Upper Phase blog

Dec 3, 2021

This week Year 3 have been discussing the importance of prayer in different beliefs and the messages they send. Children then took time to write their own prayer and reflect on what's important to them to stop and think about for a moment.

In Year 4, they had a virtual visit with a synagogue and learnt a lot about Judaism.

In Year 5, we had fantastic hands-on science lesson this week exploring water resistance. We made different shaped objects from plasticine and dropped them into water from the same height. We observed that the more streamlined objects were able to travel more quickly through the water as they created less water resistance.

Year 6 continued their learning on WW2. This week they conducted their own research into how the roles of women changed during the war. They also reflected on how these changes would have affected children who lived during the war and after. 

Nov 26, 2021

What a fun week we have had in Upper Phase!

Year 5 have been designing catapults, carefully considering each part that we will need to make a successful product. We drew exploding diagrams to show how our catapults would fit together which took a lot of resilience as they are not easy!

5F also took a trip to Battersea Park library to explore some new books and re-visit some of our favourites. We have each borrowed a book from the library which we are loving and are enjoying sharing our reviews on the books with our classmates.

Year 3 had a wonderful time singing at the Wandsworth Winter Sounds singing concert last night at Fairfield Hall. The children and staff had a wonderful time and all of their hard work and practise was shown through their beautiful singing. Thank you to the parent helpers who came along!

Year 6 spent their art lesson continuing to explore the work of artist and sculptor Henry Moore. The children used a variety of mediums such as pencils, water colours, oil pastels and chalk to try to replicate te mood Moore created in his artwork.

Nov 19, 2021

Year 3 this week went to Burntwood Secondary School to take part in a mass rehearsal for their music concert. Miss Snell and Johansson were so impressed with all the children. We can’t wait for the performance in Fairfield Hall later this term.

Year 4 have enjoyed exploring the differences between ancient and modern Greek pancakes and are excited to design their own in a few weeks time! 

Year 5 sequenced historical events and used these to investigate why the Vikings were unsuccessful at taking over England. We looked at key influential people and events, such as Alfred the Great and the invasion of Danelaw, to understand why the Vikings were unable to conquer the whole country. 

In their science lesson this week, Year 6 were learning about how the light from a light source bounces off an object and into our eyes. 6M flexed their song writing skills by making up a song to explain the process.

Nov 12, 2021

Year 3 had a wonderful time at Battersea Park Library, on Tuesday. Each child chose a book to take back to school with them, and enjoyed listening to the librarian read them a wonderful story!

Year 4 and 5 had a special visit from author Maz Evans! Not only did she talk to us about her books but she also signed our copies for us.

Year 6 were invited to take part in the Battersea Park Remembrance service. Joshua and Gabriela read the poem 'In Flanders Fields' while a few of us lay crosses on the memorial statue. Their teachers were extremely proud of how respectful they were. Our artwork is also being displayed in the Pump House Gallery.

Nov 4, 2021

Year 3 have been busy beginning to learn all about Ancient Egypt. We have been discovering all about what life was like and using different types of evidence to help us do so!

Year 4 were very fortunate to enjoy a Shakespeare workshop and re told the story of Macbeth. They had lots of costumes and props to make the story come to life!

Year 5 had a great time exploring gravity and using a Newton meter to measure the force of gravity pulling different objects towards the Earth. We discussed the gravitational pull on the Moon and how tricky it would be to walk across the surface of the Moon owing to the small gravitational pull.

In Year 6 we have been making some works of art to be displayed in the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park for Remembrance Day. Our art was inspired by the question ‘What does Remembrance Day mean to me?’. Check out our Twitter feed for to see them!

Oct 22, 2021

This week in science, Year 6 created an electric system that will alert Miss Smith if someone comes through the door.

Year 5 had a great time this week exploring whether changes were reversible or irreversible in science. We poured vinegar into milk to create casein, a plastic that used to be used widely in the past. We also created carbon dioxide through mixing bicarbonate of soda with vinegar.

Well done to 4O for their amazing class assembly! The Greeks were great builders and storytellers, and they still influence our lives today. We loved learning about the ancient Greek civilization. Thank you 4O! 

This week, year 3 have been cooking during their DT lesson. They made a stew inspired by the Iron Age and cooked it over the fire like they would have done thousands of years ago. It sounds delicious!

Oct 8, 2021

This week Year 3 have been learning about the eightfold path that Buddhists follow. We have been thinking about how following this guides the choices they make day to day. We thought about how they believe they must always use the right speech and right words in any situation and if they learn to always think positively about a situation. We acted out some scenarios on how we might react to a situation if we believed in the eightfold path. 

40 have been practising their lines for the Ancient Greek class assembly next week and are very excited to share what they have learned with families.  

Year 5 had an awesome trip to Battersea Park Library this week. We loved being able to return to the library and hear Rachel read our favourite books again. Year 6 are currently studying Samba music this term. They spent their lesson this week learning the names of different drums and practiced playing different notes as a band.

Sep 30, 2021

Year 5 have been learning all about Samba music in our music workshops. We have loved the opportunity to use a variety of different instruments to create carnival music. We needed to use our teamwork life ladder to ensure that we were playing in time with our classmates.

Year 6 took part in an investigation about how changing the voltage of a cell would affect a bulb. They found out that the brightness of a bulb will increase when the voltage increases.

In year 3 this week we have been discovering what soil is made up of! we have looked at the things we can see in the soil such as worms and leaves and the things we can't see like water, air and the millions of tiny bugs! We also discovered that there are different types of soils with different properties so we can classify them. 

In Year 4, we have been using clay to make our own Greek pots inspired by Ancient Greek pottery. We etched our designs and patterns onto the clay carefully and all of the children thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck in and a little bit messy.

Sep 24, 2021

Year 3 have been working hard on their instruction writing skills this week! As part of their 'Digging up the past' topic they have been carefully writing some instructions about how to play a game in the Stone Age.

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed writing a descriptive poster about the Cyclops from our class text Odysseus. They also explored different length boom whackers and the difference in their pitches during the learning in Science.

In Science, year 5 have enjoyed classifying materials on whether they are soluble in water and oil. They spent an afternoon observing and recording their results

In DT, year 6 have been learning how to sew pieces of fabric together using a variety of different stitches. they looked at a running stitch, a back stitch, an over stitch and a zig zag stitch. This is to help them create the best design for their cushion covers.  They had to use a lot of resilience at the start of the lesson but after some positive problem solving, they got the hang of it!

Sep 16, 2021

Week 2 flew by for KS2 this week. Take a look at some of the fantastic learning that took place this week:

Year 3 kicked off their computing unit with their very own class Chromebooks. They spent the lesson learning how to log on and log off the devices using their personal passwords. They also used the lesson to navigate using the trackpads.

Year 4 In Year 4 this week, we have been recapping column addition and using manipulatives to explore exchanging. We have also looked at various Ancient Greek patterns and replicated them in our sketch books during our art lesson. 

Year 5 enjoyed another hands on science lesson by exploring the thermal properties of different materials and categorised materials into thermal insulators and thermal conductors.

Year 6 had their first Humanities lesson on the events that led up to apartheid in South Africa in 1948. The children did research into why the land in South Africa was so desirable and how this led to the segregation of different races. Both Miss Mogan and Cusack were impressed with how Year 6 reflected on the rights that so many people were denied during this period.

Sep 10, 2021

Welcome back to an exciting new term!

KS2 have had an exciting first week and have all loved their learning launches.

This week Year 3 have been extremely creative making caves, woolly mammoths and handprint artwork.

Year 4 took part in various activities when learning about the Olympic Games and designed some beautiful Ancient Greek vases.

Year 5 have shared their enthusiasm about discussing our British Values and have designed posters to show case their discussions.

Year 6 have enjoyed exploring some of the key figures during the period of Apartheid.