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Kempsey Primary School

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


Welcome to Redwood!



Redwood Class is a mixed Year 5 and 6 class. It is taught by Miss Underwood and Mrs Cooke.  

Year 6 STAR training with West Merica Police 5/7/19

Year 6 Production Rehearsals - communication 4/7/19

Fan investigation - working scientifically 4/7/19

Sorting crimes into carroll diagrams- Justifying and deep thinking!


We have used this poem by Billy Collins as a stimulus for our own writing

Children's work based on the poem- very careful choice of language

Year 6 athletics

Year 5- can you draw a plan of the classroom using estimates only

Police visit for year 5s- modern day crime and punishment

Comparing and contrasting data 19/6/19

Year 5 whole-school fingerprint investigation 17/6/19

Exploring sound and vibration - Science 14/6/19

Daisy performing for Reception Class

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Exploring the properties of circles 11/6/19

Year 6 Production rehearsals 10/6/19

Who committed the crime? Maths 6/6/19

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Who committed the crime? Reasoning algebraically 6/6/19

The Rosa Parks Story

This week in English we have been using the Rosa Parks story to write a narrative recount. This was initiated by a chapter in our class book, 'Holes' by Louis Sachar, which was set 100 years ago during the times of segregation and black oppression. Look back in the next few days to see examples of our recounts!

'Not in our court' PE 4/6/19

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Today we were developing our motor skills. This small-sided game allowed the children to practice their throwing and catching skills.

How much does a ladybird weigh? 24/5/19


Today the whole school has participated in a maths day, based on the book 'How much does a ladybird weigh?' by Alison Limentani. Redwood class read the book and then completed a variety of open-ended challenges, focussing on: algebraic reasoning, equivalence and measures. See below for some photos from the day.  




Investigating electricity (voltages & wire length) 23/5/19

Giant's footprint problem solving (applying ratio) 23/5/19

'An eye for an eye' debate, RE 22/5/19

Rolls and sequencing in PE 21/5/19

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Year 5 raisin experiment

Concrete and pictorial resources to explore ratio 21/5/19

Pop Art Self-Portraits 16/5/19

Year 5 Themepark Project (Maths w/c 13.5.19)

Crime and Punishment Topic Launch 13/5/19

Y6 Maths Relay 13/5/19

Cross-Country Evening at Hanley Castle High School


Over 45 children from KPS took part in the cross-country event at Hanley Castle High School, on Friday 10th May. Our athletes from KPS all performed really well and demonstrated good sportsmanship throughout the event. 

STEM Robotics Challenge 9/5/19


Dear Year 6,

 Miss Underwood, Mr Willetts and Miss Stone are all incredibly proud of your fantastic attitude towards your SATS. You have worked hard to challenge yourself and have made great progress with your learning and understanding. Whilst SATS are important and you should use them as an opportunity to show your best work, please remember that a test result doesn’t define how awesome you are in so many other ways! Have a relaxing weekend, do something you enjoy and have fun. Good luck for next week!


Computing 9/5/19

PE Gymnastics 7/5/19

SATS practice

Exploring electrical circuits

Independent Research

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H brought in science experiment for us to share. When pepper is placed in a bowl of water and washing up liquid is introduced, the change in surface tension causes the pepper to 'jump' away from the washing up liquid.

Deaf Awareness Day (11th April 2019)




Silent lip reading & interpretation.



Non-verbal communication.



Obie the hearing dog.



Finger spelling.

I can sing a rainbow

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During deaf awareness day we engaged in many different activities, as you can see from our photos. One of our favourites was learning to sign the song 'I can sing a rainbow' which we learnt with a volunteer from the National Deaf Children's Society. Here is a short clip of our signing...

Deaf Awareness Day - 11th April 2019

Y5 DT Puppet Project Evaluation

Year 6 transition session

Sharing a story with Nibbles

Year 5 DT Puppet Project (inspired by 'The Lost Thing').

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

Earth and Space

'Lost Thing' Topic Launch

Year 5/6 Mosque and Cathedral Trip

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

Women in Science who changed the world!

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. 



World Book Day 2019

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.


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Have you shared a story with a friend or family member today? 

The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

A classic narrative poem, used as a writing stimulus in Year 5 & 6 this week.

Active 10 (28.2.19)

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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

Afternoon tea inspired by the Titanic

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

Titanic scaled drawing task

Recounts from the perspective of passengers who survived the Titanic.

Converting decimals into fractions

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!

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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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