Great Learning - Some Examples
We're really proud of the work our primary school students produce. To give you an idea of the standard of their homework and classwork we'll be adding examples here throughout the year. See also examples of work by our secondary students.
The vanishing point
Year 5 Da Vinci class have been concentrating on drawing pictures with depth and various perspectives. The examples show we have been practising the skill of drawing with a vanishing point.
This week, Rayane (below) tested his phonics skills by creating his own game. He placed the phonics cards on the table and tried to match up any pairs. He said the sounds as he placed them on the table and smacked both of the cards once he had found a match.
Fatimah-Zara (below) sat with focused attention and created her own phonics cards. She selected the correct materials and utensils independently and came up with the idea to create them on her own. She then used them to ‘be the teacher’ and test other children's phonetic knowledge in the class.
Great work everyone!
In Year 4, we have been designing and making Christmas toy boxes, using cams and gears.
"Has powers like Peter Pan"
This week in reception we have been learning all about superheroes. We have even turned ourselves into superheroes! These wonderful drawings are by Faaiz Kandinsky Class) and Enzo (Mondrian Class).
Gunpowder Plot letter - "I am really serious"
Bolu from Kahlo Class (Year 2) has written this fantastic letter warning Lord Monteagle about the gunpowder plot.
DT - A chair for a bear (Year 1)
The rocky coast
In Year 6 we have been writing descriptions of settings. This one is by Tobi, Warhol Class.
Reception have been reading Supertato and practising their writing too. They even made their own spud superheroes!
Poems about chocolate
Year 4 have written poems about chocolate, with a focus on noun phrases, prepositions and similes. They then read them aloud in class.
Rough, shiny, waterproof
"Please send me a teddy"
Year 2 have been learning about the primary and secondary needs of animals including humans. They have written postcards from the island they are 'stranded' on to request some essentials.
"They looked like shooting stars"
In reception this week we have been learning about celebrations - specifically bonfire night. The students in our class painted the fireworks that they saw on the 5th of November.
Harper said: "There were lots!"
"They looked like shooting stars!" added Talia.
"I saw colours like a rainbow," explained Amina excitedly.
After painting the fireworks the children labelled the colours.
In Early Years Foundation Stage we have been counting. We can even count above twenty! Hikmat came over to her teacher and showed her tower of cubes. She then counted all the cubes and counted 23 correctly.
We can also match the numeral to a visual representation. Here is Faaiz matching the numbers on the ducks to corresponding number of objects.
Designing frog toys for deaf children
In science, Monet class have been learning about the body and the senses. This week we put our learning to the test and combined it with our knowledge from History (toys from the past) and Design Technology (moving mechanisms) to create our own toys for deaf children to use. The children explored how make frog puppets, that were bright and colourful and had a straw tongue so you could create a breeze to feel. The children used both tissue paper and card to make their puppets. Well done Monet!
Mount Everest - "The wind can blow over 200mph"
Year 2 have been learning about Mount Everest in Geography. Mr Sheppard is going to the base camp at Mount Everest soon; we can’t wait to hear all about it!
Year 4 have been doing some printing inspired by Ancient Greece. This work is by Tofunmi and Esther. You can see some of their printing equipment too.
Year 2 are learning to solve word problems that involve number bonds to 20.
Inspired by Paul Klee
In Year 1 this week we explored the artwork of Paul Klee and his use of shape and colour. We looked at ourselves in a mirror and drew our features using shapes like ovals, triangles and rectangles. We cut the shapes out and rearranged them on to a face to create a Paul Klee-style self-portrait.
"Do not speak to the big bad wolf"
This incredible re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood by Imioluwa, Year 2, was part of an English task to re-tell a story in their own words.
"This is going to be an unusual book because the person has wings."
Jeffrey, Year 4, has been learning to make predictions about a book based on its cover, and explain why he is making the prediction.
Numbers up to 4,000
Malcolm from Year 4, Rousseau Class, has been learning to recognise and write numbers up to 4,000.
"I am Henry VII"
Year 2 have been learning about the significance of Henry VII during the Tudor period.
Nana, Year 5, has been working on his knowledge of place values.
Year 4 have been using a stimulus to create their own repeating designs. They have been identifying repeated designs and using their knowledge of drawing to create their own versions, and then evaluating their work.
"The design I liked best was number 2 because it has more interest in it and it was a little similar to ancient Greek."
"Number three has a triangle inside a triangle, stripes on it and some stars on top."
A mark on the landscape
In Art, Year 3 have been looking at images of cave paintings from around the world and identifying the shapes, patterns, colours, textures and subjects.
We have also been out in our school grounds and found things that we could use to make a mark on the landscape.
Moving a shoe
In Science, Year 3 have been learning how to use the Newton meter to measure the force. We measured the amount of force needed to move a pencil case, Science book and shoe.
Periscopes and trenches
In Science, Year 3 learnt that light travels in straight lines. We made our own periscopes and made the connection to our learning about trenches, and how periscopes were used during World War I.
London and Barcelona
Year 5 have been revising line graphs and how to interpret them - by comparing temperatures in London and Barcelona. As you can see, Samantha has made great progress.
Aisosa, Year 2, has learnt to use inverted commas in English this week!
Units of measurement
This week in Year 2 we have been learning about units of measurement. We went into the playground and tested our estimation and measuring skills. We measured how far we could throw the vortex and how far we could jump too!
Where do hedehog's live?
Year 2 also went on a forest walk and collected materials that would be found in a hedgehog's habitat. We used these materials to create our very own Vincent Maximillian St George (Max for short) from our current class novel The Hodgeheg.
This week in Year 1 we went up to the Harris Garrard secondary school to draw the huge photograph of London. We didn’t draw the whole thing! We used a viewfinder to capture the buildings and shapes we wanted to draw. Can you identify any of the landmarks?
Year 4 have been learning about the piece Hoe-Down from Copland's ballet Rodeo. Children have been improvising and echoing by ear short melodies over a syncopated ostinato performed by the rest of the class. If you'd like to hear more about Copland's music, go to the BBC Ten Pieces Website to watch a video of an orchestra performing it, and find out more about the story that the music tells us.
As part of our science learning about the weather and seasons, Degas class (Year 1) created a collage tree to represent the appearance of deciduous trees during the seasons. Children carefully choose patterns and colours that suited each season.
"Crossing the lapped river, gently hopping rock to rock"
In Arcimboldo Class, Year 4, we have been writing free verse poems about the Village that Vanished and the mythical elements within the story. The children have included similes and built up detailed imagery within their poems. Some fantastic learning is from Princess.
"Your cat is banned from the vet"
In English, Year 2 have been writing letters to the owner of Tuffy, explaining why their naughty cat is now banned from the vet. Tuffy the Killer Cat stars in a series of hilarious books by Anne Fine. This lovely letter is by Anthony.
Year 2 have also been creating pictures of waves. This beautiful wave is by Amira.
Poems on Homelessness
Ewe, Melissa and Bay, Year 3, wrote these moving poems about homelessness.
Measuring the weather
In Degas Class, our new science topic is weather and seasons. We are recording the weather using an anemometer to measure the speed of the wind, a rain gauge, and a ceilometer which measures cloud coverage.
Animals and their habitats
This term in reception class we are focussing on animals and their habitats. This week we have been learning about wild animals. Claey is writing a fact file about the elephant. Gift is making a home for the hippos out of junk modelling. Dele is reading in the book corner. Jessie is writing sentences to describe the animals. Cynthia is writing a sentence about where the animals live.
Well-done reception classes for some fantastic learning this week!
Writing a blurb
This week in Literacy we have been focusing on the features and importance of writing a blurb. We have been reading the book Way Home and learning about the author Libby Hathorn. The children have written some exciting blurb with interesting adverbs and subordinate clause.
Converting from centimetres to millimetres
In Aricmboldo Class, children have been learning how to convert lengths.
The Village that Vanished
In Arcimboldo Class, children have been writing their diaries imagining they are Abikinele from the Village that Vanished.
Moral dilemmas with dragons
In Year 4 the children have been writing short stories with a moral dilemma. The children created some fantastic pieces of learning linked with the Dragon Slayer books.
Picnics on the moon
In Reception Class this week we have been focusing on our writing as part of our topic 'space'. And in Maths we have been looking at the topic 'one more and one less'.
Ilyas is writing a list of picnic food he needs to take to the moon.
Kemi is writing about 'one more' on the rockets.
Renee is writing sentences in speech bubbles.
Well done reception classes! Fantastic learning this week.
The Other Side of Truth
Daduwar, Year 6, has written a diary entry in the voice of a character from the book The Other Side of Truth. Super learning!
Guy Fawkes to Rudolf Hess
Year 5 have been learning about famous prisoners in the Tower of London, from Lady Jane Grey to Guy Fawkes. This lovely writing is by Debbie. Great drawing too!
Romantic music on chime bars
Year 5 have been learning about music from the Romantic Period. They have learned about some of the most popular Romantic composers, and how to identify music that was written during each period of musical history. Do you recognise this famous tune, played by Van Gogh class on the chime bars?
Plastic and our planet
In Science, Year 3 (Picasso Class) have been learning about the effect plastic has on the planet and how we could recycle more. Here are some pictures of them at work, and two of the lovely posters they made.
Celery in close-up
Year 3 learnt to make microscope slides in their Science lesson last week, using cross sections of celery. They looked at their slides under a microscope in order to see the plant's transport system of the xylem and phloem. The children listened carefully to instructions and made their slides with care. They were intrigued to see the celery in such close detail. The children thought it was “really fun and interesting”.
‘Ta and titi’
Year 1 have been using rhythm cards to compose and perform 4-beat rhythms using ‘ta and titi’. Some children even challenged themselves to compose 8-beat rhythms!
'No air' or 'No light'
This week in Science, Picasso Class (Year 3) have enjoyed setting tests to investigate how to germinate seeds.
This week, Renoir Class (Year 4) has been learning about electrical circuits. Here is Rihanna’s great learning from our science lessons this week. Well done, Rihanna!
Viking seen at school
"Last night a fierce, strong Viking came at 7.30 to a school in the area of Bexley." Dada Class, Year 3, have been writing newspaper reports about a vicious Viking that has been spotted at our school. Honest! Chinedu's and Lillie's reports below.
Animals in danger
Here are some fabulous posters that Year 2 children made to show their support for endangered animals. Posters by Michelle, Matjon, Kaia, Ava and Lilly-May.
Bicycles, ladybirds, snowmen and Maths
In Maths we have been learning our 2,5 and 10 times tables and adding equal groups together. Samiha in Monet class has really enjoyed learning this.
Great Science work by Matilda, about reversible changes.
How to grow your own plants
Paige from Year 2 brought in this fabulous piece of home learning linked to our science topic - plants. Click on the picture below to downland Paige's booklet on how to grow your own plants.
Experiment with celery
This week Year 3 has been learning about and investigating water transportation in a plant. We have set an experiment using celery and coloured water in a beaker. We excited to see the results in our next Science lesson! We also create a microscope slide and used it to identify the xylan.
During book week we looked at the book called Journey by Aaron Becker. We recreated the boat that the little girl drew with her magic crayon.
Above the Rooftops
Composition by Picasso Class, Year 3 at Harris Garrard Academy, Bexley. The class composed music to fit in with different sections of Journey by Aaron Becker, the book we studied all last week. The composition is called Above the Rooftops.
Where will your baloon take you?
In reception classes this week we have been looking at the book Journey by Aaron Becker as part of our book week. Here is Crystal – who has made a red-hot air balloon to imagine which journey she could travel on.
Harry is using the resources in the creative area to make his red-hot air balloon.
Kemi is writing a speech bubble “I want to go to the city.”
Well-done reception classes fantastic learning this week.
'Journey' freeze frames
Year 4 completed 'freeze frames' from a scene in the book Journey by Aaron Becker, which they have been reading. The children had to imagine what the characters were feeling and what they would say.
Opening, problems, resolution, ending...
Year 6 have been writing sequels to the story Journey by Aaron Becker', which they have been reading.
All about plants
Science project on plants by Daisie Mae, Year 3
The Ten Commandments - in freeze-frame
In RE we are looking at The Ten Commandments, and planning out freeze frames of a commandment. Once planned, children then performed their freeze-frames to the class for the others to guess which commandment was depicted. Can you guess these three?
The heart in close-up
Year 6 are studying the circulation system. The topic started off with the dissection of a heart, which the children were fascinated to see up close and to touch it. They looked at the ventricles and atriums, the valves and the size of the chamber walls in detail. It was a wonderful learning opportunity for them.
We've also been labelling diagrams of the different parts of the heart.
"The Vikings are in town"
Year 3 have been writing newspaper articles about the Vikings. Here is Jeffrey's work.
...and Destiny's great work too.
Ava, Year 2, did some extremely neat two step problems involving division in maths. Download her work here.
Haring class, Year 6, have been writing biographies of the best-selling author Beverly Naidoo.
The Baroque on chime bars
Year 6 have been learning about music from the Baroque period. They all know some of the common features of music from this time, and have learned how to play Pachelbel's Canon on the chime bars.
"I'll eat you up mum!"
Year 1 in Degas Class have been reading Where the Wild Things Are and learning to use exclamation marks to show emphasis and surprise. "I'll ruin all things!" "The grass is so soft!"
Monet Class, Year 1, searched the school grounds to collect twigs and leaves to create our tree collage. Rokas really enjoyed our art lesson.
Year 5 have been learning to write news reports. Can you spot the five Ws they've been learning to use. OK, clue: 'who', 'what', 'why', and two more!
Matilda from Van Gogh Class, Year 5, shows how she has been learning to read population tables as part of her Maths lessons.
Renoir Class, Year 4, have been learning about the Easter story and recounting the events. We thought you'd like to see Nana's lovely work.
This week in Year 2 Science we created bridges using paper. We designed our bridges, then tested and adapted the properties of paper to ensure the bridges were rigid enough to support a toy car.
Studying my own shadow
Year 5 studied the length of their shadows throughout the school day. The children had great fun drawing around the shadows and measuring the length. The first measurement of a shadow at 9.20 am was over 7 meters! They noticed that the shadows are long in the morning and get shorter towards the middle of the day.
"So you are going to eat me?"
In Year 4, children have creating playscripts based on a chapter from the BFG.
"The lush palm trees were dancing in the tropical breeze"
Simisola, Year 6, has written a description of a setting, based on Kensuke’s island, from the book Kensuke's Kingdom.
A persuasive leaflet from Matilda in Van Gogh class, Year 5. She has used various features to sell 'Warcraft', our Hero's favourite game from our core text, Cosmic.
Pig, Wig, Dig
In Reception Class this week, we have been looking at rhyming words in our literacy time. Now that we can sound out and spell some words, we have looked at what words sound the same. Here is Renee and Dollie-Mae showing there rhyming and writing skills at our phonics table. Well-done reception classes for fantastic learning this week.
Practical science (with chocolate)
Year 4 have been learning about states of matter. They took part in exploratory science by melting and solidifying chocolate, predicting the temperature at which ice melts, using thermometers and making water cycles in a bag. The children really enjoyed their practical.
A Portrait of Queen Victoria
This stunning portrait of Queen Victoria was created by Zachary of Monet class, Year 1.
In Year 2 we have been learning how to follow musical notation to perform so-mi melodies that we know.
Different types of mountains
Khaleed in Van Gogh class, Year 5, created this beautiful Geography work about different types of mountains.
White Bear and Fred fingers
In Degas Class, Year 1, we have been reading The Princess and the White Bear King. Children have been learning to write a character description about the White Bear King using adjectives as well as joining their ideas together using ‘and’. Andreea has used her
Fred fingers to write. Fred fingers is a technique children learn to break words down into separate sounds.
A letter to a friend
Picasso class, Year 3, wrote this letter as part of their literacy learning.
What do I have faith in?
In RE this week we have been learning about faith. We have discussed the definition of faith, what faith means to us and what we have faith in. Shanyce, from Haring class, Year 6, has written this lovely piece explaining the things in which she has faith.
Tosin from Warhol class, Year 6, has sorted images into a Evolutionary Taxonomy Diagram as part of his science learning. Very impressive!
It's about time
In Reception Class this week, we have been looking at time in our Maths sessions. The children have been looking at how to tell the o’clock and half past on an analogue clock. They made their own clocks to represent the times. Here is Caley, Desire and John showing how we make our clocks. Well done reception class fantastic learning this week.
Two note melodies
Here are Malcolm and Destiny from Picasso class, Year 3. They have been learning how to read two note melodies that use 'so' and 'mi'. In their pairs they had to take in turns to sing one of the melodies on the board while the other person worked out which melody they were singing.
And here are the melodies they were singing.
Why we warm up muscles
Year 3 have been learning about the structure of muscles. Did you know that when one muscle contracts that another relaxes? In PE we learn about how important it is to warm our muscles up; if not, like an elastic bad, they’ll snap! Children made a model of a muscle to show how they work.
Multiples of 10p
Kahlo class, Year 2, have been adding and subtracting multiples of 10p, and writing a set of instructions about how to clean a scrubbing brush. Here's some lovely work by Mason (maths) and Amira (English).
Hot seating helps writing in character
Tireni, Year 6, has written a diary entry from the perspective of Kensuke, a character in Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. Children used hot seating (answering questions in role) to imagine what it was like to be the character before starting their writing.
Year 4 have produced this very informative poster about the water cycle. They used their creativity to make it 3D and annotated it, using all the knowledge they have learnt.
Handwriting and Victorian toys
Year 2 have been working really hard this week to improve their handwriting. Here are two examples: Jack has written some instructions on how to wash a scrubbing brush, and Bobby-Lee has written about Victorian toys. Excellent!
"Writing my own play"
Picasso Class, Year 3, have been learning to write a play script based on the Mama Panya's Pancakes story. Here's Gbemisola's fantastic work. Well done!
Catching the bad guys
In Reception Class this week we have been looking at the police as part of our ‘People Who Help Us’ theme. On our topic table, the children have been looking at a book called ‘Cops and Robbers.’ They have been making wanted posters for robbers and creating their own stories. Here is Dollie-Mae’s wanted poster; she chose to turn her friend Ronny into the robber who steals the class’s treasure. She has drawn him and the police chasing him. Well done Dollie-Mae for making the poster to help catch the bad guys :-).
All about space
Roshni and Khaleed, Year 5, produced this beautiful non-chronological report, all about space!
The value of coins
In Degas Class, Year 1, we've been learning to recognise the value of coins and sort them into carroll diagrams. Children have also been learning to add small amounts of money using the coins, making sure they add the value of the coins not the number of coins they have!
In English, we have been writing diary entries in the voice of Kensuke, from Michael Morpurgo's book, Kensuke's Kingdom. Here's one lovely example, by Nana, Year 6.
We have also been using the five senses to enhance the description of settings and events.
Year 6 have been learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals, as this very neat work by Adeshinayo shows. We have also been looking at common misconceptions when solving decimal calculations.
Ronnie, Warhol Class (Year 6) has been learning about decimals and solving problems involving all four operations.
Inspired by the ponga plant
Year 5 created some stunning Koru paintings, inspired by Maori art and the unfurling ponga plant of New Zealand.
Kenya and UK
Picasson Class, Year 3, have been learning to write a non-chronological report comparing Kenya and London, as part of their literacy work. These lovely pieces are by Gbemisola and Jefferey.
The state of matter
Children in Year 4 are learning how to use and read a thermometer accurately in science as part of their States of Matter topic.
Which book are Year 2 reading?
Year 2’s topic this term is toys. Can you guess which book they have been reading from this excellent piece of writing?
It's not chronological...
Year 3 identify the features of a non-chronological report in their English lesson.
Year 4 have been learning about the Quran.
Joining two sentences
During English, Amira in Year 2 (Kahlo Class) was able to use co-ordinating conjunctions to join two sentences together when writing about our new book, Traction Man. Amira took great care with her presentation and really thought about her handwriting. Fantastic work!
We have been doing character descriptions of Cinderella this week. This work is by Micheline in Monet Class, Year 1.
We have been learning about fraction equivalents and their representations this week. Here's some great work by Nana, Year 4.
In Year 1, children have been learning about position and using the vocabulary ‘above’, ‘below’, ‘left’, and ‘right’ to describe the position of objects.
"We're learning Mandarin"
Year 5 have been working on their Mandarin. Why not download some examples of their work.
Year 6 have started reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. The father has come up with the idea of the family sailing the world for a year! In class we planned balanced arguments to decide whether or not the family should embark on this adventure of a lifetime.
Alex, Warhol Class,Year 6
Agneza, Haring Class, Year 6
We identified and named the bones in the body and explained their functions. We have use the x-ray photos to build a skeleton. We labelled the bones in the x-ray.
Joshua has created an x-ray copy for our home learning on Science.
Some of Year 3 Picasso’s 2D Skeletons from home learning
Our solar system
Year 5 have turned their notetaking and research from last week into a non chronological report about the Solar System.
This project on the solar system by Kurda and Faozan was completed as part of their home learning project. The children were asked to research the topic of space, which links with our literacy and science topic for this half term.
Year 5 Home Learning on Space
Our Christmas holiday homework gave the children in Mondrian class a chance to show their parents all they had learnt during the term. Download Cynthia's fantastic work. Cynthia worked hard at her maths addition challenge and with help from mum and dad has made a velcro Christmas tree to do her sums on. She continues to improve her writing skills and her lovely Santa’s sack shows this. Well done Cynthiah.
Maya culture and art
Year 4 have started learning about the Maya culture in History. For example, we have been learning about the Mayan Gods and the roles they played in the lives of the Maya people.
In Art they created their own Mayan masks, linked to the designs used by the ancient civilisation.
In preparation for our Spring Term, over the Christmas holidays we asked children in Miro class to make a model of either a human skeleton or a model of a balanced meal that we should eat to keep us healthy. Every children who brought back their project has earned 5 Harris Points. Download pictures of the children's great work. Well done everyone!
'Making our own instruments'
Children in Renoir class brought in some fantastic homemade musical instruments they made over the half-term. They played their instruments in music lesson, which they enjoyed immensely.
Here they are playing their instruments!
Year 3 poetry about Romans, linked to Boudicca.
Year 3 performance poetry.
This is Hannah in Khalo Class, Year 2, who has been learning to compare fractions.
Materials in Science
In JP class, Year 2, they have been studying materials in science and this is Kaia’s well thought through write-up of her investigation.
In Degas Class, Year 1, Sanya has started to respond to her marking and is forming her letters better every week!
Elizabeth in Monet Class, Year 1, has been working hard to form sentences in English and counting on in maths.
Writing full, well-structured texts and developing sections within her English work, Roshni from Van Gogh class, Year 5, has worked hard on her presentation.
Jesse from Da Vinci class, Year 5, has worked hard to present his calculations neatly and respond to his marking thoughtfully.
Responding to marking
Samantha and Kurda in Da Vinci Class, Year 5, are making sure they always respond to their marking with reflective comments.
Using first hand sources to help study the past in detail.
Year 2, Art
Year 2 have done an art project based on the Great Fire of London. Impressive flames, don't you think?
Year 4 home learning
Year 4 have been learning about ancient Egypt.
Hemali, Year 4
Read Hemali's article on Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, and how his invention has changed our lives.
Jeffrey, Year 2
Jeffrey wrote this excellent piece comparing toys today with those from earlier eras - and says which ones he prefers and why.
Jack, Year 4
Jack has written this letter to Penelope from Odysseus. Jack has tried really hard to use question marks correctly to help create a character's voice. Great work, Jack.