Welcome to Carlton

Welcome to Carlton Primary Academy

Our Vision:

We are a happy, caring community, where together we can do anything.
We have an inspiring and motivating learning environment, where everyone achieves success.
As a member of the Schools Co-operative Society, we are part of a group of schools which uphold the cooperative values and ethos of:

Self-help- helping each other and working together
Self-responsibility- taking responsibility for our own actions
Democracy-giving all stakeholders a say in how the school is run
Equality- giving equal rights and benefits for all
Equity- being fair and unbiased
Solidarity- supporting each other and those in other cooperatives

Our talented team of staff are constantly striving to deliver the very best of opportunities for our children. Our distinctive ethos of care and respect promotes high standards of behaviour and attainment. We provide a rich and vibrant curriculum which stimulates children’s interests and, through our own Forest school programme, our children enjoy learning within our outdoor environment.
We value the partnership between parents, pupils and staff and welcome parents into our school at the start of each day.
I hope you enjoy exploring our website to find out even more about our academy.

Claire Minett
Head of Academy

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Under Construction

cropped-carlton_logo.pngWe are currently updating our website. 

You may have noticed some changes to our website already, these will continue over the few weeks. We’re in the process of updating our website to bring you more photos and information about our Academy. Each class now has their own page – so come back regularly to find out whats been happening in your child’s class.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and shall be back up and running normally soon.

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Welcome to the Ash class

Welcome to the Ash class page. We are taught by Mr Child and supported by Mrs Murray. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of us if you have any problems, concerns, worries or comments.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday.

Posted in Year 5 - Ash

Poppy Day

As a testament to Remembrance Day, Carlton Primary Academy have recreated the poppy field surrounding the tower of London (Carlton’s very own sea of red). Both year 5 and 6 sculptured poppies from a single length of wire and decorated them with red and green cellophane. It was a difficult task but with perseverance and hard work every student completed their own poppy.

We placed them in front of school on Tuesday the 11th, taking time to contemplate the past and the people who sacrificed there own life to save ours.

You can see the poppies as you walk up the drive, glistening in the sun.


Posted in Year 5 - Ash, Year 6 - Beech, Year 6 - Oak

The Juniper Fortnightly ~ Post Five (November 3rd – November 14th 2014)

The Juniper Fortnightly Post Five – November 3rd – November 14th 2014

Poetry in Class RS

We have been exploring poetry over the last two weeks and using poetic devices such as simile, metaphor, personification and alliteration to write kennings, haikus and tankas.

Our class poem inspired by the remembrance poppy is below:

The Poppy

Red is one brave man’s blood.

If the poppies could speak, they would say “Be careful out there!”

The poppy is like a boy crying for his dad.

The poppy is a wounded soldier.

The poppy fields are a blood pond.

It is a pretty perfect poppy.

Written by the Junipers.

There are a number of new displays in the academy showcasing some of the gorgeous work that has been undertaken this week by the Junipers. Please come and have a look. We have a firework poetry display, a poppy display and an autumn walk display where we explored the academy environment one sunny November morning and explored personification. We decided that Carlton church was peeping over the trees hiding from somebody and the jungle gym was an array of various sea monsters. Writing poetry is an excellent mode of self-expression and helps to develop children’s narrative work also.

Parent Consultation Meetings

Thank you to everyone who booked an appointment this week. Attendance was exceptionally high and I hope you found the meetings useful and informative.

Mathematics and Science

In maths, we have been calculating areas and perimeters. We have also been studying negative numbers and using them in the context of temperature. We have revised metric conversions and have investigated statements such as “Do children with larger head circumferences have longer legs?” This half term, we are looking at life cycles and food chains.

From the gallery…

The Juniper children placing their poppies as part of the whole academy display along the entrance drive.

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Football Coaching

We are currently enjoying football coaching sessions provided by our FA Coach, Gary. These sessions take place every Wednesday 1:00-2:00. We really enjoyed our first session. Mr. Smith is hoping to understand the offside rule by the end of the training!


Best Table Winners

Our children are continuing to work exceptionally hard and for the first time in week nine, we have had a joint winning table! Tables are now given a target of twenty points to achieve by the end of each week and members of successful tables will receive a full reward point for their personal reward cards.

Winners of Week eight – Jacob, Hannah, Louis, Evie, Lucas and (not pictured) Thomas A.


Joint winners of Week Nine – Hannah, Evie, Keegan, Kyan, Lewis & Jordan


Sam, Paige, Olivia, Callum, Fallon-Sonnie & Morgan.


From the gallery…


We had lots of fun during our Halloween disco. Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun and came to the academy dressed in some really scary costumes!

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Blooms Questions

Each issue, there will be an example of Blooms taxonomy questions for you to explore with your child. This is an optional bonus homework which your child can complete and hand in to school for an extra reward point.

This week we are looking at “Knowledge” questions.

Knowledge questions are the recall and retrieval of facts and ideas.

Look at our class poem and answer these questions.

  1. Find a simile in the class poem “The Poppy”.
  2. What poetic device has been used in the final line of the poem.
  3. How many syllables are there in the third line of the poem?
  4. Find an adjective used to describe the soldier.
  5. What adjective would you add to the title of the poem if you were asked?
Posted in Year 3/4 - Juniper

Visit to Santa – Kingfishers

On Wednesday 3rd December all Foundation Stage children have the opportunity of going on Kirklees Light Railway to visit Santa. The children will be leaving school promptly at 10.00am and we will be back in school at approximately 2.45pm. Please collect your child from the foundation unit as normal at 3.15pm.

The cost of the trip will be £11.50 for F2 children (Kingfishers). To allow us to go we will require the voluntary contribution of £11.50 to be paid by Friday 7th of November. The cost of the visit includes a present from Santa. We will be having lunch on the train so your child will need a packed lunch. You need to indicate on the form below if you want school to provide one. If you do not want your child to go on the trip they will still be required to attend school on this day.

Posted in FS2 - Kingfishers

Visit to Santa – Barn Owls

On Wednesday 3rd December all Foundation Stage children have the opportunity of going on Kirklees Light Railway to visit Santa. Due to staffing ratios we are asking that all F1 children (Barn Owls) have an adult to accompany them on the trip.

We ask for you to arrive at school at 9.45am and will be leaving school promptly at 10.00am. We will arrive back at school at approximately 2.45pm. We will be having lunch on the train so you and your child will need a packed lunch. The cost of the trip will be £18.50 for you and your child. To allow us to go we will require the voluntary contribution of £18.50 to be paid by Friday 7th of November. The cost of the visit includes a present from Santa.

If you do not want your child to go on the trip they will not be able to attend school on this day. We regret to advise parents that there will be no wrap around provision on this date due to staffing reasons. If you do not wish for your child to go on the trip please tell the office staff.

 Thanks very much

Posted in FS1 - Barn Owls

Young Parents Group

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The Juniper Fortnightly ~ Post Four (October 13th – October 24th 2014)

The Juniper Fortnightly ~ Post Four (October 13th – October 24th 2014)

Important dates and events:

Halloween Disco – Thursday, October 23rd 2014 (1:00 – 3:05 p.m.)

Best Table Winners…

Week ending October 10th 2014 – Jordan, Jasmine, Hannah, Louis, Lewis and Cadey.









Week ending October 17th 2014 – Rachel, Fallon-Sonnie, Morgan, Callum, Louis and Sam.








Learning in the Juniper Class:

We have been taking part in a number of Maths, English and DT activities linked to Halloween. We learnt about the origins of Halloween first celebrated 2000 years ago by the Celts – a festival called Samhain. We learnt how the festival has changed over the years from a celebration of old and new life to the fun, trick or treating and ghosts and ghouls of the present day.

We imagined we were planning the Halloween disco and budgeted for food in maths. We developed our measuring skills by measuring the dimensions of the hall, calculating perimeter and planning where things could be located, drawing a clear map to scale. We also created Halloween party games, symmetrical bunting and wrote invitations as well as envelopes to contain them. This TASC approach helps the children to be in control of their own learning and present their knowledge as they wish.

Swimming Success

A number of children are achieving dolphin badges in their swimming. Please bring your certificates to school so that achievements can be shared with the class.


In maths we have been learning to calculate area and perimeter. Some children also learnt how to calculate the area of an “L” shaped room. Quite a task!


In English, we have been learning how to write persuasively. The children had fun designing their own houses. They then became estate agents and tried to persuade others to buy their properties using techniques such as rhetorical question and opinion hidden as fact.

Y4 Guitars

Well done to the Y4 Juniper children for your effort and progress through the first term of your guitar tuition with Mr. Fuller. Learning an instrument from scratch is not easy! A number of children can now play the riff to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger”.


We hope you all enjoyed our performance of “Fair Rude Trade” at the recent harvest festival. The Junipers sang brilliantly and conquered their nerves fantastically. Singing in public is fun but also takes a lot of nerve. Well done everyone!

Sketch Nation

In ICT, we have used the Sketch Nation app to create our own computer games. We became rather addicted to it and created some amazing games. The use of IPads is now an integral part of our curriculum and our children are encouraged to develop their programing skills through the use of a variety of apps using this technology.

Our upcoming theme

After the half term holiday, our new theme will be a geography based scheme of work called “Do you come from around here?” We will be studying our locality as well as studying a variety of European countries, comparing and contrasting both in turn. We look forward to sharing our learning with you on our webpage.

A note for Parents… New for Autumn term (ii) ~ “Secret Blooms”

Our children are encouraged to use a variety of questions to probe further learning and go deeper with their creativity and understanding of concepts taught. Blooms Taxonomy divides questions into six clear categories: Knowledge questions, comprehension questions, application questions, analysis questions, synthesis questions and evaluation questions. In future Juniper Fortnightly posts, a blooms question will be included as a “bonus” home learning task and each category of Blooms Taxonomy question will be in turn explained to you. If your child completes the secret Blooms question and returns their work to the academy with their weekly home learning (maths and English), your child will receive a bonus reward point for their stamp card or two table points (whichever they choose). Look out for the first “Secret Blooms” task in our fifth posting after the holidays.

From our gallery…

Post Four ends with a look back over our first half term together in photographs. Thank you for working so hard everybody and have a fun, relaxing and eventful half term holiday. We look forward to seeing you for our Christmas term. It’s going to be another busy one!

High fives from Mr. Smith and Miss. Speed

Louis and Jacob working on Sketch Nation











Addison and Cadey using the Sketch Nation app to computer program.











Ben treats the class to a Stone Henge cake!











Kyan, Charlie & Jordan working on a stone age PowerPoint presentation.









Golf lessons during PE.









Rachel and Olivia creating sundials in Woodland.









Roald Dahl Day – September 2014


Posted in Year 3/4 - Juniper

Have you seen the Gruffalo?

This week children received the Woodland Daily news to say there was a hungry Gruffalo on the run. He was last spotted in the Carlton area by Mr Owl, Mr Fox and Mr Snake. We met Flora the Explorer, a reporter from The Woodland Daily News, who was on the hunt for The Gruffalo. She asked children for their help in finding The Gruffalo. Flora re-told the story written by Julia Donaldson with the help of the children. This was told with the use of costumes, items to feel and instruments. A Gruffalo hunt was arranged to find clues that the Gruffalo was close by. Children found purple prickles, a green poisonous wart, terrible claws, terrible tusks, orange eyes and a black tongue outside. Shortly after finding these clues children found The Gruffalo hiding outside!The children all got to meet him to say hello and had the chance to have their photograph with him.


Posted in FS1 - Barn Owls, FS2 - Kingfishers

The Juniper Fortnightly ~ Post Three (September 29th – October 10th 2014)

The Juniper Fortnightly ~ Post Three (September 29th – October 10th 2014)

Important dates and events:

Harvest Festival ~ Thursday, October 23rd 2014 @ 9:30 a.m.

Have you been learning our class song? J

At this year’s festival taking place in KS1 hall, we will be performing our song “Fair Rude Trade”. The song tells the story of fair trade and how some farmers in under developed countries struggle to make a living. The song is sung to the tune of Magic’s “Rude” which is currently in the charts. Hopefully your child has shared their copy of the lyrics with you and has been serenading you since Monday! We are having daily rehearsals in the Juniper class to get the performance right and are trying some experiments with choruses and vocal loops, some of which may or may not make the performance on the 23rd. Singing together is great fun and a good way to boost confidence. We look forward to sharing it with you. In the meantime, here are the lyrics for you to join in…


“Fair Rude Trade” performed by the Junipers


(Verse 1): Working twelve hours

Every day

Making a living

Growing bananas

Cocoa, Sultanas

The work’s unforgiving.

The chemicals used to

make them all grow

Is making me ill so ill.

Terrible blisters

All on my fingers

Feel like I’ve had my fill


(Bridge): Will you pay me fairly for the crops that I grow?

Say “yes”, say “yes” ‘cause I need to know

For I have to feed my children on the seeds that I sow

“Tough luck my friend, but the answer is “No””


(Chorus): Why’d you have to be so rude?

Don’t you know we’re human too?

That’s why you’ve got to buy Fair Trade

So the farmers are well paid

(Buy Fair Trade) For a fairer society

(Buy Fair Trade) For you and your family

(Buy Fair Trade) Put an end to child slavery

That’s why you’ve got to buy fair trade!


(Verse 2): For every banana

Sold thirty pence

The worker gets 2p.

The big supermarket

Takes 15 pence

Doesn’t seem fair to me!

The plantation owner

Gets 8 pence less

And the shipper gets 6p

Where is the fairness?

Whilst we all labour

And stay in this poverty

(Repeat Bridge):

(Repeat Chorus):

(Coda): That’s why you’ve got to buy Fair Trade!



Our learning…

So, we have been learning all about Fair Trade products and how the project helps farmers in some of the ways detailed in the above song. We have learnt some amazing facts about the lifestyles of people from other countries, some of which are particularly sad, especially the children who have to work from a very young age on some banana plantations and the length of the hours worked which can be in excess of fourteen hours per day for some adults! We concluded that we are quite lucky in comparison. We learnt how to identify Fair Trade products in shops by looking for the above label (which Jay noticed looked like a man waving with his right arm!).

Our achievements…

You may have been aware of the Pen Licence initiative at the academy. When children consistently produce a neat, joined and cursive script in their exercise books, they are invited by their respective class teachers to take a sample of their books to Mrs. Minett for the reward of a license. These children have proven that they appreciate the importance of outstanding work presentation and taking pride in their written work. Mr. Smith is pleased to announce that we have our first three Juniper children now who have the privilege of using writing pens in class and our superb Juniper handwriting pupils are Evie, Morgan and Lucas. Mrs. Minett agreed that their handwriting is of such a quality that the merit of pen licence is deserved. Well done to the three of you. I am sure that other writers will be following suit soon!


Assessments in the key subject areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics have been taking place this week. These assessments are essential in measuring and monitoring the progress of the children and will inform ability groups with immediate effect. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please feel free to contact Mr. Smith at the academy. Alternatively, you will be receiving news soon regarding parent consultation meetings scheduled for November. Please look at our webpage for further details.

Best Table Winners…

Congratulations to the children below who have won the Best Table award over the past fortnight. They worked as a team to organise their learning, absorb themselves in the tasks and contribute to class discussions. Well done to you all!


Best Table winners (Week 04): Callum, Kienan, Evie, Thomas, Chloe & Charlie


Best Table Winners (Week 05): Morgan, Evie, Sam, Fallon-Sonnie, Cadey & Hannah

Roald Dahl Day

Thank you to everyone who helped support our Roald Dahl Day. We had a superb time and enjoyed dressing up as our favourite characters!




Upcoming dates for your diaries…

Thursday, October 16th @ 9:30 a.m. – KS2 Harvest Festival

Thursday, October 23rd 2014 – 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Halloween Disco.

Friday, October 24th – Sunday, November 2nd 2014 – Half Term Holiday.

Posted in Uncategorized, Year 3/4 - Juniper

Y6 Time Travel

042(1)034  As part of our IPC work we have been travelling back in time. We created time travel hats that took us to different time periods.

We have visited Ancient Eypgt, the dinosaurs, and the Vikings. We have also looked at art work from the different periods to see what they can tell us about the past. We have also created our own time lines and chosen an event from our lives to create a piece of art work. 028

Posted in Year 6 - Beech