YEAR 1 MEDIEVAL DAY
Year 1 enjoyed celebrating everything Medieval! The children attended Knight school or Princess school for the morning. The knights learnt archery; throwing spears; how to control a 'horse'; how to bow; woo a lady with a poem and a Medieval song! Princesses learnt how to curtsey; walk with good posture; calligraphy; design a gown; recite a poem and sing a song. The children then experienced the opposite school. They also performed a Medieval dance and enjoyed a banquet where they ate peasant stew and bread rolls, all of which were prepared and cooked by the children. Year 1 even grew their own onions, garlic and chives, which they harvested for the banquet.
Year 2 Great Fire of London Day
As part of our Great Fire of London topic we have a day of fun where we dress up and really get in to character. We baked bread as Thomas Farriner the baker would have done - although we did not start a fire like he did! We were also visited by Samuel Peyps and his maid, Jane. We had lots of fun time travelling back to 1666 and experiencing all the things we have been learning about.
Year 5 Greek Plays
Gather round citizens to witness tales of bravery and valour, tragedy and trials as Year 5 perform their own Greek myths!
Year 5 spent time immersing themselves in many well known Greek myths, reading and performing tales of Zeus, Hermes, Aphrodite, Athena and many more. We explored what makes these myths so special and were inspired to write our own plays. Our acting skills came to the fore as we performed them to each other as the culmination of our topic.
Bravo Year 5!
YEAR 1 NATIVITIES
Year 1 overcame coronavirus restrictions and the British weather to stage outdoor Nativities in this unusual year! The children enjoyed learning Christmas songs and acting out the Christmas story to their family. Well done Year 1. What fantastic performances!
In Reception we have been enjoying exploring the season of Autumn! We have learnt about which animals hibernate and how nature adapts to the changing seasons. We worked in pairs to create a hibernation nest for a hedgehog using Autumn objects such as leaves, pine cones and conkers. We created some interesting artwork using paint and forks to make spiky hedgehogs! We explored the artist Arcimboldo who made face portraits using fruit and other objects. We continued and created repeating patterns using Autumn objects and leaf printing.The children used Autumn objects to make their own face portrait. We also enjoyed taking part in music and movement activities relating to Autumn.
The Advent Wreath
The Worship Council worked together to make our Advent Wreath, and lead us in a special assembly to mark the start of our Advent journey.
The wreath is round, to remind us that God's love is never-ending.
The wreath is made with evergreen leaves to remind us that Jesus brought us the pormise of eternal life.
The first candle is the candle of Hope.
The second candle is the candle of Peace.
The third candle, a pink one, is the candle of Joy.
The fourth candle is the candle of Love.
Around the World with Year 2
We really enjoyed learning about different artists and techniques in our Around the World topic. We started in South America and looked at lots of different patterns and colours. We then moved on to North America and had a go at decorating our own totem Poles with bright colours and patterns. In Europe we learnt about Georges Seurat and his famous pointilism technique. We used cotton buds to paint small dots around the Eiffel Tower. We learnt that in Australia there is a similar technique - we had a go at painting Australian animals. Finally we practised our sketching skills by drawing an African elephant. We evaluated our first effort and then tried to improve on what we had done. We hope you enjoy looking at our small gallery!
Year 6 - Natural Disasters
Year 6 researched different natural disasters in groups and created posters based on what they found out.
Remembrance Day reflection...
YEAR 4 ROMAN BATTLE!
This half term as part of our topic - THE ROMANS - we designed and made shields. We learnt about the Roman soldiers in battle and how they used their Testudo formation. This week we have had mock battles! We took it in turns to be Roman soldiers and Iceni warriors!
We hope you enjoy the photos!
OUR LEARNING SO FAR IN YEAR 6
Our topic has been WW1. For our main text we have been reading War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. We have explored the language used and looked into writing as the 1st person. This inspired us to create our own stories from an animal's perspective! We looked at a range of war poetry and planned our own, creating a class anthology.
We were planning and creating algorithms for our Beebot floor robots. In one lesson, we created trenches and the beebot had to be accurately programmed to move through the exact trench that was designed. In another lesson, we used felt tip pens attached to the beebots to create a piece of artwork. The final lesson looked at assessing how much the children knew by showing clips of beebots and the children identifying the algorithm or debugging in some cases.
Once again, using War Horse as our theme, we explored the model making behind the puppet Joey. We watched the clip of him being operated around the stage and looked at the structure within him. We used this as inspiration to create our very own sculptures using modelling wire. We designed, made and evaluated our models suggesting improvements.
We used Romeo and Juliet as our focus during this half term and learned about time signatures, 3-4 and 4-4 rythms and counterpoint dances. We explored the characters in the play and worked with a partner in unison and a group through canon exercises. We constantly reviewed and evaluated our performances and made improvements.
We looked at graphic notations and different ways that these could be presented. The children worked in small groups to compose a piece of music following a graphic notation. They had the opportunity to perform, appraise and improve their music.
Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed preparing the vegetable patch, ready to plant next week. As well as weeding, the children found lots of minibeasts and they were brave enough to try the chives that were planted by Year 1 last year! Yum yum!
Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Player Lucy Shuker reveals St.Walburga's winning house for our Sports' Day at Home!
Please see video clip below...
Look... our baby birds now have feathers!
A new family at St Walburga's!
Mummy keeping her babies warm.
Key Stage 1- Disco Friday and Chalk Fun
WORLD BOOK DAY
5th March 2020
The children got a big surprise when they arrived in their classrooms this morning.... all the doors had changed into book covers! We hope you enjoy looking at them. We all had great fun dressing up, children and adults alike. We are also using World Book Day to start off one of our Lenten almsgiving activities. Every child has been given a sponsor card for a READATHON in support of a wonderful charity called Read for Good. They provide brand new books for seriously ill children in every major hospital in the UK. We look forward to seeing how much we raise.
All the Fun of the Fair - Year 1
We had a really fun and busy week designing and making our horse carousels and fishing games for the Funfair.
It was great to start off the week with creating Medieval 'coat of arms' bunting for our classrooms - there were so many great designs, our classrooms were full of colour!
We then designed our carousels, thinking really carefully about the materials and tools we would need and how exactly we were going to make them. There were lots of discussions and lots of lovely ideas. We made 1 carousel per group, it was very fiddly! It was interesting to see everyone's evaluation on the group project and to see what everyone liked and what they would change.
We also made magnetic fishing games - these were great fun and we had lots of time to play with them!
At then end of the week we got to visit all the other classes to see what they had made. It was lovely to see all the different types of bunting and funfair games that had been made.
All the Fun of the Fair Year 4
We had a fabulous week. We had written to McDonald's prior to the event so we all had a box to make a pneumatic toy.We designed our own toy and had lots of noisy fun once the toys were made!
We used a band saw to cut a bunting plaque from balsa wood, sanded down the rough edges then painted our own design. The bunting is on display in our rooms.
We made hoopla games created in groups and finally our own fairground rides from the materials we had left.
We shared our creations with the other year groups and our parents.
Our teachers were very proud of us.
Check out the photos.
All the Fun of the Fair - Year 2
We had a really busy week designing and making our food trucks for the Funfair. We started by making our own bunting to decorate our classes. In Year 2 we had to use recycled materials to decorate our card bunting. This was good fun to make and the result was really colourful. We then thought about what kind of food stalls there might be at a funfair so that we could make food trucks. The trickiest bit was getting the wheels on and reinforcing the sides of the trucks so that they didn't wobble! The best bit was making cake pops to go in our trucks!
At then end of the week we got to visit all the other classes to see what they had made. It was lovely to see all the different types of bunting and funfair games that children had made.
Year Reception- Chinese New Year
We have really enjoyed this topic where we have learnt all about the exciting festival of Chinese New Year! The children have done lots of creative activities including crafts, music, dance and singing. They have used ipads and books to find out information about the festival and also found out what their Zodiac animal sign is. We finished the topic with a Chinese New Year party. The children cleaned the classrooms before the party as is tradition, to clear away the bad luck for the new year. On party day, the children all wore red and gold clothes as they are the lucky colours. We played some traditional Chinese playground games and everyone had a turn at being part of a lion or dragon dance! The children really enjoyed trying some Chinese food including rice, noodles and prawn crackers. The parents enjoyed visiting on party day to watch the children perform a Chinese new year song.
Year 6 - All the Fun of the Fair
In Year 6, we used different stitches to sew our own bunting. We also designed and made fairground rides, which were powered by electrical circuits.
All the Fun of the Fair Year 3
In Year 3 we had lots of fun designing and making our own bumper cars and tracks.We had been learning lots about how magnets work in science and wanted to use this knowledge to create our own fun fair ride. The children investigated with magnets and thought about how they could make their bumper car move around a track. They also designed and made wooden bunting. We used hand drills to make holes at the top of our bunting and sand paper to smooth the edges. We had a fantastic time using our DT and science skills. We loved our 'All the Fun of the Fair week !'
YEAR R-DESIGN TECHNOLOGY WEEK
We had a lot of fun in Reception during DT week-" All the fun of the fair!"
We decided to link it to our learning about Chinese New Year. We worked in groups to make a carousel with Chinese Zodiac as the animals instead of horses. We used plates, tubes, straws and bowls and then decorated it with lots of different materials. We did a plan and then evaluated our carousels as a group. We also made bunting to decorate the classroom and made popcorn pots because we cooked popcorn to share with our parents on the Friday afternoon. We loved seeing the popcorn pop from a kernel!
Year 6 Design and Make club trip
On Thursday 30th January, the Year 6 Design and Make club went on a trip to watch Swan Lake at the Mayflower theatre in Southampton. The children in this club have been studying set designing and looking closely at the swan lake production. They also wrote letters to the manager of the set design and he gave us a personal tour and talk after the show! After watching the brilliant performance of Swan Lake from the Royal Birmingham Ballet company, we had the chance to go backstage, see where the costumes were placed and to actually stand on the stage and see how the sets were arranged and changed. An amazing experience that we will never forget!
Year 5 Planetariums
St.Walburga's School Choir
The choir have had a very festive few weeks. We had a wonderful afternoon at the Laguna Hotel in Bournemouth singing some carols to hotel residents who were on holiday from other parts of the UK. Father Christmas arrived and gave all the choir members a selection box. We have also recently sung at the School Christmas Fayre and at Kingsleigh House, a local home for elderly residents, where we are regular visitors. Our last concert was at Charminster Library, where a mysterious elf appeared at the end!
Mrs Jones and Mrs Salazar would like to thank all the children who sing in our choir for their commitment - and of course for the wonderful sound they make! And a big thank you, too, to the lovely parents who have come along to help.
This term Reception have been learning about Africa based on the story 'Handa's Surprise.' The children have tasted fruit from the story, made lots of African art, listen to African music and performed a dance at the Bring and Share Supper. One of the highlights was a jungle safari with their Year 6 prayer buddies. We have all loved the topic and learnt lots during our first term at school.
Year 4 Romans Topic
As part of our Romans topic, we designed and made Roman shields and went into battle. We learnt about their formations and how this contributed to their successful conquest of Britain.
Year 6 AFC Bournemouth PE football lessons - Tuesday 3rd December 2019
During this half term, Year 6 have been learning a variety of football skills from dribbling to passing, attacking and defending. The photos below show one of the lessons which was related to attacking and defending (Lesson 4).
Year 1 Vegetable Garden
Year 1 have really enjoyed creating a vegetable garden.
In September we took time to weed, clear and prepare the soil.
In October each child planted an onion bulb.
In November we planted chives, rhubarb and garlic bulbs.
We have already witnessed the fruits of our labour as there are some green shoots thriving. We have been very thankful for the wonderful Autumnal weather as it has provided our vegetables with lots of water!
We are now looking forward to planting more in the Spring and hopefully using our vegetables in our Spring term!
I'm not sure who was the most excited about the Year 5 trip to the Science Centre- the children or the teachers. It was certainly a fabulous opportunity to enhance our learning about our Earth and Space topic.
We loved testing the interactive exhibits in 'Explorer Space' and in our workshop we used digital thermometers to test which materials would be the best to reflect the sun and protect the James Webb telescope.
The children loved the Planetarium show where we were able to sit back and zoom in to some of the planets and constellations in our galaxy. It was an incredibly busy day but the children were so engaged and inspired by everything they did.
Year 2 - Great Fire of London Drama Day
23rd October 2019
We had a fabulous day learning even more about the Great Fire of London with the help of Samuel Pepys and his maid, Jane. They took us through the events of the day, using drama and fun to reinforce what we have learnt over the last few weeks. It was great fun (even though Samuel Pepys was a bit bossy and quite grumpy at times!). We made bread, too, as the fire started in a bakery (we didn't burn our bread!)
We hope you will enjoy looking through our slide show.
Year 6 trip to Fairthorne Manor
(7th-11th October 2019)
We had an amazing time away on our Residential to YMCA Fairthorne Manor and it was great to see everyone taking part in all the activities. The weather was kind to us (although we had a bit of rain when we arrived!). The children thoroughly enjoyed showing their bravery on the high ropes courses, their collaborative working on the team challenge and their respectfulness towards all the instructors. Thank you for making amazing memories and enjoy looking at the photos below.
Year 2 trip to Poole Museum
6th June 2019
We had a wonderful day at Poole Museum. Captain Gillian told us the story of how Harry Paye became Poole's most famous pirate. We saw lots of fantastic artefacts in the museum, including cannon balls, a figurehead and a ship's compass. We got the chance to climb the rigging, steer the ship and pull up the anchor. We learnt so much about what it must have been like to be a pirate,it was great fun!
YEAR 5 TRIP TO POOLE LIGHTHOUSE
Year 5 enjoyed their trip to Poole Lighthouse to watch a concert led by the BSO. They played a variety of pieces based around the theme of 'space and exploration', including the ET soundtrack. We even learnt words, actions, and body percussion to a song so that we could join in when the BSO played.
Year 3 had a fantastic visit to the Mary Rose this week. It was breathtaking to see the wreck of a real Tudor warship and the hundreds of artefacts that were found with it. We found out what life would have been like for the crew members and we even got to dress up as some of them.
YEAR 5 - BY THE SEA WEEK
Year 5 enjoyed working with Abbie to compose music linked to a video about the huge amount of plastic in our oceans. The children also immersed themselves in a range of art enrichment activities, including creating a sea creature out of recyclable materials. The week ended with the children performing their compositions to their Year 2 prayer buddies.
Year 1 trip to Winchester Science Centre
Year 1 had a fantastic day at the Science Centre in Winchester.
The children explored lots of different space experiments, they particularly enjoyed trying on the Astronaut suit and trying to pick things up in the space gloves.
We visited the planetarium and learnt lots about the different planets, stars and the Sun. There were lots of 'wow!' and 'look at that!' coming from the children.
Finally we had our own experiment to conduct and the children loved creating slime by turning a liquid into a solid. The children were beautifully behaved and we couldn't be prouder.
Year 4 Ukulele Lessons
4DB have a fantastic start to learning the ukulele. They all tried really hard to hold it correctly and strum it with the correct part of their finger. We look forward to watching (and hearing) them progress.