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Sea Turtle Documentaries

To finish our Science question ‘What events take place in a Sea Turtle’s life cycle?’ we explored explanation texts in English, and created our own documentary in the style of Sir David Attenborough.

After watching clips of Blue Planet and reading explanation texts of different creatures, we looked at the features required to make it engaging and interesting for the audience. To watch our documentaries use a free QR scanner app, and it will play! (I’ve tried it, and it does work!)


Master Puppeteers!

Last half term, Year 3 learnt all about puppets, exploring all the different types of puppets, how they have been popular throughout history and to discovering what makes an amazing puppet show!

We learnt lots of different sewing techniques to create our own hand puppets and they were brilliant- (We also learnt how important it is to have patience when threading a needle!)

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WER Robotics Taster Day

This Monday, KS2 had a fantastic day having small workshops exploring robotics! Each class had an hour exploring different tasks that they needed their robots to achieve. Dr Melissa Butt, who came to host the workshop, is the WER UK chairman, and brought in lots of equipment for us to use for the day.

It helped us think like an engineer and design tools to attach to motors as well as build a level of resilience. Some of our first, second or even sixth ideas didn’t work, but we all kept trying new ideas!

The robots used are part of an international competition for children called the WER (World Education Robotics). You may have seen children from Sheffield going to Shangai on the news just before Christmas, and we want to compete as well! For more information, please visit

The Digital Leaders are hoping to help towards the PTAs funding for these resources for school, and will be hosting a range of fundraising events through the week including a sponsored ‘Screen Time’, ‘Code the Teacher’ game on Wednesday and a non-uniform day on Friday.



Y6 encourage members of the public to ‘Choose Kind’

On Tuesday, the children took to the streets of Sheffield to campaign for people to spread the idea of choosing to be kind in an attempt to stop bullying.  This followed a couple of months of reading a book called Wonder which is about a boy who is bullied because he has a facial deformity. The children have really enjoyed this text, and it has made them think about the consequences of being unkind. We have done a lot of work and had discussions about what bullying is and its effects. The outcome of this was sharing their learning with members of the public in Sheffield City Centre by handing out leaflets that they had made and talking to members of the Sheffield community. It was fantastic to watch the children approaching people with confidence (even though some were a little nervous!) and having mature conversations. They really showed our school’s golden rules in abundance, especially the rule to be KIND and considerate. Well done, Y6, for making a difference!


If you go down to the woods today…

FS2 went on a brisk (and very wintery) walk to the woods today, in search of a bear!

We kicked off our new topic by reading Michael Rosen’s, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and decided that we wanted to find our own bear…

We came in to school, wrapped up warm, wearing our wellies and set off in search of a bear. We travelled through long, wavy grass and LOTS of thick, squelchy mud – there were plenty of stiles to travel over too!

The children were amazing and sang, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ all of the way! Sadly, no bears we’re discovered, however the morning was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we got a chance to explore in the woods, looking for bear clues and making some dens, just in case the bear should return…

Christmas Magic in FS2!

We’ve had a fun packed half term down in FS2 this half term!

The children are now really settled in to life at Totley and are pro’s at the routines and knowing what is expected of them.

We started this half term learning about different celebrations – we talked about how we celebrate Bonfire Night with our families, Mrs Mather taught us about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, and we learnt about Diwali! It was then time to start learning about Christianity and how Christmas is celebrated.

We were assigned roles for our much anticipated performance of ‘The Nativity’ – costume letters were sent out and parents got busy creating some fantastic costumes for us to wear. We learnt lines, practiced songs and had multiple rehearsals in the hall! It all paid off in the end and the children were absolutely fabulous – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

We also had a wonderful afternoon with our parents who came in to take part in our Christmas celebrations – we did lots of crafts, had a dance and completed a treasure hunt!

Burbage House Update

Today all our old books were finally collected and began their long journey to Africa by the Books2Africa charity. Through our readathon we managed to raise a grand total of £335. This meant that we were able to donate 25 boxes of books which had a combined weigh of half a tonne! This really is an amazing achievement and we really are so grateful to all those who took part – you really have made a difference to the people who will receive our donation. Thanks Totley!

Curbar fundraising

On Wednesday, the Curbar house raised money for the ‘Thirst Project’ charity, which is helping to make clean and safe drinking water available to as many people as possible throughout the world. We held a Christmas jumper day and it was so nice to see the whole school looking so festive and bright. Some year 6 children even decided to hold a bun sale after school to try and raise even more funds for such a worthy cause.  Big thank you to all those who volunteered to give up their time to bake at home. The bake sale alone raised £160 but when combined with the money raised for wearing festive attire, Curbar has managed to raise £265. There is still chance to buy a raffle ticket before the draw is made in Friday’s Christmas service. Thanks again TPS

Curbar house captains and their head of house

Year 3’s Trip to Magna!

At the start of our Magnets and Forces topic we went on a school trip to Magna. The children (and the teachers) absolutely loved it! We learnt so much about Forces and Magnets but we were flabbergasted by the Air, Fire and Water rooms. Have a look at our video to see all the amazing activities we did!