to be used by Key Stage 2 children during supervised PE lessons. We understand that this will be disappointing news for the younger children but their time will come!

We hope that you all have a great weekend and we will see everyone on Monday! (We are very much looking forward to our first full week of the school year, next week!)

Link to Darwin’s Twitter page.

Welcome Back!

I am very much looking forward to seeing Darwin class tomorrow! I hope that everyone has had a good break and is ready to come back and learn lots and lots!

I thought that I’d get in touch with some key information before we embark on the new school year:

Darwin’s classroom door opens at 8:45 for the children to come in – please do not drop children off earlier than this (unless they are attending breakfast club, of course!)

Children can be collected from Darwin class at 3:15 – if you wait by the wall outside the classroom, we will send them to you when we see you.

Our PE sessions are on Thursday & Friday afternoons – it is best to leave PE kits in school all week if children are prone to forgetting to bring them in! (We will be doing PE tomorrow and Friday this week.)

Spelling lists are set on Monday and tested on the following Monday.

The school meal list will be published on the website shortly, this week’s menu is:

Thursday: Chicken korma & Rice or Cheese pie & baked beans – with strawberry jelly and ice-cream for desert.

Friday: Margarita Pizza or Salmon fish cakes or Jacket potato with cheese & beans – with cookie and fruit slices for desert.

That’s it – I think! If you have any information that you wish to share with me before the start of term, or any questions that you wish to ask, please contact me on the email address below before 7 p.m. this evening – which is the latest time that I will be able to check my inbox and respond.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning to begin the 2021/22 academic year.

All the best,

Mrs. E.


For more general information about the return to school, please read the following:



See ya soon Year 6!

It is a bitter-sweet day for all of us in Darwin today, as we say ‘see you soon!’ to our wonderful Year 6 pupils and wave them off on their new adventures!

It has been a pleasure, and a privilege, to teach such a fantastic group of young people – I will miss each and every one of them very much. I sincerely hope that they drop me a line from time to time to let me know how they are getting on – I am expecting great things from them all!

Before I sign off, here are a few more snaps from our ‘Big Sleepover’ – if you look carefully, each picture is slightly different! 🙂

Have an excellent summer! Stay safe.

Mrs. E.


The end of another school week!

We have had a very enjoyable week in Darwin class this week. We have been learning about Shakespeare, exploring pentominoes and having a go at archery! Could it get any more varied?

All of the pupils will be coming home with their end of year school reports today – which has caused a degree of excitement! I hope you enjoy reading them.

Our certificate winners this week are:

Olivia has been awarded the red certificate for her excellent reading of Shakespeare, which she read aloud to the whole class really confidently.

The maths certificate has been awarded to Emilee for continued excellence in mental maths sessions – her scores are consistently high week on week.


Our homework this week is for the pupils to complete their  ‘Stonehenge mini project’ and bring the finished product into school to share with the rest of the class on Monday.

Have an excellent weekend! Enjoy the sunshine!

Mrs. E.