Category Archives: Key Stage 2

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.


Y3 Predator Videos

Year 3 have been working really hard during their Predator topic this half term.  They have applied their knowledge of predators and their prey to create some fantastic videos.

They have described what it would be like to be hunted and how dangerous and sneaky the predators can be.  The children have used their creative writing and speaking skills in Morfo Booth.  Then edited the clips together using iMovie.  Finally they imported them into News Booth to create the effect of a breaking news report.  Super AppSmashing.



A Week in Year 5

Banana Debate

In small groups we had to research into  the pros and cons of importing bananas from Costa Rica. The factors we had to consider were: air pollution caused, how much money is costs and the hygienic nature of how the bananas are transported. We then had to debate and present our cases as to whether we should import them from Costa Rica.

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Scratch Quiz

Within our Computing lessons we have started created a quiz using Scratch. This is based on our topic, Allotments, and involves quizzing people on their knowledge of plants. We have been learning about the use of the Ask code block and using the answer variable to check if what the user has entered is the same as the actual answer. Then we have used the IF ELSE block to determine which outcome to display.

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Harry Potter Day

To celebrate this day we took part in a variety of activities including, making butter beer and biscuits, transfiguration using the green screen and special FX apps, wand making and our favourate activity playing Quiditch.

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An Awesome Week in Year 4

World Book Day

To mark the 19th anniversary of World Book Day, we all came dressed up as our favourite character from a book. In year 4 we made our own book marks. We also had a class discussion to share what our favourite books are and why.

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Banana Debate

As part of our topic, Allotment, we had a class debate about should we buy bananas that are imported from Costa Rica. this included watching video bout the journey the bananas take to get to our shops in the UK. After this we were split into two groups, one arguing for and the other against. This involved considering many factors such as transportation, air pollution and  the bananas being grown artificially.

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Heroic Harry Potter Day

As part of Harry Potter Day we all came to school dressed up as our favourite Harry Potter character. Throughout the day we took part in a variety of different activities such as Quiditch, wand making, transfigurations and we also made butter beer and biscuits. we had such a great day and ended it with a children vs teachers Harry Potter quiz – which was won by the children.

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Life Cycles

We have been learning about the life cycles of plants and animals as part of this terms topic. This has helped us to understand how we survive through life.

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An Epic Week in Year 3

Mothers Day Cards

For mothers day we created cards, clay pots and peppermint creams to show our mums how much we love and appreciate them. We also went to the in school mothers day fair to buy some extra gifts for them.

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Making Sheilds

AS part of our topic this half term, Gods and Mortals, we created Greek style shields.
First, we had to design on paper how we would like our shields to look then we cut out circles out of cardboard, used cones, paint, wool and string to make our shields.

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In gymnastics this week we created and performed a sequence of our moves that we have learned over the past few weeks.
Firstly, we had to warm up, to make sure our muscles don’t get pulled, then in groups, we demonstrated the following moves: forward roll, back and front support, hedgehog roll and a 1 leg stand.


Athens V Sparta

We watched a Keynote presentation to decide if we wanted to live in Athens or Sparta. We then discussed with others on our table the good and bad things about each one and then finally decided which place we would rather live in.

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A Week in Year 6


On Wednesday 24th February a professional owl keeper came into school and introduced to us different species of Owls, such as: Tawny, Great Grey, Barn, Eurasian eagle and  Indian eagle. We learnt interesting facts about owls and we even got to hold the Barn owl. It was a very interesting and fun afternoon.
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Last week we had practice SATs. We set up our hall like how we would in SATs and we completed lots of papers including: Maths, Arithmetic and reasoning , reading and ESPG. It really helped us to understand the conditions for SATs.
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World Book Day

On Friday we celebrated World Book Day. Our theme was ‘A Magical Read’ and we had a range of costumes from Marvel to Hogwarts. In Y6 we had a pack with a variety of World Book Day activities.

Conscience Alley

Today we did  conscience Alley to persuade the Sorting Hat to put Harry in Gryffindor, as our topic this term is Harry Potter.  To be a member of Gryffindor house you have to be loyal, determined and courageous/brave.

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Y6 KS2 Tests

Thank you to those parents that attended our meeting with Mrs Ede before half term with regards to the KS2 tests.

Unfortunately there was not enough time to show you the following video at the time but, we consider it will be useful for you to watch to gain an understanding of the the test your child will be taking in May 2016.

Year 3 Christingle 2015

What a busy week we have had in Year 3!

On Monday we lead the rest of the School in our annual Christingle Service at St. Chad’s Church. All of the children worked so hard to learn their parts and remember the words for all of the songs!

Mums, Dads and family members came to watch our second Christingle on Tuesday morning. All of the Year 3 children were amazing and Mrs Hewitt-Best said she was “the proudest Headteacher in Middlesbrough!”.

Reuben loved learning the songs and loved ‘This little light of mine’ because “it had super actions”.

Mia liked being in St. Chad’s and said “it felt so calm”.

For many of the children their most memorable part of the Service was singing ‘Hope of Heaven’. Charlie said “it made me happy we we all sang ‘Hope of Heaven’ at the front”.

A big thank you to all parents and family members for supporting children in learning their parts and for coming to watch.