Year 4 Boat Building Challenge

‘Ahoy there me hearties!’

What an adventure Year 4 have had this week, designing, making and sailing their spectacular ships! Once again, Mr Watson set the challenge. We worked on prototypes in class, meeting the specific criteria of making a ship that floats, is waterproof and has a mast and radar. We then went on to improve our designs making them balance and extending the height of the mast and the weight of the radar. Finally, it was launch day! The crowd were excited and cheered as each ship took the plunge. Mr Watson gave the children some expert advice and celebrated the success and the variety of the designs.

Thank you Mr Watson for being such an inspiration.

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Year 4 Curriculum update


We are almost at the end of Carrie’s story. The children have explored how a character changes and develops over time. They have considered positive and negative attributes and developed their discussion techniques. Significant actions and events in the plot have been explored and examined in detail through newspaper reports.



The children have worked hard to extend their written addition and subtraction skills in the context of money. They have also explored negative numbers and data handling with a particular focus on temperature.


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Year 3 Curriculum Update

We have reached the end of our study of legends. The children have been writing their own versions of ‘George and the Dragon’ and have worked very hard at proof-reading, editing and improving their stories. We then turned part of our legend into a playscript. We look forward to performing these with our legend character puppets!

In maths we have been very busy! We have explored the 100 square to see what patterns occur. We then were comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000 and placing them on a number line. We have also been adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and 100, using our knowledge of place value to help. These activities have helped us to deepen and apply our knowledge of 3-digit numbers.

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Year 4 Curriculum update


We are enjoying finding out more about Carrie as she continues to tell her story. We have focused on the characters thoughts and feelings in different situations by writing character profiles.



Geometry has been our focus in maths over the past 2 weeks. We have plotted coordinates in the first quadrant and translated shapes from one position to another. More recently, we have explored symmetry in a number of ways.

1 comment Posted in  Uncategorized January 28, 2017

Y2 Explorers Challenge

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We had a terrific Challenge Day in Year 2. As we were learning about explorers in History we became intrepid explorers ourselves!

We worked closely in teams to negotiate team names, flag design and then create a rather snazzy outfit to wear on an expedition. After modelling these on the cat walk we agreed that wearing a bin liner and sellotape in real life may not be too sensible!

During the afternoon we practised our obstacle course across Antarctica. We were thrown an extra challenge as the children had to complete the course in their coats, hats and scarves and they also had to stick together as a team by holding onto a rope the whole way around. When the teams reached the pole they planted their flags and did their pre-rehearsed victory dance!

Totally exhausted, we returned home from our expedition with fingers and toes all remaining – Phew, no frostbite!

7 comments Posted in  Key Stage 1 ,Year 2 January 25, 2017

Year 3 Curriculum Update


We were all looking forward to the Cinderella Pantomime last week, our study of the characters alongside  the features of fairy stories made a very enjoyable start to the year. We have now moved on to Legends, starting with Robin Hood and then George and the Dragon. The children have enjoyed describing the characters in detail, especially the dragons!


Our number work has been based around division, revising the use of an empty number line to show working out. We have also explored partitioning 2 and 3 digit numbers in different ways, and will extend this to include money problems next week.

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Year 4 Curriculum Update


Carrie’s War has been the focus of our learning this week. We have been exploring action, events and feelings as we delve into this children’s classic. Carrie’s situation has led us to enquire about evacuees during WWII. We are really looking forward to continuing the story and finding out more about WWII.



The children have worked incredibly hard to bring together their maths skills in order to multiply larger numbers using the grid method. They have practised calculating, solved word problems and completed multiplication challenges presented in different ways.


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Y6 visit to INTECH

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On the 6th January year 6 had a wonderful trip to the marvellous INTECH in Winchester. First they went into the marquee where we put our bags and coats. We then went off to do our own thing. There where lots of activities including The Colon Café where you had to feel poo, a skydiving bit where you put men with parachutes on a fan and they flew up and a mind ball where you controlled a ball with your brain. After lunch we went into the best bit: the planetarium! We sat down and after a few minutes the movie started. It was so cool! We looked at constellations we would have seen that night. We then focused on the planets. Who knew Jupiter had 63 moons! Overall the trip was very exiting with lots to see and do and I would definitely recommend going there.


1 comment Posted in  Year 6 January 10, 2017

2017 Pantomime- Cinderella

Yesterday (5th January 2017) the pupils at Swanmore Primary School experienced a ***** (five star) pantomime based on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. There was lots of singing and a little bit of dancing. Amazingly 4 actors performed the roles of 7 characters. Having to change costumes between scenes must have been very tiring. Even though the microphones played up sometimes they still carried on. As people say, ‘the show must go on!’ And it did. In an interview, Olivia M, Year 6 said, ‘The show was brilliant! I loved every moment!’ Overall the show was spectacular. If you ever need a bit of entertainment, you should definitely call M&M productions. It was also a wonderful last pantomime for our year sixes who will be leaving soon.


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Year 3 Curriculum Update


As the build up to Christmas continued we all enjoyed sharing special memories from previous years through letters, poetry and posters. We thought of Santa planning his big night, and came up with some amazing additions and alterations for his sleigh – we hope he likes them!


We have explored the properties of 3D shape, using straws to construct carefully measured skeleton shapes alongside practical and written activities. The children have also completed Christmas themed problem solving, ranging from plotting   co-ordinates to  number crosswords and gift surveys.

It has been a fantastic term and we would like to thank everyone for their help and support with our varied activities. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

The Year 3 Team.

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