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Oct 16, 2020

This week Year 6 have been making Freedom pillows in our Art and DT lessons. We explored patterns, printing and different sewing stitches. 

In Year 5, we have been using our enquiry skills to investigate evaporation in our Science lesson. 

Sep 25, 2020

It has been another fun filled week in Upper Phase.

In Spanish this week, Year 6 were discussing the different emotions we feel and how to recognise when we might feel them. We had a great discussion on how managing our emotions links in with SDG #3 Good Health and Wellbeing. The children created their own emotion wheel in Spanish to use at home.

Year 5 enjoyed a hands on lesson experimenting with how to make gasses visible. They cannot wait to make more scientific conclusions from experiments in the coming weeks!

Sep 18, 2020

This week in Year 5 we have been enjoying starting our new science topic States of Matter. We went on a solids, liquids and gas hunt around the school and even got to do some exciting experiments!

5F had a fantastic time visiting the edible garden on Wednesday with Mr Kheir. We saw the vegetables that have been growing during lockdown and a lucky few even got to take some home to sample. Thank you Mr Kheir!

May 14, 2020

Year 3 have been making posters on The Maasai people as they learn more about Africa. The poster above is by Olga with beautiful drawings to show off her knowledge!

Sathana in Year 4 has made a fantastic Popplet showcasing her research into her new geography topic of deserts. She obviously learnt a great deal about the Sahara Desert and used her ICT skills to present it.

Mr Newman has been extremely impressed with 5N and their maths work this week. We've been doing time this week, which is always tricky, but Mr. Newman was especially impressed with Yonis' work and his work on converting units of time.

Miss Holt has been really impressed with how well her class have translated Spanish phrases into English while working from home. Adam did particularly well - a faultless translation!

May 1, 2020

Imran in Year 3 has been working on the Sustainable Development Goals at home. He could remember all 17! Amazing work! Beau has also been working hard this week, practising his cooking skills! He wrote out some instructions to follow to see if it made a delicious cake! Well done Beau!

Year 4 – Jaiden has been enjoying his daily walks with his family. He has been spotting lots of things in nature. Arthur has done another science investigation this week – dancing raisins! Put some raisins/ currants in a fizzy drink. What happens to the raisins? Can you explain why?

Assim in Year 5 wrote a poem about a volcano as part of their new topic of ‘active planet’!

Cody in Year 6 made a slides and ladders game! He attached it on a pin board so he could use the pins as counters and he used Alexa to give numbers from a dice rolling app so family at home could take turns in playing. Isha made a poster all about the circulatory system. Not only were her illustrations amazing, but her content was great too!

Apr 22, 2020

For Earth Day Jackson made a poster that he wanted to share as he's very proud of it. Olga used some reptile eyes to make a rainbow to celebrate the NHS and Miss Cusak made some potato stamps with her nephew!

Karlita in 3F took to home baking by practising her instruction writing and then seeing if she could follow the instructions to make a yummy upside down sticky banana cake - and she did!

Year 5 were set a quiz on all they have learnt about Ancient Egypt. Renae in 5M even went on to challenge herself to research a pharaoh and created a wonderful Google Slides presentation about Tutankhamen! 

Over the Easter holidays we asked year 6 to make their own recipes and come up with their own workouts: they really put a lot of effort in to this and Miss Menzies and Miss Holt have been working their way through your workouts and rewarding themselves with your yummy recipes! Have a look at Kaden’s curry. We have been focusing on how to stay safe online during lockdown and Gabby has made a wonderful poster that really sums up how and WHY we need to be safe.


Apr 3, 2020

We might be at home, but the learning and fun continues!

Miss Cusack has been challenging herself to learn a new language – French! She has been doing 15 minutes of learning everyday using the app Duolingo. She has also been painting at home – check out her amazing creation!

Year 4 have been using the Google classroom to share images of their home learning. Arthur in 4S has been very hands on this week! Check out the boat he built using scrap wood, and the frog spawn that he collected from the local park, which have now grown into tadpoles!

Year 5 were set a task this week to create a Mayan mask. The Ancient Mayans used masks for many things, such as for religious ceremonies and to go into battle. In the picture above you can see what Bella in 5M created!

Pictured above is Kristian in 6M using his DT skills to make his very own pizza! Thank you for sending them in! The pizza face looks a bit scary, but I’m sure it was delicious! 

Mikas in 6H was given the task to write his own story, inspired by an animal, using expanded noun phrases. Read his creation below!

The small, sad pup (a baby bat) was clinging to his mother’s front wondering when and what its next meal would be. He longed to be in the warm cosiness with his wings wrapped softly around him. The Mother bat flew high in the sky - she had always loved the feeling of the warm, soft air flowing past her ears as she cut through the air. With her sharp ears she heard a group insects move 40 feet away and darted through the night sky to feast on the juicy insects.

The moon shone brightly in the sky - not a cloud in sight. The brown, brave bat with her large, muscular wings circled the night sky- she was getting hungry. She had always wanted to show her youngling how to hunt but couldn’t; he was too young.  Her beady eyes spotted the desperate insects and dived with her child wrapped closely to her front and her jaws widened as she took a mouthful of insects - they didn’t stand a chance.



Mar 27, 2020

This week, Miss French and Miss Cusak started a new activity - the Joe Wicks Workouts!  It's been a great way to start the day getting them prepared for the day ahead - they're quite hard, but the more you do them, the easier they get – hopefully!

Year 4 have been making huge headway using their Google Classrooms this week already! Miley from 4S has uploaded a video linked to SDG 3 sharing what she like to do to keep positive mental health and wellbeing – making mosaics! Amazing! In 4J, Kenza and her mum have uploaded a video of them completing a science experiment at home – way to go!

Sofia in 5N has already begun her topic project; she has spoken about lots of different natural disasters and posted a great google slides document on our classroom stream. Mr Newman has taken it upon himself to do expand his baking repertoire and baked his first homemade loaf of bread, which was a great success!

Miss Mogan has taken this opportunity to learn a new skill. Knitting! She had to show a lot of resilience when getting started and watched a lot of YouTube videos to help. Her mum also received many video calls to help also!

In Year 6 Miss Menzies has also been taking part in Joe Wicks’ morning PE session every day with her nephew who is in Year 3 – turns out he is fitter than she is! She is going to use this daily exercise to help her start training for the Sports Day teachers race!! Miss Holt also knows how important it is that we keep exercising, so this week she has been learning basic swing dancing moves, including three ropes of spin. Hopefully will be doing airborne moves before we get back to school! 

Mar 13, 2020

KS2 have been exceptionally busy this week! We have been very excited to take part in Sport Relief 2020, to help raise money for worthy causes. The children took part in a variety of different activities ranging from 4 square frenzies to keepy-up marathons and even took part the Sport Relief mile, where children could either run a mile in the playground or do the bleep test. Lots have money has been raised and  we are looking forward to announce the final raised sum soon. 

In class year 6 have been working hard and preparing themselves for their forthcoming exams. And years 3 and 5 have been doing some exciting printing work in art, looking at repeated patterns. Have a great week!

Feb 14, 2020

What a jam packed week in KS2! Year 3 have had fun making their sustainable bird feeders in DT as part of their ‘eco warriors’ topic – we have got some seriously passionate warriors there!

Year 4 had a great hands on maths lesson exploring what area is. They found the area of different shapes using a range of manipulatives and then came up with a definition for the area of a 2D shape. This week year four also visited the Tate Britain to see their portraits which are on display as part of the Steve McQueen Year 3 Project.

Pupils from Chesterton had their photos taken last year and were able to see themselves as a piece of artwork alongside 76,000 children in London! What a great experience!

Year 5 are sounding great with their singing project. We think we will all be singing the spice girls for the whole weekend!

This week year 6 have been writing entries for BBC Radio 2’s 500 word story competition. The teachers have loved hearing their zany ideas! The prizes include a trip to Buckingham Palace and 500 books for the school library so fingers crossed we have some winners. Miss Menzies has even signed up to be a judge!

Feb 13, 2020

What a creative week we have had in upper phase!

To fit in with their topic for the term ‘We are Eco Warriors’, year 3 have been creating their own bird feeders using recyclable materials. This week they began creating their designs and creating the windows and the bird hangers and next week they will continue to adapt their designs by decorating them.

Year 4 were visited by a very special visitor this week in their History lessons. As part of their learning on the Romans, they had a very special visit from Boudicca! The children used the VR headsets to bring her to life – how exciting!

Year 5 have also been very busy in DT this week, continuing their work on making their shadoofs. Miss Mogan and Mr Newman were very impressed with all the resilience the children demonstrated when making these tricky devices.

Year 6 have been creating some beautiful replica art work in their art lessons.

Feb 7, 2020

It has been another busy week in KS2. 

3F treated us to an amazing assembly on Wednesday all about the importance of recycling. We were all inspired on how we can work as individuals and as communities to make our world a better place. 

Year 3 have also been busy with their DT project this half term, making sustainable bird feeders. 

Year 5 also jumped on the DT construction by using a variety of materials to create an Egyptian shaduf (an irrigation tool used to collect water). The children showed so much resilience in their joining techniques.

In year 4, pupils created spectacular poems about Roman gladiators using alliteration and metaphors. Check out the newsletter to read one written by Sina!

Feb 3, 2020

This week year 4 have had a respectful debate in their RE lesson. Their top is 'marriage' and we have been looking at arranged marriages and why some faith communities chose arranged marriage. We revisited our rights and talked about the UNCRC Article #14 - our right to believe in a religion or no religion at all, and how these choices can influence the choices we make as adults. All of the children presented their opinions in a respectful way and demonstrated their understanding of this practise. 

Jan 24, 2020

Another busy week in KS2! Year 3 have been on the hunt to find Michael Recycle, who has been popping around our site in the evenings. So far they found his colander hat! 4J delivered a spectacular class assembly all about the Romans in Britain. They were so knowledgeable and blew the audience away with their final song, which was paired with British sign language!  In art lessons, pupils in year 4 have been looking at Roman mosaics and discussing them using specific visual language. 

In our KS2 playground, we have had a new living green screen installed to help us improve the air quality around our outdoor areas. Others have gone up around the school as well, so keep your eyes peeled for them! This is very important for our positive physical and mental wellbeing (SDG 3).

Finally, pupils around KS2 have started taking the 4 minute shower challenge to help reduce the amount of water we use. Cutting down your shower time by just one minute can save up to 11,500 litres of water per year! Will you challenge yourself to save water?

Jan 10, 2020

Happy New Year!!! We hope that everyone has had a wonderful break and are feeling well rested and revitalized to get back into the rhythm of school life for a new decade!

What a fantastic first week back we have had, all year groups have started their new topics. Year 3 will be learning all about being eco-warriors, year 4 are studying the Romans, Year 5 are looking at how the Ancient Egyptians lived and year 6 will be researching mega cities!!! The children had a great immersive time during their topic launches this week, getting their teeth into some interesting activities and research on their new areas of study.

Also, our half termly maths targets have changed so don’t forget to keep practicing! 

Year 3 - 4 times tables

Year 4 - 12 times tables

Year 5 - 4 division

Year 6 - 12 division


Dec 4, 2019

Year 3 took part in an art project which focussed on the environment. We imagined what we would like our local area to look like and painted on photographs to make the streets more environmentally friendly before making seed bombs to take home and plant where we wanted more green space around us. We learn that this is called rewilding.

Year 4 visited the Wimbledon Synagogue this week as part of their learning about Judaism in the autumn term. They were fortunate enough to explore many artefacts, traditional rituals and special clothing. They were so well behaved and respectful - they made all the adults proud! Way to go year 4!

Year 5 had the opportunity this week to experiment with the VR headsets in English. To prepare them for writing a poem, the children explored the Northern Lights and noting down some similes and metaphors to describe them. Miss Mogan and Mr Newman were extremely impressed with the vocabulary and language the children came up with during the lesson. Well done Year 5.

Year 6 have been moving on to multiplication this week and have been working hard, using their life ladder skills of team work and communication to answer some of the more problematic questions. They have also been practising their steel pans ready for our Christmas concert, here are some pictures of a few of them getting in to the Christmas Spirit – it is a bit blurry from all the dancing and singing.

Nov 29, 2019

It has been another busy week in KS2.

Year 5 continued their topic of space by looking at the different phases of the moon and why the moon appears to change shape throughout the month.

During Year 6’s  RE topic of Life After Death the children discussed what judgement day is in religions and took part in role playing what they think judgment day will look like.

This week, some children from year 4 and 5 were specially selected to go ice skating at the Winter Village at Battersea Power Station! All the children (and adults) had an amazing time…even if some spent most of the time slipping on the floor!

Nov 22, 2019

What a busy week it has been in upper phase! Our year 3 children had a busy day of rehearsals on Wednesday as they took a trip to Burntwood to rehearse for their singing concert in December. They have been working so hard to rehearse lots of different songs including a few festive numbers and a song from The Greatest Showman. They impressed everyone with their singing and dancing (especially the teachers) and we can’t wait for the real concert in December. We hope to see as many parents there as possible.

Year 5 also went on a really exciting visit to the Science Museum in relation to their topic ‘Space’. Whilst they were there they got to see a projected 3D globe and got to feel what space gloves were really like. They were amazingly well behaved and represented the school fantastically. Members of the public even emailed in to the school to say have brilliant they were. Well done Year 5.

Year 6 have been studying propaganda in their History lessons this term. This week they were learning all about how Propaganda was used to get women to work during the war. They learnt about how, although they were doing the men’s jobs, women were still continued to be paid less.   Miss Menzies and Miss Holt were really impressed with the mature and thoughtful discussions that the children had throughout the lesson and the comparisons that they made to today’s society using SDG goal 10 which is all about reducing inequalities.

Nov 8, 2019

This week year 6 had a Diwali dance workshop. They loved recreating the story of Diwali through movement. They showed excellent team work skills and a great sense of timing too!

Nov 6, 2019

We’re back with a bang!! It’s great to be back after a well-rested half term break and both children and teachers are eager to get stuck in. Before we broke up, we had our new awesome Times Tables Rock stars launch, where all the children were encouraged to take on times tables challenges, competing against each other in a school wide competition!!

Also, at the end of last term, we had the exciting reintroduction of afternoon tea with our head of school, Miss Smith. This was a lovely opportunity for the children who had been noted to have been consistently working hard across the entire half term, to be rewarded with some biscuits, cake and drinks with Miss Smith as a well done for all of their efforts.

Year 4 have been working hard on their public speaking and performance through a SLAM poetry workshop. They have been working hard on turning poetry into performance and developing both their acting and speaking skills by performing their poems to each other within the class.

Year 3 have been looking at abstract compositions this week. We looked at the works of Joan Miro, Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock in our outdoor gallery before recording our responses back in the classroom.

Oct 10, 2019

We've had another fantastic week in Key Stage 2! Year 3 started the week with a fascinating museum in their classroom looking at historical artefacts to help them infer facts about the past. Year 4 had the opportunity to work with a slam poet from East Side Projects called Bella. She explained an exciting new spoken word poetry competition we will be taking part in which culminates with a select few children performing on stage in the West End!

We started writing our poems in groups this morning and Bella will be back later on in the month to teach us how to perform them using intonation, tone and volume. Year 5 enjoyed their trip where they learnt how to be global citizens.

They all now know how to administer first aid so you know who to call on if you need help now! We finished the week with our amazing Harvest Assembly. I was so impressed by all the food we have collected so far and with everyone's beautiful singing voices! And a massive congratulations to the school choir who performed for the first time! You were great!

Oct 3, 2019

This week has been another great week for Key Stage 2 and busy as always!

4S took a little trip to Battersea Park library to choose some wonderful new books for their book corners. The children always love going there as it is a different place for them to read. They love practising their prosody when they go!

This week in Year 5, we continued our studies of the solar system. In our Science lesson we were investigating the sizes of planets, moons and stars (in particular Earth, the Sun and our moon.) We used different sized balls to show the vast difference in sizes between the three spheres. The children could not believe just how small our big Earth is in compared to the whole solar system! We cannot wait to carry on our investigations next week!

Year 6 have had a fab week with 6Ms fantastic assembly all about the apartheid. On top of this we have been doing a lot of research all about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and we even had a debate about which one we thought was the most important and why. The children were great at articulating themselves. We were also lucky enough to go out to the edible garden and dig up some of the weeds to get ready to sew our seeds. The kids were great.

In other news our chickens have given us a wonderful surprise and we have a recently hatched chick. Everyone is very excited and it was great when the little chick was brought round to the classrooms for everyone to meet. Watch this space for the name!

Sep 27, 2019

It’s been another busy week in KS2. This week Chesterton took part in World’s Largest Lesson which focuses on the SDGs.

Year 4 were foraging in the edible garden this week like true ‘invaders’! Once they found some healthy bits ripe for the picking they did some cooking out by our fire pit! Thanks for the help, Mr Kheir! #SDG12 SDG#3

In year 5, we focused on SGD #14 (life below water) the children did some research into the journey our plastic goes on after we dispose of it. They created beautiful posters which illustrate the journey of a piece of single use plastic and the impact that has on our ocean and marine life. The children cannot wait to start spreading the message to everyone they know.

And at the top of the school Year 6 were loving their lesson using manipulatives to model multiplication by powers of 10! They love a bit of place value!

Sep 19, 2019

What a busy week we have had in KS2 this week. Everyone has been working so hard and have been doing lots of exciting learning.

This week, year 3 have started their ‘Rocks and Soils’ science topic. They had a fun first lesson classifying rocks into different groups. They came to realise that you could actually classify rocks in lots and lots of different ways and sometimes a rock could be grouped into more than one category!

Year 4 have been learning all about how sound is created and how sound travels in their science lessons this week. They carried out an investigation using lots of different instruments.

As we move to the upper end of the school, year 5 tried their hand at creating perspective drawings. They looked at what artistic techniques they could use to give the illusion of space and distance in their drawings, such as horizon lines and the vanishing point. Everyone showed tremendous resilience in this lesson and should be very proud!

Finally, Year 6 have been creating circuits.  They were investigating all of the different components that are needed to create a circuit and how the end outcome changes as you vary the different parts. 

Jun 21, 2019

We've had another fantastic week in Upper Phase. Year 6 have been busy practising for their end of year performance of Annie and we are so excited to show you all our hard work in just a few weeks time. Year 5 had a great day out on Wednesday.  They went to the Southbank Centre for a Gamelan workshop (Indonesian music) and walked down Southbank on a poetry trail and even visited the London Poetry Library! We all finished the week with an own clothes day to collect donations for our Great Fete on Saturday 6th July. See you there!