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  • 12
    Jul

    Wilderness Fun

    Posted by Mr A Hart
    The children have had a real treat today. They started the day completing orienteering activities and scavenging hunt. The children worked tirelessly to complete the tasks and learnt something new. They can now read a map (well some can) and have learnt about things in nature. After lunch, (which they made themselves) the children were then taken away to build a den. However, it was as simple as building a den. The dens were to be tested to check for water proof and stability. The children coped really well with the task, but many failed the sideways rain test.... At this point the children were treated to a special guest appearance from Miss Robbins and Mrs Goodall. The children enjoyed seeing their favourite school secretary, and (I need to say this...favourite) headteacher. Next up for the children, they learnt some bush-craft skills, where they made their own bread, learnt to make fires, and most importantly learnt how to eat the things they made. The children were also treated to some marshmallows and popcorn! Finally after tucking into a roast dinner (and packing most of their belongings) the children then got into teams and fired water rockets. They had a target to aim for, and had to think of different strategies to propel the rockets further and straighter towards a target. All teams definitely showed improvement from their first go, and all had fun. Now we are off to bed for a good night sleep (hopefully, please hopefully!!!!!)
  • 11
    Jul

    First day at the Wilderness Centre

    Posted by Mr A Hart
    Well what a fun filled first day for the year 4's at residential. The children arrived bright eyed, and bushy tailed this morning. To introduce us to the centre, the children were given a tour of their new home for 2 days, and asked to unpack their things. The children then settled down to lunch followed by some team building games. The personal highlight, when the children were asked to transfer water using a plastic tube, and the look on the children's faces as they attempted this. To top the afternoon off, the children ... and the adults had a water fight. Great fun was had by all. When we had a quick change of clothes, we went downstairs for dinner, (lasagne) and the children burnt off some excess energy by exploring their new surroundings. The children then settled down to watch the football. Despite the amazing opening, the children found much of the game too unbearable to watch, and resulted in going back and forth their rooms to check the result. Despite England being on the wrong end of the result, the children did not let it dampen their spirits. They've had a brilliant first day, and look forward to tomorrow!
  • 07
    Jul

    Swimming

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    I was very lucky to be able to split the class this week during swimming. This meant I was able to spend more time practising their technique with them. We focused on our legs this week and kicking them as fast as we could with nice pointy toes. We practised this with a noodle/woggle and with a float board too. The children also had a go at treading water. I challenged them to see who could tread water for 2 whole minutes. This is an important skill to have as there may be times when swimming when the children have to stay in the same spot. I was amazed at some of the children's stamina who managed to tread water for a whole 5 minutes!
  • 07
    Jul

    Swimming Schedule for next week

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    I apologise for the higuldy-piguldy swimming schedule over the past few weeks; things keep cropping up! Just to confirm; Year Four will be swimming their BSQ2BSQ laps on Monday 9th July and will be participating in the Gala with Year Three on Tuesday 10th July. Apologies once again!
  • 07
    Jul

    African Mask Project has FINALLY begun!

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    After much anticipation, and with a very busy schedule; we have finally begun working on our African Masks. The children - using the grape punnets which were brought in - shaped a face using clay and put on their first layer of paper mache. We will have to squeeze in another session to add on a second layer before we paint them. All I can say though is that I was incredibly impressed by their enthusiasm and eagerness with the project. All of the class remained focused even when we played The Greatest Showman soundtrack. I think these are going to look amazing!
  • 07
    Jul

    Spelling Knockout

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    It has become habit on a Friday, in my year three and four literacy group, to play 'Spelling Knockout'. It's a game, but it is a chance for them to practise those tricky spellings. The quickest child is able to stay up and compete again and again until they are knocked out by someone else... It's a great game and one that the children are evermore looking forward too.
  • 07
    Jul

    Coding

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    With the world being a highly technological place it is important that the children learn the how to use laptops and computers sufficiently. Coding is one skill which is highly sought after and a skill which few can do. So Year Four this week had a go. Coding is basically telling a programme how to function - all apps and programmes use codes to function. We had a go at making objects move in certain ways by using codes for the objects. It required a bit of trial and error for the children to understand how to write the codes, but I was blown away by their eagerness and the ease with which many found it.
  • 07
    Jul

    Costume Alert

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Please can all parents start thinking about bringing in costumes for the children for our production on the 19th. Please can costumes come into school in a named bag with names on the costumes too to ensure they aren't worn by others. If the children have any items which they believe will also be useful then please can you also bring those in. Many Thanks :)
  • 04
    Jul

    The Three Little Pigs

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    In my literacy group the year threes and fours are currently looking into The Three Little Pigs from a range of viewpoints. We are beginning to write our own versions this week! Last week, whilst getting to know both versions we had an improvised version from Roo, Henry, Annabel and Eddie. Interesting is one word to describe it... if you're wondering the purpose of the bin, I believe it was Henry's house.
  • 04
    Jul

    Parabolic Reflectors

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    This term in Science with Mr Williamson the children are creating parabolic reflectors. This requires a lot of structural thinking as what they are trying to create is a device which collects light and sound - to name a few. The children are having to use team-work to get the shapes right and they are having to be very patient as they are not easy to make. They are looking great and I cannot wait to see the continued progress every week.