Castle Primary School

'Adventure Together; Learn Forever'

Year 6 KP

The Voyage of the Beagle!

Hello and welcome to the Autumn term!

I hope you have all had a restful summer and are ready for an exciting term ahead. It has been a great first week and we have really hit the ground running in the classroom. The pupils have been busy and settled well into the new routines. First, introductions, for those of you who don't know me, my name is Mrs Plumley and I will be the class teacher this year. I am looking forward to getting to know the pupils better and supporting them in their learning. If you would like to contact me please do not hesitate to use the class email address ( I will be checking this regularly and will do my best to get back to you as soon as I am able.

Finally, a few notes for the term ahead…

• Pupils have been given new reading records. Hopefully you have seen these already! I would encourage pupils to read daily at home, even for a short period of time. They should be asking a parent to sign their record when this is done.

• P.E. will take place on Friday this term, so pupils will need to bring P.E. kit into school on these days. I am happy for them to leave their kit here, although when I suggested this to the children they all said they would prefer to take it home to be washed!

• We are lucky enough to be going swimming this half term so please remind your child to bring in their swimming kit on Tuesday's. 

• If you would like to know more about the learning that will be taking place this term, I have attached an overview to this email.


Yours faithfully, Mrs Plumley

Nature Art!

Friday 10th September

This morning we went on a nature walk and collected interesting leaves and flowers. We found that the smaller and prettier they were, the better as when we laminated them we wanted it to look intricate. This is what Darwin would've done on his voyage as he visited different countries. He would have created inventories of the plants that he found. He would not have had a laminator to display them though! They look really pretty on our windows. If you are in the playground, you can see them if you look up at our classroom. 

By Roksana and Thomas. 


Monday 13th September 

Today we learnt about the history of sea exploration. It is important that we have an understanding of where the Beagle is paced in this history. We learnt about the chronology of famous voyagers including the vikings, the Greeks, Christopher Colombus and James Cook. We also found out that the first deep sea dive was in 1960. We plotted these famous people and events onto a timeline which was a piece of masking tape along our tables. We would like to do this with the important moments in Charles Darwin's life too and maybe a timeline of all the places that the Beagle visited. Perhaps we could put this on a map! 

Written by Ruby and Tygi.