Friday, 22 June 2018

Cord Electra Concert

KS2 enjoyed a fabulous concert from Cord Electra today. We heard a lot of different music and joined in with the singing!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Young Voices DVD night

We had a wonderful evening yesterday, remembering the choir trip to the O2 Arena. We watched the DVD of the night and sang along. We managed to spot ourselves twice - not bad considering it was a choir of over 7000 children!

What amazing memories!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Clean Air at Shirley Warren

Today, Jean MacGrory from My Journey at Hampshire County Council came to talk to us about Clean Air at Shirley Warren.

We learnt that pollution is bad for the environment, for example by factories and burning fossil fuels.  Southampton is in the top 5 worst cities in the UK for pollution.
Cars are one of the worst way in which our city is polluted.
We found out that we can do things like walk or cycle to school and have plants around the house.
We need to share with our families that we need to be thinking about using our cars less if possible.
Jean told us all about Clean Air Day on 21st of June. It's a Thursday but you could go after school and there are things for children to do until 7pm.

She also left leaflets with clean air advice, including a new app to help asthma and people with breathing problems find out what their air quality is like.

If you have any thoughts or ideas about Clean Air and how we can help, you can ask Mrs Williams, the Green Council leader.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Busy times in Year 6!

Year 6 have been kept very busy this week! Not only have we been learning about derived facts in Maths and writing short stories based on 'Alma' in English, but we have also managed to pack in two new topics in Geography and Science!

In Science, we have been recapping what we learnt in Year 4 about electricity and building on this to experiment with making and debugging circuits. We came up with our own research questions and investigated these. We were surprised by our findings!

In Geography, we have been learning about mountain formation using what we learnt about tectonic plates last half term. Did you know that there are five key types of mountains? In the first picture, Miss Dixon is pushing her hands together on the towel, maintaining pressure; this creates folds in the towel, just like what happens with the Earth's crust!
In the second, the balloon represented swollen magma underneath the crust which creates a dome mountain.

We're looking forward to learning more about mountains next week... that is, when we're not busy at Woodmill! Hope the packing is going well, Year 6!

Thursday, 7 June 2018

1L are in Superhero headquarters...

Year 1's new topic this half term is Superheroes and they have a special challenge...

Today they used their role play skills to show others what powers their superhero would have.
They had lots of fun and then drew and coloured their very own superhero.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018


The children were joined by Gary and James from Pageant Productions for a day of filming around the school. The whole school got involved, performing our version of 'Love My Life' by Robbie Williams.
The children showed amazing enthusiasm and confidence. I am sure the end result will be brilliant! We'll let you know when it's ready!

Monday, 21 May 2018

Test on Volcanic Eruptions By CA

Today Class 6C did an experiment about volcanoes in our playground, so that we wouldn't cause too much mess in the classroom!

So we took a bottle of Coke and some polos. Then we set everything up, making sure we had a bucket of water for afterwards.

We used the bottle to represent the crust. The liquid coke we used to represent the magma. 

Then we all went a safe distance away from the experiment and our teacher dropped in the polos to create the eruption.

The experiment ended up being successful, although I think next time we would add something so we could drop in the polos quicker, as you can see from the video how we didn't get it in quick enough.

By CA in 6C

Friday, 18 May 2018

Year 6 celebrate the end of SATs!

Year 6 have been superstars this week completing their end of Key Stage 2 SATs tests - we are all very proud of their effort and attitude!
We celebrated today by taking a trip to Harbour Lights cinema to watch Coco. It was a great film (although it made a few of us cry at the end!) and we loved having popcorn. We also had the whole cinema to ourselves! What a treat!
Once again, well done Year 6. You have been amazing this week. Have a lovely, restful weekend!

Friday, 11 May 2018

Year 5 Flutes

The Year 5 flutes have been working really hard this half term. They have been making an extra effort to remeber their lessons and to practice at home.

It has really paid off - well done flautists!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Amazing animals!!

Year 1 went to Marwell Zoo and had lots of fun observing all the amazing animals.

Marwell knew we were coming as we had written a letter telling them how excited we were and which animals we wanted to see.

The weather was lovely and we had a workshop where we had the chance to touch a snake and a rat.
We were all so brave!

We will now write a recount.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Year1 Maths investigating fun!

In Year 1 we have been learning about grouping, adding and multiplication of numbers.

Today we used our knowledge of these skills to problem solve and carry out an investigation.
Can you find the answer systematically?

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Water Aid Speaker comes to Green Council

Today Tony Ridley come to speak to Green Council about Water Aid.

Mrs Williams made notes so that the Green Council reps can share with their classes the information he gave. This blog is a good way of sharing information.

Tony worked for HSBC and they supported the Water Aid charity and let him talk about it to local groups. He is now retired, but still does talks for Water Aid. He told us:
* 884 million (that's 884,000,000) people had no access to safe water in 2011, the figure now is only 650 million!
* Children often get diseases and may miss school as they have to get water.
*900 children under 5 die every day from very very bad tummy bugs.
* You can only go 3 days without water.
* In the UK people use on average 150 litres a day. In Africa they use 10 litres a day.
* 2.3 billion (that's 2,300,000,000) people don't have access to a toilet. That's about 30% of the world.
* Water Aid works with local people to provide sustainable solutions.  Here is a picture of some of the things they do.

We are going to raise some money for Water Aid charity and will make plans for that at our next Green Council meeting.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Titanic the Musical

15 pupils from Year 6 spent yesterday at the Mayflower theatre. The day began with a vocal workshop, learning a song from the show. We then shared our song with other schools and looked at artifacts from the Titanic.

After lunch, we watched the performance. We all agreed that we loved the show - it had amazing music, lightning and effects.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Dance update

Year 1 Dance :
Technical focus : contrasting textures in movement, contact, levels, turns, travelling pathways.
Curriculum Link : Traditional Tales
The curriculum link for this term was traditional tales with the classes exploring the different material used to build houses &  using contrasting movement dynamics, contact,  levels, turns & gestures to tell the story of the 3 Little Pigs.   

Exploring moving as light as material [or straw] and gently landing into the shape created

Year 2 Dance:
Technical focus : Creating still, strong shapes, balance, contrasting textures in movement.
Curriculum Link : Woodland creatures, literacy – writing key words.
After Christmas, we thought about our favorite types of chocolate and explored how we could use movement to describe them! Here is a group being observed for their ‘Aero’ chocolate ‘moving like bubbles’ exploration.

For our curriculum link, we watched a video of woodland creatures & explored how we could change levels, execute a variation of jumps, turns, gesture & stillness to move like those creatures. We also explored how we might move ‘over, under & around’ each other, like the creatures did in the video ! We were also very good at creating interesting shapes with levels & copying those shapes.

Year 3 Dance
Technical details : Repeating gesture patterns, canon, unison, travelling pathways, contact, levels, Hip-hop grooves
Also focus on increasing core conditioning &  cardio fitness as part of our warm up.
Year 3N have spent Spring 2 exploring basic hip hop grooves and will next term create its own class groove to show case for the summer term ! This activity included the task of creating a repeated pattern movement phrase to a count of 8 and to a section of the beat.

Focusing on our curriculum link of ‘The Titanic’ class 3N created a video explaining the difference between unison & canon using a motif inspired by giant cranes building the titanic.

 Year 3S had the opportunity to perform their titanic ship dance to their parents & guardians & demonstrated the use of canons, unison, gesture patterns, travelling pathways & contact.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Music Concert

Parents were treated to another wonderful music concert this afternoon. Children from Year 5 and 6 and the Musical Theatre club performed. We were amazed at their talent. Well done everyone.

Science week in 1L

Are birds or people better at making bird nests?...

1L have enjoyed planning, designing, making and evaluating bird nests to test this question.

The materials they used were leaves, feathers, straw, sticks and clay to make the nests.

They tested whether their nests would keep birds safe on a windy day.
The results were that birds are better at making nests... as some of them blew away but 1L still had fun investigating!

Parents were invited into class to look at all their children's 
Some parents even tried to make a nest their selves :)
Thank you for coming!

Get out, stay out, call 999!

To end Year 1's topic on The Great Fire of London the fire service came into school to explain all about their job, how to keep safe and the equipment they use to fight fires.

1L have been amazing at learning all about The Great Fire of London and understand that if firefighters, like we have today, were around in 1666 the fires could have been prevented.

Everyone was super excited to get inside a real fire truck and practice being a firefighter by wearing helmets, driving the fire truck (simulator) and pulling a water hose.

It was a great day and thank you to Phil and Dave for teaching us how to keep safe.

''Get out, stay out, call 999!''
''Matches and lighters never touch, they can hurt you very much!''

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Green Council care for our school

Recently, Green Council met and had lots of items on the agenda (things to discuss).

A few meetings ago, some members noticed that playtime equipment was sometimes going missing.

So in our last meeting we started to label equipment with "SWP". We are hoping this will mean that fewer balls and other playtime items will disappear!

If you see any playtime equipment around the school or community, please bring it back to the office.

We are going to try very hard to look after what we've been given and we hope everyone will help us.

Year 4 Music Concert

Year 4 gave a wonderful performance today. Well done!

Dragon's Den in 6D

This term, Year 6 have been reading Stormbreaker - the first book in the Alex Rider series. Alex is a teenage spy who has to use many different gadgets on his missions. This inspired us to create our own, and today we pitched these to the Dragon!

All of the pitches were well-though through and delivered professionally, but there can only be one winner - the Sound Enhancing Phone! Congratulations.