Welcome to Redwood!
The redwood tree is a magnificent, tall tree from North America. When an old Redwood tree dies or is cut down, a new one sprouts from its roots. The roots of the redwood never die. The redwood tree is a symbol of forever; legend believes it is a great teacher. If you sit beneath the branches of the redwood tree, you will hear the whispers of ancient wisdom.
We hope that the children in Redwood Class will have a magnificent year, perhaps their best year at KPS! For some of the children in this class, it will be their last year at KPS but we hope that what they learn this year will stay with them forever and that what they learn this year will send down roots for forever learning.
Redwood Class is a mixed Year 5 and 6 class. It is taught by Miss Underwood and Mrs Cooke.
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.