Tuesday, 28 February 2017

My Fabulous Day in London

Last Friday was amazing! The whole of PASB and JT had to be at school for 7:45am because the bus would leave otherwise. It took about three hours to get to London but I was sitting next to Ella; I was always entertained (despite her singing). Our first destination was Westminster Abbey. As we strolled around, we learned about the lives and deaths of most of the monarchs including; King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. We then ate our lunch in a grand hallway of Westminster Abbey and followed through to Parliament. When we arrived, we had to linger outside and wait for permission to enter. There was a series of steps we had to follow, but other than that, it was so exciting. We listened in to the debate going on in the House of Lords and carried on to the House of Commons. Then we walked to a little workshop and acted out our different roles in the journey to democracy.
This was the best school trip I’ve ever been on!!!

By Hannah,  Class JT

Mardi Gras

The Key Stage 2 children experienced a little bit of France today in celebration of Mardi Gras. 
Thanks to the planning of Mrs Cockle (our Foreign Languages co-ordinator) and the support of Mrs Hoare (who teaches the French Club) the children were taken to a 'French Bistro' in the cookery room. Here they chose their crepe topping and drink from the menu, which they ordered in French. 
Huge thanks must also go to Mrs Jenkins who has cooked hundreds of crepes for this!

To finish the day Mrs Cockle held a KS2 assembly to which the children brought the Mardi Gras masks that they had made today.

Intra House Tag Rugby

1st - Hitcham -  W2 D1 L0
2nd - Bulstrode -  W1 D2 L0
3rd - Howard -  W1 D1 L1
4th - Mills -  W0 D0 L3

1st - Hitcham - W2 D1 L0
2nd - Bulstrode - W2 D0 L1
3rd - Mills -  W1 D1 L1
4th - Howard -  W0 D0 L3

W = Won   D = Draw   L = Lost

Some impressive displays of teamwork, skill, confidence and ability as well as noteworthy leadership and sportsmanship shown throughout the competition. Thank you and well done to all pupils for their efforts and progress this term.

Monday, 27 February 2017

'Moon Zoom' takes off in LH

After break today, Class LH found parts of an alien space ship scattered around the classroom.  There was a note left for us to read and we discovered how we would be using this experience to help us find out about famous astronauts, the solar system, star constellations and the moon. 

The parts were mainly silver and smooth but some felt very rough.  We had to be careful in case any of the pieces were still hot!! We tried to discover which part of the space ship they could have been from by examining the pieces and we had a great discussion about this.  It got very confusing trying to piece them together but we persevered and came up with some solutions. 

London Trip for Year 6

The year 6 pupils had a jam-packed day on Friday, travelling to London for a tour of Westminster Abbey and then the Houses of Parliament.  They even managed a stop outside No.10 Downing Street to get a photo! (although that did take some advance organising with the security team!) as well as walking along the Embankment and a few other landmark locations. 

In Parliament they were able to be in the viewing gallery of the House of Commons and the House of Lords to watch the politicians in action - debating & voting.  The children also had some really informative workshops which they all enjoyed.

Well done to all the children for their impeccable behaviour, and thanks to all the school staff involved in planning and running this complex, but exciting and beneficial trip. Thanks also to the Friends who annually donate £300 towards the cost of this trip to reduce the cost to families.

A few photos below... more can be seen on the website gallery.

Co-incidentally, in the EADT last week there was nostalgic photo of the Year 6 London trip from 1966! 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Land Ahoy! RNLI Visitor

The children in KS1 today had a visit from a member of the RNLI.  The children learnt all about the fabulous service the Lifeboats give and learnt about dangers at sea and keeping safe near water.
Thank you for the kind donations to the RNLI - a huge total of £80 was donated by the year 1 and year 2 children and staff.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Scrumdiddlyumptious! Where does our food come from?

Part of the learning this term in year 3 & 4 on the topic of 'Scrumdiddlyumptious!' is finding out where our food comes from.  Yesterday, the children had an informative session looking at a tractor on the playground and learning about local farming. 
Thank you to Mr Kiddy for bringing the tractor into school.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Year 5 read poetry to Reception class

Today Class VW were lucky enough to visit the children in Class KM to share their ‘Space’ themed poems. The children enjoyed reading out their poems and showing the younger children their alien models. Thanks to Class KM for being such a good audience!

Cake Sale tonight!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Online Safety Parents session

Parents  had an informative session this morning, learning about staying safe online.  
The key messages involved guiding parents about online apps including ooVoo, music.ly and snapchat amongst others.  They were also instructed on how the use of a hashtag can override privacy settings.  PEGI ratings were reviewed and home security/privacy settings were discussed.  Parents watched two eye-opening videos to set the scene about how easily strangers online can entice youngsters through pretending to be people they are not.    Both had quite an impact and generated a lot of conversation.

The ThinkUKnow parent guide page:    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/How-to-guides/  has links to help. 

We will also be sending out on a separate Parentmail, details of parent guides and websites available to help parents.  We urge you  to share these with grandparents, carers and childminders who are looking after your child to help them keep YOUR child stay safe online.

Thank you to those parents who came and we hope that you can continue working together in the journey of keeping your child safe online. 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The hall is alive.... with the Sound of Music

A simply terrific afternoon of singing in school today from all the Key Stage 2 children taking part in the annual House Singing contest.
This year each House performed two songs from The Sound of Music - Doe-a-Deer & Favourite Things.  Key Stage 1 and Reception classes also joined the audience.
Judges had a hard time deciding which House was the overall winner.  We'd like to thank all the House teachers and support staff for their work preparing the children.
We'd also like to thank the judges - Miss Ducker- Music teacher from Thomas Mills High School, Mr Byer and Mrs Armstrong who were both teachers at our school for many years. Mrs Armstrong presented the trophy ('The Gillian Armstrong House Singing Cup') to the winning House.
Well done to everyone for taking part and delivering some fabulous performances.

 Anticipation waiting for the announcement - Who Won?

Well Done to everyone in 'Howard' ~ Singing champions for 2017

Astrophysicist under the spotlight

Year 5 were lucky enough to be visited by Sarah Cruddas, English space Journalist, Broadcaster and TV Presenter who has a background in astrophysics. The children were completely inspired and asked lots of relevant and interesting questions. We were fascinated to learn that Pluto has volcanoes which erupt ice and that there are robots living on Mars! 

Friday, 3 February 2017

Investigating Materials in Science Club

This week, Year 5 made marble runs using junk modelling materials. The children were very imaginative and used a variety of materials to create an interesting route for their marbles. 

Reflections - Maths in Class VW

In class VW, children have been learning about reflections and translations. They have been confidently working in all 4 quadrants, and learnt how to represent translations with simple formulas (e.g. x+4, y). The children drew their axes accurately and checked the new position by counting the squares to check the translation.

Quicksticks Hockey Success

On Thursday the School Hockey Teams travelled to Hartismere School in Eye to participate in the district rounds of the Quicksticks Hockey tournament. The competition featured over 30 primary schools in total (the largest ever attendance for this event) including 4 teams from Framlingham. All Framlingham teams achieved excellent victories and scored many, many goals throughout the afternoon's play. The 'A' Team finished with Silver medals (match results below) with the 'B' Team close behind in 3rd overall.

'A' Team Match Results

  • 6-0 (W) v Helmingham
  • 1-0 (W) v Creeting 'A'
  • 6-1 (W) v St Botolph's 'B'
  • 3-1 (W) v Mellis
  • 3-0 (W) v Palgrave
  • 5-2 (W) v Framlingham 'B' (Semi-Final)
  • 1-2 (L) v St Botolph's 'A' (Final)

Thanks to all pupils for their impressive efforts, teamwork, cooperation and results. Thanks to all staff, volunteers, helpers and parents who attended for supporting the pupils so well.

Girls Football County Finals Success

On Saturday the Girls Football Team travelled to Westley Middle School in Bury St Edmunds to compete in the annual County Finals tournament. The competition featured the top 8 primary schools in Suffolk who had qualified for the event by winning their respective district rounds earlier in the term. Framlingham produced some magnificent performances during the morning's play against some very physical and experienced opponents. Their match results were as follows:
  • 3-0 (W) v Moulton
  • 0-1 (L) v Morland
  • 1-0 (W) v St Gregory's
  • 1-2 (L) v Westley (Semi-Final)

Thanks to all pupils for their outstanding efforts, excellent teamwork, notable resilience and strong determination throughout the competition. Thanks also to all staff and parents who attended for supporting the team so well.

Inter-cultural celebrations

Class SC celebrated the Chinese New Year 2017, the year of the rooster. We discussed the origins of the Chinese New Year, the traditions that take place each year and what they signify. We made little boxes and Chinese lanterns.  We then shared together fortune cookies, kindly donated by Mrs Chan and read each message. We were each given a red envelope to open on the 28th January 2017 – Chinese New Year.