Let battle commence!
As part of our "computing matters" week, we had some amazing robot wars workshops for Key Stage 2.
Each class worked in small groups to design and make their own robot, with a battery pack and radio. The groups had to create and put together their own wheels and strong frame and then battle could commence! Class RJ were thrilled to watch Mega Monster take on Shell Crusher, and Shellreaper battle Lightening Bolt.
Here are a few thoughts on the workshops from the children who took part:
Poppy liked how she had to work out the control panel for herself. She said "my favourite part was designing the robot. It was challenging but it was fun!"
Molly most enjoyed doing the controlling of the robot; "it was difficult but really fun".
Pippa liked the competitive element and that it was a bit different from normal school days. She also "liked finding out how engines run".
Ella thought the workshop had "helped me understand how to program a robot and use the controls. I also liked designing and making".
See our "computing matters" week news item for details and pictures of other activities in this special theme week. Our next focus will be a health and well-being fortnight starting the week beginning the 3rd June.
Symphonic orchestral experience on a Friday afternoon
Last Friday, a group of 30 KS2 children were fortunate to go to the Forum in Bath for a classical concert with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The program of music was based around the theme of ‘Celebration’ as it was 125 years since the formation of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The concert featured superb pieces from some of the world’s best classical composers, such as the ‘Festive Overture’ by Shostakovich, Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy,’ and Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Dances Finale’ and ‘Candide Overture.’
James Redwood, a musical director and composer who presented the concert, led the children in some body percussion and Makaton which meant the children were involved in some of the pieces during the performance. It was an enriching experience, and great for the children to see and hear a live symphonic orchestra playing both original and classical pieces. It was a lovely way to round off a Friday afternoon!
Congratulations to Emma and Eryn
We are very proud of Emma and Eryn from class NJ who achieved 2nd place in the Dream Legacy cheer and dance competition at NIA Birmingham on Sunday. They are both members of Phoenix Allstars cheerleaders.
As a Church school, our celebration of the major Christian festivals is an important part of our community life. Therefore we would like as many children as possible to make an Easter garden to display at our Easter service on Friday 5th April.
Children can use a plastic tray or dish, seed tray etc. to make it in. Soil, card, paper, sand can all be used for the base of the garden. They can be as creative as they like. There needs to be a little hill with three crosses, a cave beneath for the tomb and something to represent the stone that was rolled away. The gardens can be brought to school from Wednesday 3rd April and put in the hall. Please ensure the garden is named, and remember to take the garden home after school on the last day of term.
The display of these Easter gardens at the front of the hall helps the children to focus on the story of Jesus' crucifixion and Resurrection.
Improving the school environment for everyone
Green Team have had a busy start to the year. They brainstormed a list of ideas covering 10 environmental topics, coming up with ideas of how they could help Saltford School to become more green!
The KS2 Green Team have monitored energy use and class temperatures over a week and then fed back the results to Mrs Sage. They are aiming to write a report for the children and staff to share their ideas of how we can save energy.
The KS1 Green Team members have put potatoes from the ‘potato project’ out for ‘chitting’ and will be planting those shortly. We aim to grow these and then cook them in school.
Last Friday the KS2 Green Team went on a litter pick in the local area. They were amazed by the amount of litter that we collected and one lucky litter picker even found £1!
Many thanks to Mrs Sampson for supplying us with litter pickers, gloves and bags.
The Green Team have also been supporting Mr Jenkins with the management of the Secret Garden by weeding, planting bulbs with Mrs Butler and spreading bark on the paths. We would like to thank Mrs Hodgson who regularly weeds this garden.
The children are also designing a bug house for a competition run by the Keynsham Rotary Club. We look for to seeing their designs soon.
Our future projects are going to include ‘Eco bricks’: if anyone has any 500ml Evian bottles please bring them into school for us to fill and turn into little stools. We will also be think about reducing our use of single use plastics. We are looking forward to sharing our hard work in an assembly soon.
We are also grateful if anyone who has any expertise in this area would be prepared to share it with us, particularly with regards to our future projects or our garden.