Boats 2018

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This half term, we have been learning all about boats and we worked together to create them. First we worked together to design our boats and labelled them with all of the correct words. We have learnt that the steering wheel on a boat is called a helm. We know that boats have a mastsailsstern and some boats have a crow’s nest.

We used a technique called critique to help us. When we use critique, we can offer our opinions and advice to others in the class. We have to make sure that we follow 3 important rules. If we didn’t, we might end up hurting someone’s feelings about their work. These are:

  1. Be kind

  2. Be helpful

  3. Be specific

We used different techniques to help us to make sure that things were stuck on tight. We remembered that boats need to be waterproof so that they don’t sink so some of us had to protect the boats that we had made.

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When we were half-way through our boat building session, we had to stop and take a look at what we had completed so far. We moved around the groups to see what everyone else had been working on. Then we chose someone else’s boat to evaluate, remembering the three important rules. Once we had offered advice to someone else, we went back to our boats to complete them. Take a look below at the start and finished products.

PJ Day for Books at Bedtime 2018

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Over the last three weeks, everyone in school has been trying really hard to read more stories and books at home to help everyone become better readers and enjoy more stories.

Here are the winners of the special prizes in Pearl class from the last three weeks.

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We celebrated the end of Books at Bedtime with a PJ day at school and a special visit from Andy Messer, our story teller in residence.

Everyone loved being able to come to school in their pjs and share some of their favourite stories with each other, especially when we were allowed to go and sit in the staff room to read our stories and then drank delicious hot chocolate!

What is your favourite story? Who is your favourite author?

Storytelling with Andy Messer… Part 3

We have had our final session with Andy Messer… and what an exciting session it was! We picked up exactly where we left off in our second session with Andy and climbed to the top of a tall tree. When we reached the top of the tree, we could see that we were surrounded by dinosaurs. We used our learning journals to make a note of the things that we could see, smell and hear!


Andy found an old watch buried in the ground. We studied it carefully and discovered that there were some initials on the back of the watch.

Who did they belong to? Can you remember?


We went exploring after we heard some rustling of leaves close by. What did we find?


When we returned to the camp site, the weather started to change and we needed to build a shelter to keep ourselves dry and warm.


Once the rain had stopped, we heard some shouting in the distance so we went to investigate… We had found Uncle Albert! The watch belonged to him. The watch was an extra time machine that he had made so that if he ever went missing, Andy would be able to find him!


We have had such an exciting time with Andy over the last 3 weeks. We will be using all of these ideas in our story writing after the half term holidays… We can’t wait to show Andy some of our stories!

Superstar Writer of the Week – Spring 1 – Week 5

Well done to this week’s Superstar Writer of the Week!


In Literacy, we have been learning about how to write an explanation of how a seed turns into a sunflower. You have impressed the adults this week with your independent writing, remembering to check your writing back to make sure that you hadn’t missed anything!

Safety Week 2018

This week, we have been looking at how to stay safe. We can do this in lots of different ways.

It was Internet Safety Day on Tuesday 6th February and we read the stories PenguinPig and MonkeyCow by Stuart Spendlow and Amy Bradley.


These books help us to know that we shouldn’t talk to strangers online as they might be pretending to be someone that they aren’t and that passwords need to be kept secret.

We used Purple Mash on the laptops to create our own rules for staying safe online.


In the afternoons, we swapped classrooms with Ruby class to learn more about staying safe.

With Miss Varley, we have been learning all about how to stay safe on the road.



WIth Miss Mason, we looked at different ways to stay safe at school, online and with our personal hygiene.


To find out more about staying safe online, click here to check out our school’s blog for online safety.