A huge thanks to PC Sweeney and Sergeant Phillips for joining us on Monday. It was very interesting to hear about their careers and what inspired them to join the service. We spent some time talking about aircraft from the past and present. Sergeant Phillips recommended the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford. With free admission it is the perfect opportunity to see some of our iconic planes.
We have started this half term with a 2 week topic linked to Remembrance Day. In Holt class we linked this to Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British Army. The children have thoroughly enjoyed being inquisitive learners asking purposeful questions and wanting to expand their knowledge. This continued to home with children asking questions about relatives that experienced or served in the war.
Great work writing fact files, discussing feelings, designing medals and stained glass windows. Excellent work.
After spending time discussing our school and village the children decided that it could be improved by adding a restaurant, swimming pool or a zoo. After much consideration the children decided that a swimming pool would be the most suitable.
The benefits being:
Health- we would all become great swimmers and be very fit after a morning swim.
Safety- we would all be aware of the dangers of water and be able to swim to a good standard.
Environmental- currently we use a coach to get to the swimming pool and with no travel needed we would not be polluting the air around us.
Finance- we could allow members of the community and other schools use of the pool for a small fee therefore raising school funds.
Holt class were very excited and quickly got to work writing persuasive letters to Mr Irving noting all the benefits of having a swimming pool onsite.
It was not until we looked at the grounds that the children realised the consequences of building a swimming pool.
Our green space would have to go, with that the chickens and the pond as well as our garden.
The roads around school could get busy with traffic and may have to be altered to accommodate the traffic.
With more traffic and heating in the pool pollution would most certainly increase and the cows would not be able to feed in the field.
But most worrying, our little friendly, caring school would change.
After all we said describing our school and village would we want it to change?
It did not take long to realise this was not what we wanted and quickly stopped our letters getting to Mr Irving.
What a dilemma!
A great couple of days work with some lovely discussions, Swimming pool designs and letters.
This week we watched extracts from the film The BFG. We used these to help us generate words to describe characters and setting. The children though of their own dreams and what they would be. We listed ingredients before creating our own dream jar.
We have been spending some time thinking about what makes our school so special. We looked around our school and thought of different words to describe it. This is what the children had to say.
'It is the best school in the world because we have chickens. We are eco too because we don't like plastic in the ocean'. Willow.
'Beoley First School is an amazing place because we have a great garden and a weather station'. Tillie-Mae.
'I like to play on the slide, we have lots of fun playing'. Dylan.
'Our school is amazing because we have a pond with newts, dragonflies, tadpoles and pond snails'. Billy.
'The stage is so big we have a climbing frame on it'. Coral.
'You will get to make lots of friends and be put in classes'. Oliver H.
'People are kind and creative, helpful and happy'. James.
'We have chickens and they have yummy eggs. The children look after the chickens'. Scott.
'We have a garden with flowers and plants in the flower beds'. Jonathon.
'We like Beoley First School because we have kind teachers'. Wesley.
'I love my friends, we play in the playground'. Ayla.
'I love the playground, it is big'. Brooke.
'We have lots of teachers, they make us do lots of hard work but we have lots of fun'. Kaitlyn.
'Beoley First School is amazing, we have fun and games and have lots to do'. Susie.
'We do lots of PE, we have a shed with lots of footballs inside'. Sonney- Jae
'We have a cool classroom but we play and learn lots'. Harrison.
'Our school is so special because we have a lovely garden that has vegetables and bees' Florence.
'Beoley First School is fun because the teachers are funny'. Amelia.
'There are lots of flowers and lots of trees at our school'. Oliver P.
'In the winter we drink hot chocolate and soup at the fire pit'. Evie D.
' We have lots of lovely flowers and trees'. Delilah.
'Beoley First School is fabulous!'. Mason.
'Our classroom is a happy place'. Lucie.
'We have a garden where we grow vegetables to make us big and strong' Alex.
Mrs Taylor has begun our topic on 'Bodies'. We have discussed the different body parts before we focus on the skeleton and muscles.
The children had great fun finding out about our heart beat and breathing before, during and after activities. Children designed and recorded response which we will analyse in maths.
Mrs Halliwell shared her favourite book, The Twits by Roald Dahl. The story is very entertaining and has encouraged us to develop our vocabulary and create some fantastic character descriptions. We enjoyed watching a clip of the story online.
We have had a great start to the new academic year, talking to old friends and making new ones. Our class environment had changed and we will continue to make it ours over the next few weeks.