My Watch Has Ended


So my final ever post on this class blog.  Thank you to everyone who has visited and especially to those of you that left the children a comment. We’ve really enjoyed showcasing what we do and we can’t believe we’ve had over 250,000 hits. It’s a sad day for both the children and myself as we leave Radcliffe Hall and move to pastures new. Radcliffe Hall will forever be with us, we’ve made lots of good friends and worked with some fantastic staff. Have a fantastic summer – you deserve it. Thank you and goodbye.

Mr V


In English, we have created suspense stories and videos based on the short video of ‘Alma’ on the Literacy Shed.

Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.

Snow blanketed the quiet, deserted village where the sky was a shimmering blue. Frosty, sparkling pavements lined the streets. Rooftops were covered white for as far as the eye could see. The wind whistled gently down the alleyways. Skipping joyfully along the slippery path, the young girl was enjoying the winters day.

Stopping suddenly, she glanced up and saw a wall full of names in chalk writing. She added her name (Alma). Something made Alma turn around. When she did she was amazed! Before her was a shop that had a front as scary looking as a monster. As she got closer, she realised there was a doll behind the frosted glass with a startling resemblance to herself.

Exited, thrilled, confused Alma pulled determinedly on the shops door handle. It was locked. “Stupid door!” grumbled Alma angrily, throwing a snowball at the door-bang! She began to stomp away, when the door mysteriously opened. Slowly, she entered the shop.

Inside the dimly-lit room, Alma gazed around her and saw dozens of dolls of all shapes and sizes. Out of nowhere, a male doll on a bicycle pedalled furiously towards her, banged into her leg and fell over. Gently, Alma picked him up and he cycled towards the door just as it slammed shut.

When Alma returned to look at her doll look-alike, she realised it had disappeared. She searched everywhere. Where could it be? Just then, she spotted it out of the corner of her eye. It was looking down on her from a high shelf, surrounded by other dolls. Climbing onto a stool, she stood on her tiptoes and reached up to grab the doll. As she touched the dolls face, images flashed before her eyes; terrifying, startling images that made her heart beat like a drum. Before Alma had time to scream her body was transported inside the doll and she realised she was seeing through the dolls eyes. Would she ever see her family again?

Toby W

Kidnapped from Radcliffe Hall Primary School on Vimeo.

Playtime is Banned!

It's Playtime

It’s Playtime

Mrs G has tried to ban play times! Here are some of our letters that we have written to persuade Mrs L to stop this happening.

Dear Mrs L,

I am writing to you about the recent proposal to ban playtimes. I think that we should keep playtimes for the benefit of both adults and children. I firmly feel that banning play is not obeying the children’s right of leisure, play and culture.

Firstly, the UNCRC say that every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities. Also, I think we should not ban play as we are not always with our friends.

In support of this, article 15 says that every child has the right to meet with friends and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other children from enjoying their rights.

According to the United Nations, the opportunity for play and recreation is a fundamental right for all children. Break times are a social activity that allow children to develop their social skills and create friendships.

In summary, I think we should keep play-times for these reasons and also in [article 3] the best interest of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children. What do you think of banning play time? I will be waiting for your reply.

Yours sincerely,


Dear Mrs L,

I am writing to you to say that we keep playtimes for the benefit of both children and adults. I strongly feel that not having playtimes would be disrespecting the children’s rights.

Firstly, according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights to play (Article31) (leisure, play and culture.) Every child has the right to relax, play and join in a wide range of culture and artistic activities.

Furthermore, we work for over 6 hours a day so we all need to give our brains a break. This is good for the teachers as well because they can go and have a coffee in the staffroom.

Finally, I think we should not ban playtimes because break times are a social activity that allow children to develop their social skills and create friendships. For these reasons, I think you should rea think the idea of banning play times because I think children need a break.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas L


The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

In science, we have been learning about life cycles. Here are some explanation texts about the life cycle of a butterfly.

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

The wonderful life cycle of a butterfly

All butterflies have four stages in their life cycle. Each and every one of these stages also have goals. A caterpillar turning into a butterfly is the main stage. Also, a butterfly becoming an adult is called metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is where something undergoes a change because it doesn’t look like the adult, or is different to the adult.


The eggs are laid by the female, just like any egg-laying creature, with the exception of sea-horses. They are about the size of sesame seeds and are usually found on the underside of leaves or twig. They are laid close together and in mounds of hundreds.


Stage 2 is the caterpillar hatching and emerging from its egg. It starts by chewing a hole in the side of the egg. Soon enough it emerges at only two millimetres long, small enough to sit on the head of a pin. Whilst they are young, caterpillars are virtual eating machines. They feed, all the time, on milkweed leaves. This helps them grow. After they have spent five days in their egg, they emerge only to eat, grow and become butterflies. Whilst they are rapidly growing, they are also rapidly shedding skin.


Stage 3 is the caterpillar shedding its final skin. It sheds its skin and becomes a pupa. This is called ‘pupation’. Once it becomes a pupa, it remains immobile for one and a half weeks, its leaf like appearance camouflaging it.


Once the larva has finally emerged-finally as a butterfly-it will stick to the chrysalis (pupa). Its wings will be very small. Thirty minutes, however, will be enough time to pump fluid and expand the wings. Now it is ready for its first flight.

Once the cycle has finished, it will restart as the butterfly lays more eggs. Pollinating the country is what these creatures will continue to do.

Shane J

The Butterfly Life Cycle

Butterflies are insects which have four colorful wings. Butterflies have wings that are made up of tiny scales. Scientists estimate that there are between 15,000 and 20,000 different species of butterflies. Butterflies taste with their feet. The butterflies undergoes a complete metamorphosis. Metamorphosis means where a change occurs because the young are different from their parents.

Stage 1: The egg

First, it starts when a female butterfly lays her egg on leaves or stems of a plant. Inside these really tiny eggs, the caterpillars grow. The size of the egg is like the size of a sesame seed. The time it takes for the egg to hatch can also vary-in some species, this might take a few weeks.

Stage 2: The caterpillar

Once ready, the caterpillar leaves its egg. When it comes out it’s about 2 millimeters long. The caterpillar soon afterwards, eats its whole egg. Next, they start to chomp on leaves. During this stage, they shed their skin 4 or 5 times while they are growing. A fully grown caterpillar can be 100 times bigger that when it emerged from its egg!

Stage 3: The pupa

When the caterpillar is fully grown t forms itself into a pupa (or chrysalis). They usually change into this process on a twig in a hidden areas, so they can hide from predators. The ‘pupa’ stage might take a few weeks several months depending on the species. During this time, a hardened case forms around the pupa.

Stage 4: The butterfly

Once the butterfly is ready to emerge, the case around the pupa splits open. The butterfly is still not ready to fly away because the wings are really wet, soft and wrinkled, so its waits for them to dry. Once it’s ready to fly, the butterfly searches for flowers to lay eggs. This means the process starts again.

Now you know how a butterfly life cycle looks like.

Amelia B

The Graveyard Tale by Callum, Jack, Alisha, Gary and Qasim

The Graveyard Tale from Radcliffe Hall Primary School on Vimeo.

Drumz Aloud

Drumz Aloud Blog from Kath Gothard on Vimeo.

The Witch’s Curse by Annabelle and Taylor Ann

This years stop-frame animation for the TCSC Media Awards 2016. Oscars at Bury!

The Witch’s Curse from Radcliffe Hall Primary School on Vimeo.

The Swing

This years video entry for the TCSC Media Awards 2016. Oscars at Bury!

The Swing from Radcliffe Hall Primary School on Vimeo.

Lift Off …

This years video entry for the TCSC Media Awards 2016. Oscars at Bury!

Lift Off… from Radcliffe Hall Primary School on Vimeo.

Schools Out For Summer

Schools out for Summer. from Radcliffe Hall Primary School on Vimeo.