Friday, 14 December 2018

Cinderella and Rockerfella

Rehearsals are underway for the Year 5 and 6 pantomime next week. The children have been working so hard at learning lines, songs, sound, props and scenery... it's going to be amazing.

Here's a sneak preview...

Carol Singing

15 Year 6 children sang festive songs for the Christmas Dinner at Carnival House. The children sang brilliantly and everyone was very impressed. They have even invited us on a tour of a cruise ship in the new year! We will be also visiting Rotary House to sing to the residents there. Well done Year 6!

Thursday, 13 December 2018

'Twas The Night Before Christmas...

Well, what an amazing Christmas performance from Year 3 and 4! The children in 3H had such a great time and thoroughly enjoyed using their Talk for Writing skills to learn the whole of 'Twas A Night Before Christmas.' They performed it beautifully! The singing sounded great and we loved rocking out to 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.' Thank you to all of the parents/ carers who provided Christmas pjs! We've decided that we'd love to wear them to school everyday.

Friday, 7 December 2018

RG are superstars!

A massive well done to all the children for their amazing Christmas performance! They did beautiful singing, amazing story telling and looked wonderful. I hope you all loved it as much as we did. All the teachers are feeling very proud of the children.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Democracy - Good Egg

In Shirley Warren, we know and understand the British Value of democracy.
This is where everyone has a say and we use a vote to show what the majority have chosen.

In our school, we have an award called the Good Egg, which is presented to one child in Key Stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2 at the end of every term. The child is someone who is shows kindness, respect and support as voted by their peers.

This is how the process works. 
First, children nominate someone in their class, with reasons why that child is a good egg.
Second, the class have a vote and the winning name is sent to our Green Council meeting.
Finally, Green council have the difficult task of listening to the descriptions of all of these amazing pupils and voting on the ones the governor will present the award to.

We keep that name a secret until the end of term assembly.
Today Green Council will vote for Autumn 2018's Good Egg.
If you were going to nominate someone in your class, who would it be and why?

Monday, 26 November 2018

Junior Road Safety Officer Training

We are excited that we now have two KS2 pupils trained as Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs). They had a fantastic afternoon learning about road safety and even designed their own t-shirts (see below!). Some top tips they want to share are: * Be bright, be seen! * Always pay attention near roads. * Stop, look and listen and look both ways when crossing roads. * Air pollution is a problem in Southampton. Did you know? A child gets more bad fumes when they are sat inside a car than when they are walking to school with their adults.
The JRSOs are keen to share more of their knowledge and have some goodies to give out so keep an eye out for them at school!

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Year 1 Dance Update

Look at Miss Roni’s shocked face at how a Year One child has written the word ‘UNISON’ all by herself ! 

Year 2 Dance Update : The Gruffalo story

We’ve been creating Guffalo woodland creatures with our bodies and also thought about how the Gruffalo  Mouse would stroll through the woods, moving over, under and around things.

Year 4 Dance Update

How did Tudor Children Play?

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A Victorian Christmas

Today, Year 5 were transported back to the Victorian days when we visited Beaulieu Palace House.
Thank you to everyone at home with the help with our costumes - we looked brilliant!

When we arrived, we took a trip on the Veteran Bus to the Palace House. We particularly enjoyed this because it had an open top upper deck and Miss Dickinson got to practise her selfie skills...

Obviously, after all that tomfoolery, it was time to get back to business as we became Victorian children seeking employment at the Palace House. We learnt all the skills we would need to be useful maids and footmen - this would've been important in the Victorian times because after the age of 10, children were sent out to work. (Luckily, chimney sweeping by children was banned during the Victorian age!)

After our grand tour, during which we took in so much fascinating information, it was time for lunch. Back to the Victorian classroom for us! (A particular shout out to parents here as some children had truly brought a Victorian lunch!)

After lunch, we went back to the drawing room at the Palace House to enjoy some traditional Victorian Christmas entertainment. Unfortunately, this did involved some terrible dancing by the adults - but we enjoyed laughing!

All the children were impeccably behaved - what a great day we had!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Friendship in Reception

This week we have had some lovely coloured string added to our making tables. We are following the children’s interests in making friendship bracelets. Yesterday the children asked for adults to plait them for them but today they are trying themselves! It is a great activity for developing our fine motor skills and perseverance as it is a tricky job but they’re doing fantastic! This also fits in well with anit-bullying week so we have been using this as an opportunity to talk about what a good friend looks likein Reception.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

The Great Shirley Warren Switch Off

Have you seen the poster outside the school about the Shirley Warren Switch off?

Zaki from the Environment Centre kindly came in and told us about it.

It is happening tomorrow, Friday, from 4-6pm at the Action Centre (church), 117 Warren Crescent,  just near the school.
There will be prizes including torches and a multi cooker.
The event is free to attend so anyone can come along.
There will be inflatables and a slow-cooked meal which is also free.
There will be energy companies there giving advice too, and a parent session from 2-4pm.

At 5.30pm all the prizes will be given and there will be a big switch off with glow sticks.
Nearly 100 people went last year, so please come along and make this year's session even better.

At Shirley Warren Primary and Nursery School we do care about the environment and we hope you will join in too.

For more information please click here:

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

KS1 Dance technique : exploring travelling pathways & shapes

Our Key Stage 1 have been developing their travelling pathway skills  with levels that finish with clear, solid shapes that include balance and levels. Our Year 1s have explored this with their ‘all about me’ curriculum link, and our Year 2s will add emotion to pathway and explore verbs for their ‘Gruffalo story’ curriculum link.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Phonics Heroes

In Reception we are loving our phonics lessons! The children are doing great at learning the sounds and beginning to write and read them in simple words. They are excited to start phonics in the morning and are happily doing these activities in their independent time too. Superstars!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Playground Markings have been completed!

Did you notice anything different about the look of the bottom playground when you came back from our half term holiday?

We finally saw the playground markings refreshed after we fundraised for Mr Kelly's 50th birthday and we were given a donation by Capita. As you can see, the snakes and ladders game goes all the way up to 100 again.

We hope there will be lots of happy playtimes at Shirley Warren, even though the wintery weather is coming.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Year 2 Scooter Training

Year 2 had a lot of fun doing their scooter training before half term! They learnt so much including how to use their brakes correctly, how to steer around objects and to keep an eye out for potential hazards on the pavement. They discussed and acted out being polite to pedestrians and saying ‘Excuse me please‘ and ‘Thank you!’. With the trainers, the children and Mrs Bedwell talked about watching for vehicles coming in and out of driveways across pavements and when to stop to stop and walk with the scooter. Well done Year 2, you did excellent listening and we hope you found it helpful!

Treat in RG

RG worked hard the whole of last half term and earned their treat! We finished off the half term with a balloon party which was so much fun! Well done to everyone for their good learning, keep your eyes peeled on the blog to see our learning for our new topic ‘celebrations’.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Rotary Shoebox Collection at Shirley Warren

In our school, we are proud that we try and help other people and this was the first year we have tried making shoebox gifts for disadvantaged children for the Rotary Club.

Thank you so much to all who generously filled a shoebox, and we will definitely be taking part next year.  Even though it is so early to be thinking about Christmas, we know the boxes have a long way to go before they reach their destination and we hope the children will enjoy what we have packed.

Here is a picture of some of the boxes, ready to be collected by the Rotary Club.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Dance Key Stage 1 & Year 4 Update

We've had a fun half term with Year 1's exploring gesture patterns creating strong clear [Mr Men]  shapes. Additionally, the Year 2s  also explored pathways with technical details.
Year 4s exploring team-building exercises and their current topic, The Tudors.
The Year 1s & 2s  Had the topic of morning activities for their gesture patterns and power poses with changes of levels. Year 2s have now moved  on to exploring animal movements in preparation for our joint music project on the Gruffalo story where they have created their own music !
Year 4s are now exploring the life of a Tudor child in movement

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Green Council start their Playground Project

Today, Green Council met for a very important job.

As well as looking at our Class Books and following our agenda, the main activity was to label the new playground equipment.

We wrote SWPNS on the footballs and other playtime equipment. 

We are going to tell our friends in class to look after them and use them carefully.

What do you like playing with in the playground?

Friday, 12 October 2018

Harvest Festival at Shirley Warren

This week our whole school has been collecting food for Basics Bank, which is run by Southampton City Mission and Matt came in to lead an assembly for KS1 and one for KS2. 
We had a lot of fun with a visual story Matt told us from the Bible about the farmer planting the seed in different kinds of ground. Some of it landed on rocky ground and didn't grow.
Other seeds did a little bit better. But the best seeds in the good ground produced a good crop. 
Matt told us that when we give to others we are like the seed planted in good soil. The funniest bit was when Miss Lott dressed up as a crow and "ate" some of the seeds.

We are glad to be a generous school and hope our donations will help many families in the city who don't have enough food.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Stubbington Day 4!

Our last full day at Stubby has not been any quieter than previous days...

5D had their turn on Earthquake - we particularly enjoyed the lava leap!

Both classes explored pond life and learnt about all the different creatures that live in the conservation area. We then got a chance to go pond dipping - we found lots of little fish and insects!

We also put all our map reading skills from our Geography lessons to the test in an orienteering challenge.

This evening, we performed in the S Factor - a house competition in which each house performed their own song. The Owls were the winners!

Tomorrow, we're looking forward to taking part in the Stubbington Fox game... and seeing everyone at about 2pm!

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Stubbington Day 3!

Another busy day for Year 5 today!
When we investigated our mammal hotels, we were delighted to find that we had guests: a yellow-necked mouse and a vole! We were able to study them and learn about their adaptations which make them perfectly suited to the woodland environment here at Stubbington.

This afternoon, 5M conquered the Earthquake obstacle course... resulting in just a few wet feet...! Meanwhile, 5D took on a variety of team building challenges (with lots of success!). We had lots of fun - including the teachers!
This evening, all the children at Stubbington (Shirley Warren and another school included) took part in a site-wide game based on some stolen treasure. There were some familiar faces lurking around... seems our teachers may have pirate twins! Who knew?!
We finished off the day with a house bowling competition. Foxes and Badgers were the winners!
We're all having a lovely time and looking forward to tomorrow!

We support Water Aid

Earlier in the year, Tony from Water Aid came to speak to Green Council about how many people around the world don't have enough water to stay healthy. he challenged us to raise money for Water Aid.  we asked Costco to donate some cups so we could fill them with water and make some money but instead they gave us a cheque for £50 for Water Aid.

Last week, Tony came in to be presented with the cheque. He had the opportunity to share more about Water Aid with every class in Key Stage 2, so we all have more awareness of Global Issues around water.

Here is the cheque Costco sent.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Stubbington Day 2!

Wow - what a jam-packed day we've had!
We slept really well and woke up hungry for breakfast. After that, we had our room inspections... let's just say some definitely have room for improvement with tidiness!
This morning, we went back down to the seashore to explore the wildlife that lives there. We created our own rockpools and observed the living creatures moving around. We were lucky enough to find an anemone!
Then, we hunted for fossils. BT even found a shark's tooth (the highlight of the day!).
Finally, we had a sandcastle competition. Whose do you think is the most impressive?
After lunch, we had set up our mammal hotels ready to entice some small mammals tonight. We had to think carefully about what food would be good and what material would make good bedding. We've hidden these in brambles - hopefully we'll be able to meet some mice or voles tomorrow!
Lastly, we built shelters designed to protect us from the elements... shame most of us didn't survive the torrential downpour (!!!).

We're looking forward to another great day tomorrow!

Monday, 1 October 2018

Stubbington Day 1!

We've had a fun-filled first day at Stubby - so busy, in fact, that we've not had much time to take photos!
Once we'd unpacked and settled in, we headed down to the beach for a seashore walk. We managed to find lots of different shells and we learnt all about their differences. We also had wonderful weather!
This evening we were lucky enough to go to the hide - look at all the different animals we spotted! Lots of foxes and badgers!