We have lots of exciting things coming up this year, but for now, why not have a look at some of the wonderful things that we did last year!
Music Concert – Monday 17th July
We had just under 40 of our pupils perform in this year's music concert which was a great success: vocals, violin, cello, guitar, keyboard, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, cornet and trombone were represented. From those who have been learning 6 months or so to those learning for a number of years, performed and delighted the audience for about an hour and a half! Well done to all the children for putting themselves forward to perform and entertain everyone - a great concert.
Year 6 Production – Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits - w/b 10th July
Wow! What a brilliant production our Year 6s performed this week – they were truly outstanding. The singing, the acting, the delivery of jokes was excellent and the responses from the audience gave the children the feedback they deserved – two standing ovations! The school were really proud of them and we hope that it is an experience they will remember for many years to come.
Listen-2-Me Concert - Wednesday 12th July
What a brilliant performance our Y2 and Y4 pupils gave this Wednesday morning. They sang many different songs, in different styles (for example, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Samba) and included rounds in 2 and 3 parts. Their confidence and enjoyment was very evident as they performed their songs – well done children!
Sports Day – Friday 7th July
It was great to see so many of you at Sports Day, both for the picnic lunch and the afternoon of sports races. The children thoroughly enjoyed their day. Congratulations to Blue House for winning the trophy and well done to all the children for competing with a good attitude.
Y4/5 IBM Kwik Cricket Tournament
We sent a team of Y5s and a team of Y4s to a Kwik Cricket tournament held at IBM. Both teams won and lost but didn’t make it through to the finals. Nevertheless, they enjoyed themselves greatly and enjoyed the experience. I would like to thank Mrs Atkins (who has kindly offered to take over cricket next year) for taking the children and Cheryl Rickman for giving up her day to help and support the children.
Swimming Gala - Friday 16th June 2017
On this day, a team of 8 year 6 pupils represented our school at a swimming gala, organised by Winchester City Penguins that took place at River Park Leisure Centre. Both teams performed really well in their relays with the boys narrowly missing out on a freestyle final place. However, both teams made it through to the Invitation Relay final, with the girls achieving 5th place and the boys winning the trophy for a first place finish - so well done swimmers! Thank you to the parents who helped with transport and who stayed to cheer on our teams.
Kwik Cricket Tournament - Thursday 25th May 2017
We took two Y5/6 teams to compete at a Kwik Cricket tournament held at Hursley Park cricket ground. The teams played really well, winning some but losing some too. Although we didn’t progress through to the knockout stages we were really proud of the way they played and conducted themselves on what was a very hot and sunny day! Some of the matches were really close and came down to the last over to decide the winners – exciting stuff! I would like to thank those that helped us walk to and from the event but in particular Mr Instone and Mrs Carr who stayed for the whole day to support and encourage the teams.
World Orienteering Day - Wednesday 24th May 2017
This event involved all of our KS2 children: they had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the activities. The map reading knowledge and skills they developed that day help to support our geography and PE curriculum as well as being great life skills too. I would like to thank ‘H’ Wells for taking the time to organise the day (and all the equipment) as well as the parent volunteers who came in to help make the day possible.
Listen2Me Ukelele Concert - Wednesday 5th May 2017
Our Year 2 and Year 4 pupils perfromed an excellent concert today showcasing the work they have been doing in music this term. Yet again, Mrs Beaton has worked wonders with our pupils! They played a number of different pieces, including songs that required them to sing and play at the same time, whilst demonstrating great concentration and enjoyment.
On Monday 27th March, we sent a team of 37 runners to a cross country event held at Fair Oak Junior School. All the children who took part ran really well. However, I would like to say a particular well done to our lower Key Stage 2 girls’ team who finished second overall (there were about 20 teams) – a fantastic achievement! Thank you to Miss Austin and Mrs Carr for organising the event and for running cross country club during the autumn and spring terms.
Red Nose Day
Thank you to all those who donated or supported our fund raising by buying cakes and biscuits. We raised just over £300 for comic relief, so well done everyone! The children had lots fun during the day: all the year groups were mixed up with the Y6s taking responsibility for leading their different groups. They learnt the Red Nose song together with an accompanying dance; made junk models; created Red Nose collage portraits; decorated biscuits and cakes for sale at the end of the day; played Red Nose themed games and practised joke telling. Thank you to Miss Flood for organising the day.
Tag Rugby Festival - Winchester Rugby Club
On Tuesday 21st March twelve Year 6s (seven boys and five girls) represented the school at a tag rugby festival run by students from Sparshalt College but held at Winchester Rugby Club. We played eight matches, winning five, losing two and drawing one. This meant we finished third in our group - a commendable achievement. The children demonstrated great team work and determination, thoroughly enjoying themselves along the way. Thank you to Mr Wells, Ms Roberts and Mrs Hunter-Guest for their support and their help with transport.
On Thursday 2nd March some Year 5 and Year 6 pupils took part in a High Fives netball tournament at Kings’. Everyone played brilliantly and put in an amazing effort. The team competing in pool A finished 4th and the team in pool B finished 6th. Both teams won a number of matches which represents a vast improvement on last year – so well done everyone! Thank you to all the parents who helped with transport, coaching the teams and cheering them on.
Science and Technology Week
A big thank you to Miss Fulton who organised this week – lots of fun and interesting science, design and technology has been experienced. Thank you also to all the parent/grandparent volunteers who came in this week to help.
Captain Morgan from ‘As Creatives’ visited school on Monday – this is an organisation that strives to present science to children in an interesting, imaginative and creative way. Captain Morgan, a space pirate, stormed in to worship assembly on Monday morning having run out of fuel for his rocket ship and having to make an emergency landing in Eastleigh! He decided to spend the rest of the day with us teaching the children in each class all about aspects of space, including stars and black holes. The presentations were practical and drama-based resulting in lots of positive feedback from the children and teachers.
On Wednesday we started the day with a fascinating talk from Roger Clark (a friend of Mrs Meech) who shared his experiences of visiting Antarctica to see King Penguins and Emperor Penguins. The children really enjoyed his presentation and were clearly engrossed by his talk. We had some lovely feedback from Roger too who said: ‘The children were so good to me and thanking me in the corridors. Wonderful school.’
Thank you also to Mr Dumont and Ms Hernandez, scientists from Southampton University, for giving Year 5s the opportunity of looking at protozoa and bacteria (from pond water) through a powerful microscope. The children found it fascinating and asked lots of really thoughtful questions about what they had seen. I am pleased to say that we will be able to repeat this experience for other year groups in future weeks.
In addition to all of this, class lessons in science have included studying habitats, electricity, forces, magnetism, properties of liquids, earth and space, evolution and inheritance. Design and technology projects have included designing and making of textile products – technicolour dreamcoats and fish toys – cam mechanisms and Roman catapults and various computing sessions on leaning to code using ‘Scratch’, developing keyboard skills and programming Lego models using Lego WeDo2 software.
Wednesday 8th February 2017 - School football match against St Faith's
Congratulations to all our Y6 footballers who ran out 6 - 1 winners against St Faith's this afternoon. It was a good game played in a great spirit: all the players should be proud of their performance - the referee did not have to blow his whistle for one foul! The match started a little slowly but gradually our team grew in confdience, starting to pass the ball around and create space for each other. The score at half-time was 3 - 1 but the game was still finely balanced with both teams showing enough to still win the game. However, our team remained solid at the back and went on to win with a comfortable scoreline - well done!
Winchester Cathedral Arts Visit - Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th January
All of Key Stage 2 classes visited Winchester Cathedral for a range of different art based workshops, including: stone masonry, stain glass window design, illuminated lettering, printing, clay gargoyles and contributions to a mural. The children really enjoyed the experiences provided, so thank you to Mrs Brindle for organising the trips and to those parents who helped for the day.
Key Stage 2 Tag Rugby Tournament
Much fun was had on the afternoon of Thursday 26th January as all our Key Stage 2 children took part in a house tag rugby tournament – I imagine there were many busy washing machines that evening! Thank you to Miss Flood and the Sports Council for organising the event and also to Mr Gault, Mr McNeill and Mr Kempson for helping to referee. We had enough time to complete the group stage but will need to hold the semi-finals and final next week – I will let you know which house is victorious!
We have recently taken delivery of 16 new laptops containing a Raspberry Pi 3. These have come as kits and are being assembled by small groups of Y6 children as part of their computing education. They were funded by the PTA and will be a valuable resource in delivering the requirements of the computing curriculum. The laptops are able to run a whole host of programs, including a lot of coding software and can access the internet using Google Chrome.
PTA funding has also enabled us to purchase a class set of Lego WeDo 2 kits. Year 6 have been enjoying programming a range of different Lego robots linked to the computers via Bluetooth. The software enables children to program a range of different movements and sensors and apply their skills to a range of problem solving situations. These kits will be used mainly with our KS2 children – I’m sure they will look forward to the opportunity of using them as the year progresses.
Thank you PTA and everyone who supports their events as this enables us to buy exciting equipment we would otherwise not be able to afford. The 16 Pitop computers and 15 Lego kits came to approximately £5K.
Listen2Me Concert - Wednesday 14th December
I had the pleasure of attending our Year 2 and 4 pupils’ African drumming concert – it was fantastic. The children not only played the instruments but sung in different languages too. The rhythm work was at times quite complicated but they performed really well and clearly enjoyed themselves. I look forward to hearing the progress they make with learning the ukulele next term - Mr Sanders