Monday, 14 October 2019

Black History Month - Serena Williams

As part of Black History Month, in Year 1 we have been researching the Tennis star:
Serena Williams.

We have been finding out why she is a role model and what she has achieved by working hard.
Many of us want to be amazing at Tennis just like her! Some of us already go to the schools after school Tennis club, so we can practise our skills.

We have shown our findings by drawing pictures of Serena and labelling these with information and her achievements.

Next we will be researching Lewis Hamilton the Formula One race car driver.

The Big Soup Share!

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.

I hope everyone enjoyed the onion soup! 

Friday, 11 October 2019

National Space Week in KS1 music lessons

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?

Shoebox Reminder

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.

Dance Mat Stars in Year 1

We had so much fun yesterday dancing on the huge dance mats!
We used lots of energy and showed off some our amazing dance moves.

Well done to Cohen who was the winner of the dance competition with the most accuracy.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Black History Month

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.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Dance Mat-tastic in 2A

We had some special visitors bring some very exciting dance mats in to school today. There are definitely some movers to watch out for on Strictly Come Dancing in a few years to come! We had so much fun and we will all sleep well tonight!!!!! 

Friday, 4 October 2019

BBC World Music Day

We all know how much we LOVE music here at Shirley Warren! We celebrated the power of music along with BBC World Music Day.

We warmed up our voices and sang and listening to music the whole day - and it felt great!

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Cooking Club utilise the schools harvested vegetables

This afternoon cooking club made special treats. Mrs Wilk said there was plenty of them made to share around!

The cooking club children are reaping the benefits of gardening club's harvest yesterday.
Wow it is great we can work together and help each other!

The children this afternoon were hard at work: washing the potatoes, carrots and courgettes, peeling them and then grating them all ready for cooking.

I hope the adults at home enjoyed these yummy and healthy rosti's :)

Check back with the blog to see what amazing dishes they will make...

If you would like to make this at home then check out this recipe :)

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Gardening club have been harvesting!

After school last week the gardening club harvested potatoes which they had planted and this week it was onions. I could smell those onions from a mile away!

They washed and prepared the vegetables so cooking club can use them to make potato rosti's tomorrow, yummy!

Watch this space for pictures of the delicious, fresh food they will be making and eating.

Keep on using the environment to learn :) 

Could you plant with you children? Could you harvest and wash vegetables at home? 
Why not give it a try?!

Friday, 27 September 2019

RG BBC Music Day

Yesterday, we had a fabulous day celebrating BBC Music Day! We love singing and talked about how we love to sing nursery and number rhymes everyday.

We did some special singing by the group 'Singing Hands'. We watched the videos and sang along whilst also learning Makaton actions.

Our favourites are 'Little Peter Rabbit' and '5 Little Firemen'. See if you can give these songs a try at home!

BBC Music day in Year 1

Yesterday it was BBC music day and we had lots of fun celebrating it in Year 1.

We learnt how to warm up our vocals and sung lots and lots throughout the day.
We love singing the alphabet every morning.

We then talked about 'What we liked about Music', from our favourite songs to the noises instruments make.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

BBC music day

Today is BBC music day and we had lots of fun celebrating it in 3C. We learnt how to warm up our vocals and did lots of singing. We linked BBC music day to everything we have learnt about harvest time by singing a special harvest song together!

National Fitness Day in 3H

On Wednesday afternoon 3H took part in 10minutes of exercise to celebrate National Fitness Day. We used Go Noodle and absolutely loved copying the dances. We are now floss experts! We discussed the importance of staying fit and healthy- not only for our body but also for our mind.

Harvest Time Is Here Again...

On Tuesday SWPNS had a visit from Matt who is part of Southampton City Mission. Matt spoke to us all about the importance of giving. He told a fantastic story from the bible and we all enjoyed joining in.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Magic Mark Making!

The children new to school in Reception have settled in really well over the last few weeks. Before we can begin our Phonics lessons we need to play lots of listening games and get excited about mark making.

The children have loved making their own mud paint and using this to create designs. They have painted shapes and even written secret messages!

They are also showing great skill in drawing and colouring which is going to help them be the best writers.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Artistic RE in Year 5

In Year 5 this term we are looking at how people describe God.
Lots of people have different ideas and today we used watercolour pencils to illustrate words to describe how Christians see God.

Here are some of our ideas.

Next week we are finding out about how Muslims see God.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

2S - E-Safety Week

We had fun in 2S this week learning all about how we create a digital footprint when we are online and how it can be difficult to change or erase this. We soon realised that we need to be very careful when using the internet in order to keep ourselves safe and respect other people's feelings. With our talk partners we came up with lots of great ideas  about the sort of information we should keep private (like our passwords, address, names, photos etc) and designed our own footprints to create a display to share our advice with the rest of the school.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Year 1 have been amazing readers this week!

Year 1 excitedly had their first dips in the treasure chest this Friday, and grabbed a prize, as a reward for reading 5 times (or more) this week.

All week they have been reading with their adults and receiving DOJO points each time they read.

Well done Year 1, keep up the awesome reading!

3C e-safety Week

We had lots of fun learning about e-safety in year 3 this week. We learnt about why it is important to have a strong password and how to communicate safely online. We made our own posters and  comic strips so that we could teach other children how to be safe online.

3H E-Safety

3H have had a fantastic week learning all about e-safety. We discussed what makes a safe password and designed posters to help others. We also used Comic Life to create comic strips about how we stay safe online.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Art and Music in Year 6

Year 6 have begun a project looking at the impact of music in film, specifically wildlife documentaries. This will link in to their work in English.

Today we studied the composer Hans Zimmer who writes the music for Planet Earth and Blue Planet. We listened to his piece 'Earth' which he has written for the BBC 10 Pieces project. We then responded to the music through Art, using watercolours.

You can listen to the piece here and maybe create your own artwork.

And look at our artwork here:

Well done to our amazing gardeners!

Wow! Well done to Shirley Warren School, Mrs Wilk and the gardening club, you have achieved a silver award in the category of 'Garden for Learning'.

Southampton in Bloom was a whole school project with children from all year groups planting, nurturing and helping to grow their patches.

Year 1 planted lettuces, Year 2 broad beans, Year 3 spinach and green peas, Years 4 and 5 aubergines and a gooseberry stub.

Gardening club expressed their joy: 'We learnt how to look after vegetables by watering them, tieing them up and removing green flies and caterpillars'.

KS1 planted: beans, onions, tomatoes, courgettes, sweet pepper and sowed beetroots, carrots, marigolds, nasturtium and cosmos.
KS2 planted potatoes, strawberries, courgettes, pumpkins, sunflowers, french beans. they also made a herb garden of dill, parsley, coriander and basil.

Who would like to join gardening club next half term?...

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Year 6 E-Safety

Year 6 E-Safety Week! 

We have been busy in year 6 discussing what constitutes e-safety and how we can keep ourselves safe on the internet. We started our discussion by considering what e-safety means and how we can keep ourselves safe. Here our some of our considerations:

We then watched two videos reminding us how to keep our information, ourselves and other people safe online. These were very informative and enabled us to think about our own safety online. These are the links if you want to check them out to further your own understanding of e-safety! 

Next, we looked at three different Instagram accounts. One exposed the identity of a person using their name, pictures and personal information and the other two used avatars as their pictures. However, one used their name and the other used a fake name. This sparked a discussion about how important it is to keep our information and identity private when using the internet and social media sites. We can do this by: