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Year 5/6 have been working hard on fractions in maths this week. We have been converting from mixed numbers to improper fractions. Izzy and Grace in class 9 worked so hard that They managed to complete a greater depth challenge. This is how they decided to wear their stickers!

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Maths Competition

Today, James, Joseph, Caitlin and Hannah represented Redlands Primary at the National Young Mathematicians Award in Whiteley.

They worked as a team to solve a never-before-seen problem and did brilliantly well.

Well done to the team for all your hard work. We look forward to the results!

Maths competition





In PE this half term, Year 5/6 have been learning The Haka, a traditional dance used to intimidate. Here is class 10 performing the routine. Do you think we are scary? 




Rocket day!

Today, Year 5/6 have been building bottle rockets as part of their DT learning which is linked to our ‘Earth and Space’ topic in science.

We started the day with an assembly. Mrs Hadlow told us all about how rockets are made and launched, and taught us all about aero-dynamicity and wind resistance.

We then returned to the classroom to plan and build our own bottle rockets. We used junk modelling materials to add elements that would help the rockets cut through the air and travel the furthest distance.

It was then time for lift off! We filled our rockets with fuel (water) and used a special launch pad that Mike built for us to pump air into the rockets. This created pressure which made the rockets fly.

We measured the distance covered by each team’s rocket. Well done to the winning team: Max, Freddie, Jack and Joe in class 9. ‘Rocket Rider’ travelled a whopping 42.3 metres!





Class 9 have been lucky enough to try fencing in PE.


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Cheese Tasting – 11.01.18

This week, to kick-start our new topic in Year 5/6 (France) we have been getting cheesy! We played a Trivial-Pursuit-like game where our teachers challenged us to research different regions of France and in return for the information we collected, we won different cheeses from those regions to try. We tried goats cheese, Camembert, Brie, Boursin, Franche Comte and Port Salut.

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Some of us really enjoyed the cheeses...

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And some of us not so much!

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Miss Robson even told us some cheesy jokes! Which cheese is made backwards? Answer: EDAM!

We are now all very excited to start our topic work!

Graffiti Art 

To fit with our Crime and Punishment topic, Year 5/6 have been studying graffiti art this half term. We were asked to consider whether graffiti was in fact art or just vandalism: it was very tricky to define what we classed as art and what we did not!

Today we studied some famous graffiti artists such as Banksy and Kurt Wenner and looked at how ‘tags’ are used to mark the artist’s work. We then created our own tags and used spray paints to create a display piece for the school corridor.


Court Case

This half term, Year 5/6 have been learning about modern day Crime and Punishment and how the police force work to enforce the rule of law in our country. We have learnt how police collect evidence from a crime scene and have worked to solve our own mystery: Who stole Mr Harcombe’s favourite plectrum? Through analysing footprints, fingerprints, handwriting and eye witness statements, we decided that Miss Robson was our main suspect.

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Yesterday, we decided to take Miss Robson to court to put her on trial and headed to the school hall to role play this. We learnt how a real-life court case would work and considered the role of democracy in today’s society. Miss Robson pleaded ‘not guilty’ and so prosecution and defence teams were created to present the main arguments for and against her innocence - they worked hard to prove their case using the evidence we had collected. We also had a jury who had to make the overall decision: although there was evidence to suggest Miss Robson may have a motive for stealing the plectrum (she had recently lost her own) and that she had been at the crime scene, the defence team were able to prove that there was still an element of reasonable doubt and she was found not guilty.

We really enjoyed learning about the British justice system and, luckily, Mr Harcombe later found his missing plectrum under a pile of paperwork on his desk! 

 Year 5's Film Making

Whilst the Year 6's were at Osmington Bay, our Year 5's became film makers for the week. Our topic this term has been Crime & Punishment so they decided to create their own crime stories. Can you use the clues in the photos figure out the crime?

Crime and Punishment

Year 5/6 are currently working really hard on their Crime and Punishment topic work, trying to solve the curious case of ‘Who took Mr Harcombe’s plectrum?’ Today, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Miss Cull’s dad. Mr Cull used to work as a detective and told us stories of his days working with the police force and catching real-life criminals. We had the chance to ask lots of questions at the end and learnt a little more about the skills required for effective detective work – it won’t be long until we solve our case!

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Scientific Superstars

In the spring term this year, year 5/6 children worked with local engineers and entered a regional competition as part of their science and English work. Their task was to design an invention that would solve a local or global issue and to write a letter of persuasion to the judges to explain why their invention deserved to win. I am extremely pleased to announce that Chloe B (class 11) was chosen as one of nine winners of the competition and was invited to a special awards ceremony to collect a trophy to celebrate her achievement. In addition to this, Sophie H (class 10) was chosen to have her work displayed in a public engineering exhibition at Southampton University. Over 5,000 primary aged children from across the south of England applied so this is a fantastic achievement. Both girls’ work will now move to an exhibition at Winchester Science Museum.  

Trip into Egypt to find The Lost King

Year 5/6 have been travelling deep into the ancient civilization of the Egyptians this week in search of a previously undiscovered tomb of the mysterious Lost King. During our learning on this journey we have translated hieroglyphics with help from the Redlands Stone, taken a Google Expedition to the Plateau of Giza to see the Great Pyramids, sailed down the Nile learning all about the importance of its flood season and made our own mummies.

It all began with an exciting discovery…. We read the Legend of Lord Redland (Click here to read the legend yourself) telling all about Egyptian artefacts that have been discovered in the school grounds, and then found and dug up an ancient stone (much like the Rosetta Stone) that was engraved with both Egyptian Hieroglyphics and English. This allowed us to make a key to translate from Egyptian to English. We used this key to translate clay tablets that held instructions on where to find The Lost King. From then on, our journey began. 

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Young Magicians in the making

Whilst the Year 6 children sat their SATs examinations last week, the Year 5 children participated in some magic-themed lessons, based on the story ‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Angela McAllister. They wrote alternative endings to the story, completed some magic-themed maths problems and even learnt some magic tricks to perform to the Year 6 children at the end of the week.

Here are a small selection of the performances. Be prepared to be amazed…




SATs Week

Last week, Year 6 children had been working really hard, revising for and sitting their SATs examinations. To ease the pressure in the afternoons, the whole year group took part in some fun science experiments.

On Tuesday we were thinking about the properties of eggs and whether they were as fragile as we first thought. Did you know you can squeeze an egg with all your force and, as long as the pressure is distributed evenly, the egg will not crack? We decided to take this one step further and try to walk across trays of eggs without breaking them. It was a little messier than we first anticipated but we had some successful attempts!

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We also tried the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment and had a competition to see who could create the biggest explosion using the least amount of Mentos. Again, this experiment was a little messy but we had lots of fun. Well done to Freddie, Lewis, Max, Joe E, Finley and Kayden who won the competition and 20 house points each!



To finish off the week, and celebrate the children’s efforts, we had a picnic party and spent the afternoon playing games. Well done to the Year 6 girls who won the tug of war competition!

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500 Words

Congratulations to Katie (class 10) and Max (class 9) who have both made it through to the second round of the BBC 2 ‘500 Words’ competition. Only 500 entries were chosen for the second stage from over 130,000 so they have both done extremely well! We will keep our fingers crossed for early May when the 500 will be reduced to 50 for the third round. Well done and good luck!  


Homework Reward

We had lots of fun today at the Redlands pub quiz, held in the school hall for children who consistently complete their homework on time. We were pleased to invite so many of you to attend! Well done to the ‘Crazy Coconuts’ (Emily M, Owen M, Sophie G, Sophie H, Tia W, Hollie R and Jason N) who were the overall winners and earnt a massive 25 house points each for their house teams. 

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Engineering Day

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On Engineering Day, we learnt multiple facts about engineering and met two engineers - Dave, a nuclear engineer, and Mike, a composite engineer. When they visited, we made mini wind turbines with Mike and helium balloons with Dave. In the afternoon, we used a mini trebuchet to launch a football and try and get it in the goal. On the third try, the ball went in! We learnt that the trebuchet was used in the Roman / Medieval periods to launch boulders and fireballs during battles.

When we were with Mike, we learnt about composite engineering, carbon fibre and fibre glass. We also learnt that the lines on the back of carbon fibre determine the flexibility of it. As well as this, we discovered that composite engineers build modes of transport, including: aeroplanes, boats and racing cars. We found out that carbon fibre is very light and is extremely popular. When we were with Dave, we learnt about Helium and the trebuchet. We learnt that helium is lighter than air and we had to get the helium balloon to not to float up or down and to stay put.

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My favourite part of the day was the question and answer session as we got to learn all about with the engineers’ lives.

By Abbie Duncan, Class 11

Coasts Trip

Year 5/6 have been learning about coasts this term and last week we visited West Witterngs and Southsea sea front. This was an excellent opportunity for us to explore some of the things we have been talking about in class. We saw real-life examples of the different types of erosion and weathering we had learnt about and interviewed the public to found out how the land is used in different ways. We also had lots of fun playing on the sand dunes and watching the seagulls battle against the wind! 



Fairtrade Learning

Last week we learnt about fair trade in school. We started by looking at how we are connected to the global community. Some of us had written emails and participated in Facetime conversations with people from or living in other countries; some of us had eaten food, worn clothes or used technologies from around the world; some of us could even speak different languages! The red arrows on the map below show the links we found – there were lots more than we expected! 

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We then learnt about the impact that fair trade has on communities globally. Did you know that Fairtrade helps over 1.65 million farmers every year? They don’t just give farmers a fair price for their products, but also help to initiate and build businesses and community projects.

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Finally, we finished the day with some baking and made rocky road cakes using Fairtrade chocolate and raisins to sell at the Fairtrade coffee morning. 


This term, in Year 5/6, we have been learning to dance The Charleston in our P.E. dance unit. This dance was popular in the 1930’s and was performed in ballrooms across the UK. The dance included some tricky moves such as ‘bees knees,’ ‘the kick’ and ‘the jazz shuffle’ which we had lots of fun learning. Once we had perfected the moves, we then put them together in our own ensemble to perform as a routine. Here are some examples of what we created:

Upon filming our final performances, we noticed that Year R were also interested in learning The Charleston as they were watching us from the window. We invited them in to be our audience and even taught them some of our moves. Here are some pictures of us having fun together: 


Year 5/6 Project Homework - ASPIRATIONS

The teachers in year 5/6 have noticed some exceptional efforts going into the project homework this week and would like to say a massive thank you to the children – we can see you have been working extremely hard! We asked our head boy and girl to choose some of their favourites. A special well done to the following children

Aspirations homeworkMerry Christmas!

We would like to say thank you to all year 5/6 children for their positive attitudes and excellent efforts so far this year. You’ve worked extremely hard and we hope you enjoy relaxing with your friends and family over the holidays. Merry Christmas and a happy new year! 


South America

In design technology this week, the children created some South American food dishes. This linked to our current topic: The Amazing Americas. For homework, children were asked to research a suitable recipe to make in school – we were impressed with the range and creativity of their plans. They then prepared and presented the dishes in class for their friends to share and review. 

South American food

Some of the best dips were chosen to be displayed in our Amazing Americas museum that afternoon. Parents were asked to taste the dips and vote for their favourite. The feedback we received was extremely positive and we can now reveal that the winners of the vote were………… CLASS 9! Congratulations!


Power Homework

Last week’s homework project title was ‘power’ and we were excited by the variety of interpretations the children displayed in the work they submitted.

Below is a picture of Oliver, from class 10, sharing his homework project with his class. Oliver chose to interpret the word ‘power’ to mean ‘energy’ and built a charger that charges a phone from a candle. His device converted the heat into electrical energy.

Very impressive – well done, Oliver!

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French with Fareham Academy


This week, year 5/6 were visited by some GCSE students from Fareham Academy. These students are currently studying for their GCSE French exams and came to share their knowledge with us. We really enjoyed learning from them and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to ask questions about how languages are taught at secondary school.

We played games to help us learn some new vocabulary and the students shared tips to assist our pronunciation. It wasn’t easy but they were patient and helped us to understand. They also spoke to us about the importance of learning a second language and the opportunities that this would provide for us in later life. We spent some time thinking about the types of college and university courses we would be able to apply for if we were to gain language qualifications, as well as the possible career paths that this could lead to. 

We are looking forward to working with Fareham Academy students again soon. 

French with Fareham Academy

What is Community?

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I think community is a group of people who all have something in common (like the Fareham community who all live in Fareham). A community help each other to have a better life.

For my homework, I decided to give something back to the community. I went to Parker Meadows and read to an elderly lady called Eileen. I found that by giving an hour of my time, I was able to make somebody else happy.

Sometimes old people can feel isolated within their community. By reading to Eileen, it gave her a chance to talk to me about her childhood and how in the war they didn’t have access to many books. She enjoyed James and the Giant Peach very much!

This experience has taught me how everyone in the community is important and how giving up just an hour of your time can make a positive difference.

by Katie, Class 10

A day with Children’s Author Judy Waite                                                                                                                       

Over the last few weeks, we have been lucky enough to welcome Judy Waite, children’s author, to year 5/6 to work with some children. Judy has written more than 40 books in her career and is also a creative writing specialist at the University of Winchester. The children worked with Judy to develop their imaginative writing skills and produced some super work. Well done to all who took part. It was a day filled with dragon eggs, cloaks, music, candles and magical wooden boxes! There were even tigers in the afternoon session!

Judy Waite

Year 5/6 are active citizens!

In PSHE this term, year 5/6 have been learning about our rights in the local and global community, and our responsibility, as active citizens, to contribute to these in a positive way.

As part of our work, we contributed to the local community by communicating our views to Fareham Borough Council about their proposed introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). The PSPO would give police and authorised officers extra powers to tackle anti-social behaviour, including street-drinking, drug-taking, begging and sleeping rough. Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states that we have the right to give our opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously. With this in mind, we completed an online survey to share our ideas: 

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We also contributed to our global community by working with Amnesty International on their ‘Junior Urgent Action’ project. We studied the case of Itai Dzamar, a man from Zimbabwe, who was mysteriously abducted after standing up for democracy in his country.

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Zimbabwe has had the same leader, Robert Mugabe, since 1980. It is known that Mugabe and his followers have used violence and intimidation to stay in power and it is believed that Itai may have been abducted because he spoke out against them. However, over a year later, there has still not been a full investigation into his disappearance.

Article 11 of the UNCRC states that if people say we did something bad, we have the right to show this was not true -  nobody should punish us for something that we did not do, or for doing something which was not against the law when we did it. We believed that Itai was treated unfairly and decided to take action.

Click here to read Charlie’s letter to the Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwean police, urging him to ensure a full and thorough investigation is made into Itai’s disappearance.

Click here to read Georgina’s message of support to Itai’s wife (Shaffra) and his two children. 

Click here to see the poster that Emily created to make the people of Zimbabwe aware of Itai’s disappearance. 


A Voyage of Discovery

On Wednesday 7th September, Year 5/6 visited Fort Fareham woods as a stimulus for our new topic: The Ancient Mayans. After learning about the Spanish conquistadors conquering Mexico, we took on the role of these explorers and headed into ‘Mesoamerica’ in search of gold and glory. 

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The journey was not an easy one. We encountered humid weather conditions and dangerous wildlife as we trekked for weeks through the dense rainforest. With no sign of the Mayan civilisation we had been told of, we were losing hope fast.

Little did we know, this was all about to change. As we approached the next clearing, a mysterious building came into sight. It was a grand, pyramid structure and had glyphs carved into the walls – we had found the temple!

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We spent the rest of our time exploring Mayan artefacts. Did you know that Mayans farmed and ate maize? Or that they created their own calendar system? Or that they drank from cups made of dried pomegranate skins? These are just a few of the things we discovered! 

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Welcome to the Circus

The year 6 children have worked really hard this year. We are extremely proud of their mature attitude towards SATs and thought that they deserved a treat!

On Thursday 7th July, year 6 children attended an evening of clowning around on the school field. We were visited by a professional circus performer who demonstrated and taught the children a range of different skills. These included: tight-wire, juggling, diabolo, poi, gymnastic ribbon, pedal-go, stilts and spinning plates.

Some of these were fairly easy to learn…

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…others took a little more practise!

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The children had a fantastic time designing a circus routine (as did some of the teachers!) and had the opportunity to perform their new skills to friends and family at the end of the evening. 

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Well done Year 6!

Shakespeare Week Music

As part of Shakespeare week, KS2 classes took part in a special Shakespeare themed music lesson with Mr Harcombe. They studied ‘When that I was and a tiny little boy’ as sung by Feste to conclude the play ‘Twelfth Night.’ The children worked hard to interpret the lyrics as well as put the song to music which they created with a range of instruments.

To celebrate the end of Shakespeare week, we gathered in the hall for a singing assembly in which the children performed the song to music delivered by the school band.  

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Shakespeare Week Acting

Shakespeare week was a great success in year 5/6. Throughout the week, children had the chance to participate in lots of different Shakepeare related activities such as calligraphy, play writing and Shakespeare maths and music lessons.

We studied the plays ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ which the children really enjoyed and towards the end of the week we were lucky enough to have a visit from some actors from Titchfield Festival Theatre. They taught us how to have stage presence and act in role as some of our favourite Shakespeare characters. Below are some photographs from the day as well as a video showing Tom, Seb, Georgina and Keira putting their new skills into practise:

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World Kidney Day

10th March 2016 is World Kidney Day and to mark it Year 5 learnt about how our kidney’s work and made a ‘working’ kidney using filter paper, food colouring, tubing and a bottle. We were able to filter the colour from the water (blood), leaving us clear(ish) water as an end product. We realised that if our kidney’s didn’t filter effectively, it would leave us with unwanted toxins in our bloodstream.

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Real Life Statistics!

This week, Year 6 children were asked to apply their learning about statistics to a real life problem. They were presented with the question: Is the way children around the world spend their day fair?

They started by exploring data in a table format which showed how children from Vietnam and India spent their time. They then created pie charts to compare this data to their own lives. From their pie charts, the children could easily spot the inequalities between countries.

They were particularly shocked to discover that children in the UK spend a third of their weekdays in education whereas H’mai from Vietnam and Salman from India, who are both female, do not attend school at all. They were even more surprised to discover that Phuoc from Vietnam and Sarada from India, who are both male, have the same access to education as children in the UK. We discussed how all children should have the right to an education in order for them to have equal opportunities later in life.

Below are some pictures of the work we completed:  

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Crime and Punishment - the final instalment

For the final week of their 'Crime and Punishment' topic, Year 5/6 spent some time learning about infamous criminals. We had lots of fun discovering all about Jack the Ripper, The JFK shooting, President Nixon and many more.  Below are some news paper articles written by Tom and Jake, and Violet and Milly which report on the Great Train Robbery of 1963.

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Year 5's Film Week

While the Year 6s were in Osmington Bay, the remainder of Year 5/6 welcomed script writer and film director Jamie Thomson to Redlands. They took part in a host of different masterclasses and learnt what goes on from start to finish in the film-making process.

Children worked in groups to study short films (good and bad) and then they brainstormed potential plots for different genres of films. Once they had chosen their plot, they had the difficult task as assigning roles within their group. Jamie gave a great overview of what each role entails and inspired the children to undertake each role with interest and enthusiasm.

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Script-writers hurried away to produce their masterpieces, and Jamie demonstrated the correct layout and how to format a professional film script. The children that wrote the scripts have taken them home…maybe they will be worth something when they become famous writers!

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While the scripts were being written, the directors worked on how to use different camera angles for coverage and the actors got into role using costumes and props.

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Before rehearsals, directors and script writers produced a story board of their film. This is vital as it tells the DP (Director of Photography - the person filming it) which camera shots they need to get for each stage of the film. So they needed to think about any close-ups, who would be talking when, when they need a wide shot etc. and put this all on their storyboard plan.

After some serious rehearsing (during which some actors needed reminding that they were not in charge!), the final filming could take place. Directors had their clapper boards at the ready, DPs had control of the iPad and actors were in position. Jamie was on hand for much needed advice and made sure he had enough footage to complete the final film in post-production.

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ACTION! Only then did the children really realise how much hard work goes into producing a film. Each short scene was re-shot numerous times, not because of mistakes, but because each time the camera needed to be in a different place, or focussed on someone different. The actors had to make sure they did everything exactly the same for every take to ensure consistency for the edit.

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With the Friday afternoon deadline looming, the final shots were recorded and all the footage handed over to Jamie for editing (yes…he can do that too). Children noted any special effects, sounds and music they wanted and added titles and credits to their notes. After a week of post-production work on the computer, the final films arrived back at Redlands ready for the premiere screening to which parents were invited.

The films are available to watch here:


We would like to reiterate how fortunate Redlands children are to work with a professional film maker (Jamie Thomson’s first feature film ‘The Lost Choices’ is available to buy) and it was pleasure to see the impact this project had on our children. The buzz around school was electric and it gave children an opportunity to experiment and shine using skills not normally utilised in a regular school week.

We await an encore…!


Crime and Punishment

Year 5/6 returned to school on Wednesday 2nd September to find all was not as it should be in the music room. Mr Harcombe’s favourite plectrum was missing from its usual place on the piano.

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This was a perfect opportunity to delve into our topic of crime and punishment! It was our job to find the plectrum thief so we searched the crime scene for clues and found fingerprints, handwriting samples and footprints that linked to the criminal.

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Over the next few lessons we analysed the clues carefully. We learnt how to take fingerprints, guess someone’s personality from their handwriting and estimate the criminal’s height from their shoe size. We also looked at some witness statements from members of staff.

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From analysing the evidence we were able to decide on our main suspects and interviewed them rigorously. In soon became apparent that the finger was pointing at Miss Ellis. We couldn’t believe that she was the type of person to steal so we decided to take her to court to find out more. We split into prosecution and defence teams to present our arguments to the judge and jury.

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As suspected, we found out that there had been a big misunderstanding and the jury found Miss Ellis innocent. Although we were not able to make a conviction, we really enjoyed investigating the case and are excited to continue our work on crime and punishment.


Year 6 Leaver's Assembly

The Class of 2015 and their parents and teachers gathered in the school hall today for an emotional goodbye!  Each pupil was presented with a book by their class teacher, as chosen by them (funded by Friends of Redlands).

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Children stood and shared their memories....

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...and as ever in Redlands asasemblies, there was lots of music and singing, as the pupils (and some parents) bid a fond farewell to Redlands Primary School.

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As part of the PSHE Curriculum, classes 9, 10 and 11 organised a fundraising event to support local charities.  

On Tuesday 21st April pupils were asked to donate a tin for the Fareham and Gosport Foodbank or 50p towards the selected charity in return for wearing non-uniform.  This raised £75 for the food bank and a large supply of food tins which was gratefully received.

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As well as the non-uniform day, each class chose a different focus for their method of fundraising;

Class 9 held a sponsored hour long run or dance event;

Class 10 made and sold arts and crafts after school; and

Class 11 held a bake sale during break time.


The total raised from these events was £150 which will be going to the Rainbow Centre.  Pupils and staff in Year 5/6 would like to thank everyone for their support.


   Rainbow Centre certificate