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Philosophers 2021-22


Welcome to our class page!


Miss Briggs is our Class Teacher.


Mrs Russell, Mrs Riley and Mrs Davey also work in our class.


We are looking forward to a brilliant year, full of exciting activities, adventures and lots of learning!


If you ever have any questions, please come and speak to us!


Key Information:


Please ensure your child brings in a water bottle and their reading book/record every day. It would be helpful if you can also ensure that their belongings are labeled - it makes it easier to return when left around school!


PE and Swimming:

For Autumn term 1 - Our PE day is Monday (forest school) and Wednesday (swimming). Forest school will be until the October Half Term. Children will need to come into school in outdoor clothing that can get wet and muddy. They will also need a spare pair of shoes that they can change in to. 


On Wednesdays, both Year 3 and Year 4 children go swimming with Mrs Whitby (dates below, they will have PE lessons on the other weeks). Children will need their swimming kits on these days.


For normal PE lessons, Children will need to come in their PE kit.  This should be: plain white t-shirt, black shorts/ joggers and plimsoles/trainers. Please ensure a bobble is provided to tie back long hair and your child is able to remove their own ear-rings (or has tape to cover).



Homework will be set on a Monday on SeeSaw/MyMaths/TTRS and need to be submitted by the following Monday morning to be marked. Each week they will have:

  • Maths activity on MyMaths
  • 10 minutes set on Times Tables Rock Stars
  • A spelling task on SeeSaw 

An list of their homework will be put into their reading diaries every Monday.


Any incomplete work will need to be completed by children during break/lunch. Please also encourage your child to read regularly, and at least 3 times each week - please also encourage them to record this in their reading diary. We will collect reading records in on a Monday, where they will be signed by an adult in class. If they need a little extra help, please let me know before Thursday and we will find a suitable time to go through it.

Philosophers 2020-21


Welcome to our class page!


Miss Briggs is our class teacher. Mrs Riley, Mrs Davey and Mrs Russell are our class teaching assistants. 


We are looking forward to an exciting year, with lots of new topics to explore, trips to enjoy and fun to have! Use the links below to have a look at what we have been learning in class and all about our topics. These pages will be updated regularly, so keep checking back to see what's new!


If you need any more information or have any questions, pop in and speak to us!

Key Information

Please ensure your child brings in a water bottle and their reading book/record every day. It would be helpful if you can also ensure that their belongings are labelled - it makes it easier to return when left around school!


Our PE days are Monday and Wednesday. During the first term (at least!) children will need to come into school in their PE kit on these days please. This should be: plain white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and plimsoles/trainers. Please ensure a bobble is provided to tie long hair back and your child is able to remove their own ear-rings (or has tape to cover). 

Children will not be attending their usual swimming lessons at the leisure centre for the foreseeable due to the current circumstances, we will keep you updated with any changes on this. 



Homework will be set on a Friday on SeeSaw, MyMaths and Times Table Rock Stars. This needs to be submitted by Thursday morning to be marked. Any incomplete homework will need to be completed during break/lunch. Please also encourage your child to read regularly, and at least 3 times each week. Please record their reading in their diary, we collect these on Thursday and an adult in class will check the amount of times they have read that week and sign it. If they need a little extra help, please let me know before Wednesday and we will find a suitable time to go through it. 

Welcome to Philosophers 2019 - 2020 

Our class is made up of Year 3 and Year 4 children.

Our class teacher is Miss Briggs.
We also have Mrs Riley, Mrs Davey and Mrs Travis in our class.

This page will include what we have been doing and what we are going to be doing (Don't forget to check out the gallery page and our Facebook page for more regular updates) If you cannot find a letter you are looking for please check the letters page under the 'parents' tab or pop into the office to ask. 

We have created a range of videos to help you support your child at home! They all show the different methods we use to teach Maths calculations and Phonics at Westhouses Primary School. Use the link below to access them.

Winter Sculpture Walk

World Book Day 2020

Rockstar Day!

On Friday, we had a Greek day to end our ‘Ancient Greek’ topic. We made Greek pitta pizzas and tried a spot of Greek dancing!

Thank you to all parents who attended our mini Olympic Games! A big well done to the Spartans who were our winners of the day!

Class 2 have been linking food with their science lessons and learning all about healthy eating and what makes a 'balanced plate'. They then got to try out some new foods.

We've had an exciting start to our new topic on Ancient Egyptians! Today we watched Miss Briggs mummify a dead body (kindly modelled by Mrs Davey) and then we were able to mummify tomatoes and apples!

Philosophers has such a good time yesterday working with the Co-op. They learnt all about fair-trade food and got to make some yummy looking quiches!

Coal art

The children had some special visitors in on Wednesday to run a coal art workshop - check out the rest of the photos in the Gallery! https://www.westhouses.derbyshire.sch.uk/gallery/

The children have been making Spiced oat cakes today as part of their Anglo-Saxon Topic this term.

Today the children made 'Frobscottle' - a tasty treat from the BFG!

Stone Age Workshop


For our Topic this term we have been learning all about The Stone Age, the children had so much fun at our workshop. Check out the photos to see what they got up to. 

Philosophers class teacher 2018 - 2019 Mrs Ramsdale  











Summer 2018- Philosopher's trip to Twycross Zoo!

July 2018- Philosopher class went to Twycross Zoo to discover more about some of the animals that live in the world's rainforests. Highlights included the free-flying butterfly and Lorikeet houses where one of the birds snatched the pot of bird food away! We all loved seeing the monkeys swinging and it helped us to imagine them swinging through the jungle canopy. We took part in a workshop on rainforests during which we met Dilys the tortoise and Amy a hissing cockroach. It was a scorching hot day - the children coped very well with the walking in such hot temperatures!

Term 4 - Scrumdidlyumptious topic (class letter).

Roman Day!

            January 2018                                                            Welcome back! We hope everyone has had a lovely break. 

We have an exciting topic for this term which is ‘I am Warrior!’ This is a history topic in which we will learn about the Roman invasion of Britain.  We will have a ‘Roman theme day’ later on this term & the children can dress up as a Roman citizen or a Roman Soldier – more details to follow soon!

I am Warrior!

'I am warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare! Invade and attack, Romans versus the Celts, the fight is on...
Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar, and find out what the Romans did for us.'

Philosopher's Design & Technology projects- Ancient Greek Trojan Horses

Autumn Term 2 2017 Philosopher class letter

Autumn 2 Term - Gods and Mortals Topic:


'Discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets.'


In this exciting history based topic, we will be learning all about Ancient Greece. We will look at important events and what life was like in the cities of Athens and Sparta. We will find out about the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece.


We will be reading some well known Greek Myths in English - Pandora's Box, Icarus, Theseus & The Minotaur.

We will also learn about the story of the Trojan horse and the children's Design & Technology project this term will be to construct their own decoy vessel!



Welcome back after the summer!

We are all excited about the new term in Philosopher Class and all of the children have made an enthusiastic start! Our Science based topic this term is 'Burps, Bile and Bones'. We will be beginning by looking at teeth and working our way down through the digestive system. We will also learn about our skeletons and good nutrition.

Here is our class letter for more information about this term.

Class letter September 2017

'River Derwent Explorers' with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Carnival Preparations

Summer Term 2 2017:

Our topic for this final term is called 'Flow':

'From humble beginnings the river flows down the mountain and into the sea.

Pull on your wellies and wade right in...How deep does it go and how fast does it travel? Which animals make their homes there? Let's go down to the riverbank and find out!

Now hop on an imaginary boat and travel some of the world's most majestic rivers- the Ganges, the Thames, the Amazon, the Nile- and keep a journal as you follow their course.

Time to investigate! As part of the local news team, it;s your task to track down the source of some mystery pollution.Where did it come from and who is to blame?

Let's meander through the world of rivers, taking a dip in their watery world.'

In this geography topic we will be writing reports, journals and poems inspired by rivers. We will begin the topic by looking at the book 'Float' by Daniel Miyares.                   


The children's fantastic magnetic game designs!

Summer 1:

Welcome back after the Easter break. Our topic for this short term is 'Mighty Metals'. In this topic we will be exploring the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials:

'Which force is at play when we slide down a slide or swing on a swing? Can you explain why magnets repel and attract? If you were a metal which would you be? Gold, A shimmering, precious and costly mineral? Or steel, that strong and useful alloy? Maybe you're iron, malleable and easy to shape, but ready to rust! Maybe you're not a metal at all, but a force to be reckoned with!'


Our linked Literacy text for the term will be the fantastic  'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes!

Class 2 Sleepover & 'Outdoor Genius' workshop

Many thanks to the family members who came and supported the children with their sewing for our 'Enterprise Week'. It made such a difference, their finished bags were really great!

Enterprise Week -sewing Viking bags:

Spring Term 2- Traders and Raiders Topic:

Welcome back. Many thanks to all of the families who helped with the fantastic 'Tremors' Topic Traveller projects. Some photographs are on our class page of some of the children's work.


Our topic for this term is 'Traders & Raiders' in which we will learn all about the Anglo-Saxons & Vikings. 'Big & strong, powerful & brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes & brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain's shores.

Sail back to the dark ages, where battles were rife fear reigned. Fine out about the life of the Saxons, including how they lived & where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia-never before had such a terror swept the land.

Are you ready to shine a light on the deadly & dangerous Dark Ages.'


We will have a Design & Technology' week in which the children will make Anglo-Saxon & Viking artefacts to sell as an enterprise projects. More details to follow soon.

There is more general information on our Class letter attached below. 


February 2017 Class 2 letter

Tremors Topic Traveller projects!

Spring Term 1 2017:

Welcome back. We are excited about our Class topic for this first term which is ‘Tremors’.


In this topic we will be learning about volcanoes and earthquakes, we will find out about the dangerous world of these natural disasters. In Science, we will learn about different rock types and classify them.

In literacy we will focus on a book called ‘Escape from Pompeii’ for the next few weeks, it tells the story of how the ancient city was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted. We will then move onto Newspaper Reports.


PE:The children will have swimming on Wednesdays and Basketball on Friday afternoons. 

ICT: looking at presenting information.

Art: Sculpture & photography (rock sculptures- Andy Goldsworthy)

PSHE: 'Getting on and falling out'.


Some ideas for Tremor topic traveller projects are on our class letter below.

Class letter January 2017

Christmas Wreaths - thank you to Mr D Walters for donating the materials.

Term 1 Topic Travellers:


Thank you once again for your support with the children's Topic Traveller projects. We were fascinated to see the creative results of their hard work. Here are a few pictures:

Stone Age Topic Travellers

Stone Age Workshop

We had a fantastic morning taking part in The Stone Age to Iron Age workshop. The photographs show the children enjoying the excavation in the sand trays! We learnt all about how hard life was in The Stone Age -it took us a lot of hard work turning the Quern Stone to make a cupful of flour!

Stone Age Workshop photographs

Autumn 1 2016- Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely summer break. Our topic for this term is 'Tribal Tales' in which we will learn about the Stone Age, Bronze Age & Iron Age.

Here is some more information about the topic:

Take a moment to step outside & stand quietly & still. Turn off all of your technology & try to forget the modern world. Imagine this place 5000 years ago. What would you have seen?                                                            

Head back to prehistoric times (it’s a long time ago) to gather berries & hunt down dinner. Unearth ancient objects & visit astonishing mythical monuments that reveal the secrets of an ancient time.                                   Learn how the people of Britain developed over thousands of years from the Stone Age to the Roman invasion.  Work as a tribe to build a seasonal monument to celebrate the coming of spring. Sit & reflect, waiting for the sunrise. What Tribal Tales will you have to tell?’

Class 2's trip to The Deep

Summer Term 2- The Blue Abyss Topic:


For the final term of this year, Class 2's topic is 'The Blue Abyss'.  We will find out about the underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. We will find out about divers and begin with linked Literacy work on 'The Pearl Diver' by Julia Johnson. We will be heading to 'The Deep' Aquarium  to see some of the fish, plants and animals for ourselves- this should provide some real inspiration for the children.

Predator Group Presentations

Predator Topic- looking at owl pellets!

Summer Term 1- Predator Topic:

When class term return after the holiday our topic for the term is 'Predator'. This is  a science based topic in which we will find about about all types of predators from mammals such as big cats, to  predators in the air such as birds of prey. We will also find out about some unusual predators in the oceans and predatory plants too! 

We will link the topic work with Literacy work on writing explanations for our own 'Deadly 60 creatures!' 


American Road Trip- Native American Dream Catchers.

Spring Term 2: Class 2's new topic ' Road Trip USA!'


'Flying from London Gatwick, and landing at JFK airport New York, it's time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple! Use your map skills to navigate your way around some of its most famous landmarks and send a postcard home to ask the question: Do you wish you were here?'


As part of this exciting new Geography topic, the children will  have experience of using Human & Physical maps of the USA. They will be finding out about Native Americans and their 'Dream Catchers' in Art & Design & Totem Poles in Design & Technology. 

February 2016: Bottoms, Burps and Bile Topic:

We have all enjoyed learning about the Human Digestive System this term. The children have asked some interesting questions and carried out their own research to find the answers.

They have made these fantastic t-shirts which illustrate the parts which make up the Digestive System really well, here are some of the children modelling their group's work.


Digestive System T-shirts!

January 2016

Welcome back to a new term and a new year. Out topic for this term is titles 'Bottoms, burps and bile' and has already captured the children's attention! This is a Science based topic in which we will learn about digestive systems. We will start by looking at teeth and will hopefully have a visit from a hygienist who will help us to learn how to look after our teeth. We will then learn about the journey that food takes through the human body.

The children have a letter with more information on this topic and some imaginative suggestions for Topic Travellers.



Class 2 topic letter- January 2016

Scrumdiddyumptious topic -bread baking and tasting!

November 2015

Welcome back after our half term break. We are all excited in class 2 about our topic for this term 'Scrumdiddlyumptious!' We will be learning about the different food groups and how to have a healthy diet. In Design & Technology we will be following recipes and evaluating the results.

To tie in with our topic, we will be reading Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in Literacy lessons.

Hopefully the children will have fun with this topic when completing their Topic Travellers!


Our new topic letter- November 2015


Welcome back everyone!  We hope you had a great summer break, and that everyone is feeling full of energy and ready to go!


This term our topic will be Gods and Heroes - focussing on the Ancient Greeks.  There is lots of scope for fun and interesting activities and a link with reading and writing Greek myths in literacy.  


As you know, our maths targets for this term are all about times tables.  Hopefully after last year's boost on these, everyone will be storming ahead, and building on last year's work!  There will be homework each week connected with these, as well as spelling homework including writing sentences.  


There's lots more information on our class letter, which you should have received, but if not, a copy is attached here for you.  

As you know, Mrs Parker got married over the summer and became Mrs Newton.  Thank you to everyone for all your kind wishes and gifts.  We're hoping to see some wedding photos up here very soon!


Here are some pictures from last year of the fun things we got up to:

Our trip to Rosliston Country Park

April 2015: Volcano projects.

We all enjoyed looking at the amazing Topic Traveller projects that the children produced for our topic on Volcanoes. The afternoon of sharing included four working models! Thanks to the helpers at home who supported and encouraged the children with this once again.


Volcano projects

February 2015:

We all enjoyed our recent topic on 'The Romans', one of the highlights was mosaic making. The results are on display in class 2 and the children are looking forward to bringing their own mosaic tile home!

We are looking forward to this term 's topic- 'Volcanoes, Earthquakes & Tsunamis' and 'Rocks' in Science. The children's Topic Travellers have been sent home with more details and ideas for their homework projects.

Topic Traveller letter, class 2 Feb 2015

Design & Technology- Chariots