Wensum Sings

Thursday afternoon and we gather on the field for Wensum Sings! This was the first time that we have been together as a school since March last year and it was wonderful. Each year team had been learning a couple of songs to perform to the school and also performed instrumental music with their Sistema tutors. The weather was beautiful and there was a great, almost festival-like atmosphere as we shared in music and song together. An impromptu rendition of ‘Three Lions’, led by Year 5 provided a special opportunity for a whole school sing along. Enjoy the gallery.

IntoUniversity: Careers in Action

Phoenix Class

Tuesday 11th May 2021 – Shared write

This morning, we had visitors in Phoenix class (Tilly). Their names were Amy and Ellin, they were from IntoUniversity (Adriana). They came to talk to us about university and careers (Grace).  When they were younger, Amy wanted to be a vet and Ellin wanted to be a police officer (Adriana). We found out the difference between a job and career. A career is a pathway of different jobs (Leo). Careers can last a long time (Eva).

We had different roles to experience. They were a civil engineer, product designer and palaeontologist (Tilly). When we became product designers and created our own shoe designs (Eden). We became civil engineers and used connects to build either a school, farm, shop or house (David and James). We also played fossil bingo and I won! (Ella).

Amy and Ellin helped us understand what to expect at university (Grace). I know that if I want to be a midwife, I will have to go to university (Ella). I want to go to university to learn even more! (Noor).

Year 4 – Clay thumb pots

This afternoon, year 4 have been making thumb pots out of clay. We have been lucky enough to have artist, Jayne, join us again and teach us the steps to create the perfect pot. Once we have had the shape of the pot, we then used different tools to add patterns and designs to them.

Year 4 have been weaving!

We have had a really exciting afternoon, because we have had a visitor who has taught us how to weave. We all met in the art room to watch Jayne, an amazing artist, demonstrate how to weave. Jayne talked us through the steps and she made each of us a loom to use. We got stuck in straight away and absolutely loved weaving the different textures and colours together.

Phoenix class has created a Growing Station!

Today, during homesteading, Phoenix class has planted many seeds for vegetables and flowers. They vary from rainbow carrots to nasturtiums. Once planted, the children created care plans for each seed to ensure we can care for them and they grow successfully.

We also read chapters from Seedfolks, a collection of stories from different communities who grow flowers and plants on waste land.

We will keep you updated with pictures of our growing stations and any exciting developments!

Phoenix class are AUTHORS!!

During the spring term, we have been reading African origin stories. We enjoyed them so much we thought we would create our own.

We talked about the importance of pictures and how they enhance the reading experience for ALL readers. So when we created our own books, we focused a lot on our illustrations and how they tell the story too.

Phoenix class have worked incredibly hard writing their books and I couldn’t be prouder of the authors they’ve become.

Parents of Phoenix members, please head over to Seesaw as you will be able to see your child read their story – enjoy!

Staying safe online – Phoenix class

This morning, during our circle we discussed online safety. Phoenix class shared all the different websites and online games they use and they were so shocked to find out their age ratings. Did you know TikTok, Facebook, YouTube and many more are 13+? Also, Roblox is age rated 10+!

We discussed that it is our own responsibility to stay safe and happy online, as well as keeping the people around us happy and safe too.

We decided ways to keep safe are:
1. Report anything that is out of the ordinary, upsetting or makes you feel uncomfortable.
2. Talk to an adult
3. Keep all personal information private
4. Only click and play on age appropriate links/games
5. Set accounts to private
6. Set parental controls
7. Only speak to friends and family online

A website that is extremely useful is: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ This website has age rating and reviews from children and adults. It includes – books, games, films and TV shows etc.

Council meeting – Phoenix class

Class Council: 17.03.21

Today was handover day, which means we select our new class reps and discuss the role they are going to be taking on.

Once we had used the wheel generator and found out that Ameliah, David and Amina are going to be our new reps, Leo lead the meeting to share his experiences and advice.

We discussed what the role includes and the responsibilities of the class reps. They are:

  • Listen, respond and remember
  • Eye contact
  • Working together
  • Responsible for the class
  • Bravery
  • Respect
  • Supporting one another
  • Taking turns
  • Articulate
  • Sharing ideas
  • Note taking