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Yours oinkily, HGS

We loved writing letters to Tracey, from the British Pig Association, who helped us to obtain our new pigs: Hope and Glory.

We spent some time last week gathering ideas about what makes the school such a good place for the pigs to be, as well as discussing descriptive vocabulary to describe the pigs and their new surroundings.

The results were fantastic and our letters have been sent off to Tracey. Below are a few examples of the letters written:


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Matt’s New Story

We’ve been reading Bill’s New Frock in English recently. It’s a story in which Bill wakes up with a shock when something very strange has happened.

We were all inspired to write a story about the time something strange happened, with the emphasis on creative writing. Below is Matthew’s story.

As you read, see if you can identify the writing techniques that he’s used and be sure to comment on them at the bottom of the screen.

Also, Matthew chose not to give the story a title, can you suggest one?

Once there was a boy called Matthew. He was a normal boy. He had blue eyes and brown hair. But one day something bad happened.

He woke up and got dressed into his Barcelona away football top and some white tracksuit bottoms. He looked in the mirror and realised that he had a mohican! He was shocked. He walked quickly out of the door and Matthew’s mohican got stuck in a cobweb.

“Oh no, oh no, oh no,” Matthew said “This is not good”


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Daisy’s Christmas Hymn

Sycamore were left in awe today as Daisy presented a hymn that she had written herself. The lyrics she has chosen are completely seasonally appropriate and the class could imagine singing them at the carol concert.

The only thing Daisy didn’t have was a tune to sing it to. Perhaps you can think of one when you have finished reading it?

Light the glory again

Dear Lord and Holy Spirit
It’s that time of year,
When the Christ was born,
the shepherds came
and the angels sang
for the glory was there.

So light the glory again
Light the glory again
Light the glory again
On Christmas night.

So we celebrate King Jesus
King of the Jews
Jesus our saviour
was here to save us all
To be born and live a nice life
For all of us.


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Roman Letters

Year 3 have combined their work on letter writing in English lessons with their Roman history knowledge to create some superb Roman letters. The task was to write a letter to their parents back in Rome, describing their time as a Roman soldier in Britain.

Have a look at these few examples to see what they achieved…

Can you spot the features of a letter used?  

What other Roman facts do you know?

The other children’s letters will be visible around the classrooms shortly.

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The Island in the Mist

Ethan has been inspired by Year 3’s recent group of story writers on the blog and has created his own exciting adventure. Please have a read and enjoy…

Chapter One: Sea Holiday

One day in a town called Highland, lived a little boy called Ethan. He was an adventurous boy. He had a friend called Anthony and they went to school on a usual day because they wanted to tell everyone they were going on holiday next week.

Next week came quickly, they were ready to go. They had a ship, a suitcase and a life coat. ‘’There!’’ said Anthony, ‘’we’re ready to go, lift the anchor!’’

Ethan shouted, ‘’We’re off!’’

Chapter Two: The Plum Plum Tree


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Up-level your writing!

3 Sycamore have today been looking at how to use their skills with VCOP to improve sentences.

As a class we tried to improve the Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation in some pretty boring sentences.

We did this one as a class…

I played football at break time.


Disregarding the fact that I was humiliated and in bad pain from being hit by the round, stripy ball, I played football competitively at break time.


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The Treasure of the Lost Tribe

Hector has been working hard in his spare time at home and produced an imaginative story that he would love to share with everyone.

Please have a read and leave some comments for him…

One summery day, three boys called Pie Face, Curly and Dennis went on a school trip. They went to an ancient place known as the Pits of England where people discover interesting things.

When Mrs Creacher arrived, the boys got out of the bus and looked around. Gnasher (Dennis’ dog) and Walter were already there.

On the floor Dennis found some lemon drops which he ate. However, the lemon drops were quite fierce because they made him do massive burps!

All of a sudden, Dennis and Gnasher spotted some workmen. One of them found a silver buckle. He said, ‘’it’s from the treasure of the lost tribe!’’

Dennis replied, ‘‘that’s rubbish! Let’s find some real treasure.’’


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The Haunted House

Shruti has written a wonderful story over half term and she would love to share it with everyone. Please leave some comments for her and ENJOY…

Lilly and Josh were brother and sister but they acted like two friends because they were always fighting.Today they were not fighting because they were going on a school trip to a massive art gallery. They were really excited because it was their first time going to a gallery! They were imagining how the enchanting gallery would be like. It would be red from outside and yellow from inside and it would have a beautiful chandelier at the top of the building. It would just be perfect, they thought.

“Ok then children, we are getting on the bus in any minute now so please stand in a silent queue.” said Miss Bat their teacher. They sat on the bus and started to go. Everyone was really excited but Lilly and Josh were the most excited. They eventually got to the gallery but when they got there it wasn’t like they imagined. It wasn’t red from outside, it wasn’t yellow from inside, it didn’t have a big chandelier at the top. Instead it was black from outside and black from inside. It had cobwebs at the top of the building, it wasn’t perfect. It was horrible. Once they got in they saw loads of things but no art work. Lilly and Josh were shocked, Miss Bat was shocked and the children were all shocked. Everyone thought that it looked more like a haunted house. “Come on then children, we have a lot see.” said their tour guide.


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Roar Talent!

After our successful trip to see ‘Lion King’ at Lyceum theatre in London, our follow-up work was bound to be a roaring success.

Below you can read our responses. We were encouraged to write using one of the genres that we’ve learned about in Year 3. We were really pleased with the imagination and creativity shown in the finished pieces.

See if you can name the genres used in the pieces below, and don’t forget to comment on what you liked and what you would recommend for improvement. 


Click to see more of our writing.  (more…)

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Year 3 go Medieval!

As always, the Year 3 children have been hard at work. Today they have been writing wonderful descriptions of a medieval castle scene. They were asked to use a range of SIMPLE, COMPOUND and COMPLEX sentences. Here are a few examples of what they produced. Please have a read and make some comments.

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The black, tiny birds flew over the large tower as the huge, rocky black mountains stayed still. As the gruesome, horrendous horses galloped forward, the confident, heroic knights were ready to win!

The dark, slimy dungeons were as disgusting as millions of ghosts and zombies. Meanwhile, the sleek, gorgeous princess was making a brave, courageous boy a knight.


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