Bodsham Church of England Primary School
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School Mission Statement:

"A nurturing and creative community where all can achieve their full potential
within a Christian environment, in readiness for life as a Global citizen."

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Welcome to the Owls' class page!


Trip to Canterbury Cathedral

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Canterbury Cathedral, arranged for schools within the diocese.  To read about our day, click on the links below:- 

Martha's recount

Olivia's recount


From Butterflies to Owls





We are a mixed year 5/6 class who like to show how responsible we can be in and out of class at school. We are really excited about the year ahead.

We love reading loads of books and displaying our reviews on our class displays and in our reading area. Michael Morpurgo’s Beowulf and Cowgirl by G.R Gemin have been our class reading books and we are about to start Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

We also love writing and have entered different competitions and had examples of our work chosen to help show other teachers in Kent what year 5s and 6s can do! Our excellent Kent Test results and our levels as we prepare for SATs are further testament to our hard work.

Our maths this year has been focused on developing our skills by looking at different problems and investigations. These can sometimes been challenging but we have proved to ourselves what we can do in tests and exams. We will also be entering mathematics competitions against other local schools.

From September, we started learning from the new curriculum. So far we have enjoyed studying the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in Britain and took part in national and country commemorations of WW1. In another area of topic, we have explored the Biomes of the world– and even made our own!

In science we have so far completed a lot of biology including how humans and different animals develop. We investigated how scientists can prove that species have evolved and adapted to their environment by looking at fossil records and we made our own out of clay.

In RE, we have been learning about the practices and beliefs in Judaism before developing our understanding of Christianity and even our own faith. Later in the year, we will also explore Islam. To help us, we have completed different RE projects in school as well as two visits to Canterbury Cathedral. We also take a full and active part in school Acts of Worship and services at local churches. Our class values are 'justice' and 'hope' and we try to show these throughout the school.

One of our favourite lessons is PE and we spend at least two hours a week being really active. As always, year 6s attended the Bowles residential trip where we developed our skiing, abseiling, climbing, raft-building, orienteering and teamwork. It was really tiring (for the staff as well) but really fun (for the staff as well). We have also represented Bodsham at dance, rugby, athletics and gymnastic competitions this year. We are really looking forward to some football matches that have been arranged against local schools later in the year.

Please read below for the highlights of our year so far, including photos and please don’t forget to come back soon for updates.

We have some exciting displays in our class, some help us with our learning and some display the work we have done.

Safety in Action morning

Year six went to a “Safety in Action” morning at the Folkestone school for Girls. Here we learnt about how to keep safe around the road, train transport, sea as well as how to be safe online, what to do in case of a fire, all about why it is important to keep our attendance in school up and also CPR on realistic dummies.
It was also a sort of a competition as we had to answer questions and were given points on how much we remembered.

We all learnt a lot and enjoyed the morning.

Olivia P Year six


Things which have recently happened in Owls class
very exciting

Mr Burrows prepared a symbolic Rosh Hashanah meal for us. As we ate, we discussed the symbolism of the items for Jews and how they could be symbolic for us.


Today we explored the function and consistency of our blood. First we explored the following image and made the following inferences about our blood as a class.

In our groups, we then used sweets to make our own blood. We aimed to get all our elements in the correct proportions.

Mr Burrows then showed us an experiment using boiling water, food dye, gelatine and a plastic folder to show us how the platelets in the blood work to create a scab.


We celebrated Hannukah as a class to help us understand the different elements. We worked in our groups and circulated around different activities.

We made and played with Dreidels.

We ate fried food (doughnuts and latkes) and discussed their Hannukah symbolism

We created Hanukiahs for our life.

We read the story of Hannukah – ‘ The miracle of the Oil’ and made story boards or summarized it.


Every year the children from Year 6 go to Bowles.  As usual they had a  lovely week, full of exciting activities.  Even though the weather was not great this year, it did not dampen the spirits of the children.  You can see from the pictures how much they enjoyed their time there.

After the children have been to Bowles they always hold a Bowles Assembly for the parents to share all the exciting things they have experienced.  They all read out their own recounts.

On Thursday 8th October, Year 6 pupils did themselves proud in their assembly about their residential trip to Bowles. Having written engaging recounts which focussed particularly on Snappy Starters, linking paragraphs and using themes and key words, they read out selected parts to their audience. They were expressive and engaging; they captivated their audience and showed what great writers and speakers they are.

We have recently learnt a new way of working out word problems.  We experimented with this using the I pads.



We know it is important to have a healthy diet and lifestyle.

We made fruit biscuits to remind us that we can have tasty food, while still making a healthier choice. We moulded them into shapes that reminded us of a healthy lifestyle e.g. hearts, rugby balls and hockey sticks.


Summer Term Class Newsletter - Year 5
Summer Term Class Newsletter - Year 6

Year 5 Autumn Newsletter 2015-16
Year 6 Autumn Newsletter

Year 5 Spring Term 2016 Newsletter
Year 6 Spring Term 2016 Newsletter