Key Stage 2 Blog

Year 4 Ford Residential 2017

Friday, 30 June 2017

Blog written by Lucy, Jack S and Robert

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Lucy: Today y5s have interviewed y4s for what they did at Ford Castle which in case you do not know about Ford Castle is a 3 day, 2 night residential which involves loads of enjoyable activities such as the leap of faith, crate stack, zip wire, Jacob’s Ladder and much more.


Robert: I have listed all of the activities that year 4 did over the trip.





  •  Fencing


  •  Zip Wire


  •   Jacob’s Ladder





  •    Castle Tour


  •      Postman’s Walk


  •      7-Mile Walk to Etal Castle/Hide ‘N’ Seek


  •     Crate Stacking


  •       Disco; All Groups Meet Up For Music





  •        Night Line


  •        Archery


  •        Leap Of Faith


  •         Travel Back Home/ Bus Back To School :)


They also hid In The chimneys At Etal, I found that funny when I interviewed a handful of year 4s for this writing today.




I interviewed Mylo about his experiences at Ford.



Q.   What did you do on the evenings?


A. On the first night, we all joined together and then got split into small groups and ran around looking for clues that led us to a treasure chest. After that, we all returned to our dormitories and got showered and changed into our pyjamas. Then we went downstairs to hot chocolate, marshmallows and cake. Meanwhile, we watched we did during the day. On the second night, we enjoyed a disco and a tuck shop next to a pool table. And repeated the movie and hot chocolate before going to bed.



Q.Which staff came with you?


A. Firstly, there was Mr Stewart, Mr Robinson, Mrs Hope, Mrs Vardy and Mr Vardy came on the last day.


Q. Did anyone complete the leap of faith?


A. I am very impressed that most people completed the leap of faith by grabbing the trapeze and actually caught it!


Mylo also commented, “I really enjoyed fencing and the zip line because I was experienced at fencing and the zip line because it helped me overcome my small phobia of height.”


Jack S: I asked Ryan A.R. about his  residential trip to Ford Castle. He said his favourite bit about Ford Castle was the leap of faith because it’s nerve racking.

I asked if anything scared him. He said “yeah when a woman said someone had an affair in the castle then died in the castle.”

Then finally  I asked the least most favourite thing he had done, and he said the bus ride because it was the most boring thing he’d ever done.

I found it really interesting finding out about other people’s opinions compared to my own opinion.


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Our first ever trip to Kingswood

Friday, 30 June 2017

Blog written by Charlie G




Hello, welcome to my blog about Dukeshouse Wood. It is a campsite of activities in Hexham, Northumberland.  We stayed there from the Friday (19th May)  to the Sunday (21st May) and here are the activities.


Here is a list of activities you will do if you go there: zip wire, 3G swing, camp fire, climbing, high equilibrium, team games and  aeroball. My favourite was the 3G swing because it felt amazing.


My favourite instructor was Brandan because he is the banter boss. He is the funniest instructor in the world.


All the year 6’s had a great time!


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Upper KS2 Lego Wedo

Friday, 30 June 2017

Blog by Finley:


Lego wedo is a set full of pieces including bricks, wheels, cogs, motors, wires etc that you use to make different objects.


We are using the Scratch programme to make our Lego models move. First you make a model using the Lego pieces. I started with a base and added a motor and gear shafts etc, which was connected to the laptop with a USB lead.


We then had to go into Scratch to create a programme so that the motor could turn. We made a template motor to make sure it worked first. We are hoping to build a fairground ride using the motor.


I am hoping to make a carousel ride using the Lego and have the seats in the shape of a car.

We have taken photographs to show the different pieces of Lego we will need and the prototype we made.


We have used the following pieces

.  Baseboard

.  Motor.

.  USB lead

.  Grey gear shaft and gear cogs

.  Assorted coloured blocks in different sizes

.  Flat pieces with holes on for shaft to go through



James's Blog:

This summer term, we are doing Lego WEDO/Education. We are using Scratch as a program to make the motor move with gear shafts so gears can move freely together. And we can make let’s say fairground rides to a make a class model theme park. You will need:

  • 1 baseboard

  • 1 Motor

  • 1 USB HUB

  • 2 Grey gear shaft

  • 1 3cm light gray gear shaft

  • 1 5cm black  gear shaft

  • 1 7cm black  gear shaft

  • 2 little gray  gear shaft protector

  • 4 2x4 (any color bricks)   

  • 4 2x2 (any color bricks)

  • 2 1x4 (any color bricks)

  • 3 2x6 (white only) holey

  • 4 1x2 hoely (red)

  • 1 circle green gear shaft holder

  • 1 2x7 (white only) holey

  • 1 1x8 (white only) holey