Upper Phase blog

Jun 22, 2018

Year 6 had fantastic time with St Johns Ambulance today learning about key first aid techniques. The children learnt how to put each other in the recovery position, used mannequins to deliver CPR and learnt how to bandage injuries. Thanks to St Johns Ambulance for helping teach us some key life skills!

Jun 15, 2018

Chesterton Primary School was lucky enough to have been chosen to take place in the MUNGA (Model United Nations General Assembly) public speaking and debating challenge this year. MUNGA is a role play of a United Nations General Assembly. Each school that participates will represent a different UN member state. This year, Chesterton will be representing Indonesia. 

Wandsworth's MUNGA 2018 event is an opportunity for schools to showcase the talents of some of their most able public speakers. The event has a real sense of occasion and encourages pupils to the highest aspirations in the fields of international relations and political debate.

On Monday, five of our Year 6 pupils visited the Council Chambers for our first official debating training. We had the opportunity to participate in formal debates and hear from other schools around the borough. We will be culminating our experience on Monday 25th June - wish us luck!

In Year 5, children have been completing their last set of formal assessments for the year. This has been a wonderful opportunity for pupils to shine and be proud of all of their achievements in learning throughout this academic year. We all faced the week with determination and resilience. Well done to everyone in Year 5!

Jun 7, 2018

On Tuesday 5th June, all of the children in Years 5 and 6 celebrated World Environment Day in a BIG way! The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution and, after researching the effect of plastic and being utterly shocked by how harmful it can be to wildlife and our environment, Upper Key Stage 2 decided to take action.

The children spent the entire afternoon creating displays and incredible crafts – made entirely out of everyday plastic items! In fact, many of our daily activities on Tuesday were centred on raising awareness of World Environment Day. Year 5 even wrote letters to Theresa May, to try to persuade her to look into this crisis and encourage a ban on some key plastic disposable items, such as plastic cups, plates and cutlery. We will let you know if we get a response!

May 25, 2018

Today year 6 celebrated the end of their SATs by heading to Kidzania! They have worked so hard over the last 9 months working towards their tests that Miss Rawal and Miss Menzies were SO proud of them they wanted to take them for a day that they'd enjoy. They had a lovely day earning lots of ‘money’ and represented the school beautifully! Think we might have some police officers, chefs, radio presenters and even rock climbers amidst this group of year 6! Thank you to all the adults that came and helped us too!

May 22, 2018

Year 6 have had a busy week completing their SATs. The children attended breakfast club every morning and then took part in early morning yoga in order to focus and do the very best they could.

The children showed resilience, determination and pride all week and the adults were so proud! In order to celebrate, Year 6 visited the adventure playground in Battersea Park on Friday morning where we played cricket, football and had a picnic in the sun. Following on from that, we took part in a Royal Wedding street party with the lovely Year 3.

It was a wonderful way to end a brilliant week.

May 11, 2018

What a week it's been in upper phase!

Tuesday, 5S visited Rachel at Battersea Park Library. They were spoiled with her story telling techniques and also had some time to browse for and sign out books. Have you read any of our choices?

During the week Year 5 had an opportunity to spend some time sharing and discussing their RE work on Islam. After an exciting visit from the imam at Falcon Road mosque, we shared experiences and thoughts on Ramadan and important aspects of Islam for Muslims.

In English, children really dove into a hot topic that they've been looking into - animal cruelty. Many our children chose to write out against the use of elephants for tourism purposes. Have a read of part of a letter below!

May 4, 2018

This week Year 5 have been very creative in their lessons…and managed to make a real mess in their classrooms in the process! In Science, they have been conducting their very own practical experiments to investigate which materials dissolve in different liquids. They tested different everyday substances – including sand, salt, juice and coffee – to determine whether they dissolved in oil and/or water. They then confidently recorded their results and wrote fantastic conclusions to finish!

Also this week, Year 5 have been learning about Hokusai, a well-known Japanese artist who created the famous print called ‘The Great Wave’ in the 18th Century. They learned about the printing process in their Art lessons, before using their new sketching skills to draw the piece and various watercolour techniques to add contrast to their artwork. Their creations were absolutely fantastic!

Apr 20, 2018

Welcome back after the Easter break! This week Year 5 and 6 have been working very hard and enjoying the fantastic weather. In Year 5 children have been reading and discussing a range of texts about children's rights and the UNCRC in guided reading sessions.

Additionally they also took part in an incredible Topic Launch this week to create new art projects for their new topic "Active Planet". Many thanks to the parents who joined us for all of the exciting activities. 

Year 6 have come back with a fantastic attitude! We have been working incredibly hard but have enjoyed some time also in the edible garden.

Also, this week, we were lucky enough to have a visit from a poet who talked about different writing techniques in poetry and altogether used alliteration to read poems in assembly.

Mar 23, 2018

Upper phase have had a brilliant week with lots exciting learning opportunities including:  visitors, trips and fun experiences.

To start off our week we had an informative visit from Adrian Barnet, a famous scientist who came all the way from Brazil even though he was bit by a snake just two weeks ago! During his inspiration talk, we learnt about  some of the fantastic species who live in the Amazon and how rainforest climates can vary from location to location.

Later this week, Year 6 spent some time in our edible garden planting apples into our very own apple orchard. We learnt how to dig a wide enough hole and properly embed the roots into the soil. Also we learnt how to plant strawberries- yum!

Year 5 had an exciting trip to the mosque where they met the local iman who taught us about the structure of the building and why mosques always have a dome.

It was a fantastic week of learning for all.

Mar 16, 2018

This week Year 5 visited Southfields Academy to participate in the Junior Citizenship Scheme.  They spent the morning working alongside members of the Coast Guard, London Fire Brigade, London Transport Police, Metropolitan Police, Ambulance Service and council workers to learn how to keep themselves safe in many situations. It was an amazing experience!

Mar 9, 2018

This week Upper Phase have been learning about some inspirational women to celebrate International Women’s Day. Within Year 6, we have been learning about Mary Anning a famous palaeontologist who discovered curiosities- or fossils! Have a look at some of our incredible writing…

Mar 2, 2018

Upper Phase have had such a fun week full of snow and books! On Tuesday, Bookman came to visit us! During our session we found out about different objects in famous children's book such as the key in The Secret Garden, the boat in Peter Pan and the bottle in Alice in Wonderland. We used drama to recreate these objects and the noises they make.

On Thursday we dressed up as our favourite book characters including the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Queen of Hearts. What a fantastic week:)

Feb 23, 2018

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.

Feb 9, 2018

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!

Jan 26, 2018

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!

Jan 22, 2018

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.

Jan 12, 2018

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!

Jan 5, 2018

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.

Dec 13, 2017

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!

Dec 8, 2017

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).

Dec 1, 2017

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!

Nov 24, 2017

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.

Nov 17, 2017

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!

Nov 10, 2017

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'.

Nov 6, 2017

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!