Friday, 31 March 2017

Colourful science in Nursery

We have been learning about colour in Nursery this half term and have been experimenting a lot with mixing colours and using different art materials such as brusho and paint in different ways.
We have also explored colour through some science activities learning that water can "walk" up a paper towel, that flowers drink water (proven by the flowers changing colour depending on the colour of the water they were in), that if we plant a seed in soil and give it water and light it should grow (we planted rainbow chard), and that we can make a rainbow using sweets!
The children have really enjoyed the new experiences telling us what they have noticed and getting excited by the miraculous science we have observed together.

Alien puppets have landed in Class LH

Alien puppets have landed in Class LH

This term Class LH have been investigating, designing, making and evaluating some alien puppets as part of the Moon Zoom topic.  The puppets were made out of socks. The children needed to include at least one button but could then choose how they decorated them.  

Here are some comments from the children:-

"It was tricky sewing on feathers and pipe cleaners using the needle.  I didn't realise that you had to go round them rather than through them." - Edward

"I liked the stitches that we learnt about" - Rebecca

"I enjoyed sewing the materials on" - Miranda

Parents and grandparents  all working together in class.  Great teamwork. 

Finished alien!

Two more have landed!

A selection of some of the aliens on display in class. 

Class LH would like to say a HUGE thank you to parents and grandparents who so generously gave up their time to come and help.  The children have really enjoyed making the puppets and without the help we received, it would have been a tricky project to complete.   We think they fantastic and the children have enjoyed playing with them today.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Easter Service

Our Year 5 pupils hosted a lovely Easter Service today at St Michael's Church.
Photos were taken by Alex from Year 3, who had a front row seat...

Fairtrade Visitor

On Wednesday 29th March Michael Gidney, who is the Executive Director of Fairtrade in the U.K, came to visit us.
Firstly he showed us a video about a girl called Tenia who goes on an adventure behind the scenes of chocolate. She met some people from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean and asked them some questions about how Fairtrade had changed their lives. A lot of the families could not afford to send their children to school to get an education and now, because of Fairtrade, they can afford it although only a few of the children in a family can go to school!
Next he talked to us about a few of the Fairtrade products. The first food that he talked about was bananas. Amazingly 533 million Fairtrade bananas are sold in 1 whole year, although only 1 in 3 bananas are Fairtrade in the whole world.
Lastly before he went he gave us all Fairtrade stickers.
By Georgie and James - class reporters class PL/KV    

Performing in assembly

The Nursery children have been learning the story of Noah's Ark this term. They have learnt a special song to tell the Noah's ark story with Mrs Eyles in our music sessions. Today we went to perform it to the children from Foundation and Key Stage 1 in assembly. They did it brilliantly, with confidence and smiles. We were so proud of them!
I told the children I was bursting with pride and one of them told me "I could burst into tears because it was so amazing!" Well done everybody. You were amazing!

Saxted Windmill

A delightful drawing by Veronica from class LC

Extracts from a big report written by Ollie, also from class LC:

" front of the mill, Mr Sullivan introduced himself and told us that he owned the mill.  He told us that when the wind blows the part on top of the roundhouse moves! The stairs going to the top move and that was why there was a track.
One group went up the stairs and the other went into the actual windmill and it moved when they went in it !!!
In the roundhouse there are three staircases, the first floor had a hopper which flour would come pouring out of.  Mr Sullivan said the top of the windmill weighed the same as 15 big tractors.  On the section below there was a little bell beside a hole that you'd drop corn down. On the second floor in the round house were 4 trap-doors and one normal door with no stairs where a truck would sit (outside) for one man to chuck bags of flour up through the door to land in the truck."

Intra-House Hockey

Intra-House Hockey Tournament - Monday 27th March 2017

Round 1

Bulstrode 2 Hitcham 1
Mills 1 Howard 1

Round 2

Bulstrode 0 Howard 1
Mills 0 Hitcham 2

Round 3

Bulstrode 1 Mills 0
Hitcham 2 Howard 0


1st - Hitcham     P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1     GD = +3
2nd - Bulstrode   P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1     GD = +1
3rd - Howard     P 3 W 1 D 1 L 1      GD = -1
4th - Mills         P 3 W 0 D 1 L 2       GD = -3

All houses displayed some excellent teamwork, collaboration and skill during the competition and throughout the Spring Term. Well done to all pupils for their efforts and achievements and thank you to all staff for supporting the pupils with their learning and progress.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

LH become star struck!!

Class LH - create constellations

As part of "Moon Zoom", class LH have been studying the constellations in the sky and understanding the different patterns the stars make.  We discussed how travellers years ago used the stars to help them orientate themselves and guide them in their travels.  

We used marshmallows and cocktail sticks to create the constellation, which were then mounted on black paper and labelled.  


Monday, 27 March 2017

In Science Club, year 6 were faced with a challenge: to construct a structure capable of holding a 500g weight using drinking straws, string and tape. They had to think about reinforcing their structure and how to achieve the aim effectively. Some children pushed straws together and then taped them, allowing greater rigidity and strength. They also considered how many legs their structure might need and positioning them for optimum stability.   

Friday, 24 March 2017

Year 5 / 6 Computer Club

Year 5/6 computer club

This term Year 5 and Year 6 have been enjoying the computer club - indeed a full house today!! 

The children have had a very productive term using pivot and scratch to hone their coding skills.  They have also been using powerpoint and enhancing their presentations with animations and pasting in images from the internet.   Others have been supporting their class learning by deepening their research skills and locating new information to add to their class topics/projects. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Saxtead Mill Visit

As part of their 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' topic Year 3 & 4 children visited Saxtead Mill today to find out about the milling process.
Thank you to Mrs Hind & Mrs Farrand for taking the photos..

AB Share Session

On Tuesday afternoon AB had their share session. We had a lovely calm afternoon with lots of Easter crafts and puzzles. There were Easter decorations, string egg making, Salvadorian crosses, word searches and so much more. It was great that so many parents/grandparents could attend. Thank you to all that came - I know that all the children and teachers in class AB had a wonderful time.

Class JC STEM Challenge

This is Class JC who took part in the STEM challenge as part of science week.  They had to use newspaper and sellotape to design a structure to hold a ball, which had to be 10cm off the ground.  They had lots of fun and learnt how to work together and listen to each other’s idea.  


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Framlingham Castle Art Competition

The Year 3 & 4 children whose drawings were chosen by English Heritage were lucky to see their artwork transposed to some large display boards up at the Castle today. The English Heritage conservation and education team were taking publicity shots of the children.  Not only that, but they all had a go on the 'Time Tunnel' slide! What a great day!  More photos on the website gallery...