Children in Years 2 and 3 enjoyed a visit from Alex Milway, author of the funny and uplifting ‘Hotel Flamingo.’ The session was lively and inspirational and we loved learning to draw some of the characters. It is great to see so many children enjoying the book, which is also available in our school library.
In Year 6 we are reading Shaun Tan’s excellent picture book ‘The Arrival,’ a wordless graphic novel about those who journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. So far we have explored the text with various drama activities and written our own words to read alongside the opening chapter.
by Annie 6HG
A white, origami bird sat on the mantelpiece. Next to it, a crumpled drawing of a man, a woman and a young girl. In the drawing the man seemed to have some kind of bird perched on his shoulders. As well as that, there were two cracked teacups sitting quietly on the table waiting to be used but recently this family had been too anxious for tea.
Early in the morning, the grandfather clock chimed as Theresa rested her hand on Albert’s. On the distressed shelf sat an ancient back and white photo of both Teresa and Albert with their daughter Melissa, all smiling happily although now it seemed as though they would never smile again. Although he knew his wife was worried, Albert still wondered what it would be like without them and if he would forget them even though he loved them. After a quick glance at the clock, Albert was gestured by Theresa to sit down one of the house’s dilapidated chairs.
“One more thing to pack,” she mumbled by his ear as she carefully lifted the photo off the mantelpiece and lay it before him. A single tear trickled down her cheek; hurriedly she wiped it off.
In the small room upstairs, the lumpy blanket was pulled back by Melissa as she yawned and began to get up. On the way downstairs before an ordinary breakfast, Melissa noticed that her black-and-white family photo wasn’t where it usually was, but – under the impression nothing was wrong – she continued. In the worn-down kitchen, Melissa sat eating her gruel-like porridge when suddenly, in the corner of her eye, she was what would make her worst nightmare come to life – a suitcase. This particular suitcase was usually hidden under her mother and father’s bed.
“what’s happening?” she asked, as her mother entered the room.
“Your father, darling,” Theresa replied, “He’s leaving to go somewhere.”
“Because if he doesn’t, we won’t have enough money for food and water.”
“How long will he be gone for?”
“I don’t know darling.”
Theresa briskly helped her daughter put on her oversized boots and long beige coat while Albert took one last heartwarming look at his house. As he reached out to grab his tattered suitcase, Melisa ran over to him and hugged him, never wanting to let go.
The underprivileged family stepped out, holding hands, and began their walk towards the station. Holding hands with her parents, Melissa’s eyes wandered carelessly as she continued down the street with dark shadows lurking at every corner and restless eyes watching her ever more. Melissa wondered if other people could see them too or if it was only her. As she canned the sky for gloomy creatures, she saw grey clouds engulfing houses and shadowy tentacles clinging onto cars. Cars, swerving round corners, stopped as long, slimy fingers flew past them. Were they really there? Houses, watching people who pass by, looked away as the grey, staring eyes glanced at them.
As the distressed family walked slowly into the inexpensive train station, where people get ready for long trips, Albert reached up to his hat and took out a plain-white origami bird like the one on their shelf at home. He handed it cautiously to his daughter, hoping it would be something to remember him by. As he carefully stepped one foot onto the train steps, a tear trickled down Albert’s face. His hand drew back from Theresa’s and both Melissa and her mother started to shed tears as Albert and the rest of the people on the train rode rapidly into the distance, leaving just the people who wouldn’t go – who couldn’t go.
As slowly as they could, the mother and daughter began their trek back up towards where it would be hardest to cope with being alone and without Albert and all of his amazing characteristics.
We will meet in 6HG to talk about the book at lunch time on Friday 8thMarch. Read all or some of the book before then and we will talk about what we liked and disliked about the book and characters, as well as anything we wonder about the book and anything it reminded us of. All are welcome.
What would you like?
There are 4 different ideas for the area on the field.
In class, each pupil will need to use a post-it to vote.
They will need to write their name, class, what is their favourite and explain why.
To be completed by Friday 8th February.
Please return to Ms Smith in 3RS.
1. Web of 5 play trees connected with balance ropes
2. Wooden Monkey Bars
3. Play tunnel
4. Large feature logs (1.5m long x 1.2m wide) connected with short balance beams
Colman Junior celebrated the end of the festive term with what has become a fabulous Christmas tradition. The whole school demonstrated the Christian story of Christmas at Christ Church, through carols and readings. We also took time to recognise the 100th anniversary since the end of WW1.
The orchestra played, the signers signed, the “karaoke group” sang and the staff also made a “tuneful” contribution.
Thank you to all the readers and the music groups, to Christ Church and especially to all the families who came along and supported the children.
A collection was made to be split between Christ Church and the NSPCC and a total of £91.00 was raised.
Many thanks and wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year.
For our next book we are reading ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo.
We will meet in 6HG to talk about the book at lunch time on Friday 15thFebruary. Read all or some of the book before then and we will talk about what we liked and disliked about the book and characters, as well as anything we wonder about the book and anything it reminded us of.
For our next book we are reading ‘Invisible’ by Robert Swindells.
We will meet in 6HG to talk about the book at lunch time on Friday 1stFebruary. Read all or some of the book before then and we will talk about what we liked and disliked about the book and characters, as well as anything we wonder about the book and anything it reminded us of. All are welcome.
Before Christmas Year 6 worked hard to design and sew their own Christmas stocking. They thought carefully about the materials to use and the techniques to apply such as felt appliqué, sewing buttons and use of blanket stitch. We think the end results looked fantastic.
In Year 6 we started the new year by thinking about the four seasons and how they might move, speak and act if they were humans. We have used personification in our poems to create an impression of each season.
‘Winter’ by Omar
Through the gaunt trees,
Hushing animals as he limped ahead.
His back was death,
His hair was chaos.
He was evil,
His heart was cold.
Through the wood,
Mangling trees with a swish of his cloak.
He was evil,
His heart was cold.
His legs blocks of ice.
“Beware of the cold,” he said.
He was evil,
His heart was cold.
‘Autumn’ by Jasper
Autumn bounded through the trees,
Touching bark and bough;
And when he landed on a branch,
He shook it till the leaves all fell.
Autumn strode up the street,
Giggling to himself;
And when he got to a house,
Helped himself to their delicious sweets/
“Yum,” he thought to himself,
as back he slowly danced.
Autumn raced through a sea,
Of orange and gold;
But when he looked behind him,
He saw winter had crept behind,
Holding death’s cruel scythe,
As winter devoured all around.
‘Spring’ by Chelsea
“Time to grow,” he sang,
While the flowers nodded,
Glistening in the cool sun.
Calmly he breathed the fresh air,
It was a stunning smell.
The ancient oak trees froze,
Like a game of musical statues.
‘Spring’ by Felix
Through the blossoming wood,
“Let it grow!” he sang,
The flowers dancing around him,
Under the bright, dazzling sun.
Spring hopped about,
By the shining sea,
It playfully tossed pebbles about,
“Look at this beauty,” he laughed.
On Thursday 6th December, Mrs Carpenter come into school to share with us the reasons why and how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah.
In the UK, and all around the world, Jewish adults and children celebrate the Jewish festival of lights called Hanukkah which might also be called Chanukah. The festival lasts eight days and is celebrated by lighting an eight-branched candlestick called a Hanukiah. Each night, leading up to Hanukkah one of the eight candles will be lit.
In Jewish families, it is a fun time for children as they will receive gifts and Hanukkah money. A traditional game is played which involves a spinning top called a dreidel, which is a cube-shaped dice with a Hebrew on each of the four sides.
Also in some households, Hanukkah biscuits will be baked to be enjoyed by the family.
Find out more by visiting the BBC Newsround page www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/35030671