On Wednesday, we took part in the whole school sponsored singathon. We started the day with a singing assembly led by Captain Graham and then had a sing-off rehearsal. During our rehearsal, Redwings came to deliver the inflatable microphone- this signalled our 20 minute non-stop singing slot, so we burst into song (and dance!). We sang on our way out to break, and several Woodpeckers sang for the duration of break time with Miss Wood, who was on playground duty. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the boys from Swallows to join in with our rendition of 'Let It Go'. After lunch, we all went to the hall for the sing-off. Each class sang a song from a musical which they had been learning, and Woodpeckers did a fantastic job of singing a medley of songs from 'Matilda'. Competition was very tough, but it was judged that Redwings won from Key Stage 2 and Kingfishers won from Key Stage 1. The musical theme continued on Thursday afternoon when we had a visit from the Egerton Music Festial West End Singers. We had a great time joining in with songs from Half A Sixpence, Oliver and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and nearly lost our voices (nearly!).
(Apologies for the REALLY blurry Woodpeckers performance photo, Miss Wood was over excited. Hopefully some videos of the singing make up for it!)
On Tuesday, we went to the Games Barn across the road and got to see the Egerton Art Exhibition. It was a real treat! Half of us had a guided tour of the art works whilst the other half had questions to answer about them, based on information which was placed around the exhibition and then we swapped over. We could easily have spent so much longer in there having a really good perusal of the fantastic work on display. There's still time to catch the exhibition until Sunday 2nd July and it's well worth a look!
This week, we have been focusing on 'beautiful learning'. Not that we don't always produce beautiful learning, but this week our emphasis was on drafting and re-drafting many times over, each time giving each other feedback which was helpful, kind and specific in order to help us improve our next draft until the end result was far more beautiful than the first. We watched an emotive video for our stimulus (http://www.literacyshed.com/the-present.html) and then chose an area we felt strongest in, to respond to the video. Some of us felt that we were 'people smart' and worked collaboratively to reenact the video, others felt that they were 'word smart' and presented their responses as diary entries from the perspective of the puppy, lots of us felt that we were 'practical smart' and produced beautiful drawings, paintings and 3D models and we also saw a dog bed made from mud and natural materials from Duncan who felt more 'nature smart' and a musical performance from Richie and Dixie who felt that they were 'music smart'. It was lovely to see a variety of strengths being exhibited and we really put our all into our learning, enjoying every moment and together producing a wonderful display of truly beautiful learning which we were really proud to share during our open afternoon.
Sunday afternoon flying lessons in the garden. The flapping is going well, the staying in the air part needs work.