Over the past few years we have raised a substantial amount of money for Cancer Research UK by organising our own Race for Life around the school playing fields. Race for Life Schools is a great opportunity to educate all our students at Preston C of E Primary on the importance of a healthy lifestyle through a fun sporting activity and the part they can individually play being a global citizen who contributes to world and community improvement.
The pupils of Sycamore and Mulberry classes showed great commitment and enthusiasm in supporting this worthwhile cause with all who participated in the event being successful. All the children received a Race for Life medal and are now busy collecting their sponsorship money! Watch this space for the grand total !
As part of our Science topic on Light, we made periscopes which allowed us to see objects around corners. A periscope uses mirrors to reflect the light from the object around the corner and into your eye (see above).
Our budding Engineers spent a fantastic day hosted by the Royal Aeronautics Society at the Fleet Air Arm Museum where they took part in STEM activities and competitions.
As part of our WWII topic, we have researched the importance of Morrison and Anderson shelters and have started to build our own models - some even complete with their own "gazunder" (chamber pot)!
See above - During our World War 1 activity morning, Mulberry Class designed a silhouette scene from the war. Using charcoal, black paper, stencils and acrylic paint the children enjoyed creating their individual landscapes. After this activity the children were taught how to dance the Charleston and a small group performed their dance to the local community at the Commemoration Tea Party at Abbey Manor Community Centre on Friday 9th November.
Following our Remembrance Service a selection of Reception and Year 6 children placed wreaths, which they had created in their classes, on the soldier silhouette outside the main entrance to the school. This small ceremony was witnessed by Mr S Woodrow from the Royal British Legion.
Year 6 Visit Nothe Fort, Weymouth
Our trip to Nothe Fort was a great success. We were lucky to have a glorious day in Weymouth during which to experience the lives of 1940s refugees. From spending time in an Anderson shelter (amidst an aerial bombing raid) to finding out how many sweets our rations would buy us, we were treated to a realistic and enjoyable insight into how different life would have been. Year 6 costumes looked fantastic and it was clear that they learned a great deal throughout the day. Nothe Fort were also very impressed by the behaviour of our pupils.
The pupils were given the framework of 'The Call' by Jessie Pope. The poem addresses the 'lads' on the frontline, with repeated questions to 'my laddie'. The poem also contains a clever pattern of rhymes. Pupils were challenged to follow the structure and create rhymes of their own. This followed a brief introduction to life in the trenches. Please see the video above.
Year 6 Celebrate European Day of Languages
End of very busy and important week in Preston Primary. We have celebrated European Day of Languages as always and it has been a delight to see the ideas and creativity of all our children. Mulberry Class have celebrated with the topic of “Everyone smiles in the same language”.
We find it amazing every time we hear a child in our school speak in another language or share knowledge of their own language learning experiences or cultural celebrations. This week allowed us to remember that we are all part of one large global community.
Able Maths Day
Four of our amazing mathematicians spent a day with other schools solving challenging puzzles and developing their higher level thinking skills. They showed great perservance with some tricky concepts.
Sycamore Bid Farewell to Mr Frisby
Sycamore had an emotional day saying goodbye to one of their past teachers, Mr Frisby. They surprised him with a lovely memories book which he said he would always treasure.
As part of our science curriculum, we have been learning about the heart and circulatory system. Last week, we dissected pigs’ hearts to see the different chambers and the aorta (see above).