Year 6 – Week 3

Back to SAT’s.

This week, all of Year 6 sat their English SAT test for the term. This time, all the classes were spilt into groups, and the test taken in the exact way they will be in May, rather than in whole classes. Maths was the focus of the week, and next week it will change to English. There were plenty of smiles as the marks are getting higher, and children seeing the amazing progress they have been making since September when they sat down nervously for their first attempt. Some of the children even said they enjoyed the tests!

The Year 6 footballers were out again, and after a great win in the first game, came up against old enemies in the next, which resulted in their heaviest defeat to date. However, using our knowledge of growth mindset, the boys took the positives from the game, and know how to improve in the future.

The achievement awards went to:

6HM – Harris Barber – for excellent progress in writing.

6GD – Tillie Murray – for fantastic participation and contributing well in all lessons.

6KH – Jack Thompson – for a fantastic attitude and effort all week.

Well done to these three, and keep up all the hard work!

Mrs. Hunter



As part of a national competition, 39 members of Year 6 have volunteered to take part in ‘Bananagrams’. This is a really fun, easy spelling game (a bit like scrabble but without a board) where you make your own word grid using  little letter tiles.

The winner is the first person to use all of their letter tiles, once the ‘bunch’ has been used up. There are chances to ‘peel’ and ‘split’, before everyone goes ‘bananas’ and we see if there is a winner (top banana) or a rotten banana in the group!

Over the next few weeks, the 39 will be whittled down to the final 8, who will play head to head until the school winner is announced.  This person will then go up against winners from other schools in a web based competition. The top prize for the national winner is £1000 for their school, a trophy, and the title of Top Banana of the Year!

Good luck to all those taking part, and make sure you don’t become a rotten banana!

Mrs. Hunterbananagrams

Year 6 – Trip to the Winter Gardens

In our topic work this term, we are looking into the disaster at the Victoria Hall. We have been amazed and appalled by the size of the disaster, and begun to link together the clues from our suitcase. However, Mrs March, Miss Dobson and Mrs Hunter thought we could benefit from a look at some more evidence from the time, and where better to go than to the Winter Gardens?

We began our ‘long’ walk down to the museum on Friday morning, all eager to keep moving and warm. Some fabulous parents, grandparents and guardians came with us, and we were soon inside a huge room, waiting to see what the day had in store for us. The three classes each had a time slot with an expert from the museum, to investigate the disaster further.

6GD were first, and during this time, the other classes were able to explore the rest of the exhibits, from dinosaurs and wild animals to glass and ship building.  These displays will really help us with the rest of our topic work this term.

6KH followed and then 6HM after lunch, before everyone went into Mowbray Park to have a look at the memorial statue. Sadly, it had been vandalised, and the glass windows smashed. This has led to a slight change of focus in our lessons to discuss anti-social behaviour; what is it and why do people commit these crimes?

The only thing left to do was a quick visit to the gift shop, and the walk back up to school. Everyone enjoyed the day, and are excited about putting their new knowledge into their lessons in the next few weeks.

Mrs. Hunter

Spring Week 2

After a fun filled week back we have continued the learning and the fun in 4AB. Exciting news in Topic – we have been introduced to our new theme which is ‘History Mystery in a Suitcase’ and we have had a personal letter from the BBC asking for our help. Turns out they have heard how good we are at researching from our Anglo-Saxon visitors. The whole year group are so excited to help them and create a museum at the end of it!

We received an artefact which we have since discovered is a brooch of the famous Norse God, Odin. We have researched and written a letter back – let’s hope they reply soon.

We have been looking at Fractions in Maths, we are getting very good at these and are working through some tricky reasoning and problem solving questions.

In English we have written our very own story – the challenge is to make the reader feel dislike for the character which hasn’t been too difficult as we had a good model from the text we have been reading.

Headteacher certificate this week was awarded to Ade, for his fantastic knowledge about Viking Gods – a shame he wasn’t there to receive it but we will make sure it is passed on.

Another great attendance week in 4AB, getting 100%, that’s the 7th time we have had the honour – keep it up!

Check back next week for an update and pictures of what we have been up to.

Miss Baker 🙂

First blog post

First blog post

Hello! Welcome to the Barnes Junior School blog!

Miss Baker (4AB) and Mrs Hunter (6KH), along with the Year 6 media team, would like to invite you to our school blog, and a chance to see more of the fantastic and exciting work we do each week. 

Currently, we are all enjoying a fabulous Christmas, recharging the batteries before another term starts on the 9th of January. All the children are learning about a mysterious suitcase, which has been delivered to the school, and will unlock wonders and challenges for all. The term will be filled with amazing trips, super visitors and plenty of interesting learning. 

Each week, on Friday, there is an achievement assembly. This is a chance for each class to celebrate the successes of individuals, as well as awarding the attendance certificate, pen licences and house point house winners. These will be relayed through the blog along with other aspects of the learning. 

So for now, have a fantastic holiday, and lets make 2017 one to remember for all!

Mrs. Hunter