Another busy week has gone by and the children at Dorchester St Birinus continue to amaze us with their fabulous positive attitude. We have been thinking about ‘trust’ in our assemblies this week and I was so proud when the children were able to demonstrate how much they trust one another in an assembly yesterday where we had an interesting discussion with Reverend Sue about who we trust and why.

Hedgehogs are whizzing along with their phonics. I was impressed to hear some amazing readers in there at the beginning of the week. Squirrel class enjoyed a castle ball on Wednesday with entertainment, food and even a coronation!

Fox class have been marching like Romans and have even learned some Latin this week! Owl class have been using multiplication to work out areas of shapes and their Egyptian exhibition work is continuing well.


It has been so lovely to welcome all our children back into school this week. I would like to commend all of our Squirrels and Hedgehogs for their bravery and resilience. They have come back into school as enthusiastic and hard working as ever. Well done!

This week is anti-bullying week. We have had assemblies around the theme of belonging and Jake, Kodie and Bella from Owl class led an amazing assembly for us where they shared their experiences and gave some advice.

Fox class were learning how to draw portraits yesterday and their progress across one lesson was incredible. They have also been writing letters to Joe Biden. We hope he is not too busy to write back.

Year six enjoyed their first ever forest school session this week. They used tools to sharpen sticks and even tried a bit of fishing— nothing was biting though! The Owl class Egyptian exhibition is shaping up nicely and the exhibits are starting to take shape.

Squirrels have been learning about knights and armour and I’ve been really impressed with their writing skills.

Hedgehogs have been learning about Diwali. They created some amazing clay lamps which I can’t wait to see painted and lit up.

Our school has been a fantastic place to be this week. With the tricky times that people are going through at the moment, it is heartening to work with such a fabulous group of children who are kind, supportive and trying hard to achieve their best.

Please continue to look after each other and do let us know if we can support you in any way.


Owl class have been busy this week with their preparations for their Egyptian exhibition. They are planning what to do and what they will need and I’ve heard some super conversations about how to make their exhibition amazing. I spent an enjoyable afternoon with them on Tuesday where we were learning about incarnation and drawing our own interpretations of Aritzi’s ‘Incarnation.’

Fox class showed real maturity and empathy on Wednesday when they created poppies of  remembrance for Armistice day.  I have also seen some very impressive writing emerging from some amazing future authors.

The whole school took part in a two minute silence at 11 o’clock on the 11th November to remember the  service and sacrifice of the past. We also took some time in assembly to consider service and sacrifice which is going on in our community right now. Our value of compassion is extremely important as we recognise the anxiety surrounding the current Coronavirus pandemic. We hope and pray that we can start being more ‘normal’ by the Spring.

In the meantime, I urge our children and school community to look after each other and show compassion to one another and I am proud to say that I have seen this first hand in our school through the week from staff, children and parents.


Welcome to the second half of the autumn term.We have had another busy week here.

Hedgehogs have been learning about bonfire night and making amazing firework  pictures. 

Squirrels continue to learn about castles and have been busy finding out about the people who lived in castles.

Fox class have been doing some beautiful drawings based around Romans and Owl class are preparing for an Egyptian exhibition with children taking on different roles and responsibilities.

We also welcome Miss Angus, a new TA, to work with children in Hedgehog class.

As the country goes into lockdown, not much really changes for us here in school. We are being extra vigilant with hand washing and sanitizing and doing everything we can to help keep our community safe. I would like to thank you all for your co-operation.

Please be mindful of social distancing when on the school site.


As Friday comes around again and we are at the end of week , we can reflect on the amazing things being achieved by our children.

Hedgehog class continue to inspire us all every day with their enthusiasm and excitement about learning. They have been thinking about autumn and using some beautiful autumn colours to decorate leaves. Squirrels interviewed me this week about what it is like to be a leader. They asked some really interesting questions which really made us think and gave me a chance to reflect on how lucky I am to be leading at Dorchester St Birinus.

Fox class were lucky enough to have a celebration for amassing so many dojo points this week. They’re also loving their    guided reading book—Podkin One Ear.

Owl class have really got stuck into their science work this week. They continue to impress me with their big writing skills too.


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