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Lamb's Heart Dissection

On Wednesday, we examined some lambs’ hearts. We felt the weight of them and identified the different blood vessels, before slicing them open to see inside the four chambers and find the valves between the atria and the ventricles. The children were surprising unsqueamish about the whole thing and everyone joined in in some way.

Computing - What's inside a computer?

To conclude our term on Computing Systems and Networks, today we took apart some old computers to see what parts they contain. We identified the motherboards and CPUs (central processing units), the RAM (random access memory), the GPUs (graphics processing units) when they weren't integrated and the storage (either hard disk drives or solid-state drives). We disassembled as much as we could and then, when we'd found everything, we put it all back together again!

Royal Engineers Museum Trip

Class 6 had a super trip to the Royal Engineers museum in Gillingham. In support of our First World War History topic, we took part in three workshops. In the first we learnt about life in the trenches on the Western Front, visiting the replica trench and handling real First world War trench artefacts to try and work out what they were. In our second workshop we made two poppies, one to bring home and one to place on the memorial inside the museum, before holding our own two minutes silence. In our final workshop, we learnt about local WW1 flying ace James McCudden and the medals he was awarded. The children used clay and craft materials to make their own version of one of James' medals. We also had free time to explore the Museum's many exhibits.

STEM Week - Animation

Our take on the Movie Magic theme for this year's STEM Week was to make our own movies! We began by watching some old Aardman Animations productions like Morph and Creature Comforts. Using an app called iMotion on the iPads, we all tried a few different techniques for making animations: using inanimate objects, plasticine and finally drawing on a white board. The children then spent some time storyboarding their ideas and were given free rein to make whatever animations they wanted. Take a look at the video below which brings together the amazing, creative animations that all the groups produced. If you're squeamish about cruelty to plasticine, you may want to look away at a few points!

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STEM Week - Static Electricity Workshop

We were lucky enough to be visited during STEM Week by Viggo's mum, Rose Hummerstone, who is a secondary school physics teacher. She ran a special interactive session for Class 6 all about static electricity. We started out by finding out about what static electricity is through some discussion, demonstrations and online simulations. After that we used gold leaf electroscopes to measure the amount of static electricity we could generate by rubbing plastic rod and other objects with a fabric cloth. Finally, we had great fun experiencing the hair-raising power of the Van Der Graaff generator. We had a brilliant afternoon and can't thank Rose enough for coming in to work with us.

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STEM Week - UK Bebras Challenge

All the children, from Year 2 up to Year 6, entered the UK Bebras challenge this week. This is a national online computational thinking competition. The children had to solve a number of tricky logical thinking problems in 40 minutes. Children achieving a score in the top 10 percent nationaly will be invited to enter the Oxford University Computing Challenge. You can try some of the previous year's questions here: UK Bebras 

STEM Week - Virtual Reality Workshop

To support last term's Science learning about Earth and Space, Year 6 did our VR experience about space. It was amazing to feel like we were zooming through the solar system to get a close up look at all the planets and many of their moons.

Halloween Fancy Dress Fun Run

Computing - Remote Controlled Robot Racing

The ended the term by turning the classroom into a racetrack! The children used the Bluetooth connections between micro:bits to code one micro:bit to send signals to a second micro:bit in the robots. Those signals could then trigger the different motors in the robots. The children all coded their own team's robots and controllers, so some were set to different speeds, and had different control designs for turning and manoeuvring. Next we raced them in pairs and timed the winning robots in each heat. The robots had to travel through two gates and to the finish line. George and Ethan finished first, completing the course in a very impressive 17 seconds!

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Secondary Admission Meeting Presentation

Victorian Exercise Drills

Inspired by some old film of Victorian children doing their exercise drills in P.E. lessons, we had a go at coming up with some moves of our own for the whole class to copy!

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Computing - Robotics

We've been testing the ultrasonic distance sensors on the :Move Robots and writing code to make them automatically avoid obstacles. One group got a greater-than sign the wrong way round and their robot sped up when it got near something!

Irish Dancing

2022 - 2023

Kent Police Schools Open Day

Class 6 had great fun today at the Kent Police Open Day in Maidstone. We used the police car driving simulator, watched the dog show and the public order display and even completed the crime scene investigation activity.... Plus lots more. Above are some pictures of Mr Cork's group enjoying the day.


Tuesday 13th June - Year 5 & 6 Cricket Tournament (See 'Sport' section for match report)

Monday 12th June - Kent County Cricket Club - Schools Day - Kent Vs Surrey Day Two

Fun Week - Kingswood Residential - Day Three - Problem Solving, Fire Lighting and Giant Swing

FUN WEEK - Kingswood Residential - Day Two - Obstacle Challenge, Shelter Building, Abseiling & Disco

FUN WEEK - Kingswood Residential - Day One - Climbing & Campfire

FUN WEEK - 'Macbeth' Drama Workshop with 'West End in Schools'.

FUN WEEK - Cricket on the Green at Sheldwich CC

FUN WEEK - First Secondary School Transition Session with Lou

Arts Week 2023

Our theme this week has been printing. We have participated in all kinds of fun and interesting activities based around this theme. We researched print making and created an explanation text about it, researched a talented linocut printer called Angela Harding and wrote a biography about her, we workshopped with visiting printer Mr Caryer who taught the children about the Adana press, in an art / maths mash-up lesson we learnt about and created our own beautiful tessellations, we completed a class collage of traced and printed Islamic tiles as an entry in an R.E / Art competition and designed and created our very own 'soft' lino cut prints - firstly of our names and then our own, free-design, inspired creations. We also designed covers for the brochures for the Faversham Hop Festival. Please enjoy the photos below. 

Arts Week - Design Technology Project - Earthquake CAM toys

During Arts Week, Class Six found out what CAMs are and how they are used to make parts move in machines and mechanical toys. Our topic this term has been Earthquakes and Biomes so we created a toy where the CAMs would create earthquake-like movement! We had to think carefully about our initial designs and construct with precision using a range of tools (saws and hammers) and materials (dowels and O-Rings) effectively. Class Six worked in twos and threes and every group successfully created an Earthquake scene where the CAMs worked to make parts move. Brilliant! Please enjoy the pictures and videos below...


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Geography Field Trip To Rye

Today Class Six enjoyed their Geography field trip to Rye (in East Sussex) in the glorious sunshine. Our aim was to explore the town and to find out as much as we could about how both the human and physical geography of the town has changed over time. In the morning we enjoyed the Town Model presentation, took in the key landmarks through the town and had our picnic lunch in the Gun Gardens. In the afternoon we split into our separate, smaller adult-led groups and explored the town in more detail - climbing the tower of St Mary's Church, wandering the streets previously frequented by smugglers and of course sampling the commercial output of the town's Ice cream parlours and sweet shops. Throughout the day, we made field sketches and collected information about the history, land use and economy of the town. We will be completing a detailed project about the town during our Topic / Geography lessons in Term 6. 

Visit to Local Archaeological Dig

Class 6 were lucky enough this week to visit a local archaeological dig site. The site is about 10 minutes up the road from the school and Mr Scutt was kind enough to drive the Badgers there in a rather stylish tractor trailer combination! The excavation work is being carried out by the Kent Archaeological Society, representatives of the society Richard and Celia worked wonderfully with the Badgers, telling us about why they are digging, what they have found and the site in general. The team have located Stone Age burial grounds in the form of two huge round barrows and one long barrow. It is their thinking that important tribal leaders may have been buried in these huge earthworks. The children were able to handle tools, pottery and flint 'flakes' known to be between 4 and 5 thousand years old! The team had also prepared a trench for the children to practice their own excavation skills in. What a brilliantly informative and engaging visit. 

Spanish Food Tasting

As you may know, Classroom assistant Mr Wallace teacher Spanish to the Badgers. As the children's SATs had just come to an end, he thought and ideal Spanish lesson would be to taste and rate some traditional Spanish foods. The class had to complete a scoring table whilst tasting, learning Spanish words for 'Food', 'Points' and 'Notes'. They also practiced their correct pronunciation of each food item and learnt about the origins of these Spanish words and how the foods themselves are part of everyday Spanish culture. The Badgers tasted: Gazpacho, Manchego, Chorizo, Olives and Tortilla (amongst other things). What a gastronomically adventurous class the Badgers are - gazpacho being quite a popular choice.   

Coronation-Linked Activity: Class Timeline of British Kings and Queens

Today we learnt about the long line of British rulers that king Charles III has become the most recent addition to. We looked at all 58 monarchs (plus the Lord protector Oliver Cromwell), the period of their reign and the royal 'house' which they represented. The class worked in pairs to produce a section of the timeline with 4 rulers on. we have laminated it and put it up in class for our future interest and reference. It looks fantastic! 

Coronation Linked Activity - Terra Carta

Today we learnt about King Charles III's interest in environmentalism and found out about his 'Terra Carta' - a charter, mandate and vision for the future of our planet. As a class, we developed our own 5 visions for the future of our planet and turned them into beautiful posters now displayed in our Class Six cloakroom area. 

King Charles III Coronation Street Party

Term 5 - Music - Composing Melodies on the Recorder and Using Formal Musical Notation 

This afternoon, using the knowledge and skills gleaned from our sessions with Angela, we reminded ourselves of the finger positions needed to play a range of notes on the recorder, the positioning of these notes on musical notation staves and the symbols needed to represent notes played for a different number of beats. the children had a go at composing their own melodies and recording them on notation staves formally. They did a super job!  


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Term 5 - Computing & PSHE - Responsible Mobile Phone Use

Later on in this term we will be moving on to start our unit of study on Microsoft Excel - organising and manipulating data. To begin with, we had a class discussion about how to use mobile phones responsibly and recorded our ideas. We then looked at the various features and tools on Microsoft Publisher and thought about how this kind of information could be best communicated to children in Classes 4 and 5 (the intended audience / recipients of the leaflets). These two classes are yet to receive them but will soon to utilise as a tool for discussion in their own lessons. 

Term 5 Art - Earthquake Inspired Mixed Media Collage

In this lesson we looked at images of the devastation caused by earthquakes then discussed a range of abstract and figurative artwork produced by artists as a response to earthquakes. Lastly we looked at some examples of mixed media collage and discussed the materials and processes being used - we looked at the different techniques used in the finished pieces. Using these inputs as their starting points the class made some stunning mixed media collages in response to the theme of earthquakes - they are currently displayed on the 'washing line' in our classroom.  

Term 5 Outdoor P.E 1 - Cricket

So far we have been working on our fielding and bowling skills - moving on to batting next. In our fielding lesson we practiced both the long and short barrier, chasing the ball down and picking it up on our correct side and throwing in to the wicket keeper / throwing down the stumps. Moving on to bowling we worked on aiming with our the elbow and forearm of our non-dominant arm and keeping our dominant bowling arm straight, we thought about release points to make the ball pitch in the correct place. We competed in a bowling relay race where teams of 4 competed to hit the set of stumps three times. 

Term 5 Music - Recorder Tuition

The Badgers have made such wonderful improvement in their recorder playing. We have progressed to playing 3 and 4 note pieces following along with formal musical notation and playing along with a backing track (progressing from the slower practice versions to the quicker 'performance' versions). we have learnt about keeping time and beats through clapping rhythms and discussion of syncopation. We also continue to work on our choral singing and singing rounds. Enjoy this part round of a class favourite 'the Breakfast Song'.


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R.E Day 2023 - Passover

The Badgers had a fantastic time during our R.E day today. Our theme for the day was the Jewish festival and celebration of 'Passover'. During the morning sessions we looked into the background and practices of Judaism in general before 'zooming in' on the Passover. We found out WHY and HOW Jews observe the Passover and made some research notes in our R.E books. We looked at the Exodus story and focused in for our Art activity on the 10 plagues sent to Egypt. As a class, we worked as a team to create a large abstract collage representing the fifth plague - 'The Death of Livestock'. Whilst the children waited their turn to add their own contribution to the collage they could create their own art work inspired by any of the ten plagues in their sketch books. Next, we went to the hall where Mrs Ashmore and a team of fantastic parent helpers worked with the children to make cupcakes. Later in the day, once baked and cooled, the children iced the cupcakes in blue and used these along with some strawberry bootlaces and fizzy fish to re-create the parted Red Sea from the Exodus story. Once photographed, the parted Red Sea was consumed enthusiastically by Class Six! In the afternoon, we worked in small groups to create drama sequences telling the story of the ten plagues, Moses' repeated requests for freedom to the stubborn Pharaoh and the enslaved people's eventual escape from Egypt. The dramatic performances were FANTASTIC - such clever ideas were developed and the Badgers threw themselves into their acting with great gusto. Our final activity for the day, having watched each others performances, was to design our own Seder Plate - one where each of the 6 elements would represent an important event from within our own lives. We also enjoyed tasting two elements of the Seder Plate during this time, dunking our unrisen Matzah bread into both the Charoset and Maror. Most preferred the sweet apple of the Charoset! the Badgers had a wonderful day - please have a look at the photo slideshow to see what we got up to.


Check out class 6's brilliant Easter Bonnet winners... Zoe and Sonny!

Performing Arts Week - 'Night on a Bare Mountain' 

In one of our final sessions of the week, we listened to Mussorgsky's 'Night on a Bare Mountain'. We watched a video showing how a skilled dance troupe had developed a sequence of movements to match a piece by Beethoven. Our aim was to combine both dance and drama (in this case voiceless acting) to create a scene to compliment this most dramatic of compositions. 

Performing Arts Week - Rachel Portman

In this session, we found out about and listened to the work of Rachel Portman. She composes work for film, t.v and theatre. Rachel is prolific and her work highly regarded - she was the first female composer to win an Academy Award for her score for 'Emma'. We learnt about the link between visual art and music, looking at how Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keefe and others used music as inspiration for their artistic endeavour. we listened to 4 pieces by Rachel Portman from 4 different films and created a piece of art inspired by each.

Performing Arts Week - Samuel Coleridge Taylor

In another session, we learnt about the romantic period of classical music and discussed how hard it was for female and non-white composers to have success within the musical world at this time. We researched the much revered black composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor, listened to and appraised some of his most well-known compositions and finally worked on our own or in small teams to create biographical posters about him. 

Performing Arts Week - The Instruments in the Orchestra & John Williams

For one of our sessions this week we spoke about how composers create original musical scores for films. we discussed how the music is meant to compliment and enhance what is happening on screen. We found out about one of the most successful film composers of all time - John Williams - and, having discussed the genre of each of 12 films, tried to match musical compositions to each film we thought it featured in. In another activity, we looked at a map of the orchestra pit and discussed the different instrument 'families' in it. We also discussed how the size of instruments within each family affects how it sounds. the children then listened to isolated audio of 15 orchestra instruments and tried to match them to the instrument they thought it was...

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