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Welcome to the blogging site for Barton Hill Academy. Please enjoy looking through our work and don’t forget to leave us a comment.

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Oysters trip to Occombe Farm

The Oysters had a great trip to Occombe Farm.  It was a great hook to The Little Red Hen story. They enjoyed bread making learning about changes in materials. They also learned all about the life cycle of a chicken and how they grow inside the eggs!
The leader was extremely proud of our groups engagement and behavior they had a great time despite the weather!

The Little Red Hen by James

James from Oysters class showing off his amazing independent writing including, speech marks, question marks and exclamations! Fantastic work James, well done.

Red Nose Day 2017

Reception had great fun dressing in red clothes and wearing red noses to raise money for Red Nose Day.


Coral Class visit Pennywell Farm

Coral class visited Pennywell Farm to learn about farm animals and how to look after them.

We were able to hold some animals and we bottle fed the lambs, after making up their milk.

It was an exciting day and we learnt lots about farm animals!

Maths No Problem: Fractions

In Seahorses, we are learning to extend and deep our thinking. If we are feeling super clever, we will add our thinking to this blog. Pop along later and see what we share.

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What fantastic writing we have!

In Seahorses, we have been working on improving our writing. Watch this space to see example of our fantastic sentences, language choices and punctuation.

Made with Padlet


In Seahorses, we have been learning about how we can add suffixes to our root words. Some of us have been extending our learning further by using them in sentences and even explaining how the suffix changes the meaning. Can you add any of your own?

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Seahorse’s Science

In Science, we have been learning about animals in their habitats; alive, dead or never been alive and food chains. Daisy wanted a way to extend her learning so she asked if we could make this Padlet. Watch this space to see how it is used.

Made with Padlet

Exclamations, questions, commands and statements

In Seahorses, we have been learning how to write each of these sentence types. Write some more in the comments section if you can think of any of your own.

Made with Padlet

Jour Internationale de Bonheur

To celebrate International Day of Happiness, our favourite pop group Kids United have released this song. Hope you enjoy it! (Here are the lyrics in English)

We wish you all the happiness in the world
and that someone reaches you the hand
That your road escapes from bombs
That it leads to quiet gardens.
We wish you all the happiness in the world
For today like for tomorrow
That your sun lights up the shadow
That it shines because of love every single day.
Because the future belongs to you
Because we don’t control your destiny
May your escape be for tomorrow
Because everything we might offer you
will not always be enough
In this freedom that will come
Because we won’t always be there
Like we did it at the first steps.
You are facing an entire life
So many dreams to live till the end
Probably also with lot of joy
Free of making your own choices
To choose what will be your way
And where it will lead you
I just hope you will take time
to enjoy every moment.
I don’t know what a world we will leave behind
We do our best, but sometimes I only
hope that it will be enough
Not to save your carefreeness
But to calm down your conscience
Will I have the right to trust in you…

International Day of Happiness.

La campagne « Petits Schtroumpfs, grands objectifs » (“Small Smurfs Big Goals”), qui a été lancée par les Nations Unies, le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’enfance (UNICEF) et la Fondation des Nations Unies, a l’intention d’utiliser la popularité des personnages des Schtroumpfs pour encourager les enfants, les jeunes et les adultes à contribuer à un monde plus heureux, plus pacifique, plus équitable et plus sain. L’objectif visé est d’inciter le grand public à s’approprier les 17 objectifs de développement durable adoptés par les 193 États Membres de l’ONU en 2015. Le soutien de l’Équipe Schtroumpfs durera jusqu’au 20 mars 2017, qui est la Journée internationale du bonheur.

World Book Day

On Thursday 2nd March we celebrated World Book Day! The children of Porpoises came into school dressed as their favourite book characters (we even had some children dressed as the same character), Mr Ellis and Mrs Radcliffe got involved too! We had lots of fun throughout the day designing bookmarks, writing book reviews and even completing a word challenge where we had to find 20 words each in different books!

The children of Porpoises would love to hear your answers to these questions:

Can you recognise any characters you know? Who would you dress up as next time? What is your favourite book?

Year 6 Welcome Torbay MP, Kevin Foster

Torbay’s Member of Parliament inspires children

The school council and year six children from Barton Hill Academy learnt a great deal about the work of a member of Parliament when Kevin Foster, Conservative MP for Torbay, visited them. They enjoyed learning about the key roles of MP’s, how they work and what actually happens inside the House of Commons, as well as continuing their learning about the importance of democracy.

After speaking to the year six group as a whole, Kevin Foster visited each of the three classes’ in-turn to answer questions that the children had prepared. Jane Mosley, one of the year six teachers noted, “The children asked many insightful questions.” In answer to one child’s question, ‘How does it feel to be so important?’ Kevin Foster replied, “It is an important job but I do not feel important myself.” In addition, he was challenged on many local and national policies, including why there had been cuts to the education budget and what his priorities were for Torbay.

What particularly impressed many of the children was how the qualities of perseverance and hard word lead to success. Kevin Foster mentioned that many MP’s come from ordinary working class backgrounds like postmen and soldiers, but it is their determination, combined with effort and a keenness to serve, that enable them to get elected as an MP. One year six girl stated, “I admired Kevin Foster because he didn’t give up when he first stood for election but didn’t get voted in. He persevered and he got elected as MP for Torbay the second time around. He fulfilled his ambition that began as a teenager and became a member of Parliament.”

Kevin Foster said, “It was a pleasure to speak with the pupils and answer their questions, which covered a wide range of topics. As Torbay’s member of Parliament, I am always keen to engage with all ages, and hopefully one of the pupils might be inspired to become a Member of Parliament in the future.”

Let’s Be Friends!

Today Year 3 received more letters from our French penpals as part of our ‘Let’s Be Friends’ eTwinning Project with Ecole Jean Moulin. In their letters this time, they told us about their favourite food and pets. We have made them some bi-lingual bunting telling them about our favourite food, pets and hobbies. Hopefully, they will display our work in their classrooms!

World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day, some children chose to enjoy listening to ‘La Oruga Muy Hambrienta’ – The Hungry Caterpillar in Spanish. The children really enjoyed joining in with the numbers and the repetitive parts of the story……’comio, comio’.

World Book Day

Today we are celebrating World Book Day! In turtles class we love all different types of books and we came dressed in all different types of characters.

Can you spot any characters from a book you know?

What is your favourite book?


Mardi Gras

Today, Year 5 learnt about how French people celebrate Pancake Day. It is called Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday!) and is the name given to the day before ‘La Careme’ or Lent. In France, Mardi Gras celebrations include a day of carnival festivities, the most famous of which is in the town of Nice. In Britain, pancakes are eaten on ‘Shrove Tuesday’. In France, pancakes are called ‘Crepes’. We had a ‘Sautez la crepe’ competition, which Ryan won. Here he is in action!Ryan saute la crepe, class counting in French

We then designed and labelled our own French crepes and used a bi-lingual dictionary to find the French words for the toppings! Bon appétit!


Skyping French Penpals

Year 3 were really excited this morning because they met and spoke to their French penpals through SKYPE. First of all, we greeted each other with a cheery  ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Hello’. Then we sang ‘If You’re Happy and You Know it’ in French which received a huge round of appreciative applause! Following this, Cody, Michelle, Samuel and Charlie spoke to their penpals live, face to face. It was great to hear our Year 3 children speak fluent and confident French with the friend they’ve been writing to since last October. After that, the French children sang us a lovely, traditional French song which we enjoyed. Finally, we said ‘Au revoir’ and ‘Goodbye’ with a promise to be in touch very soon. Bravo Year 3 – c’était formidable!

The Dark by Puffer Fish Class

What do you think about the dark, are you scared of the dark? Do you like the dark?

Listen to our class poem about ‘the dark’ and post a comment below.

Krindlekrax creative poetry.

This term we have be reading the book Krindlekrax. The book is about a boy called Ruskin Splinter who is small and thin and the idea of him battling a dragon in the school play makes the whole class laugh. But beneath the dark bricks and cracked pavements of Lizard street lurks the mysterious Krindlekrax. When Krindlekrax threatens Lizard street, Ruskin has the chance to prove he really is the stuff heroes are made of!

In our class, 4 Sea Lions we have been writing poems that focus on visualization and descriptive language. Here are some examples.

Turtles trip to the zoo!

On Thursday 9th February, Turtles class went to Paignton Zoo. We saw so many amazing animals from all around the word! Can you name some of the animals in the pictures?

Can you tell us an interesting fact about an animal?

What was/is your favourite animal?

We would love to hear from you!

Happy Chinese New Year! 🇨🇳

Turtles class have been learning about the Chinese New Year.

2017 is the year of the Rooster!

In our class we have a mixture of children born in the year of the Ox and the year of the Tiger! Mrs McGuire was born in the year of the Rooster and Mr Jones was born in the year of the Dog.

What animal was it the year you were born? Use the picture below to help. We would love to hear from you!



Stars of the week!


Fredi: Reading award

Millie: Writer of the week

Carla: Maths award

Rosie: Handwriting heroin

Nancy: Kindness award

Isabelle: Star of the week!⭐️