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What a term.... (Key Stage 2)

Year 3

Wow! What a fantastic term we have had to start our time in Key Stage 2. We have loved our topic Burps, Bottoms and Bile and have not stopped working since September. We have investigated the organs inside our body, including seeing real-life organs! We loved our trip to Cardiff Museum as well as all of the brilliant visitors that we have had including Techniquest and the dentist.

We enjoyed writing our own character descriptions and sending them to David Walliams, some classes even had a reply! One of our favourite activities was being able to create our own marvellous medicine - we would make very good inventors! We have been ambitious, creative, ethical and informed pupils who have risen to every challenge.

What a performance we put on for our Christmas show - A Midwife Crisis. We have such a lot of acting and singing talent in our year and we can’t wait to develop this further throughout the rest of year 3.

We look forward to enjoying a rest over Christmas and coming back fresh and ready to soar into our new exciting topic for the spring term.

Have a great Christmas.

Year 4

It has been a superb autumn term in Year 4 with our topic Burps, Bottoms and Bile. From exploring the digestive system to discovering the different parts of a tooth, our authentic, hands-on approach to learning gave the children memorable learning experiences. These included each class viewing real-life animal organs as well as making our very own ‘poo’. Visiting Cardiff Museum, where we participated in workshops on the body, and our dentist visit were real highlights too. This human body themed topic culminated in the children showing off the skills they had learnt, and the work they had produced, to parents when they visited for an insight into our everyday learning. Our ‘Midwife Crisis’ Christmas production was a real success. Through hard work, dedication and talent, the children brought to life the Nativity story, offering a reminder of the real reason we celebrate this joyful time of year.

We look forward to sharing more of our learning experiences with you in the new year.

Have a great Christmas,

The Year 4 Team

Year 5

What a great term we have had! Our topic Children of the Revolution has been a great success. The highlight of the term was our 'Great Exhibition’ where the children chose a 19th-century invention to promote to their parents in return for tokens. Congratulations to the toilet and the bicycle teams who managed to collect the most tokens. Their stands included portraits, promotional items, posters and presentations for which they had a budget to spend and track on a spreadsheet. We have studied ‘Street Child’ and ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ in English, two fantastic stories which have inspired diaries, reports, fact files and speeches. Year 5 also led our annual Taize service which was held in the church, they did a fabulous job and we were very proud of them. We have had lots of opportunities to explore our values of Trust and Humility this term through drama, creativity and writing. We finished the term with a sponsored five-mile walk to raise money for Barnardos, which was founded in the 19th century, and a Victorian school day. Year 5 wish everybody a peaceful Christmas and New Year, we look forward to welcoming you back. Our topic for next term is ‘I’m a Survivor…’.

Autumn Term 2019 - Year 6

We have certainly had a busy start to our final year in primary school! We have loved having the opportunity to choose and steer many of our learning opportunities including ‘The Great Exhibition’ where we showcased a variety of 19th Century inventions and used persuasive techniques to gain tokens from investors. We have immersed ourselves in two exciting novels and were thrilled to learn that Thomas Barnardo and Georges Melies were actually real people who had done amazing things. When reading about the work of Thomas Barnardo, we were inspired to do our bit for those children less fortunate than us and to take part in a sponsored 5-mile walk raising money for Barnardo’s Newport. On top of all this, we faced many challenges on our residential trip to Gilwern where we braved caving, canoeing, hill walking, fire lighting, shelter building, and wall climbing, as well as all the fun in the evenings - watching films and drinking hot chocolate with our friends! To round off our topic, we experienced a day in the life of a Victorian schoolchild, complete with drills, the dunce’s hat, a Welsh not and traditional playground games. Thank you so much for all your support this term. Year 6 would like to wish you a happy and holy Christmas as they look forward to their next learning adventure in the new year.

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