ERIC and Home Reading

ERIC (Everyone Reading In Class) has moved to Thursday mornings. Between 8:35 and 9:00, parents and carers are welcome in their child’s class to read with the children.

Thanks to all parents who are signing their child’s home reading diary three days a week. This lets us know that your child is reading at home, and is a great opportunity for us to communicate about your child’s reading.

Top tip: If your child gets stuck on a word, and you are sure they can’t work it out, give them five seconds then tell them the word. This should help them enjoy the text more, and you can always go back to the tricky word at the end.



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All around the world….

A big thank you to all of the parents and staff who helped to make the afternoon of World Tourism Day such a huge success for the children. It was a delight to see the enthusiasm of the children showing off some superb examples of their work from the day. Have a look at these photos from the afternoon…..

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World Tourism Day

The children were treated to an excellent assembly this morning as they begin a Focus Day where they will be learning about different areas of the world.

We are very excited to welcome plenty of parents this afternoon. Just have a look at how the day is progressing……..

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Autumnal Spring Clean

Calling all parents, carers, and Friends of Flying Bull.

Flying Bull is preparing itself for the Grand Opening of the school following the extensive refurbishment to the buildings and surrounding area.  Thanks to the Autumn leaf drop and the general die back of plants at this time of year, the grounds are not looking at their best.


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Do you have time to help on either Friday 3rd or Saturday 4th October between 9am and 12:00, or both ?  If you do, please come and help clear the debris from under hedges, plant bulbs, and generally to help us show off the school at its best.  Refreshments will be available for all helpers.



A HUGE ‘History’ request!

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As part of the new curriculum for History, we are looking into the past, present and future of Buckland, Portsmouth and Hampshire, before engaging in history nationwide and worldwide. By focussing on our locality, children at Flying Bull can engage with history nearby and (we hope) connect better with the local surroundings, as well as other historical tourist attractions across the country and the rest of the world. We at The Flying Bull Academy feel that this is a great place to start, building a foundation for historical learning by creating a timeline that all children can expand on throughout their time here.

This is where we need your help!

I (Mr Recchia) am in search of primary and secondary resources that could be used to influence and create a better learning environment in our History lessons. I am particularly interested in photographs of Buckland, neigbouring areas and Portsmouth in general through the ages.

If you feel that you are able to help us develop our History curriculum, please could you contact either myself or another member of staff as we would be very grateful.

We look forward to hearing from you!