Owl Class - Summer Term
23rd June 2017
On Wednesday four of our Year 6s spent an English Day at Hedingham School, coming back happy and excited! The rest of Owls spent time with Mrs Halls doing some exciting art work!
We were delighted to welcome Mr Cooper to our celebration assembly, who talked to us all about our 500 word stories before announcing the winners!
This years winner was: Bertie
16th June 2017
On Saturday 10th it was a pleasure to see so many of you at Bulmer Summer fete, held on Coes Meadow.
On Thursday it was fabulous to see so many of you again for our 'Relatives to Lunch'. Owls commented that they had never seen so many parents before. One said that we shall need a bigger hall next time to fit you all in!!
To Bailey for his determination during the maths project he is working on.
9th June 2017
Half term flew by and here we are, back at school for our last half term before the long summer holidays.
On Wednesday Foxes and Owls went to the Essex Schools Food and Farming Show at Writtle College. We all had an absolutely fabulous day. In the food marquee the children learned all about different food; they had the opportunity to sample a variety of herbs and edible flower petals, tasted and compared full fat, skimmed and semi-skimmed milk, sampled beef burgers and bacon, venison, fruit smoothies which contained no dairy and fresh oysters! It was interesting to watch the children's faces as they cautiously tried them!
Back in the fields we saw farm machinery in action. Starting with the sowing, we saw how each machine played their part in the growing process and harvesting the crops. At each stage we saw the machinery working it's way across the field.
The children were keen to learn how mini-beasts, birds of prey, crayfish, catfish and eels to name but a few all play an important part in the environment. Watching them close up was amazing. In the livestock marquee wecame face to face with a range of farm animals.
We entered the 10th year anniversary show's Scarecrow Competition - we didn't win, but were very proud of Scarecrow Anne Boleyn who managed to keep her head tucked under her arm throughout the day!
The week ended in a special way; we celebrated Pentecost at church in a service led by the Reverend Gay. Owl Class read the readings and said the prayers beautifully. Well done. It was fabulous to see all of the parents who joined us.
26th May, 2017
This week Owl class combined English with the British Value of democracy. They planned and wrote a speech in preparation for elections for school House Captain. On Thursday afternoon they presented their speeches to their houses, voting forms were completed and a ballot held. The votes were counted and the house captains were announced in the celebration assembly on Friday afternoon.
Friday saw our first 'House' afternoon where all the children split into their houses for a fun filled afternoon designing a leaf for our new 'Tree House' display. Each leaf has unique rooms decided and designed by the children. The Tree House is going to look fabulous, the artwork is amazing.
On Wednesday some of Owl class took part in a Kwik Cricket match at Halstead Cricket Club, where they played really well.
Head teacher Awards:
19th May - Jaden
26th May - Darcie
12th May, 2017
Well done to everyone in Owl class. The Year 6s worked so hard this week with their SATs; they began their day with an extra breakfast which ranged from brioche to coissants to crumpets! The Year 5s were really considerate all week towards them, whilst they themselves had their assessments. Well done to you all, I am very proud of you.
Head teacher awards:
5th May - Chloe
12th May - Evie
28th April, 2017
What a fantastic start to the new term. During assemblies the children have been learning about looking smart, working together as a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) and taking care of their personal belongings and those of one another. This has had a positive reflection on the way Owl Class have conducted themselves around our school. They have been calmer, the cloakroom tidier and they all look so smart. Well done!
Owl Class have been very enthusiastic to start learning about the Tudors which is our history focus for this term's learning theme 'Through The Time Tunnel'. In English they have been researching, using both books and computers, an area of the Tudor reign which is of interest to them. They went on to plan and finally write some brilliant non-chronological reports. In Maths the children have been learning about metric units of measure and how to convert them. There were some interesting discoveries in our Science learning this week. It took the form of a discussion as to how the Tudors perceived the earth, before identifying and comparing evidence for and against a spherical/flat earth!
We had a visit from a representative for e-safety from the Essex Fire Service. He began by discussing social media sites, showed us a short video on how easy it is for others to obtain our personal details before the children completed a short group activity. This re-enforced how important it is to keep personal details private, not share photos of themselves (especially in school uniform), only invite people to join that you know and not to be afraid to tell an adult if anything makes them feel uncomfortable. They were amazed how 'open' snapchat actually is! We all learned a considerable amount. Thank you to Tom for your presentation.
Finally, congratulations to Jacob who won the 'Headteacher Award' this week. Tremendous improvement, well done!
Owl Class - Spring Term
27th March, 2017
At the beginning of the week the children worked on an art project linked to our Learning Journey animals. Each of the animals were created out of newspaper 'pebbles' and tissue paper. They look absolutely fabulous in the school entrance as a welcome to our school. The children then wrote about how the animals are represented in their learning.
The last week of term and a group of very excited Year 6's set off for their residential visit to Kingswood!
24th March, 2017
Today was celebrated with Red Nose Day when the children dressed in their own clothes to raise money to help transform the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. It was also the day of our annual Spring Concert; Owl Class sang, danced and played music to a very supportive audience.
23rd March, 2017
The Year 6's spent this afternoon learning about what to do should they find themselves in any danger in the future. They were faced with some 'dangerous situations' and made some important decisions. These included: calling 999, first aid, safety including at home, fire, electrical, food, road and when faced with strangers. They learned about antisocial behaviour, peer pressure, what to do if they saw someone shop lifting and more about internet safety. The children were recognised by the instructors for their excellent behaviour and responses to questions; this was announced at the end of the afternoon.
Well done all of you.
22nd March, 2017
To mark the end of this term's topic, Owl Class decided to celebrate with a tea party. The children performed their assembly to some of Bulmer's elderly residents including Skylarks. Afterwards everyone sat down to sandwiches, cakes and cups of tea. Squirrel and Fox classes joined in the celebrations too.
The hall was decorated with flags, bunting and a range of Union Jack items on the tables. At the end of the afternoon our guests joined in by singing a variety of songs including 'The White Cliffs of Dover'.
A fabulous afternoon. Thank you to everyone who came along.
21st March, 2017
Another brilliant afternoon; Mr Cooper visited us for an afternoon filled with learning about World War 2. He shared memories and artefacts which hold a special place in his heart as they were about his parents. This really enhanced the children's learning as they could not only relate to Mr Cooper but were able to make links with the local area where they live.
13th - 15th March, 2017
The Year 5 children were away at Kingswood on their residential visit. Each one came back with wonderful experiences which they were keen to share. We heard about scary moments, laughter, singing and how they had supported and encouraged each other.
The Year 6 children can't wait to go on 27th March.
10th March, 2017
Another busy week. On Tuesday Owls went to De Vere School to meet with fellow pupils for a bonding session in preparation for both Y5 and Y6 residential visit to Kingswood. There were indoor and outdoor activities carried out. All were set a challenge for the end of the day, which everyone achieved. Well done Owls!
On Thursday afternoon we had a visit from an Essex Road Safety officer who explained to them and highlighed very important matters on staying safe as a pedestrian. There were several aspects that the children were not aware of such as no lights at a zebra crossing, the distance and time it takes for a car to stop after the driver has applied the brakes and very importantly WHY they should wear a cycling helmet. It was thought that if cylcing on a quiet road one was not necessary; they had not realised that if they fell off the impact of their head hitting the ground would be the same as on a busy main road.
Friday was the children's highlight of the week - their class assembly. They shared topic work and put on a short production. Well done Owls, you have worked so hard over the last week learning your script and learning songs. I am very proud of you and by the look on your mums, dads and grandparents faces they were too.
3rd March, 2017
Owls have had a very busy week. On Tuesday Reverend Gay and her husband Nick took the children back in time to wartime 1940s. The afternoon began by the 'evacuees' being informed by their 'teacher' that they needed to be in the village hall by 6.30 the following morning. They were given a list of clothing that they would require, a sandwich for lunch and a small toy; this would all need to be packed into one small case, carrier bag or pillow case. At the village hall the children were issued with their identity label and eventually put on a train for the countryside. The obvious event followed - an air-raid whilst on the train. Upon arrival the evacuees went through the process of being allocated families unfortunate ones had to spend the night on the village hall floor! A fanatasic afternoon with a huge discussion and where tremendous learning took place.
Thursday was World Book Day; the children came dressed in their pyjamas with their favourite bedtime story. Several events took place during the day and a whole school competition launched - 'Catch me reading in an unusual place'.
24th February, 2017
This week in English we have completed our 500 word stories for the BBC Story Competition. There was a range of stories from hair-raising adventures to spine-chilling whispers in the shadows, from mysteries on land to those in the ocean. They have all been submitted so it's fingers crossed one will be a winner! The stories have been printed and are proudly displayed on our writing progress wall.
In Science we made boats in various sizes and shapes to test water resistance.
The children have been bringing in models of Anderson shelters which they had made over the half term. Each one has been made very differently and each has it's own unique features. The shelters are making a wonderful display in the entrance of the school. Scroll down to view our photographs.
10th February, 2017
It was a pleasure to welcome the Reverend Gay into our classroom who talked to us in depth about life in the war. As the Reverend had kindly let us borrow some war-time artefacts we had many questions to ask her. Our learning was greatly enhanced as she told us about her family memories.
3rd February, 2017
During our topic work this week Owls researched food rationing, recording their findings in a powerpoint presentation. Four children prepared and cooked a war-time treat for their peers - Parsnip Pudding. They cooked and mashed parsnips, adding cocoa powder, milk and sugar; when baked it resembled chocolate mousse (although a little lumpy). Everyone was keen to taste this delight - some children hated it whilst others enjoyed it, promptly asking for more!! Over the next few weeks we shall be cooking more war-time recipes.
In Maths they have been learning to find the area of a triangle; this was quite challenging especially when the height wasn't obvious so extended lines needed to be drawn first!
In English the children have been editing and writing their second draft of their 500 word BBC competition entry. Over the previous week they wrote terrific openings, dramatic build ups, mind boggling dilemmas, amazing resolutions and for many finishing with the ultimate cliff hanger! Well done everyone. We shared some of our story openings in assembly on the Friday.
19th January, 2017
This week Owl Class has been writing a flashback linked to a family memory. This creative writing took the form of finding a Penseive and being 'drawn' in as in the Harry Potter books.
In Science they investigated air resistance and gravity. The children agreed on the size of the parachute and on the length of the 'strings'. In groups they made the parachute and went on to change the variables. Next week we plan to test the parachutes.
Happy New Year
The Spring term is upon us already. I have received such a warm welcome from all of the children in Owl Class - they have shown me just how hard they can work. Thank you all so much.
In Maths they have been continuing with their learning on fractions, being challenged at the end of the week with word problems.
In English they have started learning about flashbacks - who uses them, why and how they are used. The children have enjoyed reading and listening to the J.K Rowling, Harry Potter books as a starting point.
Our topic this term is World War 2 which the children are particularly keen on. Probably one of the most memorable 'events' this week was when the children came back into the classroom, from their daily Worship, to the sound of an air raid siren and being ushered into a make shift Andersen shelter! We began to discuss what was happening and why they were there. These discussions led to them writing their first thoughts and feelings on tea stained paper. Later, they made memory boxes which they will begin to fill with relevent war time artefacts.