Story planning in Year 3

This week Year 3 have been working to plan their own narratives. After reading The Wolves in the Wall by Neil Gaiman and innovating on his story, Year 3 each now have a story plan for their own Tale of Fear.

By working collaboratively to discuss and share ideas around what the main character could be afraid of, Year 3 were able to plan effectively to include their own characters, setting and plot.

After completing their plans, Year 3 worked with a partner to retell their story  by following the plan. Everyone’s partner listened carefully and then shared what they really liked about the retell and also offered ideas for improvements.

I can not wait to read the final Tales of Fear!

In science, we are learning about the topic Living things and their habitats. We went outside to investigate vertebrates and invertebrates using out new science knowledge. We took pictures on the Ipads of the different living things we found and discussed their habitats.

Year 6 post SATs

I am writing to congratulate you on your success at completing your KS2 assessments. Over the past few months you have worked so hard to cover key areas of the curriculum, such as:

– distinguishing which sentence are written in the passive and active voice

– calculating the unknown angles of a triangle

– identifying relative clauses

– thinking about author’s perspective

– calculating the value of x

I am immensely proud of how much effort you have put in, your will/determination to succeed and the support you have shown to your peers. Bearing this in mind, for homework this week and next, I would like you to complete as many of these activities as possible:– 

– Read a book

– Watch your favourite TV programme

– Smile

– Eat Haribo or ice-cream

– Laugh until your tummy hurts

– Go outside and enjoy the weather

– Go for a swim or walk

– Spend time on your favourite hobby

– Rest

– Cook or make something

– Have more Haribo or ice-cream

– Play in your garden

– Spend some quality time with your family

– Do something you have never done before!

Well done to each and every one of you and enjoy the weekend! I


SATs is looming

Mrs Harris’ handy tips

Over the weekend the children should relax and not feel stressed. They should eat chocolate,watch their favourite  movie and get some fresh air, They have worked extremely hard and need to feel confident next week.

The timetable for SATs is as follows: Monday, Spelling Grammar and Punctuation and spelling test, Tuesday Reading test, Wednesday Arithmetic paper and Mathematics Reasoning paper 2 and Thursday Mathematics Reasoning paper 3.

Good luck-you’ve got this Year 6

Year 5 trip to Library of Birmimgham!

As part of our topic of the seven wonders of the world , Year 5 had the opportunity to visit the Library of Birmingham and carry out research using non-fiction books. The children were all able to research and find out about atleast 3 wonders of the world. Year 5 had found out lots of new facts about what makes a wonder. 

Year 4 Woodlands

On Wednesday, year 4 went to Woodlands Adventure park to try lots of new outdoor activities. We had an extremely fun day playing team building activities, facing new challenges and develop new outdoor skills. We all got involved in every part of the day. We flew down the zip wire, paddled and splashed in the canoe boats, got wet and muddy in the assault course and climbed the rock climbing wall. We can’t wait to go again because we all loved it! Thank you Mr Burton for organising such a great day!

Still life charcoal sketches in Year 3

This week in art, Year 3 have been looking at different still life paintings. Year 3 observed and discussed:  Still Life with Cheese (1615) by Pieter Claesz,  Still Life: The Table (1928) by Georges Braque and Still Life with a Pilgrim Flask, Candlestick, Porcelain Vase and Fruit by Willem Kalf .


Year 3’s used these questions to explore the paintings

What can you see in the picture?

Which colours are used?

When was it made?

What material is used to create this picture?

Why do you think the artist made it?

How does the image make you feel?

Afterwards Year 3 used charcoal to create their own still life sketches.


Year 3: How do muscles work?

Year 3 have been busy in their science lesson this week in working collaboratively to make models to  identify that humans and some other animals have muscles for movement by examining how muscles work. With a partner , they have made models to explain how muscles allow movement.

Year 3 looked closely at their upper arm as they curled their arms towards their chest from their side and notices the muscle bulges! As the arm is raised the biceps (on the front of the arm) contracts, at the same time a muscle on the back of the arm, the triceps, relaxes! The muscles work together to control the lifting arm. As the arm is lowered the opposite happens, the biceps relax and the triceps contract.

Year 3 have found out that our bodies has over 650 muscles and many different types of joints to allow our bodies to move in different ways.

Also, ligaments and tendons at the ends of the muscles hold the bones together at the joints, while cartilage between the bones stops them from rubbing against each other.