Kensuke’s Kingdom have been out in the woods with Mrs Ferguson this term learning some essential survival skills linked to their classroom topic, Frozen Kingdoms. They learnt to think like Shackleton used the acronym STOP in an emergency situation. On a practical level children were able to practise their survival skills by shelter building and fire lighting and learning how to make a water filter to clean water. We also continued to develop our whittling skills by making reindeer to give as Christmas presents or to sell at the Christmas Fair.
As well as thinking about the problem of access to fresh drinking water, children also visited the local beach where they learnt about the effects of plastic waste in our oceans. We were shocked to learn about micro plastics that have been found in fish and shellfish bound for human consumption. These micro plastics form as larger waste breaks down or are found as micro beads in some toothpastes and cosmetics. We thought about things we could do to help reduce plastic waste such as checking the labels on toothpaste, using reusable bottles and not using single use plastics such as straws. We also took direct action by doing a beach litter picking scavenger hunt. Our favourite slogans of the day was ‘If it’s not paper, pee or poo don’t flush it down the loo’.
Paddington have been working with Mrs Corke learning how to stay safe in the Forest School area, working together to build shelters and learning about the wildlife that lives in the woods, including making bird feeders to keep the birds fed over the winter months.
Reception children have continued to listen to and act out their favourite stories. This term we have learnt all about ‘The Mole who Knew it was None of his Business’, been on a Gruffalo hunt and made Gruffalo crumble, and made our very own Stickman Family.
KS2 Forest School kicked off the term with the Chocolate Factory working together to produce some epic environmental art linked to the Year 6 Gallery Rebels topic. They used the work of Andy Goldsworthy as a starting point to create 3D structures using natural materials and worked together to create a large scale painting/collage using natural earth pigments. They also had a focus on survival skills and used imaginary scenarios to focus on essential equipment and actions that could save lives. This will be useful in term 2 when they learn about one of the greatest survival stories ever told. As well as the usual campfire cooking, tree climbing and whittling projects, some children helped Shaun to build a semi-permanent shelter and others carried out essential conservation work on maintaining our pond as an important habitat for species of invertebrates and amphibians.
Year 3 worked with Mrs Corke in the school’s allotment area harvesting the last of the summer vegetables and planting bulbs for the spring. In addition they learnt the safety rules of fire lighting and shelter building, built new habitats for invertebrates and created beautiful mandalas using chalk and natural materials.
In their first term of school, Reception children also got stuck in to Forest School (especially when it was muddy!). They listened to and acted out their favourite stories and then did a range of practical activities linked to the book. This term we have been on a ‘Bear Hunt’, made our own ‘Room on a Broom’ broomsticks and magic mud potions and made nests, masks and bird feeders for our ‘Owl Babies.’
Year 4 Forest School were down at Holywell beach yesterday. Thanks to the spring tide the low tide was super low exposing lots of rock pools full of assorted molluscs and crustaceans for us to catch in our nets and get a close look at. The weather stayed dry and warm and we scavenged the shore line looking for whelk eggs, mermaid’s purse, cuttlefish remains and various sea shells such as Limpets and Dog Whelks. We found out that Dog Whelks eat Limpets by boring through their shells, squirting in some gastric juices and sucking out the liquefied Limpet. Yummy!We collected around ten different types of seaweed including Serrated Wrack, Sea Lettuce, Sea Belt, Dulse and Thong Weed. Did you know that a Sea Potato is not a plant but a kind of Sea Urchin?
We discovered that Spring tides occur when the earth, sun and moon are lined up in a row at the new moon and full moon phases. This causes the gravitational pull of the sun and moon to work together in one direction to pull on the earth’s water, causing the greatest difference between high and low water. Smaller tides, called neap tides, are formed when the earth, sun and moon form a right angle. This causes the sun and moon to pull the water in two different directions. Neap tides happen during a quarter or three-quarter moon.
We also did some amazing artwork using the natural materials that we found on the beach.
Group 1 will be going to the beach in two weeks time.
The last Forest School session for Year 5 last term ended with the long awaited float your boat challenge and the eagerly awaited stuff your face with marshmallows feast. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time at this amazing woodland venue and are looking forward to returning next year for Year 6 camp. Being at Bushy for two terms has helped our little woodland area at school have a bit of a rest over the winter months, which is part of our ecological management plan. We are back on site with Year 4 for terms 5 and 6, which will include a trip to the beach and the much loved residential at Mallydams Wood for the annual badger watch!
The library monitors and reading mentors did a fantastic job in front of the whole school in celebrating ‘World Book Day 2017’. They prepared all of the resources themselves and did themselves proud. Everything from guess the author/book, to ‘Where’s Wally’ competitions and final prayers. They were fantastic and all of the children in the worship had a great time. Well done, it’s so fantastic being part of our school where the teachers are no longer needed!
Pupil Leadership – House Captain and Deputy House Captain Announcement
It has been a very busy and exciting few weeks for Pupil Leadership at PaWS. We have now successfully recruited our House and Deputy House Captains. As part of this process, pupils had to: apply for the position they were interested in; take part in an interview with a member of staff and then plan and present a speech to pupils from their house about why they should be elected. All pupils across the school took part in this voting process and were encouraged to think very carefully about who they would like to lead their house. It was a very intensive process and all pupils involved – including those who did not make it to the very end – were fantastic and demonstrated true resilience.
I would like to introduce our new House and Deputy House Captains:
|Hello, my name is Fletcher. I am in Year 4 and I am the House Captain for Normans. As House Captain, I will try to help the Normans be the best.
Outside of school I enjoy dancing, singing and acting.
|Hello, my name is Hannah. I am in year 6 and I am the House Captain for Romans. As House Captain, I will try to make my house better and better.
Outside of school I enjoy: drama, singing and dancing.
|Hello my name is Teddy, I am in Year 6 and I am the House Captain for Saxons. As House Captain, I will try to make us the best and support every single member of my house.
Outside of school I enjoy playing sport and spending time with friends and family.
|Hello, my name is Nicola. I am in Year 6. As House Captain, I will make sure everyone is included and feels part of our house. Outside of school I enjoy singing, dancing and acting.
|Hello, my name is Eden. I am in year 4 and I am a Deputy House Captain for the Normans. As Deputy House Captain, I will try to help people in their leaning.
Outside of school I enjoy dancing.
|Hello, my name is Alannah. I’m in year 4 and I am a Deputy House Captain for Romans as Deputy House Captain, I will try to be my best. Outside of school I like football and swimming.
||Hello, my name is Mia and I am in year 4. I am the Deputy House Captain for Saxons. As a Deputy House Captain I will try to support people in my house.
Outside of school I enjoy football.
|Hello, my name is Ollie and I am in Year 5. As Deputy House Captain I will try to make the Vikings a better house and make sure everyone works hard.
Outside of school, I enjoy cycling and hockey.
The school choir recently competed in their first ever Eastbourne Music and Arts Festival at the Winter Gardens. The children looked so smart and stood on stage with such confidence. We were entered in the Choir – Year 6 and under class, where we sang three songs: Make Your Own Kind of Music (Mama Cass), Vera (which we sang at Harvest Festival) and May It Be (from the Lord of the Rings). The children were amazing! We got some great feedback from the judges, who announced we were the winners of the Allen Trophy! Thank you so much to all the parents who had to get the children there and supported them so well in learning the songs. Huge thanks also go to Mrs Salisbury who leads choir with me.
We are supported by and work closely with two local Church of England Parishes. We also work with the Spinnaker Trust who support the teaching of RE and lead worship.
St Nicolas and St Wilfrid’s in Pevensey and Pevensey Bay (visit their website here) and St Mary’s in Westham (visit their website here.)
We are looking forward to displaying the children’s beautiful Christian art. The Pevensey and Westham CE School Art Exhibition is to be in St Mary’s Church, Westham on Friday 3 March, Saturday 4 March 10:00 –16:00 and Sunday 5 March when there are not services in progress. Please invite friends and family to join you as you visit the work. Selected pieces from each age group will be entered in the Diocesan Art Competition which is celebrating the Year of the Bible.