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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Summer 1- Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls. Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim. Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower. Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let’s build a brand new one. Whose is the tallest? Can you measure it? Then dig deep, deep down, making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals who live underground. What’s that sound? I hear little hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap, over the rickety bridge. Watch out for the angry troll underneath. He likes to gobble up little girls and boys. Make sure your bridge is sturdy enough to take our weight and get us safely to the other side. And finally, meet three little pigs who need your help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls, they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf. No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down.

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Class Text



Fun with Year 6

 As a reward for working so hard during their SATs Year 2 and Year 6 were given the opportunity to learn and play together outside. We read books, played games and had lots of fun!


LI: To choose and play appropriate dynamics and timbres for a piece of music

Following on from their previous music lesson, the children were introduced to new vocabulary such as dynamics and timbre linked to music. They were then encouraged to use untuned instruments to sing and play to a beat. By the end of the session, the children were able to perform 'Hickory Dickory Dock' infront of the class.


LI: To create a womery to promote tunnelling for worms


The children were introduced to animals that tunnel and then identified that worms were great creatures that created fascinating tunnels. We found out more information about them and created a fact file. The children then worked in pairs to create a womery and followed instructions to ensure the worms had everything they needed to survive and tunnel. By the end of the session, the children were able to share facts about worms.

Drama: Knight School

 In their second drama session, the children had to complete a variety of initiation tests to become knights. 

The children...

  • slayed dragons
  • practised flying (like a dragon)
  • created freize frames linked to a knights day
  • dodged boulders

By the end of the session, the children were all knighted and had passed their challenges.


 LI: To manipulate clay and use tools to create a dragon.


The children looked at their skills lesson and spoke about the dragons they had planned. They then used clay to bring their ideas to life and were encouraged to think about the dragons features. By the end of the session, the children had all created their own dragons and were able to talk about how they made it.



LI: To build a tower structure, exploring how they can be made stronger.


The children were encouraged to use a variety of constuction materials to create a tower for Rapunzel to be safe. By the end of the session, the children identified who made the tallest tower and which was the most secure.


LI: To sing and play an instrument at the same time.

Children learnt to sing, 'Once a man fell in a well' and usec untuned percussion instruments to play the pulse and imitate specific words from the song before performing as a small group. By the end of the session, the children were able to clap to the rhythm of their name. Singing a melody accurately while playing their instrument in time to the song 'once a man fell down a well'.

LI: To investigate and measure towers using standard units.


The children were encouraged to stack sugar cubes to make towers. They used a ruler to measure and record the height of each tower. They discovered and compared the towers and were encouraged to think of the best way to build a tower thinking about the base. By the end of the session, the children could report back their findings, including height.


 In drama, the children explored our class text 'Tell me a Dragon'. They guarded eggs and even met a dragon! The children were able to use freize frames to create various dragon related features and were able to show their creativty through drama.


LI: To design a dragon.

Linking to our topic, the children were encouraged to design their own dragon. They were given instructions on how they could draw their dragon and used their imagination to create their features and designs. By the end of the lesson, the children were able to talk about their designs.


Egg experiment

LI: To identify and describe the importance of hygiene for humans (egg experiment)

First we talked about how important it is to brush teeth everyday and then chatted about foods that are good for teeth and foods that aren’t.

Sugary, sticky food is not good for teeth as it sticks to the surface, bacteria then break down the sugar to make acid which can damage teeth. The children used milk, water, orange juice, coke and vinegar to see how they would affect the egg shell which represented our teeth. By the end of the session, the children were able to identify which liquid was the best and worst for their teeth and they found out that the vinegar completely dissolved the eggshell, leaving just the membrane behind. The children recapped the importance of brushing their teeth.


As part of our Engage day, we dressed in our party clothes as well as kings, queens and dragons along with other exciting medieval themed outfits.

The children found out about the features of a castle, who may work in the castle, attack and defence mechanisms as well as projectiles. We also joined in with medieval dancing, baking gingerbread and ended with a banquet fit for a king or queen. We feasted on crackers, cheese, bread, jam and grapes washed dow with a cool juice. By the end of the day, the children were more knowledge regarding our new topic and were excited to find out more information.


LI: To draw a castle using suitable drawing software.

The children worked on laptops and ipads to draw a castle using suitable drawing software. They were encouraged to use shapes to form the basic castle form, adding colours and textures to improve its appearance. The children verbally labelled the castle’s key features. We looked at a virtual castle tour at the beginning of the lesson to address the key features of a castle. By the end of the session, the children had a good go at using the programme to create their own castle and could discuss different parts of it.

Design and Technology

LI: To select from and use a range of tools and equipment to create gingerbread biscuits.

The children followed instructions to create a Gingerbread mixture. They weighed out ingredients and used various tools to shape, mould and cut the gingerbread dough. By the end of the session, the children had made and baked their own gingerbread biscuits.

PE: Attack and defend

LI: To master basic movements including running, jumping and balance.

The children joined in with defend and attack games. The children pretended to be soldiers attacking a castle, dodging arrows (small balls or bean bags) and were encouraged to throw their arrows towards a moving target.  The children ended the session with a game of dodgeball and were encouraged to duck and dive the ball so they didn't get hit by the ball. The children worked well in teams and by the end of the session they could link the games to knights and battles and how important it was for people to protect their castles.


LI: To learn a simple dance routine.

The children listened to a variety of medieval music and were encouraged to talk about the patterns and routines within the dance they observed. The children then worked in two groups to be able to recreate their own medieval dance routine linking it to what they had just watched. By the end of the session, the children performed to the other group and were able to create their own dance by working with others.


LI: To Investigate how the weight of a projectile thrown at the castle wall affects the damage done.

In groups, the children built a castle wall from wooden blocks. The children investigated how the weight of a projectile thrown at the castle wall affects the damage done. The children tested using projectiles, such as balls of scrunched paper, play dough and foil. The children counted the number of blocks knocked off the wall after five throws of each projectile type, recording and displaying the data using recording sheet.  By the end of the session, the children could assess which projectile did the most damage to the wall and explain why it worked so well.

Fun Facts

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Parts of a castle