Independent Life Skills in Year 7

The Year 7 pupils have shown enthusiasm for creating the raised beds for the new allotment area and have really taken ownership of the tasks in each stage of the process. First, they thought carefully about the colour of the outdoor paint, giving reasons for their choices and voting for their preferred options. Next, they changed into suitable clothing and learned how to safely carry and paint planks of wood. The pupils then joined the wood by hammering nails and using a screwdriver during the construction process. It’s been fantastic seeing the class engaged in a whole learning process, trying new skills, developing independence with practical skills and demonstrating perseverance. What excellent work!

Year 7 RSPCA Outreach Project

The Year 7 pupils are very keen on animals and regularly communicate about their pets or previous experiences with animals. Therefore, it seemed appropriate for us to participate in an outreach project with the local RSPCA centre. The pupils were initially surprised to see the rather old looking collection box in the classroom, but they became very eager to suggest ideas for ways to make it look more appealing. The pupils have really taken ownership of the project and designed the artwork, chose and ordered the materials online then washed the sculpture to prepare it for decorating. The pupils practised décopauge techniques by making stationery pots before carefully applying décopatch paper and acrylic paints to the sculpture, decision making along the way. The whole class participated in the project and have demonstrated enthusiasm, concentration and perseverance. We were very pleased to spend Friday afternoon with Gill who explained how donations support animals at the RSPCA centre in Martlesham. The pupils then excitedly revealed the collection box and talked about their learning process. We feel a little sad to see the sculpture leave Gorseland but hope that it will encourage a few more donations for the centre. Falcon Class are very grateful for the opportunity we’ve had this term – thank you!

Author Visit in Year 2

This week, we had a visit for James Campbell. He is an author and he has written books such as Boy Face and The Funny life of pets! We discussed who could be a writer and what makes a person a writer. He gave us lots of inspiration for our writing and he even read some of his books to us! This helped us with our piece of writing for generating ideas!

Year 1 Nature visitor

Year 1 had Mr Pearsons, a Nature Expert, in to work with us and help us learn more about nature, in particular Barn Owls and Moths.  We had fun dissecting Barn owl pellets and found lots of animal skulls, bones, maggots and even a set of teeth!  We did wash our our hands thoroughly afterwards .

Seeing into the Future!

Today, Year 6 were given the chance of a lifetime – to see into the new technologies currently being developed within the walls of Adastral Park. It was an excellent interactive event, engaging our young people with inspiring technologies, such as: virtual reality; hologram programming; 3D printing for the medical world; videoing tracking, customer profiling; robotic programming and more. As the children explored these technologies, they took part in challenges to trial the areas of interest. Two of our Gorseland teams even won prizes for robot programming and the space race.A fantastic time was experienced by all, and the children were a credit to the school, showing exemplary behaviour and maturity.