Category Archives: Key Stage 2

Carlton Lodge 2017

Our Y5 & Y6 student are enjoying their time at Carlton. Staff are take plenty of pictures to document the trip and will attempt to upload images on a night. Photos will be uploaded (if possible) to our online gallery

If staff are unable to upload on an evening then all the images will be uploaded when they return to school and accessible via the link above.

Year 5 19th – 23rd June 17

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!

Year 6 19th – 23rd June 17

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!

Year 4 12th – 16th June 17

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.

Year 5 12th – 16th June 17

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.

Year 6 12th – 16th June 17

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.

KS2 – Computing & French (Sum 2 Wk 1)

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).


Year 6 – 5th – 9th June 2017

This week in English, Year 6 have been returning to the Galapagos to write enchanting descriptions of the islands and their inhabitants. We revisited figurative language and looked at including advanced punctuation.

In maths we have explored a range of problem solving activities, from averages to proving/disproving mathematical statements.

Our afternoons have been spent enriching the curriculum: looking at community and citizenship with David Foster and Stepping Up Together; learning life-saving skills with British Red Cross First Aid course; exploring the value of friendship and the importance of respectful friendships with Harbour and assessing how shop-wise we are! We have even spent an afternoon looking at politics and the General Election, we played our part in the recent election by holding one of our own.

Digital Leaders – Technology Trip

The Digital Leaders went to visit the National Museum of Science and Media in Bradford.  Our aim was to discover more about technology used outside of school.  We had a brilliant time investigating, researching and enjoying the fantastic exhibitions and galleries at the museum.

Our day began with a look through the Kodak Gallery, finding out about the origins and developments in photography and cameras.  We’ve realised we’re very lucky that photos and images are so easy to take and share with others today, when compared to the efforts needed to take and develop images many years ago.

The Television exhibition gave us an insight into how TV can be used to share important and life-changing events across the world, but also how adverts can used to to influence and persuade us.  It was great to see some of the most iconic and most-viewed moments from British television.  We also found out lots about animations and how they were made.  We got to play with zoetropes and have a go at our very own stop motion animation.

We then went to watch an amazing 3D documentary about the International Space Station. It was made all the more realistic and exciting by being on the huge IMAX cinema screen.  We learned about the technology and science which helps to keep the remarkable craft in orbit around earth.  We were ducking and diving in our seats as some the 3D special effects seemed to be happening right in front of our faces.

The afternoon was a huge hit for all the children as we explored three huge interactive areas.  The first, Wonderlab, was full of amazing hands-on science experiments which sparked our imaginations and curiosity.  We found out lots about, sound waves, speed, heat and light, shadows and reflections. It was so much fun!

The magic factory also played with our minds, with some weird and wonderful tricks of the eye.  It made us think about how we see the world around us and how our viewpoint can be distorted and become very different from others.

The final room, The Games Lounge, allowed us to play on a huge variety of computer games; right through from Pong, to the very latest arcade games. We had a great time battling each other and working out who was the best Gamer in the group!  Overall, the day was an unforgettable experience to share together!


The Digestive System

As part of Year 4’s topic this half term, ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile”, the students have been looking at the Digestive System.

Firstly the children used the Anatomy 4D app. An augmented reality app that allowed the children to see how the digestive system looks inside our body. To help consolidate their understanding of the stomach and intestines, the children created a short video clip about one of those two body parts with a different app, Yakit Kids.