Sunday, 30 April 2017

Year 2's spectacular science

This term, Year 2 are learning all about plants! We'll be learning about:
  • observational skills
  • what plants need to grow
  • what plants need to stay alive
  • what bulbs and seeds look like
  • how to perform a comparative test
  • foods that we eat 
We started with practicing our observational skills and looking at similarities and differences. We did this by going on a plant hunt. This helped us remember our Year 1 learning about plants too, which included the parts of a flower and the parts of a tree. We then came up with some fantastic questions about plants that we hope to find out over the next 5 weeks!

Have a look at our plant hunt! (You can click on the photos to enlarge them.)

Friday, 28 April 2017

Trinity Arts Award

We are very proud of the 24 children who achieved the Trinity Arts 'Discover' Award. This was awarded to children who chose to be entered for their work in orchestra and percussion this term.

Well done everyone!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Y4 Music Concert

Year 4 performed on mini bassoons, violas, trumpets and flutes for their mums and dads. This is part of the In2Music project where children learn to play a musical instrument all year.

The children played and sang and everyone was really impressed.

Well done Year 4!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Teddy Bears Hospital in RS

Today we were visited by the 'teddy doctors' who helped us make our fluffy friends better. They also taught us about how to stay safe around the house, what to eat to stay healthy and different body parts. We used different medical equipment like a stethoscope and blood pressure    monitor, which don't seem so scary any more. We also tried to remember these big words, which seemed tricky at times, but we will practise them.

Boisterous bubbles and perfect playtime!

Year 2D have been super busy working on their learning behaviour and because we're such hard workers, we earned another class reward! What lucky chickens we are!

We voted and decided to have a bubble party! For those of you not in the know, a bubble party involves two key things: party-style celebrations and lots and lots of bubbles! We brought in some bubbles from home, shared some bubbles and the lovely N was kind enough to bring in a bubble machine... basically, we had a great time. Have a look at our party pictures!

Thank you to the super kind bunnies who shared their bubbles and to the lovely parents and carers that brought in enough bubbles to make Willy Wonka's fizzy lifting drink jealous. We're already working hard towards our next class reward!

Winner of the Year 2 Reading Challenge

Our Shirley Warren reading challenge was great fun for the first half term. Mrs Carrington picked out a winner in our celebration assembly before the Easter holidays.

Congratulations to BH who picked this lovely Pokemon book!

I wonder who will win it next time?

Friday, 7 April 2017

2D's RE days

2D have had a lovely couple of days learning more about the Easter story and the feelings in the story. We read a couple of stories where the feelings change from sadness to happiness, and talked about different times that we have felt sad, then happy. It's been so interesting!

Yesterday we thought about what a church might look like at Easter and the music they might listen to, thinking about the change from sad to happy. We made a list, then looked at pictures to figure out what was actually there. We found a lot of flowers, a lot of crosses (or crucifixes), and lights and candles... but we didn't find any Easter bunnies or chocolate! We talked about how a Christian's view of Easter is different to what we know now.

Finally, we spent the afternoon making decorations that would be suitable for a church during Easter and decorated our balcony to resemble a happy church on Easter Monday when Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead. We posed for some (very sunny) photos in front of our pretend church. Have a look and let us know what you think!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Y1N Observational Drawings of Spring

We explored our playground today and searched for signs of Spring. They were so beautiful that we decided to sit and sketch them in our Art books. 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Green Council trip to Waterstones

Today, members of our Green Council from Key Stage 2 went on an exciting trip to Waterstones West Quay in order to choose books that will be prizes for children who win our new Reading Challenge.

 Nicky showed us around and made recommendations.  Students from Mountbatten School who were on Work Experience also helped the children by making suggestions.  Although we had a budget to keep to, we were really excited that Waterstones offered us a generous discount and even added a few free books to our pile as well.  If you go into Waterstones and see Nicky, please thank her as she was so helpful.  You could even ask her for her recommendations. She seemed to know everything about books for children.

When we got back to school we counted 59 books in all, suitable for children from Year R to Year 6.

Now everyone in the school needs to keep reading at home and bring their full cards in to school to be signed in order to be in with a chance of winning one of these lovely books.

A huge Shirley Warren thank you to Nicky and her team at Waterstones for your advice, kindness and biscuits - what a special treat for the children!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Music Concert

Children from Year 5 and 6 stunned us with their instrumental performances on Friday afternoon.

We heard brass, strings, woodwind, ukuleles, guitars and even Bamboo Tamboo (thanks to the children from percussion club). The standard of playing was the best I have ever heard and I felt so proud of every child who took part. It was also the first performance by the school Orchestra who played brilliantly.

 I'd like to say a huge thank-you to all the teachers involved in music at Shirley Warren and to all the parents who came to support the children.

 An extra thank-you goes to James for taking all the brilliant photos!