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VE Day challenge

Some of our pupils rose to the VE Day challenge and completed some high quality activities – thank you for sharing these, you have been working hard! We hope you enjoyed the VE Day celebrations

Our fabulous home learners!

It has been so wonderful to hear about all your home learning achievements during lockdown.  You are acquiring so many different skills – cooking, creating, helping others – as well as continuing with your academic learning.  We are very proud of you and love seeing what you are up to.  We send you lots of love and best wishes.  Keep safe, keep happy, keep creating and keep learning.  We miss you.

Hello from Southwold!

The day the dentist visited

Today we had a visit from a local dentist who taught us about the importance of looking after our teeth. We have learnt lots about our teeth and how to care for them.

World Book Day … and week!

What a successful World Book Day we had yesterday and a fabulous focused week. We always celebrate reading but this was a great further opportunity to come together to share different stories and characters in many different ways.

Cosy reading for World Book Day

The delicious hot chocolate is ready, the twinkly lights are up and the comfy blankets and pillows are laid across the hall. It can only mean one thing- it’s time for a cosy read!

Our Top 50, 100 and more reads!

Our Top 50 Reads became our Top 100 Reads but the children’s thirst for books is growing so quickly that we have expanded the number of book titles further. Lead by our pupil librarians, they discuss and recommend books to each other; it is wonderful to witness such a love of books, encouraging our reading culture.

Achievement Assembly

Well done to all those children who won awards in our achievement assembly, especially those for behaviour and progress, but also for outstanding attendance and homework… Wow!

Always Award!

Well done to the majority of pupils who behave well all the time. Always Award this half-term was skipping and some of the talent on show was superb!

Southwold musician’s assembly

What an entertaining assembly seeing the children from Classes 4,5 and 6 performing to the whole school audience.

Thank you to the teachers from the Nottingham Music Hub for making this possible.

 This term the pupils in year 4 have learned to:

Sing with an awareness of breathing in order to support the voice in longer phrases

Sing with an increasing awareness of tone of voice and shape of the melody

Sing with musical expression

Control basic instrumental technique (blowing and tonguing/strumming, holding instruments correctly)

Develop the skills to play in time with a backing track

Learn short melodies by ear

Continue to pitch a range of notes accurately

Listen attentively to recorded music and identify musical details

Play in a range of styles

 This term the pupils in year 5 have learned to:

Sing confidently in a variety of styles with increased control of longer phrases through breath support and good diction

Hold a part in a instrumental ensemble when others are performing different parts

Follow a conductor to achieve accurate starts and endings

Begin to develop understanding of 5 line stave as a way of representing pitch (maybe start with one or two lines)

 This term the pupils in year 6 have learned to:

Show awareness of blending and balancing with other performers

Hold own part in an instrumental ensemble

Follow hand signals from a conductor

Pupil Presentation Committee

This year’s pupil presentation committee is even harsher than last year’s!! If you want a pen licence, you really need to be showing consistent pride in your work to these pupil leaders!

World Mental Health Day

We had great discussions during our assembly this morning to mark World Mental Health Day 2019, followed by some relaxation techniques, which Stanley Sparkles, our wellbeing dog, joined in with!

Southwold Sports Day!

A magnificent Sports Day took place yesterday. The rain held off and the races began! There was fantastic effort and sportsmanship – well done to all, and thank you to parents for being such enthusiastic and supportive spectators!

RSE day

We have had a very successful RSE Week and RSE Day in school.  Each year group completed important and relevant sessions, sharing learning in a whole school assembly.  We now have a ‘family tree’ in our entrance hall to celebrate that, ‘every family is unique’.

Visitors enjoy tea and cake!

We had a wonderful time hosting our friends from the local care home – tea, coffee and cake whilst listening to our beautiful school choir. Children then shared their learning and our guests reminisced about their school days, sharing their memories of school life. We look forward to seeing them again soon when they will join us for a school lunch!

Always Award – skipping!

Today we held another amazing Always Award for the children who consistently behave well in school. This half-term the reward was a skipping workshop and it was incredible to see just how many skills the children could showcase at the end of the day!  Lots of ropes were purchased at the end of the day so the children can keep skipping!

Southwold’s Top 50 Reads

Our Top 50 Reads library was open today, with many of our children choosing a wonderful book to read over the Easter holidays. The library will be open every week next term for children to bring back books and choose new titles. It was lovely to see how excited they were about the books!

Spring term Achievement and Behaviour Awards

Congratulations to our Spring Term Achievement and Behaviour award winners – your behaviour, your attitudes to learning and the progress you have made have been outstanding – you should be very proud of yourselves!

Music Assembly

Our Music assembly was wonderful, with children showcasing their talents.  Children in Years 4 to 6 played guitars and flutes, including their own compositions.  It is clear to hear the progression in skills across the age groups, with children learning to play the instruments year on year.  Year 3 played the glockenspiel, as a class ensemble so well, to Bob Marley and everyone sang.  EYC children led the finale, playing the chime bars and singing, ‘The Wheels on the Bus’. What a lot of talented children we have!

Mothers’ Day afternoon tea

Our Mothers’ Day reading afternoon tea was such a success. Parents shared books with their children, whilst listening to our amazing school choir, and of course eating lots and lots of cake! Our School cook gave mum a trip down memory lane with traditional cornflake tart, caramel tart, biscuits and muffins.

Mr Kingham meets a childhood hero!

Mr Kingham had a fabulous time at the Nottingham Teaching Assistant Conference, meeting a childhood hero, Johnny Ball, and learning new ways to support and inspire our wonderful children.

EYC – 51 things to do before we’re 11¾

EYC have been having enormous fun playing in the mud kitchen making mud pies, black soup…. ‘yucky’ (that’s what one of the children said!!)

Southwold’s Nativity

There was such a lovely Nativity performance this morning with wonderful acting and the whole school singing beautifully to support the Christmas story.

Autumn Term Achievement and Behaviour awards

Congratulations to our Autumn Term Achievement and Behaviour award winners – your teachers said so many positive things about your behaviour, your attitudes to learning and the progress you have made – you should be very proud of yourselves!

Christingle at St Peter’s Church

A whole school visit to St Peter’s Church for the Christingle service was very special. Many thanks to Mark and Carolyn for making it so engaging and for all the hard work that went into it. It is an annual celebration that our children love and it really does get us into the Christmas spirit.

Southwold perform at the Royal Concert Hall

An amazing musical experience at the Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday evening.  Our talented choir and members of the Area Band performed beautifully and confidently alongside so many other city school pupils.  Well done to everyone… such an inspiring thing to be part of.  Thanks to Nottingham Music Hub.

Lilian Greenwood MP’s Christmas card competition

It was lovely to welcome Lilian Greenwood MP into school to present special recognition awards to these three girls for their Christmas Card competition entries.  This is a competition our school enters every year.  The theme this year was Christmas and the National Health Service (NHS). So many other children received certificates to congratulate them on their entries.


Southwold’s 50th Birthday celebrations

We joined in with our school’s 50th birthday celebrations by dressing up in clothes from the 1960’s. We  also did lots of different activities such as hopscotch, paint spinning, chalking and two-ball. We had such a fabulous, fun day.

Nottingham Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Day

Today is the very first annual Nottingham Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Day and we have made special bunting in school to celebrate healthy relationships. We are really pleased to be taking part in this important day to promote positive and healthy relationships #RSE

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