Friday, 17 January 2020

STEM Challenge

Today, the whole school were set an exciting STEM Challenge: to construct a chair made from newspaper and tape. Firstly, we needed to think about what a chair actually is, so we reviewed the definition of a chair. Principally,  a chair is:  'A separate seat for one person, typically with a back and four legs’. The rules for KS2 were as follows: 
•The chair must  have at least 4 points of contact with the floor.
•The structure must be free- standing, i.e. not supported by anyone or anything.
In the event of a tie break, the winning chair will be the one that holds the team member  the greatest distance from the floor.
When tested, the person must have their feet off the ground, i.e. their body weight is completely supported by the structure.
The houses ventured off to their respective meeting areas, where they were put into smaller groups. After building their chair, the teams came together to decide which one chair would represent the whole house at the end of the day. Ultimately, Howard were victorious but all the staff were blown away by the attitudes of the children and their work ethic.
KS1 and Foundation took part in the challenge, too. The objective was adjusted so groups made a chair which supported a teddy bear. Everyone enjoyed looking at the the various creations that were displayed at the end of the day. A big thank you to everyone who has  donated newspapers over the last 2 weeks. 

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Spelling in the balance in Class LH!

Class LH have started gymnastics this term.  We are creating sequences using balances at high level, mid level and low level.  We have been practicing lots of different balances and movements ready to use and perform in our sequences. 

As part of our warm up, we worked with a partner to make different letters of the alphabet at a range of levels.  Some of the letters were really tricky!!

Can you work out what these letters spell?  

First Word:

Second part:

 Did you work it out?  Answer: CLASS LH

Crossing Patrol Service Leaflet

The Suffolk Roadsafe team have provided us with a very useful leaflet regarding School Crossing Patrols and the responsibilities of both Drivers and Parents when the Crossing Patrol is in action.
We feel this is important information to share with parents and, in the interests of all our children's safety, we hope that you will take the time to read it.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

'School Detectives' on the hunt from Class LH

In our “Street Detectives”  topic we will be finding out about the history of Framlingham and comparing differences and similarities of houses, businesses, life in Framlingham and street furniture however class LH started to think about the history of the school and became ‘school detectives’.  We went for a walk around the school hunting for clues from the past and looking for evidence of parts of the school which have changed and have been altered over the years.

Fynley's comment - "I enjoyed being a detective and looking for the clues" and Benjamin enjoyed seeing the school and looking for evidence of the past. 

We found evidence of a special rose motif on the bricks which was made by local brickworks in 1907.  Look carefully at the photo below – the bricks were on the outside of the school in 1907 but miraculously they can now be seen in the corridor outside the office, Class LC and Class VWe.  Check it out next time you are in school!

Other historical evidence we found was of a plaque in memory to Sir Robert Hitcham 1571-1636 who founded the school.  He also founded the almshouses at the back of the school and we went to look at their design.  We also found a school photo 1924 before the school suffered a bombing in 1940, an infant class photo 1948, the school building photo 1969, a plaque for building work by builders in 1993,  a commemorative plaque for the Gilder garden 2000 and a plaque to mark the dedication of the new school extension 2004-2008.

James and Liza both liked seeing the painting of Sir Robert Hitcham by the hall. 

It was great fun finding out about the school and we thought it was amazing to find all these things that can still  be seen around the school.

Looking for evidence and clues around the school 

Finding the plaque to commemorate the Gilder garden which is now our special reflective area

Tuesday, 7 January 2020



A busy first morning for class LH at Robin Wood. The whole class took part in a tree ID hunt to help get familiar with the trees in the woodland.We discussed it was difficult to identify trees without their leaves. 

The children enjoyed experimenting with a new slack line.

Making soup for the animals.

Den building. 

Bug hunting

We finished the morning with a game of 'Eagle Eyes'

Monday, 6 January 2020

Happy New Year!

We look forward to welcoming all the pupils back to school tomorrow for the new year! 

We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas break.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

STEM newspapers request

Please save your newspapers for our inter- house STEM challenge after the Christmas break. 

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Happy Christmas!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas break!
The children return to school on Tuesday 7 January 2020.

Christmas Dinner Day

Yesterday, the children enjoyed the delights of a wonderful Christmas Lunch!
More photos on the website gallery

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

The Bog Baby Adventures in Class LH

Class LH  has used the ‘The Bog Baby’ by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward as a stimulus for creating their own ‘Bog Baby’.  Mrs Rolfe has guided the children in firstly making their own Bog Baby out of clay using the features from the text. (*see below). 

After this, the children painted their own ‘Bog Baby’ in preparation for the adventure around the school grounds.  

 * "round and blue, boggly eyes, a spiky tail and ears like a mouse"

Darcy and Frank both commented -  "I enjoyed extruding the clay to make the ears and the arms." 

Whilst Rory noted,"I enjoyed sticking the wings on ready for its adventure."

The children used the cameras to record the adventures and thought carefully about how and where the Bog Babies hid and what they discovered. Finally, the photos were then used to sequence their stories and retell the adventure that it had been on.

In the last week, the children collated their books providing a front cover and including the chapters inside the book.

Today, some of the Year 5 children visited our class to listen to the stories that Class LH had written.  It was a lovely sharing session and Class LH were very excited about sharing their stories.

Monday, 16 December 2019

Nursery Trip to Festive Framlingham

Today Nursery went to visit the Christmas tree festival in St Michael's Church. We enjoyed seeing all the beautifully decorated trees and we looked at the Bibles we saw, and sat in the pews to look at the high ceilings and stained glass windows. After that we went to look at the specially decorated windows in Double Street which were a real treat. We all feel very Christmassy now!
As always thank you to our helpers who made the trip such fun.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Tasty treats for the cast of the KS1 nativity!!

Key stage 1 

Key stage 1 have been working hard with their nativity rehearsals so as part of our DT for this term we have been relaxing in the kitchen!   Mrs Sears, Mrs Morgan and Mrs Free did a sterling job helping the year 1 and year 2 children through the mixing and making of the stain-glassed cookies.  



Great team effort by everyone and true perseverance shown in the mixing!! Phew! Look at the results!  They were very tasty!  

The children then wrote up instructions about how to make the cookies thinking about all the processes used and what was needed.

Christmas cakes

In Nursery the children have been working together to make special Christmas cakes to go home. They all helped to mix the cake before it was baked in the oven, and this week they spent time decorating it, choosing their coloured icing and selecting a star or snowflake cutter to use for the decoration on the top. We love Christmas!

Foundation Nativity

Our magical Christmas Nativity, 'Born in Bethlehem', beautifully portrayed by the children in the Reception and Nursery classes.
More images available on the Website Gallery