Author Archives: Mrs Ower

Easter in Spain

On Friday, school will finish for Easter week (Semana Santa), the biggest religious celebration in Spain.  Hundreds of towns and villages throughout Spain will hold elaborate processions throughout the week with marching bands, and people carrying huge thrones (tronos) with religious figures on top.  Many of the people in the processions will have their faces covered.  Traditionally, this means that they are penitents, people who want to make up for doing something they shouldn’t have done.  Women often wear a black mantilla, a beautiful veil made of lace and worn with a comb on the back of the head.

Easter week photos

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Woman in black mantilla, Alicante

Woman in black mantilla, Alicante

Penitents carrying trono, Alicante

Penitents carrying trono, Alicante

How is Easter celebrated in your country?
If Easter is not celebrated in your country, tell us about another important festival.


Getting to Grips with Time

Spiral Time

This week, we have been working on telling the time to the nearest minute, using our number bonds to 60 to help us with our ‘minutes to the hour‘ times, and beginning to calculate time intervals.  In Sports, we estimated and then counted how many times we could do a different activity, for example, star jumps.

Two websites with activities which we really liked were Maths Frame and BBC Bitesize.

What’s the time of day you like best?
What have you learned about time this week?
What tips could you give another child to help them with learning to tell the time?

Place Value Fun in the Sun

We have been working on place value in numbers a lot so far this term. This means that we think about the value of each digit in a number.  In the number 465, the 6 is in the tens place so it has a value of 60.  The 4 is in the hundreds place so it has a value of 400.

Today, we took our place value equipment along to our sports lesson at Paco Cantos for a Place Value Race to 100!

We worked together in teams to see who could reach 100 first.  We had to run fast, think fast and think well in order to win, but we realised that there was some luck involved, too!

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Did this activity help your understanding of place value? How?
How did you feel about doing maths in the sports lesson?
Are there other maths activities we could do in our sports lessons?

Thank you to Miss Jordan’s class for sharing the idea!

Andalucia Day

Andalucia mapFebruary 28th is El Día de Andalucía, a holiday where we celebrate what it is to be Andaluz.  In school, we celebrated the day on Thursday.  Everyone was invited to come in typical Andalucian dress or in the colours of the Andalucian flag – white and green.

Andalucia flag

We ate a typical Andalucian breakfast, pan con aceite y azucar (bread with olive oil and sugar), learned a lot about some of the important Andalucian cities (Malaga, Cordoba, Seville, Cadiz, Granada) and learned to dance Sevillanas with Miss Mora.

Here are some photos of the day.

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Here is a video we watched, showing some of the wonderful things about living in Andalucia.  Music is by Chambao, a band from Malaga.

And click here to see Miss Mora teaching us how to dance a Sevillana.

Thank you to Miss Toro, Mr Toro, Miss Mora and all the members of the Spanish department whose hard work resulted in such a great learning experience!

What do you like best about living in Andalucia?
What was your favourite part of our Andalucia Day?
What festivals are celebrated in your country and how are they celebrated?

Ancient Egypt in Year 3

In Year 3 this term, we have been learning about Ancient Egypt.  Last week in Assembly, we shared our learning with the whole school.

Click here to see some photos from the day and then read on to find out more!

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Zac report2

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Sophie report1

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By Sophie

What do you enjoy most about the assembly?
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about Ancient Egypt?
If an Ancient Egyptian time traveller arrived in our school tomorrow, what would would surprise him/her most?


It’s Book Week at BSM!

Yes, it’s that time of the year when we have a whole week of celebrating books at BSM! Thank you, Mrs Griffiths, for making our classroom look so inviting with the cover from one of my favourite books, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ by Dr Seuss.

The Cat in the Hat

We’ve been doing some shared reading with children from the younger years this week.  Nursery paid a visit to us in our classroom and we went to Year 1 to read to them in theirs.  We all agreed that sharing a book is a great way to make new friends and enjoy a good story at the same time!


One of Mrs Ower’s favourite children’s books is called Silverwing and is by Kenneth Oppel.  It’s a really exciting adventure story whose main character is a Silverwing bat.  He gets lost on a long journey and the book is all about how he finds his way back to his family.   Mrs Ower read it to her daughter when she was in Year 3 and they both enjoyed it so much that they read the other two books in the series, too.

What’s your favourite book?  What’s it about?  Why do you like it so much?

Parents & Carers, we’d love to hear about your favourite children’s book, too!

How to become a Super Speller

There are lots of different ways to learn spelling words.  It’s good to try different methods to see which ones best help you learn your spellings for the weekly test and, more importantly, remember them forever!  Here is how one of our classmates practised her spellings this week.Dasha spellings

How do you like to practise your spellings?
If you have a photo of your spelling practice and would like it on the blog, then email me with it and I’ll add it to this post.

Here’s one of our class making his spellings with beans!

Solaeman spelling