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Marine Champions Challenge

A team of twelve aspiring scientists took part in the Marine Champions Challenge, organised by Plymouth Marine Aquarium.  Their project was to raise awareness of the devastating impact of plastic on the marine environment.  The team agreed on a memorable slogan for their campaign - 'Be fantastic !  Don't use plastic.' and used this to create posters and designs for re-usable bags.  Finally, they presented their project work to an audience from other Plymouth schools, at the Marine Aquarium.  This is the powerpoint they used to share their ideas.

Well done to Alfie, Daisy, Owen, Natalie, Alex, Grace, Erin, Jake, Jacob, Eddie, Darcy and Emily who did a fantastic job of representing the school and a very worth-while cause. 

We are Authors and Editors - 2nd Annual Whole school story competition!

 

During our World Book Week, we re-launched our story writing competition which involved every child in the school.  The idea was to link the reading and writing processes.  So much of the new curriculum focuses on the skills of editing and improving writing.  In order to inspire and enthuse children and give them a real purpose for improving these skills we continued our tradition of writing 3 whole stories across the school. All 16 classes were involved in writing a section of a story.  Three classes wrote an opening, three wrote a build up, then the problem / dilemma, resolution and ending. 

 

Each day throughout the week, a different class was responsible for writing one stage of a story before passing the story on to the next class to continue in what ever way they chose.  The whole class were involved in the activity encouraging them to think of themselves as authors and focusing on the constant editing and improving of the writing together as a class to make it the ‘best it can be’.

 

The journey of each story was recorded in a scrapbook where each class could show how they had come up with their ideas and how they had written and improved their attempts.  They are a lovely souvenir of the process.

 

This week Mrs Harvey had the task of judging the 3 final stories and announcing the winner in assembly. She told us all about her favourite features of each story including settings, events, genre and imagination.

 

Well Done to all the classes who wrote The Extraordinary Day!! You wrote Mrs Harvey's favourite story.      

 

                               

 

We remember .. Whole school Remembrance Poppy display 11.11.16

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Woodford remembers... 11.11.16  

On Tuesday 8th November, Mr James Lewis, a local artist led ‘Poppy Masterclasses’ with Year groups One to Six.  He demonstrated how to sketch and paint a poppy showing the children lots of skills that they could use from mixing different shades of paint to create shadows and depth in their painting to observing shape and sketching in fine detail. All the children then had the opportunity to sketch their own Remembrance poppy back in class.

Watch this space for our Remembrance gallery. 

 

 

Poppy Masterclass, 8.11.16, led by local artist Mr James Lewis.

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In the Shadow of the Quarks - Highlights

A series of stills from the performance, 'In the Shadow of the Quarks'.

BMX stunt show

 

The children had a real treat on Monday morning, when world recording holding Matti Hemmings came to school to show us his excellent BMX stunt riding skills. The children and staff were wowed by his amazing stunts and tricks. It was a brilliant show that truly rewarded all the children’s efforts during the Big Pedal week. You can read a write up on the Herald website.

 

KS1 stunt

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Matti showed us the move he used to create his World Record!

'Dr Bike' safety checks

 

Ryan Evans from Sustrans has been into school to complete safety checks on lots of the children's bikes today. He has checked tyres, brakes and pedals to ensure that the bikes are safe to ride. He will be returning to school during our BIG PEDAL week-25th to 29th April- to provide a 'Biker's Breakfast' to anyone who cycles or scooters to school on TUESDAY 26TH APRIL.

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about the Big Pedal on the website www.bigpedal.org.uk

 

We hope as many children as possible can cycle or scooter to school during the Big Pedal week.

Thank you for your support.

  World Book Day at Woodford.   

 

We have all gone book bonkers at Woodford School this term.  Over the half term holiday, the children of Woodford School got busy with the competition challenge of creating a poster, model or presentation to answer the question “Where does your reading take you?”  Great imaginations lead to fabulous creations with congratulations going to KS1 Winners Noah Tippett and Evie- Belle Clarke and to KS2 winners Susan Murray and Lily Anderson.  The overall winner was Susan Murray. All winners received a book token for their efforts.   

 

This week then started off with the school Book Fair on Monday. Sales of over £1,500 means a staggering £900 worth of free books for the school’s libraries thanks to the great support from Woodford’s children and their families. 

 

Then on Thursday, Woodford celebrated World Book Day with “The Big Book Off”.  At fixed points during the day, both children and adults stopped whatever they were doing and dashed to their books for big read until the all clear bell was rung……….that’s over 400 people reading all at the very same time.  It was a sight to behold.  Here are some photographs of children getting stuck into their reading in the classrooms and in assembly.

 As well as “The Big Book Off” each class held their own special World Book Day activities.  Year 4 even practiced their story telling talents by learning and the retelling stories to the rest of the class around a campfire in the woods.  A great day was had by all.

 Now let’s all keeeeeeeeeeep reading!

                                                                                                                                                                                     

We are Authors and Editors

 

During the school’s themed reading week after the October half term holiday, we launched a story writing competition which would involve every child in the school.  The idea was to link the reading and writing processes.  So much of the new curriculum focuses on the skills of editing and improving writing and this is not usually a popular activity with the children!  So, in order to inspire and enthuse and give a real purpose for improving these skills we decided we would write 3 whole stories across the school. All 15 classes were involved in writing a section of a story.  Three classes wrote an opening, three wrote a build up, then the problem / dilemma, resolution and ending. 

 

Each week throughout the term, a different class was responsible for writing one stage of a story before passing the story on to the next class to continue in what ever way they chose.  The whole class were involved in the activity encouraging them to think of themselves as authors and focusing on the constant editing and improving of the writing together as a class to make it the ‘best it can be’.

 

The journey of each story was recorded in a scrapbook where each class could show how they had come up with their ideas and how they had written and improved their attempts.  They are a lovely souvenir of the process.

 

Finally the day came just before Christmas when the stories were complete and the children had done everything they could. Mrs Stevenson then had the unenviable task of judging the 3 final stories and announcing the winners in assembly. 

 

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The 3 stories were:

(click the Star icon to view the story)

 

Hawthorn - Year 4 Opening
Pine - Year 2 Build up
Oak - Foundation Problem/Dilemma
Chestnut - Year 5 Resolution
Fir - Year 1 Ending

 

 

 

Sycamore - Year 5 Opening
Silver Birch - Year 3 Build up
May - Foundation Problem/Dilemma   
Maple - Year 2 Resolution
Beech - Year 6 Ending

 

 

 

Cherry - Year 4 Opening
Holly - Year 1 Build up
Apple - Year 3 Problem/Dilemma
Willow - Year 6     Resolution
Elm - Foundation Ending

After careful consideration, Mrs Stevenson declared that The Magnificent Magician was the winning story, but this was a truly difficult task as all the stories were so fantastic.

 

The full versions of each story, together with some photographs of the children are showcased here on the website in a celebration of all their achievements.

 

We certainly have some of the authors and editors of the future here at Woodford School so watch out JK Rowling!

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