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Spring Term 2015 Roundup

posted 23 Aug 2015, 09:32 by Paul Parslow-Williams   [ updated 23 Aug 2015, 10:17 ]

The Spring Term kicked off with a trip to the Wolsey Theatre to watch a fantastic ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ pantomime performance of Beauty and the Beast. We were delighted to bring the whole school with us and the show was enjoyed by all ages including the adults. I would like to offer thanks to the Friends of Occold for funding this for us.

Our school nurse Bev Hawkins visited Class 1 in January to support the Class 1 science topic on microbes and personal hygiene. Children had an exciting time using special ultra-violet sensitive cream to test the effectiveness of their hand-washing and learned lots about how diseases are transmitted.

The school were delighted that Martha’s beautiful artwork had been chosen to be exhibited after impressing the judges in the Suffolk Young Artist Competition. You can see a photograph of her ladybird picture below.

Ellie and Evie also produced some amazing artwork based on animals. You can also see their work here.

The school held a ‘handwriting week’ starting at the beginning of February with the aim of raising the profile of good presentation and writing for speed and clarity. The children responded well and particularly enjoyed the competitions. Winners received giant pencils filled with coloured pencils.

Making use of our PE Premium Funding our children took part in wide range of competitive sports and coaching activities. Making use of local facilities goes a long way to compensate for the small school site. Our competition season began when the whole of Class 3 attended the Basketball tournament at Debenham Leisure Centre. Although we were not placed in the event, the organiser drew attention to how far our children progressed based on their starting points in earlier matches. We were proud to have 100% participation from our Upper Key Stage 2 children for this competition. Similarly, the majority of Class 3 attended the Tag Rugby tournament at Diss Rubgy Club, the Quicksticks Hockey tournament at Hartismere and the Netball Tournament; also at Hartismere. Although one or two children were reluctant to begin with, they thoroughly enjoyed the experiences and gained much from the competitive environment. In March, we were fortunate to be invited to attend basketball coaching sessions at Hartismere led by High School pupils who were studying for their Sports Leader Award. Perhaps next year we will be able to make use of them and improve our standing in the next basketball competition.


To celebrate World Book Day children dressed as characters from their favourite ‘books’ and were  given book tokens. Later in the term, Year 6 attended Hartismere for a Geography themed day and were also invited to watch a dress rehearsal of their play ‘Grease’.

On the 18th March, Mrs Watts organised a whole school maths day. Through this she introduced concepts from her MAST course such as using maths powers to support the investigative process. This was done using an ingenuous super hero theme. You can see images of 'maths powers' below. The day also included a class assembly in which children in Class 2 taught their parents a selection of mathematical algorithms from our calculation policy.

On 19th March 2015 parents and children gathered in school in the vain hope of having a shared experience of watching the eclipse. Unfortunately the weather was terrible and the internet went down. Nonetheless, it was fun to meet together and fingers crossed for the next one!

We ended the term with a trip to the University of East Anglia to work with the students there on a writing project based on undergraduate life. It was an inspirational experience for our children and opened their eyes to future possibilities.