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Hieroglyphs, Cartouches and Canopic Jars

We shared some of our work on Egyptian hieroglyphs and mummification in KS2 school meeting. Here are some more examples

There are many different symbols used in hieroglyphics but we used the ones that represented the letters in our names to make these

We also found out that hieroglyphics can be read in different directions and that when the pharaohs names we recorded many other hieroglyphs were used to show their importance. These were then put into a Cartouche ( an oval frame), only the gods, pharaohs and their families could do this.

This week we started planning our models of the Canopic Jars, used in the mummification process.

Thank you for all your bottles, we are ready to start our clay modelling of the heads.


Anti-Bullying Week

The theme for Anti- Bullying Week this year is ‘ALL DIFFERENT, ALL EQUAL ‘

Our week started with a great assembly which left us with a very clear understanding of what bullying can do to a person and how we can all do something about that.

We talked about what bullying is – physically  or mentally hurting somebody repeatedly.

So we have to remember that it is very easy to say or do something unkind but , like the toothpaste, once it is done (or out of tube) it is impossible to take it back. And, like our pieces of paper, once we have been bullied it is impossible to take away that hurt completely. We are all like our flat new piece of paper until something happens to cause creases and crumple us. Once this has happened those creases may get flattened out but they will not disappear.

We are all going to remember our golden rules and be kind and helpful. We know how to look after ourselves and each other. We are going to try and keep our toothpaste in our tube and keep everyone’s piece of paper as good as new as we possibly can.

Later in the week we made this class puzzle

This helped us understand that although we are all individuals and look, feel and like different things when we are together we make an amazing class. It would be a very boring puzzle if every piece was the same but as it is, it is a beautiful, colourful, cheerful puzzle made up of wonderful individual pieces. Every piece is different but every piece is equally important. Our class would not be Cherry Class without every individual in it.

We are going to respect our differences and treat everyone equally. We are going to remember the assembly and our golden rules and keep our class and school a bully free place.

Remembrance Service

For our Remembrance Service in school today every pupil made a poppy. Each class made different style poppies. The Key Stage Two children also wrote up poems in their best handwriting. Cherry  class made tissue paper poppies and copied one of two poems that are often read on Remembrance Day. We watched a short video clip, on the BBC Schools website, of a reading of ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon accompanied by a slideshow of archived images; and then read ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.

Mrs Brewis then used these to make this beautiful display.

Everyone has also glued a button onto this magnificent poppy that Mrs Needham has made…

Back in class we have started to write up our Autumn poems. Here are the first ones to be finished.

We have also been sharing facts about the Ancient Egyptians. Edward brought in a fantastic painting on papyrus and Emily showed us a statue of  Anubis. Our  Egyptian display is also taking shape with many thanks to Mrs Moore Bethel for the fantastic paintings.

Egyptian Day for KS2

It was wonderful to see everyone in their fantastic costumes…

All Key Stage 2 spent the morning in the hall, listening to the tales of Africana Smith and taking part in games and ceremonies that were important to the Ancient Egyptians.

We were able to look at several artefacts that Mr Smith had brought in.

We found out about Egyptian gods, clothes and jewellery, their beliefs and practices around death and the after life.

We then went on to play a couple of games that were part of the very complex rituals after the death of a Pharaoh, priest or another important, wealthy person. The first game was very strange and involved everyone running with their hands on their knees. Mr Smith then told us that the reason for this was because this made the children look like ostriches. Do you agree?

The second game was all about crocodiles hiding in the grass and catching unsuspecting animals or Egyptians!

Before break, we also decorated scarab beetles and wrote good luck messages that would have been wrapped in the linen bandages of a mummy.

After break we placed these messages and good luck charms in our own mummies

A lot of toilet roll was used but eventually our 4 volunteers looked quite effective.

In the afternoon we worked in class. We started with tasting dates, figs, yoghurt and honey as the Egyptians ate fish, vegetables, fruits and honey. The majority of us enjoyed this sweet treat.

We then had a go at hieroglyphics- a pictorial based writing system the Egyptians used. We found that they are not like letters and can be written and read in many ways- top to bottom, bottom to top, right to left or left to right. Once we had found the hieroglyphs that matched the letters in our name we arranged them in our own cartouche. We also included other symbols from the Pharaohs’ cartouches, found in the books we have been reading. Some of these will be put on display and we will post photos soon.



Term 2, Egyptians, Addition and Subtraction, and Autumn Poetry

Welcome back!

This week we have started our new topic on Egyptians by completing our new topic page in our Topic Books.

We are very excited about our Egyptian Day next Tuesday. We have already looked at books from the library and found out even more using Curriculum Visions on the laptops and i-pads. Our English homework this week is to read chapters from The Ancient Egyptians (available on Curriculum Visions) – some of us may need help with this- and then find our favourite fact about the Ancient Egyptians and share it with the class next week.

In our Maths lessons we have been looking at adding one digit numbers to three digit number using exchanging, using Base Ten or our place value frames and counters. This will help us with column method later on.

We have been reading Autumn poems, looking at Autumnal pictures and walking around the school field for inspiration for our own Autumn poems.

Our poems will be ready to share at the end of next week.



The end of term 1 already!

Well it’s hard to believe that we have reached the end of term 1 but what a lot we have done in those six and a half weeks.

We completed our ‘hills’ in geography and art –

We now recognise many of the symbols on an ordinance survey map, including contour lines and how they show the height of hills.

We also completed power point slides to promote things to do and see around Woodborough.


We have been working very hard on our times tables. We have all used Times Tables Rock Stars and have all shown great improvement in recall of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We now have to work on knowing them inside out – division and with missing numbers. If we stop and think we all know how to solve these calculations now. The Multiplication Awards are very challenging and include very tricky questions. Congratulations to the six pupils in Cherry Class that achieved their Bronze Multiplication Award and then  a special mention to the three who went on to achieve their Super Bronze too. Well done!

On the final day of term, Mercury celebrated their House Point Reward with a very special arts and craft treat following on from an amazingly inspiring Assembly by the Kids Tusk Force. Thank you to Tabitha for introducing the school to this wonderful charity. (pictures to follow and on the school blog and Twitter)

We also had to say goodbye to Sofia, who is going back to Australia with her family. We will miss you. Please keep in touch and keep up to date with all that is happening in Cherry Class here!

I hope everyone has a very safe and happy holiday and I will see you all on Monday 30th October for the start of term 2. Our new topic is ‘The Ancient Egyptians’ and don’t forget that the second Tuesday is our Egyptian Day!

Global Week – School Meeting

Here are some close up pictures of the work we shared in school meeting.

In pairs, the class spent the morning putting all of their research together on a PowerPoint page, with a photograph of the festival they had been working on. The children’s Power Point pages and our photos and class work are going to be put together to make a record of our week.

Thank you everyone that sent things in for us to share and for your help with homework.

A big ‘Thank you,’ to  Mrs Johanson for organising a wonderful week🇬🇧🇨🇭⛄️🎉. Also, thank you to Mrs Barratt for Science Day 🙂🔬🔍

Global Week-Switzerland

This week we have been visiting Switzerland.

Our Week started with an introductory assembly lead by Mrs Johanson. The theme of the week was FESTIVALS and CELEBRATIONS . Mrs Johanson had found some information about the Yodelfest.

Eidenossisches Jodelfest – The yodel, probably originated in the Stone Age as a call from mountain to mountain. Today there are around 2,000 Swiss yodeling songs.

In the afternoon we went back to our atlases and maps of Europe to find Switzerland and then shared some of our homework investigations. We found lots of interesting facts.


Did you know….

William shared his Power Point. Others produced posters and information sheets.

Nearly everyone guessed my favourite  food from Switzerland was chocolate!

On Tuesday we started our investigations into Swiss festivals and celebrations. We worked in groups of four and chose one festival to research.

we also shared more homework

Sofia shared her Power Point and Sophie showed us a lovely Swiss made musical box, it was very delicate and you could see all the workings inside. It played a beautiful tune.

Jamie shared the photographs of a festival he had seen while he was living in Switzerland.

His mummy wrote:

Here are a few photos of the DESALPAGE
which takes place in Switzerland in October each year,
the cows are walked down from the mountains
( where they have spent the summer) to their farm
barns for the winter. The cows that produce the
most milk get the biggest bells and flowers on their head!

Wednesday was Science Day.

Incredible Ingredients.

As scientists we predicted, researched, made investigations, experimented, and drew conclusions.

Our challenge was to find out what is in the food we eat.

We now know what things are in our food and why we need to eat a balanced diet.

We then had a taste test with some Swiss foods-

Myself and Mrs Barker were surprised how many of you enjoyed the Sauerkraut, the cheese was not very popular but the Alpen and chocolate was definitely a hit.

In the afternoon our challenge was to find out how much sugar there is in fizzy drinks.

The Great Sugar Search

We were not allowed to look at the labels this time. We had to think about what we could do to test this – with a little bit of help – we decided that the heaviest cans would contain the most sugar and that these would sink.

First we made our predictions – I think this will happen –

Then we carries out our tests… This is what we did –

Then we wrote our conclusions – This is what we found out…

We had a fantastic Science Day.

This morning, everyone in school celebrated Holi Festival.

We had a wonderful time making our powder paint poster

This afternoon we made flowers and a cow bell as part of our work on Swiss festivals. Please come to School Meeting tomorrow afternoon to find out why.


Week 4, Puppets and Harvest

This has been a very busy week in Cherry Class.

On Tuesday we had a visit from three ladies from the Vale of Pewsey Archaeology Awareness Project. They presented a puppet show entitled “THE LAND THROUGH WHICH THE STONES PASSED”, set in the Neolithic Period. It has been written for Primary School children in the Pewsey Vale by children’s author Barbara Townsend.  She and Puppeteer Alix Booth brought this ancient story to life.

We really enjoyed the show and had lots of wonderful questions about puppets and the Stone Age afterwards.

On Wednesday, in preparation our Harvest Service, Lauren’s mummy, Mrs Silva came in as Major Silva and talked to us about the Army. It was very interesting and we now know a lot more about the Armed Forces and the Army in particular.

This morning every class shared their work on SERVICES in our Harvest and Welcome Service. Well done and thank you to our presenters

Our prayer readers, Emily and Harry

and our Worship Committee members –

The Worship Committee presented the whole service, so a special mention was made to them.

We then went back to class and had a go on Times Tables Rockstars, for some of us it was the first go, so now we should be all ready to have a go at home.

It is Global Week next week so have a read of the Newsletter that was sent out this week to find out what’s going on. Our English homework also has a Global Week theme.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Mrs Chapman