Year 6 Basketball Runners up!

This afternoon, the year 6 basketball team showed amazing sports skills at the Three Rivers and Watford Sports Partnership basketball competition. They showed great collaborative skills and with it being their first time playing basketball, excellent risk taking was shown. They pushed each other in all their games and they finished the evening as runners up! Well done to Year 6 and Miss Wilson!

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Shakespeare Evening

Year 5 and 6 blew us away with their stunning performances of Shakespeare. It was so incredible to see how hard the children worked, how many risks they took and how well they supported each other to put together such a brilliant evening for everybody. I was so proud of every child, the commitment they made to their learning and the enthusiasm they showed for Shakespeare and acting

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Year 5 & 6 – Shakespeare Performance

What a fantastic evening at Watersmeet Theatre yesterday, where Year 5 and 6 captured the audience with their performances of Julius Caesar and Macbeth. Throughout the weeks all the children have been working extremely hard in understanding their plays, learning their lines, taking risks, learning as a team and this was evident from their performances. Thank you to everyone involved in creating memories the children will treasure for a long time.

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School council and members of school visit Palace of Westminster

Today members of our school council and representatives from each class visited the Palace of Westminster. We travelled by public bus to the station and then hopped on the tube to Westminster. On the way back the children shared their most inspiring/surprising/though provoking moment of the day. Their responses were wonderful to hear.

“I was surprised that the Queen puts her own crown on” (at the state opening of Parliament)

“We got to go to parts that the Queen isn’t allowed in”

“We saw the marks Black Rod makes at the state opening of Parliament”

“They didn’t finish the paintings in the robe room so after 16 years hung paintings instead”

“Parts were so gold and very posh”

“I can’t believe how old the hall was, it was built in 1097”

“The most interesting part was the secret door to the Queen’s private toilet!”

 

Here are some photos; due to tight security we were only able to take photos in a few areas of the Palace of Westminster.

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Chatty Maths Workshop – Session 2

This afternoon, year 6 and the Chatty Maths leaders led another engaging Chatty Maths workshop. They shared their thoughts on the power of effective questioning and how open questions develop deeper thinking.

After modelling open questions, it was then the turn of our parent/carer learners.

Thank you to all the parents/careers for learning with us again this afternoon.

The afternoon ended with parents/careers sharing what they learnt from the session;

– ‘Open questions are difficult to ask but you get some great answers.’

– ‘Open questions meant that my son looked at the picture and identified other things in the picture I hadn’t asked about.’

– ‘Importance in using open questions to get children to elaborate on their thoughts. It gives parents the opportunity to think about learning in a different way.’

– ‘The need for more open questions when talking to my children, trying not to make questions leading.’

– ‘Will keep an open mind when it comes to homework; will ask more open questions as opposed to closed. Thank you, very good idea to have the parents interacting too!’

 

Great risk taking was shown by all our learners today, both adults and children! Looking forward to our outdoor session next Friday!

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Cast Workshop

Today, Year 5 and 6 visited the theatre where they will perform their Shakespeare plays. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, which was run by two actors. We spent time working on a small section of our play, trying out new ideas and seeing how they looked. I was so impressed by the ability of our children to take risks and explore ideas even while on a stage in a real theatre. Come and see our finished productions on 2nd November!

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