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Margaret Wix Primary School

Tortoiseshells - The Hub (SRP)

Welcome to the Hub!

The teachers in the hub are Mrs. Lyle and Miss Benson. Supported by Miss Sikindari.

P.E days 

Thursday mornings will be our PE day in the hub. The children will also join their mainstream classes and we will let you know on a case by case basis. 


Give Me Ten - Children are expected to read for at least ten minutes every day and should record this in their reading record. Children should bring their reading record to school every day. We hope to see lots of children becoming Reading Champions this year! 


Maths Magicians - There are a number of key mathematical facts that children should know and remember. These are, of course, taught in school but it is essential that children practise them at home too. You can find out which facts your child is currently working on by checking their maths record book. This is also where you should record their daily practice. Children's maths record books should be brought to school every day. Children will be quizzed on their maths facts every Friday. As they progress through the different stages of facts, children have the opportunity to earn rewards and work towards becoming Maths Magicians!


Handwriting - Using, your child can practise their handwriting at home. There are desktop and tablet login details that can be found by clicking on the phonics, spelling and writing star at the top of the page.


Meet the staff

Summer 1 update!

We have had such a busy and lovely half term. We have had school trips for some of our children which has been a wonderful addition to their curriculum and we look forward to having more of these next half term. 


Our first topic in English this half term was a wordless book called Journey. The children were able to create their very own world and write beautiful descriptions about them. Then we have moved on to a story called Stuck. A story all about resilience and never giving up. The children have been learning how to use inverted commas, commas in a list and have written their own stories about resilience. 


This half term we have split into two groups!

Mrs Lyle's group have been learning all about fact families and word problems. They have been exploring the language used in maths and thinking about what the question is asking them to do. 

Miss Benson's group have started learning about perimeter this half term and everyone had a go at measuring some different objects to find their perimeter. We have also look at dividing and multiplying by 10 and 100. 

Spring 2 update!

What a busy half term we've had this half term. We have welcomed two new students, cooked, celebrated book week, had VR work shops and more! We are so proud of all the children in the hub and how hard they have been working. 



In English this half term we've first looked at sustainability and the book 'The most important animal of all.' The children created their very own book about an animal of their choice. We learnt lots about our environment and why all animals are so important. We finished by looking at Suzy Orbit- Astronaut. The children got to create their own space inventions and write diary entries pretending to be Suzy Orbit! They used some amazing adjectives and wrote brilliant sentences. 



This half term we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. We have learnt how to use column method, number lines and all the children have learnt how to do exchanging in both!

Welcome to 2024! A kickstart to the Spring term.

Spring term update 2024

What a busy term we have had in Tortoiseshells class! We are so impressed by all of the children's hard work this half term: they have been amazing! 


In our English lessons this term, we have looked at the theme of Superheroes. Firstly, we read a book called Traction Man, which was all about an action man who gets himself stuck in some tricky situations. The children created their own superheroes with their own very cool super powers and then they wrote a story all about it! They all produced some amazing writing and really impressed us with their creativity. Then we moved on to looking at real life heroes. People who have really cool jobs that help to keep us all safe. The children researched all about these lifesaving jobs and wrote a non-chronological report about the one they found most interesting. We had a wide variety of jobs from Vets to Cancer research scientists and the children showed their curiosity when researching the different types of jobs.


In maths, we have been looking mostly at fractions. We were so impressed with their resilience when they have been learning new skills. Especially when we were learning about finding half of a number, which initially they found tricky but by the end of the topic they were experts at doing it! Lots of the children even chose it as their ‘Proud work’ because of much effort they had put into it. We have also been working hard on our fluency this half term and practising our number bonds and number skills. We have thought about what different resources might help us to answer more tricky questions. The popular ones were number lines and numicon!


This half term we have introduced Superflex thinking in the hub. Super flex helps us to be flexible in our thinking and overcome problems. For example, we have been thinking about Glassman who sends his explodabots into our brains, which makes us, get angry over small problems. We have been learning how to overcome this by thinking about how big the problem is before we react. This has linked nicely with our zones of regulation work. We are going to continue working on these new skills for us to improve our flexible thinking skills.


This half term, and going forward, we are having a big focus on our oracy (speaking and listening skills). We have been working on our ‘good listening’ to show that we are listening and showing what ‘good talking’ looks like. This has included the pace we talk about, the volume we speak at and where we look when we talk. In terms of listening, we have thought about how we can show we are listening by being still when someone is talking by ensuring we are still, we are facing them and that we are responding to what that person is saying.  

Recent Learning


In order to prepare for Christmas, we have been having lots of fun creating different Christmas crafts - our children are very talented. 

We've also experienced our first Attention Autism lessons, otherwise known as 'Supergroups' in the Hub. It helps to support children with maintaining their attention, waiting and turn taking. Supergroups sessions often get messy and wacky, they are so much fun! 


As we get to know your children, we are completing more 'All About Me' activities. The children have told us what they like and don't like, painted self-portraits and designed their own Pupil Passports to show their mainstream teachers too. 


In English lessons, we have been writing descriptively using our five senses; there was a lot of reference to gingerbread men and what Christmas smells like smiley

As well as that, we wrote postcards to our class Elf on the Shelf, Snowy. We realised she must have been missing Santa and the North Pole and wrote her some kind words of thanks, for all of the lovely things she does for us each day. 


The children have also been exploring what a 'sensory circuit' means and how it helps us to regulate our emotions. We have been having lots of fun with creating obstacle courses and using our wonderful Hub resources to enjoy meaningful sensory circuits where we learn to 'alert' our bodies, then 'organise' and then 'calm'.

Autumn Term

A sneak peek at what we have been up to this half-term!