On Monday 16th November 2015 the whole of KS2 took part in House Activities linked to the books in the Hampshire Illustrated Book Award.
The books in this years award are -
The Promise by Nicola Davies
The Clockwork Dragon by Jonathan Emmett
Hermelin, the Mouse Detective by Mini Grey
Winter’s Child by Angela McAllister
Lucky by David MacIntosh
Mr Wuffles by David Wiesner
Children rotated around the classes in house teams listening to different stories and learning different things linked to each book.
The Promise - Children, who are considered more able at dance, spent the afternoon working with Mrs White to show the themes of the book through contemporary dance.
Hermelin, the Mouse Detective - Children thought about the moral of the story and recreated images which reflected this.
Lucky - Children put the story into a comic strip.
Clockwork Dragon - Children made a large dragon with clockwork eyes!
Winter - Children looked at the books and wrote and drew the story based in different seasons.
Building of the success of the Listen2Me project in year 4 last year (2013-14), it was with great enthusiasm that we have been able to role this project out across year 2 as well this year (2014-15) Each term the children have the opportunity to learn and explore an new instrument, which then culminates in the class giving a performance to the school and their parents. At the end of the Summer Term the parents of Red class were treated to a first class Ukulele performance, combining songs with some superb plucking and strumming! While Green class gave a violin performance, which included a grand finale of a version of Queen's 'We will Rock You' - incredible! Both performance were thoroughly enjoyed by the audiences.
The Listen2Me project is a fantastic opportunity for the children of Winnall to be given the chance to musically perform as part of an ensemble in front of a live audience. Some which not only builds confidence but is also hugely enjoyable.
On Tuesday 3rd March, volunteers from Osborne builders, helped link up with pupils from across the school and Seb Mayfield, co-ordinator of the school's Food Up Front Project and got to work on building a set of raised growing beds.
The beds were built by pupils from across the school, who worked in house teams. The pupils got to think about aspects of safety, had a go at drilling the beds, putting stakes in the ground and checking that their handy work was level. Each of the house teams were led by either the house captain or vice captain, with all groups overseen by head of school Tara. The year 6 leaders, made the following comments about the experience ...
‘I loved helping the younger children and watching them get excited.’
‘I enjoyed the drilling, I had never done anything like that before and it was fun to get outside and do something helpful for the school.’
‘I liked wearing the surprisingly comfy health and safety equipment, as I have never worn anything like that before.’
Help your school get growing
We would like to inform you of some exciting news regarding curriculum enriching activities open to the pupils of Winnall Primary School. We will be producing our own vegetables this year thanks to a new community food garden we are building at the school.
We want the whole school to be involved in the project and to kick things off a selection of children from all year groups will be helping to build some raised beds in the school grounds on the 3rd March, with support from Osborne, contractors for Winchester City Council.
On Thursday, 12th March the school will be receiving a bulk load of soil to fill the raised beds and we need your help to shift the soil and get the beds filled on the day. If you have some time to spare on the 12th and would like to join us to make this project come to life please contact leave your name on the sign up sheet, by the front reception desk. If you’re not available on the 12th but would like to help with this project we’d also love to hear from you.
The Winnall Primary community food project is being developed with the help of local business Food Up Front and has received funding from County Councillor Fiona Mather.
We look forward to your support in helping the school make this project become a reality.
Jon James Seb Mayfield
Head Teacher Food Up Front Project