Report from 19 March - this report was delayed due to the urgent posts needed in the run up to the school closure. Class LH have been busy as part of their 'Towers, Turrets and Tunnels' topic designing and making their own castles. Following our successful trip to Framlingham Castle, we came back and talked about all the different parts of a castle and what they were used for eg battlements., portcullis, drawbridge, arrow slits, curtain and the moat. We then drew a labelled picture of a castle that we would like to live in. We also designed our own castle on the computers using Revelation Art. As part of the DT, we looked at a range of mechanical moving toys and worked out how to use a pulley system to open and close the drawbridge and the portcullis. We planned and designed our castles with the moving parts. This afternoon we shared what we'd learnt with each other about the difficulties and how we overcame them. We celebrated want went well and were able to talk about each other castles and what we liked about them.
School will be closed to almost all children from Monday 23 March.
School will be closed to almost all children from Monday 23 March.
Childcare will only be for children of eligible Key Workers (awaiting Government definition), those with an EHC Plan or Social Worker who are unable to make other childcare arrangements. A ParentMail FORM will be sent to gather this information today.
At this point we do not know how long this closure will last.
Home Learning will be communicated via ParentMail by Monday.
Those currently self-isolating should continue isolation for the full 14 days.
We will continue to regularly keep you updated through ParentMail.
WEEK 4 - CLASS KM ' A Gruffalo! What's a Gruffalo? ' The children in Class KM enjoyed creating their own Gruffalo using natural materials from the woodland. They did very well at remembering all the different features.
After introducing hammers to the children last week we continued with these making something special for our Mums.
WEEK 3 A muddy morning at Robin Wood! The children used mud and natural resources to create their own Gruffalo face on a tree as well as creating some mud paint pictures. They also had the opportunity to use a hammer and nails to create some patterns on wood.
One of the Mum's had told me via Tapestry that their child had an idea he wanted to share with all the children to help us learn how important soap is when we are washing our hands.
We set up the experiment using plates with water in and then added pepper which was pretending to be the germs. When Mrs Cooper put her finger in the water all the pepper pretend germs stuck to it. We carefully put a little of the soap on the fingers of the children and when they put their soapy finger in the water all the pepper germs moved away from it! This shows that germs do not like soap!
Please keep yourself updated with the latest Government advice on Coronavirus,which is as follows (as of 16 March): What to do if anyone in your household has symptoms:
Your whole family should isolate & stay at home for 14 days if your child has either:
- a high temperature (over 37.8)
- a new continuous cough
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. COVID-19: stay at home guidance
If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. They will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.
It is important that you advise our school via ParentMail App (Notify Absence) that your child is ‘Self-Isolating for possible COVID-19 for 14 days’. We prefer you to use the App rather than answerphone please- but do not use both. You do not need to notify us every day, only the first day.
As at 16 March: The Government have confirmed that they are NOT closing schools at this time. Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
As part of Science week this week Nursery had a lesson on germs and hand washing. We talked about how germs can make you poorly, but that you can get rid of them by washing your hands carefully. To explore this idea Mrs Cooper put some green bioglitter on the children's hands pretending to be germs. The children then held hands with a friend and touched some toys and we noticed that the glitter germs spread. We tried to wipe off the germs with a paper towel but that didn't work and so we went to wash our hands using soap and water. We sang our Wash your hands song as we did so to make sure we were cleaning all over our hands properly and all the 'germs' were washed away!
Thanks once again to the Suffolk RoadSafe team for their excellent Bikeability training session to our Year 5 pupils. The children are part way through their two days intensive training. During the training they will learn how to look after their bicycles, spend time learning key cycling & indicating skills on the playground, spend a day and a half on the roads around the school in Framlingham. By the end of the course, they aim to give the children confidence on the roads and to help them learn the skills needed to become safe cyclists. There will be further Bikeability training in September for Year 5 & 6.
Is your child eligible for SCC funded school travel?
If they are, you will need to opt-in by 31 May 2020 to receive travel for the start of the 2020/2021 school term. - If your child already receives SCC funded travel you still need to opt-in every year. - If your child is starting secondary school in September 2020 and they are eligible for SCC funded school travel you will be contacted by the 30 March 2020. You will need to opt-in if you would like your child to use this service. - If your child is starting primary school in September 2020 and they are eligible for SCC funded school travel you will be contacted by the 15 May. You will need to opt in if you would like your child to use this service.
For more information on the SCC school travel policy and getting your child to school please visit www.suffolkonboard.com/optin
This half term, children in Key Stage 1 will participate in a wide-range of ball games. This will include: Croquet, tri-golf, target throwing, Diabolo, plate-spinning, ten-pin bowling and other fundamental skill-building activities. Such as, speed-bounce and standing long jump. The children loved their first session and we look forward to the next!
This is a rapidly evolving situation which we are monitoring carefully but based on the available evidence, the current risk to the UK population is low. In this blog we’ll answer some of the questions many people have. We’ll update this blog as new information becomes available.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
WEEK 2 -CLASS KM The children were very excited to find some large footprints and some brown woolly hair in the woodland this morning. We wondered who could have visited the wood? The children thought it was maybe a bear but after following a trail of hair we found a basket in a tree with The Gruffalo story and characters from the story inside. We decided it must have been the Gruffalo! We read the story but found that the snake was missing, so the children searched for a snake in the wood and ended up finding fourteen. We decided we should make some log pile houses for the snakes to help them hide from the Gruffalo. The children worked well together and independently to create some fantastic log pile houses. The children then enjoyed some free play before having snack and finishing reading the Gruffalo story together. We ended the morning by introducing the game 'Eagle Eyes ' to the children.
Thankfully, it was a sunny morning as we set off to explore Framlingham Castle, with an army of much-appreciated volunteers to aid our invasion. We had a treasure hunt to complete which entailed spotting significant features within the castle walls. We tested our nerve by climbing up the steep stairs to the battlements, where we enjoyed the view across the mere, Framlingham and beyond. We also pretended to be defending the castle and used the arrow loops to look out for advancing enemies - a couple with their dog!
As we looked over the mere we talked about how it was used as a larder for the castle and also spotted where the bridge to the pleasure gardens used to be.
Identifying where the portcullis would have been.
Examining the ruins of one of the towers.
Hunting for clues from the past.
Drawing some of the architectural features
Dressing up in a variety of hats through the ages.
You have to have a head for heights but - wow - what a view!
On Friday, Year 6 were given the opportunity to take part in a heart dissection (lamb's heart). The purpose of this was to allow the children to encounter the heart and it's anatomical features, allowing greater perspective to be gained. After considerable discussion around health and safety protocol, the children were split into smaller groups. They applied the appropriate safety equipment, prepared the area and commenced the dissections. The children investigated the chambers, valves and vessels which transport oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood around the body. They pierced the atrium and ventricle, cutting to the apex of the heart. It was also interesting to note the relative thicknesses of the walls, with the left side being a lot thicker than the right. This is due to the fact that the left ventricle has to pump blood around the rest of the body, whereas the right ventricle pumps blood to the lungs so gaseous exchange can take place.
Last Friday, year 6 enjoyed a trip to BT Adastral Park. The interactive day enabled the children to program a virtual robot in a virtual environment.They had to write code for the robots to navigate the screen whilst picking up and depositing tokens at various locations. At the end of the day, the children were able to compete against other schools on the larger plasma screens situated around the hall.
On Monday 24th February 2020, due to the storm, ninety-five children in year 5 and 6 participated in indoor PE. The children enjoyed: floor, beam, bar and vault in gymnastics; spinning plates, diabolo, juggling balls and skipping in circus games;stacking cups and table tennis. I'm sure you would agree we made the most of the available space!