The children came into school dressed as Ancient Greeks to finish their Learning Quest: “Greece is the word!” They had the opportunity to try different Greek foods and decorated pots using Greek designs. They also shared their group Learning Quests with each other, taking over as teachers in the class for the afternoon. The day culminated with them performing their Greek dance for their families and then sharing the myths they had written and other examples of their learning.
Fairthorne Manor residential
The class thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of their first school residential. The most popular activities were: abseiling; kayaking; canoeing; Team Challenge; Vertical Assault; and Aerial Runway. The also said that they enjoyed the food and sharing a room with their friends.
When asked to sum up the experience in one word the responses included: amazing; awesome, fantastic; and epic.
You can view photos of the trip below.
When we were Ocelots (Year 4)
Extreme Earth Shape Poems
Ocelots had fun thinking about extreme features on earth, like hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes and even tsunamis. They then turned their ideas into shape poems:
Lights Camel Action
Turtles, Leopards and Ocelots classes came together as a cast to perform a nativity show called “Light Camel Action”. It was themed like a Strictly dance show, with the characters explaining their part in the story but dancing for the judges (donkey, Innkeeper’s wife and Caesar). The children performed the humorous script very entertainingly, and sang and danced extremely well. A fun and creative way to think about the Christmas story.
Ocelots class shared a range of artefacts they had created based on their learning about the Anglo-Saxon time period. With atmospheric lighting and music a special atmosphere was created for parents and children from other classes to enjoy exploring the exhibits.
When we were Dragonflies (Year 3)
Dragonflies class visited Pizza Express to design and make their own pizzas. It links to their project on the Ancient Romans and a DT project of designing a 3D box for a pizza for the Queen (as part of her 90th birthday celebrations). The children (and adults) seemed to enjoy tasting the fruits of their labours.
As part of their project on Rainforests the children have been learning about the types of plants that grow and animals that live in the Rainforests. They travelled to Winchester to visit Marwell Zoo to study the animals there first hand.
Christmas Performance of “There’s something amazing going on”
Dragonflies and Penguins class came together for a sparkling Christmas performance. The children really enjoyed the chance to perform on a stage in front of a large audience. After lots of enthusiastic and hard-working practice the cast were ready. The acting was extraordinary, the costumes were fantastically colourful and the singing and dancing were fabulous. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Stone Age Museum
The staff of the pop-up Museum in the school Hall were very organised and highly professional. Collaborating well as a team they shared their knowledge and enthusiasm for this time period with their adult and Y1 visitors. Answering questions, leading activities, developing skills and taking visitors on cave tours. A fabulous event which the Museum Manager was very impressed with.
Butser Ancient Farm
Dragonfly class travelled back in time when they visited Butser Ancient Farm to learn more about the Stone Age. They made cordage, sculpted pottery, created copper jewellery and practised being archaeologists. Undertaking these activities really helped the learning come to life for the children. Favourite parts of the day for the children included being archaeologists and making the copper jewellery.
Stone Age in the Copse
As part of their Stone Age project the children have been exploring and creating in our copse. They had to design and make their own paint brushes before finding a canvas. They had to build models of a hunting shelter and a stone circle in the style of Stonehenge. They had to set up a camp fire and consider what other tools they could make. All of this had to be achieved using only natural materials that they could find (with the exception of some string and paint).
When we were Butterflies (Year 2)
End of year celebration
The children shared their successes and achievements from the year as a class. Lots of proud smiling faces with an impressive backdrop.
“India” Project Celebration
The children have learnt a great deal about India, through comparing an Indian Village with Whiteley and Hampshire.
However today’s celebration with, first Ladybirds class, and then with Butterflies families, focused on teaching others and sharing what they had learnt. They helped visitors learn about and try weaving and Rangoli pattern making, discussed traditional foods and drinks, used Google Earth to show the position of the two villages and entertained with an authentic dance.
A wonderful range of skills and personal attributes led to this being a positive, interactive and powerful learning experience for all.
“Where in the World?” project
As part of their project “Where in the World?” Butterflies class have been learning about different foods from around the world. They have recently had the opportunity to have a first hand (and mouth) experience of preparing and cooking traditional food from another culture during a visit to Waggamamas.
Andy Goldsworthy art
The pupils in Butterflies have been learning about the artist Andy Goldsworthy and have been creating pictures in his style. Andy Goldsworthy collects natural objects from outside and turns they into stunning artwork. The pupils visited the copse to collect: leaves, twigs, conkers, feathers and sticks to produce their creations. They had to produce three versions to explore different techniques and styles.
Henry Cort Multi-Skills session
Multi-Skills session at Henry Court School. The children were very well behaved and did a really good job at joining in.