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  Broadwindsor C.E. V.C. Primary School

     William Barnes class


William Barnes

 The Year 3 & 4 children are

taught by Mr Arnold and Mrs Karen Taylor

in William Barnes class

William Barnes 1801 - 1886

William Barnes is acknowledged to be our finest English dialect poet. He spent most of his working life in the county town.


Mr Arnold

Recommended websites

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to useful websites.


What have we been up to?


Please visit this section of our page regularly to see what we've been up to

in William Barnes class.



Beware of Dragons!


William Barnes class have had a great time exploring dragons this term. Inspired by the book 'Tell me a Dragon', the children have created their own dragons and dragon worlds. Through the power of imagination, the children have invented Elemental Electric dragons, mysterious Shadow dragons, Tusk Metal dragons and many more complete with their own wonderful dragon worlds. The children were very excited when we received a shipment of dragon eggs and even though the handling instructions were strangely missing, they used quick thinking to find ways to take care of their fragile eggs before hatching. Using a story-making technique, the children have learnt by heart a report all about the Manchester Ridge-Back dragon and they are looking forward to writing non-chronological reports about their own dragons. In between hunting for signs of dragons in the area, the children continue to write poems, stories and descriptions of their dragons.



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What a Buzz!


In Science this term the children are busy investigating how to build electrical circuits. With Mr Arnold the children are working on a challenge to design a model which includes a working pressure switch. The children have had some brilliant ideas from houses with burglar alarms to piggy banks with security systems. This term in William Barnes class, the Year 3 and 4 children, also enjoyed finding out about how solar panels work with a kit borrowed from Dorset County Council. The kit was fantastic and the children loved powering different components including propellers and buzzers using solar power. This project complements our upcoming work on reducing energy use and understanding solutions to climate change. The kit is very easy to use and includes lots of exciting and simple ideas. The children had great fun, learnt lots of new vocabulary, gained understanding about how renewable energy works and shared their learning in a whole school assembly.



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Reading, reading, reading!


In William Barnes class the children are so positive about reading. We read for sustained periods every day and the children love talking about what they have read. The children read in groups, independently and they particularly love paired reading which is a really positive approach to improving fluency and comprehension. Everyone has a reading diary in class in which they

write their own reflections about what they have read. This includes words and phrases that interest them, recommending books to others, simple reviews and character descriptions. We also love story time and we are currently reading our first Roald Dahl story this year, Matilda.



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This term's notices

Reading homework ~

Reading at home to an adult 4 times a week please - approximately 10 minutes a night.


Free readers ~

Weekly comprehension/reading sheet.


Reading books and the homework diary should be brought to school every day.