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Year Two’s SATs Done!

Year Two, who have done some tests, have finished them now, Yesterday, they did their last test, which was Maths. Well done to all of the Year Twos, who have been brilliant with all their tests! Remember, the next time you’ll have to sit SATs will be Year Six, but that doesn’t mean you stop being brilliant!

House Points:

Killer Whales: 99 house points (1st place, well done!)

Kodiak Bears: 69 house points ( joint 3rd place)

Bengal Tigers: 85 house points (2nd place, so close!)

Golden Eagles: 69 house points ( joint 3rd place)

Well done to the Killer Whales for winning the house cup this week! Unfortunately, Golden Eagles have yet to win this term although the scores were very close this week!


Foundation Stage Two: 96.6% (joint 3rd, no lates)

Year One: 96.6% (joint 3rd, no lates)

Year Two: 91.3% (6th place, catch up next week!)

Year Three: 92% (5th place)

Year Four: 98.5% (2nd place, really, really close)

Year Five: 93.3% (4th place)

Year Six: 98.6% (1st place, just scraping a win!)

Well done to Year Six, who just about scrape a win over Year Four, who STILL haven’t won this year! Come on Year Four, we believe in you! The school average for the week was 95.2%, still not at our 96% target.

Art Week:

This week, it’s Art Week and the theme for this year is ‘Around the World’. Each class is doing different things to contribute to the display.

These are some pictures of the artwork from each class:




Every piece of artwork is made by the children – 100% effort has gone in to making these and they will look wonderful on display when the parents come to view your work!

Prickly Ball Farm Visit!

On Wednesday 17th May, Foundation Stage One are going to Prickly Ball Farm. This is their school trip for the year and they have been visiting for a few years now. Prickly Ball Farm got its name because they have rescued hedgehogs which our youngest children will thoroughly enjoy handling. Unfortunately, the weather is not in their favour but this will not dampen their spirit. Here’s hoping that they have a really good time learning about the animals!

House Points:

Golden Eagles: 110 house points (joint 3rd place)

Killer Whales: 110 house points (joint 3rd place)

Kodiak Bears: 148 house points (1st place, well done!)

Bengal Tigers: 128 house points (2nd place, so close!)

Well done to the Kodiak Bears for winning the house cup this week. A draw at the bottom between the Golden Eagles and the Killer Whales secures only the second draw this year!


Let’s check out the attendance figures for this week:

Foundation Stage Two: 95.6% (3rd place with no lates)

Year One: 98% (1st place, well done!)

Year Two: 92% (7th place, come on!)

Year Three: 95.5% (5th place)

Year Four: 94.8% (6th place)

Year Five: 95.6% (4th place with one late)

Year Six: 97.6% (2nd place, you were really close!)

Well done to Year One who secure the attendance cup this week. Year Six were really close to them but just couldn’t catch them up, even in SATs week. The school average for this week was 95.5% – still not hitting our 96% target.

Please bring a coat to school although Summer is upon us – we haven’t moved to Spain in the last week (see last blog post) and it could rain at any moment because this is just the typical British weather, being unpredictable. If you do not bring a coat you may not be allowed outside since it is wet and cold. Foundation Stage One and Two need adequate waterproofs: a waterproof jacket; a pair of waterproof trousers and wellington boots.

Please, this is a reminder to the whole school to remember to bring their P.E. kit on P.E. days.

Here are P.E. days for the whole school:

Foundation Stage Two: Wednesday and Thursday

Year One: Thursday and Friday

Year Two: Wednesday and Friday

Year Three: Monday and Wednesday

Year Four: Tuesday and Wednesday

Year Five: Thursday and Friday

Year Six: Monday and Thursday

Please make sure your P.E. kit is in school on the days corresponding to whichever class you’re in otherwise you cannot do P.E.. Even if your school shoes are already trainers, you need a change of shoes or you can’t take part.

It’s been a great week and we’ll be back with more (and some Foundation Stage One children who can say they’ve held hedgehogs) next week!


SATs Coming Up!

Year Two have their end of Key Stage One SATs coming up next week so we have some useful tips.

  1. Don’t worry about them! They’re only tests – just do your best.
  2. At home, play lots of games but remember your reading – there’s a reading test.
  3. Remember, all of your teachers are there for you: if you want a chat, just ask.

We hope these tips helped you and you smile right through the SATs!

House Points:

Here’s hoping the house points have gone up!

Golden Eagles: 212 House Points (4th place, come on!)

Kodiak Bears: 241 House Points (1st place, well done!)

Killer Whales: 235 House Points (2nd place, really close!)

Bengal Tigers: 220 House Points (3rd place, better luck next time!)

Well done to the Kodiak Bears who have won again.


Let’s hope that the attendance is on the up since we’ve had lots of lates and absences this last term.

Foundation Stage Two: 93.1% (6th place)

Year One: 98.6% (1st place, well done!)

Year Two: 94% (5th place)

Year Three: 96.5% (3rd place)

Year Four: 95.5% (4th place)

Year Five: 98% (2nd place, so close!)

Year Six: 92% (7th place, what happened!?)

This week’s average was 95.3%. The attendance has gone up a bit, though Year Six, who had 100% last week, have dropped significantly! Year Four haven’t won this at all this year, not very good!

This week is a four-day week, so there will be no star of the week or assembly but there will be a house points double rollover so we will we giving two lots of house points next week.

You don’t have to bring a coat in now as it’s the summer term but you need adequate PE kit: shorts, t-shirt and trainers or plimsolls. Girls, if you’re wearing tights, you need PE socks and a jacket is helpful for colder days. It’s summer, but please remember that we live in England, not Spain (where some of you have been on holiday), so the weather is unpredictable!

We hope you have a great week and smile through your SATs!

Science Afternoon!

On Friday, most of the school took part in a science afternoon. Most children invited their parents to this interesting event. They viewed what the children had been learning about and what they had been making. The parents, if they wanted to, could help the children with their experiments. This all resulted in some very exciting creations!

Science Creations:

Foundation Stage Two had an exciting time seeing the frogspawn in the pond!

Year One made slime, zappy zoomers and hover balls!

Year Two experimented by putting a coin in vinegar!

Year Three had fun making sycamore helicopters!

Year Four had a circuit building race against each other!

Year Five made some amazing parachutes using plastic bags!

Year Six made working fans using an electric circuit!

House Points:

This week we did not have any house points because of the animals who kindly paid a visit but we will have a double rollover next week. This is the same as star of the week – there will be two from each class, one from this week and one from next week. Remember assemblies are now at 9:00 on a Friday morning.


Let’s hope attendance is on the up!

Foundation Stage Two: 91.6% (6th Place)

Year One: 94% (3rd Place)

Year Two: 92% (5th Place)

Year Three: 97.9% (2nd Place)

Year Four: 92.5% (4th Place)

Year Five: 91.3% (7th Place, Come On!)

Year Six: 99.6% (1st Place, Well Done!)

Well done to Year Six, the winning class once again! They’re on a streak now! The week average for this week is 94.1%. Oh dear! From this (un) scientific experiment with attendance figures, Mrs Andrews and Mrs Proctor have found this: attendance is not on the up. Everyone needs to try a bit harder to come to school next week!

The animals came to Homelands School, hurrah, hurrah!


Red Noses!

This week, the children from Year Six who are hoping to receive money for their Civic Award charities are helping to run the Red Nose sale. Each Red Nose costs £1. They are being sold at the glass cabinet located in the middle of the school at lunchtimes from 12:30pm until the end of lunch time. Red Noses are being sold until they all run out and they are selling fast now everyone NOSE about them, so come with a pound to bag your Red Nose! We have also sung the Red Nose Song in Singing Assembly and we will have a video of the children singing this song next week so please come along and watch it! We will not show any of the children’s faces to protect identity so we will be filming from the back of the hall. We are also having Red Nose Day Mufti Day on Friday 24th March, so please come along in your red clothes with your Red Noses on and a pound, which will go to Comic Relief Charity Appeal. If you donate money, you will be one of the hundreds of thousands of super stars to add to the Big Amount at the end of the telethon. The money will go to help children and young people in poorer countries.

We’ve had a great and busy week so come back next week for our house points double rollover and our Red Nose Extravaganza!

17/3/17: We are sorry to say that the Red Nose Sale has been discontinued due to high demand and a sell out. Sorry to anyone who wanted a Red Nose, but they are being sold in Sainsbury’s Torquay for a pound.








Life Education Wessex Bus!

This week, each class throughout the school had an opportunity to visit the Life Education Wessex Bus! Each child has thoroughly enjoyed the visit. They learnt new things and each class (other than Year Six) had a visit from Harold the giraffe! This bus visits Homelands every two years so if the children are not ill, they will have at least four visits during their time at the school. Every two years, the children are very excited about this event and are amused by the outcome. These visits last for at least two hours and the children come back telling everyone what they’ve learnt!


Let’s check out attendance!

Foundation Stage Two: 93.3% (7th place)

Year One: 99.3% (1st place, well done!)

Year Two: 98% (4th place with two lates)

Year Three: 98.6% (2nd place, so near yet so far!)

Year Four: 96% (6th place, you really need to pull your socks up!)

Year Five: 98% (3rd place with no lates)

Year Six: 96.6% (5th place, come on!)

Well done to Year One for winning the attendance cup for the first time this half term. A few classes really need to pull their socks up if they want to win, especially you, Year Four! The average attendance for the week was 97.1%.

House Points:

Let’s see how good the house points are!

Killer Whales: 175 house points (1st place, very well done! Could this be the start of a winning streak?)

Kodiak Bears: 161 house points (2nd place, so close!)

Bengal Tigers: 127 house points (4th place, what happened?)

Golden Eagles: 146 house points (3rd place)

Well done to the Killer Whales for winning the house cup! Could this be the start of an unbroken winning streak?

As storms, wind and rain are forecast, please make sure you have got a coat in school in case of cold or drizzle. If you do not have a coat in school, you cannot go outside at lunchtime.

World Book Day will soon be upon us! It will be a fun day with no uniform. You can dress up as your favourite book character and bring in the book they’re from, provided that it has your name in it. It promises to be an exciting day, so come along as your favourite book character on Thursday 2nd March!

The upcoming World Book Day brings our annual Book Fair! Ranging from Welcome to Reading (2 years+) to Read Alone (8 years+), there’s something here for everyone, so be sure to bring along some money to bag a new read! It runs from Thursday 24th February – Tuesday 28th February, before school at 8:30am and after school at 3:15pm.

It’s been a great week so we’ll be back with more next week!




A Very Icy Week!

This week has had some extraordinary experiences for Foundation Stage Two. They have been learning about space. They now know all the names of the planets in the solar system! They have also looked at space rockets and have had lots of fun!

In addition, they have also learnt about Chinese New Year and dressed up as a dragon, they also danced like a dragon. They have also looked at a Chinese New Year calendar.

Lastly, they have been great number hunters and have found lots of numbers!

This week sounds like a great week and we hope they have had lots of fun, inside and outside!


Let’s check out attendance figures!

Foundation Stage Two: 89.3% (7th Place, not great!)

Year One: 96.3% (3rd Place)

Year Two: 93.6% (5th Place)

Year Three: 96.6% (2nd Place)

Year Four: 92.2% (6th Place)

Year Five: 94.3% (4th Place)

Year Six: 97.6% (1st Place, well done)

Well done to Year 6 for winning the attendance cup once again this term! Come on Year Four and Foundation Stage Two, you need to pull your socks up if you want to win the attendance cup! The school average for the week was 94.2%, way below our target of 96%.  We only had three classes out of seven above our target. We’ve had a bad week from an attendance point of view, so let’s hope for a better week next week. We’ve had lots of illness but we send a big Homelands Get Well Soon to those who are ill, and lots of hope out to those who aren’t, so that we can award a 100% Attendance Certificate next week!

House Points: 

Let’s take a look at attendance figures!

Kodiak Bears: 203 House Points (2nd Place)

Bengal Tigers: 186 House Points (3rd Place)

Killer Whales: 212 House Points (1st Place, Well Done!)

Golden Eagles: 178 House Points (4th Place, Come On!)

Well done to the Killer Whales for winning the house cup for one of the first times this term! Come on Golden Eagles, you are still yet to score!

Parents, please remember that every single child MUST have a coat in school until half term because a lot of the forecast is wet, windy and cold and without a coat, your child CANNOT go outdoors because they will become wet and/or cold and have to wear their PE kit. Also, please remind your child not to jump in the puddles at break time because their shoes will become wet. Thank you.

It’s been a great (if cold and wet) week and we’ll be back with more next week!  

Some Exciting Events!

This week, Foundation Stage Two went to Pizza Express! They had a very fun time creating and eating their very own pizzas! They had a special Pizza Express chef hat and they now know how to make pizza for tea! They also had certificates and kept their chef hats. Sounds like a yummy day out!

On Tuesday 24th January 2017, firemen paid a visit to Years Two and Five to tell the children about what they do in an emergency. The children were extremely grateful for the visit and we are hoping we will get another one soon!


Let’s check attendance. Have we had a happy, healthy week.

Foundation Stage Two: 95.3% (7th Place, what happened?)

Year One: 98.6% (2nd Place, so close!)

Year Two: 95.6% (5th Place with two lates)

Year Three: 100% (1st Place, well done!)

Year Four: 95.5% (6th Place)

Year Five: 95.6% (4th Place with no lates)

Year Six: 96.6% (3rd Place)

Well done to Year Three for winning the attendance cup and for having everybody in school and healthy all week! The school average for this week was 96.7%.

House Points:

Have we had a good house point week? Come on Golden Eagles, you are still yet to win!

Golden Eagles: 163 House Points (3rd Place)

Killer Whales: 180 House Points (2nd Place)

Bengal Tigers: 160 House Points (4th Place, what happened?)

Kodiak Bears: 215 House Points (1st Place, well done!)

Well done to the Kodiak Bears for winning the house cup once again this term! Maybe next time, Golden Eagles!

We had a very healthy week this week and well done to Year Three for 100% and to Kodiak Bears for winning the House Cup again. Have a lovely week and we will update you on more next week!




Clubs Have Now Started!

It’s the second week back and clubs have started again! Cookery Club has started for  Year Two who have taken a shine to cooking! They have made some yummy food!

House Points:

Let’s check out the house points!

Bengal Tigers: 221 House Points (3rd Place)

Kodiak Bears: 258 House Points (2nd Place)

Killer Whales: 259 House Points (1st Place, well done!)

Golden Eagles: 216 House Points (4th Place, come on! You have yet to win!)

Well done to the Killer Whales who have finally won by one house point!


Let’s check out attendance for this week!

Foundation Stage Two: 97% (4th Place with two lates)

Year One: 97% (2nd Place with no lates)

Year Two: 93.6% (7th Place)

Year Three: 97% (3rd Place with one late)

Year Four: 94.4% (6th Place)

Year Five: 98.6% (1st Place, well done!)

Year Six: 96% (5th Place)

Well done to Year Five who have won yet again this year! Come on Year Six, you haven’t won in a while!

The school average for this week was 96.2%.

Key Stage One have been working really hard this week and we’ll leave you on the note that we’ve had a great week and we’ll update you again next week!

What A Colourful Friday!

On Friday 25th November, the whole school had a mufti day. All the pupils could dress up in what they liked. They were allowed to do this with no money to donate but donations to the Christmas Fayre came in instead.

Thank you for all of your donations to the Christmas Fayre – they’ll be raffled off so keep your eyes open for lucky numbers!

House Points:

Killer Whales: 313 house points (4th place, better luck next time!)

Golden Eagles: 320 house points (3rd place, come on!)

Kodiak Bears: 331 house points (1st place, again?)

Bengal Tigers: 327 house points (2nd place, really close!)

Well done to the Kodiak Bears who have won yet again! Killer Whales we need you to try harder next week!


What happened to our attendance this week, it’s absolutely abysmal!

Foundation Stage Two: 83% (7th place, what happened?)

Year One: 94.3% (4th place)

Year Two: 95.6% (3rd place)

Year Three: 97% (2nd place, you were so close!)

Year Four: 94% (5th place)

Year Five: 97.6% (1st place well done!)

Year Six: 92.3% (6th place, come on!)

Well done to Year Five for winning the attendance cup again this term! The week average for our attendance was 93.4%, miles away from our 96% target. Let’s be a bit more healthy next week!

Christmas Nativity!

On Monday 28th November, Years One and Two performed an amazing Christmas nativity! This Christmas nativity was called Christmas Counts! It was performed at the Princess Theatre, Torquay. Check out the Herald Express next week for some Christmassy fun! Thanks go to Miss Page, Miss Shorland, Mrs Maskell, Miss Burton, Miss Gogh, Mrs Harding, Mrs Burke,  Mrs Stephens, all of the Performing Arts club and everyone else who helped to make this performance a great one.

Cookery Club!

Last week at cookery club, the children cooked up a storm with their chicken fajitas, couscous and chocolate brownies! These Year One and Two children have really enjoyed their cooking this term and they will be sad to switch with another group of children next term! We’re especially sure that their parents will miss the children coming home talking about their wonderful, tasty creations!

Topics in Years One and Two!

This term, Year One and Two have been doing some really exciting topics! Year One have done ‘Old And New’ and Year Two have done ‘The Great Fire Of London’. Look out for some displays decorating our hallways and their classrooms! These classes have really enjoyed history this term and eagerly await next term’s topic!

What to expect from the Christmas Fayre 2016!

This year, at the Christmas Fayre, Performing Arts club are singing to open the fayre. They’re singing a bit later in the fayre too – listen out for them and remember they’re in the garden and by the tree!

As we mentioned earlier, there is a raffle, so grab your tickets and check your numbers. Also, look out for Santa in his grotto, refreshments and you can even try your luck at hook-a-duck.

It’s been a great week and we’ll update you with more next week!





Another Week Gone!

Time flies here at Homelands. It’s already been half term and we are hurtling towards Christmas. Our special Christmas sign is in the office window, telling us how many days there are to go until the big day – count along with us!


Last Friday saw all of us wearing spots to raise money for the wonderful cause, Children In Need. Check out the Facebook page for some spotty children in the garden! We raised £182.50, a great amount that will go towards helping children who maybe aren’t as lucky as us at Homelands.

Amazing Assembly!

What a unusually loud assembly – Years Three and Four performed some Samba music! There were all sorts of things going on including: surdo drums, repinques, djembes, tambourims, agogo bells and ganzas. These were amazing performances put together in ten weeks thanks to Mr Collings and Miss Page!

Anti-Bullying Raps! 

Monday saw anti-bullying raps recited by Years Three to Six, all about either how not to bully or somebody who was being bullied. Let’s hope we don’t bully at Homelands and we all display our Homelands Values, which were introduced in 2012.

Remember, you are NOT being bullied unless it happens more than once! Always tell someone and don’t retaliate. If you are still worried, you can call Childline for free on 0800 1111. 

House Points:

Killer Whales: 363 house points (2nd place, I see you have made some improvement!)

Bengal Tigers: 270 house points (3rd place)

Kodiak Bears: 440 house points (1st place, well done!)

Golden Eagles: 239 house points (4th place, you can do it!)

Well done to Kodiak Bears for winning the house cup once again this term! They have now won the House Cup five times, more than anyone else! Come on Killer Whales, you haven’t won it once this year!


Let’s check out attendance figures!

Foundation Stage Two: 90% (7th place, come on)

Year One: 98.6% (1st place, well done)

Year Two: 98% (2nd place, really close)

Year Three: 97.3% (4th place, in the middle again)

Year Four: 97. 4% (3rd place, 0.1% in it with Year Three)

Year Five: 96.2% (5th place, at least you were better than Year Six)

Year Six: 92% (6th place, your attendance has really taken a knock)

What’s happened to our attendance this week? We certainly haven’t been as healthy as most weeks! Let’s hope that our attendance is better next week!

Remember that next week we have the Christmas Fayre!

It’s been a great (if busy) week and we’ll give you more next week!