Thursday, 22 October 2015

Pumpkins Galore!

In Reception this week we have been going pumpkin mad! We have been developing our self-care and risk management skills by hammering golf tees into the pumpkins. We've also hollowed out the inside to enjoy some gooey sensory play which inspired us to talk about the seeds and how we could grow pumpkins. We ended the week by listening to the story 'Pumpkin Soup' before making our own soup. We tried it today with some mixed reviews although some of us went back for thirds! What a busy week we are definitely ready for a rest this half term, enjoy looking at our pictures.

Halloween in Year 2

In Year 2, during our Plan Do Review, we used Halloween as an inspiration for different crafts. We carved pumpkins, discussing the different 2D shapes we were using. We also made 'Trick or Treat' pots, where our Science topic all about materials proved very helpful. We had some great fun and our pumpkins were used as decoration in the Halloween Disco. Well done!

Fanily FUNS Week 4 - The Giant Board Game!

Here are our families enjoying their first experience playing the AMAZING Family FUNS giant board game. Everyone got to take their own version of the game home to continue the fun during half term. Watch this short smiley video of our families having lots of fun!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Class reward in Y4H!

In Y4H we reached our class reward! To celebrate we brought in our own comfy clothes and got cosy with cushions on the carpet for a film afternoon today!

Year 1 DT morning and Celebration Tea Party!

We had a fabulous day! This morning we had DT and we designed a healthy fruit treat that was easy to eat. We chose the fruit we wanted to use and the tools that would help us to chop up the fruit. After that, we made our fruit treat by putting the fruit onto a skewer. After lunch some of our parents came in to look at our work and share our fruit treats! A lovely day was had by all! 

Halloween biscuits!

We have all enjoyed decorating our biscuits with scary Halloween faces! 

Tudor Portraits by Y4H

Year 4 have been learning how to use guideline to draw accurate portraits. They then looked at the features of tudor portraits and reacreated their own. We are really pleased with the results! Can you recognise any famous tudor faces?

Tudor Portraits

Family FUNS Week 3 - Captains and Astronauts!

We set our families through the tough challenge of space school this week at Family FUNS. They had to work on their "dynamic balance to agility" before they could build their space ship and explore the blue planet!. watch out for the space eggs!!!!! Take a look at the fun pictures of the astronauts being led by their captains. Take a look at the rocket ships some of our families made at home. What a great place to read their "Journey to the Blue Planet" story.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Y4K Properties of 2D Polygons

Year 4 are learning about the properties of 2D polygons. We have used geoboards on the iPads to make different polygons and talk about the different families that they belong to. We then used isometric paper to accurately draw a range of polygons, listing their properties using bullet points. 

When you see us, please ask us all about the properties of 2D polygons! We can use words like regular, irregular, sides, vertices and angles to tell you all about different polygons. 

Y3S Anglo-Saxon Houses.

Year 3 have been learning about Anglo Saxons.  Take a look at these fabulous examples of Anglo Saxon houses made at home. 

Monday, 19 October 2015

Our Norman banquet in Year 2

Last week, we finished our learning about food from the Norman times - when there was lots of castles, battles and knights. We celebrated this by having a Norman banquet using all of the things we learnt.

We know that Norman knights and kings didn't have proper plates like we did as they were very expensive. Instead they normally used stale bread. We didn't fancy eating stale bread, so we used toast instead (and then we got to eat our plate... yum!).

On our bread, we could have had lots of things, like cheese (Cheddar and Wensleydale cheese both originate from Norman times), ham, chicken, jam, marmelade and fish paste. We also had a lot of honey at the ready because the Normans liked putting honey on everything, even ham and chicken! Some of us were very brave and gave it a go, and we didn't mind it too much...!

Here are some photos of 2D and 2F having a fantastic Norman banquet. Well done, Year 2, for being so brave and trying new things even though some of them were a bit funny.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Y4H Trip to Tudor House

This week we visited Tudor House. We had a lovely time learning about the items that Tudors would use to keep away evil spirits and how they would treat illnesses. There was an opportunity to dress up and become a Tudor to help us understand what it would be like to visit the plague doctor! During our trip, we also had a guided tour around the house and learnt about the stories that the rooms held! Thankyou to all the adult helpers, who gave up their time to support us on our trip; we really enjoyed the day, here are some pictures to show you what we got up to!

Physical play in Reception

This week in Reception we have been doing lots of physical activities to help our muscles strong. We have been using assault courses in the garden to help our big muscles. We have also been using playdough in lots of ways such as pinching, squeezing and rolling to help strengthen our fine motor skills. This is going to help us as we now begin our journey towards writing. 

Calling all Young Singers!

We were visited today by Claire who is starting Southampton Children's Community Choir. It will meet every Saturday morning from 10-11.30, at Highfield Church and is FREE for all children in Years 4-8. The first rehearsal is 7th November.
Email Claire at or take a registration form from Mrs Mead.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Y4K Tudor Visit

Year 4 really enjoyed their visit to Tudor House. We looked at artifacts, dressed up, toured the museum and ate our lunch within Southampton's Old Town Walls. Well done to all of the children for their enthusiasm and good behaviour!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Y3S Visit from Neldar the Anglo Saxon

On Tuesday we have a visit from an Anglo- Saxon lady called Neldar. She gave us some exciting activities in the morning where we were able to look through a basket of food that she would make a meal from. We thought about what meal we would make if Neldar came to our house for dinner and we thought about what meals would be very strange for her! In the afternoon we got to complete lots of activities with Neldar and she helped to answer any questions we had about Anglo- Saxon times. We were able to draw a picture of what Neldar was wearing and we became master Historians by using labels for the drawings. Then Neldar showed us some exciting objects and we got to play an Anglo- Saxon game! Thank you Neldar for your wonderful visit and well done Y3S for thinking of such interesting questions to ask Neldar.

Free music concert!

This concert is free to all families - no need to buy tickets just turn up at Portsmouth Guildhall. it looks really fantastic!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Investigating Shadows in Y3S

Our science topic this term is Light and Dark and as part of this we have been investigating shadows. We looked into how they were used to help tell the time and we learnt about sundials. On Monday it was sunny so we were able to investigate how shadows move during the day. We made predictions about where we thought the shadow would be during the day. We drew around the shadow of a child and saw how it changed at different hourly intervals.

No Pens Wednesday in Year 1!

On 'No Pens Wednesday' last week, we role played our 'Very Hungry Something' stories that we were starting to plan. This helped us to write our stories following the pattern of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We had a great time! 

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Harvest Festival

On Thursday the 8th of October our school buzzed with excitement as we held our annual Harvest Festival. Matthew Gwyn from Southampton City Mission performed a very entertaining and educating assembly for us. Thank you Matthew for making us all laugh and yet think about the fact that only good seeds will allow us to harvest good things. (However, how amazing would it be to be able to grow our own money or chocolate?) We would like to say a huge thank you to the parents, helpers and supporters of the school who donated a very generous amount of food. You are truly amazing! There is a thank you note from SCM Basics Bank where the food went attached to the album below.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Painting story settings in Y3S

This Wednesday (7th October) was No Pens Wednesday! So, because we couldn't use pens to write we were able to paint our settings for our story using water colours. We thought carefully about the places where we wanted our story to take place and took our time painting the different settings. Here are some pictures of us completing our painting
What a great Familiy FUNS session. Some amazing praise from the big pirates. Take a look at the pictures and see our families having fun! Thank you to the families who emailed family pictures of them playing at home to our new FamiliyFUNS school email address!
Shirley Warren Nursery and Primary School working along side Create Development to help families play and learn together!

Our first choir performance of the year!

Our new KS2 choir performed for the first time in singing assembly today. They sang 'Let's Harvest' from signup and even sang in two part harmony. They sounded fantastic and we are really excited about what we can achieve this year.... Watch this space!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Measuring in Year 2

In Year 2 this week we have been practicing our measuring. Yesterday for No Pens Day Wednesday, we measured using uniform objects (that means that the objects have to be the same size, like multilink cubes or scissors). Today, we practiced measuring in centimetres because we are learning to be accurate. We will need the accuracy for building and D&T later in the half term.

Here are some pictures of us practicing our accurate ruler skills practically.

(More photos of 2F are coming but our camera ran out of battery!)

Thank you for being superstars and trying so hard at measuring, Year 2! Sometimes it can be a bit tricky to remember how to use a ruler properly every time! Keep practicing at home if you can, and remember to use those special words longer than and shorter than.

Y4H Classification Workshop

This week in Year 4 we were very lucky to have Zoolab come in and talk to us about how we classify animals. We had the opportunity to hold various animals including: a hissing cockroach, a rat and a snake. We made sure we were quiet when the animals were out, so we didn't scare them. We were able to share our learning and knowledge that we already had about animals and how we can group them, e.g. vertebrates and invertebrates, but we also learnt a lot from the workshop about what the animals eat and the names of other classification groups. A new word that we learnt was exoskeleton; this is when the skeleton of the animal is on the outside of their body! Here are a few pictures to show you what we got up to during our classification workshop!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Visitors in Reception

'Is it smooth or is it bumpy? Is it slimy or furry? Am I brave to hold these animals to see what they feel like?' - These were the thoughts of the children in RS during the visit from Zoolab. We talked about different textures and described them as we looked at the snail, millipede, snake and rat. Enjoy the photos, they talk for themselves.

Y4 Art

Year 4 are revisiting colour mixing today in preparation for their Tudor portraits.