Zoos: The Great Debate

February 23, 2018

To kick off our new topic, ‘Animals, Growing and Conservation’ we have had some fantastic discussions about the ethics of zoos. Based on Anthony Browne’s book ‘Zoo’, we have been exploring the pros and cons for zoos, particularly from the perspective of animals. We role-played what it would feel like for animals to have crowds of people always staring at them, going on to write descriptions of this experience from the perspective of a gorilla…

In Maths we have begun our unit on fractions by exploring the concept of halves and quarters and have taken part in some super investigations to help us with this…


We are getting so good at our homophones!! (sea > see, night > knight, hear > here). How many more can you find?!


Practice sheets: W1 Maths Fractions equal parts

Next week

  • Wednesday 28th February DON’T FORGET TO WEAR A  BRIGHT T-SHIRT! As part of the University and County wide commitment to equality, the school, together with Eddington and the University, is ending LGBT+ month by making a human rainbow.  On Wednesday 28th February, we ask that Swifts and Skylarks come to school with a GREEN top to wear. In the afternoon of that day, all 300 children and our team will form a human rainbow at the entrance to our school. There will be a high level photograph taken.
  • Forest School! (Skylarks on  Monday, Swifts on Tuesday)
  • World Book Day on Thursday – children please bring a favourite book to share!


iPads and tablet devices are increasingly used at home for learning and entertainment purposes. It can be problematic if children browse different applications or the internet by themselves. An important e-safety feature on iPads that is easy to use is called ‘Guided Access’. This function limits users to only using one specific app and prevents them from switching to another program or returning to the Home screen. Please see the instructions below of how to enable Guided Access on iOS.

1.       Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2.       Tap on General.

3.       Tap on Accessibility.

4.       Tap on Guided Access under the Learning section.

5.       Tap the switch to turn on Guided Access.

6.       Tap on Passcode Settings.

7.       Tap Set Guided Access Passcode and set a passcode.

8.       Toggle Accessibility Shortcut to On, which allows you to triple-click the Home button and enter Guided Access at any time.


A video demonstration is available here:


For similar functionality on Android devices, please see here for guidance: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2921718/security/2-easy-ways-to-child-proof-your-android-or-ios-device.html

Thanks everyone. It has been a great first week back with lots of super learning. We are excited for all the fun to come this half term! Have a great weekend.