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RE, Golden Time, Raft building and Christmas Production Line

Our key question in RE this term: How significant is it that Mary was chosen to be the Mother of Jesus.

We started by looking at paintings of Mary – how were they similar and how were they different. Then we read some verses from the Bible that tell us about her. We discussed what characteristics she might have from our research and, if she lived today, what she might be like.

Golden Time

Golden Time is a little different this year but we’re still having fun. We have it on Monday afternoons. Earlier on in the year, we had extra play time on the field but now we’re doing board games & construction in the classroom.

Raft Building

We’re loving our class book, The Explorer. We thought we’d recreate a scene where the main characters build a raft to try and get home. Ours were much smaller! Perhaps that made them trickier to make…

Christmas Production Line

With no Cake Breaks this year, School Council have been looking at alternative ways of raising some money (we’ve already spent some on playground equipment). Each class is making something  Christmassy which we are hoping to sell to our lovely parents! We’ve been hard at work and will be sending details home next week.

Fantastic Maps in Global Week

Lime Class started Global Week by learning all about latitude and longitude. We used the co-ordinates and atlases to find and name countries around the world. We then had a quiz to guess landmarks/ cities around the world from 5 clues.

Our new class book is The Explorer by Katherine Rundell which is set in the Amazon jungle. We researched the area and made our own maps using our map book as inspiration. We found out about lots of different animals who inhabit the area and included these in our work.

We used Google Earth to find out about landmarks in America (our new topic is North America). Some of us took a tour round The White House; decided that it would be pretty difficult to escape from Alcatraz island, and ‘wowed’ at the Grand Canyon. Walt Disney World in Florida was put on some travel bucket lists! Of course, we then had to find our own houses and Woodborough School.

We ended the week by making clay maps of America. We cut out the outline; scored on the main rivers & lakes and pinched up The Rockies.

We also had our winner in the School Council’s Autumn Lantern competition…

Well done!




Forces and Descriptive Writing

Lime Class investigated gravity and air resistance by making parachutes and then testing them to find out which one had the best design.  The children all thought about the materials they would need with ideas ranging from plastic to cardboard. There was also a range of different sizes.

We then had to launch them outside (trying to keep it a fair test) and time their descent. The winning parachutes were…

In our work on forces we also investigated the fulcrum point with rulers and weights. We found that by moving the ruler, we could balance a larger weight on one end and a smaller weight on the other.

We spent the last days of the term improving our descriptive writing. Here are Poppy’s and Polly’s which on display in the main building.

Art, English & Long Multiplication!

Lime Class got together at the end of the day and decided what they wanted to write in their blog.


It was really fun doing clay. We were trying to show energy and movement in our work like the futuristic artists of the early 1900’s. We looked at the work of Umberto Boccioni.

We also looked at his paintings – they could be a little abstract!

Non – Chronological Reports

Throughout last week, we were writing non-chronological reports about the planet Pandora. We wrote in sections using sub-headings and tried to use brackets, subordinating conjunctions, fronted adverbials and prepositions! Wow!

Long Multiplication

We’ve begun work on long multiplication and some of us found it difficult to begin with. (I think they’re trying really hard!)

Finley has set this word problem for anyone reading this to work out.

There are 31 people in Lime Class. Each person has 67 pencils. How many pencils altogether?

A busy time in Lime!

Wow! What a busy first few weeks. We’re all getting back into the flow of being back at school and understanding and getting used to the ‘new way of doing things.’

RE Day

We’ve already had RE day. Our theme this year was inspirational people and we looked at Malala Yousalzal.  Have a look at our part in the school video on the website where we talk about her life and achievements and her famous words at the United Nations – “One teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

”I think she was inspirational and I really enjoyed learning about her.” Molly

English – Non-chronological Reports

We’re getting really excited about our English work. We’ve watched a short film about the imaginary planet Pandora and are busy discussing and having a go at writing our non-chronological reports. Several of the children have told me that they are going to watch the full film –  lovely enthusiasm!

George is enjoying writing about the diarhorse appearance  “ … because I can use my imagination.”

Here is some shared writing by Ethan, Riley, Sam and Jacob.

The Diarhorse’s Diet

The diarhorse drinks from the flowers on Pandora. It chooses the orange flowers which grow by the rivers of Pandora. This type of flower (the honey flower) absorbs water from the river. The pollen transforms the water into honey. When the diarhorse drinks from these flowers, it flows through its body and gives it extra energy and speed.

The diarhorse is an omnivore. It eats leaves, bark, grass , Pandora salmon and other seafood. Usually the diarhorse eats in a herd of 10.


We’re studying the ‘futuristic movement’ of the early 20th century and have looked at a couple of paintings by Italian artists from that period. We’re trying to reproduce their paintings and techniques.

”I could really see the difference between using the oil pastels and the water colours.I preferred using the pencils because they were great for the small strokes.”

Virtual Visitors

We’ve had two virtual visitors to talk to us so far. The local MP, Danny Kruger,  answered our questions about the impact Coronovirus was having on the environment.

The author Maz Evans spoke to us as part of the Marlborough Literature Festival. She was really passionate about her writing and we asked some brilliant questions. Ranulf asked her if being an author made her a lot of money! She replied that she loved her job but if her book sells for £6.99, she only receives 36p!

Finley “ I enjoyed seeing other people in school.”

We’ve also had time to do Christmas Cards for the PTA and it’s only September!


Anglo Saxon topic

So today in topic we did some class orienteering. We had to pair up and we were given a sheet, we had to find 8 sheets with facts on and write down all the important facts on the sheet we were given. It was very fun, every sheet we got, we learnt more and more about Sutton Hoo and what it was. We found out that Sutton Hoo was some land that was full of graves and left over treasure of the Anglo Saxons.

After that we tried are school-made soup people thought it wast that nice but we all agreed that it was very parsnipy and sweet. Belle E bring in some garlic bread and mixed herb bread, we all thought it was all delicious!!😄 and after that we had a Anglo Saxon biscuits we all thought it was amazing 😉

Anglo-Saxon brooches

Have a look at our Anglo-Saxon brooch designs.

We used string and tissue paper to create the 3D effect and then carefully wrapped tinfoil around it to create a metal look. Finally we painted on important features such as jewels to show wealth with rich colours.