Frozen Our first topic, ‘Frozen’, began with the children putting their problem solving skills to the test as we set them the challenge of creating an igloo, using just cotton wool balls, scrap paper and glue. All of the children worked extremely well as part of a team, allowing each individual to participate fully. The children loved the creativity of this activity and demonstrated the school value of being responsible learners through their actions. Later that day, we had ‘ice’ music playing whilst the children coloured in their own Inuit. This allowed the children to immerse themselves into the culture of the Arctic.
This week we attended a Road Safety workshop in the school hall. The workshop focused on how to be safe when near a road. Firstly, the children watched a demonstration of how to cross the road safely where specialist equipment, such as a traffic light, was used. Then the classes were split into two groups with each group taking part in a different workshop. The first workshop was about how to stay safe when riding a bicycle and the second workshop covered the importance of wearing a seat belt. The children responded positively throughout each workshop. Every child listened intently and asked, as well as answered, some fantastic questions. They are now certainly well-informed as a result.
We are looking forward to our trip to ‘We the Curious’, situated in Bristol, where we can learn more about our science topic, ‘Forces and Magnets’.
All in all it has been a really positive start to the new school year and we look forward to many more learning opportunities in the coming weeks.
Gromit Unleashed 2
Miss Robbins and fourteen children across the school were lucky enough to attend the Wallace and Gromit trail at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. In Gromit Unleashed 2, Nick Park’s Academy Award-winning character Gromit returned for his second starring role in the award-winning charity’s sculpture trails, but this time he was not alone; the loveable pooch was joined by his pal Wallace and arch nemesis Feathers McGraw! We had the opportunity to see the sixty-six different sculptures designed by high-profile artists, designers, innovators and local talent. We each had our favourite sculpture, however, we all loved the amazing Gromjet!
Bath’s Children’s Literature Festival
Miss Robbins and a selection of children from KS2 attended the Children’s Literature Festival at the Guildhall in Bath. On Monday 1st October, we met the authors Meurig and Rachel Bowen who have written the book ‘The School of Music’. It was a fun and face-paced sequence of interactive musical sketches which introduced us to The School of Music’s quirky characters and a wide range of musical styles, from classical and jazz to pop and world. On Tuesday 2nd October, we met the authors Catherine Johnson and Katherine Woodfine who have written the book ‘Make More Noise’. The writers spoke to us about the short stories they’ve contributed to the Make More Noise anthology; and they discussed ways women (and men) have chosen to protest, and why they’ve needed to in the past and present day. On Wednesday 3rd in the morning, we met the authors Alex Frith, Alice James and Jerome Martin who have written the book ‘100 Things About Space’. They took us on an interactive and engaging journey to outer space and filled us with amazing facts. On Wednesday 3rd in the afternoon, we met the author Christopher Lloyd who has written the book ‘Absolutely Everything’. We embarked on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents, and discovered everything about the creation of planet Earth, the age of dinosaurs, the rise of humans, the miserable medieval times, globalisation, wars and global warming all in fifty minutes. It was fascinating!