Its 10.15pm as I write this and most of the bedrooms are quiet - thought not all! We had a great afternoon, despite the rain, with groups taking pare in aeroball, trapeze and raft-building.
We enjoyed a huge evening meal then a rowdy disco to tire us out (hopefully!) before bedtime.
The children have been amazing so far, supportive of one another and displaying the usual Gold Newlands standard of behaviour.
Further updates to follow (the WiFi seems unreliable so photos might have to wait until we get home) - watch this space!
Mrs Lowe's Diary - Day 2
Day 2 was more jam-packed than we could possibly have imagined! After a huge breakfast - some children packed away cereal, fruit, toast, yoghurt AND a full cooked breakfast - we started the day's activities.
These included climbing, archery, quad-biking and a rope obstacle course. The rain barely let up all day but that didn't dampen our enthusiasm or enjoyment. Our evening activity was a raucous campfire with lots of silly songs - though by then we had some very tired faces! The children were more than ready for bed by 9pm and all was silent - apart from some gentle snoring! - before 10pm.
Looking round the rooms, the packing is going to take some doing tomorrow before we leave - what a mess!
Bubbles Celebration Event
Music Concert 29th March 2019
Birds of Prey Visit
On Friday 29th March, we were joined by some wonderful Birds of Prey and their handler Dave. Children were able to meet a White-faced Owl, a Harris Hawk, a Bald Eagle and a Barn Owl. Highlights included watching the birds feed, and experiencing them flying over our heads! Everyone learnt lots about these fabulous birds and how they are adapted to their role as a predator.
Tropical Birdland Visit 21st March 2019
Storyteller Alec Williams visit
Linked to our World Book Day celebrations, we were pleased to be visited by storyteller Alec Williams on Friday 8th March. He shared a range of stories, riddles and poems with us - including a rather scary ghost story that had us jumping and laughing in equal measure!
World Book Day 2019
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March, we enjoyed coming to school dressed as a book character linked to the theme 'Fairytales and Villains'. Children took part in a range of activities related to books and stories, and were given a free book as well as their £1 book token.
Predator! Launch - Animal Experience
To launch our new topic, Predator!, we were visited by animals from Lion Learner. Children got to look and and hold a number of animals, including rabbits, a blue-tongued skink, a crested gecko, hissing cockroaches, a cornsnake, and even a tarantula! Many children were very brave in handling the animals, in some cases conquering fears. They also learnt a lot about each animal, where it lives, what it eats and how it stays safe. A super start to the topic!
As a part of our Potions topic, we have been thinking about solids, liquids and gases. We focused in on liquids this week, and thought about a special property they have called viscosity. We tested the viscosity of different liquids by seeing which would flow the fastest down a ramp. We had great fun watching the 'race' and cheering for the liquid we predicted would be fastest!
We were lucky to be joined by two skipping experts, who taught us how to skip in different ways. Lots of fun was had trying out the big skipping rope too!
Just before Christmas, we were treated to some fabulous festive music from our musicians - everyone got in the Christmas spirit, singing along to our favourite songs. Well done to all of the children, for being brave and performing in front of the whole school!
End of Unit celebration - Pizza Making!
For our end of unit celebration, we combined our topic on food with our English work on recipes. We followed recipes to create pitta bread pizzas, with the help of our family.
To end an exciting week, Friday 14th September was our Chocolate day. We were joined by Carl from the Ministry of Chocolate, who shared all of his knowledge and skills to help us become Level 10 chocolatologists! We learnt all about where chocolate comes from, how it is made, which ingredients are healthy and which are not, and the history of chocolate. We also become chocolate tasters, using our 5 senses to describe a piece of chocolate, before taking part in 'The Great British Choc Off', designing and making our own chocolate treat. We had a super time!
Roald Dahl Day 2018
We had a great day on Thursday 13th September, celebrating Roald Dahl day. Children came dressed as their favourite characters, and spent the day taking part in Roald Dahl themed activities, as part of our topic Scrumdiddlyumptious. One of our highlights of the day was taking part in a Virtually Live Draw-along with Quentin Blake.
Some of our highlights from 2017-2018...
Musicians - end of term concert
Traders and Raiders
Blue Abyss end of unit celebration - Art Attack!
To round off our Blue Abyss topic, we were joined by parents and carers to create some super artwork. Each child created a sea creature by wrapping string and tin foil around a cardboard shape, then carefully adding a colourful design using felt tip pens. We then created an underwater scene on the playground, with all of the sea creatures coming together to form a piece of giant underwater art.
Sealife Centre Trip
As part of our topic Blue Abyss, we recently enjoyed a trip to the Sealife Centre in Birmingham. We had a fabulous time discovering fascinating creatures from across the world, having a special Behind the Scenes tour, watching a film in the 4D cinema, and walking through an amazing 360 degree tunnel.
On Thursday 22nd March, those children who have been working hard learning an instrument gave their first performance to parents. They all did a fabulous job, overcoming nerves to give an impressive performance. Well done!
Korky Paul visit
On Tuesday 20th March we were lucky to be visited by illustrator Korky Paul. He talked to us about his work creating illustrations, and showed how to use your imagination to create interesting characters. We were then entertained by a story all about golden underpants!
Lower Junior 500 word winners!
Congratulations to our three winners of our Lower Junior 500 word competition. Lots of children took on the challenge to write an exciting story in 500 words or less, and we had a difficult decision choosing the best from each class.
Tremors end of unit celebration
To conclude our unit 'Tremors', we had a celebration event involving all three classes. We began with an inter-class quiz with questions all about mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, fossils and Mary Anning. We then became paleontologists, carefully extracting dinosuars and mystery objects from frozen jelly, just like scientists would chip rock away from fossils. We have very much enjoyed this topic, and lots has been learnt.
On Thursday 13th March we celebrated Science Day. We learnt a little about some famous scientists, and explored some of the different branches of science through practical investigations. We tested out our ideas about floating and sinking, watched how coloured sweets can be used to create a rainbow, and had a tower building competition. A great time was had by all!
World Book Day - Thursday 1st March 2018
On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day. Each class was given a mystery bag containing exciting objects to write a story about. In a few weeks we will be visited by a famous illustrator who will help us add pictures to our story. We had a great time dressing up as Mr Men and Little Miss characters, and we enjoyed sharing stories with our parents and siblings.
Massed Choir at De Montfort Hall
In December, a group of children from years 4, 5 and 6 took part in a Massed Choir at De Montfort Hall. The children had spent several weeks learning songs at our after school choir, ready for the event. The children were fantastic, and a credit to Newlands.
Tremors Topic Launch
End of Unit Celebration - Burbs, Bottoms and Bile
We had a great time this Friday, with our end of unit celebration activities. We considered whether baked beans really do make you gassy, made a model of the digestive system, and investigated what it feels like to burp with the help of some fizzy water!
No Pen's Day - Miss Norris' Class
On Friday 6th October, we celebrated No Pen's Day, with each class involved in different practical activities. In Year 3, we enjoyed practical maths sorting, Autumn Yoga, and a collage activity linked to our P4C story 'The Rainbow Fish'.
Burps, Bottoms and Bile Launch Day
To launch our topic we enjoyed some hands on activities, looking at and holding animal organs. First, we thought about what organs we could see on a human model. We then got to handle heart, kidney, liver, stomach lining and bone marrow.
Some of our highlights from 2016-17...
On Tuesday 20th June, 12 children from Lower Juniors visited Fenn Lane Farm. They had a fantastic time taking part in activities which all linked to Greek gods and goddesses.
Outdoor Learning Day
We had a lovely end to the half term, taking part in Outdoor Learning Day. The whole school spent the afternoon outside taking part in activities alongside parents and carers. We had a great time completing a city landmark treasure hunt and creating some colourful street art. Everyone had a very enjoyable time, despite the hot weather!
Predator! End of Unit Celebration - Birds of Prey visit
On Friday 28th April, we were joined by some fabulous Birds of Prey from Hawkwise Falconry. We learnt lots and lots about each of the birds, and even got to hold some of them! Thank you to all the parents and family members who joined us for this exciting event.
Easter Bonnet Challenge
Premiership trophy comes to Newlands!
World Book Day - Thursday 2nd March
Lower Juniors had a very exciting World Book Day. As well as being dressed in stripes, the whole school was joined by poet David Harmer, who shared some of his very funny poems, and joined each of our classes to write a poem together. We also spent time thinking about our favourite stories, completing activities such as designing new book covers and creating a chair for a book character. Every child also received a book to take home.
Authors Aloud Workshop - Making pop-ups with Paul Stickland
On Friday 24th February, we were lucky to be joined by author and illustrator Paul Stickland. We had a fabulous time hearing his stories and learning how Paul creates his illustrations and pop-up mechanisms. Everyone then had the opportunity to create their own monster pop-up. We were certainly inspired by what we saw, and learnt lots too!
Predator! Launch - Monday 20th February
To launch our new topic, Predator!, we were joined be an expert from Lion Learners. Children were able to handle a wide variety of predators and prey, including rabbits, hissing cockroaches, a corn snake and even a tarantula! Many children were very brave, and were proud of themselves for holding each of the creatures. We also learned a lot about where each animal lives, what it eats and how it protects itself.
End of Unit celebration with parents - Wednesday 8th February
A big thank you to all the parents and family that joined us for our end of unit celebration making bubbles. We had a marvellous time creating our own bubble wands and testing them together.
Bubble Pop Workshops - Monday 6th February
As part of our end of unit celebrations, we were joined by Malcolm from BubblePop. We had a fabulous time exploring bubbles, and learnt lots too! Just some of the highlights were: seeing a rocket bubble set alight, standing inside giant bubbles, shooting at bubbles on teachers' heads and making our own huge bubbles outside!
Our Reading Buddies scheme links children in Years 3 and 5, and runs before school in the Learning Hub. Our older children share books with the younger children, passing on a love of reading, and allowing the younger children to enjoy hearing a variety of stories. If you would like to find out more, speak to Mrs Kennedy.
Bauble Decorating - Friday 2nd December
On Friday 2nd December we enjoyed having the chance to decorate our own ceramic bauble. The children worked hard and showed lots of concentration to produce some fabulous creations. Baubles will be available to buy after school from Monday 5th December, along with a gift box.
Topic Launch - Potions
On Monday 7th November, we launched our new topic, Potions, by taking part in lots of exciting activities. We tested marbling inks to create our own paper, drew secret messages using invisible ink, and explored ‘magic milk’. We finished the afternoon by watching Miss Norris create ‘Elephant Toothpaste!’ Everyone had a fantastic time and we can’t wait to continue our topic lessons this week.
Scrumdiddlyumptious end of unit celebration - Pizza making!
On Friday 28th October, we celebrated the end of our Scrumdiddlyumptious unit by inviting parents and carers into school to help us make pizzas. Children shared their thoughts on the topic and what they have enjoyed, and then children and adults worked together following the recipe to create their pizzas. A big thank you to all of the parents and carers who joined us – we were delighted to see the hall so full! J
Roald Dahl Day
On Tuesday 13th September, we celebrated Roald Dahl day. Everyone came dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character, and classes completed special activities. Some of our highlights were a P4C session thinking about the BFG's dream jar, and drawing along with the Puffin Virtually Live event.
Scrumdiddlyumptious Topic Launch!
Lower Juniors enjoyed a fabulous launch day for our first topic this year, Scrumdiddlyumptious. We were visited by the 'Ministry of Chocolate', and had a fantastic time learning all about chocolate. We began by thinking about where chocolate comes from, how cocoa beans are grown and harvested, the history of chocolate and its link to the Mayas and Aztecs, and the importance of Fairtrade. We then tested chocolate using our 5 senses, before becoming designers and creating our own chocolate products.