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!
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.
We're up for this reading challenge
We are taking part in the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge – a global reading initiative from education charity Achievement for All. Beginning on World Book Day (Thursday 7th March 2019) children and young people from around the world will try to read for 200 million minutes collectively!
According to JK Rowling, "if you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book". Do take a look at our English page for tips on getting the most from your reading, and many suggestions for things to read.
Saltford children have received a special 200 Million Minutes bookmark for recording daily how many minutes they are spending reading. There are prizes for those settings reading the most, so every minute counts!
Miss Davis will collate the school's running total every week. We will be collecting minutes up until 1st April, so let's rise to the challenge!
Online and offline focus on computing
The week of 11th March is our "Computing Matters" week in Saltford. In our "matters" weeks, we take a specific subject and raise its profile throughout the week, particularly in relation to the other subjects we are covering.
There will be many different activities in the classrooms, with and without computers. We are planning some engaging "unplugged" activities that demonstrate computing concepts such as programming and algorithms.
We are lucky enough to have a Lego robotics workshop for all of KS1 on the Friday where they will learn by making and programming a Lego vehicle.
At the end of March KS2 will be participating in a "Robot Wars" workshop, also making and programming their own robots ready for a grand inter-class battle!
We'll post some news and pictures as the week progresses.
Our next focus will be a health and well-being fortnight starting the week beginning the 3rd June.
Key Stage 1 had an amazing time at their Lego robotics workshops on Friday. They built a mini robot out of Lego and created algorithms to make it spin, play music and speak. This was such a great opportunity to practise both programing and creative skills.