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Year 6 investigate fossils

In today’s lesson, children began to recognise that living things have changed over time.  They understood that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. We discussed what the fossils found by Mary Leakey tell us about human evolution.

Taking inspiration from Mary Leakey’s remarkable discovery, the children then created their very own hominin footprint fossils.

Year 4 record data

Year 4 have been timing each other running the length of the playground so they could learn how to record data. They then displayed their data in a table.

Year 3 trip to Think Tank!

Class 3 had an amazing time at Think Tank Birmingham. We met lots of robots and created our own moving Lego designs, using coding to program them!

Year 3 control robots

Class 3 used Beebot and Robot Mouse, as well as  the A.L.E.X. app to control robots. They can answer their essential question, ‘How are robots controlled?’

Year 5 create chemical reactions!

As part of our ‘Properties of Materials’ topic in science, Class 5 have been looking at reversible and irreversible reactions. Today we blew up balloons by mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to create a chemical (irreversible) reaction that produces carbon dioxide!

EYC celebrate Chinese New Year

EYC continue with their celebrations for Chinese New Year. One of our parents came in to talk to us and helped the children make Chinese Lanterns. The children had a try at using chopsticks and all the children made and took home a ‘Red Envelope’ to symbolise good luck. The children can’t wait until Friday when they will be cooking and tasting Chinese food!

EYC prepare for Chinese New Year

EYC have been getting ready for Chinese New Year celebrations tomorrow. Children have made movable dragons by making a spring (Fold it over, press it down. Fold it over, press it down. Fold it over, press it down).

They have been learning to sing a Chinese New Year song and accompanied it by playing instruments.

Look at the wonderful drawings of the Chinese Dragon!

Year Four’s Mighty Maths Missions

Year four children have taken part in a Mighty Maths Mission about plotting and reading coordinates. In pairs, they had great fun playing Battleships with Viking longboats.

Class 4 make Viking helmets

Class four enjoyed using papier-mâché to create Viking helmets. They measured their heads, blew up a balloon to the correct size and then moulded their helmets. when all the layers were dry, they trimmed them and painted them.


EYC – Three Little Pigs roleplay

This week, EYC children have been acting out the story and building houses for the ‘3 Little Pigs’ both inside and out. Look out for the BIG BAD WOLF!


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!!)

Class 4’s Viking visitor!

As part of their Viking project, class four were lucky enough to have had a visit from a real life, time travelling Viking!! His name was Kiltun Hairything. The children had prepared many questions for him and enjoyed listening to his stories about Viking life. They even gave him some bread and honey so he could keep up his strength on his return journey to 800AD. 

Class 4 – Interactive Maths

Class four went outside to learn how to classify shapes, using a Venn diagram. They talked about the properties of the shapes and put them in hoops, depending on their criteria.

Science after school club

We had fun at the science club the last two weeks. Pupils from year 1, 2 and 3 have enjoyed different activities which were delivered and supported by our four amazing science ambassadors. We had rockets powered by balloons, self-inflating gloves, rainbows out of Skittles, explored magnets and more. All the pupils were fabulous and have already asked if we can do it again.

However, first it is the turn for year 4,5 and 6!

EYC and The 3 Little Pigs

EYC have been building houses for ‘The 3 Little Pigs’. I wonder which one the wolf won’t be able blow down……..will it be the house the made of straw, or sticks, or bricks?

EYC and Goldilocks

EYC have been acting out the story of, ‘Goldilocks and the three Bears’ as part of their hook for the project, ‘How are animals used in traditional stories?’

The children made porridge but it was too hot so they all went for a walk in the woods. When they got back, all the porridge had been eaten. The children were amazed to see baby bear’s chair broken and in pieces on the floor. Who was sleeping in the bed? … Goldilocks!

The children finished with singing the song of Teddy Bears Bouncing On The Bed and they had great fun bouncing too!

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!

Year 5 How far are the planets from the sun?

As part of their project based learning, Year 5 had so much fun and learned lots by working together to produce scaled representations of how far the planets are from the sun using toilet rolls!!

Year 2 make Christmas biscuits

Year 2 loved making Christmas biscuits with Mrs Wood as part of our Wider Opportunities curriculum, working together to follow instructions and mix the ingredients. They were so yummy!

Year 6 Exhibition – World War II

Year 6 project exhibition was amazing, with learning shared about World War II to their families.  This included news broadcasts about and emotive letters by evacuees; dances representing Kristallnacht and journeys to Auschwitz, which were incredibly moving; a book review of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ and so much more.  It was impressive to see just how much the children have empathised with the events of the time and how this has positively affected their learning outcomes.


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.

Year 3 Exhibition – ‘Were the Ancient Egyptians Fabulous or Foolish?’

Year 3 presented their term’s learning beautifully and clearly to their families.  The children have obviously learned so much in all subjects to answer the project essential question: ‘Were the Ancient Egyptians Fabulous or Foolish?’  They read diary entries as Howard Carter discovering Tutankhamun’s tomb; they presented their impressive canopic jars; they sang all about what it was like to live in Ancient Egypt and so much more.  Well done Year 3!

End of term music performance

Years 4, 5 and 6 played their guitars and flutes beautifully in the end of term music performance.  It was clear to see and hear the progression through the year groups and the impact of weekly lessons.  It is also true that most children respond so well to music and art sessions within the curriculum.

Year 4 win Times Table Rock Stars

Year 4 have been working really hard at school and at home to win the Times Table Rock Stars Battle of the Bands! against Year 5. Miss Wheeler and Mr Dray are super proud of their efforts … keep it up everyone!

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.


Year 6 design Anderson Shelters

This week, Year 6 were challenged with building, designing and evaluating a robust Anderson Shelter to withstand the Blitz. Working in small groups, children began the day by designing their Anderson Shelter. Air-Raid Wardens insisted on several specifications that the children had to try and incorporate into their designs. They also had to adhere to a strict budget of 60 shillings to buy all their materials from the wardens.

Having discussed which materials to purchase from the shop, the children began to construct their designs.

In the afternoon we worked with Mrs Stonier to sew some intricate sandbags to protect their shelters. We learned how to measure and cut materials accurately; to fasten on and off correctly and to use a backstitch to create a tight seam so the sand won’t escape.

The following day, the wardens inspected builds and suggested a few areas for improvement. Each build had to withstand the size, weight and water test the to see if they had met the specification.

Year 4’s Monster Mash!

Year 4 children made a great effort to be ‘little monsters’ for their pantomime performance of the Monster Mash

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