Fezziwig Class Assembly!

Congratulations to everyone in Fezziwig Class for performing a stunning historical class assembly today. The theme was Sir Francis Drake and his circumnavigation of the globe. A big thank you to the parents for the fantastic costumes and well done to the children for learning their lines so quickly. Also a massive thank you to Miss Alcock for her hard work and wonderful script!

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Tuesday – baking, birding, nursing and herding

The sun has gone down on Tuesday and every day is different on the farm. Today we went birding – with big binoculars and high expectations. We observed from the hide, peering through cameras and saw lots of different birds – more exciting than some of the magpies and feral pigeons we get in central London. We felt inspired to try and encourage a wider range of birds into our school garden.

Later came a visit from the vet – that was interesting! The children’s questions were thoughtful and demonstrated strong levels of analysis and curiosity – some powerful lessons in managing the health and numbers in a herd!

We like to think we might be a bit more self sufficient than we when we left London last Friday. Behold our own pizzas, bread and crumble!

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Sunday Funday – holding ducklings, herding sheep, apple pressing and an awful lot of mud

Today began after our daily chores around the farm with a long muddy walk. We climbed over stiles, rolled down hills and some of us got stuck in the mud and our wellies had to be rescued by Mr Eggleton.

Later we did our best to herd some sheep – not sure it was up to the standards of one man and his dog. We looked after some ducklings ( well we cuddled some ducklings), fed the cows and there were apples – it is that time of year!

Everyone is having a great time – Zac loves the ducklings but Joel is rather underwhelmed by the size of the turkeys – we are all learning a lot about where our food comes from!

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Peggotty Class Assembly

Today the school had the pleasure of enjoying the first class assembly of the year. Peggotty class really delivered with a mixture of excitement, enthusiasm and confidence. Parents and children were treated to a performance that involved Music, French, Humanities, P.E. and even Maths! Well done to everyone involved!

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French Day 2017

The whole school turned bleu, blanc, rouge on Friday 14th for Bastille Day!

Little Dorrit and Gargery learnt about the Eiffel Tower and the famous Bastille Day firework which happens there every year. Children had a chance to design their own Eiffel Tower firework and take it home! Reception children learnt about Paris with Barnaby bear and wrote postcards “from Paris”! They also worked really hard decorating their classrooms with beautiful buntings and big “Bastille Day” banner.

The year one and two children did 3 workshops: an art workshop, discovering the paintings of the Impressionist Claude Monet and reconstituting their own versions! They also did a Geography workshop, learning about different cities and food speciality from each region. At the end, they drew in their paper plate which dish they would love to try! Finally, each class did a quiz based on all the songs they learnt during the year, producing a beautiful “accordion of learning” ! They looked great! Special mention to Mr Oxenham and Mr Paul who organised a baked camembert tasting for their class!

The year three and four children rotated around 4 workshops. They got to discover the city of Paris through the very fun movie Ratatouille with Miss Spears, learning about Paris’ sewers, bridges and river! With Miss Fareeda, children were taken for a tour around the world of all Francophones countries, playing two different board games and giant puzzles! Mr Young held a workshop on the origins of Bastille Day itself, through a board game, children learnt about “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” and the very unequal society which gave ground to the revolution. With Mr Cannock, the children learnt about a very special group of men in Congo who called themselves “Sapeurs”. They are members of the “Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People”. Their movement embodies the elegance in style and manners of colonial predecessor dandies. The children designed their own sapeur outfit, using very vibrant patterns and colour block colours.

The year five and six children also rotated around 4 workshops. With Miss Rhys-Evans and Mr Kittoe they discovered 4 famous French singers and played a memory game, scanning QR codes and listening to extract of their songs. The children were taken on a tour of Paris in Peggoty class with Mr Bakas and Miss Worley, get on and off the “metro” and learning about famous landmarks of the French capitale. Next door with Mr Windle, children learnt about the origins of Bastille Day itself, through a board game, children learnt about “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” and the very unequal society which gave ground to the revolution. Last but certainly not least, children had a very fun workshop with Miss Jacobs learning about typical French regional food, reading the very clever story of “La grenouille a grande bouche”.

All children got to play Boules on the rooftop playground and enjoy a delicious French lunch!

Merci tout le monde!

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Trotwood Class Assembly!

Trotwood have been learning about the farm .
The children enjoyed retelling the story of Farmer Duck so much they decided to base their assembly on a retelling of the story. The children were confident to sing, act out and share some knowledge about making butter. Thank you to all the parents for getting involved in the churning of butter. It tasted delicious and only took ten minutes to make.

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Year 6 Thames Project

The year 6 children had the opportunity to take part in the Thames project. They had a great time scouring the shore line for old relics washed up on the shore. They returned to school to produce tiles from clay which were then fired in a kiln to produce some amazing results. The children when commended on their creative use of objects to make some beautiful and ornate designs.

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Year 5/6 Royal Observatory!

The year 5 and 6 children visited the Royal observatory. They were amazed at the amazing telescope that is housed inside the purpose built dome.

The 28-inch Greenwich refracting telescope is the largest of its kind in the UK and the seventh largest in the world. Completed in 1893, it was commissioned in 1885 by William Christie, Astronomer Royal between 1881 and 1911.

It was built to research double star systems and remained in use until the late 1960s. With the recent addition of a computer-aided guidance system and CCD camera, it continues to work as an excellent visual aid to observing the night sky.

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