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May 12, 2022

This week Year 3 have been busy designing their musical instruments ahead of making them next week.  Children have designed them using reusable materials to ensure that our designs are sustainable so we can support our SDG goals to protect life on land and below water! 

In Year 4 this week in Science we had lots of fun melting solids into liquids! We melted ice, butter and chocolate and measured the temperature of each substance.

In 5F we have been making models to demonstrate how the Earth orbits the Sun and how the Moon orbits the Earth to support our learning on Earth and Space.

It's been a big week for Year 6 with SATS. All the children have made their teachers really proud with their mature and resilient attitudes. They have all dealt extremely well with their exams and in between tests they have been practising mindfulness and relaxation. They are all super excited about a trip to Battersea Park on Friday to celebrate all their hard work!

May 6, 2022

Lots has been happening in KS2 again this week:

Year 3 have been exploring and investigating different musical instruments that have been made from reused materials. They investigated how we can make sounds louder and softer, as well as exploring how we could make the sounds higher pitched and lower pitched. We discovered if we used a thinner elastic band, this would make a higher pitched sound compared to a thicker elastic band!

Year 5 have been exploring how the Earth rotates to create day and night in science this week. We created models and drew diagram to show the Sun shining on the Earth and how countries turn away to darkness at night time. We then wrote some amazing explanations in our books using our scientific vocabulary.

This week in RE, Year 6 has a thoughtful discussion on their topic ‘extreme beliefs’. We looked at some extreme protests from an environmental point of view and had a spirited debate on the protests by Extinction Rebellion.

The children have also continued to work extremely hard preparing for their SATS next week. From all of the adults: Good Luck Year 6!!!

 

Apr 29, 2022

It has been another busy week in KS2. 

This week, Year 3 have been looking at key rivers from each continent, identifying them, locating and researching them. We looked at the River Nile and children were amazed to find out just how long the river was! 

In Year 6 the children have been looking into our local area. In Geography we used maps from the 1800’s, 1900’s and now to see how land use in Battersea has changed over the years. In Art, the children used their observational sketches to create a monoprint of an aspect of Battersea Power Station.

Apr 22, 2022

Year 3 went on an African Safari! We created fact files as we moved around the school learning about different African animals, where they live in Africa, what they eat and who their predators are! We reflected on where Africa is and how it is a continent that has fifty-four countries! We also shared some of the countries in Africa that Year 3 children are from. 

Year 4 have had a fantastic first week back to the Summer Term. Our learning launch of the 'Islamic Golden Age' brought excitement and curiosity about our upcoming learning. We enthusiastically explored investigating with making medicines, as this was one of the many advancements during this period in history. 

Year 6 used their first science lesson to recap all of their previous learning on the human body. We recapped how the digestive system works along with the different teeth animals have.

Mar 25, 2022

This week Year 3 created their own art work using Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures as inspiration.  They were able to replicate some of his designs using only natural materials! 

In Year 4, we have been learning how to use Tinker CAD to create Roman landmarks! We created an aqueduct and temple by using 3D shapes including cylinders and cuboids. 

Year 5 went to the royal courts of justice in central London and acted out a real-life case from the Victorian era where an eleven-year-old boy was convicted of stealing some gooseberries. We took on different roles as members of the court and acted a court scene set in the Victorian era, with our jury deciding whether they found the accused guilty or not guilty. We then walked around the Courts, seeing people in their different roles and learning about the history of the building. Did you know – Queen Victoria was given a key to the courts but lost it, the key was only found 100 years later!

In year 6 we have been designing our own rangoli in RE. We made sure that our designs were colourful, symmetrical and geometric so they resembled traditional Hindu designs. We learnt all about how they are used to welcome Hindu goddess Lakshmi- the goddess of wealth- to your house to bring good luck!

Mar 11, 2022

Year 3 had a wonderful Art lesson this week, where they replicated a famous Andy Goldsworthy sculpture! They considered texture and light, and how they could convey this through hatching/blending. Then, they brought their replicas to life using paints, focussing on creating secondary colours with primary colours.

Year 4 had a fantastic trip to a Roman Ampitheatre in the Guidhall Art Gallery. They represented the school wonderfully and had a great time exploring Roman times in Londinium. 

 

Year 5 had a great science lesson looking at pollination in plants. We dissected plants and found the male and female parts. We even found tiny seeds in the ovule!

In their RE lesson this week, Year 6 looked at the meaning behind Mandalas and why they are used by different religions. The children then went on the create their own mandalas after reflecting on their own thoughts, feelings and worries.

Mar 4, 2022

It has been such a busy week in KS2 again! Along with the amazing learning the children have been doing, everyone at Chesterton also celebrated World Book Day!

This week Year 3 went to visit the Saachi gallery! Children have been learning about the Americas in Geography so they had the opportunity to have a tour of the exhibition: America in Crisis. Children we able to explore art in the form of photographs and learn about some key messages from the past and present times of America. Children also created their own art using the photographs from the exhibition!

Year 4 conducted a very interesting investigation into the human digestive system. They used dough to make models of the different components of the digestive system and thought about the function of each part.

Year 6 spent their science lesson looking into physical traits that offspring can inherit from their parents and what is meant by cross breeding. They enjoyed using Mr Men and Little Miss characters to create new cross breed characters.

Feb 25, 2022

Year 3 have had a wonderful first week back. The children loved learning all about British sculptor artist Andy Goldsworthy, yesterday. It’s going to be an exciting term! 

Year 4 have been very busy ​competing against each other in their weekly TTRS timetables competition! We wonder who will win next week?

Year 5 have been out in the edible garden this week planting different vegetables to learn about sexual and asexual reproduction in plants. We can't wait to see them grow!

In Year 6, as part of our 'Evolution and Inheritance' topic, we have been exploring how traits can be passed down from parents to offspring. We thought about the traits that we have inherited from our own families.

Feb 11, 2022

We have had another great week in Upper Phase!

In Year 5 we have been completing our Victorian railway images using a vanishing point to create perspective and depth. We have developed our shading techniques throughout the half term and used this as an opportunity to add light and shadow to our pictures. Don’t they look amazing!

Year 3 have been evaluating their amazing bird feeders, thinking about the sustainability of the materials used and linking this to our SDG15 Life on Land.

Year 4 showed off their history learning for this half term and answered their big question ‘What impact did the Roman Empire have on Britain?’. 

This week in Year 6 to round off their learning about classifying living things, the children created their very own imaginary animals. Their imaginary animal had to include different characteristics of vertebrates and invertebrates.

Feb 4, 2022

Year 3 loved creating their end of project DT which was sustainable bird feeders. We’re really looking forward to putting them up around the school and seeing which species of bird we can spot.

Year 4 complete their final products in DT and made excellent personal treasure boxes with a closing mechanism. 

In Year 5, we’ve been learning about different species life cycle and this week we created google slides about the human life cycle.

In Year 6, we have been studying land elevation in geography using topographical maps and using them to compare the physical features of New York, London and Santander.

Jan 27, 2022

In year 3, we transformed our plans of imaginary worlds into 3D versions on Minecraft! We had lots of fun!

This week in year 4 we started making our final versions of our treasure boxes inspired by the Romans!

In year 5, we enjoyed the challenge of measuring the area of different shapes. We connected our learning to real life by exploring the area of shapes around the classroom.

This week, year 6 learnt about the order of operations using the BIDMAS acronym. It was a good of opportunity to have healthy debates!

Jan 20, 2022

This week Year 3 have been out in the edible garden sowing seeds! Our topic this term is we are warriors, therefore we have been thinking about how we can be more sustainable. We discussed planting our own food is something we could do so we gave it a try! We sowed cauliflower and broccoli seeds that we will harvest later this year!

Year 6 continued their enquiry into cities across the world. In our Geography lesson we used digital and isodemogprahic maps to located the worlds most populous cities. 

Year 5 started the singing project this week. We loved our warm up exercises and learnt our first song for our performance at Fairfield Halls in March. We were so proud of all of 4M for their fantastic class assembly all about the Romans! 

Jan 14, 2022

Year 3:

In writing this week, Year 3 have transformed their picture book plans into real books. They have loved bringing their stories to life with colour and sharing their stories with each other.

Year 4:

Year 4 have been creating their own classification keys in Science and exploring comparisons between different animals.

Year 5:

5F were deciphering encrypted messages communicated using semaphores in computing. We have also explored the differences between the life cycles of insects and amphibians and learnt a new scientific work – metamorphosis!

Year 6:

In science this week, Year 6 were looking at how living things can be classified. They used Liquorice All Sorts to investigate how things can be grouped and classified based on their similarities.

Jan 7, 2022

Happy New Year and 2022!

We have had a very busy few days welcoming the children back in KS2 and all of the children thoroughly enjoyed their learning launch on Friday morning.

Year 3 created chalk iron men, mini globes, eco warrior superheroes and a large map of the United Kingdom.

Year 4 were introduced to the Roman Empire and made wreaths that Romans would wear to represent their occupation or rank in society.

Year 5 drew and painted images to create a timeline for their history theme 'Crime and Punishment'.

Year 6 completed a range of activities linked to all of their upcoming learning for Spring 1 including classifying living things and creation stories.

Dec 17, 2021

We have had a very busy week in KS2 for the final week of term! 

This week, the Year 3 children have had a wonderful time creating their own pieces of Ancient Egyptian abstract art, inspired by Joan Miro. 

Year 4 loved visiting the pantomime on Tuesday and making their own light up Christmas cards in their Science lesson. 

Year 5 successfully created a game on Hopscotch which involved coding scores.

Year 6 made 3D nets and popcorn boxes for their Christmas film event!

The whole of KS2 filmed their Christmas concerts in which they showed off their beautiful singing and talents. We hope all of our families at Chesterton enjoy watching them on Google Classrooms. 

We hope you all have a restful and enjoyable Christmas holidays and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year! 

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.