Our engineering family day was such a lovely day to experience. Mrs Jones has to take credit for the planning of the day, but the staff and the visiting contributors really made sure the day was a success. It was so great to see everyone enjoying picnics and the events on offer. We always love to see different generations of Short Woodies coming together to make special memories.
Aerodynamics Engineering STEM day
Year 5 had another exciting STEM day on Tuesday 29th January where Mrs Mee introduced the children to the topic - Aerodynamics. Their challenge was to design and make a glider to drop off provisions to stranded soldiers in WW2. Mrs Mee talked to the children about what would affect the flight of the glider, eg. forces acting upon it, aerodynamics and wingspan.
After an exciting morning, the children launched their gliders in a competition. The winning gliders were the 'Skyentists' and 'RAF Team'.
In class, the children will now investigate how wingspan and nose-shape of the glider will affect its flight.
Take a look at some of the pictures from our day...
This Autumn term, we were fortunate to receive trees from the Woodland Trust. The Queen's Canopy project aims to get as many trees planted as possible, across the Commonwealth. The Eco Warriors did a fantastic job of planting the six precious trees we were sent.
The Power in all of us!
The whole school came together today to celebrate being a Short Woody. Every child and adult member of the Short Wood team have written their name on a leaf and added it to the Short Wood tree. This is an opportunity to reflect on our home school agreements and to think about all the positive things being a Short Woody means to us. Click on the link below to share 'The Power in Me' song, the lyrics of this song sum up how empowered we want every member of our team, children and adults, to be.
Year 5 have enjoyed workshops over the last couple of days exploring science, technology, engineering and maths activities. Pupils have demonstrated their excellent team work, investigative and problem solving skills.
The Great Short Wood Bubbleathon
"Today was born to be a Bubbleathon" said Takhib in Year 5 as he and his Short Woody friends all joined together in an afternoon of fun, laughter, smiles and pure enjoyment. The whole school gathered on the field this afternoon to raise money for The Harry Johnson Trust ahead of Harry's Day on June 15th 2018. Thanks to everyone who donated to share in the bubble fun, as Mohsin said "It was raining bubbles it was amazing." Harry's Mum and Dad want Harry's Day to be full of fun and smiles and today certainly achieved that aim - it was a moment of sheer delight where nothing else but the bubbles mattered, not only was it supporting a great cause it was supporting all Short Woodies to just be in the moment.
We are going to be able to make a donation of just over £800.00 to The Harry Johnson Trust - a really big thank you to everyone who donated and to everyone who made the day a success.
The Bluebell Walk
Short Wood welcomed families and friends to the annual Bluebell Walk on 12th May 2018. The walk, a tradition reintroduced by Short Wood, invites families to bring a picnic and take a walk up to the woods to explore the natural beauty and enjoy quality time together.
Highly commended poet
We are really proud that one of our Year 6 pupils has been highly commended in a national competition. Mia wrote her poem to inspire others to believe in themselves and her powerful message was recognised by the Premier League Primary Stars judges. CLICK HERE to hear Mia reading her poem.
Take a look at some of the images we captured during Science week in the Spring term. We had inspiring visitors (of the human and the animal kind!) and exciting experiments where awe and wonder was the order of the day. A great example of engaging learners and showing how science impacts on our everyday lives.
Let's go fly a kite!
KS1 DT Workshop
What an amazing show of support the children had for their kite workshop.
There were so many adults we nearly ran out of space! After using all their skills to make their kites (supported by parents, grandparents and other relatives) we were lucky enough to have the weather to go and fly them. This was the real test! Although there wasn't much wind the children proved that if you run quickly enough it is possible to get a kite up in the air!
Once the children have finished evaluating their kites they will be bringing them home for the Easter holidays. Have fun!
To celebrate the start of Spring (hopefully it will arrive soon!), Short Wood welcomed some new Short Woodies last week ... the chicks!!
On Monday 26th February, they arrived as little eggs from The Happy Chick Company. They lived in a warm incubator and the children checked the temperature regularly to make sure that the environment for the chicks was safe and warm so they would survive. By Tuesday, we could already see one of the eggs rocking from side to side! Finally on Wednesday, the chicks hatched. Some of the children were lucky enough to actually watch the eggs hatching from their shell. It was a very exciting day! On Thursday, the chicks were taken out of the incubator and put into a box with a heat lamp where they could eat and drink.
Children around school have been holding the chicks and have felt their soft feathers as well as observing how the chicks interact with each other.
In KS1, the children have used the chicks in their Science lessons. They have used what they have seen to make the life cycle of a chicken, investigated if you can make an egg bounce after soaking it in vinegar ( an unfertilised one of course!) and have made observations through video clips about other animals that also lay eggs.
The chicks will leave us this week and will be taken to their 'forever home' with our lovely Mrs Byrne. Mrs Byrne already has chickens at her home so will keep us updated with how our little chicks get on.
I wonder if any will lay eggs for us in the near future so that we can really see a full life cycle?
We were delighted to have the opportunity to spend two afternoons with Emilia Qurante.Emilia has worked with Short Wood on a number of projects through the British Council. She is originally from Naples and therefore expertly placed to demonstrate pizza making. On Monday afternoon, our Reception parents joined us to discover how to make pizzas the Italian way. On Tuesday afternoon, the Reception children joined Emilia and their parents to learn from them. Everyone had a great time and of course, the pizzas were delicious!
Thursday the 16th July 2015 was Short Wood Primary’s Arty Party Day.
Children and parents took joined in with artists, dancers, a story teller and other sport and culture activities. CLICK HERE to see photos of the day.
Overall School: 95%