School Grounds Day

Yesterday was the third annual School Grounds Day and Rowan Class played a full part in the day. The children continued to work on building the bottle greenhouse with the assistance of Mr Haycock. Another group collected worms to top up our wormery, so that we can have some lovely compost in the future. A third group went with Joe Williams, Steve Peach and Mrs Court to clean out the nature area and cut back willow. While that group was up at the nature area they discovered a badger sett as well as some fabulous pond creatures.

The final job for the class was to plant plenty of vegetables including the tomato plant challenge we are carrying out with Kafuro Primary School.

We would like to thank Mrs Court, Steve and Joe for all their help. Photos of the day are below.

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Sensational newspaper reports – Holes

In English, Rowan Class have been looking at the escape scene from Holes. We looked at the different ways that the press would have covered it and decided to try and write some sensationalist articles. The tone would be either for or against the boys actions. As a class we tried to think of emotive language and catchy headlines – particularly with alliteration. Here are the children’s articles:


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French Fashion Show 2017

Aujourd’hui, l’année 6 a tenu son défilé de mode français annuel. Le thème de cette année était les drapeaux africains et les enfants vêtus des couleurs du drapeau d’un pays africain. Beaucoup de pays étaient représentés, mais le plus populaire était l’Ouganda car c’est notre thème d’étude ce terme. En outre, les enfants sont très conscients que notre école jumelée, l’école primaire de Kafuro, est en Ouganda.

Avec beaucoup de style, les enfants ont marché sur le podium, ont montré leurs vêtements et parlé de ce qu’ils portaient en français! Ils ont aussi chanté des chansons françaises!

Année 6 remercie tous les parents qui sont venus et regardé plus M. Haycock, qui a fait la mise en scène look si atmosphérique.


And for our non-French speakers:

Today, Year 6 held their annual French Fashion Show. This year’s theme was African flags and the children dressed in the colours of the flag of an African country. Many countries were represented, but the most popular was Uganda as it is our study focus this term. Also, the children are very aware that our twinned school, Kafuro Primary School, is in Uganda.

With great style, the children walked down the catwalk, showed off their clothes and talked about what they were wearing in French! They also sang some French songs!

Year 6 would like to thank all the parents who came and watched plus Mr Haycock, who made the staging look so atmospheric.


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African Printing

In art, Rowan Class have been looking at African patterns as we are learning about Uganda. The first thing we did was practise printing, as most of us didn’t know how to do this. We got into groups and worked on how to print different patterns. We had to roll acrylic paint on a palette until it was nice and thick and then we had to roll it on to a polystyrene tile on which we had created a design. The next step was to place the tile on black paper and push it down.

After that, we looked at different African patterns. We researched the patterns at home and brought in some examples to discuss which patterns would be best for our final design. We created an African design in our art books and traced it on to tracing paper, which was then put on to a new polystyrene tile. With a sharp pencil, we dug out the polystyrene on the design lines so it was deep enough. Once this was completed we created a pattern using several tiles on paper before repeating the process on fabric. We left the fabric to dry and in the coming weeks they will be turned in to wall hangings.



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Father of the bride’s speech – La Maison en Petits Cubes

In English, we have been studying the Oscar winning animated short, La Maison en Petits Cubes. We sequenced the film and then looked carefully at the wedding of the man’s daughter. We decided to write the father of the bride’s speech. The children had a choice of whether they wanted to make a more traditional speech or one which implied disapproval at the man’s son – in – law. Here’s Lois’ writing.

Dear friends and family,

Firstly, I must welcome you all to my wonderful daughter, Florence, and her groom, Ben’s, wedding. When she was little, my wife and I saw her lovely face poking out of her little cot. She was so beautiful, just like her mother, and it was always lovely to see her face light up when she had an idea. I never knew she was going to grow up and go out with lots of boys, including Ben, who was very surprising!

When Florence got older, we noticed how clever she was as every time we looked at her, she was reading. She was always determined to try new things at school, and when Florence went to University, we got informed by one of her friends at how popular she was with the boys! We were even more surprised when she brought home Ben, and said he was a dustman! He must have had a lot of good things about him that we did not know!

I have not known Ben for a long time because he proposed to Florence within six months, so Florence must have liked him! All I know about him, is he is the person my daughter loves, so I let him marry her.

I hope Ben will look after Florence, so she can carry on the lovely life we gave her. I hope that he will protect her with all of his life, and make her happy. Florence is delighted about this marriage, and can’t wait to travel the world with Ben, as she has always wanted to do.

I shall look forward to seeing them in the future, and I wish Ben and Florence the best of luck. I hope Ben will look after Florence and treat her with love and respect. I hope you live happily together.

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Rowan Class hakas

In dance we are following the unit, ‘World of Sport.’ This involves the children creating their own hakas. The children looked at footage of how the New Zealand rugby team has developed their own haka and also some of the previous hakas created by Class AS in the past.

The children then set to work on creating  their own hakas with a focus on intimidation, a range of movement, synchronicity and working at a range of levels. The hakas are available to watch below.


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