On Friday 4th May 2018, the whole school (with the exception of Robins, who formed part of the audience) took part in a final performance to parents of our year-long project with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Each class prepared a piece of music to accompany the artwork they had produced on the theme of Salisbury. The children delighted parents and invited guests with all of their hard work over the year.
To mark World Book Day, each class chose one of the 'Katie and the ...' books by James Mayhew. Inspired by the paintings which Katie discovered in the art galleries she visits, we wrote and created our own artwork.
Robins described a picture, Sparrows wrote about what they thought was happening in the picture, Doves explored pointillism, Blackbirds wrote play scripts, Woodpeckers wrote their own story involving Katie, Nightingales made heraldic shields, Owls painted in the style of Monet. This display in the top corridor brings together our whole-school project.
To mark our ongoing partnership with Tunduya Primary School in Lusaka, Zambia, we are making a mosaic. It shows animals from Zambia and animals in Britain, as well as the flags of the two countries and maps of Africa and the UK. We have very much enjoyed working with Joanna Dewfall to make this mosaic.
Well done to our runners from KS2 who ran this year's Schools Mini Marathon despite the wet and windy weather. Thank you to Miss Pratt for all the training and all the parents who also had to brave the elements to support the children.
Our second batch of duck eggs was set up in the incubator in Nightingales' classroom. On the evening of Monday 23rd May there were signs of two eggs cracking and one of the eggs was moving.
Two ducklings hatched during the day on Tuesday 24th and a third on Wednesday 25th. They dried off during the afternoon and they all look beautifully fluffy now. They have perfectly-shaped beaks and huge webbed feet. One of them is mainly yellow while the other two have black patches on their backs and heads.
Sadly, our first batch of duck eggs did not lead to ducklings. We understand that duck eggs are particularly difficult to hatch successfully, and so it proved. We are delighted that we have three ducklings from this batch of eggs.
By the end of the spring term we had three fluffy ducklings who were ready for their first bath outside. They very much enjoyed this, as we hope you can see in the video below.
As you can see from the photo gallery, the ducks grew very quickly and by the beginning of July they were nearly adult sized, with smooth white feathers and big flappy wings. We believe them to be magpie ducks and they have really loud quacks.
Many thanks to Ms Hamblin for arranging and looking after these ducks, so that we can all enjoy them.
We had a great turn out for our paired reading workshop with Alison. Parents discovered the power of reading out loud, along with their children, as an additional way of sharing books and stories.
We hope those of you that came enjoyed it and found it useful in aiding your child's enjoyment and progression in reading.
If you were unable to attend and would like further information on the method of paired reading please contact Jenny Hinder, our Inclusion Manager.