Welcome to Voyager Class!
It has been wonderful to welcome our new Year 5 pupils alongside Sir Elton and Big Eye Bob (pictured above.) We are really looking forward to an exciting year together...
Our lovely Voyagers receive many visitors during their school day. In the morning learning for Year 5 takes place alongside some Year 4 children while the Year 6s are taught by Miss Burn in a separate room. In the afternoon Years 5 and 6 learn together. The atmosphere in both rooms are friendly and focussed, we help one another on our learning journey and do our very best to adopt a positive attitude, believing that mistakes help us learn.
Please find the attached class letter and timetable which outline our routines and expectations. We believe strongly in partnership between home and school because children are happier and learn best in this way, so please do get in touch if anything is unclear, or if any issues arise - we will always do our best to help.
With warmest wishes,
Julia Burn, Sophie Kerr, Jane Kearvell, Lyn Bostock and Rachel Deegan
On Wednesday 25th May, a group of Year 5 and 6 children took part in the Chairman's Cup. The children worked well as a team and supported each other, which was lovely to see. They were positive and determined throughout the day and performed very well, coming third year out of six teams, narrowly missing a place in the semi-final - well done Year 5 and 6!
An afternoon with our very own visiting scientist!
On Wednesday 25th May, Dr Sanderson (mum of Liam and Owen) came in to talk to the Year 5 and Year 6 pupils about her work as a research scientist at Oxford University. She showed us a fantastic presentation to explain how she became a biologist and how she is studying chromosomes. She also brought with her a range of microscopes and slides, as well as some exciting resources for collecting, viewing and identifying plants and animals. Some of us dressed up as a scientist too! We had a fantastic afternoon and we would like to thank Dr Sanderson for visiting! Dr Sanderson is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) ambassador for Oxfordshire and has access to a wide variety of resources. She has offered to come back in and visit other classes. Thank you Dr Sanderson!
So much happening
The children are loving coming out to Forest School. This week, the pond was very popular; we discovered that the the frogspawn had hatched and we now have tadpoles swimming around! Our resident frog caused much excitement with the children spotting it and then being keen to try and catch it...most of the time, it was just too quick - but it caused a lot of fun and laughter!
Many of the children are keen to use tools to make things; we had lots of tree cookies being made and designed using homemade charcoal. Others preferred to whittle - and we did have a Harry Potter-esque wand created!
The children played, created, worked together, persevered (when using a palm drill to create a hole!) and solved problems...phew!
More success for our rugby team!
Our tag rugby team have come fourth in the Witney area finals. This is really impressive as many of the other schools are much larger than us, and our children had little experience with the sport before. Well done everyone, and we are now automatically in the top tier at the Chairman's Cup in Oxford at the end of May.
Year 5's turn!
Year 5 came out to Forest School for their first session this week. Once they'd had a tour and talked about how we need to look after ourselves outdoors, they all went off to different activities. They built dens, put up a rope swing, made mud cakes in the mud kitchen, decorated themselves with 'war paint', went pond dipping (and found a frog) and made charcoal. Many were keen to learn how to use the tools safely, and we had whittling going on to create pegs for dens as well as some tree cookies being made.
At snack, we had the traditional s'mores - which seemed to be rather popular! In the coming weeks they would like to cook burgers and bacon sandwiches!