Evacuation Day

What a success Evacuation day was; the children looked brilliant in their WW2 style clothing and their learning was enriched through various activities throughout the day.

 

 

We began the day with ‘Evacuation Lottery’ where the children chose numbers which correlated to details such as their first name, surname, home town and place of evacuation. The children took on this identify for the day and wrote their new details onto an identity tag.

Singing kept morale high during WW2. During the morning, all of year 6 gathered together to sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn. We also looked at the lyrics and considered what might be meant by phrases such as ‘till the blue skies chase the dark clouds far away’. We also sang ‘Run Rabbit’ and learned about the alternative meaning to this song which took the mickey out of the Nazis.

To understand what evacuees must have felt like, the children took part in some freeze frames using pictures from WW2 as inspiration; the children had to say what they’d be thinking and feeling if they were in the shoes of an evacuee. This helped us to gather some ideas for postcards which they wrote ‘home’.

Entertainment in 1940 was very different from today. The children learned how to play a couple of different old-fashioned marble games; it was very enjoyable whilst also being rather competitive! Who’d have thought they could have so much fun without an X-box in sight!?

Children were evacuated to countryside locations which would have looked very different to the big cities they were used to. For some children, this was their first time seeing such lush fields and cattle. The children learned some watercolour painting techniques to create a picture inspired by countryside photos. We were so impressed by the children’s observational skills –it’s hard to tell apart the photos from the children’s paintings!

Other activites throughout the day also included reading a special WW2 edition of our ‘First News’ paper and answering some quiz questions.

At one point during the day, we sounded the air raid siren loudly. As an emergency procedure, we evacuated to the cloakrooms and turned off the lights just like they would have done during the Blackout. The children said it was quite scary knowing that the German airforce, the Luftwaffe, could be potentially dropping bombs!

To top off our learning, the following day we had some very special visitors in school – Mr and Mrs Hedgecock and Mr and Mrs Collier. They were evacuated during the war and answered lots of questions which the children had written; it was so interesting hearing about their first-hand experiences. Thank you so much for joining us for the afternoon.

We hope that the children have been sharing their learning about WW2 at home as they should have gained a wealth of knowledge in this thought-provoking topic.

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5 and 6 Fraction Workshop

There are still spaces left if you would like to come along tonight and secure your knowledge within adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions so that you can support your child with confidence.

The workshop will be in 6G at 7pm – hot drinks and biscuits will be provided!

We look forward to seeing you later.

Research

Hello from the research base that is year 4.

Over the last couple of days, we have been conducting our own research about life in Ancient Egypt. To do this we have been using iPads, information books and fact sheets. Then we created a poster or leaflet to present what we had uncovered to others. 

The children have been wowing their teachers with their exciting and imaginative stories that they have been writing in English. They have created some really interesting characters, and we cannot wait to see how their stories unfold. Once they have finished their draft, we would like to share these amazing stories with you, so will be sending home a copy home for you to enjoy.

We are in full caroling mode, and preparations are underway for our Christmas Carol Concerts, the first of which is next Thursday. Please can you encourage your children to learn the words of the carols which were sent home on Friday. The evening performance is on the Monday 18th December at 7pm, so we would like the children to arrive between 6.30pm and 6.40pm. We are expecting all the children to attend, so please let us know if your children are unable to make it, as we will be handing out readings and acting parts soon.

Thanks for your continuing support

The Year 4 Team.

Year 6 Christmas Display

To mark the Christmas spirit, the school have been creating festive displays. Year 6 have created a display to represent ‘Bethlehem’; a group of children designed themed houses and buildings then embellished them with gold paints and materials. To create the background, Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ was used as inspiration. The children used their fingerprints to create the North Star and the swirls in the sky.

 

Not Any Old Iron in Year 3

Year 3 have been working extremely hard this term. We have all enjoyed studying The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Through this unit, the children have written diaries, letters and news reports based on the different events in the story. They have really engaged with the text, and this week have reviewed the book, as well as drawing comparisons with the film.

During our Science lessons we have been exploring forces and how objects move across a surface. We have also enjoyed investigating the effect that magnets have upon each other, and on magnetic objects.

in History we are beginning to learn how Stone Age life changed into the Bronze Age and subsequently the Iron Age. We are looking forward to making Celtic money pouches in DT, investigating the best natural juices to dye our fabric and developing our sewing technique.

This week we have begun practising the carols for our Carol Concert, and will be bringing words home to practise next week.

Finally, a practical reminder, we are still having Games lessons outdoors, please could you ensure that your child has tracksuit trousers to wear outdoors, and a spare pair of socks for girls who may be coming to school wearing tights.

Many thanks

Year 3 Team

Year 5 Science

Year 5 Science

The children have had a brilliant week investigating how moon craters are formed. They used flour in trays to represent the moon’s surface and different size clay spheres, dropped from various heights, to see how the impact craters changed. The results were really interesting and not always what the children expected!

 

Maths Fraction Workshop

Reminder to book on

If you are keen to come along and improve your knowledge and understanding about fractions then don’t forgot to book onto the fraction workshop course which is happening next Thursday at 7pm – we’d love to see you there and promise it won’t be anything too scary!

Miss Goddard will send an email to those parents booked on at the end of this week.

For more information and booking instructions, see previous posts.

 

 

 

Year 5 and 6 Christmas Carol Concert

Carol Concert Information 

As you know, the Christmas Carol Concert is fast approaching. We will be practising the songs in school but lyrics will also be sent home.

Due to two of our performances being in the afternoon, all children will be included in the concerts. If your child is not able to attend the evening concert of Tuesday 19th then please could you inform us so we can adapt seating. 

Children will be selected for particular roles such as Bible readings and taking part in the tableau in the coming week. If they have a specific role or are part of the choir, they must be able to attend the evening performance.

We are looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks time!

Thanks,

Year 5 and 6 Team.

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