Monday, 30 November 2009

Working with iron and steel

Year 5 pupils have been learning about the industrial revolution and its impact on the Victorians as well as the impact it has on us today.

In the photo, the pupils have arranged significant changes and inventions during this period into a display.

The important question we asked (but have not answered)was:

"Which invention do you think was the most important?"

Inventing the first ceramic toilet, converting iron to steel or using steam power to create electricity?

We shall continue debating this during the week.

Friday, 27 November 2009


During Bullying Week, 6L defined what bullying is; investigating where it may take place and who could be involved. We understood quite a lot about bullying, but decided to further explore the role of those who witness bullying in the playground. How were they involved?

6L came to the conclusion that those who witness the bullying of others', have (though not by choice) become involved in the situation. If they choose to ignore the suffering of their peers, then they are just as bad as the bullies!

To demonstrate the power of a witness who helps, we created our own movie: SAM'S DILEMMA - WHAT WOULD YOU DO? In which Sam, who witnesses the bullying of Anish, must decide which course of action to take... Should he worry about himself, or help his classmate by telling an adult?

We had immense fun making our film (even though it was a little chilly!), and 6L hope that you enjoy watching it... If you were Sam: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Please be patient whilst the movie downloads!

Speedmark success for Miss Crompton

Today Josh from Speedmark came to Newport with his amazing goal which measured the velocity of your penalties.
You can imagine that this was a very competitive (and that was just the staff).

Every class had a penalty shoot out. Here we can see some photos of Year 5 pupils, Maisy and Irron taking their penalty shots and Mrs Bryant "having a go".
Winners in Year 5E were Lewis and Chelsea (pictured receiving their medals and certificates from Josh).

The aim of this event was to have some fun and raise money which the school council will decide on.

Everyone had great fun and congratulations to Miss Crompton who won the staff shoot out and is having a special birthday on Monday (a multiple of 5 and 8).

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Double defeat in mini league debut

Tonight our competitive tag rugby mini league games against Talavera and St. Joseph's ended in defeat. However, these two teams are very experienced competitors and despite losing the first game 1-6 to Talavera, Newport only narrowly lost 4-5 to a good St. Joseph's team in a very competitive second game.

Gemma, our captain led the team well, with Jake, Shona and Aaron showing positive attitude with their their fast and direct running and J McK probably the fastest player on the pitch.

It was clear that the children were improving and it was a shame that Park Primary didn't attend this mini league fixture.

This is all good practice for next week's tag rugby festival in Aldershot Park, where Gemma will lead the team once again.

Good Luck Newport!

Newport support the 'Shots

The 'Shots kindly donated free tickets for pupils and parents to attend the Aldershot versus Northampton Town league game on Tuesday evening. I'm pleased to say that despite the miserable, windy weather over 20 pupils attended the game free of charge. Thankfully the Shots won 2-1with a late double in the last ten minutes in a very forgettable game.

The pupils and I are in the process of writing a "thank you" letter to the club.

Mr Edmunds

Here is a photo of Jake, Kyle, Rhys and Lewis at half time.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Romeo and Juliet... in a day

Year 6 spent today working with students from Winchester University. In the morning we watched an animated tale of Romeo and Juliet and we then split into groups. Each group took responsibility for two or three scenes in the play.

After some warm-up drama games, we spent the morning session thinking about our scenes, taking on roles, rehearsing and making props.

After lunch, we had one whole year group rehearsal and then we performed for the rest of the school. Some of our parents came to watch as well.

We had a great day acting and it is clear that we have some stars in the making in the year group!

Well done to everyone for taking part and big thanks go to the students who worked with us.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

The beat goes on....

This Saturday Newport school played host to a South East Gifted & Talented Partnership workshop on Indian Tabla Drumming.This form of drumming has evolved over many centuries and is unrivalled in its sophistication and intricacy.

Steve Morley, a Brighton based Tabla expert, taught a group of twleve year 5 &6 Newport pupils alongside some St Lukes pupils, who had travelled up from the New Forest area.

The children played a variety of special instruments includng the Udu, Buffalo drums and the Babootree, together with the Tabla drums. Under Steve and his assistant, Kate's expert instruction, the group learnt some complicated phrases that were modified to compose several ensemble pieces.The music room was transformed into a calm, rhythm - filled oasis.

All too soon, the workshop drew to a close, finishing with a performance to parents and friends. Well done to all those who took part.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Say no to bullying

The whole school has been involved in an anti bullying programme this week.

Mrs Kempton discussed bullying with 5E in circle time today and the children were involved in role play acting. These events have occured thoughout the week across the school as part of our PHSE curriculum!


YEAR 5 pupils thought up some highly original costumes for Children in Need.
Here are Jacob, Connor and Matt - "the Bandana brothers"
The rest of the school also joined in the fun and in total we raised over £115 for children in need! Well Done Newport!

Please sir, can I have some more?

Pupils in year 5, are this week reading an abridged version of Oliver Twist.
All pupils are encouraged to read regularly, both at home and at school.
Rhiann and Piravija are the first pupils in year 5 to achieve their reading challenge targets. Rhiann and Piravija will both receive a bronze certificate and badge each to recognise their achievements.

Well done Rhiann!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Chance to shine in year 5!

This week Aldershot Cricket Club have been in coaching both year 5 (and year 4) in the "Chance to Shine" coaching programme.It was rather ironic that the sun was out on a glorious ,mild, winter afternoon .

The children practised their throwing and catching skills and then had more fun with batting practice. There were some great shots struck and no balls lost!

Newport pupils will have the opportunity to develop their skills on a regular basis at Aldershot Cricket Club in the new year.

Many pupils in the school are current members and if pupils are interested then contact Malcolm Kerry at the club.

Late score draw agony at St Peter's

Cheshire cat and dynamic Newport striker - Reece

Tonight, Newport maintained their unbeaten start in the league with a hard earned 2-2 draw against St Peter's.

St. Peter's clearly had the better opportunities in the first half ,however goalkeeper Richard was yet again outstanding and Jake , playing in defence, was as solid and reliable as ever. Despite substitions , Newport failed to impose themselves and the first half ended 0-0.

In the second half, there were further substitutions with Pete and Lewis making their full league debuts. Both boys made impressive debuts. Newport took the lead early in the second half when their goalkeeper failed to keep out a stinging shot and it trickled over the line. However Newport were soon pegged back by St Peter's to make the score 1-1.

The reds continued to play with more tempo and took the lead with a thrilling individual goal by Reece. The game seemed to be won when St Peter's scored with only 6 seconds remaining on the stop watch. Agony , but overall a fair result for both teams.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Terrific Year 6 Team Work Wins Prize

Year 6 pupils were celebrating their success in the First Partnership "Build a Bridge" competition .Following an interesting talk on bridges by David ,a civil engineer from Winchester based company, Upton McGoughan, 9 school teams were set the challenge of building a bridge from only paper and screws! Excellent communication and team coupled with a simple yet effective design resulted in Newport being awarded the Strongest Structure award.

Pupil comments:

"It was really fun,but extremely challenging.We had to work as a team using a lot of our maths and communication skills.Overall it was enjoyable and creative". -Megan

" The challenge was very exciting and needed a lot of skills to do it properly including creative ideas, team work and dedication. Winning the strongest structure prize was tough as we had a couple of structure problems at first,but we pulled through".-Ellis.

"We learnt triangles are stronger than squares," commented Holly and Ben.

Mrs Fieldgate was very proud of the team and their achievement in winning against some tough competition.

Victorian Day in Year 5

Today both classes in Year 5 have been taken back in time to the age of the industrial revolution and when schools were very different.

Both classes had to relive a Victorian lesson with a real Victorian teacher.
Not all children had an education during the Victorian period as they had to work at an early age to support their families. However, changes in the law meant that by 1870 all children under 10 had to attend school.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Rights Day - a celebration of Hungarian culture.

Because we know everyone has the right to their own culture and beliefs, today we respected this right by exploring life in Hungary.

Vincent shared some traditional Hungarian items which his family made. We all researched facts about the nation and we produced an informative poster.

Next, we studied how the history of the country has influenced modern art. Using this knowledge, Year 6 created their own tympanons (traditionally found above church doorways).

All the children had the opportunity to bake their own Hungarian thumprint cookies, which we hope they shared with those at home!

In the afternoon, we used all our new understanding about the country to design a Hungarian coat of arms, which represented their culture.

We all enjoyed learning about the Hungarian culture, which really gave us the chance to get to know Vincent a little better.

Huge thanks to Vincent and his family for giving us their time and sharing their culture with us!

Year 3 take a trip to Pakistan!

On Friday 13th November, Newport Junior held a Rights Day. As part of it we celebrated the cultures within our school. Year 3 chose to celebrate Pakistan and its culture. We learnt lots of new things, tasted lots of new foods, learnt a new dance and made some beautiful beads! We also learnt to speak one of the most popular languages in Pakistan - Urdu.

Thanks to 2 members of our year group for supplying us with some fantastic resources and facts. We had a great day as you can see from our pictures.

Raita and Naan Bread = Yummy!

Here are Miss Waller and a year 3 student making beads out of breadcrumbs!

Here we are designing a henna tatoo - Mehndi.

Year 4 Explore Africa!

During the rights day, year 4 learnt all about African arts. We had African mask making, African drumming and African story telling. It was a very busy day!

In the mask making with Miss Isaac we looked at different styles of African masks, and we learnt about their uses. We found out that many masks are used in tribal ceremonies and rituals.
In African drumming with Miss Cluett, we learnt about different instruments such as the drum, sanza, horn and lute. We found out that music is all about expressing how you feel about life not just about making nice sounds.
Finally we had just about enough energy to do some drama based on the story of 'Anansi the Spider'. We learnt how story telling is part of traditional African culture.

Reggae-tastic food on cultural day

Year 5 have been learning about Jamaican culture.

All the children have had a fun time learning about different aspects of West Indian culture.

We have covered aspects of history, geography, trade and tourism as well as researching information about famous Jamaicans.

The highlight was a Jamaican feast prepared by Mrs Lloyd and Mrs Dixon. The children really enjoyed tasting the lovely flavours of curry "goat", jerk chicken , deep fried plantain and too many foods too mention.

Mrs Lloyd demonstrated some of the herbs and foods used in West Indian cooking.

Newport 4 St Michael's 3

Above: team photo from Talavera

Last night, we played St Michael's in miserable, wet conditions. St Michael's scored after 10 minutes and then Jack equalised for us. However, straight after St. Michael's scored two more goals.

After half time we played much better and Lewis smashed the ball in to the net to make it 2-3. Reece equalised soon after. However we conceded a penalty but Richard saved the shot with his feet and the rebound went wide.

A good pass from Rhys set up Lewis and he smashed the ball into the net.

We have now won both our league games.

We play St. Peter's next week.
Jake and Kyle

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Kyle clinches a late draw at St. Michael's

Newport boys B team earned a thrilling draw against their corresponding B team on a very, very wet night on Thursday, November 12th.

Playing in the very old, unfamiliar, white kits, the boys played well in the first half, pressing the home team back without creating any really clear scoring chances. However, St Michaels had one direct shot on goal and scored just before half time.

The second half saw St Michael's score a deserved second goal to lead 2-0.

With the fresh legs of Ben getting some strong tackles in, the Newport boys began to attack more frequently.

Finally, Newport created a few clear chances but still couldn't score!

Near the end, Sezer pulled a goal back and the boys raised their game . In the gloom and driving rain, Kyle shot past the goalie to level the game with minutes to spare. What a comeback!

The referee blew soon after with the final score at 2-2, which was probably a fair result.

Well done boys, a really,really good team effort. Special mention must go to Sezer who played really well in midfield and to Pete who came on at half time and made a significant difference with his great attacking runs and general play.

Street Child

Year 5 have just finished reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty.

The children really enjoyed this book.

Victoria Lisle in 5E wrote:

"Street Child was a very emotional story. It made me think of how they lived in Victorian times.It was very sad and exciting at the same time"

Natasha Lobb, also in 5e wrote: " I thought Street Child was a fabulous book. I felt I had been taken back in time to the Victorian times and that I was right there with Jim Jarvis. I now know how poor Victorian children were treated.
Pictured are pupils from 5E holding up their copies of the book.

Next week we will begin to read an abridged version of Oliver Twist.


This week we have discussed Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day in our school assemblies.

Wednesday's assembly was particulalry poignant as all the children behaved beautifully as we thought about and remembered the lives of others.

The final assembly was dedicated to Harry Patch , number 292925, who died earlier this year.

Matthew Donaldson, 5E read the poem "the Fallen" clearly to the assembled pupils.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Anyone fancy a sandwich?

Year Three have really enjoyed designing. making and evaluating a sandwich with children from Belle Vue Infants and The Connaught School.

We had to work in teams to decide what ingredients we would use to make our sandwich. Sometimes it was tricky to decide so some teams took a vote whilst another played 'Rock, Paper, Scissors, Stone!' We could choose from a range of protein including: egg, ham and cheese. We also had to decide how to use sandwich 'extras' such as cucumber, tomato and onion to make our sandwich flavour the most appealing.

Which of our sandwiches do you think is the best? Leave us a comment on our message board!