Friday, 13 July 2018

Igniting Aspirations in Miro Class!

What a fantastic week we have had in Miro learning about lots of different jobs that our parents do. Thank you so much to all the parents who have given up their time to visit us and share their talents! The week really has been wonderful thanks to all of your efforts.

Tom and Will's dad talked to us about his work as a designer. We loved using the Wacom to draw on the interactive whiteboard! 

Elsbeth's mum talked to us about her work as a computer programmer. We enjoyed role playing a shopping trip to understand how much we rely on computers.

Milo's dad spoke to us about his work as a musician. He even helped us to record our own 'We are Miro Class' song! 

Nathaniel's mum talked to us about her work as a gardener. We really enjoyed looking at the tools and equipment and making our own bird feeders.

Nathaniel's dad spoke about his work as a lawyer. We enjoyed talking about what laws we have and why we need laws. He showed us some amazing pens and even gave us some to try out!

 Kasjan's dad talked about his work as a taxi driver. We had so many questions for him! The children loved hearing about the interesting people he has met.

Emilie's mum also came to speak to us about her work as a scientist studying parasites. We were fascinated by a video of lots of parasites moving around!

Thank you again to all the parents who supported the week. The children have truly been inspired!

Igniting Aspirations in healthcare

Thank you to Ms Haylett who gave us a fantastic insight into the world of nursing and healthcare. We were shocked to learn that there is a national shortage of nurses because we all felt truly inspired to pursue a career in healthcare. We also enjoyed sharing our own hospital stories!

Meeting a Research Scientist: Reception

To celebrate the end of Aspirations Week, Reception were visited by a Research Scientist! Zak's Mummy brought in lots of different things from her lab for us to have a look at.

We learnt that Biologists have to make sure that they are protecting their bodies before conducting any experiments. To do this, they need to wear protective goggles, gloves and a lab coat. Experiments are carried out to find out ways in which we can make the world better, like curing diseases. 

 Once we had learnt a little bit about being a Scientist and conducting research safely, the children were invited to look at a lot of different things using microscopes, including frogs, butterflies, bees and even wool and sugar. One vial that the children inspected very closely was full of flies! Zak's Mummy works closely with flies because their brains are very similar to human brains (although they are quite different in size)!

The children later were overheard speaking about wanting to be a scientist when they grow up during their choosing time. Thank you to Zak's Mummy for inspiring Reception to be Agent Inquirers!

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Year 3 Journey Down the Nile Parent Afternoon

Thank you to all the parents, family and friends of Year 3 pupils who showed their support by attending our afternoon of Ancient Egyptian learning on Wednesday 11th July.

The afternoon was a huge success with enthusiastic and proud children taking the lead to show their family and friends everything they have learnt this term and talking clearly and eloquently about their favourite lessons and why these were their favourite.

You should be very proud of yourselves Year 3 because we are!

Warhol Castle Job Interviews

This week, as part of 'igniting aspirations', the children have been learning about what happens we you apply for a job. First they looked at job adverts for jobs at 'Windhill Castle' and decided on which one to apply for based on their personality traits. Next they wrote job applications for their chosen job. Lastly they prepared and held interviews for each job. Our panel of interviewers did a fantastic job and were very professional. The lord of the castle was so pleased with all the interviewees that they all got the job! Congratlations!

Year 2 Igniting Aspirations

We have had such an exciting week already. We have had a visit from a paramedic, a visit from a royal guard who has guarded Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. We have even presented ourselves, talking about what we aspire to be when we are older.

Igniting Aspirations in Year 4

What an amazing time in Year 4 this afternoon!  Thanks to two first class pioneers in their fields, we learnt all about the contrasting worlds of fashion and female fighter pilots! Despite echoing from completely different spheres, the messages were consistent.... follow your dreams and persevere to achieve your dreams. Never give up and always believe in yourself! If you can dream it, you can do it!

Automotive engineers for a day!

In year 4 we were very lucky to learn about engineering and, in particular automotive engineering, from a parent who works for the Ford Motor Company.  After learning about the modifications that engineers make to cars to protect passengers in the event of a crash, he then challenged us to create a model car that would protect an egg in the event of a crash.  We had an egg-cellent time and only two eggs got damaged during the event.  Most importantly, many children were inspired to think about engineering as a career option.

Book launch - a tremendous success!

One of this year's highlights was the Waterstones book launch in Year 4.  What an amazing way to learn about the role of an author and be inspired to write.

Using the words of Mrs Wilmot, it was an absolute pleasure and honour to take the children to Waterstones and watch them proudly and so valiantly deliver their non-chronological reports on fictional dragons to their peers, parents and teachers.  We were blown away not just by the bravery it took to stand up and talk, but also by such imaginative and creative writing. The children really rose to the occasion and did Windhill21 extremely proud with their exemplary behaviour too.  A real ‘lump in the throat’ moment for everyone. Well done Year 4.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Moore on Moore

Today, Moore class went to the house and gardens of Henry Moore (the local sculpture / artist after which their class is named).  Much fun was had by all, especially in learning how to explore art and the natural world.  We were intrigued by the fact that every sculpture reflected by human forms and landscapes and couldn't wait to pose as reclining figures on the lawn!   Thank you so much to all the parent helpers for making this all possible!

World Cup Fever!

Year 1 have been getting in the zone for tonight's semi-final!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Fashion Designer!

In Reception we met a very inspirational Fashion Designer!

Frankie Karacochi came into Reception to talk to us about how he became a Fashion Designer. First he explained why we need clothes and asked the children some questions about what clothes are made of and where the materials came from.

Next Frankie explained that he wanted to be a designer because he loved to draw! He told us he wasn't a very good drawer but he was Agent Perseverance and kept on trying!
Frankie said that he started by designing a T-Shirt with 2 of his friends and after that became popular he designed another, the two T-shirts were sold in many sports shops.

Frankie showed us his designs and explained how he didn't just settle with the first drawing, he tried and tried again until he found the best!

After showing us his designs, Frankie showed us some of the hats he designed, we all had a chance to try them on and talked about the fabrics they were made of.

He also showed us his t-shirts and jumpers he made and how he started with one design and added on a logo to his design to make it even better.

After this the children started to design their own hats to show Frankie! They can't wait to see what he thinks!

Thank you so much to Frankie for coming into Reception to talk to us today.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Working for an Airline

As part of Aspirations Week, today Marta visited us to talk about her job working for an airline. We loved looking at the boarding passes, tickets and luggage labels and hearing about what it is like to work at the airport!

Volunteering for a Sling Library

As part of Aspirations Week, today Hayley visited us to talk about her work as a volunteer for the Sling Library. We loved trying on the slings and testing them with teddies and dolls!