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Christmas Play 2016

posted 25 Jan 2017, 06:05 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 6 Mar 2017, 06:28 ]

We are all very proud of our Christmas Stars who once again put on a fantastic show for us.



Autumn Term 2016 Round-Up

posted 25 Jan 2017, 06:05 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 6 Mar 2017, 02:49 ]


Fox Class were lucky enough to visit the Warner Brothers' Studio where the Harry Potter films were made. Our day began with an exclusive, literally behind the scenes, experience in which studio staff showed us authentic costumes and props from the films. We also had a go at distressing our own fabrics just like they do in the films. Following this, we visited the whole set where we were able to experience some movie magic.
For a design and technology project, Key Stage 2 were given the challenge of designing scarecrows. We visited the Hull family farm in Occold and spoke to Farmer Dan about what makes an effective scarecrow. He showed us lots of interesting examples and we asked him questions about potential designs. After this, we returned to school to make our scarecrows. We were surprised to learn that they didn't have to look human!

Otter Class visited the Castle Museum in Norwich for an Ancient Egyptian themed day. We made jewelled collars, took part in role plays about daily life, examined some real artefacts and saw some real mummies. We also took part in a pretend mummification ritual. We had a very enjoyable time and learned lots-thank you Castle Museum Norwich for a super day.


Rabbit and Hedgehog Classes visited the Dinosaur Park in Lenwade, Norfolk for a prehistoric experience. We met dinosaurs, hunted for fossils and had lots of fun on the adventurous play equipment.

As part of their topic on space, Fox Class carried out a practical science investigation that explored impact craters.


Aylmerton 2016

posted 20 Oct 2016, 14:27 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 6 Mar 2017, 06:58 ]

Year 6 were great ambassadors for our school on their week long residential at Aylmerton Field Studies Centre. It was a real pleasure to see our children challenge themselves with the variety of outdoor and adventurous activities. We also made lots of friends with children from other schools which is good preparation for High School!

Monday
We arrived at Aylmerton  at about quarter to 11 after a swift journey through both Long Stratton and Norwich. Children unloaded into their dorms and were pleased with the arrangements. Our children split into two groups with some heading into West Runton for a beach study whilst others stayed on site for an afternoon of pirate-themed activities. On Monday evening we were treated to moonlit walk through the Felbrigg Estate. After hot cocoas, the children settled down well to their first night.

Tuesday
This day was a little wetter than Monday, but the rain certainly didn't dampen spirits. The  group who were at West Runton on Monday returned to the coast for a study of the town of Cromer which included a trip to the top of the church tower. The other children remained on site for a day of team building followed by the ominous sounding Monster Trail. On Tuesday evening all our children were captivated by local  traditional storyteller Paul Jackson.

Wednesday
The day started brightly and the children once again took part in trips to the coast and adventurous activities on site. In the evening they traveled to Sheringham to visit the Splash water park.

Thursday
This was the day we had been waiting for. All the group went on an exciting adventure to Blakeney Point. We travelled by boat across choppy seas to the point and walked back across the mud flats which include a trek through the estuary. Thursday night was disco night!

Friday
On Friday we had face to face with lots of animals which included a large python and a tame(ish) raven. Then packed and headed home to Occold.






Summer Term 2016 Round Up

posted 9 Aug 2016, 06:00 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 9 Aug 2016, 10:21 ]

In April, two teams from Occold attended the Swimming Gala at Diss Pool. We performed admirably for a small school and won several races including the relay. Later that month Otter Class visited the Suffolk County Fair at Trinity Park to learn about the agricultural heritage of our county.

 

Pupils from Rabbit Class visited Ancient House in Thetford to have hand-on experiences with a range of historical toys to link to their class project on the same topic.

 

Girls from Key Stage 2 took part is cricket tournament at Stradbroke. Unfortunately, this was the only outdoor inter-school sports event that wasn’t cancelled due to our unusually wet summer.  Children certainly haven’t missed out on sports and the outdoors and ongoing after school clubs during the Summer Term: have included Orienteering, Junior Sports, Infants Sports, Cricket and Gardening. The Headteacher is very grateful for the time staff and parents at Occold give to make these possible. I would also like to thank Beth Absolom from Worlingworth Cricket Club has been leading the after school cricket club in addition to teaching master classes in cricket for Year 6 pupils. Sports day was once again a great success in its traditional format and you can see pictures from this in a separate post.

 

Alison Cooklin, a parent who recently published a children’s book, visited Otter Class to talk about writing and led a short workshop with the children. She also kindly donated copies of her book The Light Travellers: Luke's Journey to the school library. Thanks Alison!

Year 3 were lucky with the weather when they visited Knetishall Heath with other schools in the Hartismere Pyramid for an outdoor art day based on the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Fortunately, the weather held our gain for our Year 4s when they also visited Knetishall Heath, this time for an for an orienteering day.

 

Year 6 visited the Crucial Crew at The Mix in Stowmarket. They took part in workshops which explored a range of important safeguarding issues including online safety, first aid, fire prevention, drugs and smoking and safety around dogs.

 

Not being left out, Year 5 attended a science morning based on Astronomy at Debenham High School where they constructed rockets and visited a pop-up planetarium.

 

Towards the end of the tern each class presented an interactive assembly to parents to share their learning. All three were well attended and much appreciated by parents and the headteacher!

 

In July, Year 6 visited London for the day. The trip involved travel on British Rail, the London Underground and London Buses. We visited the Science Museum, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Downing Street (private tour), Trafalgar Square, China Town and Covent Garden. The trip was once again a great success and helped the children both to gain independence and experience with transport and also learn about our culture and British values through visiting the capital and its democratic institutions.

 



Once again our children have proved themselves to be great performers. Both the Christmas Play and the end of the term production Pirates of the Curry Bean were highly polished shows in which the children outdid themselves with their wonderful singing, great acting and hilarious comedy moments! This year, the pirate play was a particularly difficult and complication script and I was taken aback by how well our children rose to the challenge to provide all of us with a thoroughly entertaining experience. Please see the separate post for pictures.

 

And so at the end of the year we waved farewell to our Year 6 children Evie, Archie, Katie, Xanthe, Jacob, Megan, Dylan, Leo, Peter, James, Jack, Eleanor, Heather, Martha and Jimena. This is a collection of children who are all very different, with strong and distinctive personalities-all delightful in their own way. Getting to know their individual strengths and interests over the last 3 years has been a real privilege for me. Teaching them this year, spending the day with them at London, reviewing their results and watching them perform in the play really brought home to me how far they have all come and what a special bunch of young people they really are. I have learned a great deal from them and have great admiration for their many achievements. They will be sorely missed at Occold. I would like to wish them all the best and look forward to hearing about their many adventures in the future. I am very proud to be a headteacher of a school with such kind, talented and highly resourceful staff and children.

Pirates of the Curry Bean 2016

posted 9 Aug 2016, 05:59 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 7 Mar 2017, 07:05 ]

Our children put on a very entertaining and particularly funny show for us this year. There was singing, dancing, laughter and tears in equal measure. Many thanks to Mags for these amazing photographs of our summer production.

Sports Day 2016

posted 9 Aug 2016, 05:59 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 9 Aug 2016, 12:15 ]

Take a look here for pictures of our traditional sports day.

Thanks to Mags for these wonderful reportage style photographs of sports day.

Spring Term 2016 Roundup

posted 9 Aug 2016, 05:58 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 10 Aug 2016, 05:17 ]

The Spring Term is often a little quieter than the others, usually due it both being shorter and also due to the weather limiting our capacity somewhat for out of school excursions. Nonetheless, we certainly do our best to enrich children’s learning experiences at Occold.

 

On the second day back the whole school visited the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich to watch the pantomime ‘The Sword in the Stone’. This rock and roll themed show was of a very high quality and is a super introduction to the theatre and world of performing arts for many of our children.

 

On Thursday 21st January the boys from upper Key Stage 2 took part in a football tournament at Hartismere. Occold played exceptionally well and were clearly the most successful ‘small school’.

 

The following week, children from Fox Class took part in a basketball tournament at Debenham. We didn’t do as well as we did in the football but the improvement in our play as the competition progressed was commented on by the organisers.

 

On Tuesday 9th February, the Friends of Occold treated pupils to delicious pancakes in the Village Hall. Many thanks to the Friends for their hard work.

 

On Wednesday 24th February, children from Occold took part in the Tag Rugby tournament at Hartismere High School. The children performed admirably and there were some particularly impressive individual efforts.

 

On Monday 29th February, children took part in the Quicksticks Hockey tournament, also at Hartismere. We finished second in our league and were unlucky not to come away with medals. Katie and Hayden in particular put in outstanding performances.            .

 

Governors met with School Council to plan their contributions to the recruitment of a new teacher. The children were fully involved in the process and helped us choose Miss Rowe who will be taking over from Mrs Prentice with Fox Class.


On 9th March: Year 6 visited Hartismere High School for a Geography Day.


On 14th March: Children attended a ceremony led by the local Parish Council in the school playground to mark Commonwealth Day.

 

Each class presented an interactive assembly to parents to share their learning. All 3 were well attended and appreciated by parents.

 

A range of clubs have been offered this term including ukulele, craft, sports (table tennis), gardening, movie making and film club. I would like to thank staff for giving up their time to make these possible.

Autumn Term 2015 Roundup

posted 3 May 2016, 02:43 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 9 Aug 2016, 05:58 ]

To link with their project on explorers, Otter Class developed their own survival skills on a successful outdoor and adventurous trip to Eaton Vale. Much fun was had by all as the children took part in activities including climbing, geocaching, fire-making, shelter construction and raft building. Some of us ended up in the river but everyone was smiling when they made it ashore!

On Friday 16th October, the whole of Key Stage 2 attended the traditional Mellis Cross Country event. All of our Key Stage 2 children took part and we had more than a handful of top ten finishers. Well done to all of our children. Many thanks to Mellis Primary for organising this event and also to the staff and parents who came along to help and cheer us on.

Otter Class were not the only children to experience the great outdoors. Rabbit and Hedgehog Classes visited High Lodge in Thetford to carry out a range of outdoor and adventurous activities linked to their topic on forests. They also had a chance to go hunting for Gruffalo!

Our new suite of iPads were put to good use starting with Otter Class who made some amazing digital books on spiders to link with class book of Charlotte's Web.


The outward bound theme continued on 2nd November, when 15 children from Year 6 joined with children from 4 other school to take part in a residential activity week at Aylmerton. All children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the school has committed to return the week before half term in October 2016 (see blog entry on this page for more details of this trip).

Once again, the school were very successful in the Suffolk Young Poet competition with several winners, highly commended and commended entries. A group of children from Occold attended the poetry workshops at Snape Maltings on 6th November and our two winners read their award winning entries with aplomb. The school would like to thank our Governor Jeni Smith and staff for inspiring the children to write so beautifully.


Children, staff and parents paid their respects at the Occold War Memorial on November 11th. Children read poems and laid a wreath.

On Tuesday 17th November, girls from Year 5 and 6 competed in a football tournament at Framlingham. The girls put on a fantastic performance despite the driving rain and quagmire-like conditions.

As part of their Science and Design and Technology, Fox Class have been learning about circuits and switches and used their knowledge to construct interactive electronic quiz games.

To complement their project work on the 'Age of Steam', Fox Class visited Gressenhall for a Victorian themed day.

All children at Occold Primary have the opportunity to learn to play am musical instrument and we were delighted that our ‘brass band’ were invited to play carols for villagers at the Christmas Fayre in the Village Hall.

On Thursday 10th December, children from the whole school performed the Christmas play ‘The Magical Christmas Box’ in the Village Hall.


On Thursday 17th December, children from Years 5 and 6 were invited to Hartismere to take part in a ‘day of drama’ based on the Snow Queen. Children were given the opportunity to work alongside pupils from other primary schools and those currently at High School.

 

A wide range of after schools clubs were available this term including ukulele, craft, sports (table tennis), gardening, movie making and film club. A huge thanks to staff for making time in their busy schedules for this much appreciated activities.

Aylmerton 2015

posted 26 Nov 2015, 03:33 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 26 Nov 2015, 03:41 ]

One again, our children had a fantastic time on the residential along with children from other schools in our Pyramid. I would like to thank the staff at Aylmerton Field Studies Centre for their care and high quality instruction, the team at Mellis for organising the trip this year, Mrs Prentice and Mrs Whayman for accompanying the children and our pupils for behaving so well and challenging themselves by getting stuck in to all the activities on offer.


Occold Summer Production 2015

posted 24 Aug 2015, 14:03 by Paul Parslow-Williams


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