Monday, 29 February 2016

Growing in Reception

Last week we kicked off our new topic in Reception of growing! We spent the week looking at the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar and talking about the life cycle of a butterfly. This week we have started being gardeners and have planted our first seeds! What do you think will grow out of our heads? Check back in soon and we will let you know how it's going. 

Friday, 26 February 2016

Shirley Warren's Young Ambassador Selection Event

We're having a great afternoon sharing all of our presentations about why we think we would be a good Sports Ambassador for our school. Miss Jones, Eleanor and Matt are really impressed with the effort we have put into our presentations! We can't wait to share with you the children that have been selected to represent our school and encourage friends to be fit, healthy and get involved in more sports! 

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The half term mystery in Year 4...

This morning, year 4 discovered the mystery silver heap in their classrooms (shown in the previous post). After investigating and having a closer look, we had a go at predicting what it could be, where it could have come from and how it might have ended up in our classroom! We were using conjunctions to justify our ideas for why we thought it could be what we predicted. 

Year 4 cracked the mystery and decided it was a disassembled robot that could have teleported from another galaxy. 

They were right with their robot idea, as it was the Iron Man from the Ted Hughes narrative, which is our focus in English for this term. 

Year 4 made great detectives!

Monday, 22 February 2016

CAUTION! Unidentified object in Year 4!

Year 4, Mrs Kemp and I returned to school today and was shocked to see what can only be described  as a silver explosion! We need your help tomorrow to try and work out where it has come from and what these unidentifiable objects could be! We will keep our distance and observe from afar, as this unexplained heap could be dangerous. 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning, to help us solve this half term mystery! 

Friday, 12 February 2016

Y6 Great Bread Bake Off!

Year 6 have enjoyed researching and designing bread this half term. Today we made our own bread rolls and tasted them. The judges were very, very impressed but a cheese and chive bread was crowned the winner. Maybe Year 6 can make more bread for their families over half term?

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Y4 Celebrating Holi

Year 4 have been studying the Hindu Festival of Holi. Today we created Holi pictures using black paper and coloured chalk. We remembered that Holi is the festival of colours and light and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Happy Holi Everyone!

Review of Key Stage 1 Spring 1 dance : 3 Little Pigs

The children explored how sticks, grass and straw moves and created word banks on how they moved. They used these word banks to create their 3 little pigs dance. They also explored how sticks and straws would jump and turn in different ways. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Year 4 Chinese Brush Painting

Year 4 have been learning the techniques of Chinese Brush Painting. They used water colours and fine brushes to create their finished pieces and added Chinese calligraphy to their picture.

Pancake day!

Nursery enjoyed making their pancake batter and eating all the delicious pancakes in snack time. There wasn't any pancakes left for the teachers!

Safer Internet Day

I dropped in to see Year 4 who were making e-safety posters and writing 'pledges' - some terrific ideas and work. Then had a chance to attend the e-safety assembly demonstrating the work everyone has done across the school on this important part of life!

Chris Thomas

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Shirley Warren's Online Pledges!

As a school, we have been celebrating 'Safer Internet Day' and as part of that, every child has made an online pledge. Here is a photo of every child with their pledge. The children are taking responsibility for their safety, and know it is their right to be safe whilst enjoying all the advantages that the internet offers them.

Safer internet day in Year 6

Today we have been learning about how to stay safe on the Internet.

We wrote our own lyrics to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" including the chorus 

"Be careful what you post, post, post, post
Cause you don't want anyone to know, know, know, know
I'm just gonna take, take, take, take, take
Take it off

Cause the gamers gonna game game game game
And the others do the same, same, same, same
Hey I'm just gonna lock, block, show and tell."

Here is a photo of us all performing the song.
Can you spot the selfie on the phone?

Safer Internet Day 2016

Miss Lott lead our launch assembly for 'Safer Internet Day' this year. Check back here for the work that we do today. Don't forget - Lock It, Block It, Show It, Tell It.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!

We had a lovely day learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year! We have been making Chinese lanterns, cooking and eating rice, looking at pictures of China and their celebrations and also practising our chopstick skills!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Jamaican art

This term in Geography, we have been learning about Kingston in Jamaica. We were interested to learn about Jamaica because it is where Mary Seacole came from and we have been learning lots about her for our Nurturing Nurses topic! We have compared Jamaica to our local area and found similarities and differences between Kingston and Southampton.

One of the things we looked at was the Jamaican flag. We found quite a few similarities between the Jamaican flag and the Union Jack, like the triangles and the diagonal lines. There are also differences, like the colours!

For art this week, we made our own Jamaican flags in groups. We used lots of different materials like paper, fabric, tissue paper and some rubbery, stretchy material. It was lots of fun and we our work came out looking beautiful... and we tidied up the mess pretty well too! :)

Have a look at our "work in progress" and the finished products!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Authors in Year 5

In year 5 we have been reading The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowds. It is a mystery novel involving the disappearance of Salim, who vanishes on the London Eye. We have been working on creating a narrative to create our version of how Salim disappeared. I am extremely proud of the children for their hard work to create fantastic strories.
Today we published them. 

Year 5 Water Cycle Assembly

Well done Year 5 on their assembly. Thank you to all the parents and guardians for coming along to show your support. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Sainsbury's School Vouchers

We are now collecting the Sainsbury's school vouchers. Please find the collection box in the school office. Thank you in advance. 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Contraction Casualty

The children in Year 2 spent the day working in contraction casualty! We dressed up as if we were working in an operating theatre and performed numerous contraction surgeries. We did this to help to see how we can make the contracted form of two words. When presented with the words "do not", we performed the surgery to form "don't". Wherever we had to cut a word, we used a plaster. This showed us where the apostrophe needed to go. Look at the fun we got up to!

KS1 Film Night

It was all things minion-tastic in the Top Hall after school today. A group of KS1 children brought their PJs, duvets and blankets, and settled down to watch a movie with popcorn and other treats. Thanks to the Friends of Shirley Warren for organising another great event.

Thermal Imaging - Fun but important

Today Green Council had a very special visitor - Cathy from the Schools Energy Project.

She had come in before in January to talk to us during an assembly and then today she came for a follow up visit to Green Council.  She showed us where the hot and cold spaces were in our school

Can you see where the hot and cold parts are in these pictures?

We talked about turning lights off, closing windows and doors at break time.
Then we will save lots of money - and the planet!!!

Thank you Cathy for your advice!

Every child was sent home with a room thermometer. Where have you put yours?