Mrs Whalley's blog
There's never a quiet week at Exminster Community Primary School! This week has been Poetry and Arts week with a focus on performance poetry and linking it with art and drama. It has been exciting going around our school, seeing all our visitors, watching the children being so engaged in their learning and admiring the amazing outcomes. A huge thank you to all our visitors for their input this week. Thank you also to Mrs Miller, Mrs Badcott and Mrs Stapleton for organising the week and a very successful exhibition. The celebration was really topped off with the performance from the jazz band from DCC, our thanks to them. We enjoyed welcoming Roger and Annie Kirk, founders of the Helen Foundation and Cheri from DAISI. Here's an overview of each year group:
Becky Mason came into Year 6 and led a highly energetic dance workshop based on 'Tornados' to tie in with the Year 6 topic on natural disasters. She was so impressed with how much they learnt in a short space of time. Their final performance was powerful. They have also been creating individual art work, using a Japanse artist's work as their base. They used the photos, cut out part of them then drew in the missing sections. The results are outstanding.
Mr Norman, a local artist was so flattered that Year 5 were studying his art work, he came to talk to them about how he developed his pastel paintings. He explained that he completed 80% of his painting within 2 hours. He would then hang it on his shelves and come back to it afew days later. He would ask his wife for her opinion and look at it in the mirror to work out how to finish it off and change aspects of it. Year 5 created their own seascapes based on his art work. They also used pastels.
Ali Roscoe, from DAISI, came in to work with Year 4. This workshop was kindly donated by Roger and Annie Kirk through the Helen Foundation. Year 4 used Indian marbling inks to create a silhouette and paper mache frame painted in metallic paint. The art work was based on a Roman myth. They also produced a collaborative piece of art work using the marbled paper, cut out hearts and a beautiful frame. They have enjoyed performing poetry to one another and having a panel of judges to critique their performances.
This has been a very exciting week with a whole school focus on geography. I thoroughly enjoyed my learning walk throughout school with Libby, our link geography governor. We heard about what all the children have been doing this week. You can find out more on the class blogs but here is an overview:
·Reception started their week with a focus on 'A Walk in London' by Salvatore Rubbine. This is a story book but has lots of facts in it about landmarks in London. They then went on their own walk of their locality in Exminster and looked at all the landmarks. The children have been doing junk modelling of different landmarks in London and in Exminster, involved in clock activities and constructing the landmarks out of lego. Pop into Reception and have a look at their display.
·Year 1 were busy looking at places they had been to in the world, either visited or lived and placed them on a giant map. They looked at ways of travelling to places around the world. They particularly enjoyed their treasure hunt around the school, following clues which eventually led to a golden treasure box full of gold (chocolate) coins. They have been making town scenes out of lego and junk modelling, taking a picture from above and seeing the 'bird's eye view'. They have then been looking at maps and atlases.
·Year 2 have enjoyed orienteering and using compass directions. They have designed their own maps of their journey from school to home. They have been using 'digimaps' to study maps. They did a locality walk, plotted it on a map and looked at the difference between human and physical features.
·Year 3 have been doing compass work. They have been thinking about the human impact that a typhoon would have and writing letters in role. They have been doing direction problem solving activities and their home learning project this half term is to focus on their local area.
·Year 4 were given a budget and had to plan a 2-centre holiday using tools such as the train line and the national express. They considered accommodation and transport and presented their findings clearly. Children visited locations such as London, Cardiff, Exmouth and Dawlish.
·Year 5 have been doing lots of map work, looking at how the coastline has changed over time. They have also been researching the causes and effects of climate change. They wrote an explanation text about erosion and the human and physical impact of it.
·Year 6 are looking at the big question of 'How do natural disasters impact on us?' The children decided on the smaller questions that they needed to answer in order to address the big question. The maths is related to natural disasters and data collection and analysis, their literacy is explanation texts and their ICT has been creating an erupting volcano on 'SCRATCH'. Each group has a display area within the classroom and they are also creating individual flat books.
As well as all of this, our assemblies have been on aspects of geography. Children enjoyed a class link at the end of the day where they were able to show any 'geography/travel' related items and talk about them with a different age group. It's been an exciting and exhausting week! Thanks to Mrs Nowell for the organisation of this and to all the staff and children for their enthusiasm and engagement.
This week we have been concentrating on Geography and Together time was full of map madness!
There were lots of different things to share like planning particular holidays, zooming in on maps of the world, taking pictures of our very own Exminster on a field trip, maths showing our geography findings, and accurate tracings of maps from the past. Also, unlike the other class’s show-and-tell, Year 6 showed us a brilliant video revealing how the water sinks into the ground when it floods. The Year 2's asked them a scientific question and they had they had to answer it for that specific question. Natalie and Evie took on the roles of the crazy Hob- Nob and Dickendorf and demonstrated the answer brilliantly. The whole video will be on the website shortly for you to watch.
Geography week was fully enjoyed by all the children in Exminster Primary and it is all for us to say thank you to Mrs Nowell for all her hard work.
Thank you to Mr Moore and Mr Hardee for a fun maths games workshop on Wednesday evening enjoyed by about 50 people in total. Parents and adults enjoyed playing games to practise basic number skills, strategy problem solving, finding all possibilities and shape and space games. The main aspect though was having fun! Mr Moore has produced a booklet with all the games from the evening plus lots of extra games to play. There is an additional booklet available for games practising number skills with a pack of cards. Mrs Whalley remains the undefeated champion at the bricks game. Keep thinking Sam!
On the 20th of January, author of the amazing Bradley Baker series, David Lawrence Jones, travelled to Exminster School! He recounted the fantastic story of how he became a writer and how the ideas of the classic Bradley Baker books originated!
Come and enjoy an evening of maths games as a family. The evening will provide ideas of games you can be playing at home to support your child’s understanding and just as importantly, enjoyment of mathematics.
If you would like to attend, please provide the office with:
- Your name
- Your child’s/children’s name
- Their class
- Number attending
I look forward to seeing you at what will be a fun evening for all!
Mr Moore (Maths Subject Leader)
We are very fortunate to have a visitor coming to our school on Monday 20th January and to present to our year 5 and 6 children.
David Lawrence Jones is a well-respected local children’s author and has written a series of books about the amazing adventures of “Bradley Baker”. Should you wish to find out more about the author and his books you can look at the official website: www.bradley-baker.com
Today, we had a panto as an end of term treat. The monies raised from our productions went towards funding 2 pantos, one for FS and KS1 and one for KS2.
The pantomime was based around Christmas traditions with a comedy twist – decorating the tree, singing Christmas songs, pulling crackers, eating Christmassy food, going to see Santa and writing Christmas lists. The children got to enjoy singing, lots of comedy rhyming poems, and got to find out lots of things about Christmas past that they didn't know. It made Miss Madge laugh and Mr Wilsher understood some of the jokes! The pantomimers used Makaton – correctly! - and did a bit of spelling! Miss Jacobs liked the fact that they played Bob Marley and Mrs Norman learnt something she didn't know about why candy canes are put on our Christmas trees. Mrs Glover enjoyed the children's delight in watching, and Mrs Gilronan loved the hanky mouse who sang about custard! Thanks to Sam, Rob, Sophie and Dexter for such a captivating and educational performance!
Here's what the children thought:
"Loved it" (Callum)
"Very dancey" (Finn)
"Amazing and exciting" (Scarlett)
"Fantastically funny" (Millie)
"Absolutely brilliant" ( Emily)
Well done to all the children, in Key Stage 2, that worked hard to battle Drakes East Middle School in America to capture their trophy on the maths website Mangahigh.
Lately a new Maths programme has been introduced to our school and it is making a big impact. The programme is named Manga High and the children have to complete Maths tasks set by their teacher and earn medals as they go along. Recentley we have been competing in a Fai-To challenge aginst Drake East Middle School in America. A Fai-To challenge is where the tasks set by your teacher are recorded and the points you win in you Maths games count up and become your score against the opponent. The Fai-To tournament lasts for a couple of weeks and at the end whoever has the most points wins. So far we are winning and we are aiming for the top spot. We will keep you updated on our score and future Fai-To tournaments.
In Year 4 this week we made a video of us singing to bury on the school field. We hope that it is found in 100's of years time, so children can see what it was like at Exminster School in 2013.
Congraulations to Mrs Kay. Her baby boy, Killian, arrived on Thursday 14th November at 7.35am, weighing 7lb 6oz and only 14 days late! Both Maeve and Killian are doing very well.
Children in Need Day 2013
School council members and Mrs Goode (our school cook) judged the staff bake off!!
There were a prizes for decoration and taste.
Mrs Whalley won for the best decoration prize and Mrs Norman won the best taste, well done to both!!!
Thank you to all the staff for entering and the children for their fancy dress and donations to Children in Need!
Please look at our consultation documents in the 'Parent Zone' section.
Congratulations to Mrs Fuller, recovery is needed after her exciting trip to London! Mrs Fuller received an award this week for the 'Reading Recovery Teacher of the Year' for the South West. Dawn was a runner up and presented with a certificate and an award at the prestigious ceremony in London on Friday. She beat hundreds of entries for the South West for her hard work and dedication towards Reading Recovery. Not only has Dawn gone the extra mile with the children she supports of a daily basis, she has also acted as an exemplary practitioner for members of staff, sharing her expertise and knowledge of developing children's reading. She always shows such passion and commitment, suggesting ways in which we can develop reading further for children's enjoyment and progression. Recently, Dawn has started a reading club, letting children come and enjoy their books, read to them and with them and even compose poetry. Dawn is so committed to ensuring that children believe that they themselves are a good reader, raising confidence levels and attainment. We are so proud of the work that Dawn and done, and the hard work that all the children and families have done as a consequence of Mrs Fuller's work. Well done and thank you.
School Fair - 21st June
10 Teachers - 1 Will Be Gunged!!
To help raise essential funds for Nayamba School in Zambia (one of our chosen charities this year) 10 of our wonderful teachers have 'volunteered' to be gunged at our annual Summer Fair on Friday 21st June. Votes are 50p each, with no limit to how many votes you can make but if you would like to see what the teachers themselves think you sure do, please watch our video.
All funds raised will go towards essential reading books that will be hand delivered by 2 families who are visiting the school and will be setting up a reading scheme and training the teachers to develop reading in school.
A massive thank you to all those who participated in and
came to support the netball match on Monday evening.
In a competitively fought game, the final score was 23-3 to
Thank you very much to all those who took part, the ESA for
their refreshment stall, Becky Mason for arranging the parents team and the
brave umpire, Ross Kukor.
The proceeds from the game will go towards the school. We look forward to a rematch
in the summer term.
Look at the most recent data to be compiled by OFSTED on our school's dash board by following this link:
Rainbow Day- Canada Day
During Rainbow Day we looked at where Canada was, the landscape, and size
of the country. We then talked about the origins of the maple leaf and made our
own. We finally hung them on the tree as you can see. Please come and visit 6H
to see it.
The school band, '621' have recorded their first music video for their single 'Night Sky'
Thank you to Tim Pestridge for his creativity and excellent photography.
To view the video, please follow this link:
updated 30th January, 2013
Word Count: 16,371,055
Books Read: 1052
Remember that it is important to 'Dress Bright' to ensure you can be seen on your way to school and back and any clubs that you attend.
In Year 5 this term children are going to work on a project entitled 'Our Exminster Memories Scrapbook'. During this project the children will look at how the village has changed over time and what it was like to live in Exminster in the past.
The children will be writing a weekly blog based on this as well as producing a physical scrapbook. They are also hoping to put on an exhibition to show what they have discovered.
7 pupils from years 5 and 6 have been working with Mr Hardee to write and record an original song. They decided to write the song based on the whole school topic for the autumn term: 'Time Travel'. The children recorded the song at 'Broadwater Studios' playing all the musical parts themselves. The band consists of Lilly-Mae (Vocals), Jesse (Vocals), Sam (Bass guitar), Ellie (Guitar), Erin (Guitar), Amelie (Keyboard) and Molly (Drums).
The track has now been uploaded to a website called 'Youth Record Label' which is a company that promotes young musicians. The band, called 621, have been entered into several national competitions; one of which is judged on the amount of downloads the track gets. If you would like to support the band and the school, please go to the following link and download 621's new single 'Night Sky.'
In the new year, a music video will be made to accompany the song and the band will be performing live. Watch this space...
Kit Hardee, PE Coordinator,
Exminster Community Primary School