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My monster has...

A body like a ferocious leopard.

Eyes like shiny green emeralds.

A nose like the cute snout of a hedgehog sniffling in its sleep.

A mouth like a wicked witch snarling at her prisoners.

Legs  like thin slithering snakes,

And arms like thin spread out  branches.

My monster is....

As friendly as a cute playful puppy. 

As clever as a trained dolphin. 

As loud as a tooting trumpeting elephant.

As smelly as a striped skunk.

As frightening as scooting shark.

My monster is called Jhonbe!


By Anchita (Ash Class)

On Thursday 4th July, Year 5 went to the Cabinet War Rooms in London. We travelled by train to London Victoria and we walked to St James' Park and on the way walked passed Buckingham Palace. We ate our lunch in the park and we could see the London Eye from where we were sitting. After lunch we walked to the Cabinet War Rooms. Once we were inside the museum we were all given audio guides that helped us find out more about Winston Churchill. After we had seen a short film we looked around the war rooms, my favourite part was the transatlantic communications area because in this area on the audio guides you could hear Winston Churchill talking to the American President on the phone. After the transatlantic area we saw the Churchill museum, we were the first people to go in there. After the Cabinet War Rooms we walked to the Houses of Parliament and then back to Victoria station to get the train back to school. I really enjoyed my trip to the Cabinet War Rooms.


By Harry and Tyler Red

Bough Beech Reservoir

On the 21st June year 5 went to go and visit Bough Beech Reservoir. We learnt how dirty water can be transformed in to water we drink.

1st - we add chlorine to kill the bacteria. Unfortunately we could not see this part because it was too dangerous.

2nd - we screen the water (sieve the water to remove the large solids.) We saw the screening and we also saw dead fish!!! EW!

3rd - then came the sludge bucket! Alum is put in to sink all the sludge to the bottom of the sludge bucket! I personally did not want to go but at the same time I wanted to! (to see the experience) but it was yucky!

4th - then we went to see the sand filtration, this is where all of the remaining solids are removed from the water.

5th - after the sand filtration came the carbon filtration. Unfortunately we did not have time to see this part of the process.

6th - next came the UV reactors.  The UV reactors sterilises the water like we do to the top of the bottle for a new born baby. We did not get to see this stage either because it was dangerous.

7th - the THM towers remove the unwanted chemicals. We did get to see the THM towers but from a glass.

8th - before the water is sent to us it is checked by quality control. This is the final check to see the water is good enough to drink.

9th - finally the water is sent to us. Hooray! But in case any germs build up they add a bit of chlorine. Did you know that it takes 4 hours to clean the water from dirty water to sparkly clean water and 4 hours to get to us?


By Shakirah.

Our trip to Bough Beech Reservoir

On Friday 21st June we went to Bough Beech reservoir to learn about our geography topic 'orld water'. The trip to the reservoir took an hour in the coach. At first we went into the visitor's section in the treatment works where we sat down and learnt about the area's history. Next we split into 3 groups of 20, I was in Mrs. Del Medico's group. First we looked around the treatment works. Next we went to the dam and climbed it. The dam was much bigger than I thought it would be. At the top of the dam there was a tower that contained four valves. After going to see the valves which personally weren't my favourite, we learnt about saving water. We learnt that if you leave water to drip for 30 seconds it will consume over 9ml of our water which is 160 litres on average. Next we learnt about how you can save 1 litre of water by buying a Hippo bag and putting it in the toilet water storage so you use 6.5 litres of water instead of 7.5 litres. I think this trip was really fun because we learnt about how water is cleaned, Here are the 8 stages of water cleaning which takes 4 hours to clean:

1st They add chlorine to get rid of bacteria but this part was very dangerous.

2nd The water is screened and large solids are caught in the screen, we went on the roof to see this.

3rd Alum is added to make the clay particles sink into the sludge bucket.

4th The water flows into the sand filtration area where any remaining solids are removed.

5th The water flows into the carbon filtration tanks amd dissolved chemicals are removed.

6th UV reactors sterilize the water - we couldn't see this part because it was too dangerous.

7th THM towers remove unwanted chemicals such as pesticides. We saw this but from behind a glass.

8th As the water flows through then treatment works it is constantly checked on in the quality control room.


By Harry

Swiftly soaring, gleefully gliding, the eagle takes its place as the emperor of the skies. It expands its gargantuan wings and scans the area with its beady eyes, eventually finding a target. The eagle glides low and encases a sardine in its razor-sharp claws. It returns to its den and drops the lifeless fish in the nest.

Defiant against land, it stays airborne. Finally, danger comes as it approaches the perilous hunters. The eagle is now in great jeopardy of death. The hunters send out swarms of arrows, however, it dodges the numerous amounts and flies back to its territory.

Suddenly, a vulture flies past. Is the eagle still on death's path? Silent but deadly, the eagle approaches the vulture with extreme caution. Without any delay, the eagle puts on a mesmerising show: digging its claws into the soft flesh of the vulture. It vigorously battles until there is nothing left of the vulture. The sky darkens as it is dusk. The eagle returns to its nest and licks its blood-drenched claws.

By Abhi(Year 6)

Reading a snowman storyOne snowy day James rushed down the stairs and quickly ran passed his parents. James opened the front door. James had a good idea he made a snowman. Next he made one ball. Then James made a bigger ball. After a while he put on a hat and a scarf. James found lumps for the snowmans eyes and his buttons. A moment later mum said tea time. James went slowly into the house. James couldnt sleep in bed. In the middle of the night James woke up and he looked through the window. James could not believe his eyes the snowman waved. Next the snowman came inside. He tried a banana nose. Then the snowman grabbed Jamess hand and ran faster and faster they were flying! They landed softly. The snowman grabbed some branches. James was in a party he was excited. Suddenly Santa was there. I have something for you. James had a scarf. The snowman and James ran faster and faster and they were flying back to the garden. It was night time James said to the snowman goodnight. Finally in the morning James rushed downstairs to see the snowman. The snowman had melted. James felt lonely.

By Arek

Reading a snowman storyOne snowy day James built a snowman. At night time the snowman came alive and waved. The snowman tried on some noses and James did not stop laughing. Next they went flying to the party and they saw Father Christmas. The next day the sun was really hot and the snowman melted. James was sad.

By Georgina

One snowy morning James woke up and quickly ran downstairs. James asked his mum for a hat, scarf and gloves. He saw snow out of his window. James went outside and made a snowman he rolled a big ball and patted some more snow. James got coal for the eyes a tangerine for a nose. Then he went to sleep. Then he looked out and James couldnt believe his eyes the snowman waved at James. He waved back and James took the snowman into the house.James took him to his parents room. The snowman dressed up. Then suddenly they ran and ran until they were flying! After a while they were at a party. They danced with joy. Father Christmas gave James a scarf. The next day James woke up and went outside. James saw that the snowman had melted. James felt very lonely.

By Minnu

Class 5CDM at Honeywood MuseumOn Friday 7th December, class 5CDM went to Honeywood Museum to find out about the local area in the time when Queen Victoria reigned.  We dressed up as Victorian people, rich and poor and we got there by train.  It only took one stop to get there.

Firstly, we got off the train and we walked, when we arrived we entered a large room called the billiard room.  We watched a video of a servant in Honeywood house talking about what they did.  Next, after the learning, we received i-pads.  We took pictures and videos of things in the museum.  When we finished the photography we used 'splice' to make a clip show and after that we had lunch.

After lunch we went in the playrooms for about half an hour and then we set off for activities to do.  We went to the objects room and made cubes to make a picture or a word.  After that, we went to the shell room and took part in an ordering activity.  My person was part of the royal navy.  We read out facts about our people as well.

Finally, we caught the train back to school.  I would really like to go there again and see more of the museum.

By Harry


Class 5CDM at Honeywood MuseumOn Friday 7th December 5CDM went to Honeywood to find out more about the Victorians, before we went to Honeywood we knew little about the Victorians.  To really enchant our visit everyone who came to Honeywood dressed up as a Victorian.

When we arrived at Honeywood we saw a video of the people who lived there.  It felt so exciting to be in a place where a Victorian had lived.  After we had seen the video we went upstairs to go and look at some Victorian objects.  I couldn't guess most of the objects but one of them was quite obvious - it was a telephone, not one you would be taking down to the High Street and calling your friends!  After we had looked at some objects we got i-pads, the reason that we got i-pads was to take pictures around the house.  We went downstairs into the playroom to tick some of the items we needed to find.  After we took all the pictures from downstairs we went upstairs to take some pictures from there.  After all of the pictures were taken we all came in to one room.  Everyone made a presentation and they all turned out well.  Then we had lunch.

After lunch we went into another room to find out about other people's lives, we shared the information with each other.  After that we made little cubes to fit in to one big picture.

By Shakirah

Slipping on the ice, what do you see?

I can see a polar bear stamping after me - Mia

I can see a hungry polar bear chasing after me. - Nicola

I can see a polar bear thundering after me - Liam

I can see a penguin chasing after me. - Mehmet

I can see a fluffy penguin twisting after me. - Atiya

Swimming in the cold sea, what do you see?  I can see a black and white penguin swmming in the sea. - Harry

Sliding on an iceberg, what do you see? 

I can see a gold penguin waddling after me.   - Aryan 

I can see a hungry penguin swimming after me. - Charlie Ray

I can see a big polar bear running after me. - Koby

I can see a happy polar bear playing with me. - Sourinney

I think I can see a white polar bear roaring after me. - Bright

I think I can see a fast husky sliding after me. - Tia

I think I can see a fierce walrus slipping quickly after me. - Ella

I think I can see a huge goose flying after me. - David

I think I can see a fierce walrus slipping after me. - Dylan


Apollo building site 2012On Wednesday 17th October, the year 6 writing extension group visited the Apollo building site, which is located in the Shanklin Estate, Belmont.  The purpose of the visit was to discover about the work being carried out on the site.

Firstly, on our arrival, Neal Allison (Community Investment Manager) greeted us warmly.  After signing in, we received hard hats and hi-vis vests, which were compulsory, however the hard hats were just an added safety precaution.

Next, Neal took us on a brief tour around the site.  He explained that the Apollo group are installing new kitchens and bathrooms in 250 properties, which includes: replacing old steel pipe work, fitting new boilers and rewiring properties.  Neal then told us how they reuse, reduce and recycle used waste and materials.  The waste is sorted into three different skips: wood (turned into MDF), mixed waste (80% recycled), and MDF (turned into energy pellets).  Furthermore, they recycle laminate flooring to make more and rain water is recycled in water butts to wash tools.

After our tour of the site, we were invited to the meeting room, where we were kindly offered a range of refreshements.  Following that, we interviewed various tradesmen - an electrician, a plumber and a multi-tradesman as well as Leo, the site manager and Neal Allison.  From our interviews, we discovered that all the tradesmen faced different jobs every day; this keeps them motivated.  The plumber and electrician work as a team, however the multi trader sometimes works alone.  The work men start at 8am, but usually arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand.  None of the tradesmen tend to take breaks during work, so they eat whilst working.

Another question we asked was that if there was anything they disliked about their job.  The multi-tradesman explained, 'I don't like to be called back for work after I have returned home'. Neal told us that the company, Apollo, had been running for around 20 years.

Finally, at the end of our visit, we returned our protective clothing and equipment.  We also signed out in the office and had one last photograph taken.  On the way out, we happened to observe a skip being removed from the site and then we returned to school.

By Jeevan and Fabian


Apollo building site 2012On Wednesday 17th October 2012, the year 6 extension writing group visited the Apollo building site, which is currently located in the Shanklin Village.  The purpose of the visit was to investigate what sort of work they were carrying out.

As soon as we arrived at the building site, the community investment manager, Neal Allison, registered us in as visitors and provided us with Hi-Vis jackets and hard hats.  Even though the Hi-Vis jackets were a necessity, the hard hats were partly for safety and partly for fun.

After that, Neal took us on a brief tour around the site, whilst explaining to us why certain objects were essential for installing new kitchens and bathrooms for 250 properties on the estate, which includes: replacing old, steel pipe work and fitting new piping into properties.  Neal also explained that the waste materials that were created when taking out old work tops, are recycled in many ways.  For example: there is a wood skip, where large pieces of wood are recycled into MDF work tops, a skip to recycle MDF work tops into energy pellets and a skip for mixed watse, which is sorted and approximately 80% of the mixed waste is recycled.

Following our tour of the site, we were welcomed into the meeting room where we were generously offered a range of refreshments including juice and fruit.  Whilst enjoying all of the foods and drinks they offered, we interviewed the various tradesmen on the site - an electrician, a plumber and a multi-trader, as well as the site manager (Leo) and Neal Allison.

Apollo building site 2012From our interviews, we discovered that work on the site starts from 8am, however most of the tradesmen usually arrive at least half an hour before hand.  For most of the workmen it took them three or four years or even more to qualify for their job at college. There were many different reasons that inspired them to become what they are now, the plumber, Jay explained "I became inspired to become a plumber since my dad worked on a building site, and I wanted to become a builder since I was young."

We also learnt that how much you get paid is according to time, so there is no official break, since everyone wants more money! Therefore, the workers usually eat as they go, since it's their choice if they want a break.

Once we finished questioning the different tradesmen, we thanked them for the information they had provided us in order to write a recount and for the wonderful refreshments!  We then regrettably signed out and soon enough we were on the way to school.

By Angela

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