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Term 6

Visit from a Paralympic Athlete

In our fourth week, we were lucky to be joined a Paralympic athlete (called Jack) who has captained Great Britain's football team. He showed us how easy it is to do just 4 minutes of exercise a day by setting up a circuit for us in the hall. We then had an assembly with us where he told us how he had to overcome many challenges to be able to play football again, after he had been the victim of an unprovoked assault. He showed how we can do anything we want to if we just put our minds to it. 

Mosque visit

As part of our last R.E. enquiry - where we will be looking at different places of worship - we visited a Mosque in Bristol where we spent the morning learning about Islam. We were greeted by Riswan (a Muslim who prays at this mosque) who told us all about his faith and let us explore the mosque to see whether we could find any similarities or differences between the mosque and our church. Surprisingly, they are many similarities between the faiths! For example, did you know that we worship the same God?

Church visit

As part of our last R.E. enquiry, we visited the church and were welcomed by Lisa the Vicar. We were allowed to explore the church and get a closer look at some of the areas we don't usually get to see.

Term 5

In Term 5, alongside preparing for SATs, we will be reading the biography 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill. This wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of the Endurance reaching the South Pole and the efforts it took to get there. As part of our learning we will be writing in role, researching information and even writing motivational speeches. In art, we will be looking at famous artists and different mediums to create artwork.

Times Table Champions!

Connor secured our place in the times table finals today and went on to win our class a party! Well done Connor!

Samba Taster Day

We had a fantastic Samba day today where we had a taste of each of the activities we will experience during our exciting Samba week in Term 6. We sang songs together, made costumes, played the drums and learnt a Samba dance. We can’t wait for Samba week!


In Term 5, Bristol Sport are back again - this time to teach us about orienteering. Because of the wet and windy weather in week one, we worked in the hall instead. These pictures show us attempting some challenging team activities which required us to plan and communicate well in order to succeed. Plus it was very very fun!

Visit back for more of our PE later in the year.

Term 4

To inspire our spooky story-telling, we are exploring ‘Alma’, a short story of a young girl who ventures into town in the snow. She is drawn to a shop window by a familiar looking doll. From there, the story takes a sinister turn…

Road-Safety Workshop

In week four, we had an afternoon learning all about road safety. However, it didn't feel like learning at all! We played well-known games such as Jenga and Guess Who to learn about things like road signs and safe equipment for cycling.


For our indoor PE lesson in week 4, we were lucky to have some year 5 Playleaders teach us a new game which they had learned at another school. We had to work hard to attend the opposition game team's 'castle'. Once the whole school has learned the game, we look forward to playing the game on the playground during break times.


In order to hook us into the short film Alma, we were tricked us into signing a class contract and then asked us to create ourselves as small dolls. Little did we know, this would link to the mysterious and exciting tale of a little girl, Alma, who becomes trapped in a doll shop! Will we experience a similar fate?!

Challenge: Where will your quest take you?

In week 3, we shared our final quest stories - which were inspired by Wolf Brother - with a year 3 class. We loved having the opportunity to share these pieces of work which we have worked so hard to perfect. The children in 3ZB loved the adventure as our main characters overcame hurdles to complete their quests!


World Book Day

After our ‘Bookie Breakfast’ this morning, where many children joined teachers to share a book over their breakfast, we became further inspired by more stories in our story sharing assembly. 

Back in class, Ashton unwrapped the text we would be focusing our day around. It was ‘Alone on the Wild Wide Sea’ by Michael Morpurgo. We made predictions about what we thought the story was going to be about and then listened to the first chapter where information about the main character, Arthur, unravelled. After meeting the menacing character, Piggy Bacon, we used the description from the text to sketch him and inspire us to design and describe our own menacing characters.

During the afternoon, we used the chrome books to research Australia, the setting of the story, and created mind maps to share the information we had found out.

In the story, Arthur travels to Australia by boat. The waves are described in the story and we used this description to inspire our paintings. We used paint to create a background and black paper to create skip silhouettes.

We can’t wait to get stuck into our next great book!

Term 3

Throughout Term 3, we will be reading 'Wolf Brother' by Michelle Paver to inspire our writing and enquiry. The book follows a boy on an adventure during the time of hunters and gatherers. We will be writing about aspects of the book and exploring them further with the end goal of writing our own quest story to share with the Year 3's.

Tianna's bear sketch

Our fabulous writing

Collage artwork

Safer Internet Day 2019

Today, we have been thinking about how we can be safe when using the internet. Our main focus has been around 'consent' or 'permission'. Firstly, we thought about how to share our information safely with organisations and companies. We were happy to find out that even though we might share our information with companies, they are not allowed to share with anyone else. Next we thought about how to ask for permission from our friends when we want to share things. We agreed that the most important things to consider are 'do I have permission to send this?' and 'have I told them what I will do with their information?'

Inter-house Skipping Challenge

In week five, we took part in our annual skipping challenge. But you'll have to wait until celebration assembly to know which house skipped the most!

Maya WOW

We had an amazing WOW for our History enquiry 'What happened to the Mayas?' We were so lucky to use VR devices to learn about the ancient Maya civilisation and their main city 'Chichen Itza'.

We can't wait to find out more about the Mayas and what happened to them!

Our class assembly about our learning around Wolf Brother


We listened to a description of a wolf from Wolf Brother and used this to sketch our own wolf pictures. We took our time to use our art skills to shade our sketches for effect. Here are some of our sketches:



Today were told our new enquiry question, 'Where will your quest take you?' We imagined that we had become stranded on an island and had to think about what skills we have that would help us to survive. We created our own Clans and created sigils to represent us. We then decoded messages to help us with our adventure. After, we were introduced to our new book 'Wolf Brother'. We really like that the book is adventurous and kept us on the edge of our seats!

Term 2

During Term 2, we will be using the inspiring text ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio as a stimulus for our writing. This is a story about a young boy, August, who has Treacher Collins Syndrome. The plot takes us through his very first days at school and we learn how he is treated by others just because of the way he looks. We will go on a journey with August and discover the emotional roller-coaster that he takes as he steps into school life.


In addition to this, throughout the term as well as using the text, we will be learning some more incredible science based on evolution and inheritance where we will learn all about how genetics are inherited through living things.

Reflections of the term

'I have learnt the importance of being kind from the book Wonder,'  said Amy.

'What a sad book. I will never bully anyone for being different,' stated Poppy.

'I have enjoyed watching the film, Wonder and comparing it to the book,' shared Sienna.

Archie said, 'Science was really interesting this term.'

Christmas treat of making gingerbread reindeer

PE with Bristol Basketball

Food tasting

We were really lucky to try some of the food cooked by the kitchen this week. The chickpea curry and ginger sponge cake were huge hits! Thank you for everyone in the kitchen who allowed us to try these balanced and nutritious meals.

RE: Do Christians and Humanists have the same values?


For our RE this term, we have been looking at the similarities and differences between Humanists and Christians. We considered whether it was possible to be a good person without God in your life. To demonstrate our learning, we worked in teams to put together a presentation which answered the question. Our teacher was very impressed with how well we did despite the fact that this really took us out of our comfort zone. We will be practising our new 'speaking' skills again soon.

Group 1

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Group 2

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Pattern seeking


In P.E. we have been using our investigative skills to answer the question 'Do people with longer legs jump further?'

We made sure to text each individual three times and calculated an average at the end. See out conclusions to find out whether this was the case.

Disability awareness

In week 3, we were lucky to take part in a workshop all about people with learning disabilities. Two of the three people who spoke to us actually had a learning disability: Down Syndrome and Aspergers. The main point we learned was how important it was to listen carefully, and with respect, as it is often more challenging for people with learning disabilities to communicate. We tested our own listening skills by drawing an image from a set of very detailed instructions. The outcomes were different but it showed us just how important it was to pay close attention to others. 

Superhero Day!


This term, we are lucky to have a Bristol Flyers player come in to teach us Basketball. We are excited to learn lots of new skills such as dribbling one-handed and obstructing our opposition. In our first lesson, when it was pouring with rain, we already improved our skills by learning to keep our arms soft and not stiff.


Our first morning back was all about our new book - Wonder. Although some of us had seen the film, we were excited to learn more about the main character and his condition in detail. The front cover intrigued us as it was not a 'normal' self-portrait. We discussed what this might tell us about the way the main character perceives himself. We created our own self-portraits in the same style. Join us later in the term to find out what else we do related to this inspirational book.

Term 2 Art: Photography

On our first day back, we used Chromebooks to learn about how to edit photographs. We used online programs to alter the brightness, contrast, focus and  saturation of our photos (plus many many more features that we found). We considered how the edits applied to an image can affect its mood and how different edits can send different messages or create different emotions.

Term 1

This term, we are excited to be learning about World War 1. We will be exploring how it all began and who was involved as well as ways that the war affected every day life. We already have so many questions which we can't wait to get answered!


Alongside our enquiry, we will be reading Michael Morpurgo's wartime novel 'Private Peaceful.'

Our thoughts about Private Peaceful:


"I liked this book because you could never guess what was going to come next. The ending surprised me because I didn't expect that to happen." - Luke.


"I really liked the parts when they war to war and were in the trenches. The descriptions were very detailed and made the story interesting." - Connor.

WWI challenge

Our challenge to end our WWI enquire was to create a newsreport to share our new knowledge. We had lots of fun working collaboratively. Here are some of the videos we created.

Rhys,Connor, Marni, William and Amy's video

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Ashton, Eve, Tianna, Charlie and Dan's video

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Marion, Alex, Jack, Liam and Aydin

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Art: Sketching

This term, we have been developing our sketching skills. We used these skills to produce scenes inspired by our learning about World War One.

RE: What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?

People who practise Islam, the world's second largest religion, are called Muslims. Muslims show their devotion to their God - Allah - by acknowledging the 5 pillars of Islam (which are similar to duties). The first pillar is called Shahadah. This is a basic statement of devotion to Allah and the prophet, Muhammad. Interestingly, this is the first words whispered to a baby child when they are born. We thought about the words that we would want to hear or that we would tell to a new born child.

During our RE enquiry, we thought about the joyous occasions in our lives as well as any difficulties we may have faced. We plotted these on a 'journey' through life and considered the qualities needed to overcome these challenges. For example, when experiencing the loss of a relative we needed to have hope, faith or maybe thankfulness. Here are some of our examples.

Investigating over time

To make the most of this beautiful Autumn sunshine, we have have been taking our learning outside in order to observe what happens to our shadows over the course of a day. In teams of three, we ventured outside - every hour - to draw around our shadows. To make it a fair test, we made sure people kept to the same roles and we measured everything three times to ensure accurate results. We will be discussing the reasons for our changing shadows later in the enquiry.


In week five, we began our first Science unit in year 6: Electricity. We hadn't studied this topic since Year 4 but impressed Miss Perrett by showing her how to create a simple circuit. Some of us also demonstrated our knowledge of conductors by including a pencil sharpener in our circuit! We also considered what life would be like without electricity and realised how much more difficult it would make life for Tommo - our main character from 'Private Peaceful'. Check back in to see what else we've learned. 


Our outdoor PE this term will focus on Tennis. For our first lesson, we focussed on our fitness and ability to balance a ball. We competed in our houses and Miss Perrett was impressed by how well we came up with different strategies to improve our performance.


Local history study

Today we were very lucky to have Michael Gorley, a Historic England Historian, visit us to help with our local history study. We were very excited to learn all about the history of Kingswood, the origin of its name and the people who used to live here. It was very interesting, when investigating the historical maps, to see how much our local area has changed - even our school has relocated! To link with our WW1 enquiry, we also used the website to explore the lives of soldiers who lived in Kingswood before joining the war.


Our first Monday back at school was a whole-day Wow all about WW1. We were astonished when our day was interrupted by the sound of any air raid siren. There was no light except for small candles which had been placed around our classroom. We crouched under our desks and braced for impact. To pass the time, we wrote letters and diaries about our feelings and played quiet games of 'blow football'. After break, Mr Evans, who was wearing accurate WW1 dress for a soldier, told us lots of information about all the information worn by soldiers and why. He then took us outside to show us typical WW1 drills. After lunch, we baked trench cake and learned about rations during the war. Finally, we discovered that our new Power of Reading text was going to be 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo. We can't wait to discover more about WW1 and what it was like to live there.