Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Robin Hood

Just over a week ago 5C began preparing for their assembly on Robin Hood. As a class, we ensured that we included children's work, a performance of one of the tales and even a persuasive argument to top the performance.

This fantastic tale included power, love and bravery.

Firstly, I would like to thank and congratulate all of the children for learning their lines, including the song. Thank you to all of the parents for supporting your children with this.

Secondly, I would like to thank Mrs Amer, Mrs Amor and Mr Edmunds. Without them I would have struggled to get all of the outfits ready, the power point and the script sorted.

Many thanks and well done 5C!

Miss Cooke

Monday, 28 March 2011

High 5 Netball

Last Tuesday Year 6 girls travelled to Wayvell to compete in the high 5 tournament. The girls faced a difficult challenge as they had to work twice as hard with less players (a very different match to the normal 7 aside format which they normally play after school).

The girls played admirably and did not give up once. Miss Rockett and Miss Cooke were very pleased to see so much encouragement and support among the team. Even after 2 hours of netball the girls still had smiles on their faces after battling with the glorious weather.

A special thanks go to Miss Lane and Mr and Mrs Graham for taking the children from school, to Wayvell and then dropping children off at their homes. Without them we would not have been able to take part in the tournament. We would also like to thank Mrs Steels for supporting the girls.

Once again, congratulations girls. You fought until the final whistle!

Miss Cooke and Miss Rockett

Sunday, 27 March 2011

5C’s Circuit Showdown!

Last week parents and pupils gathered in the hall to take part in circuit training, as part of year five's topic on healthy living. Children in 5C designed each of the stations, including hula hoops, jumping jacks and skipping.

Special thanks go out to all the parents who turned up and took part with their sons and daughters. It was so nice to see so many happy faces, even if it was at 9.10 in the morning. Well done!

Miss Cooke

Friday, 25 March 2011

SATS Revision...are you sure?

Year Six have been working very hard this week practising their English and maths skills in preparation for their forthcoming tests. However, as you can see from these pictures, it has not all been work, work, work!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Y3 Visit to Butser Farm

What a super day we had at Butser Farm. The children were very excited about their trip, and set off bright and early on the coaches.

When we arrived, there was a treat in store. We were taken to see two lambs - just three hours old! We all had to be very quiet, in case we upset them and they didn't form a strong enough attachment to their mother.

Then it was off to the first activities. We started by being Celts. We smashed chalk to make building materials, carved chalk to make our own designs, and then used chalk, soil, water and straw to make a clunch house. We did not try wattle and daub. As that would have involved using cow poo, we felt it was a good thing!

We had lunch in a Celtic roundhouse, sitting on low benches and skins. Although there was a fire in the centre of the room, it was not hugely warm in there.

After lunch, we made a mosaic using real tiles, visited the shop ( always a highlight ) and looked around a reproduction of a roman villa. There were some Roman clothes there, if you need inspiration for our Roman Day.

It was a great day, and the children loved it. What was even nicer, was that at the end of the day, the staff at the centre sought us out to tell us how impressed they were with the children's behaviour. Well done, Year Three

Friday, 18 March 2011

Watch out Matt Groening - Year Six think they are the best animators!

In ICT, Year Six are exploring how cartoons are made using computer aided animation. We used Revelation Natural Art to draw sequences of images - making sure we changed each frame by just a small amount. When we played them quickly, we found we had created cartoons to rival the Simpsons.

Next week we are going to investigate how animators use Stop motion animation to create Wallace and Gromit style films.

How can we investigate how well different materials reflect light?

With a datalogger of course!

This week Year Six used dataloggers to measure the amount of light which was reflected by different materials. We already knew that shiny, light materials make the best reflectors but now we had solid evidence to prove it.

It was a bit tricky setting up the equipment at first but now we know what to do, we would be able to use the dataloggers to help us measure again.

Oh...and as predicted, mirrors do make the best reflectors!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Cross Country Squad

Some people do everything and anything to avoid cross country - but not this lot! Trooping down to Connaught Secondary School at 3.30pm on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon, and with no training, many of them were unsure what to expect.

However, it comes as no surprise that they performed exceptionally well, running to their limits and trying their hardest to get round as quick as possible.

Ryan (Y5) performed exceptionally well coming in a storming 3rd place and congratulations also go to all of the Year 3 pupils who attempted this for the very first time.

If you're reading this and fancy doing some more running, Aldershot running club have superb facilities for children to train at.

Finally, thank you to Mrs Ward and Mr Nicholls for giving up their own time to ensure all of these children had the opportunity to participate.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

We had a great time on Science Day! Y3 and Y4 walked down to Belle Vue, then joined Y1 and Y2 for a morning investigating (Y2/3) how to best prepare for an athletic event, and (Y1/4) bubbles.

As you can see, Blessing really got the hang of the jumping activity. We had to see how far we could jump using various starts. In the first picture, you can see him working up to a standing start. In picture two, he's had a short run up (hop, skip and jump distance) but in the 3rd picture, he's really flying, as he has had a long run up.

We also had a visit from a local athlete. Glen Wiseman talked to the children about the preparations he would make before a big athletic meet, the kinds of food that he needed, and the way in which sport made him feel at school.

After his inspirational talk, the children thought about their breakfasts that morning, and just how important it was to a good start to the day.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Heating Materials

Today in Year six we investigated what happened when we heated various materials. We used a sand bath and candle to help us heat egg, chocolate, butter, wax and bread safely. We observed how the materials changed and discussed whether the changes were reversible or irreversible. We discovered that heating egg and bread causes irreversible changes whilst the chocolate, wax and butter melted. We could get these materials back by leaving them to cool.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Penalty shoot out agony in Liphook

The boys played superbly in their QF tie against Liphook and drew 2-2 after extra time but were beaten on penalties 3-1.

The game was a tense and competitive affair with few chances in the first half although Newport hit the cross bar and looked the more threatening of the two teams. Newport deservedly opened the scoring with a spectacular strike from Reece M early in the second half. This was a scorching opener for the reds but a defensive mix up between the defenders and Richard, our goalie, allowed the ball to trickle agonisingly over the line to make it 1-1.

Reece M broke free up the left flank and scored a great goal almost immediately to restore our lead. However Reece, our captain and the clearly the most influential player on the field injured his knee tendons in a tackle and had to go to hospital. This upset the balance of the team and after this our chances were few. With very little time remaining it looked like we would hold on and win the tie but the greens equalised with a stunning long range shot in to the roof of the net.
Despite their best efforts in extra time no team could break the dead lock and the boys were left to finish the tie with a penalty shoot out.
All the MaD's and staff can firmly say that the boys were superb and a great credit to the school . They played as well as they could under the circumstances and gave everything. Had Reece not been so badly injured and had James been available then we might have been be looking forward to the semis.......... who knows? Get well soon Reece.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Watch out! Mad Scientists About!

Wow! Science in Year Six certainly goes with a bang, fizz and even a pop! We are exploring the differences between reversible and irreversible reactions. We mixed solids and liquids together and recorded what happened. When a new substance was created, we knew that an irreversible reaction had occurred. Our favourite was mixing lemon juice and Andrews' salts (you take these when you have a tummy ache.)

I have 7:05, who has twenty to ten?

Today in maths, Year Six practised telling the time by solving tricky time-loop problems. Working as a team, they had to rearrange cards to match digital and analogue times. It wasn't always easy - sometimes the times were written as minutes to and minutes past the hour.

Mind you... we all seem to know the time of playtime!