Class Marsden Class Blog

Date: 2nd Jun 2020 @ 12:13pm

Spring Term 2 2021


Wow - what an amazing three weeks in school we have just completed.  My class completely amazed me with both the way they settled back into the school rountines, and by the effort they have put into their work every single day. The last three weeks have been extremely busy and we finished off the term with a whole school RE day with the focus being Easter. My class have amazing knowledge of Holy week and we had such a good day to round off the term.  We were all ready for a rest and I am really looking forward to the Summer Term to conitnue our learning in school.  


So here we are, the last day of Lockdown. What a busy time it has been and I am so ready to get back into class to see you all on Monday.  I have been so impressed by the standard of work that has been sent to me everyday and would like to thank both the children and their grown-ups for their commitment during this really tough period of education. We held a very successful, virtual World Book Day yesterday and I loved updating our world Book Day webpage as the photos arrived through the day.  I am hoping the children will continue to update this blog weekly upon our return to school.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will see you on Monday 8th. laugh


We are already at the end of the first week of term.  I am so impressed with the standard of work I have seen this week. I am really enjoying the text in English, Gulliver's Travels, and have been impressed with some of the tasks completed.  I want to add Hadi's 'message in a bottle' to this blog as the effort put in to make it look authentic, is truly fabulous. 

Class Marsden have had a tough week learning all about money, but again, they have worked very hard and I have seen some excellent number line work, the skill they used to work out the change given from a set amount. I loved receiving this photo of Zoya using real money to help with her learning:

Geography and Science tasks have been super too and I have seen lots of screen free tasks completed today linked to that. 

I am really looking forward to going into week two now! 


Welcome back everyone! I hope you have had a lovely half term with lots of rest whilst doing lots of fun things.  I did, and am ready to get going for Spring Term 2. 

Here is our curriculum map for the next five weeks: 



5th February 2021

It has been another fantastic week.   My class have worked exceptionally hard with their story writing and today I have received videos of them actually reading their stories.   It felt like I was in class with them as I watched, with a big smile on my face! Today Danny English was reading to us live.  Anwaar and Aleemuddin really enjoyed watching it.  Aleemuddin has watched all three sessions this week.

It is our first Friday Funday (an afternoon away from the screen) and I, for the first time in a while, enjoyed baking some buns! I am looking forward to seeing what my class get up to when they send me photos later! 


1st February 2021

It is National Story Telling week and some of the children in class enjoyed the live story telling session provided by Building Bridges Pendle today.  


31st January 2021 

Well, we have reached the final day in January. Where have those last few weeks gone? Only two more weeks until half term. The children continue to work very hard at home with their remote learning and I am the proudest teacher for the effort they are putting in to their work.  The parents have been amazing too as without them, remote learning in Class Marsden would not be as successful as it is. You are most certainly keeping me busy as I have LOTS of work to mark every single day. I have use so many new tools in technology over the last few weeks. My favourite two are Loom (for recording my lessons) and Snip and sketch, the software I use to mark your work.  I love it!  Here's some examples of what that looks like: 



This coming week we are having our first REMOTE WRITING WEEK.  I am looking forward to seeing how this works virtually.  I am sure my class will continue to put as much effort into their story at home as they would do in my class. I will share some of the best examples on our class Hall of Fame.   We are moving on to 'TIME' in maths for the next two weeks, so I am hoping the children take every possible opportunity to try to read the time, and I am gong to put a clock symbol on every page of their learning booklets to remind them to look at the clock to help with this.      

That's it from me! I will be back with an update at the end of the half term! 

Take Care 

Mrs Swire 


8th January 2021

What a busy first week back.  After a wonderful first day back in class on Monday, we were put into a National Lockdown.  It is been a tough week getting used to remote learning again but we managed to get through to Friday.  

I have been sent some amazing work each day and my class have continued to make me proud to be their teacher.  I just wanted to share some photos that I have been sent this week. 



Welcome back Class Marsden - It's 2021!  If your holiday was anything like mine, you will all be relaxed and ready to take on the new term.  We have some fabulous topics to learn this half term - see our overview below: 


Autumn 2 2020

Well what a busy term we have had! I continue to be incredibly proud of my wonderful class, as despite the worries in the world right now, they just get on with their work giving 100% to all they do! 

We really enjoyed our core text - The Pied Piper, and the children wrote some amazing (innovated) stories using the same structure. 

Year 4 are learning to divide using 'chunking.' This is a strategy we haven't used in our school before and I was so impressed with how quick they started to understand it! Look at Viktor's amazing work below: 

The children have also enjoyed learning about Ancient Greece in History - they especially loved learning about the Spartans.  That lesson saw some lovely diary writing. We were so lucky to recieve some artefacts from the Lancashire loan service.  These were paid for by our wonderful PTA group so a big thank you to them! 

Through looking at the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the children realised how the full story of the nativity was created.   We have had some wonderful and thoughtful discussions about this topic - one enjoyed by all! 

So, as we approach the Christmas break, I would just like to wish you all a wonderful holiday and I can't wait to see you back in January 2021.

Take Care 

Mrs Swire 



Autumn Term 1 2020

Week 8: 

I do apologise for the lack of updates on here.  It has been so very busy in school.   The children have worked exceptionally hard over the past few weeks and here is an overview of what they have been doing: 

In Art/computing, they have created some amazing pop art using the program 'Paint' and they have more recently used a photo editing package to recolour their own photo. These have been compiled in Pop art style. They are truly amazing and I will add some photos on here for you to see! 

In English, the children have loved using the book Paddington, and over the weeks have created story boards, written dialogue, acted in role and planned and written their own chapter for the book.   I have been so impressed with the effort they have put in to every lesson. 

We are working on addition in maths (subtraction after half term), again, they have worked very hard. Today we had a 'game' session, giving them a chance to apply their new skills in a fun way - the class was alive with enthusiasm and it made myself and Mrs Hanif quite emotional. 

In Science, the children concluded their learning by making their own magnetic game.  They had great fun making and playing with these in class.  

As half term approaches, I would like to wish you all a lovely holiday and I look forward to seeing the children back refreshed and ready to continue their learning journey in Class Marsden on Wednesday 4th November. 

Take Care,

Mrs Swire 


Week 3:

Wow! We have completed our first week of full timetable and what a very busy week it has been. Here's just a few of the exciting things we've been learning:  In English, we've started reading and exploring the book Paddington Bear, in maths, using and representing numbers to 100/1000 and we've been developing our throwing, catching and defending skills in PE. We've also investigated the north and south poles of magnets in Science and learnt all about a Jewish festival called Sukkot in RE.  The children have put 100% effort into all the tasks and I am sure they were looking forward to a rest at the weekend as much as the staff were. 

This is my most favourite photograph of the week! What an amazing action shot! 

Our super star this week is Aaiza. She has been given the award for trying extremely hard to use our new handwriting scheme in all lessons.  A big well done! 

Ten 'times-tables' certificates were given out today too! I hope there will be even more next week! 

That's all for now! 

Mrs Swire



Weeks 1 & 2:

What a super start we have had in class Marsden this school year! The children have made me so unbelievably proud with the effort they have put into every lesson!  The days fly by so fast and sometimes we don't know where the time goes! 

They have coped amazingly well with the new 'normal' in class and they are used to seeing the staff in visors: 


We all continue to learn daily as we find better/more effective ways to do the things we have to do to keep safe such as regular cleaning of hands and staying within our class bubble. 

I have seen some amazing writing, maths, reading and art this week and cannot wait to get stuck into all our lessons now the children have completed their mini assessments for each subject. 

I will upload our collaborative art for you all to see! 

A big well done to our class superstars: 

Week 1: Aadil

Week 2: Saira-Eshaal 

I am looking forward to seeing what week three will bring! 

Mrs Swire 



School year 2019 - 2020 

Week 7: 13th July 2020

So, here we are - the final week of the year.  It is so sad that we are ending this school year like this. I do wish we had been able to say goodbye to each other in our classroom but we have to stay at home to stay safe, so we will have to say goodbye on here.  

We will continue with the 'School' theme this week and there's lots of fun tasks to complete over the week. 

I really enjoy seeing all the work you send me.  I am looking forward to the work you send this week. 

Have a great time! 

Mrs Swire 


Week 6: 6th July 2020

Well, we are now into a new month - July! Where is time going? I cannot believe we only have two weeks of school left. 

We have two themes really over the next two weeks.  English is focussing on a fabulous book called 'The Worst Children in the World!' By Jonna Nadin.  I can't wait for you to hear the story. I wonder if some of the characters do things that you do or like? I wonder if I am like their teacher? I wonder how the headteachers compare?  It is great to see the author reading the opening part of the book (see our home learning page)

Our second theme, whilst still linked to schools, is linked to you. What are you like as a learner? Who are your friends? How do you feel about moving to a new year group? And lots more fun Art/PSHE type activities. 

I am sure you will enjoy these tasks over the next two weeks! 

Have fun! 

Mrs Swire 



Week 5: 29th June 2020

We've a really cool theme for our learning this week ~ Dragons! 

Mr Swire is crazy about dragons, I know if he was at school, he would be excited about this topic. 

There's lots of activites for you to do and don't forget to send me some pictures of the work you complete! I have also added a link to a 'How to Draw a Dragon' task. I think I will have a go at this one myself! 

I hope you all have a super week! 

Take Care 

Mrs Swire


Week 4: 22nd June 2020

I am so excited about our learning this week as it is all about 'Bees'  

The reason I am excited, is because I have made a 'bee friendly garden' with my family during lockdown. Here are some photographs. Some of the flowers are yet to bloom, so we can't wait for them to open.


Maybe you have some lovely flowers in your garden/yard that attracts bees? I would love to see some photographs if you have! 

I hope you enjoy the learning tasks this week and I am looking forward to seeing some of the work you create! 

Have a fabulous week everyone! 

Mrs Swire 



Week 3: 15th June 2020 

Well, this week we have moved over to our new school website - what a big but exciting job this has been! We hope you all like it and find it easier to navigate.

Our home learning theme this week is 'Houses' and our core text is Hansel and Gretel! This was one of my favouirte stories as a child and oh boy, would I like to live in the house made of sweets!  There's some great tasks to complete this week from deisgining and describing your own gingerbread house in English, to sketching your own house in art. I cannot wait to see some of the work you manage to complete! 

Oh and as I type this blog (sat out in my garden), I am keeping my fingers crossed that the sun keeps shining for the rest of the week because it is wonderful to be outsde again! 

Have a super week! Send me pictures of work you are proud of! 

Mrs Swire 


Week 2: 8th June 2020

This week, our learning theme is based on gardening. The title is 'Green Up' and it's aim is for the children to look at plants in more detail, focssing on what they produce both inside their home and outdoors.

Due to the position of our school, we don't have a green space in our playgrounds. I have asked the children to write persuasive letters to our new headteacher Miss Moulden, to ask her if we can develop a green space to enjoy.  

I have now managed to add two more blogs to our class page. One showing images of children carrying out a range of activities over Lock Down and one showing just a few examples of the work I have been sent over the past few months.  Why not pop over there to have a look at them now? 

Here's to another successful week of learning! 

Take Care everyone! 

Mrs Swire 


Week 1: 1st June 2020

Here we are in our final term of the school year-  where or where has time gone? It has been a strange year due to school closures as a result of COVID 19. 

As we enter this final term, I remain immensly proud of the effort the children in Class Marsden are putting into their home learning and into their well being.  I recieve emails of work and photographs of lots of fun things the children are getting up to, all of which make me feel connected to my wonderful class. 

We continue to have theme based learning. For English and non-core subjects, we are focussing on Wallace and Gromit - I think they are amazing! In maths we are revising our place value skills and of course our daily Fluent in Five challenges. 

The sunshine means we are able to get outside and enjoy our gardens and I know some of the children have enjoyed watching things they have planted grow over the weeks. 

I'll keep you posted with updates on learning! 

Mrs Swire 

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