This week in english we have been publishing our brochures for Pandora can we persuade you to visit? Maths saw us problem solving, to date we have cracked codes, played the Chinese game Nim and sorted numbers based on their properties.
This week we welcomed parents to our class assembly where the children had the opportunity to share all their hard work. We were very proud of them and impressed with their performance.
It has also been science week at school, in year five we have created density towers, made glowing lava lamps, tested the powers of friction, created colours and made slime!
This week was Science Week at Newham Bridge and boy, have we enjoyed it! We spent our mornings planning and carrying out an experiment and spent afternoons doing some ‘wow’ experiments like ‘seeing the rainbow’ from a plate of skittles. We devised an experiment to test the most effective way of melting jelly for the Wobble family to use as instructions on their new brand of jelly – does it need warm or cold water and does stirring really help?
This week we have also begun a research project in RE. We are working in small groups to learn as much as we possibly can about one of the main religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism). We have used artefact boxes full of items which are important to members of that religion and we will share our new expert knowledge in the form of presentations next week.
Through our topic, we have also learned about the Mexican festival of Dia De Los Muertos, marked on October 31st each year to celebrate those who have died. We discovered how Mexicans celebrate this festival with masks, special foods and parades and we even designed our own Dia De Los Muertos masks with bright colours and patterns.
But it doesn’t end there! We have been fortunate enough to work with the British Red Cross again this week, taking part in two workshops exploring migration. We have discussed what migration means and the push and pull factors that lead people to migrate. We then talked about who refugees and asylum seekers are and whether or not we, as a country, should help. It was a great opportunity to discuss some trickier topics and broaden our minds, thank you BRC.
After another fantastic week in Year 6, it is now full steam ahead into Geography Week next week!
We have had a fantastic week celebrating our learning journey so far in year 4, showcasing our work in a class assembly.
In English this week Y4 have had a debate on whether animals should be kept in captivity or be released. We have been writing an adventure story about a sea creature desperately trying to escape captivity.
In Maths we have continued our hard work tackling fractions. We have been focusing on adding and subtracting fractions and completing fraction riddles.
During our science lessons we have been researching unusual sea creatures and discussed how the sea creatures could be grouped by appearance. We then created a classification key.
This week, Year 5 have worked extremely hard with their Summer assessments. We are very proud of all of the effort and dedication they showed.
A group of Year 5 children have spent their mornings learning how to be safe when cycling, taking part in bike ability. They showed great responsibility and independence when taking to the roads. The remaining group are really keen to hop on their bikes next week.
During the afternoons, we took part in the Joe Wickes challenge. We got very hot and sweaty, but it was lots of fun. On Thursday afternoon, we joined together to play our Alchemy Island games. We have spent a lot of time and effort designing and creating our very own board games so we were eager to play them with our friends.
This week has been another exciting one for Year 6! We have held our annual class assembly, sharing our ‘journey through Year 6’ with our parents, some of us have taken part in Bikeability training and even trained live with the Body Coach himself, Joe Wicks.
We began the week by discussing our own General Election results and what a hung parliament actually means – lots of us were surprised to realise how easy it is to invalidate your ballot paper when voting! On Monday, we worked with David Foster for Stepping Up Together, considering the law and how easy it is to commit a crime without realising. We looked at the story of Goldilocks and the three bears – it turns out that in the eyes of the law, Goldilocks is quite the criminal! It was great on Tuesday to share our favourite moments of the year: from judo and fencing taster sessions, to our Beamish trip and the exciting events still to come for this half term.
Wednesday afternoon, we all took part in a live exercise class with Joe Wicks, the body coach and some of us even got to meet some staff from our new secondary schools! On Thursday we begun our Geography work exploring the magnificent country of Mexico. We’re going to look at its location, human and physical features as well as Mexican festivals and why they are special.
In Computing this week the children in Y3 have been learning more about storing and organising data in spreadsheets (Numbers). We have been using them to keep track of our scores on the computer game Snake (Play it here). Y4 have been gaining an understanding of the word processing app Pages. We are beginning to plan and type a formal letter to Mrs Hewitt-Best to apply for a position in Y5 next year. I’m sure they’ll all get the job! In Year 5 the children are using the presentation software Keynote. We are beginning to create a presentation all about a year in Y5. They’re looking slick and professional already.
In Y6 we have focussed on the General election and have been using Scratch to code our own virtual voting booths, which will keep track of any registered votes.
In MFL this week we have started some new units of work. In Y3 we are learning about birthdays and presents in ‘Joyeux Anniversaire!’ (Happy Birthday).
The children in Y4 are getting to grips with rooms and objects around the house through the story of ‘Boucle d’Or et les trois ours’ (Goldilocks and the three bears). Learn more here
The children in Y5 are finding out more about art, famous painters and painting through ‘La monte magique’ (The magic watch).
In Computing, the children in Year 1 and 2 were beginning to get a better understanding of the laptops we use in school. They were practicing how to use them safely and carefully.
The children in Year 1 began to use their own usernames and passwords to access the apps and software on the computer. We talked about the importance of keeping usernames and passwords private, and how we should behave when we’re using different technology.
In year two the children began to look at the range of different applications we can use on the laptops and how they might be used in different lessons. We also learned some cheeky keyboard shortcuts and trackpad gestures to perform different simple tasks.
In RE this week the children have been finding out more about the Jewish celebration of Shabbat. We shared and retold the story of a boy who had to celebrate Shabbat all alone in the desert. Fortunately he had an animal to protect him…Find out more here