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I am pleased to announce that Archie Wootton-Allott and Jake Speight were both chosen as our mystery writers for their diary entry from a character’s point of view.  Not only did they include all the necessary features of a diary, they also included a range of fronted adverbials and used modal verbs and adverbs to show degrees of possibility. Their use of language was interesting and varied, and they put their own, humorous style into their writing.

    Year 4 class blog!

Class 4s topic this term is Around the World in 80 days, based on the book by Jules Verne.  Our main focus is Geography – locating continents, countries and main cities across the world.  We will also be learning about some of the extreme environments in the world and also the traditions in different countries.  We are hoping to make some structures and look at the science behind volcanoes and earthquakes.  Our writing will also be topic based.

Our main focus this half term in Literacy is to learn the Year 3/4 spellings (these have been sent home) and to apply them to writing.  We are also focusing on the structure of sentences – using fronted adverbials effectively and subordinate clauses.

In Numeracy this half term, the children will be learning about place value, negative numbers, decimals – including money, rounding and measurements of length.

Swimming will take place every Tuesday so children will need a swimming kit and PE will be on Fridays as usual.  Swimming will carry on up to Christmas.

Homework is given out on Wednesdays and should be handed in the following Monday.



   Here is a space where we as a class, can share and celebrate our exciting work and displays.

This Blog will be updated with news and any information important to the class.

Keep Watching!

Friday 6th October 2017


Don’t forget your PE kits on Monday. We will be doing Zumba around the world!!!




Monday 2nd of October 2017

Around the world in 80 days!

Our next topic for class 1 will be ‘Around the world in 80 days’. We will be looking into all the different continents and countries around the world.

To begin looking into the continents and what countries are in them, we hade a huge, interactive map of the world in the hall. This included the animals which live there, and the different foods that the countries eat. We also learnt all about the weather in these different climates and how this effects the landscape.

Take a look!




Tuesday 26th September 2017

Welcome to Class 1 2017!

Class 1 2017 are settling in well and getting used to the new routines in year 1. Everyone (staff included) really enjoyed our 2 week taster topic of ‘Superheroes’ including meeting Spiderman and making our very own ‘Supertatoes’ (see photos below). We’re now looking forward to learning more about the world in our new ‘Around the world in eighty days’ topic and finding out where in the world our friends have been?



In Year 3, we have just completed our topic on Superheroes. During the Superheroes topic, we created our own superheroes and decided what their special power would be.

Next week we are starting our brand new topic ’Around the World in 80 days.’ In this topic, we will be looking at world maps, countries and continents. We will be planning a route around the world on a map and deciding which continents and countries we would like to visit and why. As well as looking at world maps, we are also going to be focusing our learning around festivals and traditions around the world.

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In maths this half term, we are focusing on place value (hundreds, tens and units) and the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and subtraction). We are also learning our 3 and 4 times tables.


What a great start to the new school year!

Year 2 have settled in really well and have loved the Superhero topic.


In science we have been investigating different materials for a Superhero outfit.


During literacy lessons we used adjectives to describe the Superhero. As part of PSHE we also thought about the real life Superhero’s who save people from fires and who catch the ‘bad guys’ and put them in prison.



Welcome to the Year 5 class blog for 2017.

The children have settled in well and enjoyed the initial superhero topic and the residential to Castleton – an amazing time was had by all.

We are now going to be starting our new topic: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’.  This will include:

  • how different countries and cultures are represented in stories;
  • how journeys are significant to different regions;
  • how a journey around the world today would differ from Phileas Fogg’s journey;
  • planning their own journey around the world.

In maths, we will be focusing on the four rules of operation: addition, subtraction, multiplication (including learning the method of long multiplication) and division.  We will be applying these skills in a range of problem solving activities to develop their understanding.  We will also be focusing on time: reading digital times; converting between 12-hour and 24-hour; calculating time durations; and reading and interpreting timetables.  It is important that your child already knows how to tell the time using an analogue clock; we would be grateful if you could practise this with your child at home.

Regular practice of multiplication tables and related division facts is vital in order for your child to access the Year 5 maths curriculum. Mathletics will continue to be used to support the work covered at school.


Some of the children in the class have expressed an interest in continuing to learn to play an instrument next year and recently took a leaflet home. If you are keen for them to continue with their music lessons and are willing to pay a reasonable fee, please call into the classroom for a pink form to sign, or ask your child to bring one home.  It would be great if some of our class continued next year as they showed great potential.

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that the whole class will be performing at our Music Extravaganza on Tuesday 11th July in the morning.  Please come along and enjoy.

We’d like to say a huge congratulations to our class for a wonderful performance at the Elsecar Music Festival this morning.  Not only did they play beautifully, they also behaved impeccably too!  Well done to those talented children who were brave enough to play a solo in front of all those people. We’re proud of you all.

On Friday 23rd June, all our pupils in Year 5 (as well as children from other schools) will be performing at Elsecar Heritage Centre to showcase what they have learnt in their brass lessons this year with Mr Dodd.  It is always a really good event and we would like to invite you to come along to watch and support your children.  A letter will be going out shortly.  The performance starts at 10:30 and there is a £2.50 entry fee.  We look forward to seeing you there.


In Literacy, we have been studying the poem ‘Flannan Isle’ by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson; this is based on the true story of three lighthouse keepers who went missing in 1900.  We researched facts (and opinions) about their disappearance and used the information to write detailed news reports.  It was very pleasing to see the children using the key features of a news report, including using formal language and both direct and reported speech for quotes.  A selection of these will be on display in the classroom for you to read (as well as a few shown below.)

Well done to Jola Markey, who was chosen as our Mystery Writer for a fabulous news report.