Stingrays Class - Taught by Mr Matthews assisted by Miss O'Hara, Miss Tremlett and Miss Mills

Thursday 12th March 2020

Stingray class had a great World Book Day. As space is our topic this term, we looked at the book 'Man on the Moon: a day in the life of Bob', and then rewrote the story from the point of the alien! It was very funny to read our own class book (complete with a brilliant cover!). In the afternoon, we were very lucky to work with a real author to compose a poem and limerick.

Wednesday 5th February 2020

Stingrays have had a busy couple of weeks! In English, we have continued to look at instruction texts - focusing on different ways to catch a dragon. The children got to have a go at interviewing a real dragon trainer (and be interviewed themselves!) during a hotseating challenge.

In maths we have been doing lots of work with perimeter, including a problem solving activity where children had to design enclosures some escaped animals!

We have been working hard in Spanish, and after lots of bingo games, can count up to twenty! We've even had a go at doing some maths in Spanish!

Thursday 16th January 2020

Since starting term Stingrays class have been exploring our new topic - China! Last week we made paper dragons to decorate our classrooms, which looks fantastic! The boys have also been practicing their Chinese calligraphy using brushes.

In Maths we have made Tangrams, a traditional Chinese shape puzzle, and played Pong Hau K'i, ancient board game. This week we have started our new Shape topic, and enjoyed making and finding angles around the class.

In English we have begun to explore our new core text, How to Trap a Dragon and looked at writing instructions.

We have also been lucky enough to have Sam from Gloucester Rugby coach rugby on Thursday mornings!

Friday 25th October 2019

Yay, half term has arrived! The Stingrays have had a busy week making their own water cycles in a bag, completing our persuasive writing on a recycling gadget and it must be said they all did a great job!

In Maths we have been sniffing out patterns of numbers and objects and again they have been doing a great job on that too.

Well done to the boys who have been mentors throughout this term, they were rewarded with a trip out to McDonald's for lunch.

Hope you all have a great relaxing Half Term and that the children get lots of rest so that they are ready for next term!

Team Stingray

Thursday 17th October 2019

The Stingrays have had a productive week in both Maths and English. In Maths we have been looking at place value where the boys have been creating lots of numbers using a 10 sided die. They then placed the numbers on a number line in order and working out which were greater than or less than.

In English, the boys have liked our persuasive writing unit especially the talk for writing, where we read out a piece of text about a James Bond style telephone using actions to help us remember it.

In other areas of the curriculum, Forest school was great fun where we walked up Leckhampton Hill to look at Cheltenham and Gloucester.

We have just finished painting our rocks for '#cheltrocks' and we will hopefully go out and hide them next week. PE was great with lots of the children getting involved in the multi-skills session.

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Since our last update the Stingray's have been very busy in Maths and English.

Our persuasive writing has come on brilliantly with the boys using lots of positive language to promote or sell an object. Some boys have even explain that sometimes a negative word can be used in a positive way.

We are coming to the end of our Investigating number systems and the children have made some progress so well done!

On Monday this week we went to Cranham for our Forest School trip and it must be said that we had a brilliant time with the children thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Friday 20th September 2019

The Stingrays have had a productive week in both Maths and English. In Maths we have been looking at place value where the boys have been creating lots of numbers using a 10 sided die. They then placed the numbers on a number line in order and working out which were greater than or less than.

In English, the boys have liked our persuasive writing unit especially the talk for writing, where we read out a piece of text about a James Bond style telephone using actions to help us remember it.

In other areas of the curriculum, Forest school was great fun where we walked up Leckhampton Hill to look at Cheltenham and Gloucester.

We have just finished painting our rocks for '#cheltrocks' and we will hopefully go out and hide them next week. PE was great with lots of the children getting involved in the multi-skills session.

Friday 21st June 2019

It's been a great week for the Stingray children with lots going on.

Monday saw most of our Year 6 children visiting their Secondary Schools. They all came back with exciting news to tell us about what they will be doing which is great to hear.

Tuesday saw us go to Forest School which is always good fun and great to see the children interacting and working as a team.

Wednesday saw the children complete some purple polishing work on their Pizza recipes. Purple polishing is where the children go over their work and make any corrections that is needed using a purple pen, this is a difficult task but the children did a really good job.

Thursday saw the start of their tribal mask being made using mudroc we will keep you posted on how these turn out.

Lastly, Friday saw some of the children have a great time at the Balloon Fiesta Fun Fair, where I am told their behaviour was impeccable. For the rest of us who remained we were all treated to having lunch back in the hall instead of the classroom, YAY!

Have a good weekend,

Friday 17th May 2019

It's been a really busy time for the Stingrays this week! The Ray's have worked really hard on their Newspaper Reports based on either a burning truck next to a petrol station or something of their own choice. It must be said that all of the children in their own way have produced some of their best writing and we are very proud of them all! Also this week the Ray's have been looking at famous artists that paint landscapes and the children had a go at drawing their own landscape of London from the starting point of a photograph, we will be painting them next week.

Friday 10th May 2019

This week in Team Stingray the children have worked hard on their newspaper reports where they have pretended to be Journalist and identified the 5 W's (what, when, where, why and who) of a lorry that caught fire next to a petrol station and placed them in chronological order. They also identified what a fact is and what an opinion is.

In Maths the children have demonstrated how much understanding of data-Handling they have with lots of interpreting and producing of a whole variety of graphs.

This week also saw the start of Forest school! The children went on a leaf hunt to find out what trees lived in the woods that we were in and then had lots of fun sliding down the banks getting their school uniform dirty!!

Some of the children had a great football training session with Cheltenham Town Football Club.

Friday 26th April 2019

This week in Stingray class the children have been busy in immersing themselves in our new topic 'KNOW YOUR PLACE!', where we will learning about Human and Physical features.

The children have identified where they live and the features that they know make it up. They have also taken part in some big art and we had a great visit from the Emergency service where the children got to have a look around an ambulance and turn on the siren!!

Friday 5th April 2019

In Maths the children have learnt how to add fractions with the same denominator and Mr Matthews was very impressed!!

Also the children have worked hard on their Tudor Houses this week and although some aren't as finished as they would like they have done a great job!

Friday 15th March 2019

Stingray Class had a great time investigating light today. They discovered that darkness is the absence of light and also that light travels in straight lines.

This afternoon as a reward some children played in the ball pit and built a wall of balls!!!

Friday 8th March 2019

Stingray's had a great trip to the John Moore Musuem in Tewkesbury. The boys got to learn about how a barber in Tudor times along with cutting your hair would also taste your 'wee' or even cut a hole in your skull just to check if you were ok! They learnt about how Tudor houses were built using 'wattle and daub' and even had a go at making their own wattle, which is a woven lattice of wooden strips to see how strong it was. To finish off the day we took the boys to Pitville park where they all had lots of fun.

Well done Stingrays!

Friday 1st March 2019

The Stingrays' have started this term enthustically and are enjoying our topic 'The Terrible Tudors'.

This week they have all thought about what it would be like to live in Tudor times and what their 'Coat of Arms' could be. What the colours and animals they think would best suit their family?

With this the children have designed, drawn and coloured in their own 'Coat of Arms', then they have used salt dough to make it and then paint them.

Friday 11th January 2019

Well the Christmas Holidays went quickly!! It’s great to see all the children back and hear about some of the great things they got up too!

The children have had a good first week back and have really taken to our new topic ‘Who is David Walliams?’. The children have so far planned a letter that we will finish and write up. We will send the letters David Walliams next week and fingers crossed that we get a reply! In other areas we have made a World War 2 Spitfire plane which is linked to Grandad’s Great Escape.

We have choosen to read Billionaire Boy as our first class reader of the term and the children have completed an activity where they had to design their own Bumfresh Towers and anotheractivity where they had to think of a friend and write down without naming what they liked about them.

Lastly, it must be said that the children had a great time at the pantomime on Tuesday (oh yes they did!) and were a delight to take.

Friday 21st September 2018

This week saw Stingrays have their first Forest School trip up Leckhampton Hill. After having a de-brief of the rules we set off up to the top of the hill. Once at the top we had a great view over Cheltenham, the Malvern Hills and further a field into Wales. We then walked off the top of the hill and completed our team building activity of writing using stones. Can you guess what we wrote?

Friday 14th September 2018

We started off the week with some team building activities and Big Art work. The children did really well and produced some fab pieces of work together. This week also saw the return of English and Maths!!! It must be said that we were blown away with some of their ‘cold challenge’ writing about a child who breaks a world record.

Friday 7th September 2018

Well, where did those six weeks go!!

We have welcomed back all of the children into Stingrays’ class and this week we have immersed them into the world of Record Breakers which is our topic for the term.

The children have watched one or two clips of the weird, the strange and the impossible records that some people have made.

We all had fun competing in some of the world record that we watched to see if we could beat them!

The challenges that we undertook were:

- Toilet roll balance

- Unravelling a toilet roll with one hand

- Eating 3 crackers under 49 seconds

- Picking up as many MM’s using chop sticks and being blindfolded.

Friday 13th July

Some pictures of Kyle from his Horse Course. Great to see him achieving in his interventions! Well done Kyle

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Incredible India by Stingray Class!

Thursday 23rd November 2017

It has been a busy week in Stingray's! The children have worked hard in both their English and Maths sessions.

In English the children have learnt what a metaphor is and have completed their plans for their hot task of creating a piece of Science Fiction descriptive writing.

Here are some examples of the metaphors that they came up with:

Darth Vader was a black cloud.

The Death Star was a grey balloon.

The Storm Troopers were raging bulls.

The Lightsaber was a bright beam of light

In Maths the children have had to put their thinking caps on and complete a whole range of problem solving questions. It must be said it was a challenge but the Rays knuckled down, thought out of the box, clearly explained their answers and with some support they have done a fantastic job.

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Enjoy your weekend!

Team Stingray

Thursday 9th November 2017

Stingray and Sea Dragon's reward trip was to go to Laser Tag in Gloucester, at the end of last term.

The children played two games lasting 15 minutes each. The first game was a free for all where everyone could target anyone and the second game was all of the children versus Mr Matthews, Miss Tremlett and Miss O'Hara.

We have had lots of fun and it must be said the children fought valiantly but they were no match for the adults!!

Team Stingray

Monday 16th October 2017

Maths and English in Stingray

Another busy week in Stingray's class with new English and Maths topics being started.

In English we are looking at Letter writing from the view point of an evacuated child and in Maths we have started to Investigate Number where the children have been working on their Place Value and writing out numbers as numerals and words.

In Science the children have been looking at 'Fair Testing' and have investigated Friction and how it affects ​the distance a toy car will travel over different surfaces.

Parents please have a discussion with your child about the investigation and it's results!

Friday 6th October 2017

Eggcellent work by Stingrays!

In Science this week the Stingray children have been investigating Air Resistance.The children have learnt that air resistance is the frictional force air that pushes against a moving object. As an object moves, air resistance slows it down. The faster the object moves, the greater the air resistance pushes against it.

The children were given the task to build a parachute carrying an egg, that would create the greatest amount of air resistance so that it could safely transport the egg to the ground without it cracking.

The children did a great job and no eggs were harmed or cracked at any point during this investigate.

Well done Stingrays!

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Science in Stingray

Another busy week in Stingray class with a fantastic trip to Slimbridge on Tuesday of which the all the children had a great time.

In PE this week the children have performed a variety of fantastic balances working in pairs. They had to perform matching, mirroring, counter and counter tension balances and as you can see they did a great job!

In Science, we are learning about forces and this week the children conducted an investigation to test the push force of Up-Thurst. They had to make a boat out of aluminium foil, checked that it floated and measure how many 1 penny coins it could hold before their boat sank. Have a look at some of the boats, the children made.

Thursday 28th September 2017

Stingray's Trip to Slimbridge Wetland Centre

On Tuesday Stingray class had a brilliant time hand feeding Mute swans, Greylag geese and Berwick swans just to name a few and saw lots of different breeds of ducks, Flamingos and Cranes. The children also went pond dipping where they found Snail eggs, Pond Snails, Lesser Water Boatmen and tiny fish.

Our instructor was amazed at how enthusiastic and engaged the children were, so well done Stingrays!

Wednesday 27th September 2017

Evacuee poems in Stingray

The children this week have been working hard on learning the many ways of writing a descriptive poem. We have looked at rhyming words, similes, using interesting adjectives, personification and the structure of a poem. The children have made their plans and are currently putting the finishing touches to their poems. Watch this space for their finished poems.

But as a class the children have come up with this poem:


As I approach the train,

Not knowing if I will see my family again,

I felt worried and sad,

Was I happy or was I mad!

The train was bright red,

Shiny like my uncles bald head,

It’s engine grumbled as the wheels started to turn,

We all waved goodbye as the coal began to burn!

The train rattled like a snake,

It made my hungry stomach ache.

As I went far away,

I started to see fields full of hay.

To be continued!

Wednesday 20th September 2017

WWII in Stingray Class

Stingray's have made an excellent start to this terms work and topic which is all about World War 2 over the past week and a half

We have done lots of research via the internet and found out about when the War started, who was involved and some of the devastating effects it had on children living through the war.

The children enjoyed watching the TV programme 'Good Night Mister Tom' which gave them an insight into what it was like for a child their sort of age to be evacuated.

And finally, the children have enjoyed building World War 2 models out of k'nex and Lego and making a paper Spitfire.

Thursday 22nd June 2017

Aztecs in Stingray Class

This week has been another busy week in Stingray Class.

The children have continued working on their Non-chronological reports linked to the Aztec's. They have identified the features and started to gain an understanding of how one should be set out. In maths we have started looking at multiplication and division sums.

In topic the children have created Aztec head dresses using a variety of materials and they have identified where cocoa beans grow in the world.