Category Archives: Our living and learning blog
Thursday 2nd February 2017
Wow! What a huge success! The school council were nearly run of their feet at the Bake Sale, in aid of the Neo-natal Unit at the Royal Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton, as the delicious goodies proved extremely popular!
Working with Mrs Cutler-Brown, we raised an impressive £171.27 for this fantastic cause. Even little Dorothy (who was the reason behind this venture) made a special guest appearance!
Well done everybody!
Monday 23rd January 2017
In assembly Mrs Smith and Lucy from year 5 told us all about Chinese New Year. Lucy shared with us how her Mum creates a special package for her and puts in under her pillow. It usually has money in it! In the evening after dinner, her family eat a special celebratory cake called Nian Gao and in China there is a special celebratory show, full of Kung Fu, dancing and gymnastics, which they all watch on the TV.
Mrs Smith showed us some videos of Chinese Dragon Dancing too – they were so bright and bold!
Thank you Lucy for sharing your experiences in school.
A ‘Nian Gao’ cake!
Thursday 26th January 2017
In Badger’s class, we’ve all been learning to use embedded clauses in our persuasive travel brochure writing. We’ve been writing a travel brochure entry for our very own ski resort, designed completely by the children. Embedded clauses help us add extra information or description to a sentence and this type of clause would not make sense on its own. For example, this exclusive ski resort is perfect for your family’s winter getaway, is an OK sentence but doesn’t give the reader a lot of detail and so we can add an embedded clause to make it more informative. This exclusive ski resort, nestled in the French Alps, is perfect for your family’s winter getaway.
Picked straight from our travel brochures, here are some of our examples of our embedded clauses:
- This marvellous hotel, which is perfect for your stay, has a total of a grand 5-star rating.
- Our glorious hotel, named Pienetta Palace, is perfect for all the family.
- Chicken soup, the scummiest in the land, is the perfect way to warm up after a long day on the slopes.
- The rustic pub boasts legendary bands, all performing live, as well as fun, family-friendly entertainment for the kids.
- Here in the heart of the French Alps lies a wonderland of delicious food, guaranteed to make your taste buds tingle in delight, cooked fresh by French chefs so come and try something new today.
- Our magnificent rooms, boasting a grand 5-Star rating, are full of joyful scents to fill your day with excitement.
Wednesday 17th January 2017
Our Foxes class have been learning all about angles in maths this week. We can now recognise acute, obtuse and right angles and found examples of these in our classroom.
Monday 16th January 2017
Children from Foxes, Badgers, and Woodpeckers all took part in the ‘500 Word Story – Live Lesson’ today. This lesson was broadcast live at 11am to over 1000 schools across the country.
It was fantastic getting some top story writing tips from famous authors including Natalie Blackman. We received some expert advice on the three key areas of story writing: setting, characterisation and plot. Throughout our literacy lessons we will be putting these skills into practice and hopefully showcasing our talenst in our competition entries. We can’t wait to hear what the judges think of our stories!
Monday 16th January
Year 6 are currently reading ‘The Paper Bag Prince’ by Colin Thompson. The story is about a man who lives on a rubbish dump but sees it as his own personal paradise. We’ve been rehearsing writing with real ‘voice’ in our work and concentrating on using language which really reflects the character. We have written letters as the Council and as the ‘Paper Bag Prince’, varying our vocabulary and sentence structure to reflect the differing levels of formality needed. Come in and read some of our fantastic examples!
Wednesday 11th January
In assembly today, the school Council (AKA the Eco-warriors) explained to everybody how we should be recycling more. We have made a special box to recycle all our handwriting pens, whiteboard pens and highlighters and have signed up to be a ‘hub’ for collecting and recycling pens in our local community for ‘TerraCycle’. You can find our pen recycling box located in the foyer – please come in and drop off any used pens!
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Tuesday 10th January 2017
Year 1 and 2 had an amazing time today learning all about the Great Fire of London. We made 3D model ‘Pudding Lane’ houses, baked cookies, colour-mixed paint to make flames and learnt about how people in the community help us in times of need.
We are also looking forward to a visit from the fireman in February!
Tuesday 10th January
Hot off the press……
Correspondence from the Aviva Community Team:
“We’re delighted to share with you that your project has passed all our due diligence requirements and has become a winner in the Aviva Community Fund”.
What great news! This means our new ‘Sensory Garden’ can go ahead! Thanks to Francesca Prior and FOO for all their hard work – we can’t wait to get started!
Celebrating our ‘Keen to be Green’ topic, Owls and Woodpeckers were set a challenge to create an item of clothing made out of only recycled materials. All the children did a fantastic job, some even managed to construct full evening gowns complete with accessories! Mrs Venn also hit the catwalk wearing a fully recycled outfit! Great fun was had by all and it really demonstrated how much ‘rubbish’ can actually be used creatively for other purposes.