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Hopwood’s History Timeline

Throughout the year, each class will be adding posts to the timeline, which will include key historical dates and periods from their learning.

My Lion Poem, by Freya

If you want to see a lion,

You must go to the dark, scary end,

Of the spooky green forest.


I know a lion,

Who’s living down there,

She’s a – mean, she’s a – scary, she’s a – hungry,

She’s a – hasty.


But if you really want to see a lion,

You must go to the spooky green forest,

And she’ll come right in front of you,

But don’t stay standing or she’ll pounce up at you, so



My Panda Poem, by Daisy

If you want to see a panda

You must go down to the dangerous , wild end

Of the amazing jungle.


I know a panda,

Who’s living up there,

She’s a – big, she’s a – funny, she’s a  – nice

She’s a – silly.


But if you really want to see a panda

You must go down the dangerous ,wild  end

Of the amazing jungle.


Go down slowly to the jungle and say

Panda mama

Panda mama

Panda Mamaaaaaaaaa!


And she’ll rise,

But don’t take your time eating your dinner,


Wilder beast, by Alex

If you want to see a wilder beast

You must go over to the dry sandy, atmosphere

Of the African desert.


I know a wilder beast

Who’s living over there

He’s a fierce. He’s a deadly. He’s a scary.

He’s a ferocious.


But if you want to see a wilder beast

You must go over to the dry, sandy, atmosphere

Of the African desert

Go down curiously to the savannah and say

Wilder beast papa

Wilder beast papa

Wider beast papapa.


And up hell rise but don’t wait to see its reactions


Poetry Week

This week our school is holding a Poetry Week in celebration on National Poetry Day on 6th October 2016.

If you want to see an alligator

you must go down the muddy slushy end

of the old Caroony River.

I know an alligator

who’s living down there.

She’s a-big. She’s a-mean. She’s a-wild.

She’s a-fierce.

But if you really want to see an alligator

you must go down to the muddy slushy end

of the old Caroony River.

Go down gently to that river and say

‘Alligator Mama

Alligator Mama

Alligator Mamaaaaaaa.’

And up she’ll rise

but don’t stick around


During the week we are going to be looking at features of poetry and have a go at writing our own versions of the poem above.

What are the features of this poem?

Can you find pairs of words that rhyme?

Can you think of some different adverbs and adjectives to use instead?


Dream Jars

To celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl we have been writing our own dreams for the BFG to collect and put in the dream jars.

What were the ingredients for your dream jar?

Who were the characters in your dream?

My Setting Description, by Amelia

Germany has a boiling hot sun in the cloudy, blue sky. If you look closely you can see big colourful birds . You can listen to people  play bongo drums . You can smell freshly cooked food in fancy restaurants and watch people walking to places. I can feel the wind go through fingers.

My Setting Description, by Xavier

The dangerous hot jungles  of Africa are very dark and surprising. It’s dark so you can’t go whatever way you want unless you have a torch. The lions are in the grass.

Our Adventure Stories

This week we have been looking at adventure stories and next week we are going to be planning and writing our own.

We are going to be planning and writing descriptions of our characters and settings.

Can you remember what the features of an adventure story are?

Can you share your character or setting description?


Our topic this half term is pollution. Can you share a fact about pollution? Add a post to the Padlet below or add a comment underneath.

New School Year

Welcome back to school and Year 3.

We hope you have all had a great summer and you are ready for the year ahead. We are looking forward to exploring new topics with you and sharing our learning and writing on our blog.

What are you looking forward to this year?

Musical Playground Games with Class 8

Today we had an amazing time learning some new clapping and skipping games with Class 8. Watch our animoto to see more:

Challenge: Ask someone at home who is older than you to teach you their favourite clapping/skipping game. What did they teach you?

World Record Attempt – Largest Reading Lesson

Today we took part in a very exciting event. We took part in an attempt to break the World Record for the largest reading lesson ever. We listened to J K Rowling reading the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and then we discussed the writing an wrote some incredible scene settings, inspired by her work.

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Class 7 Euros 2016 – We’re Croatia!

We’re so excited about Euros Day on Monday.

Don’t forget that Class 7 are Croatia, so dress in red, white and blue!


Truck Safety

Today was very exciting, as there was a huge lorry in the playground!

We met Danny who taught us how to stay safe around large trucks and practised how to walk in front of them.



Mosaics and Colour Mixing

Today in Art, we carried on thinking about Gaudi and creating mosaics. Firstly, we used felt tips to create our own animal mosaic.

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Then, we discussed how different colours can be made by mixing colours together. We discovered that there are 3 primary colours: blue, yellow and red. Miss Young set us the challenge of making 5 different colours by mixing the primary colours together.

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What colours did you make and how did you make them?

Willow Sculptures

Fair Trade Picnic!


Today we had a Fair Trade picnic. We enjoyed ice-cream, bananas, pineapple, melon and some chocolate – all Fair Trade certified!


Look out for the logo in shops and join us for our class assembly on Thursday 19th May at 9:15am, when we’ll be telling our family and friends all about what we have learnt.


Magnetic or non-magnetic?

We used magnets to investigate whether objects around our classroom were magnetic or non-magnetic. We then recorded our results in a table.

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Can you remember any objects which were magnetic? What did they have in common?


Miss Gardner’s Maths Challenge


Can you figure out what is shown by the picture above?

‘El Drac’

'El Drac'

Image Credit.

This week we took inspiration from ‘El Drac’ – the multi-coloured mosaic salamander created by Gaudi at the entrance to Parc Guell.


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What do you think of our creations?

Spelling Fun

Class 7 enjoyed taking part in a spelling workshop with Ms Foster.

This included spelling battleships, roll a spelling and money spelling. We even played a game of countdown, with Mrs Gardner having the longest word!

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Water Transportation Investigation

Yesterday in science, we learnt about how water is transported through a stem. Evaporation of water from the leaves causes the stems to suck up more water.

We wanted to find out if temperature changes how quickly water is sucked up by a stem. So we set up an experiment.

We used food colouring in water so we could tell if the water had traveled up the stems. Then, we put one flower in a hot temperature (above a radiator), one at room temperature and one in the fridge. We plan to observe our experiment to see what happens and then use our findings to write a conclusion!

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