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Sports enrichment week

What a fantastic week it has been! We have made some lovely memories…

I certainly had a lot of fun! My favourite part was definitely Go Bananas because I felt like a child again. What was your favourite part of the week?


Year 3 27th April

We have had a busy start to the term in Year 3.


We have kicked off our new topic of the Ancient Greeks by learning about where ‘Ancient’ Greece sits on a History timeline.  We then ordered key events from Ancient Greece in chronological order.  We will continue adding to this as we go through our unit of work.  We also learned where Greece is on a map, which continent it is on and the fact that it also includes lots of islands.  This week we had some fun trying to order and say the Greek alphabet.  We then compared it with our own and found that there are some letters which look similar to ours and some which look very different.  We also found that there are some letters in our alphabet which are not in the Greek alphabet.  We finished our language work by looking at English words which come from Greek.  We used our SPaG knowledge to discuss Greek prefixes and suffixes.  We also explored how the Ancient Greeks wrote their numbers.  We compared this to the Roman number system and our own Arabic number system.  We found that it was similar to Romans because they both used symbols instead of digits that we recognise, however it was different because in the Greeks you can have the same symbol up to 4 times in a row, whereas Romans was only 3.


In English we have been continuing our work on portal stories, based on our model text ‘Stone Age Boy’.  Next week we are going to be planning our own portal stories before starting to write them.


We have also been continuing with our DT sessions at Archway.  In Cooking we made honey cookies this week – they were delicious!! In woodwork, we are working on an ongoing project where we are making clothes pegs out of MDF, pine and acrylic.  We will be finishing our wood work next week so look out for us bringing our projects home!

27th April 2018 – Vikings

Year 6 have done lots of work on their new topic of Vikings this week. We have discovered that the famous stories of warriors and fighting only tell part of the story of this historical group. We have looked at their lives as settlers and explored some of their mythical stories. We have found out about their weapons and used this to write non-chronological reports which look beautifully presented. We have also used their longships as inspiration for some artwork which uses water colours and tissue paper to develop the colours of the sea.

Is it really the summer term?

I can’t believe we have been back to school for two weeks already, time is flying by. The last two weeks have been really busy.  We have been exploring our new topic: the Tudors. The children have been learning songs about the wives of Henry VIII, creating a family tree for the Tudors, designing their own coats of arms as well as finding out what type of clothes the Tudors wore.

On Friday we all enjoyed a fantastic science experiment to find out how our digestive systems work. Some of the children loved it, others felt a little off colour especially by the end!

On Friday we have our class assembly. The children will be working on this over the coming week. I hope you will all be able to make it.


Mr Halliwell.



On Monday we noticed that pirates had been in the classroom and taken our treasure chest! Luckily they left a note and a map for each of us, showing us where they had buried it. We looked at the map and found that X marked the spot in Forest School. We learnt that, to read a map, you have to imagine you are a bird flying over the school because a map gives an “aerial” view of the school.

Once we got to Forest School, we found the treasure chest and it was full of………….gold chocolate coins!

Lily counted them out because she found the treasure chest, which was just behind the swing, and there were 40 coins. We all had one each and there were 10 left over.




Coding, sunshine and Maths.

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks since returning from our Easter break. Last week, the sun made a little appearance, so we were able to take a break from our hard work test out the new, amazing play area in the Infant playground.

Back in the classroom, we have been busy working with decimals: adding and subtracting them, working out complements to 1 and making decimal number sequences. We love investigating ! We used numicon to help us, which was ace!

In English, we’ve been writing some amazing ‘timeshift’ stories. We are now editing and publishing them, we are really proud of them.

We have begun to code our own games using Scratch. We have found out how to drag and drop the blocks and to change the variables. It was tricky but we enjoyed it!

Our new topic: Africa & Asia

We have had great fun with learning ‘Jambo Bwana’ with Mrs Booth. Some of us already knew the lyrics because we had learnt it as a Topic homework task. Josh even typed up the lyrics to stick into his Topic book. Here is the YouTube link if you fancy listening to the song and learning it…

In English, we have been looking at Handa’s Surprise as inspiration for our writing. We have all thoroughly enjoyed it and are looking forward to our next text.

In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time. The children are all secure with o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to the hour. We have been pausing during the day at random 5 minute intervals  to tell the time.

In Science, we have been sorting objects into the categories:  dead, alive or never been alive. In addition to this we’ve been looking at plants and animals out in Forest School.

As part of our Topic work, we’ve learnt about Nelson Mandela and have compared the life of a child in London and a child in Tokyo.

Chloe’s dad helps us!

We had a visit from Chloe’s dad recently, who is a postman. He brought in a large Post Office map, which is on our Topic Display board now, of all the local area postcodes.

We learnt that Stroud is GL5, Nailsworth and Minchinhampton are GL6 and Stonehouse is GL10.

We are all learning our addresses because that is important if you need to call 999.



This week we have started designing, building and painting our models of emergency vehicles. We are all at various stages but hope to have them finished, and photographed for our topic books for Monday!

We have used many different sized boxes and used our cutting, gluing and measuring skills to make them look like vehicles. Lots of us are doing army tanks and air ambulances as well as fire engines and police cars.



We had a really wonderful trip to Cadbury World, on Monday, to launch our new topic: Chocolate.

The children were full of excitement as we travelled up the M5 to Birmingham. After arriving, and had been handed free chocolate, we toured the exhibition- learning where chocolate comes from and something about its history. We then watched a film about the Cadbury family and looked around where chocolate is made. Then we got a pot of tasting chocolate and could add things like marshmallows or popping candy to it!

Then we looked at advertising and packaging through the ages!

After lunch and a play in the amazing play area, we went to watch the 4D film: it was incredible!




The best thing about the day was the children’s behaviour. They made myself and Mrs Mclellan really proud. Members of the public commented on how well behaved and kind they were.

What a wonderful start to our topic!

The Magic Box

We have been learning this poem by Kit Wright and this week we published our fantastic poems.

Image result for The Magic Box By Kit Wright

Here are some of the things we will put into our Magic Box:


I will put in the box….

a green sandwich (Aeryn)

a kitchen disco (Caitlin)

a rainbow chicken (William)

a cardigan with wings (Bella)

a talking mustache (Rhyleigh)

a blue sun (Evie-Mai)

some blue fire (Seb)

a dancing head (Isaac)

a talking chair (Ellie)

a sixth finger (Ray)

Hermione’s box is made of cloud, Ray’s box is made of  sunlight and Lily’s box is made of teeth.