Head Teacher -Mrs Kate Clifford Office Staff - Mrs J Buzza and Mrs A Williams
This week in school.... We are practising hard for Southwold's got talent and Sports day. Make sure you are in the line at ten to nine as there are lots more exciting activities during the summer term!
Yesterday, Class 6 had a visit from Author Steve Bowkett, who ran a Writing Workshop for them. It was a very inspiring morning for staff and children alike.
We were gripped by Steve's stories and he introduced us to different and very amusing characters.
Steve got the class thinking by just using a black and white picture, but then inspired them by lots of questions and decision making about their stories. He told us more stories about his childhood and the 'Doubledarers' in between the different activities.
Year six absolutely loved their morning and are using the methods to help with writing their entries for the Creative writing competition run by New Writers UK. The organiser of this competition, Local Author Jae Malone, came to visit classes 5 and 6 last week and will be returning soon.
On Friday 5th June, local residents came to school to make beautiful hanging baskets to take and put up outside their homes. The Community Rangers helped to organise this brilliant event with the support of Nottingham City Council. The Rangers helped the residents to make their hanging baskets and there were even some baskets left over for us to put up at school. Next week we are going to look for the best places around school to put them up - look out for their beautiful blooms!
It was a great event and, we hope, the first of many to come. Thank you to Deborah, Jayne and Gary from the council for making it possible.
Children and staff have really enjoyed our authentic learning week all about World War II.
As you have already seen, we have had a gentleman called Jason King working with our children. Mondays activities (See the last post) were a great way to stimulate the children's imagination and get them into the feel of the era! Older children were asked to get into role to speak to the younger children and they did this so brilliantly.
On Tuesday, Jason drilled the children in air raid training and again they had to pretend to be in war time.
On Wednesday we had a visit from four wonderful people in their nineties who were questioned by the Year 6 children about their memories of the war. Year 6 will share their findings with the rest of the school.
On Thursday Years One to Six were evacuated to Wollaton Park. They carried suitcases, identity cards and gas masks and we had a great time touring the hall and playing team games, ending with a whole school picnic. Early Years’ children were evacuated to the bottom of the school field!
On Friday we have had a fabulous street party on the school playground to celebrate Victory in Europe (VE) Day. Children look fabulous in their costumes. We also had a ‘showcase assembly’ where children had the opportunity to share their learning experiences and feelings about the themed week
Throughout the week, children have sung wartime songs, made gas masks and identity cards, experienced air raids and have completed so much writing in response to what they have learned. Some children have prepared and cooked carrot cookies and fruit scones. Year 4 have bandaged each other during Air Raid Precaution training.
Children and staff have thrown themselves into this week with the usual gusto and the outcomes have been excellent.
We have recorded some of the things children have said:
“We found this experience extremely realistic because we touched
things from decades ago.”
“I have really enjoyed these days because I feel like I have been
taken into the past!”
“If I had been alive in the war and I was 8, I would have been born
“Hitler should have shared things. We share!”
" We learned what evacuation was by doing it for real!"
A huge thank you to all the staff here at Southwold for their ideas and their relentless enthusiasm, A particular thank you to Mrs Hammonds, who masterminded this week and who has organised everything so brilliantly.
This week we are having a whole week all about World War II in school. We are very lucky to have an expert called Jason King to help us learn; he knows so much about World War Two! On Monday he brought lots and lots of objects with him, which came from that time. This helped us to imagine how people lived and worked back then.
The hall was split into twelve parts, each blanket had objects on them and we had to guess what kind of person they belonged to.
We got into groups and rotated around. Jason King said we were so well behaved and it was fantastic to see us so interested in what we were doing. We got to touch the objects, play with them and even try on the different clothes!
It was amazing to do this instead of just looking at things like in a museum; it made us think and talk and ask lots of questions.