Thursday, 31 March 2016

Easter School Day 3

Another lovely morning with the year 6's.

We wonder - could you solve some of the following challenges that they faced? 

Can you add the digits 1-8 to make each side of these 3x3 puzzles add up to the number in the centre?

How about SPaG? Can you find examples of the following in the text below?
Before going to bed, Jamie had finished his homework and was wondering whether or not he could get away with watching TV! Meanwhile his sister (who was a little older) was playing on her computer. Suddenly his thoughts were interrupted by his dad arriving home. He hurried up the stairs, carrying a large brown envelope. Jamie’s dad winked at him – an unusual occurrence – then beckoned him over.

“I’ve got fantastic news!” he whispered……

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Easter School

Day 1 of Easter School

We all worked really hard today fitting in a SPaG, maths and reading revision session. This was made easier by the generous amount of cakes and other treats donated !
We even managed to fit in an outdoor Easter maths challenge and egg hunt. Hopefully they all enjoyed themselves and will be back tomorrow morning for more.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Faith Week

The KS2 children have been covering the RE curriculum in Faith Week.  All the 3/4 children have done some beautiful art work of their own and have also made freeze frames of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper.

The Easter Experience

On Wednesday all the year fours went to Wallingford  Baptist Church to explore the Easter story. The Church was set up to show the events that happened during Holy week. There was Palm Sunday, outside the Temple, the Last Supper,  the Crucifixion  and the Tomb.  We all really enjoyed it and have a better understanding of the Easter story.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Anglo Saxon pop-up books!

This term 5/6 have been learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and to finish off the topic we've made some pop-up information books.

Everyone besides me has had a great time gathering information for the books and one of the best things we did was go on a trip to the Wallingford Museum.
my front cover

Rotating mechanism

Box pop-up

We've used many different pop-up features including:

  • A box pop-up
  • A spring
  • A rotator (which was the most tricky)
  • flaps (which were the most basic)
  • and a slider

by Rosie

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Our Fantastic Swing Band!

What a fantastic session from our Swing band last night. Unfortunately the quality of this video does not show quite how amazing they are but we really enjoyed listening to it!

Monday, 21 March 2016

Science Day

Science day was a super success across the school! In key stage 1 the children looked at the work of Mary Anning and went fossil hunting, discovered how fossils are made and created the most amazing dinosaurs! The children investigated rocks and fossils, sorting and classifying them into different groups. They also chipped away at large rocks of ice to reveal the dinosaurs hidden underneath. Some children went digging in the mud area to hunt for their own fossils while others made imprints in the sandpit, hoping they will one day be discovered! The children have gone on to produce fabulous pieces of writing about Mary Anning's life and are learning a poem about the King of all the Dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex!

For science day, Elephant class was transformed into NASA (New Astronaut Space Academy). The trainee space astronauts had to test their physical fitness for space travel by taking their pulse rate before and after exercise and then plotted a graph showing the rate their pulse returned to normal. They explored "moon rocks", taking careful observations noting down what happened when vinegar was poured on them. Finally in the morning, the trainee astronauts observed chemical reactions when an acid  / alkali was added to space (household) products. We culminated the afternoon by building space rockets, launching them and adapting their flight mechanisms to see how much further they could fly. 
We overran science day by actually launching into space the next day and making careful observations from a virtual tour of our solar system.
One child said it was "awesome".

Friday, 18 March 2016

Roman and Anglo Saxon Exhibitions

'The children have surpassed themselves yet again. A huge variety of exhibits that have been well thought out and lovingly made.'

'I really enjoyed the exhibition; fantastic things made by clever people!'

(from our Visitors' Book today)

Coffee Morning

Thank you to all who came along to the coffee morning today.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Fire Training

This evening Cholsey staff and colleagues from Willowcroft school had some hands on fire training from Swan Fire. We learnt about all the different types of fire and how to extinguish them (if it is safe to do so!)

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Sport Relief

Congratulations to the Sports Leaders who raised £150 this week for Sport Relief by organising two lunchtime obstacle courses.

Percussion Workshop

Year 5 enjoyed a morning at the Centre for Music in Oxford. We were introduced to the marimba and vibraphone before hearing excerpts from a piece written by local composer Dr John Traill. We experimented with different composition techniques which we tried out in the classroom when we returned to school.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Roman visit

The 3/4 children are having a great time at the Roman museum in Cirencester. During the workshop they dressed in Roman clothes, played Roman games, handled genuine Roman pottery and practised making mosaics.