Robin Hood Day!

A sea of Robin Hoods, Friar Tucks, Maid Marions and Sheriffs descended upon the grounds of Crofton Anne Dale Junior School today as part of Year 5’s English unit based on the Legend of Robin Hood.  Teamwork, determination as well as an ability to withstand the lack of sun were just some of the skills seen today.  We even had a resident moth take a particular liking to one of the Robin Hoods!

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A particular well done to the winning teams:

[Written by Mrs Burdett] 

Heroes Day at Anne Dale……..

As part of our Heroes work supporting the Heroes Inspiration Federation, children across the Anne Dale School dressed in a wide range of outfits, ranging from members of the armed forces to wizards and superheroes! There were medical professionals, Einstein and even Florence Nightingale walking the corridors of Anne Dale!

Children started the day with a shared celebration assembly with the infant school singing hero themed songs and a joint rendition of “Believe”…

The Two Steves

Throughout the day, children have also taken part in an excellent and entertaining display of reading skill by “The 2 Steves”. Their new series of books “ihero” was read to an enthralled and enraptured audience, with the hall filled with laughter, fun and careful decision making to survive the terrors of the “ihero” series!2Steves_viking_320x227

Games contestants faced challenges based on quick thinking, decision making from the stories and all at the same time having a brilliant laugh with the 2 Steves! Children have then been given time to purchase books from the 2 Steves in the library during the school day!

Check back to see some more pictures of the day and some of the amazing costumes from across the year groups… Thank you to all of the many parents and families that have helped to create such wonderful costumes, helping the children to enjoy a wonderful hero-themed day!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Viking in my Bed in Year 4!

This term we have been learning about the brilliant author Jeremy Strong. He is a most loved author and he writes really funny books! Here is a list of some books: ‘There’s a Viking in my Bed’, ‘Pirate School’, ‘Where’s that Dog?’, ‘My Dad’s got an Alligator’, ‘Viking at School’, ‘Viking in Trouble’, ‘A One Hundred Miles An Hour Dog Goes for Gold’, ‘Liar Liar Pants on Fire’.

Year 4 have enjoyed writing about this book and we would recommend it to you to read (you can find it in the school library). If you like comedy it is a perfect book for you.

We have some quotes for you from some year 4’s…

Ruby Reid said: “This book is really funny!”

Shannen Schofield said: “It has very good dialogue and great prepositions!”

William Casey said: ” It is  very very funny!”

[Written By Jack Bryant Digital Leader]      

R.E Communities in Year 4…

In R.E we have been talking about community and about believing in things. We have also thought about what makes a community  and what is a community. Here are some questions…

What type of community are you in?

A community is like a club it is a community so if you are in Cubs or Beavers, Brownies, Scouts or even in the Cadets. We have also been learning about Muslims and Islamic life with Mrs Wright. We have been learning about prayer mats that Muslims use in Mosques and in their houses. They pray five times a day; at sun rise, morning, midday, evening and night.

Then we thought about these questions…

Do you pray?

Are you in a community?

[Written By Jack B (W4) ~ Digital Leader]   

Dracula Comes To Tea!

As part of our enrichment sessions, some of our Year 5 writers have been exploring how real authors create menacing characters.  They then used some of these techniques to create their own menacing masterpieces.  Take a look below….


His pallor face glared into the distance whilst I shivered with fear. His bushy brown moustache hung over his blood red lips. Under his forest of hair, knife like teeth dangled out of his mouth. His hair was course and matted together, not even a detangler could get through it! His eyebrows perched on top of his piercing eagle eyes. His pupils were cats’ eyes which grew when they met darkness. His bird like nose shone in the gleaming light. I was afraid!

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Scary Bertha

By Rebecca and Lucy

Her name was BERTHA and she was a millionaire. She had an overgrown mono brow that was as long as a snake and one look of her would pierce your soul. Her hair was a bright red afro but she tried to hide it so she put her hair in a bun all the time. Her eyes were slithers, watching every step you take. Bertha’s lips were tightly shut with red lipstick smeared all over them like icing on a cake. Her nose was like a slithering slug and she had long nose hairs. Her appointment at the hairdressers was WAY overdue because she didn’t want them to see her afro. Her jewellery covered most of her because she liked to show off. Bertha’s ears were like huge cabbages. Her earrings were like plates, rounded and shiny and her clothes were studded with jewels and gems. She had velvet pink high heels that were so tight her feet were nearly bursting out of them. She overdid her makeup to cover any blemishes!

Which is your favourite?

K3 are authors!

Year 3 have been very busy writing their own fairy tales this term.  Over the past few weeks, we have looked at a variety of stories such as Three Billy Goats Gruff, the Ugly Duckling and Sleeping Beauty.  These stories inspired us to write our own.  The children thought carefully about the good and bad characters, what the problem could be and then the solution (with the characters living ‘happily ever after’).


On the final Friday before half-term, Year 3 went over to the Infant School to share their fairy tale stories.  This was a fantastic chance to share their learning with the Infant School.  K3 enjoyed going back to their old classroom and meeting the Infants again. They couldn’t believe how small the chairs were and how grown up they felt!


After sharing their stories they listened to the Year 2’s and their work on Florence Nightingale.  It was an amazing way to end the week.



[Written by Miss Knight]

Writing Play scripts in W4!

In W4 we have been writing play scripts in English. To do this, we have been watching videos and clips from famous films, to help us to think about how films are designed and how stage directions are written.

We have been watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and we have done Jack and the Beanstalk as well.

[Written by Jack B Digital Leader]

English in MP4…

In English, MP4 are learning about the Angel of Nitshill Road by Anne Fine. It’s a funny story about 3 very unhappy children who are bullied by someone called Barry Hunter until…

Celeste, an angel, comes to the school to sort out all these problems.

Eventually, Barry becomes a better person and learns how to be a better person, make friends and have fun, (all thanks to Celeste’s book of deeds.)

[Written By Josie S ~ Digital Leader]


English in W4… The Angel of Nitshill Road…

In W4 we have been learning about the angel of Nitshill road and we have had lots of fun reading the story and then doing the tasks.

The story is about three children called Penny, Mark and Mthe Angel of Nitshill Roadarigold. There is a bully in the school called Barry Hunter and he is being mean to the children. There was a new person (An Angel) and she is called Celeste.

It is a brilliant play, which is great to read as a group too!

[Written By Jack B ~ Digital Leader]

Reviews of “The House Haunting” by T3!

As part of our work… in English, children in T3 read “The House Haunting” to work on creating suspense, excitement and descriptions in our writing.

After reading the book, we have been thinking of what we enjoyed and how we thought the book could be improved too.

We used the LearnPads to access the school Blog and to leave a comment. Here are some of our suggestions in the comments below.

[Written by Mr Thorns]