Team Challenge Focus Day

Good morning and welcome to the first Focus Day of the 2015/16 academic year!

Today is Team Challenge Focus Day, and a great many fun activities are planned for our pupils to help build their teamwork and develop their ability to support each other.

Amongst other challenges pupils will be learning how to send coded messages in semaphore, how to build a tent, attempt river crossings, try to break codes, build bridges, navigate minefields, and many more!

Check back throughout the day for photos of the children taking part.


Thank you for your support at the Reading Workshop

A huge thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended our Reading Workshop.

It was so valuable to be able to discuss the importance of reading for our children and to give some ideas about how to support your children at home.

If you were not able to attend, but would be interested in finding out more about how to support your child with their reading, please come into the academy to speak to your child’s teacher and/or a member of the English team. We have added (and will continue to add) resources and ideas to support with reading under the ‘Pupil Resources’ tab of our website.

We look forward to our next workshop about Maths on Tuesday 1st December.

Reading Workshop – Thursday 1st October

We are excited to remind parents and carers about our Reading Workshop. It is an opportunity for parents and carers to come into the academy to meet our English team and then come and watch and support your children in their classrooms during a reading lesson.

As you are hopefully aware, we invite parents and carers into their children’s class every Thursday morning at 8:45 for half an hour to read with your child. This is the session that we call ERIC.

For our Thursday session this week, we will then invite parents and carers into the hall afterwards to meet the English team who want to speak to you about:

  • Supporting your child to read at home
  • How we teach your children Phonics
  • How we teach Guided Reading at the academy
  • Any questions you may like to raise.

This will begin after ERIC at around 9:15. At 10am all of the classes at the academy will be teaching Reading, so you will be able to work alongside your children as they learn in their Reading lesson.

Please contact us if you would like any further information. We look forward to seeing as many parents and carers as can make it!

Train to Teach Event

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Considering a career in teaching?

Do you have a degree?

Come to a South East Regional ‘Train to Teach Event’ on Wednesday 14th October 2015 5pm – 7pm. (Venue Teaching and Learning Centre, Portsmouth Academy for Girls, St Marys Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5PF.)

To book your free place, please visit the website or email

For more information please click here

Special Year 4 Learning Logs

The Year 4 teachers have been extremely impressed with the effort levels and the quality of work from the learning logs that the children have produced. Clearly the children are excited and inspired by their dragon topics…just take a look at these fantastic examples.

This mask was created by Kyran Dyer from 4B:


This model was the work of Chloe Greentree from 4B: