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Welcome to Poplar Class

Poplar class is our year 5 class with the occasional year 6 as well! The children in Poplar class follow the National Curriculum at a level best suited to their ability.

We have daily maths, English and phonics lessons and children will also read to an adult every day too. Lessons are planned to engage children with plenty of practical tasks leading onto independent work differentiated to suit each child’s ability. We have 3 to 4 LSAs who support children with their learning as well as their EHCP targets.

Other subjects taught across the week include science, art, PE, RSHE, food tech and humanities. Children will also take part in swimming sessions and outdoor learning as well as trips related to topic work.

In Poplar, we encourage children to be as independent as possible by encouraging them to source the equipment they need, and we will teach them strategies to complete tasks with support given as needed. We use Zones of Regulation to promote children identifying and describing their emotions and will explore ways they can regulate through sensory activities.

For maths day the children went round the different classes and experienced real life maths. Their favourite I think was Chestnut class which was a sweet shop. In this picture the children were working out how many different coloured smarties they had. Each colour was worth a different amount and they had to add it all up to see how much their cup of smarties were worth.

We have been very lucky this term that Col U have been teaching the children PE. They have been practising a variety of skills such as throwing, catching and turn of direction – skills that are needed in a variety of sports. Their favourite lesson was where they got to create their own games for each other to try.


This half term has been our outdoor learning slot. We have been to many places such as Hollytrees museum, Poplar Nurseries, Highwood Country Park, Castle Park and the Pantomime. The children’s favourite was by far Castle Park thanks to the zip wires!

We loved inviting the parents during Maths Week to take part in some practical maths activities with their children. A firm favourite was the frogs task!


Our Christmas production was, as always, a wonderful end to a busy first term. Poplar joined with the rest of the lower school as well as Key Stage 3 to produce a fabulously festive extravaganza.