Anglo Saxon Runes
Check out our secret messages using the Anglo Saxon alphabet.
The Eagles had loads of fun in the snow this morning. They were busy developing their photography skills ready for our Enterprise week. They look forward to selling you some of their photos at the end of the week. Check out the Eagles in action below.
Well done to all the Eagles for winning this weeks attendance award. There has been a HUGE improvement in attendance in Eagles already this term and it is making a massive difference in lessons. Well done Eagles keep it up!
Let the Battle Commence!
Merry Christmas from the Eagles
Check out the Uplands video page for the Eagles version of the 12 days of Uplands!
'We the Curious' Trip
On Friday, the Eagles had a brilliant trip down to 'We the Curious' in Bristol. Check out our video page for some cool animations. (Photos to follow soon).
Mrs Ponting returns
Mrs Ponting has returned to school after her maternity leave and will be working with the Eagles this year. They are all very excited. The Year 5s had her for the morning on Thursday. Check out their wonderful T-Shirt creations below.
Check out some of our digestion videos on the Uplands Video page!
Well done to the Eagles this week for winning the attendance cup.
We can still improve so next we are aiming for 100%!
The Eagles wrote WWI inspired poetry and made poppies to make 100 years of the end of World War I.
The Eagles have been working really hard with Mrs Walker to update the art hanging in our school hall. They have made an amazing start with these beautiful human body art pieces. Watch this space for more updates!
Heart Dissection day!
Today the Eagles watched a Heart dissection and sketched what they could see. They were very well behaved and extremely mature which was lovely to see - well done Eagles.
WARNING - photos will contain images of a pigs Heart
How our Heart works
The Eagles have been learning all about the Heart in Science this week and have made a video explaining how it works. Check out the Uplands Video Page!
The Eagles have been busy studying the human heart and creating some fantastic art.
As part of our topic this term, the children have been researching Banksy and other street artists. This led the children to a piece of art based around SeaWorld. The class then decided to hold a debate on the issue of the Orcas at SeaWorld. They became so passionate about the issue that they have written and sent letters to SeaWorld Orlando and San Antonio. Check out some of the letters on our Wonderful Writing Wall.
The children have now decided to raise money for charities that support Orcas in the wild. They will be holding a craft fair on Friday 13th July at 3:00pm. They have already begun budgeting and making crafts to make as much profit as possible for their chosen charities. Check out some photos below.
Bristol Art visit
The Eagles had a wonderful time in Bristol creating some brilliant sketches. W managed to find 4 Banksy pieces and many more. All the children also had a go at some photography. Check out some of their work below (all taken by the children).
On Friday, the Year 6s had a lovely (long) walk to Winstones. On the way, they stopped off to find some geocaches and admire the views. Miss Tedaldi and Mrs Day-Lewis had a lovely day an enjoyed a good ice cream. Check out some of our photos from the day.
Best Class Attendance!
HUGE WELL DONE to the Eagles for winning the attendance award this week.
Before the Easter break, the Eagles performed some brilliant Green Drama with Mr Wride.
Check out some of the photos below.
This week we have been watching some of the Paralympics. We have been focussing on the visual impaired downhill skiing. We used different altered goggles to feel what it was like to have a visual impairment. We also did a ski sit to feel what it would be like to ski (as best we could). Check out some of our pictures below!
Best Class Attendance.....AGAIN!
This time the Year 5s have won the best class attendance award! Well done Year 5!
Check out our awesome costumes!
Mon 5th - Friday 9th February
Please see the whole school blog this week for photographs and news from our 'When I Grow Up' week.
Best Class Attendance!
HUGE WELL DONE to the Year 6s for winning the attendance award this week.
As the final years of primary school can become a little bit more stressful we have decided to focus on our emotional, physical and social health through Yoga. Check out some of this weeks moves we tried.
This terms homework has been fantastic so far. Check it out!
This term the Eagles class will be participating in a new award. This award is called the Playmakers Award. This course is fun and exciting way for the Eagles children to develop their leadership skills in a sporting capacity. each week (Monday afternoons) the children look at a different area of leadership including:
They call this PACE. The overall course is run over several weeks. At the end of the course the children will run a session on their own and be assessed. Once they have completed the course the Eagles children earn a certificate and will run break and lunchtime activities for the younger years. We will also be giving the Year 6s the opportunity to run an activity at Sports Day. The Year 5s will not miss out as they will complete the course again next year. They can also do leadership challenges to be awarded further certificates such as; helping with after school sporting clubs, helping with community sports and many more.
Check out the Sports Leaders website for a bit more information:
So far the children have begun looking at participants and have really enjoyed it (so has Miss Tedaldi). They have learnt different ways of getting children into groups for activities and started to look at variations of common games such as tag.
Watch this space for videos and pictures to follow
8th January 2018
The Eagles have had a brilliant start to the new term. Please note there have been a few changes this term including:
This weeks homework is to design a front cover for their homework books. Remember to watch this space to see who the homework stars will be!
Best class attendance!
Finally, the Year 6s won the best class attendance award!
Well done Year 6! Keep it up!
Cyber Bullying Data
A few weeks ago was anti-bullying, where we learnt all about Cyber Bullying and how to use the internet safely. On Wednesday we did a survey which 34 people completed (23 children, 11 adults). Here are the results!
Nearly half of our respondents use social media (47%). 88% of people think they use the internet safely. However, we're not sure that's true because only 79% of people have secretive passwords, and 29% of people chat to strangers online. Shockingly, more than halve of people asked say that they/their kids play overage games.
We were sad to see that 24% of people have been cyber-bullied, and sadder still to find out that 9% of people admit having been a cyber-bully themselves!
As expected 94% of people's children have a device to themselves. 65% of people go on electric stuff for more than 2 hours a day. 26% of people play online games while being supervised.
Whilst we thought that people would spend a lot of time online, we were surprised that so many people play over age games, some people chat to strangers, and that almost a quarter have been cyber bullied. So change those passwords and tell an adult if something goes wrong.
Remember, keep calm and stay safe online!
By Harley, Arjun and Murphy
3...2...1... BLAST OFF
We performed some rocket inspired science using things found at home. Check out our Diet Coke and Mentos rockets and Vitamin C tablet rockets.
Solar System maths
Check out some of the photos from our walk to the field. We calculated a scaled measurement of the distance between the planets and accurately measured it out.
Riddle me this....
Check out some of the riddles the Eagles wrote. Can you solve any?
I'm out of this world
But sometimes I'm not,
My transport is elevated
And my food is dehydrated
I wear a special suit when I go outside
And I take giant footsteps
As I leap and glide.
What am I?
I live in the sky
and I rhyme with Mars
I'm not a planet
I am the ....
Bright lights in the sky and there is one we all know
which if it mixed with rain it causes a rainbow
What am I?
This week the Eagles have worked really hard on their newspaper report writing. Watch this space for reports on Mars!
The Eagles have also discovered why we have days. Check out some photos below.
Check out our models!
Check out our homework stars for this week
Welcome back to the Eagles blog. We have had a very busy week. the Year 6s wrote their buddy letters and the Year 5s wrote some fantastic diaries.
Check out some of the photos of our space art!
Photos below of last week's visit from Mrs Whitefield's brother, who has lived in France for many years and speaks French fluently. As you can see, the children enjoyed a French breakfast and the Year 6s even got to go down to Merlins to play some French counting games!
Week beginning Mon 19th June
It has been an exciting week in Eagles! Last Tuesday, Mrs Whitefield arranged for a visitor to come in who has lived in French for over 20 years. He spoke to the children about life in France, they shared a traditional French breakfast together and tried out their French food vocabulary! A fantastic experience for the children, which really bought the topic to life. Photographs to follow...
On Friday, we were lucky enough to be invited to Marling School for a science morning. They showed us some fantastic science experiments which involved a lot of bangs and flames! Very exciting! Then the children had chance to carry out their own science investigation to answer the question 'which metal is the most reactive?' They had to handle scientific equipment, record their results and discuss their conclusions using scientific vocabulary. It was a great way to find out about the fantastic science experiences they have ahead of them at secondary school and I think it certainly made the year 6's very excited about next year!
Week beginning Mon 12th June
This week we decided to take the children out on to the fields to try-out for district sports. The events were running, jumping and throwing and the children all had a go with some great results! It was a beautiful afternoon and lovely to be out in the sunshine.
In maths, the year 5's revised their calculation skills. In English, some of the children are designing a band and holding a secret gig, whilst others are designing their own theme park! Happily, on Thursday Mrs Whitefield was back and the children were all really pleased to see her!
Week beginning Mon 5th June
The children have shown real interest in the general election over the last few weeks so we decided to capitalise on this and hold our very own school elections! They split into groups and came up with their own political parties. Next, they worked on their manifesto - deciding on which issues were most important to them. We had a whole range of ideas, from astro-turfing the school football pitch and extra playtime, to healthy lunch options and improved IT equipment! They then set about advertising their party in order to get as many votes as possible. They took some fantastic photos of their party leaders in very serious poses! Then they made posters, leaflets, potted histories of their leaders and finally wrote their speech for assembly. Each party had 5 minutes to persuade the rest of the school to vote for them and then Merlins, Owls and Kestrels went to the ballot box! The result was a resounding win for the Year 6 girls! It was a great week and I hope it gave the children a real insight in to the general election.
PGL Day 3
We’ve had a really fantastic day enjoying the sun and surf.
The sun has been shining at Beam House and we certainly made the most of our time on the beach this morning with body-boarding. This afternoon, some of us went blindfolded through the woods on a sensory trail and some of us went up the high-ropes. Also, two groups got very muddy on the challenge assault course. This evening, we played Wacky-Races which involved lots of silly games and running around. Looking forward to more surfing tomorrow!
See you tomorrow back at school!!
Well...what a day! It all began with a trip to the beach where all the children had a go at blokarting, which basically involved them zooming round, going round corners on two wheels and getting blown over - a lot! This afternoon, we had a number of activities in our groups. One of the real highlights for us was watching the children on the high ropes - as you can see from the photographs, they really were high and all the children had a go with many of them going all the way round over and over again! What we were most proud of though was how they supported each other through the experience, encouraging each other in need and rushing round to help those who weren't so confident to ensure everyone was able to get the most from the experience. Another exciting activity was the challenge course - the children loved getting covered in mud almost as much as Miss Tedaldi enjoyed soaking them!
Fantastic first day here at Beam House, the sun has been shining and the children are now settled in their rooms. We had lunch on the beach and an afternoon playing in the sun. After dinner, we have had a great evening playing Robot Wars! We're looking forward to a day on the beach tomorrow.
Week commencing Tues 8th May
We made it!!! SATs tests are all completed and PGL is just around the corner! The children are a little excited to say the least...! Year 6 have all worked incredibly hard this week and all of us here are incredibly proud of each and every one of them. The year 5s also deserve a mention for working in extreme silence! They have had a great week completing projects and working with Mr Wride. The final copy of their secret project is on it's way and will be appearing on the blog soon...watch this space!
I just wanted to share with you some photos of the year 6 children in their brand new leavers hoodies which we gave them this morning - I'm afraid they are beginning to look like teenagers already (!). This afternoon, in celebration of their enormous efforts we spent some time enjoying the beautiful sunshine and then finished off with a year 6 cinema show - a well earned treat indeed.
Week commencing Tues 2nd May
Welcome back to school after the Easter holidays! We hope you had a fantastic time and a good rest. We are of course very close to SATs week now and the year 6 children have had a letter explaining the timetable for the week as well as inviting them in to breakfast club each morning from the 8th May.
We also had our final PGL meeting in preparation for our trip on 19-22nd May. We have been given some fantastic activities including lots on the beach and everyone is very excited! Don't forget, your PGL medical forms need to be completed and returned to school ASAP so that we have all the relevant information we need for the trip in plenty of time.
Please see below, our topic web for the coming term as well as the homework sheets in case they didn't make it home! There are a lot of exciting projects ahead and the children are particularly excited about finding out about the general election as well as the art, animation and cooking!
Week commencing 27th March
We were very lucky this morning to be invited in to the Masjid-E-Noor mosque in Gloucester. We have been learning all about the Islamic faith during our RE lessons this term and it was fantastic to have it bought to life for us. We were shown around the mosque by two of the Imams who lead the prayers. They started by telling us all about their faith and how they worship and then we had a tour of the mosque - including the room where they wash before praying. We were then lucky enough to hear the call to prayer and find out about the timings and the structure of their day of worship. The children were fantastic ambassadors for our school and showed respect and interest throughout with some really insightful questions - well done!
Week beginning 20th March
This week's homework was to create a piece of art based on the concept of a battle. There was a real range of interpretations including a collage, a clay sculpture and lots of fantastic line drawings.
This week, year 5 have been learning about prime numbers in maths with Mrs Whitefield and even came up with their own song to help them remember! In English, with Mr Wride, they have been working on some 'Top Secret' writing of their own choosing. They have worked well, with determination and skill, but is the world of Uplands ready for the result...?
Year 6 are now really into revising for SATs as there are only 4 more weeks in school until we take them for real. They have done a fantastic job so far and today was brilliant as everyone got over 30 in our Friday arithmetic test for the first time and a lot of people achieved their highest score yet - I am so very proud of them all! Thank you also for all your support and encouragement at home.
In Topic we have continued our work on comparing Christianity and Islam in preparation for our trip in April. In Music, the children have been using layering of instruments and rhythms to compose their pieces as a group.
On Thursday afternoon, we found out all about King Alfred the Great and why he is the only king given this title - we found out about his life achievements and also discussed how reliable the sources were.
This week we wanted to share with you a fantastic animation which took a lot of time and effort and includes over 800 photographs! We hope you enjoy it.
On Thursday afternoon, we were very lucky to try out different Anglo-Saxon crafts including weaving, spinning and wattle and daub. We all got dressed up in authentic costumes and even had Anglo-Saxon names for the afternoon. You can see the results of all our hard work on display in the classroom.
Week beginning 6th March
This is one of my favourite homework tasks of every term - use a learning power at home!
As always, there was a real range of submissions - from frogspawn to Buckingham Palace and jellybeans to oat cakes!
Special mention must go to these two who work together each week to create a video for our entertainment!
This week, year 6 finished our theme park leaflets and in maths learnt about interpreting statistics, including pie charts and finding the mean average. Year 5 continued their work on area and perimeter and in English have been working on paired writing; this involves co-creating characters, settings and situations which can then be developed individually or in tandem. In addition, the pupils have had great fun using masks in drama to develop physical technique - as you can see from the photos below.
One of the highlights of the week was our first lesson about the Vikings, which involved pretending to be Anglo-Saxon spies. Each spy had to sneak a look at a Viking boat for 5 seconds at a time and then describe it to their partner in 1 minute - before going back for another look! It was fast and furious learning and the descriptive and technical language used was fantastic! As you can see, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
Week beginning Monday 27th Feb
This week's task was to create a fact file about the Vikings, as we will be moving on from the Anglo-Saxon to the Viking period in our topic lessons next week. There were some fantastic interpretations including two extremely entertaining and improvised videos! Well done everyone!
Our slideshow of photos this week shows the range of activities we have been up to in the afternoons, these included: learning how to talk about our families in French; playing a french traditional song on the ocharina and composing our own battle songs using a range of instruments in music.
In year 6 we have finally got to grips with algebra - It was a lot easier than we thought it was going to be! In English, we have created our own theme parks based on a range of ideas, from Harry Potter and fairy tales to fast cars and, would you believe it, coins and cats! We have had a lot of fun thinking of rides and attractions that would persuade people to visit and will share the final products next week.
In year 5, the children have been finding out about area and perimeter in maths with Mrs Whitefield and some children even chose to spend their lunch time calculating the area of the playground because they were enjoying themselves so much! With Mr Wride, Year 5 have been working on their creative writing skills through poetry and the writing of 'blurbs' to accompany their own imaginary novels. They have written two poems using structure and pattern, as well as creating their own lively imagery and have explored contrasting human emotions.
This week's homework was to explore the word of the week 'history' - it was interpreted in a number of fantastic ways including an edited video of interviews on the subject, a dinosaur sewn by hand and an incredibly detailed sketch of a castle amongst others. Well done everyone!
This week has been a busy one - straight back to work after half term! Before half term, as part of our topic 'Let the Battle Commence...' We found out about the incredible Saxon treasure that was found at Sutton Hoo. This week we started writing newspaper reports telling the story of Mrs Edith Pretty and local archaeologist Dr Basil Brown who made the incredible discovery in 1939.
Welcome back after half term! Here are some photos from Genius week - where we discovered all our talents and shared our interests!
Excited and ready to go, we started Genius week by looking at the skills and talents we already had and were surprised to find we had lots of Geniuses among us. We taught our skills to other members of the class and enjoyed being the experts. Circus skills had us juggling, spinning and balancing....
Stroud Fringe watch out! Later in the week we tried out different music and sporting activities. On Thursday we were lucky enough to have some of our lovely parents come in and share their skills.....we weren't even embarrassed by them...we were proud!