Welcome Owls 2019-2020 


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Welcome to our class page where we share all the exciting things we do in and out of class.

Home Learning during school closure

March 30th update

Picture News this week is all about staying positive – with discussion questions see website  Learning from Home Ideas –   Picture News Prompt 1

Can you write a letter to a relative you can’t see at the moment or friends of the family to share what you are doing at home.


First News this week is a whole child friendly newspaper with activities – see website for links

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This book about the virus is in the form of a poem https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html


A wonderful resource for ALL of you – online magazines and books with interactive quizzes and articles – many non fiction! https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html


Daily story time with David Walliams



Take a tour of a famous museum  https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours


Join over 1 million people who are starting the day with Joe Wicks’ daily work out

We are using this at school and many children in the Peaks are using this as their daily wake up task!


OR use go noodle.com for exercise routines – Mrs Gaywood recommends these as they really get you thinking too!


End your afternoon with some yoga or relaxation

Smilingmind can be downloaded or played from computers or as an app – it’s a daily relaxation session https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/

Here are some ideas about how to keep fit – from Mrs Gaywood  PE -Eyam home-activity-challenges week 2


NEW Monday 23rd March

First News have given all pupils access to the Newspaper – the same one that we get into school each week – so please read it! There are also the comprehension and some quiz activities that will be uploaded each week. First-News-718Paper   Four-Stories-718    L1-Crossword-718    L2-LOOK-CLOSER-718    Mystery-News-718 News-Pics-718

We will up load this each week once we’ve received it.


Oxford Owls have a library full of online books – happy reading! You will need to log in as a parent and its free.  https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/


To support families during school closure our teachers are planning a range of material for you to use at home.

Initially we have put together ideas that will take you to the end of the Easter break including lots of lovely Easter activities.

Note- you do not have to print the worksheets off. Do the working out and write the answers in homework books.

Twinkl LOG IN

Twinkl are offering all families free membership for 2 months so children can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.

Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS


Picture News is a wonderful resource with a topical photograph/picture prompt and fabulous discussion topics for the whole family!



Here are some ideas for activities to do at home.  Please encourage lots of reading, creative writing/ diary keeping, and regular times table practice.

Use www.twinkl.co.uk/offfer Code- UKTWINKLHELPS


SPAG/Writing KS2-Twinkl recommends- School closure home learning- English workbooks.

Encourage creative writing and/ or writing a diary as well as the reading comprehension activities you can find on Twinkl.

Spellings Non-negotiable spellings (see link)  Non negoitable spellings all children need to learn so please test and practice. If your child uses Nessy phonics their username and password is written in the front of their homework book. I would suggest for them to be using Nessy at least 5 times a week for 10 minutes-15 minutes each time.

Reading- Daily- discuss the story- summarise what has happened so far and what they predict will happen next. Use dictionaries to find the definition of words they are unsure of.


Multiplication and Division KS2-Twinkl recommends- School closure home learning- LKS2 Twinkl- home school learning-math’s workbooks- Year 3 Multiplication and Division workbooks or Year 4 Multiplication and Division home learning activity booklet.

Times Tables KS2-Twinkl recommends- School closure home learning- LKS2 Twinkl- home school learning- Times stables- KS2 ultimate times table sheet. 10 minutes independent then mark. Practice ones they got wrong and see if they can improve on their score the following week. (x1 weekly).

Times Table rock stars – log in written in front of homework book. Ring school if you cannot find it .

Y4- Times table books- 10 minutes per page.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ This is a great website for maths games that I use a lot in the classroom. I would suggest Daily 10, coconut multiples, hit the button and Super Maths Bowling multiplication.


Vikings See link. Choose one activity per week. We have done lots of work on Norse Mythology and longboats so I would suggest activities linked to these. vikings home learning


Try to keep fit – set your self some daily challenges and get out into the fresh air!


Staff will be updating this page for the new half term – good luck with learning at home!


Spring 2- This term we are learning about the Vikings! Keep posted for our updates. Below is this terms spellings and an overview of what we are going to be learning.

     year 3 spellings spring 2      year 4 spellings spring 2

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                                                                       Topic- Vikings!

To start our Viking topic off, we learnt  what BC and AD means. We know the Vikings era was from  793 AD to 1066 AD so they were around after Christ was born. We made a timeline all the way from the Dinosaur era to Modern day- that’s a time span of around 250 million years!



Today we found out that the Vikings had their very own alphabet! We enjoyed writing our Viking name and decoding secret Viking messages!

We looked in atlases and in maps to find out where there homelands were and where they settled.


We had so much fun making our very own Viking longboat in the playground! Did you know longboats were 18 meters long and could fit over 40 Vikings in them!?

Science- Rocks!

Today we started off our new Science topic of Rocks by looking at various different rocks and thinking about how we could describe them. We had to describe the rock to our partner in lots of detail so they could draw a picture of it without seeing it. We were very impressed with the final results!


World Book day!

What an amazing day celebrating the joy of reading. We created our own book cover, talked about our favourite books and read with the Squirrels and Hedgehogs.

 Spring 1- This term we will be learning all about the Polar Regions.  See the links below for this terms spellings and for an outline of everything we will be learning.

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Polar Regions Spring 1 topic web   


Doing some research on the North and South Pole to start out Polar Regions topic!


For our science topic of ‘Living things and their habitats’ we looked for habitats in the school grounds. We found that our school is home to many habitats and animals.


Testing our multiplication and division knowledge with a board game.


What a performance! Playing the trumpet and trombone in front of the whole school and parents.

Having some fun with maths!

In Design and Technology we created our very own habitat: a bird box!

We had so much fun and they all looked great.


Read all about our topic for this half term and find out what we are going to be learning!  Plague topic web final  

Autumn 1- Plague. This term we will be learning all about the Plague in Eyam.

 Our Science Topic this term was healthy living. We loved making fruity, delicious snacks!

In maths this term we have been learning all about place value, addition, subtraction and multiplication.  We enjoyed doing lots of active maths.

Our human number-line!

Making Roman numerals with our bodies!


We had to be quick to get the factors of our number.


Forest School

Working as a team to build a raft.

 Autumn 2- This term we will be learning about Inspirational Women.

Today we met Eleanor a professional belly dancer! She told us all how important it is to follow your dreams and do what you love.  We even had a go ourselves!

Today in art we painted poppy landscapes to remember all those who died in WW2.



Today we had to use our maths problem solving skills to discover who stole our mascot Arty the Owl. We then had to figure out where he was. Thankfully we found him and returned him to his rightful spot in the reading corner.


This term we took part in a football and basketball tournament at Hope Valley College. We loved learning new skills and working together. GO TEAM!


This morning we were feeling very festive making our Christmas decorations. We made a pom-pom bauble, a reindeer and a Christmas tree card.



In RE we have been discussing the Story of Noah. Today we worked together to build our very own ark. We had to think carefully about how we designed our ark as it had to float,be waterproof and carry the animals safely.


Challenge Week

During PSHE this half-term we have been talking about challenging ourselves and setting goals. As part of this we participated in a challenge week, where each day Miss McGloin set us a different challenge encouraging us to ‘challenge ourselves’ and work well as a team. The challenges included raft making, seeing who could make the tallest Eiffel Tower out of newspaper, an Owl class Escape room, a treasure hunt; and that was just the start!

We had great fun challenging ourselves!

 Making French Toast

As part of our European Study we have had a go at making French Food. As a class we all had a turn at preparing the ingredients to make Parmesan and Garlic French Toast. The recipe was a hit for most of the class! If you would like to try the recipe at home, then just ask as we have a range of recipes for you to follow, written by the children!


East Midlands Aeropark

 During our recent school trip, we went to visit East Midlands Aeropark. Whilst we were there we had the opportunity to watch planes taking off from East Midlands Airport, visit the cockpit of an aeroplane and explore the buttons that the pilots have to use to fly the plane, look onboard a Spy Plane (some of us even had the chance to be spies and have a go on the spy computers!), look at a rescue helicopter (and we had a go on the harness that has previously saved lots of people’s lives) and that was just the beginning!

The Halle

 Last week we had the opportunity to visit Derby Arena to watch and perform with the Halle Orchestra.  During our Fife lessons we have been learning a series of songs to perform all linked with the topic of ‘Space’, to celebrate 50 years since mans first landing on the moon. We had lots of fun and we were very inspired by the amazing musicians performing in the orchestra. Here are some pictures of us having fun, playing our fifes.


French Café

In Owl Class we have been learning all about France. Last week, our classroom turned into a French Café and we tried lots of different French foods, including: croissants, brioche (with custard and raisins), baguette, pain au chocolate, hot chocolate and orange juice.  Although, before we were allowed any of the food we had to ask for it in French! Please quiz your children to see if they can remember the names of the different French foods!

Summer 2Our European Neighbours

This term we are really looking forward to learning about  ‘Our European Neighbours’. We going to be learning all about Europe, by finding it on a map, identify its countries and their popular landmarks.

We will also be learning about France and their culture and be continuing to learn French with Mrs Pritzlaff. So far we have had lots of fun learning French including lots of fun songs and games. Thankyou to Mrs Pritzlaff for giving up her time to come and help us!

We will be very busy this half term with lots of enrichment activities including a trip to the Aeropark, where we will have the opportunity to look inside aeroplanes and a helicopter and get to see the planes take off on East Midlands Runway, a trip to the Halle where we will be performing what we have learnt during our weekly Fife lessons, a ‘Challenge Week’ where we will be challenging ourselves in a range of activities and our French morning where we will be trying some foods that children would eat for breakfast in France.

Have a look at ‘Our European Neighbours’ Topic Web  to see more about what we will be learning about!

Look at our new reading books!

May 2019

Aren’t we lucky!

This week we were lucky to have a delivery of lots of new exciting books by a range of authors including, David Walliams, Darcey Bussell, Tom McLaughlin, Phillip Pullman, Rachel Renee Russel, P.G Bell and C. S Lewis. We would like to thank the PTFA for their donation.

We are definitely going to have fun reading them!

Summer 1- The War Against Plastic

This term we are going to be learning about the important topic of ‘The War Against Plastic’. We are going to be looking at the size and impact of the problem, how much plastic we create in an average week, how we can recycle and upcycle our waste efficiently and what we can do to help the big problem.

Have a look at our ‘The War Against Plastic’ Topic Web  to see more about what we will be learning about!

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Spring 2- Chocolate 

This term we will be learning about chocolate including the journey chocolate takes from bean to bar, the impact buying Fairtrade chocolate has on the farmers, where chocolate comes from, how chocolate is made and writing about all things chocolate. Click here to have a look at our topic web to see exactly what we will be learning about!

Chocolate Topic Web

Eyam Book Day!

February 2019

We had a fantastic day celebrating ‘Eyam Book Day’ dressed up as our favourite book characters. Also, we were lucky to have a visit from author Angela Cottle who inspired us to have a go at writing our own poems, stories and reports all linked to the theme of water. Children are encouraged to type their work up at home, as there is the opportunity to have their work published as part of a young writer’s competition. Further details will follow in a letter that will be sent home.

Have a look at our amazing outfits!


January 2019

Welcome back, and a Happy New Year! 

We have had a brilliant start to the new term in Owl Class. We have been reading Fairytales and have even had the opportunity to write our own, with a twist! Also, we have been designing and baking ginger bread men just like the little old lady and little old man in the ‘Ginger Bread Man’. Here are some pictures of us at work.


Spring 1

This term our topic is ‘Fairytales and Myths’. Click here to view our Fairytales and Myths Topic Web to have a look at what we will be learning about!


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This month we have been busy getting ready for Christmas. Merry Christmas from us all in Owl Class!

Our Trip to Manchester 

We had a fantastic day in Manchester.  Whilst we were there, we were able to go on a tour of the city allowing us to see lots of different places including Manchester Victoria Train Station, Manchester Cathedral, Manchester University Library, the Christmas Markets, the Peoples History Museum and even got to walk across the glass bridge and see out across Manchester.

Mrs Ridgeway worked out that we walked over 6 miles on the day!

Have a look at our pictures to see what we got up to!


Autumn 2

This half term our topic is ‘Magnificent Manchester’.

Click here to have a look at our topic web to see exactly what we will be learning about!


Over the last half-term we have been singing with Mr Tinker on a Tuesday afternoon. Last week we performed for Hedgehogs and some of our parents. We have had lots of fun learning new songs, especially Funky Chicken!

Thank you Mr Tinker. 

Our Finished Victorian Toys!

The Big Reveal!

This week we had the exciting opening of our outdoor area!


Memory Games

In Owl Class we have been playing a range of games to help us develop our memory skills.


This week in our science lesson we have been learning about our teeth and their functions. We enjoyed modelling clay to mould our own teeth.

It was clear that we had some budding dentists and sculptors amongst us!

The Victorians

In topic lessons we have been learning about The Victorian era. We have been researching what toys Victorian children would have played with and have had fun playing with and making replicas of the Victorian toys.

We are currently designing our own toys and games using our design and technology skills.

Keep your eyes peeled for the final product! 

The Digestive System

In science we have been learning about the digestive system. We had fun drawing around each other, labelling the digestive organs in our bodies and explaining their functions.


Welcome to Miss McGloin our new Class Teacher and all the children who are in Owl Class.




Autumn Term 1

This half term our topic is ‘The Victorians’.

Click here to have a look at our topic web to see exactly what we will be learning about!

March 2018

This term our topic is The Stone Age. Find out more by looking at our topic web.

owlClass Topic Spring 2 The Stone Age

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We were very fortunate to get tickets to see the Hallé orchestra play at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. The theme was nature. We listened to lots of beautiful pieces of music and had the opportunity to sing with the Hallé too!

World book day this year has been eventful, with visits from illustrator Martin Olsson and author Angela Cottle. We have also been sharing our favourite books and writing to authors and publishers.

February 2018

Owl class had a visit from PCBoswell who talked to us about road safety and from MrPoke of Bradwell bowling club who taught us how to bowl. We learnt a lot and had fun too.

January 2018

Our topic this term is about Space. Have a look at our topic web to find out more.

Owl Class Topic Spring 1 Space

Owl Class Spellings Term 3

December 2017

We are getting ready for Christmas. Merry Christmas to you all!

November 2017

Our local history topic this term has been a lot of fun and we have learnt a lot from local historians and manufacturers about shoemaking now and in the past in our local community.

We visited a local shoe factory and saw how shoes are made now.

and we visited Eyam hall and learnt about boot polishing, rug making and washing day in Edwardian times. We also had a visit from a local historian who talked to us about the shoemaker’s strike in 1918.

We have our very own parents guide to encouraging motivated and independent readers  – Reading Booklet 2017

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Suggested reading books for Year 4










November 2017

This year owl class are learning to play the violin. Here we are tightening our bows.


October 2017

Our topic for this half term is about shoes and shoemaking  now and in the past. Take a look at our topic web to find out more.

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September 2017

Hello and welcome to the start of our new school year. We have only been back at school for two weeks and already so much has happened! Our new topic this half term is Africa and we will be writing to a school in Burkina Faso. In science we are learning about bones and muscles. Find out more by looking at our topic web below.

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We talked about the importance of reading, wrote book reviews and made our own book marks.

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We have even had a visit from Valley Park School – Mr Wright’s new school. Owl class children were super guides, taking the children and their teachers around Eyam School and telling them all about it.









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