Well with the blogsite growing and changing so quickly and with you all about to start writing your own blogs, I thought I’d kick it all off with a new post, so here’s a question for you:
The Loch Ness Monster- fact or fiction?

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Would you rather…?

In literacy we’ve been reading and writing discussion texts, giving our opinions on many subjects and debating hot topics. We’ve got pretty good at giving reasons for our opinions and viewpoints so I thought it might be fun to blog about them too.

I wonder if anyone has heard of the book ‘Would You Rather’? It’s by famous author John Burningham (he wrote ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’ and ‘The Shopping Basket’) and is all about making choices.

So here’s the question I’d like you to answer. It comes straight from the book!

a) Jump in the nettles for £5
b) Swallow a dead frog for £20
c) Stay all night in a creepy house for £50
The catch is- you have to choose one of them!! Make sure you say why you would choose it too.

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Titanic Assembly

Here are some of the highlights of our brilliant Assembly. Please let us know what you think. And of course share these with your family and friends. We’d love to hear from them too.

Mrs Turner.

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World Book Day at Benton Park

World Book Day has given us lots of opportunities to read and talk about our favourite books and characters.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about the day.

Here are some things you might want to think about.

Who did you dress up as?

What activities did you take part in?

Is there a book that you would like to read having heard about it on the day?

What is your favourite book and why?

I look forward to hearing your comments.


Mrs Turner

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Thank you for the gifts you sent

I am posting this to say thank you for sending the gifts to Benton Park. It will help us a lot because the books will help children to read more, the science  equipment will help us with our science projects and the games help us to learn.
We know that we haven’t met you but we are very grateful to you and hope you can find out what we do with all your presents by reading our blog.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Abigail and William
on behalf of the children of Benton Park

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Ghost Story

Watch this and write the shortstory

-effective opener

– set the scene

-create tension

-use a range of connectives and punctuation inclusing commas.

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Anne Frank

What an interesting week we’ve had studying the life of Anne Frank and her family. Her diary was so beautifully written yet it was about the most terrible times. I know you were all very moved by the situation she found herself in and I have been very moved by your carefully written diary entries as children in hiding. I’d love to hear your thoughts. How did you feel when you found out what happened to many Jewish families? What did you find the most interesting, surprising or shocking? Think about the diary extracts, photographs and sounds you explored and then share your thoughts. I can’t wait to read them!

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hydroponics in action

So we’re giving the hydroponics kit kindly given to the school by Real Radio a try! Thanks to Mr Turner who helped us get started this afternoon. Growing plants without soil and inside a classroom? I wonder how successful we’ll be? Will the seeds in soil grow more quickly than the ones without? We need to work together to make it work. Look out for that first leaf and the roots! Watch this space everyone…

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All change!

Well it certainly has been a big change for me teaching in Year 5 and 6 for the first time in ten years at Benton Park! But that’s exactly why I decided it was time for a challenge and I am loving every minute of it.

From messy science experiments with cornflour and smelly experiments with vinegar we have been exploring change in more ways than one!  

I have been most impressed with the thoughtful pieces of writing you’ve all produced. The Star Writers wall is no longer big enough!

We now know that Neville Chamberlain was not speaking from his “utility room” but the Cabinet Room when he declared war on Germany and are looking forward to finding out more. Thank you to all of you who have been talking to your families and sharing fascinating histories with us all. Josh, your Grandpa’s letter home to his dad was truly moving and brought tears to my eyes although his World War 2 helmet probably looked better on him than it did on Mr Shepherd!

Thank you to all of you for a fabulous start! Now it’s your turn- how have you found the start of term and the changes you have faced? What have you enjoyed and what are you looking forward to? What have your achievements been already? I can’t wait to read your replies.

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