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Black History Month

Our theme for this week has been ‘How have black people inspired the world?’ We have also talked about enjoying the fact that we’re all different and making sure we treat people equally despite our differences. To give the children a fuller and deeper experience of the theme, we gave them the opportunity to take part in cultural dance and movement workshops to live drumming.

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They learnt some Zulu dances and some of the chants used to free Nelson Mandela amongst other things!

 

Year 2 visit Birmingham Airport

Year 2 visited Birmingham Airport partly to gain an understanding of how transport has changed throughout time and also to do some data collection and maths work.

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Here’s what some of them thought …

I liked going into the ‘Flight School’ and watching the aeroplanes out of the window. Maia

We had to make up and design our own plane. Alex

We went on the airport shuttle bus. Kyra

We found out lots of information for our timeline about flight. Ronan

Year 5 Love Soggy Redridge!

Year 5 braved the rainy conditions but thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Redridge. They canoed, caved, climbed and collaborated. They fired arrows, walked into the night, zip wired and abseiled. They behaved extremely well and tried everything! Their teamwork skills developed and they were able to be very independent on their residential away from home!

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Thankyou Mr Gurum for taking them. And to Mrs Mitchell, Mrs Pettman and Mrs Cherry for helping so well on the visit.

Year 6 en France!

Year 6 returned from France having had an amazing time, during which they learnt an enormous amount!

They visited D-day landing beaches, the American, British and German war cemeteries, Pegasus Bridge and the Bayeux Tapestry. On top of all this, they haggled at the Bayeux market, purchased souvenirs in a French hypermarket and experienced French food and drink.

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Thanks must go to the staff that organised the trip and those that took them. Mr Viner, Mrs Groves, Miss Tuppen, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Benson all deserve a special mention!

Year 4 survive outdoors!

Year 4 had a fantastic time kicking off their unit of work inspired by ‘extreme survival’! They put up their own tents, learnt how to purify water, made fires and shelters. They camped overnight and had a thoroughly good time. It was great for them to be independent and push themselves in new ways.

 

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Year 4 got a lot out of their visit to the Sikh Gurdwara!

I loved going to the Gurdwara and exploring it. I just wish I could go there again! (Isobel F)

I enjoyed the trip to the Gurdwara Temple. Sikh people were reading the Guru Granth Sahib. I saw the Khanda. (Abigail)

My favourite thing about the Gurdwara was going to the prayer hall. It was very interesting. I learnt there were 10 Gurus. (Ben)

I learnt more about the Guru Granth Sahib and how they treated it like a living person. They put it to bed and also purified the air. (Matthew)

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Reflections from Y6 Coventry Cathedral Visit

“Coventry Cathedral is history itself!” Nathan

“As soon as you walked in it felt warm.” Daniel

“It felt very big and powerful.” Amber

“There was so much symbolism in all the different things we saw.” Freya

“It was all interesting, I liked the way all the golf balls went into the middle

of the peace sign.” Poppy

“I found out what actually happened on the night of the Blitz!” Flynn

“Coventry Cathedral taught me about all kinds of different art.” Hayley-Jayne

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Year 6 fun-fayre

Children in year 6 had a great time designing theme-park rides as part of their ‘Context for Learning’.

They used KNEX and control technology via lap-tops to control movements (including speed and direction), make lights flash and make fairground music go off and on.

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Here’s what the children thought…

Hayley Jayne: I liked making the fairground rides, using the technology and learning new things. I found it was quite hard.

Charlie Butler: It was quite fun getting to programme in what you wanted and working with your friends.

Amber: I enjoyed making the wheel and controlling the spinner!

Joe: I liked being able to use the motor in whichever way we chose.

See one working!

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Traction Man Adventures!

All yeargroups have been gripped by Traction Man, a character from a great children’s book. They have written their own adventures, many of which are displayed in the hall, but some yeargroups have taken it further!

Year 4 have needed to learn a lot about friction and air resistance – in order to provide Traction Man with a the best parachute AND the best shoes for gripping on various surfaces. You’ll notice from the pictures that animals weren’t used in any of the experiments … but Barbie was! I know that year 3 have begun to work out what foods Traction man should eat to fuel him on his missions!

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