Friday, 23 November 2018

Fun at the River!

Selborne Rivers Trip

Today, year 6 children found themselves outside in the cold weather exploring the features of rivers and discovering how the land is used around the water. 

Wrapped up warm from the winter weather, the students took part in two activities. All children were able to explore the river in detail by measuring the depth and using nets to do some river dipping to see what creatures they could find - shrimps were the most common. The other activity involved them walking up a rather steep hill to look out over the village of Selborne from the top. Once at the top, we discussed why the village of Selborne was there and how they used the water from the river. Whilst the children had fun completing the activities, I think the highlight for most of them were the sheep in the nearby field or the heated flooring in the centre! 

Lucky no child, or adult, got too wet and we all had a great day. 

Friday, 16 November 2018

Spotacular Fundraisers!

Children in Need at Alderwood Juniors 

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped the school fundraise for Children in Need. Today was a fantastic, which the children all enjoyed. 

Our fundraising started last night with year 6 holding a Big Pudsey Quiz in the school hall. Thank you to everyone who attended and struggled through some challenging questions! 

During Children in Need day, the year groups took part in lots of different activities from writing raps to making masks to Pudsey art work. As well as this, all children came to the Pudsey sale in the hall, where they could buy their own Pudsey merchandise or spend their money on tasty treats. Finally, to end our day, we had our big reveal assembly where we announced our fundraising total. 

I am very pleased and proud to announce that our total currently stands at a massive £2128.46!

Well done and thank you to all our Spotacular fundraisers and Pudsey helpers! 

Sunday, 11 November 2018

That's The Way To Do It!

On Thursday afternoon, Year 3 met a puppeteer who has been performing Punch and Judy shows for nearly 50 years! He taught the children a lot about the different types of puppets, including marionette, shadow, hand and finger puppets. We also learnt about the history of Punch and Judy and why it was invented. Did you know that the show has been around for over 350 years and originated in Italy where Mr Punch was originally called Punchinello? The children thoroughly enjoyed the show and we are now really looking forward to making our own and putting on our own show!

Miss Cooke

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Year 5 and 6 Hockey Tournament

This evening, children from years 5 and 6  (including one child from year 4) took part in our annual hockey tournament at Samuel Cody. Despite the team being extremely new, the children worked really well as a team, improving their skills after every game. Although we lost all of our matches, I was really proud of every team member, especially seeing as some of them have only been playing hockey for a month! Our last match should have been a draw but South Farnborough Junior School scored in the last couple of minutes. My man of the match was Alfie Keeping because he made some incredible saves!

Miss Cooke

Year 5 Planetarium

On Friday 5th October children in Year 5 were given the opportunity to explore space without having to leave Alderwood School. Children were invited to crawl into an inflatable planetarium and sit and marvel at the wonders of the planets, stars and moon. During their time in the planetarium, children explored why we get day and night and were able to witness the Earth rotating as it orbited the sun. As well as exploring day and night, the children were able to see why we get the four different seasons;: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

After discussing the Earth's movement in space, the children were encouraged to lay back and look at the beautiful night sky. The light inside the dome was turned down and slowly lots of little stars started to appear around the edges of the planetarium. Children were shown different constellations, including the plough, Orion and Leo. The North Star was pointed out to the children and a discussion was had about how this could be used to aid navigation.

All the children really enjoyed the experience of the planetarium and the knowledge gained by the children was used in a piece of diary writing describing what they would see in the night sky after through a telescope.

The planetarium was a wonderful experience and it was the perfect end to a thoroughly enjoyable space topic.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Chessington World of Adventures

Rollercoaster Rides and Wild Animals!

Year 6 had an incredible day at Chessington World of Adventures. To start the day they completed a forces workshop and learnt all about what forces act on the rollercoaster before going on them. For the rest of the day, children found themselves feeling the force on rides like the Vampire and Dragon's Fury or getting drenched on the Monkey Swings and Tiger Rock.

Whilst at Chessington, the children were also able to see some wild animals, including tigers and penguins! We thought about bringing a tiger back with us but we didn't think Mrs de Sausmarez would be too impressed!

All children were very well behaved throughout the day. I hope they get a good rest over the weekend; I know us teachers certainly will!