This week Year 6 performed the classic story ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame. Everyone agreed they did a fantastic job of bringing this tale of friendship and adventure by the river bank to life. We hope you enjoy reading the children’s (very modest!) reviews.
Wind in the Willows Fantastic! 5 stars
I think the Wind in the Willows Production that Year 6 recently did was outstanding. Everyone was singing and dancing and most importantly being very entertaining to the whole of Colman Junior.
The Production is full of action packed fun and has many exciting scenes for you to experience. The River Scene will make your mouth drop! Following that on one song `The Chase Chase’ there is lyrics for you to sing along to, as well as the props for you to look at. If you love animals then you will love this production. I guarantee you that you will not regret watching it.
The adventure began with our 4 friends (Ratty, Mole, Badger, and Toad) in their beloved homes. Mole, who is played amazingly by Ben T, is very busy spring cleaning his little home. Until one day he decides with a `Bother O Blow’ that he has had enough of cleaning and ventures out into the Riverside where is dear friend Ratty is `Messing About In Boats.’ Mole then meets Badger, who is played fantastically by Annie G, in the feared and cold Wild Wood. `POOP POOP’ rang in Toad’s ears and a Motor Car appeared. Now Mole, Ratty and Badger must save Toad before it is too late. What happens next you got to find out yourself. Get your tickets!
By Ben T
Wind in the Willows – Review
The year 6 school play which took place on the 9th and 10th of July 2019 was outstanding.
Starting with the 4 main characters played by Ben T aka Mole, Ratty Lauren P, Toad Mahnoor and Annie G Badger. It all started in their homes then they reunited once again Ratty loves messing about in boats and Toad was obsessed with his motor car. Also Mole liked cleaning everywhere and in his home.
I recommend it because I rated it 4 out of 5 and if your friends love adventure stories then you’re in for a treat.
My favourite part is twenty years and the police man aka Callum R
Saying that’s lenient for his cheek
By Callum R.
Wind in the willows
This great play performed by year 6 was amazing , all of the children loved it and so did I . There were great independent main characters Toad , Mole , Ratty , and Badger however there are some rude ,cruel ,mean characters. If you are having a boring day sitting and watching TV and your children are driving you mad, you will be more than happy to hear that Wind in the Willows will turn that frown upside down. Now let’s talk about what happens with toad and mole, our grateful Toad goes to prison and our harmless mole goes on all sorts of adventures.
I highly recommend this breath taking show for all the family.
Wind in the willows review An Amazing play
On Wednesday 10th July I was treated to watch the play ‘wind in the willows’ written by Kenneth Grahame but played by Colman Junior School. The four main characters were Ratty (Lauren), Mole (Ben), Toad (Mahnoor), and Badger (Annie). My favourite characters were Rupert played by Darby and Monica played by Annie/Sushma, the Audiences favourite part was the song ‘chase chase’ as there was the words on the screen and an amazing chase on the stage.
Wind In The Willows Review
Today we experienced the eye-catching Year 6 play, Wind In The Willows. This is our honest review on the production.
We would give it 5 stars as it was an amazing and unforgettable performance. It’s child friendly and the perfect show to just sit back, relax and watch the show. There is a whole variety of characters but these are our personal favourites: Weasel 1 and Weasel 2. These two characters are played by Lauren and Lottie and they did an INCREDIBLE performance .
By Lauren and Lottie
REVIEW-A WINDY ONE
Author: Kennneth Grahame Reviewed by: Mahnoor.K.A
The audience of a many people of ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, cats and dogs (you get the picture) squealed and cheered in delight. This week, I was fortunate enough to visit Colman look on as Year 6 cast a wonderful all-time classic that is ‘Wind in the Willows’.
Cursed by a dreaded motor-car spell, wise Badger, humble Ratty and sensible Mole go through many an adventure and places to attempt to break it off the poor Toad. However, when he is suddenly banged up behind bars, what could possibly be left to anticipate?
Badger, Toad, Ratty and Mole have a jolly time exploring round and doing joyous activities (excluding Toad breaking out of jail!) and that made myself have a jolly time! While Badger- played by Annie G-stood out with expression and feeling, Toad, acted by Mahnoor A– stole the spotlight and shone right out with humour and passion.
The production is filled with comedy, heart and tears (in other words, you name it, they got it!), a sleek, powerful River with acrobatic moves and many more. All in all it’s so dazzling and outshining to pick out just 1 favourite scene…
I would definitely recommend it to friends. Hands down, no debating, it’s the best show ever!! ‘I’d say THIS is the life!’
Wind in the Willows
by Sushma and Chelsea
On Tuesday 9th July 2019, both Year 6 classes from Colman Junior made an outstanding, entertaining show about the Wind In The Willows, it was an adventure. The characters were brought to life by the actors. I would definitely recommend this entertaining show.
Are you bored of watching TV every evening and on every channel there’s nothing classical on? Well this eye-catching classic was one of the best all-singing, all-dancing performances ever. In ‘ The Home Sweet Home’ and ‘ Friends Together’ songs were hit by James playing the saxophone and guitar. This creative musical was created the mastermind Kenneth Grahame.
The amazing characters shone brightly on the stage and gave us a night to remember. The main characters were: Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad, of course! There were stoats and weasels in the wild wood and police to keep things under control and also there were two little hedgehogs. The party girls knew how get a party started and the handy narrators helped us fill in some gaps.
The entire play was fantastic but the main highlights were when the ducks did their dance and the stoats ran away from danger as well as when Ratty and Mole had a fun time messing about in boats. Some more were when an upbeat song about toad I court (he stole a motor car) was playing and when the actors who were playing the river did some fantastic gymnastics to go with their poem.
I would recommend this to anybody searching for a classic and I think that you should see it too, so get a ticket and go to see it!
“I would rate this outstanding play 4 ½ out of 5.”- Chelsea
Team ‘Brain Freeze’ are the proud winners of Fiver Challenge’s logo challenge. They have had a great time choosing what to buy for the school with their prize money. Today they presented the exciting new books they have selected in assembly. Look out for them in the school library. You will find the team’s logo inside each book.
This week year 6 were ‘shipwrecked’ at Ringsfield Hall near Beccles. As a team they had to decide on the best way to survive on their desert island. This involved using different decision making models and working well in teams to perform various tasks. Dens were built, fires lit and children enjoyed foraging for food then cooking campfire bread and nettle tea. A brilliant time was had by all.
The CJS Easter tradition of making eggtastic entries for our decorate-an-egg competition and bringing a hardboiled egg for Jarping, created great excitement on Thursday 4th April. Mr Ellis visited school during the morning to carry on the Colman tradition, by being the head judge supported by the year 5 School Council representatives.
Easter Eggtastic Creations
As you can see from the photos below, the competition was full of innovative creations which meant that the judging took a while!
Congratulations and well done to all of you who entered.
Easter Eggtastic winners for 2019:
Year 3 – Daniel
Year 4 – Lexi
Year 5 – Ebony
Year 6 – Lauren
Following our recent Science week Year 6 tried bouncing the raw eggs which have been soaking in vinegar. As you can see, it worked! Happy Easter everyone!
Children enjoyed a visit from Rob Lloyd Jones, author of the Jake Atlas series. The books are inspired by his background as an Egyptologist and his love of treasure. Rob explained where he gets his ideas and also spoke about how he came to develop a love of reading and books despite hating books as a child. It’s great to see so many children already getting lost in the world of Jake Atlas… tomb robber, treasure hunter and troublemaker!
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.
For our next book we are reading ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ by Phillipa Pearce.
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.
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 ‘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.