Yesterday, Year 6 pupils were privileged to work alongside Poet and Spoken Word Performer Paul Lyalls. After taking time out of his busy day (see his biog here: Paul-Lyalls.uk) he shared his favourite poems with the classes before helping us construct some special coded poems in homage to our local historical neighbours: Bletchley Park. We will be entering our poems into a national competition so fingers crossed our encrypted messages make it to the judges!
Watch out Bill Gates! Year Ones have been on the Chromebooks every week since coming back to school and are becoming very computer savvy. Navigating through Purple Mash, Year 1 children can now log on and log off. It doesn't stop there, oh no, Year 1 can also save a file in Purple Mash and we are beginning to realise that we can't touch the screen so must use the touch pad instead. Well done Year 1, you are amazing.
Chicken Rescue at GLPS!
Today we were visited by what we thought was a rooster! But why did we have this special visitor at school today? Well that is an interesting story……
On Miss. Parish’s walk to work this morning, she was stopped by a very peculiar sight. At first she didn’t know what it was but then she soon realised it was a lost rooster! After many attempts to catch the rooster and save it from the danger of the road, Miss. Parish managed to cover the chicken’s eyes and scoop it up. Then the only option was to take it to school until we could decide what could be done with the chicken. Once the chicken was safely placed in a box with some food and water the children decided to name the chicken ‘Linford’. The final surprise was when the rooster began to lay eggs and we discovered it was in fact a chicken! After school, Miss. Parish will be returning the chicken to her home safely! What an interesting day!
We had a singing workshop in the hall today to teach us for how to sing on stage and add actions. We added in our own singing moves and learnt some great performance techniques with a professional singer and an am ambassador of the VIAM event in Wembley.
The choir also recorded their audition songs in the hope to have a spot on Wembley Stadium in March.
Keep your fingers crossed for us! We have a long wait until December to find out...
This half term, Year 4 will be working with Andy each week to create some Elizabethan goblets! This week, we moulded our clay to create pinch pots and then attached a sturdy base. We used various tools to create intricate designs on our goblets. Next week, once our goblets have dried, we will paint and glaze them before they are fired in the kiln.
Today, Year 6 continued their learning about adaptation and evolution by studying different plant seeds. They learnt about adaptations needed to help the seeds find suitable land to grow and how plants utilise the environment to do so. Next time you are out and about in your local area take a look at the autumnal plants and see if you can figure out how they are dispersed.
Congratulations to eight year 5 and 6 children who were selected from a whole host of applicants who applied back in July to become a Digital Leader. They will have their work cut out this year as they get to grips with our new computing program 'Purple Mash' as well as helping teachers and classmates use technology effectively. They will also be working with Mrs Lovegood to deliver online safety sessions as we work to educate our community about how to stay safe online. Head over to our Digital Leaders page for more information about us and the exciting work we will be doing.
This week Owls and Hedgehogs had their first forest school session with Miss Smith. The children were very excited to get dressed into their waterproofs and wellies ready to visit the secret garden. The children found base camp and sat in a circle listening sensibly to the rules they have to follow to keep safe during forest school. They then had the opportunity to explore the forest and find one item to talk about with the other children. The children had a great time exploring and were very excited to tell Mrs Gardner and Miss Funnell all about it when they returned to class.
To ignite our topic, Year 4 had an Elizabethan day yesterday. We dressed up in our Elizabethan finery and set to work preparing for our Elizabethan banquet in the afternoon. We learnt about how different vegetables grow and carefully chopped them up to make a big pot of vegetable soup. We also made our own bread rolls. In the afternoon we had a great feast in our classrooms - we all agreed that the soup and bread was delicious! Some children had as many as 3 bowls - despite having previously decided that they didn't eat soup! We also learnt some Elizabethan dances and played some Elizabethan card and dice games as well as chess and dominoes. Our favourite game was Foxes and Geese, which is similar to draughts. We plan to use what we learnt today to write information texts about Elizabethan celebrations.
Our newly elected captains have been busy collating the weekly house point totals. The results are top secret and will be released later today. Who will be setting the benchmark in these early few weeks? Check back later to find out!