Welcome to Redwood!
Redwood Class is a mixed Year 5 and 6 class. It is taught by Miss Underwood and Mrs Cooke.
Deaf Awareness Day (11th April 2019)
Silent lip reading & interpretation.
Obie the hearing dog.
I can sing a rainbow
Year 6 transition session
The Learning Pit
The Learning Pit is used to promote challenge, dialogue and a growth mindset.
Our new 'Learning Pit' display, courtesy of Mrs Cooke.
Our Digital Leader, Edward, helping children in KS1 with their laptop.
"We were helping children in Mrs Crosby's class with their passwords, logging on and using the internet to find information about Polar Bears."
Working together to edit and improve our writing
Presentation to be proud of
Calculating capacity 28.3.19
'Lost Thing' Topic Launch
Sneeze Science (14.3.19)
How do mobile phones send data? (Science 13.3.19)
Have you ever wondered how mobile phones send information or how you can contact somebody the other side of the world with just the click of a button? What journey does the data take when you make a phone call or send a text?
Today, Year 5 learnt about the journey that data takes when we send a message or make a phone call. We explored how information is converted into binary code within our phones and sent using electromagnetic waves to radio towers and then received by the recipient.
Next, we were provided with a 'Desert Challenge' scenario from the British Science Week website and attempted to construct our own radio towers using spaghetti and sellotape.
Investigating static electricity
British Science Week (8th - 17th March 2019)
The theme of British Science week this year is journeys. We will be exploring different types of scientific journeys in class this week. Check back for more on what we get up to.
Hive Science Show (8.3.19)
We started off British Science Week with a Trip to the Hive Science Show on Friday 8th March. The theme of the show was about power and electricity: we had a great time learning lots of interesting facts and were even invited to participate in some of the experiments shown.
Narrative using the Lighthouse Keeper as a stimulus
A quick reminder that this Thursday, 7th March, is World Book Day. You are welcome to come to school dressed as your favourtie book character. The theme of World Book Day this year is to share a story.
Have you shared a story with a friend or family member today?
Active 10 (28.2.19)
ESFA County Finals!
Well done to Harry and Ben in Redwood class who played in the Year 6 Boys ESFA County Finals on Wednesday 13th February. Great teamwork and sportsmanship by all.
Seated Volleyball PE
Afternoon tea inspired by the Titanic
Internet Safety Day 2019
This week we are returning to e-safety and how to keep ourselves safe online. The focus of Safer Internet Day this year is 'consent'. We have had lots of interesting debates, discussions and drama activities where we have explored the idea of consent and giving permission online. A particular focus has been on whether or not we should give permission for our personal details to be used when we sign up to new websites or apps.
Exploring levers and loads
Converting decimals into fractions
Investigating boats with the least water resistance
Nibbles is back and ready for another exciting term in Redwood class!
Harnaam Kaur 8/1/2019
Today we were visited by Harnaam Kaur, an anti-bullying and body positive activist.
Harnaam spread the message of embracing who we are and being positive in our bodies. We discussed how our uniqueness is what makes us all amazing in our own way as well as anti-bullying and strategies to overcome challenges we face in society today.
"Different is a way of saying you are unique"
"It's what's on the inside that counts"
"Treat people as you want to be treated"
"I'm confident being me"
Visual timeline of key events from WW2 (using drama)
Dickie came to speak to us about Armistice
Reading Week w/c 15.10.18
This week we have participated in lots of activities with a focus on reading. These have included:
- learning and performing the poem Jabberwocky by heart
- launching 'Book Buddies' for the academic year
- swapping wrapped books and writing synopses for these
- writing book reviews for our my recent reading books
Exploring prime numbers 2/10/18
Check me out!
Active 10 - 2/10/2018
Active 10 - 2/10/2018
Calling all sailors, navigators, surgeons, doctors, artists and scientists!
Today we had music with Miss Phillips. We discussed timbre, dynamics, pitch and tempo and then identified this within an orchestral production of Hedwig's theme. Following this, we listened to a variety of music tracks to identify their genre and discuss when they were composed and performed originally.
End of topic
Today marks the end of our first topic of the year, 'Our Rights'. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about human rights and linking this across subjects. In English we have written a fictional narrative about a refugee's journey and a biography on Malala. We have also had interesting debates when comparing and contrasting bedrooms and playgrounds from around the world - it was interesting to debate who may be happiest and why! We begin our exciting new topic next week, but for now here are some photos of Redwood with their topic homework.
Active 10 - 26/9/2018
This year we are working hard to ensure all children at KPS get their '60 active minutes' of exercise each day - 30 minutes of which should be at school (through break times, lunch break, PE and active lessons). Each morning we begin with our 'Active 10' minutes where each class has a box of resources for the week to employ in a way of their choosing to help us all be active. Here are some images from Redwood's first active 10 box. We used the carpet tiles for team building exercises and invasion games.
What can you infer about this image?
In class, we discussed the inferred meaning of this image from one of our class texts (we weren't provided with the caption!).
Who is on the scales?
How are they similar and different?
Why is the person blind folded?
Why are the scales being held by a person? What does this represent?
What message is the artist trying to portray? How do you know?
Our first whole school topic this year is based on the rights of the child. We will be linking this across the curriculum and discussing the significance and responsibilities of our human rights.
To launch our topic the children received a different coloured sticker (green, red or yellow) on the first day of term. The colour of their stickers determined their treatment for the course of the day, such as receiving priveledges of being able to go out to break first if they were green, or being the last group if they were red!
"I hated being red. We were treated differently and you weren't allowed to do anything."
"At the start I didn't realise what we should do, when I realised people weren't being treated equally I gave out things [pencils, glue] without being asked." - Green sticker.
"Green was good because you did things first, it felt better than any other colour."
"I was green and I felt guilty the whole day because I felt like I was a favourite."
Welcome to Redwood Class 2018 - 2019
We are looking forward to another year in Redwood and have a lot of exciting things in the pipeline already! Check back for regular updates.
Production update 02/07/18
Year 6 have been working incredibly hard in preparation for their end of year production 'Pirates of the Currybean'. We have our final rehearsals this week, to polish our acting, ready for the performances next week. Wish us luck!
Year 6 poetry inspired by 'Budapest' by Billy Collins (engaging the reader with personification) 28/06/2018
Fibonacci sequences 05/06/2018
Following independent research homework, we have been exploring Fibonacci's mathematical sequences this week. We looked at the relationships between the numbers in his sequence, where this occurs in nature (such as in snail shells and flowers) and how we could represent this visually. See our slideshow below!
University theatre trip to see 'Haroun and the Sea of Stories' 23/05/2018
Congratulations Year 6!
We would like to say how very proud we are of our Year 6s; they have really impressed us with their approach to the SATs this week. They have worked so hard. Whatever the results are, we know that we are sending a great group of children on to high school, with a range of talents and skills that can not possibly be recognised in a series of formal tests.
Sewing skills 15/05/2018
DT Textiles Project - Summer 2018
Year 6 have started an exciting project, creating their own phone cases. We have conducted research into what makes an effective product and have used this to develop our own ideas.
Good luck to all of Year 6 this week! You have worked incredibly hard in preparation, now keep calm and do your best. From Miss Underwood, Mr Willetts and Mrs Curtis
Handshake Challenge! 11/5/18
Today, in Maths, we posed the problem 'if everybody in the class shook hands only once, how many handshakes would have been shaken?'
The children reasoned and problem solved, to eventually find the formula:
Following this, they calculated the number of handshakes in: the whole school, Worcester, Worcestershire and across the whole world!
Exploring Angles Through Art
We were inspired by the artist Wassily Kandinski (1866-1944) to create our own pieces of artwork, demonstrating our understanding of angles. Working in groups, the children worked to a success criteria which included: perpendicular angles, opposite angles, specified measurements and more. They then set questions for other groups to challenge them to identify the mathematical features within their creations.
Charity Week - Worcester Foodbank collection
Look at the donations we received! Well done to all of the children for their hard work.