Whole Class Ensemble Music Celebration Day 2018
We had a great time at Trinity Park, sharing our pieces with lots of other schools. We played 'Five Note Rumba' and 'Beginners Beguine' and we sang 'Building.' It was a super day and we were glad to see some of our families arrive for the performance in the afternoon.
Day 1 of African Adventure
Lots of team games and exploring today!
The Lion King
On Wednesday 18th April, we all travelled to London to The Lyceum Theatre to watch The Lion King. This started off our topic on Africa and also gave us some great ideas to help us with our own (slightly smaller but equally as entertaining!) production of The Lion King at the end of this school year.
We enjoyed our lunch in Embankment Gardens and we also strolled over Waterloo Bridge to see the sights, such as Big Ben (although the tower was surrounded by scaffolding), the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, the Shard... we kept spotting so many landmarks.
We then walked through a very hot and busy Covent Garden on our way to the theatre. The show itself was magical and we were all enthralled by the opening scenes, the puppetry and the singing and dancing.
Sport Relief 'Daley challenge'
We have taken up the challenge this week to try something sporty every day! What do you think of our set of challenges? Look out of updates to see how we are getting on.
Questions to ask your child during and after reading.
Owls class visit to the Energy from Waste site at Great Blakenham on Friday 5th January.
As part of our new topic, Keeping Green, we visited the EfW site. The plant manager, Paul, took us on a tour of the site- we saw the rubbish being tipped by the bin lorries, then the claws picking up the rubbish and putting it into the furnace. We looked inside the furnace to see the rubbish burning. After this, we saw the ash being filtered and sorted on a conveyor belt. We walked to the ash store, where there were different piles of ash ready to be taken away, as well as scrap metal and rubble.
We learnt that everything is either used or reused at the site. The steam produced by the furnaces below the rainwater collection turns turbines that produce electricity. The turbines are turning all the time, even at Christmas! The steam that comes out of the chimneys is treated so that it is not toxic to the environment. The ash is used for making road surfaces and the scrap metal and rubble is sold on to be reused or melted down.
As well as the tour, we also learnt about recycling and energy usage in the visitor centre. We had some challenges to complete and then, in the afternoon, we had a debate about the positives and the negatives of a Energy from Waste site.
Owls class assembly
We enjoyed showing off our learning to the school and to our families. We have really loved our topic this term and can't wait to host our VE Day party!
Planning for our VE Day party
We above been continuing our planning for our VE Day celebration on Friday 8th December. We are working in small teams to put the party together using what we have found out about how the parties would have been celebrated back in 1945.
We would like to invite parents and / or grandparents to come and along and join in the fun from 1.30 until 2.45 on Friday 8th December in the village hall. Please let me Miss Nunn know if you are going to attend.
Owls class are on Twitter
Owls class now have their own Twitter page. Please feel free to follow us and see even more of what we are doing in school.
Our web page and Tapestry will still be updated too.
Find us @OwlsClassJN on Twitter
Sing Up Suffolk
We had a brilliant day at The Royal Hospital School with Dominic Peckham- we talked about all things 'singing' and learned how to air surf with our voices. In the afternoon, we performed 4 songs to our families that we had learned during the day.
STEM day at OBH Monday 6th November 2017
The Y5 and 6 girls had a very exciting day out at the beginning of the week- they were invited to attend a STEM event at Old Buckenham Hall School, where they took part in a number of different challenges focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Well done to you all! Matilda, Clarice, Issy, Maayan and Charlotte also won a science prize!
As part of our topic, we have been learning about rationing. Daisy made some rock cakes- two different types- one made using rationed ingredients and one made using a modern day recipe. We all tried them and had to guess which was which- it was quite tricky trying to work it out. Daisy told us that the rationed recipe had less butter, flour and eggs than the modern day recipe.
On Monday afternoon, Mrs Hill came in and showed us how to make corn dollies. She told us how they came about and the old traditions around Harvest time.
Did you know that the farmers used to place their corn dollies from the previous year into the ground before they ploughed, in the hope of bringing another good Harvest?
We learned some basic weaving skills and practised using art straws before moving onto the damp corn, which had been soaking overnight.
What do you think of our corn dollies?
East Mersea trip
We all had a fantastic time at East Mersea Outdoor Centre on Friday 13th October.
Activities that we did included bushcraft, climbing and the adventure course. Bushcraft gave us all the chance to work as a team, building a shelter and preparing a fire- we then toasted marshmallows and ate them with chocolate digestives! The adventure course was also focused on team work and working together. Climbing saw some of us facing our fears, but we all had a go at it... some people even reached the top!
It has been a busy and learning-filled start to the new school year.
Last week, we started off our WW2 topic with a visit to Imperial War Museum Duxford, followed by an afternoon and evening pretending to be evacuees! We went for a walk across the fields after a fish and chip supper, followed by 'lights out' and hot chocolate (someone must have saved up their ration coupons for that treat!). The next day, our parents came in to see some of our learning and do even more work with us. We made ration books, evacuee labels, gas mask boxes and we began to watch the film of Goodnight Mister Tom too.
We enjoyed a jam-packed Sports Week! Owls class took part in a wide range of activities, including: biking with British Cycling, karate, archery and golf. We also had a visit from a dentist and from St John's Ambulance. As well as all of these activities, we also celebrated sports day... Year 6 children won a tough race between them and the teachers!
Hollow Trees Visit
We had a great time learning about how the farm runs as a business. We found out about how a farmer begins the process of planting seeds (we planted our own pea shoot seeds) to harvesting the crops using a combine.
In the afternoon, we were lucky enough to go 'behind the scenes' in the shop, looking at recycling, food storage and preparation.
The tractor ride was good fun and very bumpy too!
Thank you to all of the staff at Hollow Trees.
End of SATs treat- Friday 12th May
To celebrate the end of SATs week, Owls will be having a small picnic lunch and games on the Glebe. Please send your child in with a packed lunch on Friday 12th. If you wish, you can also send your child in with a picnic blanket to sit on! We will spend some of our morning on the Glebe (weather dependent) and enjoy some games before and after our picnic.
British Science Week
Next week is British Science Week and in Owls class, we will be linking our learning to the Solar System, in particular, the Moon. We will also be conducting some experiments of our own linked to our topic work!
Owls class will be taking a trip to BT Adastral Park on Tuesday to take part in a number of different workshops based on science in industry; there will be coding and programming activities amongst many other exciting exhibits.
Watch this space for photos and further updates throughout the week...
WORLD BOOK DAY!
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Owls are very much looking forward to World Book Day next week. As ever, we will be dressing up as a book character. Owls class will be focusing their learning around David Walliams' books and his characters... so, if you want to dress up to link with this, then you can.
Some of David Walliams' books include:
Grandpa's Great Escape
The Boy in the Dress
The Midnight Gang
We look forward to sharing our costumes and enjoying a fun-filled day!
KS2 Cake Sale
Wednesday 8th February at 3pm
Please bake cakes, biscuits or cupcakes and bring them in to sell on the day. All funds will go to Badgers and Owls classes to ensure that we all get to do even more exciting learning this year.