Petr Horacek Visits Portway!

We had a fantastic time when the author Petr Horacek came to visit us.

He spent some time with the whole school telling us how he began his writing and drawing. He then shared some of his stories with us.

Year R were very lucky to have a workshop with Petr. He showed us how to do some special colour mixing and we all had a turn at creating our own piece for a very special display board.

Have a look at what we created.

Do you recognise the little girl in the picture from one of Petr’s stories?

We love having Petr come to Portway. Here is a gallery of all his artwork with us over the years!

Which one is your favourite?

Can you find it in school?

Longdown Farm Trip!

On Friday we had the most amazing trip to Longdown Farm to be farmers for a day!

We were all very excited about going on the coach and after talking about how to keep safe for the day we set off on our adventure.

When we got there we met Farmer Brian who would be leading us around the farm for the day. He asked Farmer Joseph to squirt some special cream on our hands so that we could put them in the ‘Germinator’ later to check we had washed them properly. Farmer Logan did a great job of checking us all - even the grown ups!

Cream applied, Farmer Sam and Farmer Anna raced to give us all plates to feed the goats with. We loved this job and laughed at all the goats trying to push their heads through the fence to get the food!

Next we headed to another barn where Farmer Rosetta and Farmer Toby handed us bottles of milk to feed the Kids. We had to count down and then all the Kids came bounding out to drink the milk!

Then onto the hen house where Farmer Jensen and Farmer Olivia helped us to collect the eggs and take them around to the shop. We only had one accident so 27 eggs arrived safely!

Our next job was to handle the chicks. Farmer Ewan held a bucket full of tiny chicks while Farmer Luna gave them out for everyone to hold. At the end Farmer Brian found a missing chick in Farmer Luna’s Hood!!

With no time to waste we quickly moved onto the Rabbits and Guinea pigs where Farmer Amelia and Farmer Liam ensured we were kind and careful in handling them.

Next was one of the most exciting bits of the day. We got to go on a bumpy tractor ride! Farmer Chloe and Farmer Harry got on first and then called us up one by one to take our seats. There was a lot of laughter as we were taken around the fields!

Farmer Elsie and Farmer Mason took us to see Pearl the ENORMOUS shire horse. We stood well back while Farmer Mason gave Pearl a mint to eat with Farmer Brian’s help.

After working so hard it was finally time to feed ourselves! so we sat on some hay bales and demolished our lunch before getting on the coach to come back to school - where some of us couldn’t resist a little snooze!

Have a look at our photo’s. Do you think we had fun? We do!

New Life!

We have wonderful news to share with you all! On Tuesday our first duckling hatched, when we arrived at school on Wednesday we had three more, and by Wednesday lunch time we had five! The grownups chose some names for the ducklings that matched our phonics learning: Pop was named first because it popped out first! Peep was given its name because it peeps a lot! Pasha, Peeking and Pablo were given their names because, well, we just liked the names!

They are a real joy to have in school and we are all thoroughly enjoying learning about ducklings and their life cycle, how to handle them and how to take care of them.  

Goslings go to the forest!

We have had a fabulous day in the forest today for our forest school day!

We started our day by choosing our very own forest name which we are only allowed to use when we are in the forest!

We then learnt all about all the hazards that we might find in the forest. We used hazard flags to mark any places that we think might have danger, including sharp branches, prickly leaves and stumps in the ground. We did not find any ‘rattle snakes’ even though this was a suggestion!

We had some free time to explore the different forest areas and familiarise ourselves with our surroundings.

After playtime we used clay to make faces on the trees and added twigs and leaves for detail. We are quite the artists!

After lunch we had one of the highlights of our day. We made our own camp fire, sang some camp fire songs, told some camp fire stories and ate marshmallows!

During the afternoon we could hunt for bugs, use the mud kitchen in the forest, make our own stick fires and generally explore the forest!

We finished our day with a closing circle telling each other our favourite part of the day.

We felt like the luckiest children EVER as we got the full forest experience with ALL types of weather…rain…sun…rain…sun….hail….sun…cloud…sun…hail!!

“IT WAS THE BEST DAY EVER” was the quote from some of the children!

Have a look at our photo’s and see what you think!

Superhero Day!

We have had a great day being real life and imaginary superheroes!

Can you guess who we are?

What is your secret superhero power?


We were very lucky to have Martial Arts World come to visit us at school on Monday. They taught us how to do lots of martial art moves and how to jump change to different positions. We had an amazing time and spent the rest of the day being superhero ninjas!

World Down Syndrome Day 2019

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Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

Today our school was brightened up by lots of colourful socks to help raise money for Andover Twenty1! We learned about Down Syndrome in assembly and celebrated difference together.

The idea of ‘Lots of Socks’ is that chromosomes look like socks under the microscope, and people with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome.

Thank you to everyone who joined in and made a donation!

World Book Day

We had a great day today celebrating World Book Day. We dressed up as our favourite book characters and even had our very own fashion show!

Can you tell which book we are from?

Police visit Portway


We had a lovely time when two police officers came to visit us to tell us all about their jobs. We found out about the special uniform they wear and all the different gadgets they carry around with them. We asked lots of questions and learnt lots of new things.

We then had an extra special treat of looking around a police van and a police car, we even got locked into the back of the van and learnt how to use the Taser!

Thank you WPC Noble and PC Cook!

Wassily Kandinsky

Who is this man? What do you know about him?


Can you find any of his famous pictures and tell us which one you like best and why.

Our Cinderella Ball!

We had a lovely time at our Cinderella ball. We had to choose different children to dance with and we practised our repeating pattern dances with each other.

Cinderella got to come to the ball too!

After lots of dancing we then had to collect some refreshment for ourselves and our partner, asking them which drink they would prefer! We had canape’s to eat and then some more dancing.

When the triangle chimed midnight Cinderella disappeared leaving her shoe behind her and the magic ended.

Have a look at our photographs to see the fun.

‘Warm and Fuzzies’ & ‘Cold and Pricklies’

This week in Circle Time we have been finding out about how our choices affect other people. When we do or say nice things to other people that makes them feel ‘warm and fuzzy’. What have you done to make someone feel ‘warm and fuzzy’?

When we do or say unkind things to other people that makes them feel ‘cold and prickly’. Has this ever happened to you? What could you do to turn a ‘cold and prickly’ into a ‘warm and fuzzy’? Saying sorry is a good way to repair a bad choice.


Can you make someone at home feel ‘warm and fuzzy’ this week? We would love to hear about your good choices on a Wow Moment to share at school!

1 Less

This week we have been learning about 1 less. Can you find the answers to these problems?


If the Giant had 4 coins in his money bag and Jack took 1 away, how many coins would be left?

If the Giant had 10 coins in his money bag and Jack took 1 away, how many coins would be left?

Can you think of any more problems to work out?

Try using these words in your number problems….. less, take away, count back.


Our Lost Bear's Birthday!

After reading the story of ‘Ruff’ By Jane Hissey. We decided to have a birthday party for our own lost bear ‘Hubble’.

We planned and prepared a wonderful surprise and on Tuesday held a great party.

We had dancing and games of musical chairs, musical statues and pin the tale on the sheep!

We sang happy birthday to Hubble and shared a birthday cake!

We know Hubble had fun, but we had lots of fun too!

We're going on a Bear Hunt!

We did some collage of the different places from the bear hunt story.

Can you see us in the picture?

Autumn Wellie Walk

We had a great time on our Wellie Walk looking for signs of autumn!

Can you see what we found?

We went on a Bear Hunt!

“We’re going on a bear hunt.

We’re going to catch a big one.

What a cold day.

We’re not scared!”

We went:

Through the gate…. Creak Creak, Creak Creak!

Over the steps…. Step Stomp, Step Stomp!

Through the tree’s……Stumble trip, Stumble trip!

Through the tunnel…..Creep creep, Creep creep!

Over the mountain……. Slip slide, Slip slide!

Across the dry river bed…..Stomp crumble, Stomp crumble!

Into the cave!

One soft brown nose….Two fluffy ears….Two shiny black eyes!

We found a friendly BEAR!


The 215

Come and see our Year R soldier at Vigo Road Recreation Ground on 10th November. He represents one of the 215 soldiers from Andover who were killed during World War 1. We decorated our soldier with poppies that the children made to remember them and photographs of our learning about World War 1 at school.