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Archive - Autumn 2013

Project Homework

World War 2 Project Homeworks

Class 3 were asked to make World War 2 memorabilia for their recent project homework. Their homeworks came in various shapes and sizes but the quality of the work from all of the children was amazing. The children made all sorts of memorabilia which they could talk confidently about including gas masks, evacuee suitcases and Anderson shelters. Well done Class 3!

Year 2 Visit to The Jerwood Dance House

Our Year 2 children were lucky enough to be invited to watch a rehearsal of ‘The Little Match Girl’. 
The director wanted the dancers to receive some feedback from some children as part of their development of the dance. So, after the children had watched the whole dance, they were invited on to the stage and sat with individual dancers in order to talk about the dance and say what they thought of it; what they liked about it; their favourite parts etc.

It was wonderful to sit so close to the performance and to see how the dancers had transformed Hans Christian Anderson’s sad tale in to a mesmerising piece of dance theatre.

Orange Seed Day - 29th November 2013

 On 29th November as a school we celebrated Orange Seed Day. This is also known as Omucungwa Day in its native Ugandan tongue. Omucungwa is the Ugandan word for orange. The charity ‘Possibilities’ is raising money for a special centre specifically designed for school dropouts in a place called Malangata. It is in the jungle some 26 miles from Kampala City in rural Uganda. It is a very poor area for several reasons and children are dropping out of school and therefore in turn becoming unemployable.

We supported Orange Seed Day along with other schools nationwide. The opening of Ensigo Y'Omucungwa (the centre) will be in February 2014.

PE with Kate Alexander
Class 5 have been working with one of the specialist teachers from Farlingaye High School. Kate Alexander has worked with Class 5 over five sessions and the children have impressed Miss Alexander with 
their progress.

The children have been able to work with crash mats and most recently create a dance sequence to a snippet from ‘Ghost Dances’ choreographed by Christopher Bruce. 

We thank Miss Alexander for her expertise and I am sure some of the Year 5s will see her in the not too distant future when they head to Farlingaye as Year 7s!

Football Tournament

We played in the pyramid football tournament at the Goal Centre in Ipswich. We played extremely well and enjoyed playing in such a special and busy environment.

We came joint seventh with Bawdsey out of thirteen teams.

Well done footballers!

Tag Rugby Success - November 2013

Our Tag Rugby Team won the Pyramid Tournament this term at Woodbridge Rugby Club beating Kyson in the final game.

We then took part in the level two competition. It was a cold evening and we all had a bit of a job keeping warm. The children played incredibly well, winning their matches against Gorseland and St. Helens.

We came third in the tournament overall and a special well done must go to Molly Sampson who won a Fair Play award.

Well done Tag Rugby Team!

Jessica Souhami

Classes 3 and 4 were lucky enough to attend the Children’s Bookshow on 7th November 2013. We listened to an author called Jessica Souhami and were introduced to lots of her books such as ‘Sausages’ and ‘Foxy.’ We all received a signed copy of her new book to take away with us.

Class 3 then had a workshop with Jessica the following week. This was fantastic and the children wrote some wonderful stories which were truly imaginative. Jessica was very impressed!

Thank you to Jessica Souhami for inspiring us!

Autumn Fair 2013

The Autumn Fair took place at the end of October and we were blessed with such lovely weather! There were all sorts of stalls run by children, parents and teachers including apple bobbing, pumpkin soup tasting and the all important pumpkin competition. We managed to raise just over £350 for FOGS. Thank you to everybody who attended or ran a stall.

Book Making Week - Autumn 2013

During this week the children had opportunities to work alongside our two visiting experts Sarah Gallagher and Blue King.

Sarah used to be headteacher of Rendlesham Primary School and has now set up ‘Story Shack’ near Snape where you discover and share books, have a coffee and even make books or maybe create your own stories. Sarah spent two days in school working with our KS 2 children making a whole range of books from traditional designs to more adventurous and unusual books.

Blue mostly worked alongside our younger children using small cereal boxes as a starting point for very inventive zig-zag books which might contain a story or parts of a story. The boxes would sometimes contain figures or objects from the stories told in the book or contained a scene/setting from a story.

The children were also engaged in other book making activities and used a whole range of materials and tools in order to put their books together.

The whole project culminated in an exhibition of the books at the end of the week and parents were able to come and view the children’s work.

Bikeability Autumn 2013

Our Year 6 children did a course of cycling proficiency – they spent the first day having their bikes checked to make sure they were suitable for the road; they also spent a lot of time on the playground carrying out various manoeuvres. On the second day they were all out on the road learning how to stay safe whilst starting off, turning corners and passing parked cars etc. 

All of the children did very well and received a certificate and badge which were presented in assembly.

New classroom

As you can see our new classroom is up and running. There are still one or two minor details to finish off besides getting the land around it back to a presentable state but we are all very pleased with the job done. I know that Mrs Vickerstaff and Mrs Churchyard are very excited about working in this lovely building after spending a considerable period of time during the summer holidays setting everything up; they have now settled in remarkably quickly with our new Reception children.

Of course there will be some teething issues to overcome but we are already talking through these and I’m sure that by half term we will all be used to using this addition to our school.

We would like to do an official opening soon and I will notify you of a day and time once I have arranged this with governors, builders and designers. In the mean time I would like to thank Ashton Designs for designing such a wonderful classroom and Scott Fulcher for the remarkably high standards of work we have seen over the past few months – the quality of work has been outstanding and all tradesman have been accommodating and very earnest about producing the best for the school.

Most important of all; I am sure that this marvelous new building will help to ensure that our youngest children will have an excellent start to school life.