Our School Council’s initiative this term was to adopt one of the WWT otters.
After some fundraising, we raised enough money to pay for one year’s adoption.
Last week, the School Council members went to the WWT to test out some brand new educational resources and at the same time, purchased the adoption pack. They were very excited – especially about the cuddly otter toy we got as well – another welcome addition to our school!
As a school, we feel really supported by the WWT who are always very generous when we visit them for class trips. The school council felt that we ought to ‘pay it forward’ and support our local environment by adopting one of their many animals. The whole school are interested in adopting a bird from the WWT in the new year, so fundraising will no doubt begin again – but this time with a brand new school council.
Last Monday, we took a trip to the WWT. The focus of the trip was ‘Animals and their habitats’. We started the day by watching a video in the cinema which was about the past year and everything that has been happening in the centre. Then, we were set a task to label the different parts of the wetland environment on an aerial map- including reed beds, marsh lands and lakes. After that, we had the chance to go up the stair tower and look at the different areas of the wetlands for ourselves. There were lots of steps (around 75!) but it was well worth the climb.
We then had the opportunity to feed some of the birds and we looked at different feeding techniques. The highlight of the day for many was watching the 3 resident otters get fed- lots of the children had interesting questions and ideas about how the otters have adapted to their environment.
After lunch, the children had a project to think about how mammals live in a wetland. We focused on a beaver. An interesting fact we discovered was that beavers are born with orange teeth- the orange is a thick layer of enamel which means that they can gnaw on wood.
As a special treat the children were able to do some amphibian handling, which everyone enjoyed (after some reluctance by a few of us!) We all agreed that it was a fantastic day!
Last Monday our Year 5 and 6 children took part in an amazing STEM Challenge.
The challenge was set by Gloucestershire Stemworks to design and build a piece of multi-use play equipment for a children’s playground.
Our children worked in pairs or threes to put their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills to the challenge. We were incredibly impressed with their fantastic teamwork, innovative ideas and creativity, thinking skills and sturdy models!
Well done to Riley and Dan who will represent our school in April 2018 in the final of the Knex Challenge!
Many of our children now own a smartphone but are they fully aware of how to keep themselves safe from a whole number of online problems?
The following information in the link below aims to help you and your family be more savvy phone users. It talks about real CURRENT issues that crop up everyday in society – such as using ‘messenger’ apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Kik. It also touches areas such a cyberbullying, buying things online, sharing personal information as well as the dangers of sexting.
I am sure that for most parents, these issues seem like they belong in secondary school settings, but sadly these are real problems happening right now in primary schools across the country. With more access to the online world and the increases in peer pressure, we really need to help our children find their way through the online world. Please help them not to get lost!
Click on the handy links below to find out more information about staying safe online.
BE SMART ABOUT SMARTPHONES
TACKLING ONLINE PRESSURES