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
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!
Two of our boys, Zach and Fin, were chosen for a Gifted and Talented writing workshop at Magdalen College School, Oxford, held over three days. It included working with the author Caroline Lawrence (author of the fantastic Roman Mysteries books) and gaining inspiration from the Oxford Museum of the History of Science.
On Wednesday 16th March, we took a team of Year 5 and 6 children to the partnership tag rugby tournament at Buford School.
The children were brilliant; immediately working as a team and playing to each others strengths. Passing was great - as was tagging - and we had some VERY speedy players that managed to swerve and dodge past the other teams with ease. At the end of the tournament, nearly all of the children on the team had scored at least one try.
We won 5 matches, drew one and lost one in some very tough games. The children were a credit to the school and thoroughly deserved their win; well done!
The next round of the tag rugby will be on Wednesday 20th April at Witney Rugby Club 3.30 - 5pm.