Monday, 30 April 2018

Now where did I leave my hammer?

Getting into role as Thor, we interviewed each other to explain exactly what we were doing when we realised the hammer had vanished (using prepositional phrases of course!) We never realised that Thor could play tennis or do karaoke before!

Cake Sale Fundraising for Redwing Charity

Several children from Banksy class held their own cake sale in order to raise money for a cause close to their heart ' Redwing' who rescue abandoned, mistreated and neglected horses and donkeys from across the UK, giving them a safe place to live and providing essential veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and lifelong care.

Between them, they planned the fundraiser and visited all classes to inform them of the event and handed out their own made posters. The turn out was fantastic with many children around the school supporting them by bringing their own baked cakes.

It was a showing of great thought and consideration by the children to pull off the event and once again showed what Windhill21 is all about. The children raised over £100!!

Year 5/6 Cup Final Vs Howe Green

K.A.S Gold League (Final)
Howegreen 0 - 0 Windhill21
(Howegreen win 5-4 on penalties)
Both teams did extremely well in their respective semi-finals- beating last year's champions 'Little Hallingbury and former 2 time champions 'Manor Fields'.
It was a game of few chances with Howegreen coming close either side of half time.
Windhill21 broke away on the counter a couple of times and nearly got in behind Howegreen's defence, only for some last ditch defending from the central defenders.
It was unfortunate that the game had to end with penalties and ultimately a decisive missed penalty from Windhill21 meant that Howegreen were crowned champions of the K.A.S Gold League 2018.

It has been a fantastic season for all players at Windhill21 and the children have developed greatly through the experiences.

Angles Galore

In maths, we have been learning about the different types of angles and how to use a protractor to measure them accurately. We found lots of angles on our tables that we had to estimate and then measure.
We then drew around the tape to make 3,5,6 and 7 sided shapes to investigate the sum of all angles in these shapes.

Highwayman Performance Poetry

We have been learning the haunting tale of 'The Highwayman'. We have been introduced to a wide range of vocabulary that the author uses to create a sense of atmosphere.
In groups, we were given a section of the text and several instruments. We discussed how we could best represent the words using sounds. We then performed to the rest of the class alongside a reading of the text. Each group had a completely different interpretation of the poem.

Explanation text recital

Today we have been learning our explanation text. Here's how we have been getting on:

Done Class explanation text freeze frame

Done Class have had a lot of fun creating freeze frame scenes for our new class text. We have been learning all about explanation texts. Our explanation is about: Why snakes were important to the ancient Egyptians.

The very hungry caterpillars

The very tiny and hungry caterpillars have been gorging themselves over the last week and have nearly quadrupled in size!  Soon they will be getting ready to spin their cocoons for a little sleep!

First Forest School session

Last Monday was Nursery's first forest school session of the year! The children climbed trees, hunted for mini-beasts and had lots of fun exploring the forest school.

Caterpillar Diary

Day 11

Phew, we haven't missed their transformation over the weekend! Though it looks like one of our caterpillars is ready to make their cocoon! We must be very careful not to knock the pot during this time so as not to disturb the caterpillars who are hard at work.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Caterpillar Diary

Day 8

On Friday, the Caterpillars started to show signs that they might be ready to make their cocoons. They have grown very large over the last week, and they are becoming more active in their pot. By Monday, they may well have already transformed into their cocoons!

If you are curious about how this transformation occurs, take a look at the time lapse video below.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Equality Day at Windhill21

Today we celebrated Equality at Windhill21

We started the day with an assembly led by the Equaliteam
In the assembly the Equaliteam explained what Equality was and what it looked like in our school.
Throughout the day the children had the opportunity to take part in Equality themed lessons such as:
  • P4C based on gender stereotypes, different families and emotional literacy.
  • Designing their own Equality posters to be displayed in school
  • Lessons celebrating the diverse cultures Windhill21 pupils represent
  • Making posters to show how they, themselves are unique and special
Here are a few photos from throughout the day
Reception coloured in flags to represent the cultures of their families
They also shared a story 'And Tango Makes Three' and discussed how the penguins would feel

Year 1 looked on a map of the world and spoke about where their families come from, they coloured in wristbands with their flags

Year 3 wrote a diary entry in response to watching a film based on gender stereotypes

Year 5 had a P4C lesson based on the story 'Bill's New Frock' and wrote response questions based on characters they watched in a thought provoking equality film

What is equality?

We understood from today that everyone is equal and deserves to be treated the same regardless of their gender, race, beliefs or preferences. We symbolised our understanding with equality posters.

Equality Day Year 6

Year 6 have embraced Equality Day. The children have been exploring all about who they are, what makes them special and what makes them different to others. The children have taken part in a philosophy for children session discussing questions such as “Should we always be ourselves?” “Why and when would we not be true to ourselves?” We’ve had some fantastic discussions!

Can girls really be heroes or warriors?

After reading the Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch,  this was the question that we debated. There were some interesting views derived from our understanding of mental and physical strength, meaning of gender and drawing on historical evidence and debating the extent to which fiction represents real life.

Celebrating geographical diversity

We identified our roots in different countries and produced a class display to celebrate our diversity and demonstrate that we can be friends even if we have different cultures or roots in other countries.

Gender equality

Year 4 started off Equality Day by looking at gender equality. We thought it was preposterous that anyone would think that a boy couldn’t be a dancer or a girl couldn’t be a builder so we blew away this idea (literally)! We reflected our thoughts in poems.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The Vikings were the best warriors!

This is our overarching question for our topic work this term. After interpreting extracts from the Anglo Saxon Chronicle, most of us did not agree with statement because they did not act fairly by slaying innocent monks who refused to fight back!

I am feeling....

In Circle Time and P4C (Philosophy for Children) today we spoke about our emotions.

We talked about the different emotions and practised how our faces might look when we are feeling these emotions. 

The children were asked what makes them grumpy....

"When I want to go to the park and Mummy says no."

"When Mummy takes my ice-cream away because I have to do my homework."

"When I have to go to bed."

Then they were asked what makes grown-ups grumpy?

"When my cat poos on the carpet."

"If I am naughty."

"When my Mum and Dad argue."

"If I mess my Mums room up."

"If I do a prank on my Dad- like put yoghurt in his shoes!"

I am Thor!

In literacy, we decided to rewrite the opening of a famous myth in the first person by pretending that each of us was Thor (the mighty god of thunder!)

Digest this!

In Science, Year 4 have been busy preparing posters to show their understanding of digestion following their hands on experience last week.