Sunday, 13 October 2013

Dapdune Wharf

This term, Year 6 have been busy learning all about rivers as part of our autumn topic, 'Rolling on the River'. 

To extend our learning outside of the classroom, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Dapdune Wharf in Guildford to visit the River Wey and learn about how a river is formed and it's journey towards the sea. We all had a fantastic day in the sunshine and were able to participate in various activities including conducting science experiment, exploring an old fashioned river boat, looking at models of river locks and sketching the river. 

Take a look at some of the photos of our day:

Don't forget to check out the year six page on DBPrimary for more photos!!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Newport Puzzlers

Following on from the summer term's successful maths puzzle day, a group of Newport pupils from Years 3 to 5 accompanied Mrs Fieldgate to the first Rushmoreable workshop of the academic year. The workshop, held at Hawley Primary school, enabled pupils to road test some exciting new logic and thinking skills games. Playing alongside a partner from another school, the pupils were asked to evaluate the games and chose which they felt was the most challenging and enjoyable.

After a hectic morning of gaming the following were highly rated by the pupils:

  • Forbidden Island -Strategic thinking fantasy game
  • Make 'n' break-Observation hand eye coordination
  • Zeus on the loose-Strategic thinking and mental addition
  • Count the nines-Puzzle with place value
  • Cart before the horse-Brain teaser and consequences
With Christmas fast approaching,  these great games would make great presents for parents and children alike.

Year 3 have settled into Newport!

Year 3 have nearly been at Newport for half a term already! We have been so busy that our feet have barely touched the ground.

In English we have been learning all about Alice in Wonderland and used this story to help us write our own tales as well as creating information leaflets all about Wonderland!

Our topic is all about living healthily and everybody is getting the chance to create a balanced meal in our school kitchen. The children that have already cooked have said that their food was delicious.

3P have their first class assembly this half term and 3I will be shortly after we come back in Autumn 2.

Keep watching for year 3 updates!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Kilimanjaro Success

Kilimanjaro Success

First of all, apologies this has been so late coming, even though you can get Tanzanian mobile networks on a mountain, UK mobile networks won't let you register on them. 

I am happy to report a successful summit of Mount Kilimanjaro after 7 hard days of trekking in a variety of temperatures and weather. Luckily, I escaped any major signs of altitude sickness (apart from the odd slight headache) until summit night which was, quite literally, the hardest thing I have ever done. 

Leaving at 12 midnight, in sub zero temperatures and with a strong wind which made it even colder, I began to have breathing issues about an hour into the climb. Despite several stops and drinking lots of water the issue got worse and, as I got to Stella Point at 19'000ft, I started getting dizzy. However, carrying on at a snail's pace I got to Uhuru Peak after eight and a half hours. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture with the sign :-( This was because as I reached the peak I started having real breathing problems / dizziness and was advised to get back to low altitude... QUICKLY. As a result, I was only there for about 30 seconds before scrambling back down with an assistant guide. 

Apart from that it was a fantastic, successful trip. I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored me and for the whole school's support - it really motivated me to carry on whilst summiting. 

Here is a video with a selection of pictures from the trip, as well as a song our porters sang regularly during the climb. 

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Year 5 Fire Safety Visit

Today year 5 learnt all about fire safety and were able to take on the role of fire detectives to solve how a fire started. What do you think happened?

Friday, 5 July 2013

Year 5 enjoying their final hoop club of the term!

After a hoop craze has begun in the school, we thought we would show you some photos of what we get up to in hoop club!

Year 5 win CSC business enterprise competition!

Year 5 have been working hard on their persuasive writing in English; this prove extremely useful  when a group of Newport pupils entered a business enterprise competition run by CSC and the Connaught School. CSC, an international consulting and IT services company, based at the Royal Pavilion , Aldershot  were very impressed by Newport's designs for a new primary school. Not only did the team have to devise this unique school but  they had to budget, pitch and market the new school. CSC graduates added some real life scenarios to the event such as the interview with the tax man who insisted on taking £100,000 out of their £1 million budget!

Nevertheless Ben's initial idea of a school that travelled the world in re conditioned cruise liner proved to be the winning one. Christian's use of Matt Smith as the school's celebrity ambassador linked the strong themes of travel, learning and community. The judges  (and other schools taking part in the event) were hugely impressed with the  professional presentation and the concept of learning languages in the countries in which they are spoken. All the team's hard work and great ideas were rewarded with first place in competition and a Cineworld voucher.

Well done to Ben, Christian , Katelyn, Elizabeth, Stanley, Dominic, Ellie and Cassandra. Many thanks to the staff at CSC and Connaught for hosting such a great event.
Mrs Fieldgate

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Year six rise to all sorts of challenges!

This week has been both an exciting, fun filled yet challenging week  for Year 6, as the children experienced a wide range of personal challenges-whether it be managing to reach the end of a long, dark tunnel blind folded, or to scale the dizzy heights of  a 13metre climbing wall to performing poetry to an audience of over hundred people! 
The long awaited activity day dawned warm and dry and year 6 set off to enjoy  Runway's End outdoor adventure centre. The centre, opened  back in November 2011, has a fantastic facilities for activities such as caving, bouldering, abseiling, archery and a low/high ropes
 course. All the children had a fantastic time and were a real credit to themselves and the school.

After all physical challenges of Runway's End, some of year 6 pupils undertook a different type of produce, edit and perform their poetry to an audience of  approximately 100 children and adults. Having worked for just a short time with professional poet , Michael Parker, Newport pupils performed their works at a poetry slam held at Samuel Cody School. Their amazingly imaginative and confident performances were highly praised by a panel of poetry experts from First Partnership. The teamwork seen in some of the physical challenges earlier in the week was much in evidence in the group performances.Well done to everyone involved. The videos give just a flavour of some of the performances.  


Runways End!

On Monday year 6 visited Runways End as part of their end of year celebrations for working so hard this year. They enjoyed many activities including: climbing, caving, archery and low ropes. Miss Cooke, Mrs Shuttleworth, Mrs Fieldgate, Mrs Amor and Mrs Lodge were really impressed with their behaviour, courage and determination in all the activities. We hope they thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

Miss Cooke and Mrs S

Below are some pictures to show how much fun they had:

Thursday, 27 June 2013

So you want to be....a web designer.

Everyone at Newport has been working hard throughout the year to take steps , both big and small, to achieve their goals. This week some Year 5 & 6 pupils got a taste of what it is like to be a web designer. The internet has billions of websites but what makes a great, interactive and functional webpage? Well, surprisingly enough the answer is punctuation! Using the software package  Mozilla thimble, the Newport pupils were, along with budding programmers from the Rushmoreable schools cluster,  shown how to use HTML (Hyper text mark up language) to create their own web page.

All the skills we use in our english lessons of using the correct punctuation marks in the right place and careful editing skills are very similar to those needed to write a successful web page programme. HMTL has an enormous range of markers (punctuation) that enables programmers to perform a huge variety of tasks-  from changing the font style , image size, allowing text  to scroll across the page and create links to other useful websites to name just a few. Needless to say the children created some fantastic and imaginative web pages of their own on a wide range of topics from a Treasure Island inspired story web  page to a favourite food web page. A big thank you  to Mrs Pang for hosting this ICT workshop at Cove secondary school- all the children are very keen to set to work to create their own web watch this space!