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Forces and Magnets

This half term Year 3 have been learning about Forces and Magnets and we have done so many fantastic experiments, investigations and artwork. The children have been predicting, carrying out fair tests and creating conclusions from their results. Magnets and Forces has been part of many lessons including our Topic, English, Maths and Guided Reading so we are all experts now!

Here are some fantastic pictures of our work this half term!

Igniting Creative Writing

For our most recent Creative Writing morning, there was a twist! The children were not given a theme as usual, but they picked what and how they wanted to write.

In FS2 and KS1, some children chose to design ‘Wanted’ posters, others got creative and made Top Trumps and others baked biscuits and wrote about who they would give theirs to!

KS2 started with an assembly in which children were shown 4 stimuli that were selected by different teachers. The children then went with the teacher who had also chosen that theme.

The children had a great morning of creativity and it was great to see them enjoying their writing in a way that they chose.

Here are some pictures of our day.


Remembrance at Totley Primary School

The whole school used art to think about World War One and learn about what Remembrance means.

Each class did a different style of art:

  • FS2 used their fine motor skills to create poppy wreaths. They baked and decorated Remembrance biscuits in our new cooking room
  • Year 1 used vegetables to make repeated printed patterns
  • Year 2 learnt about tone, shade and silhouettes
  • Year 3 made collagraph printing blocks
  • Year 4 created 3D forms and learnt about how World War One affected Totley and Sheffield
  • Year5 used sewing skills to create felt poppies and used a range of media and techniques to create abstract art to capture mood and atmosphere


Check out some pictures below of our work in progress. More to follow!

Autumn Days

Snapped this at playtime! Autumn days are upon us!

Flo, Safa, May and Olivia enjoying some down time between lessons at playtime.

Science Ambassador Training

Our ambassadors had the opportunity for a fun-filled, exciting science trip last week.

They did different experiments, as in self-inflating glove, non-newtonian slime, ecstatic butterflies and heavy words. There were loads more too!

They had to do presentations to the rest of the science ambassadors from other schools.

The ambassadors have lots of ideas for the coming year – such as science days and festivals.

Groovy Greek Soldiers!

This half term we have been learning all about the Ancient Greeks! We have learnt about when they were around, some famous ancient Greeks, how they lived their daily lives and some of the famous Greek myths! But we really enjoyed learning about the Ancient Greek armies and how under Alexander the Great, they created one of the world’s largest empires! We made our own shields, hoping to look as brave, powerful and great as Alexander himself!

Thornbridge adventure!

Last week, Year 6 went to Thornbridge! We spent three days camping in the Peak District and sampling a lot of different activities to push ourselves outside our comfort zone. We made memories that will last a lifetime!

Children took part in mountain biking, canoeing, high ropes, the Thornbridge Challenge, den building, camp fire and night line. The traditional egg roulette quiz had a sticky ending for many!

Thornbridge staff praised all our children for their positive attitude and their perfect manners. We are all really proud of how hard everyone tried to achieve their personal best!

Egyptian Shadufs

With the weather so amazing recently, Y5 took a stroll into the woods this morning to create our very own Egyptian shadufs.

Shadufs were a way of collecting water from the Nile up the banks to the farmland, and they had a variety of structures.  We went down to the local stream, and created our own shadufs by the bank using only natural resources (and some string from the classroom!). In teams, a structure was made, and counter balances were also added by using appropriate sized rocks. Check out the incredible finished shadufs!

For all the photos and shadufs, visit our class blog

Science ambassadors’ day out!

We went to SHU as part of our science ambassador role.

We talked to other schools about what we have been doing in science this year. We showed them our swimming raisins experiment.

In the afternoon we extracted DNA from a strawberry in the STEM lab.

We had an amazing day.

Click here to watch our animoto.

A view from inside the build!

Our Y5 and Y6 school councilors were very excited today as they had the opportunity to look around the building site for the first time. The builders are up to first floor level now, with the timber frame flying up and about to be clothed in bricks. It was amazing to get a feel for the layout of how the new parts of school will be, and walking through what will become classrooms, toilets and corridors was a fascinating experience. The children had lots of questions about the equipment the builders were using (especially powertools!) and the different materials used in the construction process. Thanks to Ian, Jordan and Ken from Engie for taking us around.