Monday, 18 November 2019


Year 3 went on a history trip to Stonehenge today. We had lots of fun and found out so many interesting facts about the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. We visited the exhibition and saw some prehistoric skeletons. Then we explored some prehistoric huts and learnt about Stone Age weapons. After lunch, we visited Stonehenge and saw the magnificent stones that were constructed from 3000 to 2000 BC. We learnt so much today and cannot wait to do even more learning in the classroom!


Anti-Bullying Week in Year 1

All of last week Year 1 discussed and highlighted what bullying is and all together we created an 'Anti-bullying Charter' so that we can all know how to be kind and feel safe at school.

Year 1 on Friday wrote on their jigsaw pieces what they liked about themselves and what they liked to do. Then they found others in the class who has similar likes to them and linked the puzzles together.

We also discussed that it is okay to have different likes and dislikes, we can still all play and build friendships.

Learning in the school garden.

Learning in the School Garden.

The Autumn has arrived in all its beauty. Last week, the children from the gardening club collected samples of coloured leaves from the trees growing around the school playgrounds.

We dried them and used to make snap cards. We stuck the leaves to cards, found out the names of the trees they came from and labelled them. 

Playing the snap game, we could learn the names of 12 trees and one climber from our surroundings,
such as ash: crab apple, birch, wild cherry, maple, prunus, oak, hazel, lime tree, sycamore, willow, cypress and ivy.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Black History Month in Year 2

As part of our learning about Black History Month we have been researching two famous poets. First we used the internet to research Valerie Bloom, we discovered that she was originally born in Jamaica and moved to the UK in 1979.  We loved listening to and joining in with her performance poetry which introduced us to Jamaican patois. 

We also researched Benjamin Zephania and discovered that although he was born in Birmingham in the UK his work is also influenced by the music and poetry from Jamaica. We also found out that he likes to write songs , plays and act.

Recycling Tips

In Green Council we want to encourage recycling and we don't have the space to recycle a lot in school so we wanted to let you know about some local recycling initatives which we have been told about by one of our fantastic parents.

There is also a good project called Ellies Fund where you can send off your own recycled products e.g. biscuit wrappers, cleaning product packaging and stamps. 

If you have any more ideas please let your Green Council rep know.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Hedgehog Pumpkins!

This week we have been using our gross and fine motor skills to make our hedgehog pumpkins.

The children did a fab job of collecting sticks and then using the hammer or their strong hands to push the sticks into the pumpkins to make the hedgehog's spikes.

Can you think of a name for them?

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Year 1 music compositions

In Year 1 this term we have been learning about rhythm and composition through the song "Heads, shoulders, knees and toes."

We made our own silly versions like, "leg, toe-nail, finger, wrist, finger, wrist!"

We made a musical score by sticking pictures of body parts on to card.
Then we used the claves to play and "read" our own compositions to the class.
We found out how to be a good audience and listen to others.
Well done Year 1, what a great start to music this term.

Friday, 18 October 2019

Phonics Friday

Thank you so much to all the grown ups who were able to join us for our first Phonics Friday! The children loved showing their adults all their learning about s and a. We already can’t wait for next week! 

Monday, 14 October 2019

Black History Month - Serena Williams

As part of Black History Month, in Year 1 we have been researching the Tennis star:
Serena Williams.

We have been finding out why she is a role model and what she has achieved by working hard.
Many of us want to be amazing at Tennis just like her! Some of us already go to the schools after school Tennis club, so we can practise our skills.

We have shown our findings by drawing pictures of Serena and labelling these with information and her achievements.

Next we will be researching Lewis Hamilton the Formula One race car driver.

The Big Soup Share!

Last week cooking club participated in 'The Big Soup Share'.

This event is part of RHS's campaign for school gardening.

The Big Soup Share was a chance for cooking and gardening clubs to celebrate the work they do in our garden by harvesting your crops, whizzing them up into a delicious soup and sharing it out with others.

I hope everyone enjoyed the onion soup! 

Friday, 11 October 2019

National Space Week in KS1 music lessons

Did you know this week was National Space Week?

We were sent a song to sing which was written for children in Southampton. It had a fabulous chant in the middle with all of the planets named in it.

The children from KS1 learnt the chant and the chorus while Mrs Williams sang the verse. We made up actions and then sang to our teachers in singing assembly.

Mrs Williams was very impressed as she brought in an inflatable "Jupiter" and many children in KS1 knew which planet it was.

Could you recognise any of the planets?

Shoebox Reminder

Last week, Nick from the Rotary Club came in to tell KS1 and KS2 about the Shoebox scheme which we are operating for the second year running in Shirley Warren. Last year we managed to collect about 50 boxes to send to disadvantaged children overseas through the Rotary Club.
How many do you think we can collect this year?
If you have lost your leaflet, you can collect another one at the office.
Your box needs to be in just before half term.

Dance Mat Stars in Year 1

We had so much fun yesterday dancing on the huge dance mats!
We used lots of energy and showed off some our amazing dance moves.

Well done to Cohen who was the winner of the dance competition with the most accuracy.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Black History Month

In 3C we have been researching different sports champions to celebrate black history month. We researched legends, such as Muhammad Ali, and recent successes, like Dina Asher-Smith. We then presented our findings to the rest of our classmates. As part of black history month we have also had class discussions about why it is important to celebrate people’s achievements and how they have influenced the world we live in.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Dance Mat-tastic in 2A

We had some special visitors bring some very exciting dance mats in to school today. There are definitely some movers to watch out for on Strictly Come Dancing in a few years to come! We had so much fun and we will all sleep well tonight!!!!! 

Friday, 4 October 2019

BBC World Music Day

We all know how much we LOVE music here at Shirley Warren! We celebrated the power of music along with BBC World Music Day.

We warmed up our voices and sang and listening to music the whole day - and it felt great!