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  • Storytelling Week

    Published 20/02/24, by Adam Gilbert

    Our entire school recently took part in Storytelling Week, from 27 January to 4 February! 📖 This incredible annual event is a vibrant celebration of the power that stories hold, reminding us of the joys of sharing them. âœĻ📚

     Stories have the remarkable ability to teach us about the world around us, letting us step into someone else’s shoes, encouraging empathy, and broadening our horizons. They also provide a means to relax and escape from the everyday, whilst nurturing essential literacy skills. 

    To kickstart the week,  Mrs. Ryder and Mr. Gilbert, shared an enchanting tale during our assembly. They then set a thrilling challenge for the children: to learn and retell a traditional story over the course of the week! 📚📝

     The culmination of this exciting week was a magnificent assembly, where each year group showcased their incredible storytelling skills. The performances were absolutely captivating! 

     Throughout the week, our eager students eagerly shared stories amongst themselves, and were treated to some mesmerizing tales from adults around the school. In addition to this, all parents, grandparents, aunites and uncles were invited in to school to read with their children and share stories.

    🌟 We are immensely proud of all our students for their enthusiasm and creativity during Storytelling Week. Their dedication to honing their storytelling skills was truly inspiring! 🌟

    Let's keep the magic of storytelling alive throughout the year, nurturing a love for tales that will last a lifetime! ðŸ’Ŧ📚

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  • Y5 - Natural History and Science Museum

    Published 09/02/24, by Adam Gilbert

     

    Year 5 had a wonderful time on Tuesday 6th February on their trip to not one, but TWO of London’s best museums, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.

    Our first stop was the Natural History Museum museum. We first embarked on a journey to the centre of the Earth! We were able to use our knowledge from our geography lessons to correctly identify the different layers that make up our Earth’s structure before learning about what happens during an Earthquake! We even took a trip through the Earthquake simulator to experience the ground moving beneath our feet (don’t worry, we held on tight!).

    After a quick pit stop for lunch, we were off again to the Science Museum. We explored the wonders of space ahead of our new science unit next half term and learnt more about America’s race to put a human on the Moon. We then explored the key events of creating modern machinery, visiting the James Watt section of the museum to get up close to one of the first steam trains ever built!

        

     

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  • Year 6 - High School Musical

    Published 01/02/24, by Adam Gilbert

    We want to extend a massive thank you to Glenthorne High School for inviting our Year 6 pupils to watch their sensational production of High School Musical! 🌟âœĻ We had an absolute blast watching the students bring this iconic musical to life on stage.

    The energy and talent displayed by the cast and crew were nothing short of spectacular! From the incredible singing to the captivating dance routines, our children were thoroughly entertained from start to finish. ðŸŽĪ💃

    Our Year 6 children are now raring to perform in their end of year show!

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  • School Council Charity Fundraising

    Published 01/02/24, by Adam Gilbert

    ðŸ“Ģ School Council would like to express our utmost gratitude to each and every one of you for your incredible support during our recent mufti day! 🙌

    🎉 The costumes were absolutely incredible and we cannot even begin to express how overwhelmed we are with the generous donations we received. ðŸĪĐ

    🙏 Your support has enabled us to raise a staggering £347 for both Shelter and our school, which is truly an amazing accomplishment! 🌟 We are so grateful for your kindness and generosity.

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  • Y6 Sandown Race Course

    Published 01/02/24, by Adam Gilbert

    Last Friday, some of our gifted Year 6 mathematicians had an unforgettable adventure at Sandown Park Racecourse, all thanks to Racing to School! 🎉

    ðŸ”Ē Throughout the day, our enthusiastic children dove into a world full of engaging maths activities that left them thrilled. Here are just a few highlights:

    • Parade Ring Area: They flexed their mathematical muscles by working out the area of the parade ring, putting their geometry skills to the test! 📏
    • Metric and Imperial Conversion: Converting between metric and imperial measurements became a fascinating challenge for the children. Who knew maths could be so practical? ðŸ’Ą
    • Reading Race Cards: By learning how to interpret race cards, our students discovered the intersection of numbers and probability. They were hooked from the start! 📊

    😃 One of our students couldn't contain their excitement as they described the trip as the "best school trip of my whole time at Aragon!" Another proudly declared, "I've learnt so much, I can't wait to come back here!" It's moments like these that make every school trip worth it! 🚌

    ðŸ”ī The highlight of the day was when the children got the chance to try on jockey silks for the first time and get up close to the magnificent racehorses! 🐎

    We are immensely grateful to Racing to School for making this day possible and giving our children an incredible learning experience. 🙏

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  • Y6 Spotlight - Autumn Term

    Published 11/12/23, by Adam Gilbert

    Say hello to the Year 6 Team: Miss Ballantine, Miss Franks, Miss Barnes, Mrs Jones, Mrs Cox, Mrs Ferretti and Mrs Knott.

    We all love working in Year 6 because we love seeing how responsible and thoughtful our pupils become and we enjoy supporting and guiding them to become the fantastic role models to the rest of the school that they are. We are grateful to be able to support and prepare the children with their transition to high school and we love seeing how much the pupils mature and thrive in short space of time that they are with us.

    Throughout the year, we are lucky enough to cover some fantastic topics in the curriculum, with a firm favourite so far being our Design & Technology unit of 'Waistcoats' where the children have designed and created their waistcoats.

              

    This week, our fantastic Reading Champions have started their very important duties of reading with children in Reception in their own lunchtimes which they have voluntarily given up once, twice, or even three times a week. Being a Year 6 child at Aragon means hard-work, responsibility and maturity but far more importantly, heaps of fun!

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  • KS2 Humanities Week

    Published 11/12/23, by Adam Gilbert

    History came to life at Aragon last week! The theme was "hundred years of history", where each year group had the opportunity to learn about historical events they may not had heard of before! It was incredible to see the buzz around school for all things history as children were immersed in the culture, politics and entertainment of days gone by.

    Year 3 looked at the 18th Century (1700-1799). We started off the week designing our own stained-glass windows representing a religious picture. We learned about James Cook and why he was a significant person in history. We role played as James Cook travelling around the Pacific Ocean, using the maps that we created to help us to navigate our way. We created our own James Cook timelines, showing the key events in his life. We created fact files about him and learned lots of amazing facts. Did you know that James Cook spent a lot of his time on science experiments and mapping new areas? Year 3 enjoyed learning all about him! We learned about the Kings and Queens of the 18th Century, Queen Anne, George I, George II and George III. Then chose one to draw using our observational skills to create a portrait. We looked at Morden in the 18th Century and compared it to now and enjoyed discussing how Morden has changed.

            

    Year 4 have had a great week learning about their part of the Aragon timeline, 1600- 1699. We launched our week with an introductory lesson about witchcraft where we learnt about what they used to do to people to try and find out if they were a witch or not. We played a really cool game where the villagers had to try and work out who the witches were by accusations, this was to try and understand how anxious people were back in 1645. We then got creative and made montages about a given topic. Table 1 was given witchcraft, Table 2 was given Shakespeare, Table 3 was given Pocahontas, Table 4 was given 1600 Exploration (America) and Table 5 was given The Gunpowder Plot. We worked really hard, researching facts and cutting and sticking pictures and words onto our montages. After that, we became Geographers and studied London Bridge and what it was like in the 1600's vs what it's like now. We can't believe people lived ON London Bridge and there wasn't a road! We folded an A4 piece of paper in half and sketched the bridge then on one half and the bridge now on the other. Next, we learned about The Gunpowder Plot. We watched clips and had a class debate whether Bonfire Night should still be celebrated or not. We then made puppets and practiced sequencing the events ready to perform. We had so much fun!

            

    Year 5 explored the 15th century and were transported back to the Tudor period. We had great fun learning all about the formation of the Tudor Rose and how the Tudor family came into power over England. We had great fun learning all about Henry VIII and his six wives. We also really enjoyed recreating some of the Tudor portraits, the Year 5 staff were blown away by the amount of detail that the children were able to add to their artwork. Later in the week, we found it fascinating to learn all about the Tudor influences in our local area and in particular the name of our school. The week was finished off with the children learning all about the other periods learnt across the school.

             

    As the oldest pupils in the school, Year 6 were tasked with being sent all the way back to the beginning of the whole school timeline- the pre-1400s. They were fascinated to learn about the gory and gruesome punishments of the Romans and Anglo-Saxons that were given when crimes were committed and they re-created their own court case! They also learnt about the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and made their own Bayeux Tapestries.

        

    On Friday 1st December, we opened the doors of the Aragon Museum where children presented their findings to each other dressed as a figure from history! A big thank you to all staff who helped made Humanities Week one for the history books!

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  • Y3 - Stone Age Day

    Published 04/12/23, by Adam Gilbert

    Last Monday, our Year 3 students embarked on an incredible journey back in time as they visited the Kent Life Centre for a captivating Stone Age theme day. ðŸĶīâœĻ

    Following their captivating History topic on the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age, the young historians delved deep into the past through immersive workshops, including:

    - Beliefs and Burials

    - Meeting a Tribe Member

    - From Hunters to Farmers

    - Stone Age Weapons

    - Trading in the Stone Age

    - Grinding Grain

    The day was filled with excitement as the children delved into the ways of our ancient ancestors, and everyone had an absolutely fantastic time. 🌟 They soaked up knowledge like sponges and showcased impeccable behaviour throughout the day, making us immensely proud. ðŸŒŋ📚

    A huge thank you to the Kent Life Centre for providing our students with such an enriching and enjoyable experience! 🙌

    #StoneAge #Education #SchoolTrip #HistoryLesson #KentLifeCentre #LearningThroughExperience ðŸŦ

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  • Y5 Spotlight - Autumn Term

    Published 24/11/23, by Adam Gilbert

    Year 5 have kicked off the year with a splash! 5L and 5K have been lucky enough to have their two weeks of swimming lessons. Mr Lillie and Mr Kennedy were so impressed with how the children were happy to dive right into this part of the curriculum! Miss Ellerby’s class can’t wait to jump in, in the Spring term.

    Since September, we have explored a variety of different text types. This has included persuasive adverts; to visit our very own circus, and writing a sci-fi story continuation, which was based on the planet Pandora (Avatar films). One of our favourite topics (so far!) has been Oranges in No Man’s Land. It is a tale based during the civil war in Lebanon. We have been discussing what it must be like to go through war and the feelings refugees must feel. This has allowed us to explore empathy, something we have found particularly important considering the current climate.

    We have been spending a ‘whole’ lot of time on fractions recently. We are piecing it together quite nicely! If the next topic is half as good as this, we’re in for a real treat. Pushing on with Science, we have been exploring ‘Forces’. We have pulled off multiple experiments and investigations into air resistance and water resistance, as well as testing friction.We are currently discovering how materials are used in everyday life and their different purposes and uses.

    Throwing ourselves into the world of the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings, we have thoroughly enjoyed exploring this fascinating period in time. The Past Presents came to deliver, what can only be described as, an event that will go down in History! The workshop enabled us to embody the historical figures and recreate events that we had learnt so much about. The year 5 staff are looking forward to the rest of the year, and the magical curriculum that awaits.

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  • Show Racism the Red Card

    Published 23/11/23, by Adam Gilbert

    On the 20th October, we’ve been wearing red to say no to racism! Together, we’ve come together as a school to spread the message that we will unite against racism and we will continue to support the UK’s leading anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card

    Year 6 also took part in a workshop, with the aims:

    • To educate young people about how to recognise racism
    • To consider the impact that racism has
    • To empower young people to challenge racism in the communities in which they live, providing them with relevant knowledge and information to enable them to do this.
    • To help young people prepare to play an active role as citizens in an increasingly multi-cultural society
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  • Y3 Spotlight - Autumn Term

    Published 23/11/23, by Adam Gilbert

    What an incredible start to Year 3 the children have had! They have settled into the new routines and have been learning lots of wonderful things.

    In maths, we have been working hard to solve subtraction and addition number sentences with 3-digit numbers with renaming.

    In English, we have been using our imaginations to design a new creature based on our story focus of ‘The Black Hat’, writing detailed descriptions using expanded noun phrases, similes, and personification. We have been super impressed with the children’s word choices to make their writing interesting to the reader.

    Our science learning this term has been about Rocks. We are all amazing scientists and loved carrying out lots of exciting experiments. We have made predictions, recorded our results into tables and explained our findings. Our favourite part was finding out about fossils and then creating our own made from salt dough. The children have worked hard to learn new vocabulary and are fantastic at explaining. I am sure you will be impressed!

    We had a wonderful time at Bookfest meeting the author ‘Olaf Falafel’. We couldn’t wait to start reading ‘Trixie Pickle Art Avenger’.

    As part of Black History Month, year 3 participated in a workshop based on Malorie Blackman. The children enjoyed the drama-based activities and learning all about her. 

    We are tremendously proud of how hard all the children have been working and they are all superstars!

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  • Y4 Spotlight - Autumn Term

    Published 23/11/23, by Adam Gilbert

    What a fun start to Year 4 we have had! We have been learning about lots of fun and interesting topics that the children have loved.

    In Maths, we have been learning our 6, 7, 9 and 11 times tables, using a range of methods such as arrays, grouping and bar models.

    In English this half term, we have been looking at a story called ‘FArTHER’ based on a character who has a dream of flying but is sent away to war. So far in this unit the children have written post cards, diary entries, summaries and will go on to create their own story about a dream of their own!

    In History, we have been looking at the rise and fall of Roman Britain. This has clearly been the children’s favourite topic so far this academic year and we cannot wait to visit Ufton Court to learn even more about the Romans. One of our favourite lessons in this unit was learning all about the powerful Queen of the Iceni tribe, Boudicca, who challenged the Romans in a fierce battle.

    Towards of the end of last half term, some of Year 4 were able to go to Wimbledon Bookfest where they watched a performance by Stephen Mulhern and received a copy of his book ‘Magic Max’ based on his childhood. Lots of children are enjoying this book and we hope they recommend to a friend afterwards.

    We are working really hard this year and are looking forward with what’s to come

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