Year 6 enjoyed an excellent day Southampton Art Gallery – travelling by train added to the excitement! We spent time exploring the Perseus collection of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones. The paintings tell the story of Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa and were a perfect introduction to our learning about Greek myths. Not only did we unpick the story, we also had a chance to look really carefully at the pictures – discussing the artist’s choice of colours and exploring some of the different techniques he used. We the had the opportunity to create Medusa heads as wire sculptures. We will be finishing these at school – watch out for them on display soon. Finally, we had the opportunity to look at some of the other artwork in the gallery. We saw a fabulous range of pictures from those painted in the 1350s right up to ‘wall art’ – where the image created by the artist is projected onto the wall, then drawn onto the wall and re-created in paint by artists at the gallery every time they want to exhibit the piece. Thanks to all the adults who came with us helping to make the whole day really enjoyable for everyone.
Thank you to everyone who came to our Carol Service at St Edward’s. It was a lovely service which the children led with great confidence. The band, made up from staff and pupils, provided accompaniment to the congregational carols whilst David Fawcett played piano for all the musical items.
Years 5 and 6 premiered the school songs which they have been writing in their music lessons with David Fawcett – the year 5 song, Be loving and Truthful, is linked to our school motto and Gospel values whilst the year 6 song used Laudato Si (the Pope’s letter to the world) as their inspiration.
Thank you also for your generous donations for Nakirebe Primary School in Uganda – just over £160.
In a dramatic reenactment of the Public Inquiry, held at the Masonic Hall, Wareham in March 1948, the residents of Tyneham argued their case against members of His Majesty’s Government and representatives from the Army.
The village was evacuated in December 1943 to allow the Army to use the area as a firing range. The Government of the time had promised that they would be allowed to return after the war. In 1949 they were still waiting…
After an emotional and sometimes heated debate the general public were left to cast their votes against the following motion: Should the families of Tyneham village and surrounding area be allowed to return to their homes?
The vote was a resounding YES, they should be allowed to return to their homes. Have Year 6 changed the course of history…
Year 6 visited Tyneham as part of their topic learning. They explored all the buildings that they had been finding out about on the internet and by looking at public records. They even visited the school house and farm and pretended that they were performing at the Tyneham Theatre.
Year 6 visited Fort Henry in Studland. They found out about the important role the Fort and Studland played in Exercise Smash – the rehearsal for the D-Day Landings.
Many thanks to our visitors from The Swanage School who organized and led a fun and interesting morning of maths for our year 5 & 6 girls.
This poem was written by year 6 and read by the school chaplains at church and outside the Co-op on Global Climate Day (see this post)
It starts with one….
It starts with one planet – one life,
With one realisation, one light bulb moment,
With one person who loves and respects,
With one friend, one world leader,
With one conversation, one team, one action
With one wish for a better future.
Preserving one rainforest, planting one tree,
Protecting one orang-utan, releasing one rhino,
Providing one village pump, saving one ice cap,
Taking one stride, sharing one car.
One lifetime together –
Caring for our common home.
On Global Climate Day year 5 and 6 joined the campaign to raise awareness about the damage we are doing to our world.
They made posters and delivered a letter to the Co-Op asking them to consider the quantity of plastic packaging that they use – especially in their fruit and veg and bakery departments. They then walked through the town and along the seafront. Lots of people were interested to look at the posters which highlighted a range of environmental issues. We were delighted to welcome Solveig, the new Curate at the Anglican churches in Swanage, who joined the campaign with us.
After school, year 3 shared top tips flyers, that they had made, for reducing single-use plastic and other ways which one might look after the environment with parents.
Thank you to all who came to Leavers’ Mass on the last day of term. We wish our year 6 leavers best wishes for their transition to secondary school and in the future.
Singers from year 6 were welcomed at the Parish Tea Party where they entertained the parishioners with a selection of songs. Many thanks to them for some lovely singing and to the parish for delicious cake!