Latest updates from our school
This week, we've had a big focus on the school pond. For weeks, she's been out of action due to a blanket weed invasion...but last week, myself, Garry and Rufus managed to clear it.
So...dipping commenced and we discovered wonderful things: dragonfly and damselfly larvae, mayfly nymphs, greater and lesser waterboatmen, hog-louse...but most amazingly...oodles of stickleback fry and several mature male sticklebacks in their breeding colours (red and blue).
What's incredible is that 18 months ago, Mr Hull put seven stickle back fry into the pond - how successfully they have reproduced! Let us know if you want any fry for your pond.
Most classes started the week with Crazy Crow - a high octane game requiring Collaboration, Organisation and Communication. There were some incredibly competitive battles here which were awesome fun to watch.
In the wood, we found a letter from Flame...the munchkins loved our places of worship and have clans visiting next week for communal worship - the munchkin lady folk asked the children to make play areas to keep the visiting munchlings entertained.
DT skills were needed here and the children made some incredible attractions which I am confident the munchlings will love (much tool-use, Collaboration and Creativity were called for).
Others in LS took their turn at map drawing or made a marbe run.
Y6 children have undertaken some tasks in preperation for The Air Crash Challenge - cooking and bike building.
Other USers have continued work on sculptures, cracked on with the London Underground map, made stoneage axes, crafted dragonflies in clay or made shrines to the tree-spirits.
This afternoon, Year 6 have been learning how to say different animals in German as part of their Introduction to German unit. The children did a brilliant job of applying their pronunciation knowledge to say the animals. Then they enjoyed consolidating what they had learned through some competitive quiz games. Well done, Year 6, and keep up your wonderful attitude!
One of our Pupils , Olivia, has recently been diagnosed with type one diabetes.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. It is a serious condition where the body cannot make a hormone called insulin.
Olivia has had numerous visits to the hospital, where she has been looked after and supported by the Paediatric Diabetes Team.
As a way of thanking the team for their wonderful care during this difficult time, Olivia decided she would like to raise awareness of her condition and raise money for the team by selling ice lollies after school with her friends.
Here in Team R. this afternoon, we used the LBQs to recap and reactivate our knowledge about plants, their parts and their functions. After that, we used our key learning to help us identify the parts of a flower, making careful observations as we dissected them. Finally, we applied our newfound knowledge and vocabulary whilst exploring the colourful flowers in our school grounds.
Lower school started sessions this week by listening to prayers and poems about gratitude. We discussed the things we had in our lives that we should be grateful for, and considered how we may sometimes forget just how blessed we are.
After this, children found a quiet spot in the wood and scribed something to show the things they were grateful for...some wrote their own poems and prayers and others made lists or drew pictures.
We tasked the children with taking their work home and showing it to parents / carers...then saying THANKYOU! What was your child grateful for?
We also had a letter from Flame...the munchkin population has hit 103, so he's recieved funding to construct a place of worship to the Munchkin Supreme Leader, Munchimus Maximus - he charged us with the build!
Some of the children therefore explored images of churches and shrines from various religions before designing and building something suitable for the munchkins.
Others undertook cooking, explored flowers or made maps.
In Upper School, we examined 10 sculptures and tried to interpret meaning - we were very mature and inquisitive here:
Following this, some cooked, made wooden sculptures, created and presented themed multi-media sculptures, made a munchkin shrine, rigged tarps, buried a baby blackbird, recreated the Great Fire of London or made a version of the London underground map!
During this morning's Achievement Assembly, the Year 6 children received special praise for their positive attitude and behaviour during their transition days at secondary school this week. A number of our Year 5 girls were also recognised for their effort, hard work and attitude in Trailblazer this week, exemplifying many of our YOU22 Attributes.
Another positive week in school- superb behaviour, hard working children, sports competitions, sunshine and smiles on faces- perfect!
Yesterday, Team Equality explored the features of scripts. We discussed what we might expect to see: character names, stage directions, scenes etc. The children then worked in small groups to follow the script effectively, considering what their character might do whilst not delivering a line too. They then performed their scene to the class. It was wonderful to see every child playing the part with expression and excitement. I think we have some future thespians amongst us.
On Wednesday this week, our upper school Kwik Cricket team took part in the first round of the Amber Valley tournament. The team played exceptionally well, winning three of their four games on their way to being crowned champions of the group stage. We are excited to move on to the final which is on Wednesday next week. Well done all and good luck for the final!