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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.