The year 6s finished off their hard week (lots of SATs practise) with a trip to Bath University to explore STEM in all its glory. There was a huge exhibition in The Edge Arts Centre with stalls showcasing science in different ways. Showcasing things like VR experiences, creepy crawlies and hovercrafts made from leafblowers, children experienced some very interesting investigations from scientists and schools around the South West. One student was particuarly inspired by a PHD. student who was also a track runner and ballroom dancer!
As part of Christian teaching and learning within school, we have spent time exploring the significance of the Easter story. The children and staff had the opportunity to explore four key parts of the story: Palm Sunday; The Last Supper; The Crucifixion and The Resurrection, by visiting four activity stations around the school. Each year group re-enacted the Palm Sunday story complete with real donkeys (called Louis and Bella) which was a memorable experience! School governors explored the Last Supper with the classes using drama and song. We were also very fortunate to have a local member of the clergy – Rev. Melanie Otto – lead learning about the crucifixion story through drama, writing and song. Finally, the children went to visit the tomb and discussed the fact that it was empty as Jesus was alive! It was a really successful day; the children were engaged and demonstrated a deeper understanding through their questions and responses to some very memorable activities.
On Thursday we had some very exciting visitors in F2! Longleat came to visit us and they brought lots of different animals for us to learn about, including an armadillo, a tarantula, a lizard, a scorpion, a cockroach and a snake.
As part of our topic this term we have been learning that a nocturnal animal sleeps in the day and is awake at night.
The children were so brave and loved being able to see and hold lots of different animals and have since produced some fantastic writing about the experience.
Thank you Longleat!
Yesterday the children in Swindon and Savernake were able to come to school in their pyjamas for the entry point of our topic this half term, Day and Night. This was a fantastic way to capture the children’s interests and engage them in their learning.
As well as wearing our pyjamas, the children (and staff!) also brought in their favourite story and teddy. We shared our favourite stories and teddies and discussed why they are our favourites.
We had lots of fun and enjoyed coming to school in our pyjamas!
We ended the term with a morning of art and design in Wardour class. All the children were sculpting penguins out of clay, lots included the all important egg that sits on the dad’s foot. We are going to let them dry leather hard over half term before firing them. Once bisque fired we will glaze them, fire them once more and then they will take pride of place in our exit point.