When it was finally cold enough we had fun making Jack Frost decorations. We put little natural treasures in the palettes covered with water and were so excited the next morning to see that they had frozen. We like exploring the changes in temperature and weather conditions.
We started off the Spring Term by exploring penguins and polar animals. The children had great fun in our ice cave. They also investigated animals which were frozen in ice, thinking about melting. We made wonderful penguins from shapes.
We moved onto reading traditional tales. We tapped pins into shoes and had a great time in our shoe shop, trying on, buying and selling footwear whilst learning about The Elves and the Shoe Maker. We had a go at our own sewing.
Next we used recycled materials to make straw, stick and brick houses, whilst learning about The Three Little Pigs. Wolves were huffing and puffing and pigs were thinking of ways in which they could defeat the wolf.
We finished the half term by trip trapping over bridges as The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children loved role playing and trying to convince the troll to let them pass. We made stick puppets and used instruments to add sound effects to the story. Another great half term!
This term we have been making animations about folk tales on the computers, making musical instruments at home and building cities following our enquiry based on The Journey” story. We also used paint.net to edit pictures of our faces.
We were delighted to welcome author Julia Edwards to speak to Key Stage 2 children about her books in the Scar Gatherer series. Julia gave a fascinating overview of British history linked to each of the 7 titles in her book series, read an excerpt from her first book, and answered children’s questions. She explained how she got her initial idea for time-travel from her own memories visiting places as a child, when she used to imagine what life would have been like for those in the castle or palace she was visiting.
When asked about what makes a good writer, as well as imagination, creativity and research, Julia told us that perseverance is the most important characteristic.
Some children have been busy writing thier own fiction books, and asked Julia for advice on what to write next. She replied “Think of the ending of the story you’ve written. What is there in that which could give you a clue to start your next story?” Asked about ideas, Julia replied “Think of your favourite thing, for example a time in history, that you know a lot about. Then make up a story about that.”
The children were captivated by Julia’s presentation and many bought her signed books afterwards. Children on our school Reading Forum have asked that we get a set for the school library too.
Listen below to Julia reading from her book “Leopard in the Golden Cage”.
Our school orchestra performed for the school – it was a fantastic end-of-term concert. Watch the video to hear an extract from their performance.
A whole-school focus on anti-bullying themed around ‘change starts with us’ and everyone wore odd socks for ‘odd socks day’. The message of this was that we are all different and all valued. During the anti-bullying week we focused on messages including speaking out against bullying, sharing a smile, including others, looking out for those who are struggling, saying kind words and thinking how others feel.
Children in Need day came to school with great fun and excitement! Dressed in own clothes, spots and Pudsey and Blush items, children across the school enjoyed games and activities in the hall during playtime and learned about Children in Need through the class assembly by 6P and in their classes throughout the day. Well done for raising a huge total of over £800 for the charity.
Our Year 1 children had a real treat when the zoo came into school! The children were able to handle all kinds of animals, and meerkats were a certain favourite. The children have gone on to exlpore animals’ needs and habitats as part of their Enquiry learning following the zoo visit.
We had lots of visitors to our book fair, with plenty of exciting books and authors to find. It was great to see children enjoying browsing the range of books on offer and so many delighted faces eager to delve into their newly purchased books! Thank you for your support!
In October, Year 5 pupils visited Holt Hall for a three-day residential trip. The focus was on the environment and team-work with the children working towards NOLA (National Outdoor Learning Award.) We visited Wells beach and pine woods to make sand sculptures and write poetry and based ourselves back at Holt to look at invertebrate lives under water and in the woodland. We explored personal survival by making dens, lighting fires, gutting and cooking fish.