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Year 3 Ancient Greek phalanx battle formation. We have used our hoplon shields to make phalanx battle formations in preparation for our learning about the Battle of Marathon next week.

Year 3 Trip to Mass and the River Boat. The children took part in morning mass with Father Saju, recognising the parts of the mass that they have learnt about in their RE lessons. A riverboat trip allowed the children to experience a river first hand after learning about the stages of rivers in our geography lessons. Everyone enjoyed searching the river banks for the characters that they got to know through our Wind in the Willows writing in English.

Year 4 have been learning about the human digestive system. We wanted to explore the function of the stomach, and so chose equipment to symbolise different aspects of this part of the process. We were fascinated by the wonder of our bodies, which we can’t see!

We were thrilled to meet international sprinter Fred Afrifa, two times national gold medallist, who led us in our sports activities.

Year 3 children enjoyed sampling some Greek foods as part of our learning about Greece.

The children explored the geography of Greece and made links to the diet that would have been available to the Ancient Greeks.  They used their sources such as pots and stories to identify foods eaten in Ancient Greece.  They enjoyed noticing that we still eat these foods today.

  Some poetry from Year 4.


I painted a goose, I painted a heart;

But whatever I painted, I painted with love.


I drew a plain box - it might sound boring;

But whatever I drew, I drew with love.


I made you a handmade gift - it might sound odd; 

But I wanna let you know that I made it with love.


I planted a flower in front of the school -

It may be  just one, but I planted it with love.



Park Poem

The crystal clear lake had a thick blanket of mist upon it,

The lily pads circled around and broke through the mist.

The swans shifted side to side as they swam through the mystical lake.

The ducks quietly quacked to each other as the mid-dawn sun broke through.


The roundabout swung slowly as the breeze gently pushed it.

The swings gently rocked as the summer breeze flowed through the park.

The seesaw moved up and down as the wind gushed through.

The slide shone in the summer sun waiting for the arrival of children. 


The wooden benches were damp with morning dew.

The wood was creaking as though waking from a light sleep.

The bench wondered who would come and sit on it.


The freshly-cut grass was wet with morning dew which shone like glitter in a jar.

Soon the hot sun would dry it up and happy families would come and play football on the grass.

Trees of all shapes and sizes were dozing in the warm sunight.

The leaves tumbled down and the wind made them twirl and twist.

The rough bark nearly broke away, revealing its secrets.


Soon, the sun would set and this would happen all over again.

Year 3 are learning about rivers; here is some work on the stages of rivers

An explanation of the modelling process


I made this model on the sofa using socks for the streams, tributaries and waterfall in the upper course, football socks and a scarf for the river in the middle and lower course and a blanket for the ocean. For the mountain, I used lots of different cushions. And for the fields I used a scarf and towels. Then I put toys for the villages and the sea creatures. And then I wrote labels and put them in their places and Mummy used pins to keep them in place. I had lots of fun doing it!


Yr 4's Jesse Tree

Year 3 have been making poppy wreaths when commemorating Remembrance Day

Autumn poetry

What engineers!

Year 3/4 have worked on pointillism - the technique of using dots to convey form and volume

The Egg Drop Challenge, exploring inertia

Creative writing, using the story of Varjak Paw, by SF Said


Varjak wandered into the garden, his head bent low after his argument with Julius. As he entered, the sight that met him was not at all what he had expected, many clouds almost a platoon of them hovered over the garden, dull and grim looking. Cautiously, Varjak strolled past the winding, contorted trees that reached out as if to entice him to come closer.

A spidery tangle of weeds and thorns had invaded the once fresh, lush grass. Everything was cloaked in mist from head to toe and Varjak shuddered, maybe I should turn back, he thought but no, that would only make things worse.

Several lingering shadows crept up on Varjak whispering in mysterious voices, there was a wild overgrown feel to the place which made it easy for Varjak to imagine many beady eyes scrutinising him and many huge ears listening to him. A menacing, forbidding wall surrounded the Contessa’s garden. Had it always been like this or just since the Contessa had died Varjak wondered. He tried to picture the rundown garden in its loveliness but it was impossible.

The muggy, humid air was intense and engulfed Varjak while the colourless, rainy sky peered down pitifully at the Contessa’s garden. It was an odd day, it was raining ever so slightly but humid and muggy, overcast and gloomy. Carpets upon carpets of decay were spread all over the garden.

For the first time ever Varjak hung around on the thought that this was all his fault like what Julius had told him, surely not, even he wouldn’t be capable of such damage.


What might the garden look like? Another idea...

Raft-building, linked to the book they are reading about exploring the Amazon

We have learnt about the effect of the Holy Spirit's coming on the disciples of Jesus and responded to it in words and images


The Holy Spirit touched them with wind and fire. They began to talk different languages and they spread the good news of the Lord to all the people there.

I believe that many people are filled with the Holy Spirit. That means they can spread love and peace in the world and bring happiness and joy to all they meet.

Effective use of shading techniques

Friends are always important, but now more than ever we need to take the time to think about friendship, what it is and how we can maintain our friendships

Experiment to recreate the water cycle, using a plastic bag, water and a heat source

My experiment was done on a cold day with no direct sunlight. I used a hairdryer to create heat to replace the sun. The heat was too hot and kind of melted the plastic bag. Luckily the bag did not leak and I was able to complete the experiment. I could see the condensation at the clouds after the evaporation from the ocean.

Water cycle explanations

The story of Danny the raindrop


Danny starts his life out as a tiny water droplet in a lake, river or the sea. He then is evaporated by the sun into the sky where he cools down and turns into condensation. For some time he stays as a cloud until the wind begins to blow. As the wind blows him across the sky he turns into precipitation, this means he can be either rain, hail, sleet or snow. Once he has fallen to the ground he finds his way back to the lake, river or sea again. He does this by either running downhill along the soil; this is called surface run-off. Or he can go deep underground as ground water, however this takes much longer.

Method for paper strengthening experiment

In my experiment I used the same base for the base of all the bridges in my experiments. I used one penny coins to test the strength of the bridges that I have designed.

 Experiment 1 - I used only one sheet of paper folded once in the middle. This bridge was very weak and could only hold 1 penny coin.

 Experiment 2 - I used only one sheet of paper folded twice, once in the middle and again in the middle . This bridge was a bit stronger and could hold 5 penny coins.

Experiment 3 - I used only one sheet of paper folded three times, once in the middle and again in the middle and once more in the middle . This bridge was a lot stronger than the first and could hold 8 penny coins.

Experiment 4 - I used a different design, placing a sheet of paper on a sheet of paper that was folded like a concertina with 4 panels. This bridge was stronger than the previous three and could hold 15 penny coins.

Experiment 5 - I used the concertina design again. I placed a sheet of paper on a sheet of paper that was folded like a concertina with 8 panels. This bridge was stronger than all the previous bridges and could hold 70 penny coins.

Experiment 6 - I modified the concertina design by adding another 8 panel concertina over the other concertina and then placed a sheet of paper on top. This was definitely the strongest design and could hold 121 penny coins. It would have held even more penny coins but unfortunately I had no more 1penny coins!

Paper strengthening - load-bearing structure

Take a look at some of the work we have been doing this week!

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What a week!! Two sports mornings, one school trip, Fathers' day breakfast and Jubilee celebrations! It was great to have families back in school.