Year 5 Spartan Shields

This term Year 5 will be studying Ancient Greece. The shield was an important aspect of Greek war and as such, every Greek warrior, called a hoplite, traditionally carried one. Students used recycled materials such cardboard and kitchen paper rolls to make their amazing detailed shields.


Firstly, I used newspapers and A4 white paper. I cut a large circle using cardboard box material. I ripped the newspaper in small pieces and made paper balls using homemade glue. I then stuck the paper balls together to make a large round ball in the shape of a shield. I found gold papers and covered the front of the shield and then cut brown paper in small strips to make the symbol of Ancient Greece. Lastly, I made handles made of paper to help hold the shield up.

By Adam F. (Alder)

During the holidays, I bought cardboard from Rayman and cut it into a giant circle in the shape of a shield. I used acrylic paint and chose orange, turquoise and gold to decorate the shield. Luckily, it was my brother’s birthday and his cake had a gold paper tray that I used to stick in the middle of the shield. In gold I painted the letter V which is the symbol of Ancient Greece.

By Sophia (Walnut)

Ancient Greece

As we return from our holidays, we are busy in Year 5 as we begin Spring Term learning about Ancient Greece and we are so excited about our topic! We began by using visual clues to predict what our topic book would be about, including predicting the characters, setting, period in time, and story. We then put all of that group work together to write a prediction, using metaphors. As our topic takes us to the Trojan War, we did some research to help us understand the lead up to the adventures of Odysseus!

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Making Connections and Deepening Understanding

Year 6 are using several different strategies to help support their reading comprehension.  They would like to share one of their favourite strategies called “making connections.”  This is a reading strategy that is both fun and effective in deepening children’s understanding of the text they are reading.   Whilst looking at a text children discuss and make wider links to related books, films and general knowledge.  They draw pictures, include vocabulary and themes and share their thoughts and opinions.

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Have a look as year 6 explain how it works .

Year 6’s Stop Animations

In Hemlock class we’ve been writing and typing our scripts with our group or partner.

We made Anderson shelter animations; we made characters for it.

Our class made World War Two Anderson and Morrison shelters with cardboard, paper, tissue paper and many more.

Our movies are silent films.

– By Mehrsa

An Amazing Day at The Science Museum

On 8th December, Year 3 made the exciting journey to the Science Museum. After a fantastic ride on the tube, we arrived to learn all about how forces and magnets are used in everyday life and how communication has changed over time. We even met a new friend, Phil the frog, who taught lots of scientific vocabulary and also showed us some amazing investigations.

Our engineer, Ted, got all of us involved and excited about science. We found out about air resistance and upthrust by launching rockets and Newton’s law through the frog Olympics. We had great fun and wanted to do the investigations back at school.

Thank you to all our amazing parent volunteers who got involved too.

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Tri-borough Christmas Festival 2017

The school choir has had an extremely busy since December so far. Last week, we went to Regent Hall on Oxford Street to rehearse for the Tri-Borough Christmas festival in preparation for the actual concert which took place this week.

It was a very successful concert, with the choir on fine form!

You can find more pictures and videos at the Tri-borough Music Hub website by clicking here:


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Alice’s Wonderful Adventure

A group of children who are part of Children’s University went to see the production Alice’s Wonderful Adventure at the Global Co-operation House in Willesdon. This surprising adventure takes Alice down the rabbit hole with the wise White Rabbit to discover that Wonderland is rapidly running out of time.  Alice, White Rabbit and friends unexpectedly unearth Wonderland’s deepest secrets and Alice learns some delightful secrets of her own…

We enjoyed the production very much, especially the singing, costumes and characters!

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A visit to Westminster University

We visited Westminster University who are the organisers of Children’s University. Children’s University recognises the importance of activities that take place outside the school day. For every extra-curricular activity we do outside of school we collect a stamp on our Passports to Leaning. We need to collect 30 stamps to graduate with a bronze certificate and then accumulate more hours to achieve the next level award.

On our visit to Westminster University, we met some ambassadors of Children’s University, learnt all about what they are studying, all about university life and had a treasure hunt around the campus. We enjoyed our day which inspired us to go to want to go to university when we are older!

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Viking Day in Magnolia Class

These are photos of Viking Day in Year 4. We had a fantastic time pretending to be Vikings and learnt a great deal about weapons, clothing and Norse Myths. These photos are created by Hani and Jannah.

Also, Magnolia have started learning about electrical circuits in Science. We were investigating whether a circuit needs a switch, can include more than one battery and how to make a globe brighter.

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Physical Computing 101

The Year 5 and 6 Computing Club made their first fantastic steps into physical computing today. They have been learning brilliantly and are already experts at transferring cables from a normal PC to our special Raspberry Pi computers. Today, we learnt to create an LED circuit with a breadboard, jumper cables and a resistor all powered by our Raspberry Pi computers. Today an LED… tomorrow the world!

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