October 24, 2014 in Newsletters
Reception had a visit from ZooLab, who brought in lots of wonderful creatures including a very big snail, a snake and a tarantula for all of the children to look at and even touch! The children thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon and were able to learn lots of new and interesting facts about habitats and the life expectancies of the animals.
This week in school, pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 will be perfecting their speeches and organising their election campaigns as they prepare to vote for their new School Councillors and School Sports Councillors for 2014-15. Both roles come with great responsibility within school; pupils will be helping staff in decision making, fundraising and organising school events.
Elections will be held across classes on Wednesday and once the votes have been counted and verified the successful candidates will be announced in Friday’s celebration assembly. Any children who would like to be considered for these roles and did not receive a letter, see your class teacher or Mrs Ingram before Wednesday.
After the success of the fantastic group of parents who scaled the heights of Ben Nevis to raise money for school, staff wanted to keep the fundraising effort going in school and decided to plan a sponsored family bike ride.
Greenside’s first Pedalling Picnic took place on Saturday 18th October and thankfully the early morning rain moved on to leave us with a day of glorious autumn sunshine. With about 90 riders in total, it was a super event and we want to say a huge thank you and well done to all families who came along and supported school. It was wonderful to see children from Nursery to Year 5/6 cycling together on the Newburn to Wylam route. Special thanks to Miss Taylor for organising the event and Mr Woods for supplying bikes. This will certainly become a firm fixture on the Greenside calendar. We await suggestions for the next route…
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been learning to listen carefully to instructions, including how to find a space and developing our understanding of why we warm up and cool down. We have played lots of games and learned to balance a beanbag on various parts of our body and have developed our throwing and catching skills with sponges, tennis balls and footballs.
As part of their history unit of Invasion, Oak Class enjoyed a day out at Bede’s World learning all about Anglo Saxon settlements.
On arrival, the children went straight into warrior training where they had to try on armour and practise using shields and swords.
They then spent the afternoon touring the site and finding out about how the Anglo Saxons lived including: how their houses were built, the importance of animals, their diet and jobs they would do. As well as this they got to carry out some wheat grinding, wool spinning and dressed up in traditional Anglo Saxon dress.
The children will be using their newly learned knowledge to write their own reports about Anglo Saxon life.
Last week Sycamore Class created a Lion King Savannah out of odds and ends they found in the class room. Each child in the class participated and everybody was given the opportunity to contribute their own thoughts. Children enjoyed using their questioning and decision making skills to work co-operatively.
“Why are you placing Scars cave behind the elephant graveyard?” asked one child to another.
“Because he wouldn’t live with the hyenas – he would think he was above them. He would definitely have his own hideway.”
I asked why the hideaway was ‘behind’ the Hyenas home and he replied:
“So that if there was any danger, the hyenas would be in trouble first, giving Scar a chance to run away!”
Since building the 3D landscape we have had an amazing time learning all about maps, physical geography, rivers, setting descriptions and prepositions… the list goes on!
All of the work so far will contribute to the children’s newspaper reports in which they will be writing a sycamore class exclusive: ‘The REAL story of the Lion King’
At 10:30am on Thursday, the classroom telephone rang and all of the children gathered around in a group, waiting anxiously wanting to find out who it could be! A few of the children spoke on the phone and were very excited to reveal, “the aliens are coming for tea!” We all had a discussion as to what the aliens might like to eat and we designed alien pizza faces! The children had a fantastic afternoon cooking pizzas for the aliens using a wide range of ingredients and they all followed instructions carefully. On Friday morning, the snack table was full of crumbs from the pizzas that we had left out for the aliens the previous day! They must have been very hungry!
We have all had a fantastic couple of weeks settling into Reception. We have enjoyed exploring our classroom, investigating new resources and trying school dinners!
On Wednesday 24th September, the children arrived at school and as they walked into their classroom they noticed green, sticky, slimy foot prints on the floor! The children investigated the clues straight away and explored the Early Years outdoor area for more evidence of the aliens landing in our school. We noticed a letter was left on the red chair at the front of the classroom and Miss Parker read it out to the whole class. The aliens wanted to find out what each and every child in this class looks like! The children decided that it would be a good idea to paint a self-portrait of their face for the aliens. The children thoroughly enjoyed working together to try and solve the mystery as to why the aliens wanted to come into our classroom.
Following on from our exciting visit to The Lion King last Wednesday, Key Stage 2 have been learning African dancing. Rowan Class prepared a tear- jerking performance to the song, ‘The Circle of Life’ and presented their dance to parents from Year 3. The children worked amazingly hard all afternoon but were able to create a dazzling performance which showed off their newly learnt skills. After the event, although extremely tired after the exertion, children commented that “After the Lion King, this was the best day of my life” and “We danced as a team, we were super good.”