Carlton Junior & Infant School

Carlton Junior School
  • "The headteacher, governors and senior leaders are highly ambitious for all pupils."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The Reception provision is good. Outdoors and indoors, children access interesting and well planned learning experiences."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "Pupils from different cultural backgrounds, including those at an early stage of learning English, achieve well."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "Pupils behave well, enjoy their lessons and are proud of their school. They say how safe and well cared for they feel."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "Parents are positive about the school's work. They value the ways in which staff prepare their children for life in modern Britain, and in their local multi-cultural community."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The school is led by an inspirational headteacher. She has high expectations of all pupils, and is highly regarded by parents, and by all who work alongside her."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The quality of teaching in Reception is good. Children from different cultures and heritages happily play together. They display overall positive behaviour and attitudes to learning.."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The quality of pupils' learning is good. They cooperate well together in groups, persevere well as individuals, and make good use of opportunities to share and refine their ideas with each other."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "Teaching is good because most teachers plan interesting activities that encourage pupils to think for themselves."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The school's motto 'dream, aspire, achieve' underpins pupils' good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Staff help all children to become confident citizens of the future."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "The school promotes exceptionally well the fundamental British values of freedom, law and, equality of opportunity."
    OFSTED 2015
  • "Partnerships with parents are good. Parents express confidence in the work of the school, and the impact that it has on their children's lives."
    OFSTED 2015
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Year 3 


This week in our English lessons children have been learning about a traditional form of Japanese poetry called Haiku. We began by focusing on the features of Haiku poems and looked at the number of lines and syllables they contained and whether there was a rhyme scheme in the poems. We followed this with a lesson where we looked at incomplete Haiku poems, and thought about and worked out what the subject of the poem could be in order to complete them. Eventually after writing a class Haiku all about spring, we wrote our own poems. Take a look at some of our work.


On Monday, as part of ‘bring a parent to school week’, Year 3 parents came to join us for the morning. Parents initially watched their children take part in a Reading for Meaning session and then enjoyed watching as their children split up into two teams, to debate whether it was ok for Jack to steal from the Giant in the story of Jack and the beanstalk. The children had a fantastic debate and raised some valid arguments. The parents found it difficult to judge which side was stronger during the debate.


On Tuesday, Year 3 and 4 took part in an educational and entertaining Irie steel pans workshop led by Junior and Marcella. The workshop gave children an opportunity to experience live music, have a go at playing the pans, dance and learn about the history of the pan and how they are made and played. The workshop was very popular with the children and they had a fantastic time. The music allowed the children to express themselves but more importantly, it taught them something about another musical culture and its history.


Children have been studying ancient Egypt in topic and as part of their work they choreographed and performed an Egyptian dance in groups. During a further topic lesson children had a fantastic time using clay to make a cartouche. They modelled the clay and used tools to scribe their names in hieroglyphics


Children have been studying plays in Year 3 children and have been reading the play A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Children have spent time looking at the events that take place during different scenes and the different characters in the play. They have used adjectives for description and connectives to join their sentences.


As part of their art work children in Year 3 have produced art work inspired by Wassily Kandinsky. Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian artist who was best known for his work as an abstract painter. The idea of music appears everywhere in Kandinsky’s paintings. He believed shades resonated with each other to produce visual ‘chords’ and had an influence on the soul. Children imitated his painting style to produce some fantastic art work whilst listening to music.



As part of their work on forces and magnets in Science, children in Year 3 enjoyed a practical lesson conducting an experiment to see which magnet was the strongest. They compared three different magnets and looked at the distance it attracted a paper clip. Children recorded their results in a results table and wrote out what they had done and found.


This week in RE we focused on the festival Diwali. We discussed the story of Rama and Sita and looked at how this was a significant story in Hinduism. Children were informed that on this day Hindus decorate their homes with candles and oil lamps to symbolise Rama and Sita finding their way home! They were also informed that Hindus decorate the floor with Rangoli patterns in order to celebrate the festival Diwali.
Children were asked to design their own Rangoli pattern. They were allowed to be as inventive as they wanted however, they had to make sure their pattern was symmetrical! Even though this was really tricky the children really enjoyed creating their patterns.

Take a look at their fantastic work:


As part of their work on Ancient Egypt, Year 3 children went on a visit to Bagshaw museum where they looked around the gallery and explored the kingdom of Osiris. During the day children also carried out archaeological digs in sand trays and were given the opportunity to identify different artefacts found in Egypt thousands of years ago. In the afternoon they partook in a fantastic mummification workshop, where one of the children was actually mummified!


As part of their RE lesson which focused on Black History Month, Year 3 learnt about different influential people such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mary Seacole, Mahatma Ghandi and Malcolm X, as these people have had an impact on promoting peace and equality in society. They focused in particular on Rosa Parks whose bravery in 1955 began a movement to abolish an apartheid in America. They produced fantastic writing and art work to help us understand that everyone is equal and that we all have the right to achieve anything in life.


As part of children’s work on the topic of animals including humans, we have been looking at real life x-rays of different parts of the skeleton. Children had a fantastic practical lesson in which they played the role of doctor and examined each x-ray to name the particular bone in the x-ray and see what other interesting things they could find.


As part of building children’s awareness of the issues surrounding bullying, Year 3 children looked at different scenarios and circumstances when a child might be bullied and how this should be dealt with. They worked in small groups to role play these different scenarios and together they worked out the best solutions for dealing with them.



This week in Year 3 children have been learning about stranger danger with Mrs Motley. Children learnt about keeping personal information safe, not keeping secrets and sharing their worries with an adult. Children finished the session by designing mind maps of all the things they had learnt about keeping safe at home and at school.


In Science, children enjoyed drawing round one of their classmates to create a body outline. They then had to draw on all the things that they thought was inside their body. Children then explained what they had drawn to the rest of the class. We followed this activity up by looking at what was really inside our body and if children had been right with their choices.



In English lessons children have been looking at traditional fable stories. They have read the stories and discussed the morals and messages within them with their peers. Children have then looked at dialogue and speech punctuation and written some of their own dialogue for the characters in the story.

In maths we have been looking at place value and compared three digit numbers. Children have placed numbers on number lines and made different combinations of three digit numbers and then put them in order from smallest to biggest.

 In Science lessons children have started their topic of Animals Including Humans and we have looked at what constitutes a healthy diet. Children compared their daily diets with the food on the Eat Well Plate. They looked at the categories of foods they should be eating more of and those which they should not have as much of. Children looked at what were healthy portion sizes for them and the importance of drinking water.