Novel Study Launch in Maple and Cedar Class

Today Cedar and Maple class joined together to launch our new novel study. First we met in  the hall and listened an extract from the book. We considered how it made us feel, what we imagined in our mind and any particularly poignant words. Then with a partner we wrote those words down.

We then spread the words around the room. One child in the partnership closed their eyes whilst their partner talk them on a word walk. They read the words they passed on the ground to create an image in their partners mind. Then they swapped over.

In the hall before school an exploration area had been created. The pairs had to crawl in and imagine how the character in the extract felt and what they saw.


Once all these experiences had finished the children created a sketch of whatever ideas they had developed.


The pairs then went to class and completed their sketches with colour.

Here are Maple class


Here are Cedar class

Maple and Cedar classes celebrate World Book Day!

As part of our whole school World Book Day celebrations, Years 5 and 6 had a class competition. Each child had to try and persuade the rest of the class to read their book. We spent time thinking about how we might persuade other people to vote for our book; through writing speeches, researching the author and making posters advertising our books. We then presented this to the rest of the class. The range of books inn Years 5 and 6 was brilliant!

Gotham’s 100 million minute reading challenge!

As part of our world book day celebrations, all the pupils took part in Achievement For All’s 100 million minute reading challenge. Lots of schools across the country took part to see if children could read for 100 million minutes. In just one week, children at Gotham Primary School, managed to read for 18,897 minutes at home! This is an amazing achievement! The winning house team, with the highest number of minutes, was Jupiter with 5136 minutes. Well done team Jupiter!

Change for life Multi-sports festival

Some children in Years 4,5 and 6 went to represent Gotham Primary at a multisports festival. They participated in a number of activities and worked brilliantly together as a team. The festival was aimed at engaging young people in sports and giving them a chance to SHINE! Well done everyone who took part!


Last week we played a friendly against West Bridgford juniors to start off the new school year.
We didn’t win but we played really well as a team to say it was our first match!
Well done to all the boys who took part – you’re team work and good spirit was clear to see!

Cedar Class learn about the Solar System with fruit!

Cedar class are learning about Earth and space in their current two week block. On Tuesday we learnt about the comparative sizes of planets and the distances between them. This is very hard to imagine. We tried to visualise it by representing each planet by a fruit, except Mercury – that was a peppercorn. Jupiter was a watermelon. We then measured the distance between planets using toilet paper! Each square of toilet paper represented 16 million km! In between Mars and Jupiter there were 34 pieces of toilet paper but just 2.5 between Earth and Venus.

As well as learning a lot we also had great fun. It was rather windy so you may notice in the photos some flying toilet paper – we did retrieve it all!