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What a week in Inventors’ classroom.

Continuing to use War Horse, the children looked at another character from the book and wrote as that character.  Some great writing was produced.

In Maths began to look at addition.  We used different methods to aid us with the calculations and included some practical elements which we all enjoyed.

For history this week the children looked at The Bronze Age and focused on Ancient Sumer.  We were amazed by the inventions of the Sumerian people that we use today.  Did you know Sumerian people invented 60 minute clocks and wheels?


It has been great to see the seeds we planted last wee begging to sprout and grow.  In the classroom we have also seen teamwork, kindness and positivity flourish this weeks amongst the children.


Have a good weekend.

Mr McGhee


Another week with some great engagement, learning and work from all Inventors.


Reading War Horse the children were transported back to 1914 and World War I to experience life as a soldier. Everybody produced a great letter for home packed full of emotive language.

In Maths we took our learning outside for Roman Numerals and made a bit of a mess of the playground in the process.

For PHSE this week we looked at the qualities we the children would like to see in the classroom.  Planting a seed we hope to see the qualities develop and the seed grow too.  Teamwork.  Inspiring.  Loving.  Friendship.  Positivity.  Generosity. Kindness.

In Art we worked as a team to recreate a famous painting on Henry VIII.  We done to all Inventors who showed teamwork and positivity during this task.


Have a good weekend. 
Mr McGhee 

The next quality Writing text Inventors will read is War Horse.  Watch the trailer of the film for an insight into the story.

It is important to state however , the book is much, much better!!

War Horse (2011) Theatrical Trailer 2

This week Inventors became investigators in History.  With the discovery of an Anglo-Saxon burial site the children had to work together to decide who the grave belonged too.  One problem however, no body remained in the grave, only clues to the owner.

Following Henry eating all the books in The Incredible Book Eating Boy, the children the wrote explanation texts for the digestive system.

In Art we used digital media to create portraits of HRH Prince William. Te children created very good portraits that were printed. 

Forest School is on a Wednesday.  For children to participate in this important part of the curriculum it is essential they have wellies with them.  These can be stored at school or brought into school for the day.  

Have a good weekend. 
Mr McGhee

Welcome to Inventors’ Class

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Have a look around the new Inventors’ classroom and gain an insight into what the children do. We hope to welcome adults to view the room in person in the near future.

Can you believe we have been back three weeks already!

Inventors have worked really hard this week.  Well done to everyone of you.

In Maths we looked at rounding numbers, to begin this we made practical number lines with skipping ropes.

We continued to use The Incredible Book Eating Boy and focused on Henry could eat all those books.  We are looking to write an explanation text for the digestive system.

In Science we made electrical circuits using cells, bulbs and switches.

For PHSE we looked at how words can have power.  Using apples we showed that using kind and cruel words can have a positive and negative impact on all of us.

We looked at Leonardo Da Vinci in Art and recreated his famous Mona Lisa.


Have a great weekend.

Mr McGhee

A week packed full of learning.  Inventors have worked really hard!  

In Writing we are looking at the book ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’. This week we looked at the key parts of the story are created freeze frames of them.

In Maths we are developing our place value knowledge.  We used a variety of activities to aid our learning. 
Our Science topic is Electricity. We considered which appliances around the home required electricity to make the work.

For history we created a timeline of Viking rule of the United Kingdom.


If you have not already, please log into the new class Showbie account.  From here you will be able to access the login details for GoRead, the new school reading app.


Have a good weekend.

Mr McGhee

What a first week back! Well done to all Inventors.  Everyone has settled back into school life brilliantly.

The new classroom looks amazing, the children have added energy and vigour.


This week we have done some great activities.  The highlights being researching a ‘courageous advocate’ - as a class we chose Marcus Rashford, and designing shields for the four houses the children have been assigned to. We also wrote prayers, reflecting on God always being with us.


I will upload pictures of class displays once completed.  


A quick reminder to join the new class on Showbie to access the Homework Grid and GoRead login details. 

Have a great weekend.

Mr McGhee

Homework Autumn 1

Inventors PE days will be Monday and Thursday.  Children should come dressed for PE for the entire day on these days.


Mr McGhee

So after 6 weeks holidays, the new term starts on Monday.  Lots of excitement with the extension to the building and the new classroom.  Look at the pictures of the new classroom for a sneak preview.

Can’t wait to see some familiar faces and the new members of ‘Inventors.’

i will give more information about timetable and PE days etc as the week progresses, 


See you all on Monday.

Have a good weekend.

Mr McGhee 

A three day week to end the school year.  
What an amazing effort the children have made with their home work this half term. I really have been blown away with the effort and commitment to some of the tasks.

All of Inventors have worked really hard this school year and should be proud of the achievements.

September of course brings the new classroom and updates to the school buildings - all of us are excited about this.

I hope you all enjoy the summer holidays, have lots of fun but please stay safe whatever you get up to.

See you in six weeks.


Enjoy the holidays.

Mr McGhee


A week full of different activities with some excellent warm, sunny weather.

In Writing we took on the role of a character from The Princess’ Blankets, we will use the information to help us write a newspaper report.

In Maths we continued on work on fractions.

For P.E. this week we improved our teamwork skills playing rounders.

Both year groups had a massive role to play in the Year 6 performance - we all had to sing the songs that accompany the show.  Everybody did really well.

Friday morning was fun morning on the inflatable obstacle course.  We had lots of races and even more fun and laughter.


On Monday could we ask that all school reading books be returned.  On Tuesday children will need to be in P.E. kit for the last session of cricket. Also on Tuesday is homework showcase morning. Can all homework that is completed be uploaded to Showbie or brought in on the day.


Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunny weather.

Mr McGhee


Another week of fun activities and learning. Another week closer to the end of year.

This week in maths we have been improving our fraction skills.  We looked at fractions of a whole number and adding fractions together.

In writing we wrote alternative endings to The Princess’ Blankets. 
Thanks to the wonder of modern technology, Year 4 participated in the Banner Service on Tuesday. The focus was peace, we produced an excellent display poster for the occasion.

Also on Tuesday we had a guest coach from Lancashire CCC who taught us some excellent cricket skills.


Have a great weekend and if you are watching the football enjoy the game.

Mr McGhee

What a wonderful week of learning.

In writing Inventors began looking at The Princess’ Blankets and writing about the characters.

In maths we focused on our division skills - looking at increasingly larger numbers and solving problems as a group. 
Our P.E. focus this week has been rounders and tennis.  We witnessed some excellent effort in both sports. 

Have a great weekend.

Mr McGhee

Egg in a Flask

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It worked! We did get a egg into a bottle (with one two issues along the away and and explosion of the egg at the end). It shows that nothing is impossible if we try our hardest and show some perseverance.

This week Inventors have been working really hard.


In Maths we have looked at multiplication, the children became human place holders to aid learning.

For writing, we planned and wrote a diary entry for a character from Journey to Jo’burg.

In PHSE we looked at tasks that we think are impossible: but are they really?  The question has been posed, is it possible for the egg to end up in the bottle. The children will find out on Monday...


Enjoy your weekend.

Mr McGhee

Sports Week has been packed full of exciting and competitive action. Even the weather has been kind to us all week.  All of the ‘Inventors’ did themselves proud - individually during some events and as teammates during others. Well done to everyone!

On Monday the class enjoyed a computer afternoon learning about programming and using a Sphero robot. 
Look at the great pictures from this week.


Have a great weekend.

Mr McGhee



Homework Grid Summer 2

First week back after half term went over in a flash.

This week in English the class performed their own version of The Journey, a poem by Neil Griffiths.

In Maths we have been looking at tables, bar charts, pictograms and timetables - we really have busy.

This term in Science the children are focusing on healthy eating, this week we looked at the seven main food groups.  This links with this terms Design and Technology project which is to make healthy snacks for athletes. 

Next week is Sports Week, children are asked to wear PE kit each day.


Have a good weekend.


Mr McGhee

Inventors performance of ‘The Journey’ by Neil Griffiths

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A short week this one of only three days but still full of learning, celebrating homework and some laughter.


In English the children wrote and performed a poem based on Please Mrs Butler by Alan Ahlberg. (Due to file size please view these on Showbie)

The standard of homework produced this half term left me speechless. Well done to all the children (and adult helpers).  I have uploaded some photos of the work.


Have a great half term break.  I look forward to seeing everybody refreshed and ready for the last half term of this school year.


Mr McGhee

Another week full of excellent learning and activities in Inventors class.

In Writing this week we wrote some phenomenal travel brochure leaflets persuading the reader to visit the amazing Amazon Rainforest.

We took Maths outside the classroom to help us learn to tell the time on analogue clocks and convert unit of times.

This week has been Science week, the focus for Inventors being to design and build a roof for a house in the Rainforest.  Working in small groups, the teams created some excellent builds that proved to be watertight - perfect for the location.


Have a great weekend everybody.


Mr McGhee 

Another full week of learning and laughter.

In writing we are using the quality text The Great Kapok Tree.  We enjoyed learning about the Amazon Rainforest.  In Maths we began to look at clocks, telling the time and time problems.  For PE we continued with our athletic skills and focused on high jump and long jump.


Don’t let your eyes decide you when you look at the art pictures: the hand pictures really are flat.  We learn about Op Art to create 3D effect pictures!!


Spellings are now posted on Showbie each Monday for the week ahead.


Have a great weekend.


Mr McGhee

This week was only a four day week but it was full of learning and activities.

Today was NSPCC Number Day, packed full of fun and engaging Maths.  We learned about the important role the NSPCC plays in children’s lives and about Childline. 
The class took on Buddy’s Key Challenge and learned about the Fibonacci sequence (ask the children about it!!) We were surprised how many jobs needed maths skills to perform the role.  Finally, in P.E. we undertook a maths treasure hunt. 


Look at the pictures below at our day.


Mr McGhee

Another week gone in a flash.


In writing we used hot-seating to interview an eyewitness.  For P.E. our sports are athletics and cricket, we witnessed some great batting skills.  In art we continued our focus on abstract art.


Hope you all have a great Bank Holiday weekend.


Mr McGhee



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I have uploaded the Homework Grid for Summer 1.


Looking forward to see the four pieces of work that you choose to complete on Tuesday 25th May.


Mr McGhee

Homework Grid Summer 1

First week back has been and gone.  It is great to see everybody back in class and the weather has been good to us too.

Some of the Year 5 children have begun working with the police on activity called Project Chameleon.

In art we looked at abstract art and the work of Piet Mondrian.  This half term in PE we will be working on our cricket and athletic skills.  Today we focused on javelin - we may have found some future Olympians. 

Mr McGhee

Inventors Easter Performance

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Watch Inventors perform a fantastic rendition of Spring Chicken. 🐥

Well this week was over in a flash!

In writing the class wrote a story based on the book Fly Eagle Fly.  I have been very impressed with how many excellent writers we have.  Maths this week has been focused on fractions and decimals - everybody has worked really hard. 

We have been creative in art and learned new skills playing dodgeball and cricket. 

I have had a great first week getting to know all the children.  They have been very helpful and a have done themselves proud.

Mr McGhee

What a great first week we have had in Inventors. It has been lovely to welcome all the children back and they have settled in very well, again. 

Today, we celebrated science week by joining in with Robokids space show that was organsied through the STEM hub. The children enjoyed learning about the most recent mission to Mars and algorithms with robots. 

The children also learned a new dance, Sea Shanty, ready for a whole school dance, when we can perform it. 

Check out the pictures!

Mrs Walsh

Homework grid for Spring 2


Please see this week's remote learning grid! (The last one :)) 


Remember to make your toilet roll book character ready for the zoom showcase on Thursday at 1.30pm. I cannot wait to see all your creative designs!


You have done so well with your remote learning- make sure everything is up to date ready for you coming back to school on Monday 8th March! I am really looking forward to seeing you all :)


See you soon,

Mrs Walsh

Welcome back Inventors!

I hope you all had a lovely half term. The weather improved (slightly) which meant lots of walks and adventures. This week's learning grid is attached below, as well as on Showbie. 

I look forward to seeing you all on zoom this morning. 


Mrs Walsh

Good morning Inventors,


I want to start by saying well done for your continued hard work throughout this lockdown. You have surpassed expectations and should all be very proud. Also, a big thank you to the parents who are helping their children alongside working from home. 

The Friday fancy dress quiz was a great success. Thank you all for the effort you put in. The outfits were great! We will arrange more for after half term. 


This weeks learning grid is on Showbie and attached below. There are also some super examples of work you have sent me this week.

Keep up the hard work. 

Mrs Walsh

More brilliant examples of our remote learning!

Good morning Inventors,


Can you believe it is February already? 

Thank you all for your hard work last week. I cannot say enough how amazing you are doing! I love seeing the work you are producing, everyday.


The learning grid for this week is below. Everything is available through Showbie. Remember to complete the whole task set.


Have a good week!
Mrs Walsh

The children have produced some amazing work again this week. I am so proud of you all. Check them out!

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Good morning Inventors,


I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I am enjoying seeing the pictures of your work but also of you enjoying time with your family. You are clearly enjoying the snow!


Let's have another brilliant week. Continue to work hard. 


I have added the remote learning grid to our class blog, as well as on Showbie. 

Mrs Walsh 

Look at our fantastic home learning. From fabulous pop art, an outstanding slave report and so much more!

Hello Inventors,


Have a look at this week's remote learning grid below. Make sure you organise your time efficiently, to complete the tasks. You have your English and Maths lesson everyday alongside your foundation subjects, which we would normally do in the afternoon. 

I look forward to seeing your work on Showbie. 


Mrs Walsh

Have a look at our fantastic home learning this week!

Good morning Inventors, 


Please find the remote learning grid below for this week (11.1.21). All the documents/videos are on Showbie, as is this learning grid. 

Good luck and I hope you all have a great week. 


Mrs Walsh

Remote learning grid 11.1.21

Dear Inventors,


So sorry to not be able to see you for the next few weeks due to another lockdown! :( 

However, I will be uploading activities for you to continue with your learning on Showbie and on the class blog.


For the next few days, I have already uploaded some activities to refresh your memory of how to use Showbie and present your work. Have a go at these and familiarise yourself again.


Next week there will be a full time-table of activities that you are expected to attempt and send into me via Showbie- We have been working so hard up until this point so I am keen to continue with the progress and new learning that we were doing.


I am looking forward to see what you create/ find out along the way.


I hope you all stay safe,

goodbye for now,


Take care,

Mrs Walsh x

A Christmas Story

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Thank you for all your hard work this year. It has been a difficult one in many ways but as always the children have surpassed our imagination. I am looking forward to what next year has in store for us all.

I wish you and all your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. 

See you all in 2021

Mrs Walsh and Mrs Powell 

Party day!
What a fabulous day Inventors! We started with a super surprise; watching the best pantomime Cinderella. The children received an admission ticket to attend the annual Royal Ball. We sang along and enjoyed being able to still experience such a fantastic event. 

Then it was party afternoon. We danced the day away, played music statues and pass the parcel. Well done to all the winners! Afterwards, an elf joined the party. We danced to classic songs like the cha cha slide and gangnam style. 

Thank you all for a wonderful day full of Christmas cheer.


This afternoon, we looked at algorithms through dance. The children worked in groups to write their algorithms with the intention of me being able to learn the dance through their instructions. We looked at any issues and 'debugged' the dance to make it right. The children enjoyed showing their dance routines to the rest of the class. 

Monday meditation!

We have had a busy start to the week, just look at the pictures below. We started our new science topic- Sound and began by listening to sounds we could identify around the school and linking that to how and why we actually hear sounds. In maths, we have been multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. It was important we used place value counters so we could physically manipulate what was happening during the calculation. In writing, we are writing a persuasive text from Lucy (girl from The Wolves in the Walls book) to her family to convince them there really are Wolves living in the walls of their home. We started by hunting for the persuasive techniques around the classroom before matching them with their definitions. Well done to the winning table!

Are you a TTRockstar? Inventors, let's win this!

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Let it grow

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For Harvest, we decided to sing Let it grow. The children did extremely well to learn the words this week, as well as forgetting the familiar words to Let it go! We are very impressed with their efforts.



Congratulations for making it through the first half term. You have all been amazing and you should all be so proud of what you have achieved so far this year. Now it is time to have a well earned rest and come back fresh and ready to learn in Autumn 2. 


Mrs Walsh

Look at the houses we built to test if they were flood proof!

This week we have written nonsense poems after being inspired by Spike Milligan. We enjoyed his 'Ning Nang Nong' poem which helped us write our own versions of the poem. Some children created their own rhythm for their nonsense poem. Have a look at the videos below to see some of our fantastic efforts. 


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Today, we focused on the work of Rosa Bonheur. We looked at The Horse Fair by Rosa Bonheur. We noticed how she created a 3D effect on the horses using tone and shading as well as showing a shadow. Then we drew our own animal adding tone, shading and shadow to make it look 3D. 

This week, the children have been working hard to re-tell the story of 'The Boy, The Bear, The Baron and The Bard'. The book is a picture book, therefore the children could interpret the book in their own way. In pairs, they created a power-point to tell their version of the story with pictures from the book and added voiceover too! They shared their stories this morning and they were all individually brilliant and all very different! 
In PE, we have looked at the meaning of sympathy and empathy through dodgeball. Whilst two teams played, one team watched and recognised their class mates emotions (e.g. upset when they got out) and related that to how it made them feel. We will continue to look at well-being through PE for the rest of them term. Next week we are looking at assertiveness. 
In Art this week we focused on the work of L.S. Lowry. Lowry mainly used oil paints to create his paintings. Interestingly, he worked with just five colours: ivory black, vermillion, Prussian blue, yellow ochre and flake white. We used felt to create Lowry type characters using the five colours he used and added detail with a running stick. Look at some of our work below!

Homework grid Autumn 1

Good morning parents,


Today, you will receive a letter from me to give you an overview of what to expected while your child is in the Inventors class. I have also added one to our blog.



Mrs Walsh

Today we created our own Play-station controller. We added coping strategies to deal with our different emotions!

Roman numerals in the sun

Today we read the book 'The Cloud' by Hannah Cumming. In the book, a little girl makes another girl feel welcome in their class by creating art together. Therefore, we did a similar project. We each drew, with chalk, half a picture and somebody else in our class finished the picture off. They couldn't look at the other half of the picture, which made it much more interesting. Look at the picture below to see some of our creations. 
We have been revisiting what we already know in place value this week. Today, we played a game in which we all had a number and when Mrs Walsh read out a number- e.g. 3145- we had to place our digit in the correct place in terms of its value. The teams worked well together. Congratulations to the green team who won by answering the last question correctly!

In school we are focusing on developing healthy minds through lots of wonderful picture books. Our assemblies and lessons for the first two weeks will focus on these books which will help us to think about our thoughts, our busy minds, our feelings and how to deal with our emotions when we are feeling worried, sad, cross or anxious! As you do not have the books at home we have shared the links below so you can listen as someone reads it to you. Listen carefully to the words in the book and enjoy the lovely illustrations. When you do come back to school you will be able to see all the books on the display in the school hall with lots of things to help you to think about the messages the books are giving us!

Hello Inventors,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely summer. Mrs Powell and I are looking forward to welcoming you into our classroom. We have been working hard to get the classroom ready for your return (I have added some photos on the blog for you to get a sneak peek). The first two weeks we will be keeping busy by doing lots of activities based around new books that Mrs Hunter has chosen.

I am excited to meet the new children to the Inventors, as well as seeing the familiar faces of the year 5 children. We have two new children starting (1 in each year group) and I cannot wait for us all to get to know them.

School will look a little different at the moment due to the building work that has started. Don’t worry, we are in the same classroom and will still get to enjoy our dinner in the hall.

I know you have been away from school for a considerable amount of time but be assured that we are here for you all and cannot wait to get started again!

See you tomorrow,

Mrs Walsh

A short message to introduce myself to the new Inventors!

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Hey Inventors!


You all understand how important it is to know your Times Tables. Well, check out this amazing website ( There are lots of free games to play on your tablet or computer and will get you learning your Times Tables whilst having fun smiley


I have particularly enjoyed playing 'Super Maths Bowling' and you can play against somebody else smiley. Can you beat them?




It's me again! Well here we are, the last week of the school year. It has been very different to any other year we have experienced before. But you have all remained resilient, positive and have shown amazing character. 


It has been a pleasure to teach you this year! Although our time together was cut short, the experiences we had with stay with me forever. I am lucky enough to still have the year 4 children next year and I am looking forward to making up for lost time. 


I have added a summer grid onto the blog. It has fun activities to complete before we return to school in September. I have also added a video to introduce myself to the year 3 children- soon to be year 4- coming up to Inventors. 


I am looking forward to seeing you all very soon. Have a lovely summer with your family and friends.


Mrs Walsh 

Can you guess the member of St. John's staff from their baby photographs? Check your answers to see if you guessed right towards the end of the power point! GOOD LUCK and NO CHEATING!!

Hi Inventors,


Thank you to the children who continue to send me pictures of their home learning. I have been amazed by your creativity!


A message to the year 5 children. Please can you complete your buddy letter and return it to school by the 10th of July. If you need guidance, please scroll down on our blog and you will find a template to help you. Thank you Isabella, I have received yours. 


Can you believe it is almost the summer holidays already? I certainly can't. We will be working hard to get the school ready for your return in September. I am looking forward to seeing you all again soon. But for now, keep safe and keep smiling. 


Mrs Walsh

Hello Year 5, 


You have all been contacted in regards to writing a letter to your new buddy. Your buddy will be a new reception child, so it is important they have someone they can look up to. We will deliver the letters this summer therefore need them back as soon as possible. 


I have upload a template for you to look at so you can guide your way through and have some ideas of what to write. You can make it personal by including your likes and interests. Please write your letter on lined paper and remember to write in your best handwriting. You could do a draft copy first, check your spellings and edit it, then write it again. If you need anything to complete the task please ask us. 


At this stage, please write your letter to 'Buddy' and when you return we will tell you and introduce you to your new buddy. We have a tray outside the school gates for you to return your letter to us.


Thank you year 5. Remember if you have any questions or need any help, please ring the school office and we will help you. 


Mrs Walsh



Template buddy letter

Home learning photos 22.6.20

Home learning photos 15.6.20. Super coding, tasty cooking and fun in the sun!

Hi Inventors,


I hope you're all well and keeping yourself busy at home. It seems like a long time ago since we were all in class together.

We had a good week in school learning about civil rights and equality and the key worker children created some brilliant work. The display we made over the week is on the newsletter- check it out. 

We hope you enjoyed the quiz we did for you all last week. I'm sure most of you beat your adults and siblings yes.


Remember you are all doing a fantastic job and when we can return to school safely we will do so. We will all be here waiting for your return. In the meantime, keep up with completing the activities and keep smiling.


Mrs Walsh x

Wow! You have been working very hard at home. Keep up the good work.


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Ms Hill and I have created a general knowledge quiz for you and your family to complete. Can you beat your parents? There are two videos. One is me reading out the questions (1-10) and then Ms Hill giving you the answers. Good luck!

Quiz answers

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Home learning pictures week beginning 1.6.20

Home learning 1.6.20. Can you complete every task? Remember to send your pictures to the school office; we love seeing them! Check out the edstart document for daily challenges too!

Wow! Someone has been working hard. Well done cycling 20 miles :) that is amazing!



I am very excited to share this news with you today. JK Rowling has written a new book called 'The Ickabog' which she is releasing day by day until mid July. This means we get to read a chapter or two every day until then. I cannot wait to get reading and I want you to join me on this reading journey. If Harry Potter is anything to go by this will be a big hit. The first two chapters have been released and are on the website-

Also for you artistic children, there is an illustration competition going along at the same time.

Enjoy Inventors! 





Hi Inventors,


Thanks again for the lovely pictures to show me how hard you are working at home. I know several of you enjoyed the science experiments, therefore I have added another one to our blog. The added notes will help you understand the science behind it. 


Remember to continue with your reading! I have been reading lots and I have found it helps to take your mind away from everything else. It allows you to be creative and almost enter another world. Lots of you are completing your TTrockstars challenge- well done! I discovered this website this week- it has lots of fun activities for you to complete. 


Finally, keep learning the lyrics to the song 'Looking to the rainbow'. We will record it in September- it's going to sound great! 


Have a lovely bank holiday smiley  


Mrs Walsh x

Hello Inventors!


It is me again smiley. This week is Mental Health awareness week and the theme they have decided on this year is Kindness. The Mental Health Foundation stated that, 'One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times.  We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and well-being. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional well-being'. 


As we know our mental health is just as important as our physical health. By showing kindness to others, not only are we helping with their mental health, we are improving our own. The feeling you get from showing kindness to others can not be underestimated. Therefore, I have based a couple of this weeks activities around this concept. There is a Mental Health awareness pack on our blog which has lots of ideas on how to show kindness to others.  I look forward to seeing how you have achieved this throughout the week. Please remember to send your pictures to our office email. 


Finally, please find the song and lyrics (on our blog) to 'Looking to the rainbow'. In September, as a school, we will record this song. I am learning the song and look forward to hearing it come together when we arrive back at school. 


Keep smiling, singing and surprising us. You're all amazing. 


Mrs Walsh 


Looking to the rainbow

Home learning photos. Super work again Inventors!

Hi Inventors,


I hope you are all well and keeping busy. Did you celebrate VE day? I was in school last week and we had lots of fun. We made VE medals with clay, painted union jacks, decorated biscuits and made slime. We spoke about the importance of remembering those who fought so we could live today. 


Last week I also celebrated my 30th birthday surprise. It was a strange one, not being able to see family and friends, but I had a lovely day and ate lots of cake!


Well done for continuing with your home learning, you're doing a great job. I have added an extra resource to our blog this week. Have a go at it and remember to complete your TTrockstars as normal. 


I hope to see you all soon, 

Mrs Walsh 

Wow Inventors. You guys are amazing! Home learning photos week beginning 4.5.20

Home learning week beginning 4th May. I have based this weeks learning around VE day. How many tasks can you complete this week?

Click the link to access daily family prayer and worship activities.

Challenge yourself throughout May!

Hello Inventors!

I hope you and your families are well and you are keeping busy doing lots of fun activities. Thank you for sending in your pictures. I love seeing what you are all doing at home. Keep them coming! Remember to try and have some routine to your day, I have found it really helps. 


I did it! Yesterday I ran 13.1 miles (half marathon) with my Mum. We got up early to do it because we knew it would be too hot later on. I am really proud of myself and have found running gives me an extra focus at this unusual time. 

I found this article ( it has lots of great ideas and activities for you to do. Check it out and have some fun smiley

I miss you all lots and look forward to the day we can be back in the classroom. For now, look after yourself and your loved ones. 

Mrs Walsh 

Parents! Please use the link below to access this fantastic resource. It provides lessons for all school year groups from Reception through to year 10 and will be taught via a new Government-backed online platform, the Oak National Academy. The scheme, which has been set up by teachers and funded by the Department of Education, is set to provide video lessons for students, with each lesson arriving with a quiz and worksheet to go with it. 

From making bread to a Jacuzzi :)

Check out this power-point that Evelyn has made. It is so good, she should be very proud of it. I learned lots from it. Thanks Evelyn, fantastic work!

More pictures of our busy children. Brilliant Banksy art, tasty looking cakes and a gorgeous rainbow!

Wow! More fantastic pictures of you all working hard and enjoying this beautiful weather.

How many activities can you complete this week? Don't forget to send your pictures!

Hi Inventors!

Hope you all had a lovely Easter. I certainly did. I have posted a picture below to show you a couple of things I have been up to, including my attempt at a cheesecake and a cute picture of my dog! 

I ran 11.5 miles today surprise, it was very, very hard. However, I am now only 1.5 miles from my target of 13 miles (half a marathon). Believe it or not, my Mum runs with me. She is 53 and is smashing it!

Keep smiling and look after yourself.

See you soon,

Mrs Walsh

Those cheesecakes look delicious! I'm going to have a good at making my own today, I may post pictures (depending on the outcome). Thanks again for the lovely pictures and messages from home.

More super pictures of our fantastic Inventors working at home. Very proud of you all.

Hi Inventors!


Happy Easter to you and your families. Make the most of this precious time you have with your families.

It was lovely to speak to most of you this week. It sounded like you are all keeping very busy and enjoying the sun at the same time. I enjoyed my week in school. We had fun making structures to hold a cream egg, tallest one won (which wasn't my team). We also decorated boiled eggs, decorated Easter eggs, made Easter cards and played lots of sports, of course yes.

Thank you for the pictures (below), I love seeing what you have been up to. 

I look forward to seeing you all again. Keep safe and enjoy your Easter break.


Mrs Walsh 

Wow! What a lovely rainbow poster :)

Fantastic Easter card and rainbow! Keep up the brilliant work. I love seeing your great photos.

A little message from the staff

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Wow! It looks like you have been very busy. Your cupcake artwork is fantastic. Keep up the good work. Send your pictures in Inventors. I love to keep up to date with all the amazing things you are doing at home. 

Happy Easter Inventors! Over the next 2 weeks your home learning grid is based around fun Easter activities for you to choose from. Do still continue with the blue squares from previous grids but remember to give yourselves a break too as I'm sure you've been working very hard!

It is my turn to be in school this week. I am very much looking forward to it! I will post pictures on the school twitter and class blog to keep you updated with what we have been up to. Remember to send your pictures to the school email address so I can see what you have all been doing! The email address is on our blog, as is the time capsule activity link. 

Remember, keep safe and stay at home! smiley


It looks like home learning is going well. Thank you for your pictures and updates. Remember to send in some examples of the work you have been doing to 

Hi Inventors!

I hope you are all doing well during this unusual time. Remember to keep smiling and keep your body and mind active. 


Just a quick reminder to complete your TT Rockstars activity. I am still completing my weekly check. I am sure you are all completing your weekly tasks and having fun doing so. 


I have been working from home and whilst doing so have been completing my daily exercise by going for a run. My target is to complete a half marathon within the next two months. laugh


I miss you all and look forward to seeing you all back at school when we can. 


Stay safe.

Mrs Walsh

Here are some great home learning activities from white rose. Just click on the link below. Keep up the good work and stay safe!

Home learning grid- week beginning 23.3.20

In the unfortunate cases where children are not able to attend school but are still well in themselves please help them to continue on their learning journey by completing the activities in the grid below. The activities in blue should be completed daily and those in orange are one off activities. We have also set a whole school 'Dippy' challenge too. You will also find below the Dippy Enquiry walk booklets for each Key Stage to support your child in completing their project.  A new class specific grid will be uploaded each week by the class teacher in the event that children may have further time off school. 
For science week- we built our own air rockets. The children made their own rockets and decided what it was they wanted to investigate. They decided between how the length, width or design of  a straw affected the distance the rocket travelled.  Well done to Evelyn who created a rocket that travelled over 5 metres! Afterwards, the children thought about what they would do differently next time to improve the performance of their air rockets. Look at the pictures below to see the rockets in action. 

Science week!

Our science lesson this week was the first one of our new topic. The learning intention was to describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the Sun. The children created their own mnemonic, with the aim to help them remember the order of the planets. After looking at the order and sizes of the planets, the children created a fruit solar system so they could visualise and compare the 8 planets. Finally, they wrote a description to show their understand of the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the Sun.
Congratulations to Lilly and Annabel who both earned their pen licence last week. They have both worked hard to be consistent with their handwriting and presentation. I am on the look out for more deserving inventors this week!

What a treat!

To finish our D&T activities relating to the Greeks, we made Greek honey cake. The children all had a turn to measure and mix the ingredients. All the staff had a taste and the feedback was incredible. Well done star bakers. 

Greek honey cakes

This week we have been writing our own poems based on Kit Wright's 'The Magic Box'. A magic box was delivered to school at the beginning of the week to allow the children ask questions about what might be in it. The children have written some fantastic poems which they also read out in class to share their work with their peers. 

NSPCC number day

We made the most of the sunshine and complete our Maths lesson outside. Today was NSPCC number day. Therefore, we played fractions frenzy in which the children had to solve fraction, decimal and percentage problems. I also painted the children's face with a number of their choice. 

Painting our Greek Masks

This term our topic is 'Groovy Greeks'. Therefore, in design and technology the children have researched, designed and started to make their own Greek theatre  masks. As a class they decided to use Modrock to structure the masks. Next week, the children will paint the masks according to their final design. 

Modroc Greek masks

Inventors would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Finished Volcanoes

This week the children completed a maths hunt to discover a secret code. They worked in pairs to complete the challenges; focusing on multiplication and division. On Friday we shared our fantastic homework with each other. There were lots of brilliant power-points focusing on the Extreme Earth! 

Maths hunt

The children enjoyed learning new balances (in gymnastics) with a partner this week. They then created a sequence to perform to the class. The other pairs had to give feedback to the performers- what did they do well and what could they do better next time. 
This week we were lucky enough to go on a whole school trip to Chester Zoo! The children had a fantastic time, with some saying, 'It was the best day ever'. Well done to every member of the Inventors class for being brave and going through the Bat cave; it was well worth it. 

Chester Zoo!

This week we have had an exciting start to our new topic 'Extreme Earth'. The children have researched and designed their own Volcanoes and will begin to make them next week. We have also located dangerous volcanoes around the world on a map. We will post pictures of our volcanoes in due course. 

The final week of term has been an exciting one in the Inventors classroom. We completed an experiment to understand the process of the digestive system using items such as tights, crackers and orange juice. The children then used this knowledge to write a narrative from the perspective of a book, travelling through the digestive system. On the final day of term the children shared their amazing homework with one another before completing an Atlas scavenger hunt in Geography. Well done to the winning team: Koel, Harrison and Jacob.

Have a fantastic half term and I look forward to seeing you all again in a weeks time. 

Final week of term

Another successful week in the Inventors classroom. The children have almost finished their D&T projects, in which they are making trenches. (I will post pictures after completion). The children enjoyed an afternoon of meditation with Rev. Jason Powell in which they had time to create their own story and explain their thoughts to one another. Thank you to everyone for wearing yellow and sharing the message and importance of Mental Health. 
This week we have moved on in Maths to addition and subtraction. The children completed problem solving activities to explore different ways of using numbers. In English, the children have written some fantastic play-scripts (in relation to War Horse) which we will share with one another tomorrow. We have also began to make our trenches, learn adjectives in French and use volleyball skills ion PE.

Another fantastic week in the Inventors classroom!

This week the Inventors have enjoyed learning outdoors (we will enjoy the sun while it lasts). We have designed our trenches in Design and Technology, which we will begin to make next week. The children have produced some fantastic writing from the perspective of Father in War Horse. The children are excited to continue learning about WW1. Tomorrow we will locate countries, on a map, who were a member of the British allies. 

Have a look at our wonderful classroom! The displays will help you to think and learn!


Welcome back!


Mrs Walsh and Mrs Hill hope that you have had a fantastic summer holiday and are ready and raring for the school year ahead- we definitely are! We have an action- packed first term ahead of us full of interesting and new learning opportunities. We hope you enjoy your new learning but also take the opportunity to come out of your comfort zone, be creative and challenge yourself!


Our first topic this half term will be "Shell Shock" where we will be travelling back to 1914 and learning about World War One; from how it all began, the effects of the War across Europe, until how the War ended in 1918.


Don't forget to earn your raffle tickets to be in the prize draw every Friday!


We look forward to another great year at St. John's...

Making the Most of Symmetry in the Sun!



Running for distance


As part of our athletics unit of work, Inventors were asked to design a running course that would test their stamina and endurance. The course had to last between 30 seconds and 1 minute, using a range of equipment to help them. At the end of the lesson, the children got the opportunity to test each other's designs out.

What a great afternoon of physical activity!

All of the Area


Children had to work in groups to investigate the area of different shapes, using different materials. They had 5 challenges to complete with a time limit of 10 minutes per challenge. There were lots of skills demonstrated during this lesson not only mathematical but also great examples of co-operation and team- work. Well done Inventors!

Bye, Bye Butterfly!


Thank you to Tomas for bringing in his butterflies that he has been rearing over the last few weeks. He showed Inventors the cocoons that they had evolved from and we discussed the complete metamorphosis that they go through from caterpillar to butterfly.


We then set them free in our old forest school area, where we hope they will flourish in their natural habitat.

Prayer Workshop with Bishop Mark


Inventors had a fantastic afternoon participating in a prayer workshop with Bishop Mark. The workshop showed children how they could pray in different ways by interacting with fun and interesting activities with a specific message and bible reading.

The afternoon ended with a pray and blessing led by the Bishop himself.

Get a head start! Take a look at Inventors' half term homework grid- make your choices now and get the gold medal for organisation!


Do you know what it takes to be a world famous athlete?

Remember to have a go on the TT Rockstars app or website so you know what to do when it is a homework activity next half term! ROCK ON INVENTORS!!!

Take a sneak peek of some early homework examples for our "Habitat" topic- we can't wait to see everyones on Friday (the last day of the half term!)

Who lives in a house like this?


During topic lessons we have been looking at different styles of houses and where people live. We have been learning new vocabulary linked to house and homes and have started to create an estate agent style advertisements whereby children are trying to sell their own houses. We have been using lots of persuasive language as well as floor plans and pictures.

Inventors enjoying their JAG TAG session ran by Edstart.

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

In the Amazon Rainforest, a man is chopping down a great Kapok tree. Exhausted from his labor, he puts down his axe and rests. As he sleeps, the animals who live in the tree plead with him not to destroy their world.

Take a sneak peek of next half term's homework grid related to our next topic... Who lives in a house like this?

Inventors win "Cakes and Shakes" for the second half term in a row!


Well done for gaining the most compliment slips Inventors and a big thank you to Miss Robertson for preparing such a delicious treat!



Take a look at some examples of our fantastic grid homework this half term. These are just a few pieces, there are lots more displayed in our classroom and the school's lobby area. 

Results Day 1- Children are looking out for signs of decay; focusing on appearance and the odour of the mackerel. They are then recording their findings in their science books. Do you think there has been many changes?

How did the Vikings preserve their food, when travelling on long voyages?


As part of our science week Inventors have been researching ideas about how to preserve food. Children came up with several suggestions on how to preserve mackerel.

We then gathered our information and set up five experiments to see which out of the following food preservation methods would be more effective- salt, smoking, lemon and lime juice, honey and vinegar.


We look forward to seeing the results.

Inventors are reading "Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink" by Jennifer Killick with Mrs Purser.

They tweeted Jennifer to tell her how much that they were enjoying her book.

She sent them posters and a signed postcard.

Children have written thank you letters to her too.


A Kingly Debate


Inventors had to go back in time and take on the role of either King Alfred the Great or King Athelstan. They had to use their debating skills to prove which king was the best!

Aliens need our help!


Inventors were asked to create a food source for an alien life form. However, they added too much salt, which was detrimental to their health! Inventors had to think of a way of separating all of the materials again using different equipment so that the extra salt could be removed.


The Inventors successfully completed the task.


Well done comrades!


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Solid or liquid?  You decide!


Inventors were set the challenge of creating their own cornflour slime. They were astonished at the results...did it turn out to be a solid or a liquid? It was hard to tell, as it seemed to have the properties of both. We had some great discussions around the children's ideas! It was a messy but fun afternoon to end the week.

Inventors are ready to journey back through time to learn all about the Angry Anglo-Saxons and Vicious Vikings!!!

Using the "mysterious" stimulus, children had to answer the 5 ws (who, what,when,where,why?) and create their own story maps.


We look forward to hearing the children's creative ideas.

Inventors made a shocking discovery in the classroom yesterday... what do you think it is?

Horrible Histories - Literally: The Viking Song

Do you think the Vikings were invaders, raiders or traders?

Inventors' Spring 2 Homework Grid

Welcome back Inventors for another fun-filled half term! 


We have got so much to learn; from Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions to watching our own chicks hatch and grow! 


Let's have a great six weeks learning together.

Inventors enjoying their CAKES and SHAKES as a reward for earning the most compliment slips this half term. What a great way to spend the last day before the half term break!

Please take a look at some examples of Inventors' grid homework from spring 1. You can see further examples in the school's lobby area.


Isn't it AMAZING?!

Find out about what Inventors got up to in their topic lesson this week...

Inventors' trip to The Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum.

Forest school in the snow

Children emulating bird flight by creating their own paper aeroplanes today in topic lesson.

Today in science children had to dissect a flowering plant and find all of its different parts. They then had to create their own botanical illustrations from their findings.

Please see our new homework grid for the first half of the spring term. Children will bring homework books home next week with a copy stuck in.

Our new topic in the first Spring half term is "Planet Earth" linking natural history and science together. Finding out about life cycles of animals and plants; habitats and all of the weird and wonderful things that we have on this planet.


If you had the opportunity- what would you ask Sir David Attenborough?

May we take this opportunity to wish all Inventors and their families a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

We look forward to seeing you all in the new year!


Merry Christmas or Wesołych Świąt!


Best wishes,

Mrs Browne & Miss Ireland



During the last week of school before the Christmas break, we have been busy researching Christmas traditions around the world. Inventors chose to investigate how Polish people celebrate Christmas to discover any similarities or differences that there maybe. We have found out lots of interesting facts out about Poland, as well as taking advice from our class member Jakub!

Following our research we designed and created our very own Christmas decoration inspired by our Polish research.

We cannot wait to share everything that we have been doing in our church service on the last day of term!




As part of our science assessment this half term we had to work in a group to sell our ear defenders that we had produced and investigated- using a fair test. We had to include lots of persuasive and scientific language in order to prove that ours was the best. 

The children worked very well in their groups and it was a hard decision as to whose ear defenders were the most effective! 

The Rockers of the future need you! Check out what Inventors have been creating in science lessons this half term.

Our reflection area for the coming weeks will be focusing on Advent and its true meaning.

The children will  have time for reflection and to write personal prayers based on hope, joy, faith and love.

These will then be shared in Lighthouse assemblies.

Forest School Session



Due to the weather, forest school had to take place indoors today. However, we were able to create some fantastic festive pieces using natural materials from our school grounds.

It was another great session!



Every Thursday and Friday afternoon our children have the opportunity to participate in some mindfulness activities.

Today we did some meditation, where children had to find a comfortable position in order to listen to some relaxing music and a meditation clip. This encouraged children to relax their mind and become calm in order to be ready to learn after lunch time.

As you can see, some children were very calm and relaxed!

Inventors were creating mathematical stories to deepen their understanding of multiplication. They were using pictorial and concrete resources to help to explain their reasoning.

Inventors were part of the Celtic tribe trying to discover the Roman army's new piece of weaponry. We found out vital information and were able to recreate it. We now need to find out how it works and how best to defend ourselves against it! We have had lots of fun learning about the Romans and Celts last half term and look forward to our new topic- Listen up!

We even got chance to practice Roman military formations and play some Roman games- We've had a great day!

Inventors' Roman Day! What a fantastic end to our history topic!

Inventors have carried out a Celtic Market place. Each table had a different aspect of Celtic life to research e.g. religion, homes, appearance/clothes, warriors. They then had to present their findings to the rest of the class. We are now Celtic experts!

Please see a copy of our Autumn 2 homework grid, full of lots of exciting learning activities! Remember homework club will be on every Thursday lunch time too!

Our class loves the forest school session they do every Wednesday morning; learning different skills in the great outdoors!

During a maths lesson we were using resources to investigate prime numbers up to 100. Do you know what a prime number is?

More fantastic homework examples

Take a look at Inventors' impressive Roman style homework pieces! From mosaics to Roman snacks the children have worked really hard to produce some excellent pieces of work. Thank you for all of your support at home with this. More photographs to follow...

Inventors have been researching, designing and creating prototypes for Roman catapults in design technology. We look forward to testing them out when they are finished!

The Roman Quests book that we are focusing on in English this half term is a series of books by Caroline Lawrence. Why not see if you can find any in your local library or book shop? The children and I are finding it very exciting so far! I am sure that they would be able to tell you all about it.

The children have been using talk for writing strategies to plan their re- telling of the chapter "Porta Ostiensis" from the book we are focusing on in English this half term "The Roman Quests- Escape from Rome" I can't wait to read their finished pieces of writing next week!

"Don't stop believing!"

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Inventors learning to play a new song on the xylophone this afternoon with Mrs Purser- very impressive!

Inventors have been exploring positive and negative numbers in maths this week- they had lots of fun creating their own number lines on the playground

Inventors enjoying R.E and Art week

Our Roman Topic Wall is really taking shape after all of the children's hard work so far...

Welcome Back Inventors!


Mrs Browne and Miss Ireland hope that you have had a fantastic summer holiday and are ready and raring for the school year ahead- we definitely are! We have an action- packed first term ahead of us full of exciting and new learning opportunities, which we hope you enjoy but also take the opportunity to come out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself!


Our first topic this half term will be "The Empire Strikes Back" where we will be travelling back in time and learning about all things Roman; from how it all began, until the Empire was over thrown (not forgetting everything in between!)


Don't forget to earn your rewards from "The Bank of Browne" too!


We look forward to another great year at St. John's...


Look at our newly decorated classroom ready for our Inventors


Our Year 5 attended a God & The Big Bang Workshop Day at Manchester Cathedral on Tuesday which explored the interaction between Science & Faith. The children took part in an exciting day of hands-on activities, small group workshops, and had time for big questions with scientists of faith and were involved in interactive sessions throughout the day.


Our Year 4 attended the annual Banner Service on Tuesday at St Michael’s Church, Bamford. As Headteacher of St. John’s (Thornham),Mrs Hunter belongs to RAF (Rochdale Anglican Federation) and once a year, pupils from the Anglican Schools in Rochdale attend a service, led by Bishop Mark. This service is known as “The Banner Service” as several years ago the Headteachers of RAF produced banners which tour around the Rochdale school. At the service all 4 banners are paraded as a symbol of unity for the Rochdale schools. This years’ theme was Friendship and all schools that attended created a “Friendship Wreath” containing their prayers which they presented at the service. The children all enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine at Queen’s Park after the Banner Service.


The children from Years 5 & 6 enjoyed a wonderful time at the brand new Crosslanes Centre in Wrexham last week.

The took part in a range of exciting activities; The Giant Swing, Zipline, Piranha Pool, Caving, Archery, Trapeze, Rock Climbing and the Dungeon of Doom!!! The children were impeccably behaved and were a credit to our school.

Open day sessions for our new Reception intake for September 2022 will be held at school on Thursday 4th November, please phone the school office to book to attend at either 10am or 2pm. We look forward to meeting you.