Year 4 have been extremely busy this week campaigning for clean air. Children wrote letters to local members of parliament, created slogans for change and hung posters around the school to encourage everyone to make positive changes to their routine to ensure we are all doing our part for the earth.
Later in the week we had a live reading of the book 'Look Up' by Nathan Byron, and then a draw along session with Dap Adeola! We loved it! We really enjoyed the challenge of following along on screen and working to develop our sketching skills. To continue our love of reading we visited our school library where we took turns being the librarian. We were able to show off our prosody skills and have fun with our friends enjoying books.
In year 3 we have been enjoying writing adventure stories using our new book 'Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx' which is all about a little girl who conquers her fears by embarking on a quest to save her father in Egypt. In art we have very busy planning some semi abstract paintings inspired by Ancient Egypt. We have chosen our symbols, mixed our colours and arranged our compositions ready to paint next week. Here is Eshaan's plan which is beautifully annotated.
This week 2T have been really busy doing lots of exciting things in class. In English the children have finished reading their English core book Katie in London. The children wrote a book review based on the story. In their reviews they included what their favourite parts of the story were, who their favourite characters were and whether or not they would recommend the book to anyone.
In RE the children have continued their learning on why festivals and celebrations important to people. We learnt all about the Jewish festival Hanukah and why a menorah is a significant part of the Jewish celebrations. Next week they will be having a go at creating their very own Menorahs.
In DT 2T have worked really hard on designing a successful bridge. They have used their knowledge of different Architectural designs in London to decide what they want their bridge to look like, what materials they will use and how to make sure that their bridge will be successful.
In Science 2T visited different habitats around the school to see which animals and plants could be found there. We visited the edible garden, looked under a log and in a tree to see what living things we could find. The children spotted worms, berries, lavender plants, squirrels and woodlice.
4S have spent a lot of time thinking about the BBC's Children in Need annual campaign. In our English lessons, we interviewed each other to find out information we had learnt, then wrote newspaper articles using inverted commas to showcase our knowledge and skills.
On Friday morning, we tuned in to watch the incredible Joe Wicks as he completed his 24-hour exercise challenge to raise money for many important causes. We got our heart rate up whilst participating in his exercises, and we celebrated his success of raising more than £1,000,000 for the charity! We can't wait to hear how much we raised at Chesterton to donate towards this event.
This week in Year 4 we started our new topic in DT. We discussed what food was common in Ancient Greece. Then we looked at some of our food packaging. Do you know where your food comes from? Why might the food that we eat be different to the food that the Ancient Greeks used to eat?
This week year 2 have had a very exciting week as they had their first opportunity to visit Chesterton’s very own school library! They explored many different kinds of books to do with different religions, how to build bridges and lots of exciting story books. We also used the huge world map to find some of the countries we are all from! In addition to this, we have been busy building our own website during our computing lessons. The website contains lots of information all about the Great Plague. We used our Chromebooks to research some of key questions so we could add this information onto our website.
The whole school has also been busy selecting the house team captains. We have listened to their inspiring and thoughtful speeches so each student could make their own vote based on what they had heard. Votes have been made and now we all anxiously wait for the big reveal of who our new team captains will be!
Middle phase hopes everyone has an amazing and relaxing half term and look forward to welcoming you back after our short break! See you very soon.
In 3C we have had an exciting week in the edible garden. This term in DT we have been busy designing a healthy vegetable stew inspired by Iron Age recipes. Mr Kier planted our vegetables in the garden so we could dig them up as if we were real Iron Age farmers. We then washed and prepared our vegetables using our cooking skills before heating our stew over the fire pit and eating it for lunch. It was delicious!
In computing we have been acting as news reporters and are working towards making a film all about our learning on The Stone Age and Iron Age. We are hoping to share this with the rest of the school as part of our class assembly.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.