Thank you to everyone at Shirley Warren for wearing festive jumpers last Friday. From your donations we were able to raise an amazing £203.06 for the Southampton Hospital Charity! The charity were very excited to hear we had raised money for them and wanted to pass on a special thank you to all the pupils involved.
Today Green Council had a very important job - to vote for one child in Key Stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2 who would be the Good Egg. Good Egg is an award which is presented by the governors to two children who have been consistently kind and helpful throughout the term.
Earlier in the week, every class noninated children they thought could be the Good Egg and then the class had a vote. Mrs Williams helped the KS1 children see what it was like to write on a voting slip, put it in the "ballot box" and take out votes and count them. We learnt lots of words to do with voting like "majority".
Parliament Week is a charity which supports schools to learn about the process of voting in a democracy and they sent us resources for Parliamt Week this year, which was in November. We were a bit late, but with the General Election yesterday it was a good time to learn about what happens.
Here we are after the voting.
The winners will be announced in the final assembly.
This week Nursery took part in the World Nursery Rhyme Week Challenge! We sang a new Nursery Rhyme every day of the week: On Monday we sang Baa, Baa, Black Sheep On Tuesday we sang Down in the Jungle On Wednesday we sang Incy, Wincy Spider On Thursday we sang Row, Row, Row Your Boat On Friday we sang Two Little Dickie Birds We then had lots of fun activities to match our rhymes - can you guess which activities went with each rhyme?
Today, we had a special visitor to Green Council.
Bike it Ray came with a lot of interesting chart about different animals, poo, and lichens. He told us that lichens grow on trees and bricks and can tell us a lot about the air quality in our area.
We went for a nature walk to see what we would find in the bottom playground. We were very excited to see lichen on the trees and Bike It Rays said that although there is more to do, the lichens we saw were a healthy green colour and indicate that our air quality is not bad for our infants. Hooray!
Here we are studying a tree. Do you know what type of tree it is? (clue: the colour is silver!)
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!
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 differentlikes and dislikes, we can still all play and build friendships.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.