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Autumn Term 2014 Roundup

posted 1 Jan 2015, 06:30 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 23 Aug 2015, 10:19 ]

It has been a pleasure to welcome all of the new children to our school this year. Our Reception children have settled in well and it seems like they have always been with us. It is very rewarding to see children gain in confidence so quickly and feel secure enough to be themselves and share with us their unique personalities.  Staff thought carefully about their topics this term in order to create learning experiences they thought would engage and motivate our children. These included ‘Pirates and the Caribbean’ for Class 1’, ‘Ancient Egpyt’ for Class 2 and ‘Entertainment USA’ for Class 3.

Children and staff dressed up for Roald Dahl Day raising lots of money for his Dahlicious Charity as well as having a fun time and learning a little more about his super stories.

During the week of National Poetry Day at the beginning of October the school were delighted to receive news that our school had achieved the great distinction of being the school with the strongest overall entry in 2014 in the Suffolk Young Poet Competition which we entered at the end of the summer term. I would like to thank all the staff in the school who worked diligently over the last year to raise standards in writing and give children the opportunity to write creatively. I would also like to thank the staff and students at UEA for helping to inspire us on our visit to the campus. Many congratulations of course to all our very talented children who entered the competition.

Our winning and commended poets and their families were invited to the festival at Snape Maltings on the evening of Friday 7th November to listen to readings of the winning poems and to meet acclaimed children’s author Alan Ahlberg (you will probably know him from Each Peach Pear Plum, The Jolly Postman and Funnybones). Our school also received the Hardiman Scott Cup fromThe Suffolk Poetry Society.

Individual winners: Niles (Class 3 last year) and Alexander (Class 3)

Highly commended: Harvey (Class 3 last year)

Commended: Douglas (Class 3) and Martha (Class 3)

You can read some of their work here:

You can read more about the poems at the festival blog here:

Staff presented three meetings to support parents with helping their children. These were based on special educational needs, early reading through phonics and an introduction to the school’s new calculation policy. These were very well received by attending parents and I would like to thank staff for giving up their time to prepare such informative and highly professional presentations.

Our children performed magnificently at the long-standing Mellis cross-country tournament. The whole of Key Stage 2 (Classes 2 and 3) attended and all of the children ran and completed their races. This is a fantastic achievement. We were also thrilled to have many children finishing in a top ten position in their race. These super runners included: James, Evie, Sharon, Rosie, Scarlett, Rafe, Lilia, Georgia and Ellie. Well done to everyone taking part and the staff at Mellis for organising.

As part of their topic exploring the history of film, Class 3 went on a trip to the Warner Brothers Studios where the Harry Potter films were made. They were able to look closely at the costumes and sets as well as take part in a range of exciting activities including green screening, wand lessons and a fantastic workshop looking at how special effects are used to enhance actors’ costumes so that they fit with the story. We also had a go a writing our own stories to go with some of the distressed fabrics we designed.

Class 3 worked hard on their science topic on space. Activities ranged from investigations on impact craters to research on planets and dwarf planets.

Class 3 also made some super board games of their own design working closely with our visiting student teachers from the UEA.

Our Year 6 pupils really made the most of their time at Aylmerton. They have were quick to make friends with children from other schools and you wouldn't have thought there were four different schools there. Staff from other schools made many positive comments about our children who once again proved to be excellent ambassadors. Our children successfully completed all of the challenges with big smiles on their faces. The behaviour of our children was exemplary. No one was homesick or poorly and they all ate well. I was very proud of all of our children. Thanks to Mrs Prentice and the volunteers from other schools for making this trip possible.

As part of their topic on Ancient Egpyt, Class 2 decided to mummify some fish! They learned that the Egyptians mummified animals (including fish) as well as people. We had a great time learning about the anatomy of fish as we carefully removed the organs from them and placed them in our specially made canopic jars. We cleaned the fish, stuffed them to maintain their shape and preserved them in salt for a month to dry them out. Following this, we oiled them, covered them in aromatic herbs and wrapped them in linen bandaged to preserve them for all time!


Class Two used unsuspecting Parents to help judge food prepared for their Ancient Egyptian Banquet. Parents thoroughly enjoyed being part of the class and joining in with topic work. It was wonderful to see children so obviously engaged and enthused by their learning. Thank you for the huge amount of support that we had for this event and of course well done to Class Two, Miss Leigh, Mrs Froude and Mrs Sewell for the tasty food and informative presentations about Ancient Egypt. It was very exciting to see the fully mummified fish once again!

To conclude their topic work, Class Two visited the Ipswich Museum where they were able to take part in a range of interactive workshops.

Class One thoroughly enjoyed their topic work and the children were very brave when they tried a wide range of exotic Caribbean fruits that many of them hadn't tried before.


 They also made good use of the outdoor environment across the road to produce some highly creative and eye-catching artwork.

As usual, December was a very busy month. We enjoyed an evening of festive fun at our well attended Carol Concert and Christmas Fayre. A special thanks to all our children for playing so beautifully outside in the cold and to all the Friends for their help in making the event possible. Once again, the Christmas Meal was a thoroughly enjoyable event a great opportunity for the school community to come together. Again, thanks to all those who worked so hard to make this such as success. We ended the term with a wonderful performance of our Christmas musical ‘Who’. The children were amazing. It was a privilege to watch them perform and a pleasure to do so knowing they were clearly enjoying themselves.