LEGO City Building Competition.

 

On Monday, the Year 5 children competed in a LEGO City Building Competition, as part of their topic: Designing for Life.  There was a real buzz of purposeful creativity in the room, as the children worked brilliantly in teams to create their cities.

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Learning how to create a tower.
Learning how to create a tower.
Learning about simple circuits.
Learning about simple circuits.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities - real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative collaboration.

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Creating our Cities – Road Mapping

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Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Lighting my house – science and DT in action.
Creating our Cities - real real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
White Houses were a popular choice – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – house building.
Creating our Cities - real real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real collaboration.

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Creating our Cities - real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities - real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities - real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities - real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.

There were thoughtfully designed houses and shops, lit from within by some carefully wired lights; some aerial train lines, which grew less precarious as the morning progressed and some artfully designed leisure spaces.  You can see the children enjoying the process here.

Creating our Cities - wiring the house, science and DT in action.
Creating our Cities – wiring the house, science and DT in action.

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Creating our Cities - real creative focus and collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus and collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
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Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
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Who is the expert?

 

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Sophisticated transport network – real creative collaboration.
Train line demonstration - adding power and vehicles.
Train line demonstration – adding power and vehicles.

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Powering our Cities - real creative focus.
Powering our Cities – real creative focus.

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Wiring the train line - real creative focus.
Wiring the train line – real creative focus.

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Creating our Cities - real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities – real creative satisfaction.
Creating our Cities - real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.

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Creating our Cities - real creative focus.
Creating our Cities – real creative focus.
Creating our Cities - real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities – real creative collaboration.
Creating our Cities - real creative reflection.
Creating our Cities – real creative reflection.

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And here are the finished cities!  We would like to thank Derrick Speed for facilitating such an enjoyable, action-packed workshop.  It was great to see the children hard at work, designing for life.

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Creating our Cities - the end result!
Creating our Cities – the end result!

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RE Peace Walk

On Wednesday afternoon the year 5 classes had a peace workshop with Rev Sheridan James. Sheridan told us about lots of ways to feel peaceful or to try and find peace in our daily lives. We had this peace workshop, so that we could get a better understanding of what peace meant for our RE work.

First Sheridan showed us a PowerPoint with lots of pictures of what she thought was peaceful. Then Sheridan told us about her pilgrimage to Iona, which is an island in Scotland where Christianity first began. She chose to do a pilgrimage to Iona, because it’s popular for its singing and Sheridan loves to sing.

A few years ago Sheridan did a 6 day retreat in st Beuno’s in North Wales which is when you stay silent for a whole 6 days! It made her feel peaceful and relaxed. We talked about how everyone around her were doing it for the same reason so they were respectful and stayed silent as well. This meant it was calm and peace

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In R.E year 5 have been learning about peace so the Rev Sheridan James came to our school to educate us about peace. First Sheridan told us about where she finds peace then she asked us where we find peace, I said my garden. Next she sad that churches can be noisy but they can also be very peaceful.

 

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On the 3/2/17 the Reverend Sheridan from St Catherine’s Church came to our school to give us a peace talk. She told us about her silent pilgrimage for 6 days and how she had to be very quiet and not make any noise. If she made a massive commotion in the area, she would trigger other people’s noises and make a problem. We also went on a silent pilgrimage to St Catherine’s Church that is located at the top of Telegraph Hill Park. We all carried one stone each and on the journey, year 5 stopped two times to say a little chant; “Peace within us peace all around us”. We then carried on our journey. When we arrived, we all put down our stones create a lovely Peace Cairn on the steps of the church.

Silent Pilgrimage
Silent Pilgrimage

 

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Peace means when you’re doing something relaxing and being silent and taking in every -thing that’s around you. You find peace in places that are calm and silent it’s not just about finding peace you can also make peace by calming yourself down, maybe spending a little time alone. A women called Sheridan  came into our school and gave us a talk about peace. She told us lots of new and interesting facts about peace.  Sheridan also told us when she went pilgrimage she had six day of silence. Sheridan challenged us to walk up to Telegraph Hill in silence, which is about 15 minutes away from our school.

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Lewisham Junior Orchestra

Is your child aged 9 or above?

Do they play an orchestral brass, percussion, string or woodwind instrument to at least Grade 1 standard? 

On Thursday 16th February (the Thursday of half term), Lewisham Junior Orchestra running a workshop, enabling instrumentalists to play as part of a large orchestra with children form other schools.  The day will culminate with a performance for friends and family.  You can read further information and download an application form from our website, here.  Please apply directly to Lewisham Music Service by Friday 10th February.

 

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Guess the Number of Marbles in a Jar

Don’t forget that you can take part in our final 999 Club fundraiser of the year: Guess the Number of Marbles in a Jar on the playground before school every morning, starting on Tuesday.  Councillors will be by the main gate from 8:30am.  30p per guess.  All proceeds will go to The 999 Club to buy sleeping bags for their Winter Shelter.  Leon, one of our School Councillors tells you more about the event here.

Wick Court Farm Favourites

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Our favourite things about Wick Court Farm.
– Watching triplet lambs being born -Imogen
– Feeding straw to the pigs – Saffi
– Feeding the lambs with a bottle – Nia
– Chasing the pigs into the weighing machine – Rebecca
– Having a rest on the warm smoking pile of woodchip – Tom
– Giving the cows pickled grass – Joshua
– Watching the milking robot – Toby
– Mucking out the stables – Anthony
– Seeing the first lamb triplet being born – Maya
– Seeing the last lamb triplet being born and the ewe surviving – Ivy
– Saving the pig that was running out of the pen – Berry
– Meeting the lambs for the first time – Nina
– Rounding the pigs into the pens cooperatively as a team – Jude
– Seeing a lamb being born – Adair
– Finding out about how a dairy farm works – Andrew
– Feeding all the different animals, chickens, horses, rams, ewes, lambs, ducks and chickens. – Skander
– Feeding the lambs with a bottle – William
– Seeing the new born calf learning to walk – Lee
– Seeing the new born calves and lambs being born – Preston
– Feeding the 24 hour old calf at Oldbury farm – Samuel
– Watching the horses galloping in the field – Annalia
– Using the boards to move Jacky the female pig in with Caspar the male pig for mating – Maia
– Watching the lambs jumping around the pen – Esme
– Stroking the horses – Jason
– Having my boots washed while watching the pigs – Louie
– Eating the delicious food – Noah
– Seeing the lambs being born because I have never seen anything like it before! – Thomas

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Wa.tching lamb triplets being born
Wa.tching lamb triplets being born
Watching lamb triplets being born.
Watching lamb triplets being born.
Weighing the pigs.
Weighing the pigs.
Weighing the pigs.
Weighing the pigs.
Herding the ewes and lambs from one pen to another.
Herding the ewes and lambs from one pen to another.
Herding the ewes and lambs from one pen to another.
Herding the ewes and lambs from one pen to another.

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Cleaning the house
Cleaning the house

Tuesday 17th January

In the morning after breakfast some people cleaned the house while others went out to do farm work.

Group 1

We went to Oldbury Dairy Farm to feed the calves and watch the robot milk the cows. Everything is automatic.

Later we learned about how compost was made and collected compost in wheelbarrows and laid it on the flower beds. It was REALLY hard work!

After lunch we fed the chickens and collected their eggs. We collected 14 eggs.

In the evening we cleared the kitchen, had a shower and relaxed in the parlour.

By Maya and Jason.

Group 2

We went to the barn where the pregnant ewes were and fed them hay. Some ewes had twins and others had triplets! One of the ewes had twins but she preferred one to the other and was only licking one and not the other. The farmer then swapped them in and out of the pen so the mum would like and lick them both. Some children then fed the baby lambs with bottles.

The best thing was that Preston beat Ms Boxall at cards!

By Preston and Nia

Group 3

We cleaned out the stable and gave the horses water, food and wood chippings to sleep on. Wood chippings are better than straw because as horses eat the straw.

We had to open the pig pen and catch the pigs to weigh them. This is necessary to find out how much it weighed before it was sold. They needed to be 80 kg but the heaviest was 67 kg.  Ms Boxall thought it was funny watching the children catching the pigs.

By Jessica and Noah

 

 

Cow 100 with the special hair style!

Cow 100 with the special hair style!

Gardening
Gardening
Muck Spreading
Muck Spreading
Feeding the Light Sussex chickens and collecting eggs.
Feeding the Light Sussex chickens and collecting eggs.

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Guess the Number of Marbles in a Jar

On Tuesday the 24th – Friday 27th January, Edmund Waller children can take part in a Guess the Number of Marbles in a Jar fun morning game.  This is to raise money for The 999 Club who help homeless people that suffer throughout the UK.

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We are here to help the homeless people to not to suffer because of the cold weather during the winter.  By raising money for The 999 Club, we help them buy sleeping bags so their guests don’t need to sleep on the floor on the cold streets or when they visit the night shelter. If you help, then we can help reduce the population of homeless people in the UK, and they can have a proper place to stay.

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The activity will be taking place in the mornings before school 8:40am -8:58am.  It only costs 30p a go to participate in this game that we are running. The activity will take place in front of the main entrance with a few Councillors running the activity every day.

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So far, we have raised about £527 in our fund-raising efforts this year.  Well done, everyone!

Hopefully you will be able to participate and we can raise as much money as possible to help the homeless.

By Leon, School Councillor

Cake Sale and Competition for The 999 Club

Just before Christmas, the children at Edmund Waller participated in a Cake Sale and Competition.  This was a very successful event and was have raised £527.29 so far with our fundraising this year.

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All this money goes to the 999 Club to buy sleeping bags and other equipment to help homeless people. The Cake Competition was very popular and there were two winners: Adaeze (4R) and Grace (1B).

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Well done everyone!

By School Councillors TJ and Miles

Going to the River Thames!

On Friday 9th of December, 5F went to the River Thames.  At first we had to wait until the tide went out.   We went into this room and we had to do a quiz about the River Thames and about the water cycle.

Finally, we got to go onto the beach  (which is actually called the foreshore). We had to go slowly down the steps but once we got down them we found lots and lots of artifacts.

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