200-word challenge

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a short piece of writing about the picture below in exactly 200 words…

The half-term is coming up, and we would love you to get writing! It can be in any style you like – from fiction to factual to poetic – the choice is yours.  The picture may be the main focus of your whole piece of writing or it may just be a casual side-line that is only mentioned once!  You could write a short setting description or a mini story;  you could write a documentary or a funny poem. So, here it is…


Mild, Spicy or Hot?

Ok, my little chilli peppers – here’s the thing.  I tried this challenge myself and got a bit carried away! I wrote way more than 200 words! However, I was enjoying myself too much and I didn’t want to stop! So I am offering you the chance to choose a mild, spicy or hot challenge.  I am anticipating that most of you will choose the spicy, but the mild and hot are options too.  They are as follows:

Mild = 100 words

Spicy = 200 words

Hot = 500 words

Top Tips

This idea originates from the BBC Radio Two 500-word competition which, although is not running currently, has a website full of great ideas to get you started.  You can hear some of the winning stories from 2016 (I recommend ‘The Grannies Who Flew to the Moon’) and get an Alphabot to generate 5 random words for you if you are having difficulties coming up with some ideas!  Have a look on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1 for these and other helpful suggestions!

Remember, too, to use all the features you have been learning in school.  Please try to use: ambitious punctuation and vocabulary; expanded noun phrases; prepositional phrases; similes and metaphors; super connectives and any other features that you feel your work should have.  Plan your work in note-form, jotting down ideas for each of the features above, before you get started.

Please upload your work into a comment box, (if it will allow you to type in that many words, of course!)  If not, then bring it into school, preferably in digital form please, or email it to me and we will publish it on here.  I will be sharing mine with you in the classroom too!  I hope you enjoy the challenge as much as I did.  Happy writing!

Mrs Callow


Head Teacher Awards 14.10.16 – and it’s a double whammy this week!


Well, we have five awesome Ospreys to celebrate this week; two from this week, and three from a previous week, when the Year 4s were away on camp!

Let’s start with our budding Year 5 writers, Louie, Bella and Christian, who smashed it with a fantastic character description in their Stone Age stories.  They thought really carefully about how their characters looked, sounded and behaved, and tried to create a personality that their reader could relate to.  Have a read for yourselves…

Here is Louie’s work.  His character is called ‘Person’ because he is from the Stone Age:


And here is Bella’s work.  She has based her character on ‘Eep’, from the Croods:


And this is Christian’s work about a caveman called Cooper:


Aren’t they impressive pieces of work?  The attention to detail was particularly pleasing and really brought their characters to life!

As well as writing some super stories, Osprey class have been making Stone Age jewellery.  (Visit our last post to find out more about these creations!)  This week, Maja and Connor received the Head Teacher Awards for their excellent examples of these ancient artefacts, which would have been carefully constructed using animal bones and shells.  Take a look at them:

Don’t they look great?  I wouldn’t mind wearing these as a matching set!

Well done to these five children, and to the rest of the class too, for their hard work as always!


Stone Aged Art and DT

The children have been learning about Skara Brae, a Neolithic settlement on the Orkney Islands, just off Scotland.  It is believed to have been inhabited between the years of 3200BC-2200BC.  It was rediscovered in 1850 during a great storm, which ripped off the top layer of earth of a grassy mound, then called ‘Skerrabra’, and revealed the ancient site.  There lies 8 small dwellings linked by narrow passages, and suggests that early humans began to settle in one place, rather than being on the move continually.  The children have been thinking like archaeologists, and trying to figure out what the artefacts found there may have been used for.

For the last couple of weeks, Ospreys have been developing their Art and DT skills with a couple of on-going projects.  Above are just a few pictures showing them in the midst of making Stone Aged jewellery using modelling material and sawing wood to create Stone Aged shelters.

Year 4 Residential to Folly Farm


The Year 4s had a fantastic overnight stay last week at Folly Farm, an educational centre just outside Bristol.  The accommodation, with its far-reaching views, was superb and the surrounding woodlands were waiting to be explored!

We squeezed in so many activities in just a couple of days: mini-beast hunting; making a home for a small mammal; pond-dipping; using identification charts; dissecting owl pellets; setting up humane traps to catch small mammals, filled with plenty of food and straw for their overnight stay, and releasing them the following morning; night walking; listening out for owls and bats; shelter building and fire-lighting!

We also enjoyed the delicious evening meal and cooked breakfast, eating our packed lunches out on the lawn, cooking over a fire and sharing a room with friends.  A huge amount of fun was fitted into 30 hours! Most of the photos are on the school website, but here are a few to whet your appetite…