Middle Phase blog

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Oct 9, 2020

This week 2T have been really busy doing lots of exciting things in class. In English the children have been learning how to use similes for the first time. They were able to come up with some lovely similes as a class such as:  the crown jewels sparkled like the stars in the night sky. 

In RE this week the children have continued their learning about what a promise and why it is important to keep a promise. They have focused on Christianity and how Christians make their promises to God via their 10 commandments. 

In Art this week 2T have been learning all about printing. The children used their knowledge of Jackie Denning to create their own stamps. They created different stamps of various landmarks in London such as Tower of London, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. They created their stamps using foam boards and paint. 

Oct 2, 2020

We have had a busy week in 3F this week! We have been working hard on learning how to make three digit numbers 10x bigger and 10x smaller. Make sure you ask your children how this is done!

In English we have continued to read our class text, Ug. Ug is cave a boy from the Stone Age, who is in search of some softer trousers. This week we followed Ug as he tried to make a boat from stone and play football with a hard stone.

In DT we have been learning all about Stone Age food. We have been talking about seasonality and exploring what foods would have been available to Neolithic people during the Stone Age.  We have been out into our own edible garden to see what foods we have growing. Don’t forget to ask your children what they saw.

Sep 18, 2020

This week 4S have been busy immersing themselves with outdoor learning. To get into the Olympic spirit, we participated in some traditional games to launch our new learning about the Greeks.

We also spent a lot of time in the edible garden exploring plants for our science learning, as well as getting muddy and creative in forest school sessions with Mr. Kheir. Look at our amazing mud creations!

Jul 12, 2019

The penultimate week of the term has come to an end and what an exciting week it has been!  In Middle Phase, all the children have really enjoyed working hard throughout 'Identity Week'!  The children have enjoyed learning all about their personal identities and all the things that make them special and unique. 

Children have enjoyed discovering that their identities can be made up of many different parts such as their religion, families, friends, school. age, culture, likes and dislikes and so much more!  In the classroom, children have been creating self-portraits, fact files about their area and creating bar graphs about their class, just to name a few!

To finish up the week, the children have enjoyed celebrating their achievements and sharing them with their parents at the first ever History and Geography showcase.  In Year 2, the children shared the results from their enquiry in to the life of Mary Seacole.  In Year 3, the children showed off their djembe drumming and batik skills from Tanzania.  In Year 4, the children created their own seals from the Indus Valley.  Did you know that archaeologists are still trying to find out the truth about what happened in the Indus Valley!  Wow!

Don't forget, Sports Day is on Monday and International Day is on Wednesday next week!

Jul 1, 2019

This week Year 2 and Year 5 had a special visit from maths on the move! They took maths outside the classroom and went outside to solve lots of different maths problems. Year 2 then had a special visit to Hyde Park. They visited the Lookout centre and participated in a senses session where they saw, smelt, felt and heard lots of different plants. They even got to create their own smelly plant using sandpaper and lemons! Afterwards they enjoyed a lovely picnic and games in the park in the sunshine!

May 17, 2019

What a busy week we have had in Middle Phase!. All of the children in years 2,3 and 4 took part in an Eco workshop which was based around recycling different materials from your homes, such as yogurt pots and milk cartons and turning them into something amazing! This year as a school, we have been focussed on learning about our sustainable development goals and how we can look after our planet. Tom, who led the workshop, was SO impressed by everyone’s recycling knowledge. Everyone had the opportunity to make their own recycled notebook made out of old maps and recycled paper.

This week in Year 3, the children have been looking at persuasive writing. They were set the challenge of trying to persuade Miss Smith and Mr Siswick to let us go to Africa for our Summer Term trip! Their writing was amazing and very persuasive. We’ll have wait and see what Miss Smith’s and Mr Siwswick’s final decision will be!

May 10, 2019

This week middle phase have been busy working hard! Year 2 have been planting their very own cress seeds in an investigation to see how plants grow and what they need. Year 4 children have been writing about their views from the moon! Here’s a glance of some of the fantastic poems the children wrote. This one was written by Dionne in 4H.

Jagged rocks, Glowing stars surrounding me, Earth rising slowly, many planets around me. Excited! Proud! Joyful! But still lonely in the heart. Being remembered as the first person on the moon makes me feel resilient! Proud! Exploring on the moon, looking for my home back at earth. I can hear deep breathing. My radio buzzing. My body light, boiling. This is how it feels on the moon!

Apr 26, 2019

It has been a busy start to this term! The children have all enjoyed finding out about their topics for this term and participating in their topic launches this week.

This term, year 2’s topic is the Caribbean. Year 3 will be learning about Africa and year 4 are focusing on saving the planet and India.

They all created some wonderful work based on their topics at topic launch.  Thank you to all the parents and carers who supported with this. 

 

Apr 8, 2019

This week Year 2 got to put all their knowledge they have learnt this term about explorers to practise! They were incredibly brave, resilient and courageous as they crossed the obstacles in the air at Go Ape! They used teamwork and kindness to encourage each other along the course and every single pupil became a great explorer! In the meantime, Year 4 have been busy applying difficult skills to build their very own race cars! They put them to test in a race against each other to discover what makes a car zoom! Have a happy holiday, from Middle phase!

Mar 29, 2019

This week, Year 4 showcased their amazing work so far this year with the clarinet and saxophone. They proudly performed for family and Year 3. All of the adults are incredibly impressed with the amount of progress they have made since starting in September.

Next stop is the Royal Festival Hall. Stay tuned for more details!

Learning about the water cycle

This week Year 4 showed off all they have learnt about the water cycle in our science lessons. The children created an art project diagram to show the different stages of the water cycle and even created their own poems and songs!

Mar 29, 2019

The Year 2's were visited by the police this week. Don't worry, no one's broken the law! The police were here to talk about staying safe, talking to strangers and even let the kids have a go having their finger prints taken.

Year 4 have started building their motorised model cars. They showed excellent skills building circuits and reinforcing their frames. The children are excited to complete their designs and have the Year 2s come and judge them at the end of the term.

Mar 15, 2019

This week 3C performed their class assembly which was on the topic of improving our local area. They spoke passionately about how we can reduce air pollution in and around Battersea if we come to school by foot, bike or scooter. They passed on some of the interesting facts they learnt in our anti-idling workshop and made sure the school understood the importance of making Battersea a cleaner, nicer and healthier place to live.

Mar 1, 2019

This week the whole of the middle phase have been enjoying all of their learning after the half term break.

We have all had a focus on e-safety in our PSHCE lessons this week.

Year 2 discussed how to safe online and what they need to keep private. They took part in their own e-safety quiz.

Year 3 learnt about how to report any concerns online and who they should talk to. They created their own action plans against cyber bullying.

Year 4 discussed what online games are appropriate for their age and why it is important to limit their time online. They created role plays to show how to deal with online peer pressure.

Feb 8, 2019

This week Year 2 have been very busy learning outside the classroom! They packed their bags and set off to the Arctic on an adventure! During their adventure they discovered the things they needed the most to survive and the things they didn't... Water, Oxygen and food was essential but gruesomely toothbrushes were not! Year 4 and 5 have also had an exciting week as they were lucky enough to visit the Apollo Theatre to meet the author Dan Freedman as part of the Wicked Young Writer Awards.  They were treated to 2 live performances from the cast of Wicked which were amazing!  Dan Freedman also talked about his writing and his inspiration.  It was a great experience!

Feb 1, 2019

What a busy week it has been in middle phase! Today is world number day. We have lots of children in year 2, 3 and 4 dressed up as their favourite numbers. We have all had opportunity to play lots of fun number games during our maths lessons – ask your children about some of the games and see if you can play them at home too!

In Year 3 this week we have been continuing our work on our ‘Scrapheap Challenge’ topic. We have been working in teams to create Iron Men out of recyclable materials and have been creating a back drop for our stop motion animations. We are all very excited!

3F have also been practising hard for their assembly next Wednesday – they are sounding really good and we are very excited to perform it.

Year 4 have had a busy week this week. They had a fantastic time exploring the melting and boiling points of some every day materials in Science. Even better, we turned our melted ingredients into rice crispy cakes we will enjoy next week!

Jan 25, 2019

4Mo’s Class Assembly

4Mo took to the stage this week to share all they have been learning about Ancient Greece! Dr Who took Chesterton on a journey to witness the first Olympics and the creation of democracy. A massive well done to all the children! Miss Mogan was very proud.

Year 4 visit Battersea Power Station

Year 4 took a trip to Battersea Power Station to learn all about electricity! The children took part in demonstrations on how electricity travels through the human body, even through the touch of a nose! 

The children then took on the roles of architects by designing their very own community. The children had to work as a team to decide where to place housing, shops, offices and outdoor community areas. 

Jan 15, 2019

On Monday the Year 4 children visited the British Museum to learn more about their topic for this term – the Ancient Greeks. The children had an amazing time, especially as they took part in two different workshops.

In the first workshop, they handled some replica artefacts in order to find out more about life in Ancient Greece. They then created tableaus showing how the items would have been used.

In their second workshop, the children used iPads to explore the glorious Parthenon Marbles. They were asked to find particular parts of the marbles and photograph them to unlock a game.

Children particularly enjoyed the sliding puzzle of a Greek mythological beast and battle game where they had to protect Athens by slaying a centaur! Now the teachers are looking forwards to the children demonstrating their new knowledge about Ancient Greece in their written work this term.

 

Jan 11, 2019

Middle Phase have had a very busy week since returning to school after the holidays.  They have all started their new topics and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in their topic launches on Friday morning.

Year 2's new topic is Explorers and they will be focussing on explorers of colder climates and the animals that are found in these habitats.  They particularly enjoyed creating polar bears and walruses using collage.

Year 3's topic is Scrapheap Challenge.  They are learning about recycling and looking after the planet.  They created a huge Iron Man and made their own recycling bins to be displayed in their classrooms.

Year 4 will be learning about The Greeks this term.  They enjoyed making Greek pots and creating some of the Greek mythical creatures.

Thank you to all of the families who joined us for the topic launches this week.

Dec 21, 2018

It's been an exciting week in the middle phase with lots of festive activities to get us in holiday spirit. Year 2 performed the winter show Baubles in front of the whole school and twice more to impressed family and friends. 

Year 3 & 4 performed songs that they have been learning across the course of the term. Year 4 have been practising their Spanish and wowed us with Mamacita and year 3 performed a Christmas medley which they had learnt as part of their Winter Sounds project. 

We have also been getting creative making hand-made Christmas wreaths and holiday cards for our family and friends.

Middle phase would like to wish a Happy Holidays to all.

Dec 10, 2018

What a busy week in middle phase! We have lots to tell you about. Year 3 had their first winter sounds performance on Wednesday at Christchurch School—it was fantastic! Over the past 8 weeks  they have been learning lots of different songs and dances  and on Wednesday they performed them all with  the year 4 children from Christchurch. They were absolutely fantastic and it was so lovely to see so many parents with proud faces.  Well done Year 3!

From one musical concert to another— Year 4 had their first performance of their clarinets and saxaphones  on Wednesday afternoon.  It was  a brilliant performance and it was great to see how quickly they learnt to play these quite tricky instruments. Miss Mathias, Miss Holt and Miss Mogan were all very proud  of all of the children.

Year 2 have also had a very busy week this week  taking part in their WE volunteer campaign. Our super Year 2s went down to Nursery this week to volunteer read with the children. Miss Innes and Miss Snell were so proud of how  all the children behaved  and they can’t wait to do it again soon!

 

Nov 30, 2018

Year 3 have been singing their hearts out this week to perfect their songs for the Winter Sounds concert next Thursday. Similarly, Year 4 have been working extremely hard this term learning the clarinet and saxophone. The children cannot wait show off their new talent at their concert!!! Year 4 made posters about different charities that aim to alleviate suffering. They did an amazing job researching the charities and showed wonderful teamwork skills to create and present their posters to the class. Year 4 also attended a Viking funeral ceremony. What an exciting week in Middle Phase!

Nov 26, 2018

Year 2 took a jump back in time and found themselves in the Great Fire of London! Children watched cardboard houses burn down and thought about why they burned down so quickly and how it made them feel. What would you have done in the events of such a terrible situation? Year 3 visited the Roman amphitheatre and became gladiators! They explored real roman ruins and researched all about the events that took place there.  Year 4 have been just as busy quilting and padding in Art and playing a roman numerals maths game to see who could roll the highest number!

Nov 15, 2018

2I thoroughly enjoyed sharing what they had learned so far about the Great Fire of London and introduced the school to some famous characters from history like Charles the 2nd and Samuel Peppys. They even taught the school a bit of sign language to go with the song 'September 1666'. 

 They really enjoyed practising for the assembly and Miss Innes was so impressed with how quickly they learned their lines and worked together as a team. Well done 2I! 

 

Nov 9, 2018

The whole school were treated to an amazing class assembly from 4Ma this week!

Their assembly was all about the Vikings and how they invaded England.  4Ma taught the school about how some of the stories we have heard about the Vikings are not actually true and that not all Vikings were scary warriors.  Some were just normal people who wanted a quiet life.

They had so many lines to learn and all worked as a team to learn and sing a song called, ‘Do you hear the Vikings sing?’

Well done to 4Ma for their fabulous class assembly.

We are all looking forward to another class assembly next week from 2I.

Nov 2, 2018

What a fantastic start to the new half term we have had in the middle phase!

4H had a spooktastic time at Battersea Park library on Tuesday. Our librarian, Rachel, dressed up for Halloween as a wicked witch and rattled our bones with a selection of spectacularly spooky stories. The children also enjoyed posing for photographs with an exceedingly bony fellow browser between choosing books! The fun has continued in class, reading Scary Tales at the end of the day to celebrate this most haunted and horrifying time of year.

Year 3 had enormous fun playing cave men this week to learn about the art of survival in the Stone Age. They designed and built shelters in the edible garden worthy of Fred or Wilma Flinstone! We look forwards to tasting your Stone Age biscuits later in the term!