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Making slime in Willow class!

Willow class have had a great afternoon today making slime!

Winter Tribe Day

On Tuesday we held our Winter themed Tribe Day. Children moved around different activities around the school in their tribes, with the older children supporting the younger ones. It was a great success as always with some lovely art and poetry produced, alongside fun outside and fitness games in the hall.

Year 2 Great Fire of London extravaganza!

This term, Year 2 have been learning about the Great Fire of London. We really enjoyed learning about how the fire started and why it spread so quickly. We used iPads to research facts about the Great Fire of London and wrote fantastic non-chronological reports. A particular highlight of our topic was creating our own London Street and setting it alight to really experience what happened in 1066. It was fabulous end to our topic!

Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Dinner

We've all had a wonderful day rasing money for Save the Children by wearing our Christmas jumpers and have enjoyed a delicious Christmas Lunch - thank you to our fantastic kitchen and MDA team who have made today so special.

EYFS Winter Craft Day!

This week Oak and Ash class had a wonderful day partaking in lots of different winter craft activities, they had a fantastic day and went home with a bag full of beautiful crafts to share with their families.

EYFS Nativity

Queen Boudica Tree Planting Day

Children from across the school have joined the Big Climate Fightback organised by the Woodland Trust in which one million people have pledged to plant a tree.

We have been working hard to improve the school environment and children have worked in groups to learn about the importance of trees and plant a variety of tree species across the site. We aim to plant over 200 trees across the school site.

A huge thank you to Mrs Harrington and Mrs Parry for all their hard work and commitment.

Christmas Tree Competition

This week we have held our bi-annual Christmas tree competition. Each class has designed a tree based on a favourite book. As you can see there are many wonderful and creative designs. The trees are in our school library – please do pop by to see them if you get the chance.

Year 1 and Year 3 share stories

In Year 3 we have studied different adventure stories and written our own set in Ancient Egypt!

We have explored a range of adventure stories and discussed how they have elements of danger and how something out of the ordinary usually happens. We were able to identify the language features used in fictional stories, such as adjectives, adverbs and similes. We also learnt how to create tension and suspense in our writing by including short sentences and ellipses. We then planned our own adventure story set in Ancient Egypt by using a story mountain to plan the opening, build-up, problem, resolution and ending paragraphs. Next, we spent a week writing and editing our stories and then shared them one afternoon with each other and also both Year 1 classes. We are really proud of our stories and you can find them on display in the school if you would like to read some!

Year 3 Clay

In Year 3 we have been learning about how Ancient Egyptians believed in the afterlife, and the process of mummification. We know that the liver, lungs, intestines and stomach were washed, dried in natron and either wrapped in cloth to place in the body later or stored in canopic jars.
We then chose one of the four canopic jars and used paper mache, clay and paint to make them!
Here are some photos!

Christmas Star Trail

Each class in school, as well as Breakfast Club and Smiley Troop has been busy designing stars that will be on display in Colchester shops over Christmas. There will be a trail that can be followed around town. Please look out for some of our wonderful designs.

Year 3 Gymnastics

In Year 3 we have been learning and perfecting gymnastics routines.

First of all, we learnt the static shapes of straddle, pike and tuck and practiced these on mats. We then progressed to performing these shapes as a jump from a bench. We are now working in a group of 3 to use these moves, along with props such as beanbags and balls to create a gymnastic routine to perform to the other Year 3 Class! Here are some photos to show you our PE sessions this half term.

Food Bank visit

Food bank

On Thursday, two of our Year 6 School Councillors, along with Mrs Eaton and Mr Rush, visited Colchester Food Bank. We took all your very generous Harvest donations and, after many trips back and forth from the car, had donated a total of 114 Kg of food! The pupils then helped to sort some of the donations and we learnt about how the Food Bank operates. The Food Bank were blown away with our generosity - thank you to our parents for your kind donations that made this possible.

Tribal Day

Our Harvest / Autumn Tribal Day was a huge success. Children took part in four activities throughout the morning in their tribes. The older children looked after our younger children in a very kind and considerate way. A big thank you to all the staff and our Year 6s for helping make the day so special and run so smoothly.

Year 3 Egyptian Day

On Monday, Year 3 had a wonderful day celebrating their topic. The children (and adults!) had lots of fun.

Tribal Shield Designs

Following our competition in the summer term, our four tribal design winners finally got to see their designs brought to life. The huge shields are now on display in the school. I think you'll agree we have some very talented young designers!

shields
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