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Dance Around The World

Active Notts and the Notts SGO Network have worked in partnership to develop a series of free dance resources that are aimed at Key Stage 1 pupils (although Key Stage 2 and Foundation children may also enjoy taking part). “Dance Around the World” resources comprise of a video of approx. 10 minutes which includes a warm up, dance routine (linked to a country) and a simple worksheet to accompany each dance. We are encouraging our pupils to use them at home to help young people to stay mentally and physically healthy through taking part in physical activity. Two resources will be released each week with the first two being Africa and Egypt and can be downloaded from:

https://www.activenotts.org.uk/young-people-active-at-home

We really hope that you find the resources useful and your children enjoy taking part!

RSE Day 2020

Don’t forget to take part in activities linked to RSE Day 2020 on Thursday 25 June – please note that the link to the web page where you can find information and where the live streaming will be held has changed and is now http://ow.ly/RZ1I50Afklj  

 Lots of information and further links can be found below:

Nottingham Music Service are proud to be a part of RSE Day 2020 alongside other local Arts organisations, and we hope you will enjoy the activities that we have created:

 10.50am – Secondary activity

Nottingham Music Hub explore collaboration and cooperation through the music of Liam Bailey. Nottingham musician Liam sings the emotional song ‘Love My Neighbour’, performed as part of the Hockley Hustle festival 2017. Claire Dyer analyses Liam’s words and encourages us to think about the meaning behind the song.  The task is to think about Liam’s lyrics: what is he trying to say? Can you create a story, poem, rap or song based on the themes of Liam’s song?  

11.00am – Activity suitable for All

Nottingham Music Hub explore collaboration and cooperation through the song ‘If Every Child Could’. This song is a collaborative piece written and performed by pupils in Nottingham schools. What would happen if every child could? Using the phrase ‘If every child could…’ create your own set of lyrics – collaborate with your family or classmates!  

 11.20am – Activity suitable for age 7 – Adult

Nottingham Music Hub explore collaboration and cooperation through the Voces 8 method. Join Graham as he takes us through a vocal collaboration piece, using 8 different musical ideas from across the world and layering them to create a piece of music. Have fun with your family, classmates and teachers producing a wonderful collaborative piece of music following Graham’s instructions!

12.00pm

Music from Nottingham Music Hub – listen along to a selection of music as you eat your lunch!

We can’t wait to hear how you get on with these challenges, and hope that you have a really great day on RSE Day 2020!

Get involved in RSE Day 2020!

On Thursday 25th June RSE day will be taking place. Throughout the day there will be a livestream for children and parents to get involved in.

On the day various artists will also be setting creative challenges for children and families to have a go themselves. The links to watch and join in will be added to the page below on the day.

https://challengenottingham.co.uk/%40rse-day

The theme for RSE Day 2020 is Books I Love About Love and Read On Nottingham and Nottingham City Libraries have created special book lists around the theme. They have selected inspiring stories, novels and non-fiction books, which will develop love, kindness, understanding and empathy in children, young people and adults alike. Schools and families can join in by reading and sharing their favourite books about relationships and love using the hashtags #booksIloveaboutlove and #RSEdayNottm @RSE_day

You can also find 10 Ideas for RSE Day 2020 for Parents and Carers on the RSE Day website.

Nottingham Music Hub online lessons

The Nottinham music hub been very busy creating new resources for children with and without instruments, as well as preparing for our exciting city-wide musical project Babethandaza! The first lessons are now available on the Digital Lessons page of the Nottingham Music Hub website, and on the Nottingham Music Hub YouTube channel!

In addition to these, there lessons for children in any year without an instrument, including Somewhere Over the Rainbow Lesson 2.

For children with a flute, they have new lessons being uploaded very soon in both the Easier and Harder KS2 folders.

For children with a guitar, they have new lessons on Winding Stairs and Yankee Doodle.

RSE Day 2020

Two years ago we were delighted to take part in the first ever RSE day and we had so many comments about our wonderful photo of all the bunting that we had made about our families. It made me feel very proud of our lovely school.

On Thursday 25th June we will be celebrating RSE day again. It is an annual celebration of excellent Relationships and Sex Education that educates children and young people about healthy relationships and positive sexual health. We have enjoyed taking part in this wonderful celebration yearly.

However, this year it will be slightly more challenging, but I know that it is something that we can still do as a school.

The theme this year is “Books I love about love.”

THERE WILL BE PRIZES FOR THE BEST POEMS, BOOK REVIEWS AND ART WORK

A letter has been sent out this week with your learning packs with lots of ideas for you, so that you can get started on creating some fantastic work to celebrate this special day. The closing date for your entries is Monday 22nd June.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Mrs Stone

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!

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