Year 6 Japanese Day

Today, 29 children from Year 6 went to UEA to ‘Discover Japan’. After a quick quiz, we split into two groups. One group looked at Japanese games and then had a taster lesson in Japanese. The second group looked at Japanese culture, including the festival ‘Tanabana’ and then we looked at origami.

Children were fantastic and enjoyed a quick visit to the park at the end of the day.

 

More photos to follow. 

Wednesday 11th July – circus performance day arrives

Y6’s big day has arrived.  They have been developing their circus skills since January through weekly sessions with LiT tutors, then finalising plans for their performance with Casus Circus over the past three weeks.  Today they met at 8.45am at the Big Top in Chapelfield Gardens for the performance.  The morning was taken up with a technical rehearsal (lights, music, stage positioning), full run through, and final rehearsals for individual and team routines.  Children from Lakenham and The Steiner School were also on the bill.  At 1.30pm, the performance started with the children performing to an audience of well over 300.  It was a superb performance and a wonderful showcase of their hard work this year.  Speaking to the children backstage after the show their thoughts were clear:  we want to do that again, now!

Thanks to families for their support, and to the inspirational tutors from Lost in Translation Circus and Casus Circus.  If you are inspired to see more circus then please click here for a programme of the circus performances taking place this weekend as part of the Circus 250 Festival of Circus.  Click here for the article from the EDP.

Below are four galleries covering the day.  Please scroll down.  Enjoy

Morning warm-up

Technical rehearsal

Backstage

Performance

Tuesday 10th July – final preparations for the circus performance

Casus delivered their last session with Y6 ahead of tomorrow’s big schools showcase in Chapelfield Gardens.  Although some of the children were on their high school transition, which had an impact on some of the paired routines, the skill level of the children was very impressive, and there was a very purposeful and happy atmosphere in each of the groups.  Can’t wait for tomorrow.

Friday 6th July – Working as Historians comes to a close

We returned to St Barnabas Church on Friday afternoon to mark the end of our heritage lottery-funded Working as Historians project.  Our lads – heroes of Heigham was out summer term project last year that has continued across this year and ended with the visit to France and Belgium last month.  The school community convened in cool of the church to reflect on the project.  Neil Storey – project historian – talked about the lives of the lads at turn of the 20th century, Mr Hubery spoke about the changing face of Heigham, and 4 children from Y6 shared their reflections from Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.  All that remains is to mark the 100 year anniversary of Ernie Seaman’s death in September. He was Norfolk’s last VC and was a local lad.  To visit the project website please click here.

 

Thursday 5th July – Event at St Barnabas

Families are warmly invited to join us for the closing event to mark the end of our WW1 Working as Historians project: Our Lads – heroes of Heigham.  The event will be at St Barnabas Church and will start at 1.45pm and will last approximately 45 minutes.  You are welcome to take your children at the end of the event as long as they are signed out with their class teacher.  We hope to see you there.

 

Thursday 5th July – changes to parade times

Hi all,

As you will be aware, Norwich City Council has pushed back the parade start time in response to the football.  The new times are as follows:

4.30pm – 5.00pm:  assemble on Newmarket Road. Everyone needs to be in place by 5.00pm.  We are number 8 in the line up.

5.15pm:  final checks

6.00pm  parade starts

7.30pm: anticipated arrival time at the Magistrates Court Car Park.

All other details are the same as in the letter sent out last week.  A final text will be sent out tomorrow morning to parents of participating children.

See you there!

Me H

Sport at Wensum awarded Bronze!

 

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Bronze Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Our sporting achievements this year include:
Increasing participation in Extra Curricular Sports
All children taking part in the Go run for fun at Eaton Park
Children taking part in competitions and festivals in a range of different sports
Increasing our participation in competitive sport and festivals to 100% of children
Taking part in the sports partnership Dance Show at Open
4 children competing in the School Games County Cross Country finals
Increasing participation in lunchtime and before school sport
Giving children the chance to make positive changes to their attitudes towards physical activity

With a total of 110 young people from Wensum competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to:
The children who are always honest, kind and respectful when they represent our school in sport.
All of the staff that allow our children to access a range of sports and activities.
Every parent who comes to support and help with the activities that we provide our children.
The staff in the office who help to coordinate letters, transport and lunches.

Anyone who has helped on any of our sporting activities this year.

Without all of your support it would not have been possible to achieve all that we have this year.

We look forward to next year and moving on to achieving greater things with sport at Wensum Junior School!

Mr Whalen

PE Coordinator