WOW Learning!

Wow Learning!
On this page you can see examples of great learning from our classes. Wow is not an acronym, these are just examples of work or lessons that made us say "WOW!"
If you are looking for a particular class or subject area, you can either scroll down to look for it or use your browser's Search function (often CTRL-F for Find) to look for keywords such as "science" or "Beech."
Bright Lights, Big City Topic
(Divers, DT, Art, Topic, Computing)
Divers Class have been very busy this term working on their Bright Lights, Big City topic! We have created some amazing London Landmarks, for example The Shard, programming mousebots to London Landmarks on a track, painting the British countryside and the Union Jack Flag, baking bread from Pudding Lane Bakery, and acting out The Great Fire of London! We have had lots of fun whilst learning too!
Urban Pioneers Visit
(Seniors, Adventurers, Pilots, Trailblazers, Topic)

Seniors visited Horsham term to kick off our Urban Pioneers topic. We asked people questions about why they like Horsham and what they would change. We visited significant places such as the band stand and made sketches. We also looked at the amazing art work by the station to get some inspiration for our art.

Friendship Film
(Oaks, Pines, Limes, Cedar, Elms, ICT, Digital Media, Photography)
Students in Oaks Digital Media and Photography Groups teamed up with the Seniors Photography Groups to make the below film about "Friendship" following an invitation from the University of Kingston to contribute to their Learning Disability Week in June 2021.
Mayan Hot Chocolate
(Seniors, Pines, Limes, Cedar, Topic)

The Senior’s Summer Term topic is ‘Hola Mexico’ and as part of this they have learnt about the ancient Maya, a diverse group of people who lived in parts of present-day Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The seniors learnt about the traditional Maya way of making hot chocolate and then had a go at making it themselves.

The main ingredient is cacao beans, the students crushed these using  rolling pins then added sugar and chose from a selection of add-ins; chilli, white chocolate buttons, orange, black pepper and allspice. Next they added hot water, stirred to mix it all together, and then tried their traditional hot chocolate.

After the students made their hot chocolates, they evaluated them and compared them to the hot chocolate that we have in England. Some of the students thought the Maya version was delicious and some of them thought it was disgusting!

Flower Arranging
(Oaks, ASDAN)

Oaks’ Personal Progress ASDAN group took part in a flower arranging session as part of the unit ‘New Creative Activities’. They explored the colours, smells and textures of a range of flowers including roses, chrysanthemums and gerberas. They then selected which flowers they would like to group together and display in decorated jam jars filled with water. Each jar was filled with flower food and water before the flowers were added. They made beautiful decorations for our lunch tables!

Garden Mosaics (Oaks, Art)
Oaks class have converted some old chairs into some splendid mosaics for their garden!
Kindess Tree (Art)
The whole school worked together to create a "Kindness Tree" in our Hub area. Here is a timelapse video of students adding their leaves to the tree.
Limes Anderson Shelters (History, Art)

Limes Class learnt about the Blitz and how people tried to keep safe during the bombings. We focussed on Anderson Shelters and built our own miniature versions in shoe boxes and discussed what we would want inside if we had to stay there overnight. Then we created some vegetables for our Dig for Victory garden out of fondant icing, we learnt that people had to grow their own food if they could because the war meant importing food was much more difficult.

Seniors Innovate Week

Seniors have had their Stargazers Innovate week! The pupils split into three groups to explore resources and design their own rockets. They then put their design to test and make their rockets using a range of products. There were some brilliant and creative ideas! Some of the pupils also had a go at launching shop bought rockets to see how they travel. At the end of the week we all came together to launch our rockets! There were two winners. Fleur won a prize for having the rocket that travelled the furthest and Oliver won a prize for having the most creative rocket.


Beech Class Samba Dancing

Our topic for Autumn 2 is Rio de Vida! We have been learning about Brazil, its music and celebrations. Here we are using our Physical Education time to experiment with different ways to move to samba music. We tried out twists, turns, shakes and shimmies!


Beech Class Rocket Building
(Design Technology, Speech & Language)

Our topic for Autumn 1 was Moon Zoom. We loved learning all about space and space exploration. These photos show our Design Technology project for the term, designing rockets. We used real and cartoon rockets for inspiration, incorporating our favourite elements into our own rockets. We chose appropriate materials and explored the best way to fix the rockets together. Then we evaluated our rockets and made improvements. We finished with imaginative play, blasting off into space just like real astronauts!


Chestnut Class - Carnival
(Music, PE, Geography)

At the beginning of every new topic, we celebrate with a ‘brilliant beginning’ which is a memorable experience intended to engage the students in their learning.

This half term, the topic in primary is ‘Rio de Vida’, and we are learning all about Brazil, Rio and carnivals!

Chestnut class had their own colourful carnival to kick-start the topic! We dressed in bright colours, made carnival masks and decorated carnival bunting. We then moved and danced to carnival music and played percussion instruments. Everyone in chestnut class is very excited about their new topic!


Oaks Class - Butterfly Life Cycle

We brought Caterpillars and we watched them grow, then they went into their Crysalisis.

Finally they turned into painted ladies butterflies. We released them and watched them fly away!

We made a life cycle of a butterfly using paper plates and pasta.

We made butterfly feeders to feed our butterflies.


We found out facts and wrote reports.

Written by Abby in Oaks class
Palms Class - Buildings
(Understand the World, Maths)
Palms Class have been enjoying activities based around our topic: How does that building stand up? We have driven construction vehicles through shaving foam in our messy play area as well as exploring a sensory construction site with a range of tactile materials, through this we have learnt about what all the different vehicles do. We have also been practising our counting when building towers with blocks and have then enjoyed knocking them down! More recently we have started looking at shops and have been eager to play with our friends in our Palms Class shop! 
Chestnut Class - European Day of Languages
(MFL, Geography, DT, Cooking)

Did you know, that the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year across Europe since 2001, on the 26th of September- together with the European Commission? You can find out more about European Day of Languages here:

Chestnut Class celebrated this year in a variety of ways. They learnt some simple phrases in other European Languages. They then tasted some different foods from other European countries including Salami, brioche and Greek yoghurt! Everyone worked hard to communicate what they wanted to taste, some by using Aided Language Boards. After learning about some of the countries in Europe, and looking at their flags, they then made their own flag biscuits with icing! The students even had time to ‘visit’ some of the countries via green screen!

Limes Class - Planets (Science, writing)

Limes Class have explored our solar system and found out lots of exciting facts about the planets that revolve around the sun. We used fruit to represent the planets so that we could see how different they all are in size. Next, we took our fruity solar system out to the playground to make a model of the planets revolving around the sun and spinning on their own axis. We got a bit dizzy but it helped us realise why some planets have years that are much longer or shorter than ours is here on Earth. We used non-fiction text to gather information about the planets and created a fantastic fact file about each one, we have them displayed in our classroom. Some of us wrote out the facts in our own words and some of us used symbols to describe them. They help us to remember the order of the planets and some fun facts about each of them.


Cherries Class - Crashed Rocket
(Science, communication & language)

Our topic this term is Moon Zoom and Cherries Class have been learning about space. We found a crashed rocket on the playground, which we investigated. We followed the alien’s footsteps and we think the aliens may have gone into Oaks! We have made ourselves into aliens and used lots of descriptive language to talk about what we think the aliens look like! In Drama, we have also been learning about Beegu who came to earth by herself and exploring different planets!


Chestnut Class - Bucket Time

Chestnut Class always work hard in their Bucket Time (Attention Autism) sessions.

Attention Autism is an intervention model designed by Gina Davies, a specialist speech and language therapist. It aims to develop natural and spontaneous communication through the use of visually based and highly motivating activities. Our sessions aim to engage attention, improve joint attention, develop a shared enjoyment in group activities, and increase attention in adult-led activities.

You can find out more about Attention Autism on Gina Davies’ website:

On the 24th of September, Chestnut Class explored a space themed Bucket Time, linked to our topic, ‘Moon Zoom’. In Stage 2, we watched in excitement as Helene splated paint and glitter to make a space picture! We all thought it was very funny when Helene got paint all over the floor! In Stage 3, we took turns to dress up as an astronaut. We enjoyed being jiggled in ‘the rocket’ and blasting off!


Cedar Class - Day and Night (Science)

Cedar have been learning about night and day. We made a model to represent this using a small globe and a torch.


Pines Class - Forest School (D&T, Art & Design)

In Pines class we hit the ground running with our first Forest Schools session. Despite the rain we made some delicious smores and savory crackers on the firepit as well as crafting wooden pendants, building a den and creating some amazing artwork using the natural resources around us.

Elms Class - Van Gogh "Starry Night" (art)
We have been looking at works of art by Vincent Van Gogh since the beginning of term so, with this in mind, we have been busy creating our own "Starry Night" puzzle style. Each student was given a "piece of the puzzle" and they coloured/decorated their piece. They then connected it all together to make an amazing collaged "Elms Starry Night."