Key Stage 2 Diary

"In Key Stage 2, children develop the knowledge that they have acquired from Early Years and Key Stage 1. Maintaining a focus on English and Mathematics, children are also provided with opportunities to further their scientific, language, sporting and creative skills. Personal development continues to play an important part in equipping our pupils with important life skills"                                                            

 

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What did Key Stage 2 do and what did they learn?
Early on Monday 14th May 2018 morning our Year 4 class set off on our annual day trip to France.  Pas de problèmes en route! The crossing went very smoothly and we soon arrived at our first port of call, Le Musée 39-45, the French war museum in Ambleteuse not far from Wimereux. The children busied themselves gathering information to complete a quiz related to World War II.  We then watched a short film in French with subtitles explaining the events leading to the Normandy landings. The children were able to practice a bit of French at the souvenir shop before we moved into Wimereux for lunch au restaurant Les pointes aux Oies, owned by Mr Lakrouf. Nous avons eu un accueil très chaleureux!  We had such a warm welcome as has become customary! Les enfants ont bien mangé ; salade de pâtes et poisson, frites maison et steak haché suivi par une glace au chocolat ! Un régal! The children were given the opportunity to send a post card  kindly donated by our host... après un super déjeuner we moved on to The  Gris Nez German Block House  in Audinghem, one of the WWII artillery sites  built by the Germans covering the approaches to both Calais and Boulogne and intended to rebuff the anticipated allied invasion. On the return journey we made a small detour to visit The Canadian War Cemetery in Saint-Inglevert which was very poignant, particularly as it was Canadian forces that were stationed at St Christopher's School back in Canterbury.  We were all extremely moved as we read the names, ages of the soldiers as well as the messages left by loved ones...très poignant et émouvant.  Nous sommes très fiers de nos elèves!  We are very proud of our pupils who behaved impeccably throughout the day! Bravo et merci les enfants!

Our Year 3 class were transformed into Cartographers for a fantastic 'Local Area Walk' on 1st May 2018. Accompanied by glorious weather. pupils walked down New Dover Road to the local vets; crossed over and walked back up New Dover Road and across to St Lawrence Road before returning back to school. The children were were looking at landmarks to add to a sketch map of our local area which includes houses, hotels, bus stops, post box, schools and signs. 


Year 4 looked at mini-beast habitats and explored what makes a happy home for the various types of mini-beasts that seek shelter in our homes and gardens. With their research complete, children set to work designing and building habitats for mini-beasts using various natural and synthetic materials. Pupils created fantastic habitats which have taken pride of place in our very own school garden. Later in the year pupils will revisit their pre-fabricated habitats to see if any visitors have taken refuge.

Year 5 have been researching famous inventors and their respective inventions. They looking into inventions they feel have changed the world including Penicillin, 'Smart Phones', and the World Wide Web. Inspired by the research into inventors, pupils designed machines to help reduce the amount of plastic in the Oceans. Back on dry land at school, our inventors visited the school garden and explored the world of mini-beasts. They looked high and low at potential sites for mini-beasts to hide and took samples of the Insects they found. Once back in the classroom, children set about recording their findings in drawings and photographs.

Inventions of 20th century was the theme for the Year 6 pupils' Science Week with the highlight being communication. Year 6 enjoyed designing electrical circuits for sending Morse code. Pupils continued to develop the circuits during the week and even managed to create a working burglar alarms. No longer will pens keep disappearing from Mr Kundu's desk!! More information and photos can be found in our special Science Week Newsletter here. 

The Year 3 Science topic last term was ‘Rocks’ . We booked an amazing workshop provided by the Kent Science Team called ‘Rocking Around Britain’ which took place on Friday 9th February 2018 in the school hall.

It was an incredible outreach opportunity for the children and the day was jam-packed with learning and fun from start to finish. A fully qualified teacher engaged the children using a fantastic interactive presentation and a plethora of images and incredible stories and facts. They brought a wealth of resources for the children to learn from which expanded on those already in the school and it was a great ending for our Rocks topic which the children learnt alot from.

We took part in Safer Internet Day 2018. During the day Mr Payne (our school DSL) delivered a fantastic assembly to pupils. He spoke about how we can use the internet in a positive way and what a fantastic resource it can be when used safely and responsibly - especially the ability to connect with friends. Mr Payne highlighted the theme "create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you".  Beyond the confines of the school hall, individual classes delivered bespoke sessions to cover the Safer Internet Day message and our Year 6 peers held a special assembly about using the internet safely to connect with friends.
The inimitable Ian Crosher was back at St Christopher's School to deliver another round of drama workshops to Key Stage 2. Our theme this time round was Safer Internet Day and each class chose a topic around that theme including Cyber-Bullying, Keeping Yourself Safe Online (SMART), Inappropriate Use of Images, Keeping Personal Information Safe Online and Gaming Online. Pupils explored these themes in great detail, performing In groups and creating narratives to engage with their chosen topic.

After creating a class toolkit for a character description yesterday, today Year 5 have been using drama to try to get into the head of our focus character.

First, we came up with a list of questions we’d like to ask Fuchsia. Then we split into pairs, with one of us acting as Fuchsia and the other as the interviewer. We had to think carefully about what Fuchsia might say as well as what her body language and facial expressions might be based on what we know about her. In each pair, both of us had a chance to be the interviewer and to be Fuchsia.

 

As part of our studies of flashbacks as literary devices, year 6 have been studying a number of Harry Potter texts. This week, we have been looking at Rowling’s use of a ‘Pensieve’ as a tool to introduce a flashback to a text.

Using these resources, along with a recap of adverbial, prepositional and relative phrases and clauses, the children have been writing a personalised ‘Pensieve’ flashback, based upon the memories of a member of their family.

 
 

Year 3 invited classes, teachers and parents to come and look at their class and homework based on the topic of The Romans. 

The children had worked incredibly hard on their projects and it was wonderful to share their work with everyone. Year 3 also shared Roman foods (pictured) such as salted peas (Romans used to eat these like popcorn whilst watching gladiators in the Colosseum!), dates, bread, olive oil and wine (blackcurrant juice!). 

 

Our current science subject is forces in action. We planned and executed an experiment showing how the shape of an object affects its air resistance. This followed up nicely on the work we did on National Science Day when we studied the work of Galileo Galilei.

 
Year 3 are reading Roald Dahl's book, Fantastic Mr Fox, in our English lessons.‚Äč
During one lesson (pictured to the right) we interrogated Mr Fox, asking him questions about himself and the world he inhabits to help us better understand his character.