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It's Christmas!

Date: 1st Dec 2020 @ 11:19am

Last night a very special visitor came to Balby Central Nursery class and left us a Christmas tree! The children have had a lovely morning decorating the tree and exploring the new Christmas themed provision outside!

Balby Central's very own Stone Age settlement

Date: 30th Nov 2020 @ 8:03pm

Stone Age huts

This afternoon was spent constructing our very own Stone Age houses. We used a wide range of natural materials to create our huts. This posed quite a few challenges, especially when trying to make the houses sturdy and water tight. We applied a range of techniques to construct, improve and repair our huts,  such as making knots. 

BCPA's (virtual) art gallery

Date: 30th Nov 2020 @ 8:04am


Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 9:25pm

“The more that you read the more you will know. The more that you learn the more places you will go!” 

Year 1 are working so hard in their RWI phonics lessons. Every day they engage with the sessions and are becoming super speedy when reading the sounds and recognising them in words. 

PE - Multi skills

Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 9:15pm

We love PE! Year 1 have been so active especially during Athletics where they have learnt new skills and techniques!

Where do we live?

Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 9:04pm

In Geography Year 1 have been learning about where they live. They looked at different landmarks in both Balby and Doncaster. They got creative and used Lego to build different landmarks. The children loved exploring what was in their home town so we moved on to learning about the capital city! They recognised that the landmarks were much bigger and that London was much busier. We went on a ‘virtual tour’ of the places we had learnt about then the children had to find all the landmarks and label them. 


Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 8:59pm

In Art Year 1 have been learning all about mixing colours, tints and tones and brush strokes using paint. They studied the artist David Hockney and looked at his art to take inspiration from. The children used mirrors to look at their own faces to ensure they used the correct shades of paint and shape of their features. As you can see from the image the artists of Year 1 created some fantastic pieces of art. 

Stone Age Boy story snippets!

Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 8:27pm

Stone Age Boy II 

An ordinary boy's life takes a turn when he meets a girl called Om. Together they see and do many exciting things. We have really enjoyed our book study story so we decided to create our own interpretations- some people may say that they are even better than the original! Here are a few sneaky snippets for you. 


After talking for a while, the girl who I found out was called Om, offered to take me back to her camp so that they could help. Anxiously, I followed her to her camp to see if her family would help me. As I entered the interesting home, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Right in front of me was smoky, crackling fire. Sizzling on this, was a freshly cooked, slimy fish. It caused thick black smoke to fill the air. Om turned to me and said, “You want fish? Lets go river.” Cautiously agreeing, we went on our way. We settled down on the river bank to sharpen our harpoons ready to capture the slimy, scaly fish when all of a sudden the trees started rustling behind us...

By Arthur


In the blazing, midday sun , me and my little sister were playing with my soft , fluffy teddy in the garden. As the wind blew, I could see a violet butterfly flying in the sky. The air was filled with the sound of birds chirping. It felt peaceful and calm. In the distance, I could smell the fragrance of beautiful flowers. Then underneath the fresh, green grass I saw an ancient, fossil. WHen I touched it, a portal came and tried to suck me up. Quickly, I tried to grab on to something but my hand was weak. it sucked me up. I was terrified.

By Advika


The next thing I know, I’m being held over a camp fire by two men. I was very very scared because I was dangling of a stick . I begged and begged for them to let me go but they wouldn’t listen. I tried again but they still wouldn’t listen. I said, “Please , please, please let me go! I’m terrified! Let me go please!” They smiled and took me off the camp fire. I wiggled out of their hands and got away with the stick still on my back. Then I started getting chased by the two men that put me  over the fire which made me even more terrorfied. The huge, outrageous men were catching up with me . I tried to loose them by turning into the bushes but they saw me. All of  a sudden…  

By Lexi F 


Ear-piercing roars came again but this time they were much louder as they were closer. Om hurried back towards her tent but left me in the cage. “Come back come back!” I shouted. I banged the cage sides trying to escape. My heart pounded even more because the lions were so close. The nearby trees were rustling. Desperately, Om came running back with something in her hand. It was the keys!  

By Joseph


I ran up a ginormous tree as quick of I could. But the bear came out of nowehere and took me. I screamed out for help buy no one responded until “boom! I got knocked out. I woke up on a red and yellow fire. I was devastated. I shouted for help in the distance I saw a girl not a normal girl. “Its Om” I shouted. She came up to me with a big bucked full of ice cold water to put the fire out. A smile swept across my face. I said to Om “thank you thank you so much.”

“Welcome” said Om.

By Kiera


When I woke up , I was in a dark, gloomy cave that I didn’t know. As I clambered up off the floor, I felt very dizzy and a really bad pain on my cheek was dripping blood down my face. I gently wiped the blood off my face and then I stumbled to the entrance in front of me. When I looked out of the cave, I saw people with funny looking sticks chasing big cows, people wearing odd clothers and people hitting heavy stones on other stones.

By Jacob


As I woke up I tried to look around but it was as dark as the night sky. Slowly, I clambered up from the floor and felt a horrible pain jump on the top of my big, pale forehead. I could feel something sticky trickling down my face . Confused, I walked out of the cave. I saw a strange looking gir chewing a small, brown fish off a stick.

By Josh

The Rainforest

Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 8:06pm


We have concluded our learning about the Tropical Rainforest by creating our own knowledge organisers this week. 


Date: 27th Nov 2020 @ 1:00pm

This week we have been showing lots of interest in shapes and their properties, have a look at some of the wonderful designs we have  created this week!

Read all about it!

Date: 26th Nov 2020 @ 3:45pm

Year 5 assumed the roles of journalists and characters from our book, "The Polar a Bear Explorers' Club". They took it in turns to interview each other and gathered quotes in preparation for their newspaper reports.

Perimeter Problems!

Date: 26th Nov 2020 @ 3:39pm

Year 5 investigated area and perimeter using Cusinaire Rods! It was hard but fun!

Movie makers in training

Date: 25th Nov 2020 @ 7:58pm


We are now movie makers! When we started learning about animation (our computing topic) , we were complete novices.

The first skill we learnt was how to make a flip book which was actually much harder than we thought it would be.

After that, we learned how to shoot frames. When we had mastered this , we planned our own story. This was very exciting as we had to make our own background and characters. Once they were ready, we began filming. Here are our first attempts. Keep a lookout for our next scenes! 



There's a lot more to rocks than we originally thought...

Date: 24th Nov 2020 @ 8:35pm

Year 3 have been exploring the properties of rocks again today. They were given four challenges: 

  • Choose a rock that will be suitable to be the roof of a new building. It needs to be waterproof due to the amount of rain we have in the UK.
  • Choose a hard wearing, durable rock that we can use for ramps at a skate park.
  • Choose a rock that will be suitable for a new statue in the local park that will not be damaged by acid.
  • Find a rock that is suitable for a kitchen worktop. 

In order to solve the challenges, the children worked in groups to test a range of igneous and sedimentary rocks to see which were strong, waterproof, hard-wearing and unaffected by acid. Have a chat with them to see what they have found out.


As well as this, we have been learning about how rocks are made. After making their own igneous and sedimentary rocks, they started making comparisons. We are becoming quite the experts!

Bikes and scooters

Date: 24th Nov 2020 @ 2:51pm

Today we got the bikes and scooters out.  We had so much fun riding them around our outdoor area especially going down the hill where we went really fast!  Some of us were a bit wobbly to begin with so we had to work hard on our balance and make sure we looked where we were going so we did not crash into anyone!  

Marvellous Maths!

Date: 23rd Nov 2020 @ 6:59pm

Please take a look at some of our fantastic maths work!

DT - Creating our own joints!

Date: 22nd Nov 2020 @ 5:56pm

As part of our DT project, learning about, designing and creating periscopes, Year 5 learnt about different types of joints this week: we then assessed these, considering which would be the most/least effective in order to create our own periscopes. It was a messy lesson but it was fun!

Anti-bullying Week 2020

Date: 22nd Nov 2020 @ 5:50pm

This week for "Anti-Bullying Week", Year 5 created ther own Haikus with a shared message of "uniting against bullying". The work will also be proudly displayed in school. We are so proud of how mature and thoughtful the children's poems were - they really did have some beautiful, powerful messages to make.

Brilliant Biomes

Date: 22nd Nov 2020 @ 4:35pm

Brilliant Biomes 


As part of our work on the many biomes over the world, this week Year 6 have been focusing on The Tropical Rainforest. 

We looked at the features of a rainforest, the locations where they might be found, the animals we might see and of course the many layers it has. We loved learning about this as ir gave us some background knowledge about the Amazon Jungle which is where our class text ‘The Explorer’ is set.

We were then very excited to make our own biomes in a jar- this is called a terrarium. To do this we used stones, charcoal to filter the water, moss, some soil and of course a tropical plant. We finished with a spritz of water to help the 'water cycle' take place. This should hopefully mean that now our lid is on our jar it will create its own climate and it will not need watering again! 

A few weeks ago we also learnt about the chaparral biome. So because we had so much fun we decided to make an open terrarium using slightly different materials. We used sand to mirror the terrain in the desert and used plants that grow naturally in this climate- cacti!

Have a look at our terrariums below.





Date: 22nd Nov 2020 @ 2:09pm

For our Thrive session this week we focused on mirroring.  We sat opposite our friend and had to copy each others actions without using our words.  Eye contact and concentration were really important as we followed what our friend was doing.  This activity works on developing relationships with others in the class. 

Testing materials

Date: 20th Nov 2020 @ 4:13pm

In D&T Year 2 have been testing materials to see which would be the best material to use to create a bag for a soldier.  We decided the bag must be waterproof, strong, flexible and comfy.  After testing many different materials the children decided that fabric would be the best material overall.  We had lots of fun testing the materials and got a little bit wet!

R.E - The lost sheep & the good shepherd

Date: 20th Nov 2020 @ 4:04pm

After focusing on the religion of Islam in the first half term, the children have moved onto learning more about Christianity in R.E.  We read the story of the lost lamb and the good shepherd and discussed why every sheep was so important. We then re-told the story and turned it into a story cube.  Here is an example of what the children produced. 

Look at what we have been up to this week!

Date: 20th Nov 2020 @ 2:49pm

This week in Art we have been sketching our figures in readiness for starting our wire sculptures next week.  We practised our Iron man poses and our partners identified the different body parts we used to perform our pose.


In Maths this week we have be learning to interpret data.  We have used tally charts, frequency tables and pictograms.  We have also drawn our own bar charts using our own data sets. 

There's a Monster in the Shed...

Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 8:28am

A strange thing happened the other day. Reception were outside and we heard a noise from inside the shed.  We investigated and listened carefully and decided there must be a monster in the shed!  We planned and built a monster trap and we haven't heard a noise since.  We will keep checking though - just in case! 

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be flat?

Date: 17th Nov 2020 @ 7:48pm

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be flat?


Well, if you were to ask the children in Year 3 , they would be able to tell you exactly what it's like! This half term, we have been on a reading journey with a young boy called Flat Stanley. We have loved learning and writing about all the things he can do now that he is flat. One particular adventure that we enjoyed writing about was when Stanley saved the day by posing as a painting in the Famous Museum and helped capture two sneak thieves! Here is just a sample of some of our work. 

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