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Year 6 – Forest Schools at Wollaton park

Today, Year 6 finished their Forest School learning by visiting Wollaton Park. Children participated in a scavenger hunt, created mini-habitats for their clay creatures as well the usual den-building and tree climbing. Thanks to Ms Turner-Jones for so many wonderful sessions; Year 6 have loved it!

Key Stage 2 – National Literacy Trust Young Readers Programme

The children in Key Stage 2 were all ecstatic to receive a surprise book yesterday, chosen specially for them, as part of the National Literacy Trust Young Readers Programme. This is the first of three events, where the children will receive a free book to support reading for pleasure. Next time, it’s their turn to choose. It’s been joyful to see everyone enjoying their books around school and sharing them with each other. Southwold loves reading!

Year 6 Spring Project Exhibition

This morning, Year 6 welcomed parents to our Year 6 Spring Exhibition. It was great to see the children lead the presentations to inform the parents about their learning. Children were confident and passionate. After the presentation and quiz, children and parents then worked in small groups to research the Ancient Maya cities. Thanks to all who attended and well done all!

Year 6 Spring project exhibition

This morning, Year 6 welcomed parents to our Spring Exhibition. It was great to see the children lead the presentations to inform the parents about their learning. Children were confident and passionate. After the presentation and quiz, children and parents then worked in small groups to research the Ancient Maya cities. Thanks to all who attended and well done all!

Red Nose Day

Well done to our Community Rangers and Mr McArthur for planning a highly entertaining Red Nose Day. We raised funds through our non-uniform day, fun run and cake sale.

Congratulations to the class winners of the joke competition. The jokes were hilarious!

Thank you to all for your generous donations, which will support a range of worthy causes. A special thank you also to our catering team, who baked cakes and brownies for the children.

Reception search for signs of Spring

In RE we looked for signs of Spring –  we found lots of daffodils were growing around school. We looked at the daffodil details closely so we could create some observational drawings. Some of us decided to paint the daffodils, some used colouring pencils, and some used felt tip. What an amazing job!

Red Nose Day at Southwold

Well done to our Community Rangers and Mr McArthur for planning a highly entertaining Red Nose Day. We raised funds through our non-uniform day, fun run and cake sale.

Congratulations to the class winners of the joke competition. The jokes were hilarious!

Thank you to all for your generous donations, which will support a range of worthy causes. A special thank you also to our catering team, who baked cakes and brownies for the children.

The Book Bus visits Southwold

We had a great day when the Book Bus came to visit last week.  We were all very excited to see the bus parked up in school and eager to see what it contained.  Once inside, we found lots of lovely books, ranging from fictional books about unicorns to non-fiction books about some of our favourite footballers.  There was something for everyone! Children went home with some lovely new books which they have been enjoying.

British Science Week

We are celebrating British Science week at Southwold.

This afternoon we took part in a Hidden Nature Challenge to take photos around our school grounds. We then uploaded them to an online survey. We were looking for:

  • the smallest signs of nature
  • a repeated pattern
  • a nature free zone
  • a plant in an unexpected place
  • something new to you

Look at what we found!

World Book Day 2024

We had a great World Book Day 2024, with everyone coming to school comfortable in pyjamas, ready to enjoy books and reading activities throughout the day.  It was lovely to have parents and carers join us to share books with their children.  Early Years were read a story by author Laura Henry-Allain, who read the children her story book ‘Jo Jo and Gran Gran’. She told the children all about her new book coming out at Christmas which we will look out for.  A great day to enjoy and promote our love of reading!

Year 6 – Forest Schools

On Friday, Year 6 had their second Forest School session with the amazing Ms Turner-Jones. Children completed a range of activities including den-building, cloud hunting and making bows and arrows. The session concluded with the usual fire and yummy s’mores – we’re already looking forward to the next session…

Southwold Eat Them to Defeat Them!

We are very proud to be part of this years ‘Eat Them to Defeat Them’ national campaign to encourage children to eat more vegetables, being led in school by our Green Team.  We have enjoyed decorating vegetables, making hats and badges and tasting vegetables. Children have completed mission packs at home as they defeat the vegetables by eating them.  Last week’s mission was to defeat carrots, this week the children will be defeating peppers, let’s get defeating those vegetables!

Year 5 & 6 – Cadbury World visit

To conclude our history topic about Ancient Maya, Years 5 and 6 visited Cadbury World to learn about the origins of chocolate over the centuries. Children discovered how bitter cocoa was slowly turned into the milk chocolate that we love these days. Obviously, lots of sampling of different chocolate was required!

Year 3 – Geography

Class 3 have had a fabulous geography day learning all about rivers! We studied the water cycle, learning new vocabulary such as evaporation, condensation and precipitation. We used an atlas to locate rivers in the UK and across the world. The river Nile is the longest river in the world at over 4,000 miles long.

In the afternoon, we learnt about the features and course of a river and worked in groups to create our own models of the upper, middle and lower course of a river.

End of Spring Term 1 – 100% Attendance Winner

Congratulations to our Class 5 pupil who won the award for 100% in Spring 1. She enjoyed choosing a selection of books to read for pleasure.

Well done. We are very proud of you!

Year 3 – Weston Park trip

Class 3 had an amazing day at Weston Park museum. We got to see real Ancient Egyptian artefacts and learnt about the people who were buried in the sarcophagus’ we saw. We were told that experts find this information from the hieroglyphs they were decorated with. Later, we learnt about the mummification process then made our own artefacts from modelling clay. A fascinating day!

Year 3 – Ancient Themed Money Containers – Design and Technology

Class 3 are making great progress with their Ancient Egyptian themed money containers. Having designed their own container to represent the time period, they have used their sewing skills to bring their designs to life. So much wonderful talent!

Safer internet day – tech through time

On Safer Internet Day this week, we looked at ‘Tech Through Time’. We looked at how technology has changed and why it is better. We thought about how technology might be in the future and ways it could be used safely.

Year 3 – Creative Collaboratives

We had another fantastic drama session this week with Susan, re-enacting how Howard Carter must have felt on discovering Tutankhamun’s tomb!

Children’s Mental Health Week – My Voice Matters

In assembly we shared the story of ‘Speak Up! You can make a difference’ by Nathan Byron and Dapo Adeola. Mrs Taylor led a discussion about how significant people like Rosa Parks and Marcus Rashford influenced others by using their voice to make a positive change. One pupil said, ‘together, many little voices can make one big voice which makes people listen’. How very true and insightful that is!

Nott Alone – Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

Pupils from Year 5 attended an event to promote children’s mental health. The theme this year helps to promote and equip children with skills to share their voice and stand up for their rights. The children participated in a range of events to help pupils with emotional and mental well-being and health. They will share their learning with the rest of the school in an assembly next term. We are very proud of our school representatives and their engagement during the day.

Discovery Arts Award

Well done to all of our the children who achieved their Discovery Arts Award. They produced some fantastic creative work and have now received their special certificate from Trinity College. We are very proud of your achievements!

Early Years Numbers Day

Thank you to all of our parents who came to our numbers morning. It was lovely to see so many of our parents and children engaging with number based activities in lots of fun ways! It was to see everyone working and learning together.

Year 6 – Fast Fashion

Year 6 began their ‘Fast Fashion’ Design and Technology learning by examining their own clothing and which countries their clothing has come from. Children carefully looked at their coats to identify special features and a range of sewing techniques.

Year 3 – 50 things to do at Southwold

Class 3 enjoyed carry out some of their ’50 Things to do at Southwold’ activities. We did some pond dipping, tried to a make a sound with a grass trumpet, made dens and held a ‘scary’ beast!

Family numbers morning

A huge thank you to all adults who attended our first-ever Family Numbers Morning. Children and adults worked in family groups across school completing a range of real-life maths activities such as creating birdboxes and creating 3D shapes among others! This afternoon, children will be coming home with their scrap books and a letter explaining how to use them. The first activity hand-in date is Friday 23rd February – we look forward to seeing completed tasks!

More Family Numbers fun!

We had an incredible day at school as children and their parents came together to dive into the exciting world of numbers, as part of our Family Numbers morning.

In Class 4, we explored the wonders of geometry and how we can use 3D shapes in architecture to create jaw-dropping towers. Did you know that understanding geometry not only helps us visualize the world around us, but it’s also crucial in design and construction?

Our budding architects and mathematicians worked side by side to build their own extraordinary structures, all while developing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Year 6 – sewing skills

Year 6 pupils have been practising their sewing skills, looking at different hand stitches. These skills will be transferred to the creation of their own clothing item.

Year 6 debate screen use

This morning as part of our writing learning journey on balanced arguments, children participated in a debate about the positives and negatives of screen use. After the debate, children had to write a paragraph explaining their viewpoint while providing evidence and statistics.

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