Turing Team ~ Remembrance Day Activities

As part of our Team Day activities in Turing, we have been combining the work of Pop Art with Remembrance activities for this time of the year.

Some children used fruit and vegetables to make poppy printing. These were in bright vibrant colours just like the Pop Art artists we had looked at. Other children designed “Pop Art Spitfires” adding vibrant colours to their work, making sure to use the colour wheels to find complimentary colours too.

Children in Turing team also had a chance to look at Pop Art lettering, often seen in the Marvel Comics too. We tried replicating this style, using remembrance words to add to this design.

Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the designs we created!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Harvest Festival Assembly ~ Caring Hands

Today in assembly, the hall was filled with generous donations from children and parents across our school community, who have been donating Image result for caring hands charityproduce and goods to our school, so that we can pass this on to the Caring Hands Charity. This is to help people in our local area who have less than we do. If you would like to find out more about this charity, look at their website here

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Winchester Science Museum

Year 5 and 6 started the new academic year with a trip to the Winchester Science Museum on 25th September 2018. After a quick trip up the motorway, we arrived ready to experience the Planetarium and take part in the Sound workshops.

There was so much there to touch, pull, push, run along that it was extremely difficult to decide what to do first. Fortunately, the decision was made for us as the guide showed us into the planetarium. This was amazing. The lights went down and we could see the night sky above us. Luke pointed out the North Star, the different constellations and how stories were made up about them. We zoomed in and out of the Galaxy (a little bit disconcerting..and stomach churning!) to look at some of the other planets. We learnt so interesting facts, for example, if we wanted to travel to Mars, it would take six months to travel there and there would be no return trip!

After this, we were able to visit the new space area. This was full of exciting and wonderful exhibits. Some of us were able to step into an actual spacesuit, walk in a room that was an optical illusion and see how the planets rotate around each other. We were able to talk from side of the room to another through a large tube reminding us of the cups and strings we had made back at school.

Next was a quick lunch and then we started our Sound workshops. We were shown two metal poles – one longer than the other. The teachers heated up the poles and then turned them over. They made low and high notes. Do you know which one made which noise? We do! We also put strange hats on our heads and tried to work out where the sound was coming from. This was much more difficult than it sounds. The tubes on the hats seem to distort the sound and represented how animal’s hearing has evolved over time.

All in all, it was a great trip with many children asking to go back again…..and soon!

[Written by Mrs Landon]

Whale and Orca Experts Visit Holbrook!

Today, children across Year 5 and 6 were visited by experts from the Orca conservation See the source imagecharity. These experts provided a really interesting insight into their work, looking after and educating people about how best we can support whales, dolphins and orcas.

Children explored food chains, whale lifestyles and watched amazing footage of feeding on krill. You can watch a video of this feeding here

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Children had an opportunity to handle materials from the conservation trust, including baleen plates, sperm whale teeth and a killer-whale tooth too. Children investigated how large these creatures were, using comparisons to everyday objects… for example, a blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car!

A huge thank you to the Orca team for visiting us today and for showing us such a wonderful range of exhibits today and telling us such a fabulous range of information on these creatures… If you want to find out more, visit the orca page here for further information

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Good Learners Assembly ~ Friday 21st Sept

After a busy, productive and exciting start to the school year, children across the school have been awarded certificates for their efforts and hard work across the curriculum.

The assembly began with a makaton signed rendition of “Make Your Own Kind of Music, which you can watch here… Great singing and signing from the school today! Thank you to Mr Moloney for leading the makaton choir.

Good Learners were  presented to children from all Year groups, for their efforts in editing and improving, for their excellent Resi-resilience and for one child – fabulous assistance provided to the teacher in lessons!

Other pupils were commended for their improved handwriting, striving to extend their learning and trying their best in sessions.One pupil was also praised for their excellent improvement in their learning and behaviour, stepping up into Year 2 and moving forwards from their previous difficulties.

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Team points this week were won byAderin-Pocock (Blue) = 753 points

Attenborough (Green) = 744 points

Hawking (Red) = 478  points

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Turing (Yellow) =  588  points

 

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Year R’s Very First Assembly!

Today. children in the Reception class performed their class assembly to the whole school, with an excellent information about their work in school. Image result for supertato

Starfish and Seahorse classes told the school about their work on looking after the duck eggs, as well as their visit to the local farm with Bedenham school too. They also presented their work on SuperPotato – showing us a range of their work and drawings. They explained that the evil pea had stolen their class teddy, which the children then had to use clues to save him!

They also showed us a selection of their superhero outfits, which the Starfish and Seahorses have been wearing in lessons too! They also performed a great song by the “Let’s Go Heroes” which the children sang along to as well.

A brilliant assembly, where children were very brave to speak to the whole school (and their parents) in a very busy school hall. Well done!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Blast Off Music Visits Holbrook!

Today, as part of our music day at Holbrook, children across the school had Related imagean opportunity to take part in orchestra music sessions with Rich from Royal Hospital School, who showed us a range of instruments, their notes and their capabilities in assembly.

Later in the day, children had the chance to play p-bones (a plastic version of a trombone) and a p-buzz as well, joining in with a performance at the end of the day as well.Image result for p buzz free image

We were extremely lucky to have Rich visit us today, sharing his amazing musical skills and sharing this with our school, giving the children an opportunity to share this on a wonderful musical extravaganza!

Let us know what you thought of the day by leaving a comment below!

[Written by Mr Thorns]