Friday, 26 March 2010


This week, Year 6 have been settling into SATS revision. They have been making games to help them with revision, as well as practising some old SATS papers in groups to become more confident with them. Lessons have been really fun and we get to work with lots of different people, which helps us to understand the SATS better. The teachers have been great and are helping us each step of the way. It's not as bad as we thought!

By Ewan R, 6L

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Creating New Games

Year 4 have been working on creating their own games this term in PE. The children are given the equipment, and the rest is up to them!

This week, they had cones, a ball and some beanbags.

All the teams came up with some excellent games, and different ways of using all the equipment!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

London 2012 Olympics Here We Come!

This week registration for tickets for the London 2012 Olympics opened however Newport pupils actually got a taste of the events at Farnborough VIth Form College. A team of Year 6 pupils were invited to take part in a mini Olympics organised by A level sports studies students.

A range of sporting skills were tested including rowing,cycling
jumping, sprinting to name just a few! Newport were just pipped at the post by Manor Junior in the team sprint relay. Dame Kelly Holmes herself, after whom the Sports hall at Farnborough VIth form is named, would have been impressed with the tremendous team effort and skill demonstrated by all Newport's children. Thank you to all the parents who supported this event.

Fascinating fractions

Fractions can be a little scary and confusing but year 5 have been playing games with fractions - converting mixed numbers into improper fractions to try to improve their understanding of fractions.

Some of the children managed to match the mixed numbers and improper fractions very quickly. Here are the winning teams.

Friday, 19 March 2010

What on Earth... Is around the corner?

Year 6 have spent Science Day tackling this task: Is it possible to design a piece of equipment for a spy to see around corners?

To begin with, the children considered what they know about how light travels and reflects. They then designed and made a piece of equipment, using a range of materials, including mirrors.

After break, they tested their periscopes, made any necessary modifications to improve their finished pieces. Then Year 6 communicated the scientific process to other children from around the school.

All the children made something unique and learned something new. They also enjoyed hearing about how the other year groups spent Science Day.

Run for sport relief

All the school children came in sporty, athletic outfits and ran a mile for Sport Relief this afternoon. Thank you for all the generous donations.

Many children gave more than was required which was a magnificent gesture on their part.

We estimate the money raised was well over £200 and the children had a great time competing in the darts-a-thon.
The winning class were 5L.

Gardening is go!

Gardening club have resumed work after a long hard winter.

With spring around the corner, well this weekend actually, all the pupils mobilised into action with hedge laying of the free shrubs from Woodland Trust to planting red hot chilli pepper plants in the linkway.

Erupting volcanos!

Children in 5L and 5E followed lots of experiments, which can be found on, and had a lot of fun making a volcano.

Using vinegar, washing up liquid and baking soda the children were able to watch how the chemical reaction created the appearance of a physical volcano eruption.

Whilst it didn't 'erupt' as violently as we hoped we did consider the following if we were to do the experiment again.
1: Use warmer or cooler vinegar
2: Have a different shaped dish
3: Add something else to the mix to see if it makes the 'lava' erupt faster (A catalyst such as yeast.)
4: Use different amount of vinegar to baking soda.

Rocket Launchers!

Today was Science day across the whole school, and each year group spent the morning investigating different aspects of science. In Year 4 we made and tested rockets! We thought carefully about the design of the fin, and nose cone to make our rockets aero-dynamic.

We used a large bottle for the main part of the rocket, and then designed the nose cone and fins from cardboard, kitchen roll tubes and even some yoghurt pots!

After break, ,we had the most important part.

We tested them. Some performed better than others, but all managed to travel atleast a few metres!

Have a look at our testing session!

Super science in year 5

Year 5 have been going science mad today!

After a great demo from Miss Cluett in assembly the pupils were really inspired and excited.

They have been having a ball making a big mess - but all in the name of scientific research!

Maths workshop

Parents were invited to a Mathematics workshop to explore how children learn Mathematics at Newport as well as receive information as to which strategies children use to solve sums at different ages.

The children showed how a variety of games can be used to support learning and even challenged a few parents to solve some problems.

Problem solving caused some parents to 'break out in a sweat' until they were shown the strategies used by the children.

There was lots of laughter to be heard as parents explored how to solve problems and explain their thinking.

One of the activities was:
1: Think of a number between 1 and 9
2: Multiply by 9
3: Add the digits in your answer
4: Subtract 5
5: Count that number as if it were the letters of the alphabet
6: Think of a country starting with that letter
7: The 2nd letter - think of an animal
8: Think of a colour for your animal

What do you get? I know what you are thinking of. Play this game with a few friends and see if they think of the same animal. How does it work? It's all down to numbers!

The children were very excited to share their learning. They asked questions and provided solutions to problems. More than that, they set everything up and were very excited to take part in the workshop.

If you missed this one - I hope to see you at the next one.

Mrs Lloyd

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Walk Like an Egyptian!!

Year 4 turned into ancient Egyptians last week. We had a fantastic day, with a visting Pharaoh, and a lesson in making Egyptian clay tiles!

For half the day, a theatre workshop came to do a drama session focussing on ancient Egyptian life. The children dressed up as various ancient Egyptian characters, and they definately got into their roles!!

The children had created some fantastic outifts, with amazing headresses and jewellery.

For the other half of the day, the children made ancient Egyptian clay tiles, that they had designed previously.

Monday, 15 March 2010

We're all different, we're all the same.........

Yes it's a confusing heading but we have begun discussing how different people are all over the world and why this could be so.Yet we have discussed how we are all very alike in many ways and have the same concerns.

We are beginning to understand that English is not the predominant language of the world.

Niamh and Rachel successfully organised the class to do a very quick survey on one aspect of how different we are.

Sunday, 14 March 2010


After our trip to Haymarket Theatre last term, Year 6 have been reading one of Shakespeare's most gruesomely gory plays... Macbeth!
We've enjoyed many activities during this study, including poetry as the 3 wicked Witches and writing letters and diary entries in the role of Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth.
This week, we had the opportunity to write our own playscripts for a scene from the play. With these excellent playscripts to hand, we were forced to engage in a bit of dastardly drama!
What do you think of the majestic Macduff's plan to take on the murderous Macbeth?

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Giant Maths Problem Solved

A group of Year 4 mathematicians had a busy morning trying to help Gerald the Giant get all the details he needed to fill in a passport application for a skiing holiday on Mount Everest. A tough task when all you had to work with was a rather large footprint!

Working in teams with other pupils from all over Aldershot, the Newport boys were able to successfully complete the task of calculating the giant's height. It was a fun filled event with lots of opportunities to use a range of maths skills, as well as making lots of new friends.

Are you mile ready?

Sport Relief Day is next Friday, 19th March.

Many of the children are fit and ready to participate.

Some of the adults are fit and ready.........

In year 5, all the children have been doing extra exercises to be prepared.

Rio in 5E has already completed his pre- Sport Relief Day test and passed with flying colours.Well done Rio!

All the children have been working out by doing the following exercises:

  • Running on the spot

  • Press ups

  • Sit ups

  • Squat thrusts

  • Star jumps

Be prepared, be very prepared.......

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Phylis Tuckwell

Today Ruth from the Phylis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham came to visit us. She talked to us in assembly about the work the Hospice do for our local community.

We had heard about the hospice and how they help our community and had rasied some money to help. Just before Christmas we had a sponsored Penalty Shootout and we raised a fantastic £679.78 which memebers of the school council were able to present to Ruth today!

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

World Book Day

Newport Junior celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY

A big thanks goes out to all the families who made generous donations of unwanted good quality books. Our book swap was an enormous success.

Some of our school council members helped organise the book swap.

Children chose books to take home.

Parents were invited in to read with their child at 2.45pm.

It was lovely to see so many parents supporting the fun and importance of reading.

We look forward to seeing all the fantastic work that the children have been doing this week in support of world book day.
Thanks again to all the children, teachers and families for their support.

Robin Hood assembly this Friday

Year 5E will perform a mini play of Robin Hood this Friday, 5th. March
We're practising hard so please come along and watch the pupils put on their own version of the Tales of Robin Hood.


Yesterday the pupils in year 5 had some fun in Maths playing cards and dice.

It's simply shocking what children have to do these days in Maths - having to work out the likelihood of rolling an even or odd number and whether the next card will be higher or lower!

Well it was competitive and despite some strong competition from Juho and Rachel,Liam emerged as the champion "Play your cards right" competitor.

Well done Liam!