We have worked together to write our class charter. We thought carefully about our rights, looking at the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child. Some of these rights for every child include being safe, having shelter, access to clean water, having enough food and health care, and a right to an education. We decided our rights were to have a classroom where we can learn, be free to share our ideas, and feel safe. We then needed to think about our responsibilities to make our classroom like we wanted. This is our final class charter. We added our aspiration to each of the wing feathers, and now we are working hard to make sure we succeed!
We have had a great first day, arriving safely at Leeson House this morning and the heading straight out for our coastal study. We spent a couple of hours at Knoll Beach, learning about the formation of Old Harry Rocks, modelling this in sand, long shore drift forming the spit across Poole Harbour, and the process of dune formation. We then walked back to Swanage, via Old Harry Rocks, with stunning views, beautiful sunshine and deep blue seas. We were very lucky to have an unplanned talk on the events that took place at Studland Beach, in preparations for the D-Day landing and sharing the experience of a local historian and diver, who spent time explaining his research and underwater photos of the Valentine Tanks that lie submerged in Studland Bay. We then returned for fire drill, bed making (of sorts!), lots of food for dinner, and Night Orienteering. You will be please to know it is all quiet from our rooms now. Tomorrow, we will be completing a river study, team building games and a night walk.
Day 2 started with an early wake up call at 5.20am, for Mrs Lloyd and Mrs Bailey - luckily our class were fast asleep at the time! After our morning wake up routine, the 8.10 room inspection went well (a small word of advice - never let them kid you that they can't make their beds or tidy their room!). We had great difficultly judging the tidiest room, after the boys room No.10 set a high starting standard. The rest soon got work and produced some spectacular results. Quote from William, our most experienced Leeson House campaigner, 'never seen rooms quite like it'. Scores are being added together after tomorrow's inspection, but it is a tight race so far.
After filling up on a hearty breakfast, we spent the morning under the shadow of Corfe Castle, carrying out the River Study. The children were very impressive with their surveying skills; they carried out water catchment and erosion modelling, a full survey of flow rates, water sampling, sediment measurement, field sketching and width survey. It was a great start to some budding careers.
The afternoon was spent on team building games and orienteering. It was great to see how well each team cooperated and supported each other. The children worked with resilience to find all the markers, but, after watching the accumulating mileage they ran, we will be building on their skills of route planning so they learn to use their energy wisely. It does, however, have some advantages of a quick and quiet bedtime.
Our night walk took us through the fields, learning about the wildlife, wartime history of Leeson House and the adventures of the local pirates. Hot chocolate, a few games and a welcome bedtime followed. We wish Dominic a very happy birthday and one he will remember.
Our final day at Leeson House begun with the keen boys, in Room Seven, deciding that packing needed to start rather earlier than scheduled. Although it was not quite the wake up call that the rest expected, they were extremely impressive with the example they set, tidying and vacuuming their room to an exceptional standard, giving the boys a head start on the girl's dormitory.
A good breakfast was followed by a final room check and then on to our morning activities of Compass Skills and Off-site Orienteering. We learnt about how a field compass works, navigating using both the four compass points and using the 3-figure degrees to find way points and markers. Take a look at the photos and you will appreciate the concentration this took. We hadn't had silence like it! We took our new found skills outside, starting by navigating a path to find coloured counters, headed out into the field to complete the orienteering timed challenge. Teams had to answer questions along a set route, navigating using the degrees on the compass, observing features of the landscape. We enjoyed our final lunch outside before heading back to school on the coach, a some catch up sleeping.
I would like to say a big THANK YOU to William and Mrs Bailey, for their fantastic support, to Dinah ,our amazing leader, and the rest of the Leeson House staff. An even bigger THANK YOU goes to Year Five, for their enthusiasm, endless energy, team work and support for each other. You were a real credit to our school. Well done!
Eggnaut Re-entry Vehicle Challenge
Year 5 were set a challenge, to design and build a re-entry vehicle, to ensure that their egg landed safely when released from a 3 metre drop. They worked together in teams, with set resources, to test and adapt their designs. These were then tested - two eggs survived! Masie Cox worked with her dad, using only straws and tape, created a great design.
Kingfishers Class has had a suspected alien invasion. Under the instructions of Professor Roswell, an expert in Alien behaviour, an investigation of the crime scene was carried out. Working in teams, evidence was gathered and sent to the Alien Investigation Unit at Porton Down.
News Reporters in Action...
Following the alien Invasion in Kingfishers Class, we have been working in groups to produce and edit our own news reports. Each group had to allocate roles including a producer, news anchor, roving reporters, eye witnesses, camera and sound crew. Working together, they produced news scripts and then filmed their news report. Finally, using iMovie, the reports were edited and improved.
The Power of Practice!
Kingfishers Class have been using the Power of Practice to experiment and learn new techniques in Art. The final Kingfisher designs were used to illustrate their narrative poems.
Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
As part of a whole school fundraiser, Kingfishers Class went pink for the day! Can you spot a new class member?
Fire and Rescue in Action!
Kingfishers Class had a great time learning all about the role of the Fire and Rescue service, and fire safety. It was great to have the opportunity to see inside a fire engine and use the fire hose.
Take a look at some of the amazing Moon homework projects!
How can we use the Sun to tell the time?
We have been finding out all about our planet Earth and how our Solar System works. As part of our learning, we have been discovering why we have day and night, and investigating how the movement of Earth affects the angle of the sunlight hitting our planet. As part of the investigation, we had to plan, design and make our own sundials. We were amazed at the speed of Earth's movement, and how quickly the angle of the shadows changed over time.
Children in Need 2017
Here are some of Kingfishers Class' Children in Need T-Shirt designs!
Kingfishers Class had a great afternoon making Christmas Crafts with Parents, Grandparents and families. Everyone was busy making salt dough tree decorations and a reindeer snow scene. Hopefully, they will be decorating your trees at home very soon.
Six fantastic musicians from Kingfishers class have had the opportunity to perform on the clarinet, showing us the skills that have learnt during ten weeks of musicianship lessons. We really enjoyed the concert and hope that they continue to aspire towards improving their musical abilities.