Year 3 have had a busy first half term in the Prep Department. The children have particularly enjoyed taking part in sporting fixtures with other schools for the first time. In Humanities, we have been finding out all about the Stone Age. Our trip to Salisbury Museum learning how to survive the Stone Age was really interesting and we won’t easily forget being able to touch a real mammoth’s tooth – it was huge! We all had the opportunity to handle and draw some artefacts like flint arrowheads and axe heads which were thousands of years old. We have also considered just how Stonehenge could have been built without today’s heavy machinery to move the enormous stones. To link in with our Stone Age topic in Humanities, it has been a case of Geology Rocks! in Science as we have been finding out all about different types of rocks and how they are formed. Everyone has also really enjoyed the story of Stig of the Dump, our focus in our English lessons– the chapter involving a real leopard at a children’s party was particularly exciting! A favourite Maths homework with everyone (especially Miss Evans and Miss Colbridge!) involved measuring and baking, as we all got to taste the results!
Year 4 have been busy considering robotics and machinery, exploring the world of Ted Hughes' The Iron Man. The children had an incredible trip to the REME museum, building their own recovery vehicles using motors, gears and pulleys to rescue a toy truck. Turning a motor's power into the right movement to rotate wheels was incredibly tricky, but they persevered and succeeded! They used their discoveries to create non-fiction texts on a range of recovery vehicles too. All of this was supported in science lessons by learning about electricity; learning about the behaviours of electrons when building a charge through friction and considering simple and complex circuits in their own models and in real life. Year 4E also presented a very interesting and entertaining assembly on superstitions on Friday 13th October and we all learnt why this date is thought to be so unlucky.
YEARS 5 AND 6
The children have been busy so far this term with our new School Band and Heywood Harmonies groups in place for the new academic year, both of which have made a fantastic start with their rehearsals.
We kick-started the term with a fantastic drumming assembly by our talented drumming teacher, Tim Harding. Tim introduced children to the full drum kit and shared a number of rhythmic drumming patterns from rock and pop to military style drum rolls!
Heywood Harmonies gave a fantastic first performance at our Open Day just four weeks into the start of the term. The children sang a lovely acapella version of Heroes complete with djembe percussion; they impressed with their focus and commitment to be performance- ready so early in the term!
All the children performed beautifully at our Harvest Service this year. It was wonderful to see every child involved from Reception to Year 6! Years 3 and 4 really brought the story of The Enormous Turnip to life, reminding us of the importance of team work. Well done to Heywood Harmonies for a lovely rendition of Let's Harvest and Year 5 and 6 for their beautiful song Across the Fields which featured two very brave soloists Josh and Cassius. We were very proud of all your confidence and this was a super Harvest Celebration to finish the term.
Some musical highlights this term have been seeing the speed at which Year 4 have been picking up the ukulele. Year 4 will be jamming to a range of songs very soon! Year 6 have also really impressed with their scat bands. It takes a lot of patience, resilience and teamwork to work well in a band and each class have demonstrated in abundance and they are playing together extremely well. We will without doubt, share some numbers at Music and Drama Evening in the New Year!
Very well done to all our talented musicians and performers for a fantastic start to this academic year. We are very much looking forward now to all our upcoming Christmas performance opportunities.