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2P 2020-2021

Cherokee Little People

We had a fantastic time making our Cherokee outfits.  The children are so creative!  Here are the things they made using leatherette, feathers, card and anything else they could find.  

  Star & Courtesy awards  

Many congratulations to Lola and William this week for achieving these awards.  Lola is such a wonderful little girl.  She is so kind, thoughtful and helpful.  As Mrs Parkes said she is quiet and unassuming but just the best example of everything you could possibly want in a friend and class mate.  William was awarded his award for being kind and courteous every day.  Well done both of you. 

  Radish and Beetroot sowing

The best thing about this wonderful weather is that we can get outside and work on the allotment.  This week we were looking forward to our autumn crops.  We sowed our beetroot seeds in the plot with the sweetcorn as the sweetcorn need lots of space to grow. It is a perfect plot to add other veg into so we split it in half and as well as the beetroot, we planted some quick growing radish in the hope we may get another crop before we break up for summer.  If not I'm sure the birds will enjoy them.

Garlic Galore

This week on the allotment we have harvested our garlic.  Mrs Parkes (who used to have an allotment herself) said that she thought they were ready and that they needed to be pulled up so we got to work.  The girls helped themselves to gloves and trowels out of our new shed and up they came!  They do smell delicious and are now drying out nicely in school.

Star and Courtesy

Congratulations Leonie on winning the Courtesy award this week for being a wonderful role model.   Myla has made great progress in her writing and has won the Star award for her efforts.  Well done ladies.

Our very first customer!

Look who has come to visit.  We have our very first frog.  The year 1 children were in our allotment bubble at the time so they all came to see him and say hello.

Star and Courtesy award winners

 

Congratulations Theo and Jaime for winning our awards this week.  Theo received his Star award for an amazing story map of Little Red Riding Hood (he looks pleased) and Jaime received her Courtesy award for being a super friend to everyone.  It is also Jaime's birthday today so many happy returns and we all hope you have a fantastic time at your party tomorrow.   

An amazing find!    

A very kind young man in Miss Haygarth's class brought something to show us yesterday.  It was a honeycomb.  The bees had "moved in" to his bird box in his garden and built a beautiful honeycomb.  Now that they have gone, he brought some of what was left to show us.  It was fascinating.  Even though they have moved out, you could still smell honey.

 

Did you know?

 

Honey bees have five eyes and six legs and a fantastic sense of smell!

Frog Pond  

Thank you to Alissa, Lola, Esme and Willow for helping to put together our newest addition to the allotment, a frog pond.  The girls put house bricks in the bottom of the tub and then carefully placed the aquatic plants on the top.  The roots need to be fully under the water.  Then, for safety, they placed logs and other stones in the tub for wildlife to climb on if they should accidentally fall in when having a drink.   It took a long time to fill the tub up.  They did a great job - hope you like it! (Frog collection tomorrow hopefully from Foundation Stage pond). 

Star and Courtesy award winners

Congratulations Maryam and Gabriella for being our winners this week.  We all know that coming back to school after a long absence can be quite daunting but Maryam settled straight back into the swing of things this week.  It was lovely to see her with all her friends who really missed her.  Gabriella is a courtesy award winner this week.  She is such a wonderful friend, kind and caring - what more could you ask for.  Well done ladies.

Fresh air and well being

What a lovely treat.  This week Mrs Parks year 1 class made an impromptu visit to the allotment to look at all the wonderful veg and flowers that have been planted.  The weather was perfect and it was a great opportunity to use the bug jars and magnifying glasses to see which little creatures were calling the allotment home.  The children had a wonderful time.

Plastic recycling

One of the things we are always striving to do in school is re-use our plastic and with this in mind we set about making a wonderful piece of artwork for the allotment.  It started when we needed cloches for our tender vegetables.  We used the top half of 2L bottles of pop which were perfect cloches but that left us with lots of "bottoms".  After some discussion, we decided that an artwork installation would be just the thing to brighten up the playground and re-use our plastic.  We hope you like our beautiful flowers.

Wildflower Meadow

What a difference a few months, some sunshine and warmth makes!  Just look at our meadow.  In autumn last year we threw lots of bee bombs onto a patch of ground we had prepared in the hope we would get lots of flowers and wildlife too.  Well just look at our meadow now!  We have bees buzzing round and when it's quiet, birds and butterflies too.  So far we have identified poppies, cowslips, daisies, buttercups, dandelions, forget-me-nots and borage.

Radish Picking

This week has been a super busy week and as the weather has been kind to us, we have spent as much time in the fresh air as we could.  The radishes were ready to be harvested so we got to it carefully taking them from the ground and putting them in a tub to be washed.  There were a few funny faces when the children tried them but one or two really liked them.  They were quite peppery!

Juicy Tomatoes

A member of our Aldwyn family kindly donated some hanging baskets to the allotment.  We put them to good use planting yellow and red Tumbling Tom tomatoes.  In the hope that the green and black fly would find them more yummy, we also planted Marigolds.  

Star and Courtesy

Many congratulations Kenji and Alissa for winning our star and courtesy awards this week.

   Allotment

This week has been super busy!  Our fabulous gardeners have been planting out all the sunflowers so that they can look after themselves over the two weeks holiday.  We also had a delivery of veggies from the RHS and so have been planting out spinach, leeks, cabbages, turnips and much more.  Our allotment is completely full.  Our final job was to label everything up.

Sports Day

The weather was a bit unpredictable but it couldn't dampen the enthusiasm!  It was a little bit different this year without the parents (we missed you) but we still had a great time.

Today the children have come to school sporting different numbers in support of the NSPCC Number Day.  We had some very creative outfits (fantastic home made calculator Willow) and a rare cricket shirt (thanks Mohammad).  Thank you everyone for supporting this wonderful cause.

Star and Courtesy of the Week

Many congratulations to Willow and Mila who are this week's winners of Star and Courtesy.  Willow for a fantastic effort with her writing and report content and Mila for being an all round good egg.  Well done ladies.

  Allotment Planting 

There's nothing like fresh air and we have certainly had lots of that this week on the allotment.  It felt like sub-zero temperatures too on some days!  Before Easter, the children planted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and a variety of other veg ready for the allotment.  When we came back the pumpkins were ready to be hardened off outside. 

 

This week we planted them out in their forever homes.  It is quite a skill getting large plants out of pots and we had a couple of disasters but on the whole the children did a great job of getting them in the ground.  We also looked at "companion" planting where flowers attractive to white and black fly are planted next to crops in the hope they munch on the flowers and leave our veg alone!  It has been a productive week and we have planted pumpkins, sweetcorn, radish, carrots and our companion flowers.

 

We even recycled plastic bottles to make our own cloches.

Star and Courtesy of the Week 

Congratulations to Sacha and Luca who are this week's Star and Courtesy winners.  Sacha is such a good friend and really welcomed Raph when he arrived at our school from Italy and Luca who has made fantastic progress in his reading.  He has worked so hard and we are very proud of him.  Well done you two.

  Sunflower Class Competition   

We have a little friendly competition going in the KS1 classrooms.  Before Easter the children planted two sunflowers in a pot per table.  They have now started to grow and we are going to measure and keep a record of their progress each Friday.  Well done Yellow 1 and Blue tables who are sharing the lead with 30cms each!

     Star and Courtesy of the Week Award 

Many congratulations to Theo and Esme for gaining these certificates this week.  Theo for being a great friend, kind and caring and Esme for doing a fantastic job in her maths.  Well done you two!

  Beautiful Weather

As the weather has been fabulous for most of this week, it has given us the opportunity to get the sandpit out and do some work on the allotment.  Look at this amazing sandcastle built by the boys!

Better Reading Partnership

Thank you Lola and Gabriella for all your hard work with your reading.  You have come on leaps and bounds and it has been a pleasure to read with you and watch you go from strength to strength.  Keep up the hard work girls!

Star and Courtesy winners

Congratulations Jaime and Ashar.  You are both hard working and wonderfully kind and generous.

Easter Activity Day

We have had a lovely day today making cards, bonnets and easter baskets for treats.  One lucky lady even won the easter hamper - well done Willow!

   Aldwyn's Allotment

The weather has been fantastic for most of this week and so we took the opportunity to clean up the allotment and get some planting done.  As it is still a little chilly to be putting things straight outside, we potted up our sunflowers and pumpkins to start them off in school.  The children did, however, plant potatoes straight into the beds.  We dug up all the weeds and prepared the beds ready for next month.  We even used our very own compost for the first time!

Blue Heart for Rewilding Campaign

Aldwyn has joined a campaign to re-wild some of our playground to encourage bees, butterflies and other creatures to move in.  By making a heart out of recycled blue materials, we are sending a message to our wonderful grass cutting people that they need to leave this patch for the wildlife. 

 

The Blue Campaign was started in response to a report on the State of Nature which highlighted a dramatic decline in biodiversity across the UK.  Why blue you ask?  Well, because it is easy to see!  Why not join us and create a re-wilding patch in your garden.

 Star of the Week award 

Many congratulations to Harriet who achieved our Star of the Week certificate this week for her outstanding efforts in all her lessons.  She is such a shining example to everyone.  Well done Harriet keep up the good work.

Courtesy of the Week award

Congratulations to Raph for winning our Courtesy of the Week award this week.  Raph has recently joined us and has fitted right in!  He is a joy to have in the classroom and the children have welcomed him with open arms.  He is kind and courteous.

     Red Nose Day - Rock Down Relief UK

Three children received their Most Valuable Player certificates today.  Well done!

Great Fire of London

Art Work

In art the children have been recreating scenes from the Great Fire of London.  We learned how to cut a silhouette which is trickier than you might think.  The overall effect was very striking.

        BREAKING NEWS!

Shocking news reported from Aldwyn Primary School today.   A mysterious egg (possibly dinosaur) has been found in the school atrium.  The children have been to investigate and have put their news reader skills to the test to report their findings.  Some of the videos will appear on Tapestry but here are a few pictures to whet your appetite!

News Report

The best thing to do with an interesting discovery is to share it and that is exactly what we are planning to do.  Reports have been written with all the facts that we have so far regarding the discovery of the egg and the bone.  

Today is a very special day as it marks our one year anniversary of lockdown.  The children have arrived at school wearing yellow to mark the occasion and we have chatted about the positive things that they have found during lockdown.  Some children found joy spending more time with family while others enjoyed playing with pets in the garden.  Children were grateful for Christmas presents and lots said that despite being in lockdown they enjoyed their birthdays even though they couldn't share it with friends (well done grown-ups!).  Some children have compiled their very own bucket list of things they are going to do when lockdown is finally over - great idea!

Lets use our Report Hand  

When trying to organise all the things you want to know about something, we find using our Report Hand a really useful tool.  Who?, What?, Where?, When? and Why?  Who laid the egg? What type of creature laid the egg? Where did it come from? When did it come into our school and why Aldwyn?  All very interesting questions and there were lots more too.  The children let their imaginations run wild and we had some fantastic discussions about what type of animal this could be.  A dinosaur perhaps or a lizard. 

  

Congratulations to Alora and Ibrahim who were awarded our Star and Courtesy certificates for much improved handwriting and working really hard in all subjects in class.  Well done you two!  

  

All the children came dressed in something red today to support this fantastic day.  We cannot have our usual cake sale but we can still have a great time.  We have lots of activities in the classroom to keep everyone entertained.  Thank you for your on-line donations.

   What we found 

Everyone was so excited and intrigued by the discovery in the atrium.  So that we remembered every little detail, we wrote down everything we could think off.  There were some great double adjectives describing the egg and the bone we found.  

Who doesn't love a good excuse to share their favourite book!  To make it even more fun, everyone dressed up in either their comfy pyjamas or a costume to match their book.  We had lots of lovely books from Harry Potter and Coraline to Hairy Maclary and Scarface Claw!

 

What is it?

Today we made a very strange discovery in school.  There seems to have been an unscheduled visitor to our atrium and it looks like she had laid an egg!  We went quietly to take a look.

A very warm Aldwyn welcome to Ibrahim and Raph who recently joined our class.  

Yum, Yum, Christmas Dinner!

 

Everyone had a lovely time in the hall pulling Christmas crackers, sticking stickers on their party hats and eating lots of yummy Christmas treats.

The children have all come dressed in their finest Christmas jumpers today ready for Christmas dinner.  Thank you for your kind £1 donations which will go school's PTA for equipment and toys for the children.

  Oh Christmas Tree!

Today the children planted out our real Christmas Tree which was kindly donated to the allotment by Mrs Ahmed. Thank you Mrs Ahmed!

Yule Book Flood - Jolabokaflod

(pronounced yo-la-bok-a-flot)

This year we have decided to do things a little differently!  We are joining in with the Icelandic tradition of choosing then wrapping our own books to be opened and enjoyed on Christmas Eve.  

Star and Courtesy of the Week

 

Congratulations to Sacha and Alora this week for achieving these awards respectively.  Sacha has blown us away with her amazing phonics knowledge this week and has been awarded Star and Alora has received our Courtesy award for being an all round good egg!  Well done ladies.

Santa Dash!

 

The weather was horrid but spirits were high as we went to do our Santa Dash around the juniors playground.  Everyone had their festive head gear on and looked amazing.

Craft Activity Day

 

Today we had craft activity day.  This is always such a treat.  The children can sit with their friends and chat and make lovely Christmas crafts together.  Mrs Parkes put Christmas music on and we chatted and laughed and got creative.  We made elves, angels, salt dough tree decorations, Christmas trees, candy canes and glittery pine cones.  It was a really lovely day.

It's snowing!!!

 

We couldn't resist a quick run around in the snow.  Everyone was trying to catch snowflakes on their tongues.

Courtesy of the Week award

 

Congratulations Myla on getting this award this week.  You are always kind and helpful and look after everyone when they need a good friend.

Star of the Week award

 

Congratulations Mingchak.  Your letter to Father Christmas was wonderful.

 

Welcome Ibrahim!  Ibrahim is new to Year 2 and Mrs Parkes's class.  The children have been wonderful in making him feel at home and like a part of the class. 

Thank you everyone for being so kind.

Star and Courtesy of the Week

Congratulations to Zach and Amber for receiving these awards this week, well done.

  Star and Courtesy of the Week

Congratulations to our wonderful winners this week.  Kenji is such a kind and caring friend and Zach is our Star for being "simply perfect!"  Well done boys.

Anti-Bullying Week

Today some of the children came into school wearing odd socks in support of Anti-Bullying Week.  We will be reading stories and discussing how to celebrate being unique!  The Aldwyn family embraces everyone and this week we will be exploring what makes us different and how that is something to be proud of.   

 

Here are some of our Pudsey/Blush creations and a fabulous lego creation from Kenji (we think he is a designer of the future).

  Children in Need   

 

We have had such an exciting start to the morning!  Today the children had the opportunity to dress up in their own clothes and make a donation on line to Children in Need.  We put Joe Wicks on the big whiteboard and got super sporty copying his moves in the classroom.  This afternoon we will be making Pudsey and Blush masks, colouring and making split pin Pudsey too.  Thank you to all our grown ups for your support.