Year 3 had a very exciting half term. They all received their Blue Peter badge following their work on respect and demonstrating their poetry and computing skills.

Last term Junior School had an assembly based on mutual respect following our teachers being so impressed on how the Under 9 rugby team had behaved at a recent match.

Mrs Monk, the Year 3 teacher, saw an opportunity to weave this in to the topic the boys were covering on poetry and so each pupil created an acrostic poem on respect.

They then decided to take it a little further as they were learning how to use computers, so they presented their poems using their newly acquired word processing and design skills. As part of the computing topic they had been looking at the Blue Peter website and so the class decided to submit their work to see if it would qualify for a Blue Peter badge.

As part of the application each boy wrote an accompanying letter which was about themselves and why they wanted a Blue Peter badge. To their delight the badges arrived over half term along with their special card which entitles them to Blue Peter badgeholder benefits.

Ben Blakeman, aged 8, said: “I wasn’t expecting my badge and I was really happy. I ripped open the envelope and showed it to my mum and dad.”

Ryan Flaherty, aged 7, added: “I never get anything in the post so when dad gave me the letter I ripped it open. I felt really happy and excited and put my badge on straight away.

When I got back to school I told my friends I’d had mine and they had all had their too.”

And that wasn’t all. Blue Peter don’t award badges to anyone over 15, but they sent Mrs Monk a special cloth Blue Peter badge in recognition for her hard work in ensuring the boys completed their submission.

She said: “I was so impressed with Blue Peter for taking the trouble to write to each boy. I was hoping that they would all qualify, and happily they did.

For me, the icing on the cake was receiving my own badge too!”