This week Year 6 have been taking part in debates about our topic of Protect and Preserve.
During the half term we have learnt all about the causes of deforestation and the devastating effect it is having on our rainforests and our world.
We have been using our knowledge from the half term to debate about reasons why we should and should not stop logging within rainforests. During our debate we gave various reasons for and against whilst using conjunctions to structure our arguments.
This week in Upper Phase we’ve been going election crazy! To mark 100 years since women first gained the vote, we have been voting for our brand new house captains. Our Year 6 pupils have been on the campaign trail this week, canvassing pupils across the school in order to gain their vote. The week ended with a special election assembly where each candidate gave an impassioned speech about why they should be chosen.
Voting is taking place all day and our winners will be announced after half term!
This week Year 5 have started their work with Jack from Heyday. Their first project was to learn how to shoot short film clips using different screen shots and angles. The children used our amazing Chesterton spaces as their inspiration! They filmed the ducks, gardening in the Edible Garden, maths work in our Maths Hut, serenity in our Japanese Gardens and so much more!
Stay tuned for our ‘Unseen Chesterton’ film!
Last week Year 5 started their singing project with Nadine, Jenny and Matt from the Wandsworth Music Service. We were all able to 'Shine' as we learned our first song. A special well done to our singing captains for this week: Taurai, Lily, Ryan and Michael.
This week our Year 6 Top Table waiters and waitresses relaunched Top Table! 14 lucky children from Reception to Nursery were greeted by our children who seated them, took their orders, fetched their lunch and ensured they always had enough juice! Not only this, but the table was decorated in a brand new colourful theme!
From now on our waiters and waitresses will be looking out for children to nominate to win Top Table on Friday - remember we're looking for good table manners!
Happy New Year! Upper Phase have had a wonderful start to the New Year and have been thinking hard about our resolutions. Lots of us are aiming to gain a pen licence this year! This Friday we enjoyed our Topic launch where we completed lots of fantastic art activities relating to our new topics.
In Year 5 we dressed up as pharaohs, made some elaborate Egyptian jewellery and studied artefacts. In Year 6 we were thinking about animals which are at risk of extinction such as blue whales and turtles. We made large scale collage pictures of the animals and recreated a sea scape.
On Monday 11th, Year 5 visited the Science Museum. After a term of exciting topic based learning the children were able to experience the exhibits with prior knowledge and understanding of many concepts.
They explored the various space themed rooms and also watched an IMAX film titled Beautiful Planet in 3D. Thank you to all the adults who came to support us on our trip, we all had an amazing day!
In Year 5 we have been leaning about how to explain about our daily routines at school in Spanish. We have done a lot of paired talk, speaking games and writing activities. We are now in the stages of preparing a presentation to present to our classes.
We have also looked at how children in Spain follow routines in their daily in school too, as they enjoy their right to education (UNCRC Article #28).
This week Upper Phase have been showing off their musical talents. Lilli, Zara and Lily perform some of their new guitar songs for 5S which they have been busy practising in their guitar lessons. Well done girls, it sounded great!
This week we were lucky to be visited by the Great British hurdler, Serita Soloman (pictured above), came to test our fitness with fun circuit activity. We got our hearts racing as we tried to complete mountain climbers, spotted dogs and push ups!
Serita shared her story of resilience and dedication which left us all feeling inspired to achieve our own goals! She even showed us her medal from the European National Championships.
We know that we all have the right to be the best we can be (UNCRC Article #29) and we thank Serita for reminding us that we all have special talents to develop and be proud of.
This week year 6 went to the Imperial War Museum to learn more about their topic of World War 2. They were totally amazed by the historical artefacts throughout the museum. One child said, "I was lucky enough to meet a man named Peter who had fought in World War 2 and his father fought in World War 1. He told us a few stories about what it was like back then!"
The whole year represented our school beautifully and have a fantastic trip. Big thank you to the Mums and Grans that came with us!
This week Year 6 have been learning all about Remembrance Day and why it is so important that we never forgot. During the week they have had the chance to explore why we have memorials, hold a two minute silence and why we wear poppies. Today they led the Key Stage 2 assembly and shared some of their learning.
To end the assembly, the children did a beautiful reading of 'In Flanders Field'.
This week Year 5 had an exciting writing session with a very famous author named Cliff McNish. Cliff has written a range of children's books including 'Going Home', 'The Doomspell' and 'My Friend Twigs'.
He introduced us to some of his famous stories and how he manages to create new and exciting characters for all his stories. We then had a go at creating our own- it was great! Thanks for visiting us Cliff!