Bridge Challenge!

In Redwood we completed the bridge challenge set by Mrs Page and Miss Little.

We had 10 x sheets of A4 paper and some sticky tape to build the strongest bridge possible to join two chairs (20cm apart).

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The winning team was the Squirrels! Whose bridge could carry a whopping 8.71kg!

3/4 of the groups showed great resilience and team work in the face of challenge. We also improved our social and problem solving skills.

Forensic Detectives

As part of our work in Science week, Miss Jennings kindly organised a forensic investigation using: magnifying glasses, fingerprints, tweezers and lots of clues from a crime scene to crack the crime! We all had lots of fun and learnt a lot about forensic science. It also taught us about the links between various occupations and science.


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Pizza Making

As part of Science & Technology week, we made our own Pizzas in Redwood against a design brief and specification. We created a product design, wrote up the process and then evaluated the project. The consensus: it was yummy!


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Geocaching @ Great Notley Country Park

Year 6 were lucky enough to visit Great Notley Country Park for some survival skill training and geocaching! The reason for our visit was to extend our knowledge of maps and orienteering relating to our Geography topic.

Alfie C: “It was really fun, enjoyable and really muddy!”



World Book Day!

We had such a fun day on Thursday celebrating World Book Day! We wrote setting descriptions, made silhouette pictures, Middle Earth maps and wrote secret elvish messages!

We also dressed up as Middle Earth characters from The Hobbit, as we are currently reading this in Literacy.


The Chicks!


On Thursday we were lucky enough to get to see the fluffy, curious critters that we know as… CHICKS! Miss Giles was excited to hold a new baby boy and when she did, her beautiful, blue eyes were full of joy and happiness (they lit up like a shinning star). We also all loved to see them.


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Year 6 Revision Classes




Now we are only a few months away from our SATs test, we have really upped our effort and commitment to success in year 6 by hosting and attending two additional revision classes. They are hosted by Miss Giles, Miss Jennings and other staff volunteers every Wednesday (maths) and Thursday (Grammar, Spelling & Punctuation) in Redwood and Rowan at 3:20-4:15.

Our first two sessions went exceptionally well this week – all children worked very hard, including the learning mentors who helped some groups out with some trickier questions. We also had Miss Lambert, Mrs Archer and Ms Tuck from year 2 come and help with the sessions! Of course we had light refreshments for all to keep our brains active after a long day at school.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all children and staff who came – I am so pleased with your positive attitudes and help.

Over to you…

What would make the sessions even better?

What topics do you need covering in maths?

What topics do you need covering in GPS?

Is there anything else we could do to support you both in and out of school?

Parents – is there anything we can do to help you support your children for the SATs?

Miss Giles

Dodgeball Tournament by Melodie & Sophie

On Wednesday 13th January, Redwood and Rowan battled in the dodgeball court! The winner got to give the loser a forfeit but sadly Rowan won(6 4). However, Redwood dodged the forfeit as the day was over! Muwahaha!

“It was challenging but fun!”Isabelle C, Redwood

“It was fun because it was cool to see the classes play against each other” Nathan, Rowan

Rollercoaster Debates in Redwood


In class this week we have been writing balanced or discursive arguments titled ‘Are Rollercoasters Good for You’. Following the recent incident in the news at Alton Towers, we decided to explore the pros and cons of these mechanical beasts. Using our finest debating skills, we tested out our thoughts and theories in front of the class and battled it out! The consensus in Redwood was that rollercoasters ARE in fact good for you, but we did have some very compelling arguments for the opposition.

What are your views?

Who do you think was particularly successful/persuasive during the debate? Why?

Did you enjoy debating?

Miss Giles

Storyteller visit to Year 6


On Thursday 4th February we had a storyteller called Peter come and visit the whole school for National Storytelling Week. He was very funny and engaging and told us two short stories in an exciting way. When we got back to class, we were able to recall of the key parts of the stories he told – which proves how good he was. We discussed what makes a good storyteller and how important voice intonation is when trying to keep your readers engaged.

Who thinks they would like to do some storytelling?

How do you think we should arrange it?

Miss Giles