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Friday 15th September 2023

Walnut class enjoyed our first Book Club of the year outside in the sunshine. 

Tuesday 18th July 2023

What a way to celebrate our final week at Tanners Wood!

Tuesday 11th July 2023

A huge ‘well done’ to the incredibly talented Walnut and Spruce classes, who wowed their audience during the Y6 production of ‘Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies’. The children presented a hilarious adventure through the medieval mayhem of Merry England and impressed everyone with their singing, acting, dancing and technical expertise. The Year 6 teachers were incredibly proud of each and every one of you. We definitely have some actors and actresses in the making!

Sunday 2nd July 2023

Congratulations to the Year 6 children for successfully running their own mini enterprise stalls at the summer fete on Sunday. The weather remained dry and the preparation paid off as each team worked together to ensure their stall was a success - which they all definitely were! 

Friday 30th June 2023

Walnut class welcomed the opportunity to sprint, stack, jump and dribble their way through our annual sports day event - all whilst cheering their peers along! 

Thursday 25th May 2023

On the last day of half term, Year 6 headed up to Manor House and took part in a Dynamo Cricket tournament. Every member of Year 6 should be extremely proud of themselves for their teamwork, positivity and patience! TEAM TANNERS! 

Friday 19th May 2023

We are on our way!

Friday 19th May 2023

We can’t believe the week has come to an end!
We are all packed and ready to return to Tanners - but not before one last climb, swing and paddle! What a fabulous end to a fantastic week! Miss Reynolds and Mrs Johnson are beyond proud of every single one of us. We can’t wait to tell you all about it!
See you soon!



Thursday 18th May 2023

It’s DISCO time!!

Thursday 18th May 2023

Our final full day of PGL carnage has officially started. Big Ben / Dory (our group leader with ALL the nicknames) led us off to our first two activities. Some of us were blindfolded in the woods, others were splashing in the lake and rumour has it, Mr Roonan’s screams from the Giant Swing could be heard back at Tanners! 
Our tummy’s are rumbling so we are headed to lunch soon but excitement and outfit planning has already started for the disco tonight! 

Wednesday 17th May 2023

Day three is well under way - sun cream and Piriton galore! Another day full of adventure, exploring and fun! Some of us have even seen David Beckham’s house (you’ll have to wait to find out how!) 

We are all smiling and loving the experience; we can’t believe we are already half way through the week!

Tuesday 16th May 2023

This afternoon has involved even more fun in the sunshine! After filling ourselves up at lunch and reapplying the sun cream, we headed back out for our afternoon activities. We have all shown determination and resilience through facing our fears and excellent team skills whilst working within a group. We are heading for dinner soon (once our football game is finished and Mr D finally admits defeat) and then it’s time for the PGL quiz night! 

Tuesday 16th May 2023

We have had the BEST morning! We all filled ourselves up on the breakfast buffet before heading down to start our activities. From orienteering and archery tag, to zip line and raft building, our morning has been filled with adventure. We have all represented the school excellently and cheered each other on.

We are very ready for lunch (it’s burgers!) 

Monday 15th May 2023

We have (nearly) completed our first day at PGL and the sun has been shining for us! We have all happily settled into our dorms, sang Happy Birthday to Hannah (thanks for the cakes!) and have played lots of team games. We were all pleasantly surprised with the dinner options this evening and even more so with the large salad bar! We are just off to complete our evening activity with our group leader (Big Ben) - it’s the PGL tournament! 


Friday 12th May 2023

Congratulations to our amazing Year 6 children for completing their SATs examinations this week! You all displayed determination and resilience - well done! 

Friday 5th May 2023

We spent this afternoon learning about, understanding and celebrating the historical significance of King Charles III’s Coronation tomorrow.

Friday 24th April 2023

We combined our learning on Mayan symbolism and modern street art to create our own expression and message to tell the world. We used a range of mediums and created some inspiring pieces of artwork!

Friday 31st March 2023

We made it to the Easter break!!
As a treat for working so hard towards our SATs, we had a day of Easter fun today. 


Wednesday 29th March 2023

Today, we braved the cold weather and took part in the sponsored egg and spoon run!

Thursday 2nd March 2023

We absolutely loved dressing up for World Book Day 2023! Can you recognise the books our character costumes are from? 

Monday 27th February 2023

This morning was the start of our week long celebration of reading and books. We arrived at school to a fabulous door display promoting our World Book Week class book ‘Journey Back to Freedom’. We were also lucky enough to take part in ‘The Mighty Pen’ reading and writing workshop to inspire our writing for this week.

Thursday 2nd February 2023

Friday 27th January 2023

Congratulations to the Walnut Class time travellers who took us through time this morning to share different areas of their learning so far in Year 6. As we passed through the different centuries, the children spoke eloquently and delivered their lines with confidence. They completed their journey back to 2023 with a beautiful song - and some outstanding dance moves! Well done Walnuts! 

Thursday 19th January 2023

This afternoon we have been putting our sewing skills to the test and practising our running stitch and over stitch. 

Friday 9th December 2022

Walnut absolutely loved the Christmas Fayre today - we played lots of games and won some fantastic prizes! A big thank you to the Friends of Tanners Wood from Walnut Class - you made our week!


Wednesday 23rd November 2022

We have been lucky enough to spend today discovering the incredible secrets of Bletchley Park during WW2 - and the rain even managed to hold off! We learnt all about the process of arriving at Bletchley Park and the vitality of their work; the code cracking played a large role in the Allies winning the war. We were able to wander around their new exhibition and watch the interactive video on the D-Day landings. We explored how the enigma machine code was cracked and even had a go at cracking codes ourselves! 


Monday 14th - Friday 18th November 2022

Anti-Bullying Week

Walnut Class have been taking part in lots of mature discussions and important activities to celebrate and spread the message of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week: Reach Out!


Monday 14th November 2022

During our computing session today, we explored and debated the criteria for a successful web page. We learnt the difference between a web page and a website and the importance of knowing your purpose and audience when designing a web page. We then designed and made (using Google Sites) a web page about WW2 aimed at other Year 6 children. Miss Reynolds was blown away by our technical skills! 


Wednesday 9th November 2022

We have been looking at Free Verse Poetry this week. We have experimented with personification, similes, emotive language and imagery to create some fabulous WW2 poems. We are really proud of our work!

Thursday 13th October 2022

Walnut class have been busy completing our art learning inspired by Bruce Onobrakpeya. Have a look at our fantastic pieces of work! 

Friday 7th October 2022

Today, we have been learning all about a Nigerian artist called Bruce Onobrakpeya. We have learnt all about his style and inspirations. Using his work as a stimulus, we have started the process of our class art display. Watch this space for the final product!

Thursday 22nd September 2022

We have been channelling our inner William Morris and created some fabulous wallpaper designs using reflection, rotation and translation. We are hoping to print them with paint and on an app next lesson!

Friday 16th September 2022

Well done to Walnut Class who have settled into Year 6 beautifully; I have already seen some fantastic learning and resilience. Everyone enjoyed our weekly Book Club session this week!

Tuesday 12th July 2022

A huge congratulations to the incredibly talented Walnut and Spruce classes, who wowed their audience during the Y6 play this week. The children presented the hilarious, bizarre and anarchic rock and roll spectacle that is The Rocky Monster Show! Their singing, dancing, acting and technical expertise blew everyone away. The Year 6 teachers were incredibly proud of each and every one of you - well done! We definitely have some actors and actresses in the making! 

Sunday 3rd July 2022

This Sunday, we saw the return of our Summer School Fayre and loved every second! The sun shone throughout the day and we worked hard with our teams to ensure our Mini Enterprise stalls were a success - which they definitely were! 

Friday 1st July 2022

Walnut class welcomed back the return of our annual Sports Day with smiles, cheers and fantastic teamwork! 

Thursday 30th June 2022


Friday 17th June 2022

…and we are off! See you soon!


Friday 17th June 2022

When it’s 28 degrees and the coach is running over an hour late, the only answer is to put on a film!

Thursday 16th June 2022

We have showered and eaten after the beach and are all dressed up and ready to spend our final evening at the disco! 

Thursday 16th June 2022

Let’s go to the beach!

Thursday 16th June 2022

Our final full day of Kingswood carnage has officially started. Our morning activities ranged from creating ‘Dino Gucci’ during bottle rockets to cheering on Mr D shaking at the top of leap of faith. Some of us played some games on the field in the sunshine and others battled Miss Reynolds at aero ball. Our tummy’s are rumbling so we are headed to lunch now but are all very excited for the beach and the disco later today. Rumour has it - there’s an ice cream man at the beach! 


Wednesday 15th June 2022

Another day full of sunshine, fun and activities. Have a look at what we have been up to! 

Wednesday 15th June 2022

Day 3 is well under way - sun cream and Piriton galore! We all had a fantastic nights sleep and really impressed Miss Reynolds and Mrs Johnson during the room inspection this morning. Our first activities have started; some of us are fire lighting and shelter building and the rest of us are problem solving. We are all smiling and loving every second! 


Tuesday 14th June 2022

What a busy busy day we have had today! We started off with a tuneful wake up call from all the teachers (although most of us were awake bright and early) and headed across for a fried breakfast - we even had hash browns! The sun has shined all day and we have been busy taking part in orienteering, obstacle course, aero ball, abseiling and leap of faith - just to name a few. Some of the activity leaders have praised our school on outstanding team work and for cheering each other on. After dinner, we spent our evening taking part in activities with the view of the sea and sunset. Think we will all be very ready for our beds once back at the dorms tonight!


Tuesday 14th June 2022

Day 2 is going very well so far. The sun is out and we are ready for lunch!

Monday 13th June 2022

Day 1 has been a success! We have represented our school beautifully and have already been complimented on our team work, politeness and enthusiasm. 
Our first job once in our dorms was to make our beds (with a lot of adult help needed!) and then we started our first activity. This ranged from zip line and abseiling to night line and archery. After this, we all sat down and had dinner - we were all thrilled to see chips and onion rings! This evening we went on a beach walk and saw the sunset. We have just got back to our dorms for the evening. 


Monday 13th June 2022


We have officially reached half way and have enjoyed our lunch outside in the sunshine. Only 90 mins left of the journey…‘Are we there yet?’ questions have begun.

Wednesday 25th May 2022

Today Walnut absolutely loved celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!


Tuesday 24th May 2022

Monday 23rd May 2022

Check out our Platinum Jubilee free verse poems for Queen Elizabeth II. Miss Reynolds was really impressed! 

Tuesday 17th May 2022

Year 6 had the opportunity to spend the day at a cricket tournament today. Every team played fantastically and we came second! 

Monday 16th May 2022

Thursday 12th May 2022

Year 6 celebrated completing their SATS today with a popcorn filled movie afternoon. A huge well done from Miss Reynolds and Mrs Johnson - we are incredibly proud of you all!

Friday 22nd April 2022

Walnut class enjoyed their first book club after the Easter break! 


Wednesday 30th March 2022

Here are some photographs from our sponsored bunny hop today: 

Friday 25th March 2022

Well done to the Walnut class time travellers who took us through time this morning to share different areas of their learning so far in Year 6. As we passed through the different centuries, the children spoke eloquently and delivered their lines with confidence. They completed their journey back to 2022 with a beautiful song. Well done Walnuts! 


Friday 11th March 2022


Today, Walnut spent the entire day doing DT!

We started our morning by interviewing a real life engineer called Ben who works for Dyson. He explained all about engineering, described examples of some of his pieces of work and answered lots of our questions. 

We were then set the task to think about what we would do if we were engineers. We each designed our own inventions to solve a problem within society and wrote letters to pledge our ideas to the Primary Engineers. 

This afternoon, we were set some problem solving challenges. We had to make a stable tower using just spaghetti and marshmallows - the temptation to nibble on them was a lot for some of us!


Thursday 10th March 2022

Walnut class were extremely lucky today to have a visit from the Ethnic and Diversity Group at Longdean Secondary School. We took part in two workshops: one about pre-slavery Africa and one about The Civil Rights Movement. We asked lots of questions and took part in some fantastic activities! 


Wednesday 9th March 2022


Thursday 3rd March 2022

Today was WORLD BOOK DAY 2022!

We spent today celebrating all things books! The Walnut children absolutely loved dressing up as some of their favourite book characters and completing activities inspired by best-selling author and journalist Sarah Oliver. We discussed the benefits of reading regularly and celebrated some of our favourite stories. 


Friday 11th February 2022

As part of Internet Safety Day 2022, we looked closely at how to remain safe and responsible when online. Our main focus was 'how we show respect online'. Through class discussions, we investigated different scenarios and came to a decision on whether each example was showing respect to people online, or not. We then each designed a poster to promote how to show respect to others when online and what to do if people are not showing respect. 


Thursday 3rd February 2022

As part of our science learning on evolution and inheritance, today we made Reebop babies! Looking at the pairs of chromosomes from the Mother Reebop and the Father Reebop, we randomly chose half of the Mother’s chromosomes and half of the Father’s chromosomes to create the characteristic DNA of a baby Reebop!

Wednesday 19th January 2022

As part of our RE learning this half term, we are looking at the use of expressive and visual art within religion. This week, we looked specifically at Buddhism and their beliefs around meditation. We even had a go at meditating ourselves!


Tuesday 18th January 2022

In Walnut class, we have started the new year with some excellent maths learning! We have been investigating angles this week and have even experimented with using protractors to measure them ourselves! Did you know all three angles in a triangle add up to 180 degrees?


Wednesday 15th December 2021

Today in Year 6, we have been learning about Christingles and how Christians believe that kindness is important to allow us to spread hope. The orange represents the world (which is lonely on its own), the red tape represents the blood of Jesus and his love for everyone and the sweets and fruit represent all the good things that God gives to us throughout the four seasons. When the candle is lit, it represents Jesus being the ‘light of the world’. We all lit our candles outside and thought about our hopes for the future.

Friday 10th December 2021

Walnut class had a fabulous time at the Christmas Fayre this afternoon! Thank you to everyone who organised the event - we loved it! We especially enjoyed spinning for sweets and chocolate! Merry Christmas to all the Tanners Wood community!


Monday 29th November 2021

We have been lucky enough to spend today discovering the incredible secrets of Bletchley Park during WW2. We learnt all about the process of arriving at Bletchley Park as a worker and discovered the vitality of the jobs that were carried out there; the work at Bletchley Park played a huge role in helping the Allies win the war! We explored how the enigma machine code was cracked and even had an attempt at code cracking ourselves! 


Friday 26th November 2021

Walnut Class were all very excited for Book Club this morning!

Anti-Bullying Week (15th-19th November 2021)

The theme of Anti-Bullying week this year was ‘One Kind Word’. Each day we had a discussion and activity focussed on an important key word: tolerance, inclusion, diversity and difference. We then spent Friday afternoon summarising the main lessons of the week and created some fantastic ‘kind’ pieces of work.


Thursday 18th November 2021

As part of our science topic on microorganisms, we have been learning about how we haven’t always known about the link between microorganisms and diseases. We researched about different scientists and their discoveries, focussing on how their evidence has changed what we know today - even linking to COVID 19! We worked in groups and created role-plays of the discoveries! 

Friday 12th November 2021

As part of our new Guided Reading cycle, we have started Book Club every Friday morning in Walnut Class! We get ourselves comfortable, relax and read any book of our choice. We love Book Club as it gives us time “to get all relaxed and lost in a book!” We then all answer a question and add it to our display board! 


Thursday 11th November 2021

This morning, we have been lucky enough to take part in a Game On session! We had so much fun practising our ball skills, hand-eye coordination and team work.


Friday 5th November 2021

This week in English, we have been reading and analysing WW2 free verse poetry. We read a range of existing poems and outlined how the poets have used imagery and emotive language to leave an effect on the reader. We used a range of sources to inspire our use of vocabulary and literacy devices. Finally, we published our fantastic poems on WW2 images - Miss Reynolds was so impressed, she has put lots of our poems up on display! 


Thursday 21st October 2021

Today we have had a fun, exciting and inspiring day of art! We have perfected our skill of bubble writing, learnt how to draw using perspective and even attended two live sessions with cartoon and comic book artist James Parsons. We have loved every second! 


Friday 15th October 2021

Thank you for all your kind and generous Harvest donations for the Watford Foodbank!


Friday 15th October 2021

Who knew Walnuts were so musical??!?

Today in Walnut class, we have been putting our glockenspiel skills to the test and have learnt to play the basic notes to our class song this half term - ‘Happy’! We were really impressed with our timing as a class together. 


Friday 8th October 2021

This Sunday is World Mental Health Day 2021. Walnut Class spent this morning discussing what ‘mental health’ means to us and sharing the strategies we use to try and maintain a positive mindset. We worked together to identify how we can reshape our thoughts in situations we may find difficult and compared negative and positive coping methods.