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The Base

The Speech and Language Base



Welcome to The Base!

We hope that you have had a wonderful summer break and that you are looking forward to the term ahead. We are very excited to welcome you all back and especially to welcoming our new pupils. We have lots of exciting things planned for the year and we can't wait to get started.

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The Base Team

Mr Paice (Base leader)


Amanda Felstead (Teaching Assistant)

Jen English (Teaching Assistant - am)

Jack Wickens (Teaching Assistant - am)

Sally Dove (Teaching Assistant - pm)

Josh Haig (Teaching Assistant - pm)



During this first half term we will be getting to know our local community through our topic learning.  In Science, we will be exploring aspects of space. During our English learning we shall be looking at different sentence types and retelling familiar stories. Our Maths learning will centre around the four operations as well as number representation and place value. Your P.E session is on Tuesday mornings.


Dates for your diary


Wednesday 12th September

3.45pm - 4.30pm

Home Learning Support

Come into school to find out how you can support and extend your child's learning at home with practical help available for Bug Club and My Maths. (For our new parents, these are online resources that your child will be able to access and engage with at home).


Tuesday 9th October

School Photos


Wednesday 10th October

9.30 - 10.15am

Harvest Festival - Come and join us to celebrate the traditional festival of harvest.  Any donations nearer the time will be gratefully received.


Tuesday 16th October

Science trip to ExMars Stevenage (TBC)


Monday 22nd, Wednesday 24th October

Parent consultation evening.


Friday 16th November

2.30 - 3.45pm

Base open afternoon.

Join us for the afternoon to take a close look at what we have been learning about.


Friday 30th November

Occasional day (School Closed)


Wednesday 19th December

School Christmas concerts followed by Christmas dinner.


Attendance cup - 07.12.2018

We were delighted to win the attendance cup this week with 100%! That means everyone was in school, on time all week. Mr Paice and the children were thrilled with the win (even if we do have to share with Mattise!)


Even in the run up to Christmas we still have lots of exciting learning planned so please ensure children are in school, on time, every day.

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Go With Your Gut - Science cross-curricular days (28.11.2018)

The children have been taking part in a range of cross-curricular activities around the digestive system.  the cross-curricular days started off with a whole school assembly from Dr Jane who spoke guided us through the different parts of the digestive system.  We used this assembly to write a recount in our English learning.  In DT we made different types of poo (one for a herbivore, one for a carnivore and one for an omnivore). We conducted a taste test in our science lesson, the Base children preferred the salty taste, some even liked the raw broccoli! We finished our learning with some PSHE where we made a poster to help stop the spread of germs as these can get into our digestive system and make us ill.

Break-in in the Base - 22.11.2018

The children came to School on Thursday to discover there had been a break in in the Base. Mr Paice's special clock had been stolen.  The robber left behind some clues and a lot of mess! the children used the experience to write a newspaper report about the incident.

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Just a reminder we have our open afternoon tomorrow at 2:30pm.  We will be sharing some of the activities the children have enjoyed from the previous half term.  Please remember it is non-uniform day as well!

Water Rockets - 19.10.2018

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Here is a clip from our Science investigation about water rockets. The children had great fun pumping the water into the rockets and seeing how far they went.

Touch typing - 12.10.2018

We have been using BBC Dance Mat Touch typing to help us become more familiar with where the letters are on the keyboard. This will help us with our word processing and online research.  Use the link below for your children to continue using this fun, interactive online teaching tool at home.

Making a Sandwich - 03.10.2018

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This week we have written our own instructions for making a jam sandwich.  To check our instructions worked we followed them and made our sandwiches.  We used this to edit and improve our instructions. They tasted yummy!

Following instructions - 26.09.2018

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In English this week we have been looking at instructions. We had a go at following instructions presented in different ways. We followed oral instructions, written instruction, images and a mix of written and images.  We will use this to inform our own instruction writing.

E-safety - 21.09.2018

Maths songs - 14.09.2018

This week in maths fluency we have been looking at our number bonds and 2 times table.  We used songs to help us with this.  Take a look at them below and sing them at home with your children.  We will use a variety of songs and game to help us remember our times tables.

The Base 2017 - 2018

Friday 8th September 2017


We have had a lovely first week back in The Base. Amongst other learning we have been thinking about e-safety. Here is a picture of the class charter we have signed. You might want to revisit it with your children at home. Have a lovely weekend!

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Thursday 14th September 2017

This week we have been learning about instructions. Yesterday we made some potions to help us to generate some fantastic vocabulary that we can use when we write our spells tomorrow. We all had a lot of fun! 

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Friday 22nd September 2017

This week we have been writing poems about Autumn, using our senses. Today each child performed them in front of the rest of the class. Everyone did a great job of keeping their voices nice and loud and using fantastic actions and expressions. Ask your child to perform their poem for you this weekend. Here is one performance that we all loved. Have a great weekend!


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Friday 29th September 2017

We came to the end of our addition and subtraction unit today and answered word problems using different methods we had learnt throughout the unit. Ask your child which method they like to use best when solving addition and subtraction word problems and why. Have a lovely weekend!

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Thursday 5th October 2017

In Friendship Group today we took it in turns to guess small plastic animals that were hidden in a feely bag. The children could feel and peek at the animals and then had to describe these animals to their friends without saying the name of the animal. They were very good at feeling the animals and describing exactly what they could feel. Everyone managed to guess all the animals. Have a go at practising this with your children using different objects from home.

Friday 13th October 2017

This week in The Base, the children have completed some fantastic learning about inverted commas. Ask your child when you need to use them. We will be writing stories next week as we come to the end of this unit and I am sure I will see lots of inverted commas in their writing. Enjoy the weekend!

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Friday 20th October 2017

This week we have been writing our own stories at the end of our English unit. The children used Clicker6 to help them to write their stories and then today they wrote them up thinking about how perfectly we could present our learning. The children in The Base have worked hard this half term to improve their handwriting. Ask your child about their story, can they tell you who their main character was and what they bought? Have a lovely half term and see you all in a week.

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Friday 3rd November 2017

This week in The Base we have been learning to tell the time on an analogue clock. You can see from the picture above some of the vocabulary we have used. Some of us have been challenging ourselves to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. You might like to ask your children the time this weekend to help them to consolidate their learning. Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 10th November 2017

This week we have been learning about units of measure in Maths. Please take the time to point out any units of measurement that you may see this weekend to your children. You can look at the time on an analogue clock together and look at what units of measurement you spot on the sides of any food or drink containers. Happy hunting!

Friday 17th November 2017

We have been learning about fractions in Maths this week, from halves and quarters up to non-unit fractions (2/3, 3/4, 3/8 etc). Next week we will be learning about equivalent fractions and solving fraction problems.

Thank you to all those parents who were able to attend the Open Afternoon on Tuesday. It was great to receive your feedback and lovely to see you learning about some of the Base resources from your own children. I hope you found it useful. Have a lovely weekend!

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Thursday 23rd November 2017

We have had an exciting few days trying to solve the mystery of the theft of the round diamond. We wrote crime reports in English yesterday and today we solved Maths problems to collect letters for a clue to who the culprit might be. Once we had solved all the Maths problems we discovered our clue was the word 'female'. So we immediately knew it wasn't Mr. Haig! We found out who it was later in the day so ask your children if they haven't already told you. Please also remember that school is closed tomorrow for an Occasional Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

Friday 1st December 2017

For the last 3 weeks we have been learning about traditional tales and we have focused on Little Red Riding Hood. This week we have written our own versions and the children have used Clicker6 to write some fantastic stories full of descriptive detail. Ask them to tell you about some of the similes and noun phrases they used. Well done everyone for a great few days of writing. Have a lovely weekend!

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