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.

World News

New Blog

Thank you to everyone who has visited our blog and left comments for us.

We have started a new blog, which we are sharing with our class mates in Year 3 and Year 4, and this blog will no longer be updated.

If you would like to visit our new blog please follow the link below.


Year 3 Memories


Our time in Year 3 has nearly come to an end and what an exciting year we have had.

Can you leave a comment about what you favourite memories are from this school year?

Flat Stanley Adventures


This week we have been writing our own adventure stories in literacy about Flat Stanley.

You need to try and include interesting openers, fronted adverbials, subordinate clauses and character description.

We have been looking at fronted adverbials where we start a sentence with an adverb that describes a character or noun.

Angrily, the wind blew through the trees.

Post your opening paragraph in the comments box below to share your work.


This week we have been learning about different types of poetry including limericks, haikus and kennings. We have recorded one of our poems to share with you!

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Spencer Silver, by Isabelle

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We researched Spencer Silver as part of Science Week, can you share a fact about him?

Spencer Silver, by Brooklyn May

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Can you share a fact about Spencer Silver?

Postcards from New Zealand

We received a special delivery this week from Mr Webb and Room Three in New Zealand. We made our own volcanic postcards to send them and we were very excited to receive their postcards back as well as their blog posts. The envelope also contained some information and maps of their local area for us to read, which will be very useful for our map work!

Show not tell sentences

We have been practising writing show not tell sentences in literacy.

Show not tell sentences are when you describe a character’s actions and body language to describe their mood or feelings rather than using words like angry, upset or shocked.

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So instead of writing the Mad Hatter was sad, you could write

One tear slowly ran down the Mad Hatter’s face as he stared at the floor.

Can you describe one of the characters above using a show not tell sentence?


The Haunted House by Alex

The mysterious, strange bookshelf hung gently from the cracked, suspicious wall. The old, broken window lay close to the crooked branch. The large, rusty grandfather clock lies next to the old, dirty mantelpiece. The uncomfortable, Victorian-style arm chair is next to the dusty vase. The glistening, beaming chandelier magically hung from the cracked rusty ceiling. The tremendous, weird mirror lay next to the old-fashioned, unattractive paintings. The old, uncomfortable settee lays near the magical, suspicious rug.

Expanded noun phrases with prepositions

We have been looking at using expanded noun phrases linked with prepositions to describe a scene or setting.

Can you think of a sentence to describe this scene using an expanded noun phrase?

World Book Day Mannequin Challenge

We all took part in the mannequin challenge today with a World Book Day twist.
Which book did you choose from Gringotts?

World Book Day Mannequin Challenge from Mrs Atherton on Vimeo.

Postcard Delivery

We’ve had some very exciting news…

Mr Webb and Room Three have posted on their blog to say that our postcards have arrived. All the way in New Zealand on the other side of the world.

They’ve blogged some photographs of themselves, our postcards and the volcano, Mount Taranki, in the background.

Can you see Mount Taranki on the map? Do the live on North Island or South Island?

Click HERE to visit their class blog.

The Hogwarts Sound Collector

Today we have been adapting the Sound Collector poem and giving it a magical Hogwarts twist.

We all started with the same opening stanza, then we wrote our own stanzas.

Can you share your favourite line from your poem?

A stranger called at Hogwarts this morning

Dressed all in black and grey

Put every sound into a bag

And carried them away.

Owl Delivery!

There was a little owl visitor waiting for us when we came to school this morning with a special delivery for each class.

We got our letter in assembly this morning. What do you think is inside?

We couldn’t wait any longer…

The Stone Age

Can you share a fact on our Padlet or leave a comment about our new topic?

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Postcards to New Zealand

Our volcano postcards are on their way to New Zealand.

How do you think they’ll get there? Which countries might our postcards travel through on their journey? How long do you think it’ll take for them to get there?


Natural Disasters , by Olivia

Natural Disasters

The natural disasters that may occur are volcanoes , Earthquakes , Tsunamis and Tornadoes . Volcanoes are a mountain that shoots out hot lava . Earthquakes are were the earth rapidly shakes and causes a distruption  . Tsunamis are a huge wave that is very very  strong . Tornadoes are a large gust of wind that swurls round and  sucks things in .


Can you find any features of an explanation text in my writing?

Natural Disasters, by Thomas

Natural Disaster

This report will tell you all about the natural disasters from volcanoes , earthquakes and tornadoes. Before making up your mind which is the biggest natural disaster you will need to read this report.

What happens when a volcano is formed?

When a volcano is forming you should be able to feel heat under your feet , see a little lump in the ground and it could be anywhere. The pressure builds up from under ground making a lumpy shape on top. There are 3 stages of a volcano active , dormant and extinct. Active is where it could erupt any second. dormant means it won’t erupt for 1000 years and extinct means it will never erupt again.

How do plates create an earthquake?

To create an earthquake the plates start rubbing against each other and over each other and finally  a split creates a big push on the Earth’s crust which keeps repeating which shakes the ground. An earthquake can last for several seconds or an hour.

How is a tornado formed?

A tornado is formed by when the hot air meets the cold air , there can be rain , thunder and lightening. Lots of big clouds role in and a little funnel appears. It gets bigger but thinner , tornadoes are measured F1 , F2 , F3 , F4 and F5.


Can you find any features of an explanation text in my writing?

Why is earth so angry by Freya

Why is the earth so angry?

This text is all about earthquakes , volcanoes and tornados . All of them are very dangerous but people don’t do anything to cause them. they are called natural disasters.

What happens when a volcano is formed.

A volcano is formed when there is a crack in the earths tectonic plates and the crack gets bigger and pressure starts to form. The pressure  gets so intense and the magma bursts out in an eruption . whilst the magmais still pooring out.


Can you find any features of an explanation text in my writing?

Why is the Earth so angry? by Amelia

Why is the Earth so angry?

Volcanos tornados and Earthquakes are the Earth’s natural disasters which are worse than you think. Did you know disasters are located in the ring of fire?


Can you find any features of an explanation text in my writing?