It seems such a long time since we chose a famous person to write to, but really it’s only been three or four weeks since we copied out our letters, addressed the envelopes and passed them over to Mrs. Cox to give to the postman. A whole range of people will have received our letters, including Jeremy Clarkson, Louis Suarez, Sam Bailey and… the Queen!
So far, the Queen is the only person who’s sent a letter back to us, although when you read her letter you’ll realise she’s asked one of her ladies-in-waiting to do the hard work of writing the letter. Oh, if only we had special ladies-in-waiting to help with Maths, too!
You can read our letter by clicking on the picture to the right…
Our school attendance is improving and is now over 95%. As usual Attendance Bear has given certificates to everyone who has achieved 100% attendance over the past half term. Their names will be entered into the end of year prize draw. Congratulations go to :
Reception : Amelia, Nico, Charlie, Oscar BS, Alexia, Adelaide, Kieran, Callum, Jack and Kodie.
Year 1: Gabriella, Eva, Lily C, Morgan, Kenzer, Emmy, Sierra, Ruby M, Kaitlin, Ava-Grace, Ruby R, Lily R, Christopher, Jack, Shawn, Archie.
Year 2/3 : Ashlyn, Charlie, Kuba, Tyler, Darwin, James, Liam, Keeley, Amber, Kyle, Molly, Naithus, Tommy.
Year 3/4 : Lauren, Billy, Macey, Riley, Reece, Hallie, Keylee, Charlie George, Charlie John, Cheney, Sophie, Dysel.
Year 4/5 : Dylan, Luke B, Luke BS, Elias, Jessica, Freddie, Zak, Leo, Christopher, Caiman, Tegan, Ethan, Tia, Kim T, Georgia, Jasper.
Year 6 : Fran, Bev, Rafe, Sam, Ellie, Chloe, Bailey, Ronnie, Billy, Nia.
Well done to Year 1 who won the medals this half term for having the best class attendance. Attendance Bear hopes that you all have a wonderful holiday and he is looking forward to seeing you on Monday 24th!
This week Reception class have visited Sandringham to look around the sculpture trail. The children really enjoyed walking around the trail and being the first one to spot the next sculpture. We walked around them, touched them and even stopped to draw some of them. The children enjoyed thinking of things the sculptures might say if they could talk and if we could paint them what colours we would choose.
Our first ever Passport Day was a great success from start to finish!
We began our journey in the hall and split up into different groups – it was a great chance to work with different children, different adults and in a different classroom, and to learn a little bit about Egypt, The Netherlands, Russia, Italy, China or Australia. Pupils worked together to build the Great Wall of China, to create a huge Egyptian tomb (with a hidden mummy who burst out and surprised us at the end of the day!), learned how to say hello in Italian, made beautiful paintings like Kandinsky and Van Goch, and many many other things. Our end of day assembly finished everything off and featured a Chinese dragon dance, a visiting Russian oligarch (or was it a bear?) and a didgeridoo orchestra. What a day!
We believe that every child at Wells Next The Sea Primary and Nursery School must have the opportunity to achieve their potential in every aspect of learning, whilst enjoying school life to the full.
Effective Personal, Social and Emotional Development is the firm foundation within our school. We maintain a values led ethos involving the whole school community.
We’re not sure if Isambard Kingdom Brunel would ever have thought of using paper, masking tape and art straws in his famous design of Clifton Suspension Bridge, but we’ve been finding out a lot about Isambard Kingdom Brunel in our ‘Famous People’ topic work, and wanted to have a go ourselves.
The challenge was to bridge a 30cm gap and support a toy police car. We had lots of fun trying, and found out how triangles and careful folding can make a flimsy piece of paper remarkably strong!
There are a lot of posts on the school website about our outdoor area, as lots of Key Stage 1 children are really taking advantage of the lovely woodland areas of our school. My class have been really enjoying themselves with Mrs Lavender, Mrs Stratton and Mrs Conway. Here’s their shared poem, ‘In The Wood’.
Birds sing, birds fly.
Brown leaves float by.
Fallen logs, scuttling bugs,
Red ants, in the mud.
Wet leaves, bird’s nest,
Broken egg takes rest.
Curled branches, curving round,
Dead leaves fill the ground.
Snails creep, sticks twist,
Spider’s web, bushes twitch .
Berries red, berries white,
Bird flies, sssssshhhh – be quiet!
This week in our woodland learning session we made twig towers. We had to find sticks that were the same size and lay them down in a square shape, then we just added more and more layers to make a tower. We worked as a team to make small ones and then we made a giant one which was big enough to get inside! It was very cold this week so after all that hard work we had some hot chocolate and a biscuit, what a treat!
Each week Reception class the children go down to the woodland area. Last week they had great fun creating their stick weaving. They had to search the woodland area for a fork shaped stick, weave some wool in and out of the prongs and collect natural objects to weave in.
The children in Reception Class are thoroughly enjoying yoga. We are having a yoga session each week this term and many of the Reception class children are coming along to yoga club. We use a story or a song as the basis for the session and have learnt many different postures and movements. The children particularly like the spider, tree and Mexican wave.
Year 5 have been studying the school pond: how big, surface area, is it healthy, is the water the right PH level for life to grow? Practicing in the Science lab meant investigating health and safety then testing solutions for alkalinity and acidity; Sprite, Aerial, lemon juice, disinfectant and vinegar amongst others. They will be ready to test our pond water next week!
Phil Bear has been helping us to explore our whole school topic ‘Famous People’. We have discussed the painting ‘Traumgarten’ by the artist Henri Rousseau. Rousseau is famous for painting tigers and jungles. We thought that it was a very strange painting and wondered why the tiger was allowing the man to sit on his back. Where were they going? Why was he playing the guitar?
We have also discussed the reasons behind people becoming famous and whether we would rather be famous for being good like Mother Theresa, or for being naughty like the Great Train robbers. Most of us would rather be famous for being good than for being naughty. We then thought about Robin Hood, who is famous for stealing from the rich to give to the poor. We decided that even though Robin Hood was doing something naughty, he was doing it for the good of other people, which made it ok to do. The Great Train robbers were stealing for themselves, which made what they did wrong. By the end of our discussion, a lot of us had changed our minds and thought that we would quite like to be famous for being naughty! What do you think?
The Year One children were very excited when they discovered that Attendance Bear was going to be spending the week with us. He has had a very busy week helping us in the race car driver’s garage; sorting 3D shapes into a Carroll diagram; enjoying the poems of Roald Dahl and Spike Milligan; building dens in Forest School with Miss Mansell and meeting our class bears Phil, Barnaby and Bernard. He has now gone for a well deserved rest into the school office with Mrs Cox and Mrs Greene, but I am sure that they will keep him busy answering the telephone. We can’t wait for Attendance Bear to visit us again!