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Windsor Castle

The children had a brilliant day out when we visited Windsor Castle. They were thrilled to see the Royal Standard flag flying and discover that the Queen was at home. The visit really brought to life their history and geography learning this term on castles and famous UK landmarks. A big thank you to all the parent volunteers who worked so hard on the day looking after the children. Your help and support was very much appreciated.

Windsor Castle school trip on Tuesday 27th March

We are really looking forward to our school trip to Windsor Castle. The coach will leave school around 9.15am as soon as we have taken the register. The drive will take about 40 minutes. If your child suffers from car sickness, please do let us know in advance so we can make sure your child is seated near the front of the coach.


The children will be doing a lot of walking during their visit, so please do send them to school wearing trainers or very comfortable shoes. They will need to wear school uniform on the day. 


A packed lunch is being provided by school. Please do leave their book bag at home on the day because we won't need them. We plan to return to school in time for the end of the school day at 3.10pm.


If you have any questions, please do ask and we are happy to help.


Many thanks,

Mrs Francis and Miss Garcia

Our sporty week for Sport Relief

We have run the daily mile, scored goals from the penalty spot, shot netballs and sprinted across the playground in a fast-paced relay race. The children have loved our Sport Relief week and as they have cheered one another on, it has been wonderful to see such a strong team spirit build.

Dressing Up For World Book Day

Planting potatoes

The children are learning about how plants grow in science, so to bring their learning to life we ventured outside to plant potatoes. The children are going to take turns watering their potato plants over the next few months. We hope to harvest them in the summer term so we can put them in the oven and bake some delicious jacket potatoes.

Mercury Class Assembly

The children absolutely loved taking part in their class assembly and sharing their learning about castles with everyone who watched them perform.


I wanted to say a big thank you for all your support in sending the children's costumes into school. It was much appreciated after the snow day meant I couldn't send home the costume list last Friday as planned. Many thanks too to those parents who shared the costume list after seeing it on our class pages. smiley

Best wishes,

Mrs Francis

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Please see the Science Homework for next week!


Monday: What Rot!

Tuesday: Space Cafe

Wednesday: Upside-Down Food Science

Thursday: Yellow Submarine



Mercury Class Assembly


Next Wednesday morning the children will be performing their class assembly for you. I gave the children the lines I would like them to learn today. Please look for them printed on yellow card in their book bags and encourage them to learn them off by heart.


Tomorrow I will also send home a note in their bag describing the costume they will need. A lot of these are castle-themed so the clothes they wore for the History Off The Page castle workshop will be great.


Finally the children are really loving the poems by Michael Rosen. They would like to perform his poem Don't. Please can you encourage them to watch him performing it on the link below to help them memorise the words.


Don't by Michael Rosen


Thanks so much,

Mrs Francis 

Reading Celebration Week

Next Monday 26th February marks the start of our Reading Celebration Week. We wanted to share with you the exciting events we have planned at school to mark World Book Day.


Share A Story Mornings

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, you are invited to join us at the start of the school day to share a story with your child in their classroom. You are very welcome to stay until 9.15am. We just ask due to limited space that you choose to attend just one of the four morning sessions available.


Lanchester Readathon

We are also launching our Lanchester Readathon to raise funds for our brilliant new school library space. Every child has been given a Reach For The Stars Reading Challenge Form. All the children who successfully complete all 20 of the fun challenges will be awarded a Super Reader Certificate.


If you would like to sponsor your child to read, you can donate at Parents who contribute to the Lanchester Readathon will get a donation sticker dedicated in their child’s name in a new library book. Cash donations are very welcome too. Please leave these in a sealed envelope at reception marked with your child’s name.


Library Display

We are also creating a new display in the school library and we would love to receive photos of you reading with your child. If you have a photo you would like to share, please give them to your class teacher in a named envelope next week.


World Book Day Tokens

Every child will be given a £1 World Book Day Book Token. These can be spent in WH Smith, Waterstones and all good independent bookshops. You can also exchange the voucher for one of 10 exclusive, new and completely free World Book Day books.


Dress Up As Your Favourite Book Character

Next Friday 2nd March, we would love the children to come to school dressed as their favourite book character. For some good and inexpensive ideas, please do look at the dressing up gallery on the website

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Mercury Spring Newsletter

Kings Of The Castle

The children in Year 1 had a brilliant time on Tuesday when they experienced what life would have been like living inside a medieval castle. The day included the children marking their own initials on leather pendants, mixing medieval medicines and jousting on wooden horses.


In the afternoon they enjoyed a delicious banquet of bread, cheese and squash. Then they watched one another perform as jugglers, dancers and actors performing the story of St George and The Dragon.


A big thank you to all the parents who helped during the history workshop, we couldn’t have done it without you. Many thanks too to all those who donated money towards the children’s curriculum enrichment. The workshop really brought their history learning to life.

World Book Day 2018

On Friday 2nd March we are celebrating World Book Day. Please send your child to school dressed as their favourite character from a book. 


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Mad Science Workshop


The children in Year 1 had a fascinating afternoon when Nitro Nick from the Mad Science team performed his Mad Mixtures workshop for them. One of his experiments literally went up in smoke when he showed the children the changes that occur when a flame is applied to different materials. The hands-on workshop also included the children inflating balloons by creating a chemical reaction.


The cost of the workshop was paid by the funds kindly donated by parents at the start of the academic year for curriculum enrichment, so a big thank you for giving the children such an inspiring start to their new science topic which focuses on everyday materials.

Art and Science

We are planning a cross-curricular art and science lesson next week where the children will be examining the properties of stones and then painting them. Please can your child bring one stone to school that is big enough to paint and ideally a light colour. A round pebble would be perfect. If they can bring their stone to school by Wednesday that will be much appreciated.


Many thanks,

Mrs Francis & Miss Garcia

Year 1 class teachers


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Searching for landmarks in Cassiobury Park


The drizzle didn't stop the children from enjoying their school trip to Cassiobury Park. Their task was to identify landmarks in the park including the Grand Union Canal and the River Gade and to find out if they were natural or manmade. 


A big thank you to all the parents who braved the chilly January weather to accompany the children on their walk. We really appreciated your help.

Phonics Screening Check Powerpoint

Here is the Powerpoint shown at the Phonics Screening Check presentation.


The leaflets and information given out at the Phonics Workshop are available at reception for Year 1 parents.


This term in their RE lessons the children will be learning about welcoming ceremonies including christenings and baptisms. We would very much appreciate the support from any parents who would like to come into school to talk to the children about Christianity. If you can help, please contact the school office.


Many thanks,

Mrs Francis & Miss Garcia

Year 1 class teachers

Phonics Workshop


This Wednesday 10th January, we are inviting Year 1 parents and carers to attend a phonics workshop to learn more about the phonics screening test your children will take this June. We are holding two short sessions at 9am and repeated again at 3pm, so we can share with you the best ways you can support your children at home with learning phonics and improving their reading.


We will add our PowerPoint presentation shown at the workshops to our class pages on the school website on Wednesday for any parents and carers who are unable to attend.


Many thanks,

Mrs Francis & Miss Garcia

Year 1 class teachers 

Cassiobury Park trip for Year 1

On Tuesday 9th January at 1.30pm the children in Year 1 will visit Cassiobury Park. They will be looking at natural landmarks to link in with their geography learning.


If you are free to join us, please can you let the school office know because we would very much appreciate volunteers to accompany the children on their walk around the park. We will return to school in good time for the end of the school day at 3.10pm.


Many thanks,

Mrs Francis and Miss Garcia

Year 1 class teachers

Mad Science Workshop

Year 1 have a super scientific afternoon to look forward to when the team from Mad Science visit school on Tuesday 16th January. To link in with their new science topic focusing on everyday materials, we have arranged a special Mad Mixture workshop hosted by Nitro Nick for them to enjoy which looks at density, liquid lasagne, volcanoes and slime.


The cost of the workshop is being paid by the funds kindly donated by parents at the start of the academic year for curriculum enrichment, so a big thank you for the money raised.

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  • Hempstead Road, Watford
  • WD17 3HD

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