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Kempsey Primary School

To learn with respect and belief; to challenge, create and dream!


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.  

Titanic Topic Homework Celebration

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

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Seated Volleyball PE 3
Seated Volleyball PE 4

Afternoon tea inspired by the Titanic

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E-safety activities

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. 



Titanic Maths Project (exploring percentages)

Artwork inspired by William Morris

Exploring levers and loads

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Exploring levers and loads 2

Titanic scaled drawing task

Recounts from the perspective of passengers who survived the Titanic.

Converting decimals into fractions

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Converting decimals into fractions  2
Converting decimals into fractions  3
Converting decimals into fractions  4
Converting decimals into fractions  5

Investigating boats with the least water resistance

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Thinking outside of the box.

Letters received from our French penpals

Nibbles is back and ready for another exciting term in Redwood class!

Nibbles is back and ready for another exciting term in Redwood class! 1

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"

Titanic Topic Launch Spring 2019

Dividing by fractions

This week in maths we have been multiplying and dividing with fractions. Redwood particularly enjoyed using this song to help us remember the method for dividing by fractions. Remember: keep, change, flip!

Visual timeline of key events from WW2 (using drama)

Visual timeline of key events from WW2 (using drama) 1
Visual timeline of key events from WW2 (using drama) 2

Design your own playground project (area and perimeter)

Year 5 sewing project

Kempsey Cafe hosted by Redwood & Cedar 9/11/18

Andy's Marbles (fractions problem solving)

Performing Dulce Est Decorum

Dickie came to speak to us about Armistice

Dickie came to speak to us about Armistice 1

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    





Equivalent fractions jigsaw

'Rounders' - PE 5/10/2018

Prime numbers?

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This week in maths, we have been exploring prime numbers. We have used our knowledge of factors and multiples to determine which of the numbers from 0 - 100 are either composite or prime numbers. In this video we can tell you all of the prime numbers up to 100.

Exploring prime numbers 2/10/18

Exploring prime numbers 2/10/18 1 Using arrays to determine if numbers are prime
Exploring prime numbers 2/10/18 2 Using arrays to determine if numbers are prime
Exploring prime numbers 2/10/18 3 Using arrays to determine if numbers are prime
Exploring prime numbers 2/10/18 4 Using arrays to determine if numbers are prime
Exploring prime numbers 2/10/18 5 Using arrays to determine if numbers are prime

Problem solving

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We have been using the online game 'Parity' for our five minute filler activities. There are 48 levels to complete, can you complete the game?

Check me out!

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Our Active 10 box this week has focused on throwing and catching skills using 'fuzzy' balls and beanbags. We have used these for a variety of different games and to practice our juggling skills!

Active 10 - 2/10/2018

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Active 10 - 2/10/2018

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Battle of the 'beaks' (exploring beak adaptations and natural selection)

Letters of application to work onboard the HMS Beagle

English w/c 1.10.18 - Responding to a job advert to work on HMS Beagle

Calling all sailors, navigators, surgeons, doctors, artists and scientists!

Music 28/9/2018

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

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Practical investigation into statements about light (transparent, translucent, opaque) 25/9/2018

Science 24/9/2018 - Investigating incidence & reflection

Maths Pacman

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In Redwood we enjoy playing one of our favourite games, 'maths pacman', when we have five minutes spare. Here is a clip of how we play...

Active 10

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?




'Light travels in straight lines' - prove it! 7/9/2018

'Our Rights'


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.

Class texts:




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!





Maths finding multiple solutions problem solving - how many combinations of 15 coins can you find to create £1? 29/06/2018

Year 6 poetry inspired by 'Budapest' by Billy Collins (engaging the reader with personification) 28/06/2018

Year 6 poetry inspired by 'Budapest' by Billy Collins (engaging the reader with personification) 28/06/2018 1
Year 6 poetry inspired by 'Budapest' by Billy Collins (engaging the reader with personification) 28/06/2018 2

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!



Fibonacci spirals 05/06/2018

University theatre trip to see 'Haroun and the Sea of Stories' 23/05/2018

University theatre trip to see 'Haroun and the Sea of Stories' 23/05/2018 1

Designing and costing our own theme parks in maths 22/05/2018

Creating our phone cases in DT - 18/05/2018

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

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Sewing skills 15/05/2018 5

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. 

Kwik Cricket - PE 15/05/2018


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 Curtissmiley



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!

Handshake Challenge! 11/05/2018

PE 1/5/2018 - an introduction to batting and fielding

'SPAG Relay' 23/04/18


Year 6 took advantage of the warmer weather and completed a SPAG paper relay race. Workng in groups of four, the children took it in turns to retrieve a test question, which the group worked together to complete, before moving onto the next question.


"The questions were scattered across the field and in groups of four we took turns at collecting them."


"After we answered a question we had to check if they were correct, if they were we could race to get the next question."


"It was a more exciting way of practising for our SATS!"

SPAG Relay Race

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.

Kandinsky Art

Charity Week - Worcester Foodbank collection



During Charity Week (29th January - 1st February 2018) Redwood and Willow class hosted a collection for Worcester Foodbank after school. Following some research about the charity, the classes wrote persuasive letters which were sent home to parents. These letters provided details of: time, location and specific items needed/not needed. Look at the donations we received! Well done to all of the children for their hard work.

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