Christmas Music Concert
On Thursday 7th December the Key Stage 2 musicians entertained us with various songs from Christmas Carols to songs by Snow Patrol and the Jaws theme. We were impressed with how much the musicians had learnt and how hard they had been practising.
The Year 4 and 5 guitarists held a concert for their parents and the junior children today. They did a wonderful job and we were all tapping our feet by the end. Their tutor, Mr Hunter-Brown was very pleased with their progress and performance. Thank you for your hard work, Mr Hunter-Brown!
Arts Week 2017 ~ Candyland
Arts Councillors generated a list of themes for this years arts week and then voted for their favourite. The winning choice was 'Candyland'. So on the 23rd May we all took part in music, art and poetry based around the theme of sweets. It has been a mouth-watering week.
When we asked the children their thoughts on the week they said;
"Exquisite, fun and exciting." Corey Y6
"It's really fun and you get lots of friends." Dexter Y2
"It's great, you get to team up with other people and make new friendships and share ideas." Sid Y5
"Better than usual because we never know what we are going to do." Jack Y5
"We do lots of drawing and making stuff. It makes me feel really happy." Lacie Y2
"It's very relaxing." Thomas Y3
Oh I wish I'd looked after me teeth
Performing Pam Ayres poem was one challenge. We thought about what makes a good performance and then had a go ourselves in small groups to learn part of a poem to contribute to the final performance at the end of the session. It is a lot harder performing than we first thought.
Mystery at Magpie Manor
The Junior children enjoyed performing their concert, 'Mystery at Magpie Manor' on the Market Hall stage. Both performances went very well and all of the children enjoyed the showbiz atmosphere. The costumes and singing were fantastic and the audience got plenty of laughs (even if some of them weren't intentional!) We can't wait for next year's show!
Over the year children get to pair up with another child from another class and spend time in the library enjoying a book together.
Science Week 2017
The theme of this year's Science Week was 'change'. Each class teacher planned an experiment involving change and spent the morning working on it with two different classes. It was great fun and very messy!
We had a great morning exploring lots of changes in our science activities. We made a rain cloud using shaving foam, water and food colouring. We also explored changes when we put some water into the cornflour! it was so gooey but we enjoyed playing in it. We also made rainbows using skittles and water.
Observing Reactions - Year 1 and 2
In Year 1 the children were observing many different chemical reactions and changes. First they were observing how Skittles changed when they were placed in water and they then had to create their very own bubbly reactions by mixing dyed vinegar with bicarbonate of soda. The children were also experimenting with cornflour and water and were emulsifying milk. Additionally, they were observing the reactions that take place when milk is mixed with food dye and washing up liquid.
Exploring Slime - Year 2 and Year 1
We had great fun on Science day. Gooey, sticky, runny slime was all over our hands (and the tables and floor) first thing in the morning. We made Fybogel slime, cornflour slime and chia seed slime. We then completed some tests - the splat test, the stretch test and the viscosity test. We then moved to year 1 after break and took part in lots of different experiments. We had tons of fun!
Surface Tension - Year 4 and 3
Years 4 and 3 worked with Mrs Wolfenden to explore surface tension. They explored the effect of washing up liquid on the surface tension of milk. It was very interesting.
Year Five and Six Science Day
Year Five and Six carried out two activities on Science Day. Both tasks were very different and required the children to use different scientific skills.
The first task was based around the biology of plants. Children dissected different plats to observed their 'hidden features'. Children talked about the different parts or the plant and their function. Children then carried out a fair test where they placed the same types of plants in food colouring. They then observed the changes that occurred and compared their results to the beginning of the lesson.
Children then carried out a physics activity. Children had to make the largest possible, free standing structure that they could out of newspaper and a limited amount of sellotape. Children discussed important scientific language such as: surface area, force, rigidity, and balanced forces.
Children had a fantastic morning!
On Monday 6th March we took delivery of 10 'living eggs'. All of the children will have an opportunity to see them hatch, grow and even get to handle them. How egg-citing!
Day 4 dawned with the egg-cellent news that 5 more eggs had hatched overnight! What a noisy incubator! The 7 healthy chicks have been transferred to the brooder so they can eat and drink happily without damaging the remaining 3 eggs.
World Book Day
To celebrate 20 years of World Book Day and 100 years of Roald Dahl. This year we had a Roald Dahl themed day. Everyone dressed up as their favourite character or in yellow (the author's favourite colour) and got to do different activities planned by the staff inspired by his wonderful stories. There was everything from insect hunts, potions, dancing raisins, gobblefunking with words, dreaming, marvellous medicines, Willy Wonka's garden and our own enormous crocodiles.
Book Shelfie Selfie
For World Book Day we had a competition to see who could enjoy a book in an interesting place. Here are some of the entries, more can be found in the library. Which is your favourite?
Lowes Court Gallery
The Bookwell Arts Councillors took a trip to Lowes Court Gallery today to view the work we have on display there. The children loved looking around the gallery and were very proud of the Bookwell work that was on the wall. What a lovely place it is, and such friendly volunteers. The community needs to support charities such as this or they will disappear. Some of the boys and girls spotted some things in the collection that they'd like to spend their pocket money on!
The Choir went to Castle Croft to sing carols for the residents. They did a wonderful job and the lovely ladies and gentlemen thoroughly enjoyed their singing and even joined in with a chorus of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas!"
Recorder and Guitar Concert
The children from Year 4, 5 and 6 who have been learning the guitar and recorder treated children and parents to a wonderful Christmas concert. They played some Christmas favourites as well as some other songs which they have been learning since September. It was a lovely way to start the day.
What a wonderful Christmas lunch we had. Thank you to everyone in the kitchen for cooking some lovely food and all the children had a lovely dinner.
Bookwell Carol Service 2016
On Wednesday 7th December we had our annual Carol Service. The children all sang beautifully and the event was very well supported by families and the community. We hope you all enjoyed it and left church in a festive mood!