Ponsbourne St Mary's C of E Primary School

Love to Learn, Learn to Love

Newgate Street Village, Nr. Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8RA

01707 872395


Pioneers (Years 3 and 4)

Spring Term 2020


In Pioneer class we have been listening to and adapting stories. Along side this we have been doing some drama to show characters feelings and actions.

Autumn Term 2019


During our RE week on Hinduism in the Autumn term we did some art patterns for Rangoli patterns using natural materials from outside.

Hudnall Park 2019

We enjoyed the river study and den building yesterday! We are now sketching the beautiful landscape before our walk in the hills.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 2018

Autumn 2

Photos taken by the children from our trip to the British Museum!

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Autumn 2

Living History Day!

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Autumn 1

In RE this week, we were thinking about how we could describe God. We had discussions of where our ideas about God come from, but also why it is difficult to describe God. The children came up with some metaphors to describe God. 'If God was a flower, he would be a sunflower because he would shine bright like sun.' 'If God was an animal, he would be a butterfly, because he'll have wings and fly all over the world.'

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Autumn 1 

The children really enjoyed playing this maths game called, The Banker's Game this week. They had to use lots of mathematical skills such as adding and problem solving. They also had to use a skill called, exchanging which we have been practsing this week. See if your child can explain the rules to you.

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Summer Term 2 - Week 7

WOW! I am really proud of the children and their performances in the Summer Concert this week. Every single child in Pioneers looked great and I was so impressed with the effort from parents and carers that went into creating the children's costumes so thank you! The children have brought home their volcano homework this week and reading books have been returned too ready for other children in September.

It has been another fantastic year in Pioneers class. We have studied and learnt so much together and the time has flown by! It has been a pleasure to teach Year 3 and 4 and I would like to thank the children for their hard work and excellent attitudes to learning and parents for their continued support. It has been a pleasure to liase with many families over my time in teaching Year 3 and 4 and I look forward to continue working with all parents to support our children.

Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable summer break.

See you all again in September for another fun packed year of learning!

Miss Calder

Summer Term 2 - Week 6

The children have been working hard this week on their songs for the Summer concert. We look forward to showing you our dances next Tuesday!
Thank you to parents and children for their support with the Produce Show. The children's cress heads look great!
In readiness for next week, the children will need to bring in a carrier bag to school on Friday in order to bring home some of their books for end of term. The children will also need to ensure that their PE kits, plimsoles and all personal belongings are taken home by next Friday.
Have a lovely weekend.
Miss Calder

Summer Term 2 - Week 5

I would like to say  a huge 'WELL DONE' to all of pioneers children for their fantastic efforts in completing their volcano homework. The children shared their creations on Monday during a show and tell session and I was so impressed with the standard of work created and the amount of effort which had gone into making the models and power points etc. Thank you to parents and carers for your support in helping your child with their projects. 
This week we have been learning how to tell the time. Please encourage your child to practice telling the time at home on an analogue clock to reinforce their learning. The children have also been issued with their spellings to learn for next Thursday 12th July. Please ensure your child is ready to bring in their produce show creations next Friday (13th).
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!
Miss Calder

Summer Term 2 - Week 4

It has been a very warm week in school! The children have been busy learning how to tell the time and we have started looking at discussion texts in English. We have also started to learn our dance routines to our two songs for our 'School of Rock' Summer concert. Our first song 'WE WILL ROCK YOU' by Queen is underway and I have sent home the lyrics to this song so the children can continue to practice their singing at home.

I have also set the children a cress head challenge in readiness for the Produce Show. Their cress head creations are due in on Friday 13th July and the seeds will be given to the children in due course.  Please could you support your child in completing this challenge and ensure their names are firmly written on the cress head somewhere so that winners can be identified. Thank you.

I look forward to seeing all of the children's volcano creations in school on Monday 2nd July.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Calder

Summer Term 2 - Week 3

It has been a busy week in school this week! A huge well done to all of the children for their hard work and effort on sports day! It was lovely to see all of the children competing for their team colour and enjoying the different sports events. We were also very lucky to experience some Zumba this week with it being sports week in school. A local Zumba instructor led some sessions on Friday in the school playground with each class and got us all moving to music!

Next week in class, we are going to start thinking about our summer concert songs and dances. We will also begin looking at telling the time in maths and writing discussions in English.

Please remember that all creative homework pieces  are due in Monday 2nd July!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Calder

Summer Term 2 - Week 2

This week in Pioneers, we have enjoyed creating some volcano drawings using chalk pastels. We have also been busy selling toys on Friday for our Burma appeal. In total, we raised over £110! Thank you to everyone who donated and bought a toy or book.
Next week is Sports week in school and our sports day is on Tuesday. Please ensure your child is wearing their school PE kit along with a coloured t-shirt. The colour of this T-shirt needs to represent the colour sports team they belong to. Thank you.
The children have another 2 weeks until their homework creations are due in. I look forward to seeing them all.

Summer Term 2 - Week 1

 has been a busy first week back in Pioneers class. We have been down in the forest this week building upon the map skills we began learning in geography week. The children have also been researching information and facts about the recent volcanic eruption in Guatemala, South America in readiness for writing some reports next week. Any more information about the eruption that they can find out over the weekend in their spare time would be really helpful in supporting their and their peers writing next week!

This week, the children were issued with a creative homework grid based upon their current topic, ' Volcanoes and Earthquakes'.  his homework is in replacement of maths and grammar the children were being given. They are to choose two tasks of their choice to complete and bring into school on Monday 2nd July. As always, it is expected that the work produced is of a good quality and high standard. I look forward to seeing the children's creations!
Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Calder

Summer Term 1 - Week 6

This week has been a busy week in Pioneers! We have thoroughly enjoyed our visits to the Great Wood and Lee Valley Park this week. In the Great Wood, we completed a tree identification activity and enjoyed orienteering around the woods whereby we practiced our map reading skills whilst on  the hunt for some woodland features! Whilst at Lee Valley, we walked 4.2 miles in total around the navigation, Seventy Two Acre lake and the River Lee. In school, the children have also been busy learning how to read and locate landmarks on a  map using four figure grid references as well as identifying map symbols.

Homework will be issued to the children on Tuesday 5th June after the half term holiday. Netball practice will continue too for our KS2 children on Thursday 7th June.

Spellings will be tested on Friday 8th June.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and relaxing half term!

Miss Calder

Summer Term 1 - Week 5

We have had a busy week in school, practicing our Maypole dances for Sunday's fayre. We kindly ask that the children are at the fayre ready to begin dancing at 1pm. The children will be asked via an announcement to meet in the middle of the Maypole arena at this time. As this is a summer fayre, we ask that the children wear bright colours and  sensible footwear for their participation in the Maypole dances. Girls are welcome to wear a bright/flowery headband if they wish too. Headbands will be available from me if children wish to wear one.

There has been a change in the issue of homework in Pioneers class. As of this week, homework will now be issued to the children on a Monday and due in the following Monday. The children therefore have a whole week to complete this.  Spellings will still be issued on a Friday and tested on the following Thursday.

Please ensure that all reply slips for next week's geography trips - Lea Valley and Great Wood are returned this week to the school office.

Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing everybody on Sunday.

Miss Calder

Summer Term 1 - Week 4

It has been a fun week of learning in Pioneers class. The children have learnt about how shadows are formed and they went outside to draw each other's shadows whilst the sun was shining which was great fun! The children have also been busy problem solving in Maths, linking our learning to the May Fayre next week. In English, we have been looking at the features of a Haiku poem in readiness for writing our own next week related to the four seasons.


Please ensure your child has their red books ( times tables and spellings) in school every Thursday morning. There are still children without these books in class and these are essential to the lesson.


On Wednesday, we said our goodbyes to our student teacher who has been teacher training in Pioneers since February. The children have enjoyed being taught by her and we wish her all the best in her future teaching career.

Summer Term 1 - Week 3

We have been busy with our learning this week in Pioneers. The children have been learning about conversions again this week in maths, with a focus on capacity. They have also been thinking about natural and man made light sources in science and have enjoyed participating in maths problem solving activities.

Please ensure all children attend school with their water bottles. There are still some children without water bottles for school. These are particularly essential on Mondays when the children have 2 hours of PE at Furzeifeld and staying hydrated is  important whilst participating in physical activity.

Next week, we say goodbye to Miss Ayres who has been working in Pioneers class since February. We wish her all the best in her career as a teacher.


Summer Term 1 - Week 2


A huge well done to all of the Pioneers children who participated in the High 5 Netball tournament yesterday. All of the children played brilliantly and as a result, Ponsbourne St Marys came 2nd in the whole tournament! Well done children, we are very proud of you!

Pioneers have been busy in school this week measuring and   learning how to convert cm to m and mm to cm and vice versa in school. They have also published their persuasive letters in English using ICT.

Polite Reminder:


Every Thursday the children are required to bring their small red spelling and times tables book into school with them. However, there are still a small number of children who are regularly forgetting to bring these. These books need to be in school every Thursday so please ensure your child brings these into school.

Summer Term 1 - Week 1

Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely break over the Easter period.

This week Pioneers have been practicing Hi -5 netball and we would like to remind you guitar practice will start again this Thursday.

Please remember to prepare for Forest School by ensuring that arms and legs are covered.


We are now enjoying the lovely weather and we would ask that children bring a hat and water bottle to school and apply sunscream before coming to school.


We hope you enjoyed the street party held for Rev. Pauline and we welcome you to come and join our church service on Monday morning when we will be saying our goodbyes.


Spring Term - Week 7

Pioneers children have had lots of fun this week in school! They thoroughly enjoyed the enrichment days whereby they not only learnt new facts about countries around the world, but also had the opportunity to take part in different art and craft activities. They have produced some of their own art work in the style of Picasso during their Spanish morning, made some Chinese dragons whilst learning about China and produced some Rangoli patterns whilst learning about India.


A huge 'Well Done' to our Year 4 children who participated in the Tag Rugby tournament on Thursday. They played very well as part of a team and   enjoyed the opportunity to participate in this type of competition. Thank you to parents too for transporting children to and from the event.



Enrichment Day

Pioneers have enjoyed their enrichment day in school. During this time, the children learnt all about four different countries including China and India. The children made some Chinese dragons, Rangoli patterns and produced some art in the form of Picasso.

Mothers Day DT

Pioneers enjoyed making their special loved one a purse in aid of Mothers Day. They designed their product first, then made it and wrapped it ready to take home for Mothering Sunday.

Roman Veralamium Trip

Pioneers class enjoyed their trip to the Roman Veralamium Museum in St Albans. Here, they learnt all about what life was like for Roman Citizens. We also had the opportunity to visit the Hypocaust whereby we learnt about the Roman's underground heating system.

Living History Day

Across school, we all shared what we have been learning in our topics. As part of our topic, the children dressed up as Stone Age people and enjoyed producing some cave paintings and round houses..

Autumn 1 Week 4


WOW! We have had some amazing cakes baked and decorated this week in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support charity. A huge thank you to all the parents who supported their child in the school bake off!


All children need to make sure they bring water bottles to school every Monday in readiness for Furzefield Leisure Centre. There are still children who are forgetting their bottles and it is really important they remember these for physical activity.

Please ensure your child has the correct swimming costume/ trunks in place for Monday. Plain and dark costumes/trunks are required.


Autumn 1 Week 3

We have been learning about the Islamic and Christian creation stories in RE this week and comparing the two. Please discuss with your child at home what is different and similar about these two different interpretations of events.
We have also been rounding to the nearest 10 in maths and we have successfully all written a narrative poem this week which we learnt off by heart using the talk for writing approach. I am sure children would be more than happy to recite this to you at home if you ask them!
It would be of great help if parents could help their child in learning how to tie their shoelaces at home. We currently have some children who have laced trainers for PE and sport but do not know how to do laces. This hinders PE time if we have to spend lots of time at the beginning of lessons tying up laces so please support us with this by encouraging your child to practice at home. Thank you very much.

Autumn 1 Week 2

It has been another busy week in Pioneers class this week. We have begun learning some songs for our Christmas production and we have started our new history topic ' Early Britain.'


A polite reminder to all Pioneers parents and carers... Once the black door that the children exit school from in Pioneers is closed and locked, please go round to reception for any queries or lost property and then please kindly leave via reception.


Please support your child in ensuring that homework is handed in every Wednesday.

Autumn Term 1 Week 1 2017


Where has this week gone?! It has certainly flown by in Pioneers. The children have settled back into school life very well, working hard and applying themselves.We began our science topic this week which is 'States of Matter.' We explored this week how the particles in solids, liquids, and gases move.We have also been busy recapping place value in 3 and  4 digit numbers in maths and we enjoyed writing about our Summer holidays in English this week.
Homework and spellings for this week have been issued. Homework went home with the children on Wednesday this week and spellings were issued on Friday (8th). Please continue to support your child with the learning of their spellings and their homework. Thank you!
Reading records will be regularly checked in school to ensure that children are reading every night to an adult at home. It is great to see the children enthusiastic about reading!
Please ensure that children attend school with a water bottle on Monday. It is really important they remember these for Furzefield in order to stay hydrated whilst doing physical activity.

Summer Term Week 5

PE kits will be required Mondays for Furzefield and Thursdays for PE in school

Swimming kits are required every Monday as Pioneers are backing swimming on a weekly basis at Furzefield.


Homework will be given out on a Thursday and due in the following Wednesday. Homework may be set on Mathletics  or stuck into their homework books for the children to complete.

Spellings will be given out every Friday and expected to be learnt by the following Thursday.

Summer Term Week 4

We have had a productive week in school this week. We have started planning  our persuasive letters in English and have been busy with formal written methods for addition in maths.

Next week we will be busy learning our May Pole dances for the fayre!

We look forward to presenting our Maypole dances next Sunday at the May Fayre. Please come along and support us in this!

Summer Term Week 1
We hope everyone had a lovely Easter break. The children returned to school yesterday excited to see their peers and ready to start their new learning for this half term.
  • PE kits will be required Mondays for Furzefield and Thursdays for PE in school
  • Swimming kits are required every Monday as Pioneers are backing swimming on a weekly basis at Furzefield.
  • Homework will be given out on a Thursday and due in the following Wednesday. Homework may be set on Mathletics  or stuck into their homework books for the children to complete.
  • Spellings will be given out every Friday and expected to be learnt by the following Thursday.
We are all really looking forward to our trip to Colchester Zoo next Thursday. It will be a great finish to our topic we have been studying in Science! 
 Children will need to wear school uniform and a coat. They will also need to bring a packed lunch with them in a disposable plastic bag.  They do not require their book bags but they may want a small backpack for any water bottles etc.

This week, the children have been given new username and passwords for Active Learn, an online learning platform for reading and maths! There are some great interactive e-books which I have  allocated for the children to read. Also, I have set some maths tasks related to the learning this week in school. All E-books and maths games are tablet friendly.

All children have been allocated a selection of E-books to read alongside their reading scheme books from in school on the Bugs club section on the Active Learn site.

There is a wide range of books to choose from to read so please encourage the children to have a look and start reading!

Spring Term Week 6

A huge 'WELL DONE' to all of the children for their performance in Samson at St Mary's. We are very proud of all of Pioneers class and their effort in the rehearsals and performances. Enjoy a restful weekend!

Pioneers have also been busy making their Mother’s Day gifts in class this week. We hope you enjoy the sweet treats - please take a look at our photos.

Wishing each family a very Happy Mother’s day!

Miss Calder

Spring Term 2 Week 1

We have had a very productive first week back at school.

We have been focused on dividing in maths and we have successfully learnt a Pie Corbett poem  off by heart  which we have enjoyed performing.

We are continuing to learn more about planet Earth and living things.

Spring Term 1 Week 3

We have been busy learning lots about Fractions in Pioneers. We have learnt how to find fractions of amounts, identified equivalent fractions and we have even looked at fractions as decimal numbers too.

We have been focused on writing description in English and have based our work on the famous painting 'Nighthawks' by Edward Hopper.

Our topics this term are 'Where is home?' and 'All creatures great and small.' We will be looking at climates and habitats around the world, the skeletons of animals and humans, the digestive system in humans and much more during the Spring term.

General reminders for this term:

Homework is issued every Thursday and due in  the following Wednesday.

Spellings are issued every Friday and due in the following Thursday.

Swimming kits need to be in school every Monday as do PE kits on Mondays and Thursdays too.

Autumn Term 2 Week 7

Please ensure all Christmas production costumes are in school by Monday 12th December latest ahead of our dress rehearsal on Tuesday 13th December and actual production on Wednesday 14th December!


Please ensure children come to school in their normal school uniform on Monday 12th December and Monday 19th December as there are no further sessions at Furzefield this half term.


We had a fantastic time at the Prince Edward Theatre on Thursday, where we were lucky enough to watch Aladdin. We thoroughly enjoyed the show!


We look forward to welcoming parents and families to our Christmas production on Wednesday at Queenswood School. The children have worked hard in their rehearsals and look forward to showcasing their performance then.

Autumn Term 2 Week 6

We have had a productive week in school. We have been writing explanation texts in English, related to the topic of Mummification.

We have been busy learning about 2D and 3D shapes too in Maths. We are also continuing to learn our Christmas production and we are pleased to say we are nearly there with our rehearsing!

We now have our Christmas tree lit in class, having taken it from church from the Christmas Tree festival. Thank you to everyone who voted for our tree!

We are looking forward to our theatre trip on Thursday 8th December to see Aladdin. We also have Christmas Art Club running for KS2 children on Tuesday 6th December and KS1 Art Club on Wednesday 7th December.

Autumn 2 Week 5

We have enjoyed making our Christmas tree decorations this week! We have been improving our sewing skills and our decorations are all ready to be hung onto the Christmas tree in church. We hope to see parents and carers on Friday during our church service.

Please remember to bring all water bottles into school on Mondays in readiness for PE at Furzefield Leisure Centre.

Netball and Football are on after school on Thursdays from 3.30pm until 4.15pm. Please ensure all children are equipped with the correct PE kits.

Unless notified from Miss Calder, children do not need to bring their PE kits into school on Thursday. It will be in the Spring term after Christmas that they will need their PE kits again on this day.

Please take a look above at our finished Christmas decorations - hand sewed!

Autumn 2 Week 4

Please ensure that all children come to school with a water bottle on Mondays in order to keep them fully hydrated whilst at Furzefield Centre.

We have had an excellent week in school, learning lots about wellbeing. We participated in a fruit workshop where we learnt about different fruits and the importance of eating healthy. We also went to the cinema to see 'Pan' which we thoroughly enjoyed! We also had great fun with Skip 2 B Fit and it is great to see so many children are enjoying skipping!

Next week, Pioneers will be working hard in D.T to create their Christmas tree decorations in preparation for the Christmas tree festival next Friday in church.

                                                                                                             Autumn 2 Week 3

Please ensure children come to school with a water bottle on MONDAYS as some children are still forgetting to bring their bottles and it is really important the children stay hydrated during the afternoon of PE.

It is well being week in school next week and across the week in Pioneers class, we will be looking at the importance of well being. We will be spending time thinking about the importance of friendships, anti-bullying and healthy eating.

We are looking forward to our cinema trip to watch 'Pan' on Wednesday 16th November. Please ensure all children bring their coats and are in full school uniform. We also have an exciting fruit workshop taking place in school on Thursday 17th November.

Autumn 1 Week 6...

A huge 'Thank You' to all of the children and parents of Pioneers class this week for supplying shoeboxes and batteries for our D.T project. It is coming along nicely and we will be sending home the children's finished projects next week before half term!

PE kits need to be in school on Thursday next week please. This includes trainers too.

Autumn  1 Week 5

This week in Pioneers we have been learning about the story of The Egyptian Cinderella as part of our English unit of work. We linked our English unit of work to our topic - The Ancient Egyptians. We have compared the similarities and differences between the traditional tale of Cinderella and the Egyptian Cinderella.

We have been working hard in science this week by identifying components of electrical circuits and we have been drawing our own electrical circuits. This will help us with our DT work next week when we will be building electrical circuits as part of our projects.


Please can all children bring in a SHOEBOX WITH A LID  into school on MONDAY 10th OCTOBER please in readiness for DT week. We kindly ask for the children to bring in a shoexbox whereby the lid is detached from the shoebox but can be placed on top to seal it.  

Please write the children's name  on the bottom of the shoebox so it is easily identified. Thank you!

The children have also designed their Christmas cards this week. These have been sent home as of Friday 7th October in the children's book bags. Please send any completed order forms to the school office by 20th October.

Autumn 1 Week 4

We have has an exciting week in school.  On Tuesday, we were busy baking our cakes in aid of the Bishops Harvest Appeal. We followed the recipe instructions carefully as part of our instruction text unit in English and they turned out lovely! Thank you to everybody who donated £1 for baking the cakes. It is going to a great cause!

On Thursday, we visited the Royal Opera House in London to watch a French ballet performance called  La Fille mal gardée. It was an excellent day enjoyed by all.  This is the link to the Royal Opera House website in which more information about the production can be found on there: http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/la-fille-mal-gardee-by-frederick-ashton.

Please remember PE kits and water bottles for Mondays and Thursdays every week.

Autumn 1 Week 3

We have had another successful week in Pioneers.

We have been working hard at writing instruction texts in English and using the Frog method for subtraction in maths.

We are looking forward to our Harvest festival service next week in church and learning about the importance of water in preparation for this.

We are also excited about our class trip to watch a Ballet Performance on Thursday 29th September.



PE will be on Wednesday 28th September instead of Thursday 29th September due to our class trip so please remember PE kits.


Autumn 1 Week 2

This week in school we have revisited place value in maths, looking at what value each digit represents in a 2,3 and 4 digit number. We have also been ordering 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers on an unmarked number line using border roll (below) to develop our understanding.

In English, we have begun our new unit: Instruction texts. We have identified the features of an instruction text and we can order a set of instructions too.

In Science, we have begun our new topic of 'Electricity' by identifying the two main types of electricity and their uses.

General Notices:

Children will need their PE kits in every Monday and Thursday. Please equip children with trainers on these days.

Children also need to bring a water bottle to school on PE days too.

A huge 'WELL DONE' to all of the children this week with their homework!  We are extremely impressed with the quality of work  and amount of facts found out about Ancient Egypt from everybody. We have enjoyed sharing these in class during our topic lesson.

Thank you to  parents for your continued support with your child's learning at home and school!


We have had a productive week in school and settled in really well. We have been working hard on our number work this week in maths, using lots of different resources to help us develop our understanding. We have also been focused on punctuating our sentences correctly in English.

We are excited to start our Ancient Egyptians topic in more detail next week. We started this week by looking at Egyptian Hieroglyphics which we found really interesting. Some children have also brought in some artefacts from home to share with us. Even in breakfast club, some children started to make their interpretations of Egyptian pyramids using Lego!

 Autumn Term 2016 

Welcome Back!

Myself and Mrs Munt hope you have had a wonderful Summer holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday 5th September.

PE will be on  Monday (Furzefield Leisure Centre) and Thursday afternoons this half term, so PE kits need to be in school on these days.

Homework  will be due in on a Wednesday. This will be marked and then children will be given new homework the following day (Thursday). 

Spellings will be issued every Friday and will be due in on the following Friday.

Please support your child in reading at home. The expectation is that children read every night to an adult. 

There will be weekly updates on our class page of our learning in school so please take a look!