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. 

Sensational Year 6 Fundraising event

As very proud teachers, we just wish to send out a massive thank you to everyone that has run, baked, helped prep tombola prizes, bagged sweets, found sponsors (or been a sponsor!) and worked passionately to raise funds for film week. We have been overwhelmed by everyone’s commitment and generosity and have enjoyed seeing the children so keen to get involved.

Well done one and all!Miss Lambert and Mrs Orrin

Celebrating books

World Book Day has been a roaring success. Year 6 came dressed in some inspirational costumes, linked to their favourite texts – I thought I had arrived in Hogwarts! The book blether and willingness to share their book loves was superb.What a motivated group of youngsters! Thank you everyone!

Year 6 Fencing Taster Session

Year 6 enjoyed an active session in which they learned the art of fencing. It was a fun-packed thirty minutes and the children felt very motivated afterwards. Anyone who particularly enjoyed the taster would be welcome to attend the fencing club starting soon.

Learning about our wider community

In Year 6, we welcomed Mrs Saunders this afternoon, who kindly shared her role as a nurse practitioner who supports some of the marginalised groups within the wider Ipswich community. The children asked a range of intriguing and deep thinking questions with regard to migrants and refugees, and Mrs Saunders nursing role. They were answered in a child-friendly, informative and sensitive manner, developing their understanding of her role as being non-judgemental and compassionate. Superb discussion and mature learning. Well done everyone.

Dramatic Inspiration

Today, we had lots of fun acting out our dialogue text from the novel Pig-heart Boy. The characterisation and engagement was excellent. A terrific way to bring learning to life Year 6.

Year 6 Dragons Den

Year 6 have been hard at work this afternoon coming up with their initial product ideas. We have been working on the theory that no idea is a bad idea and musing about possible new products as much as possible! Team work has been key this afternoon; the most successful groups have listened well to each other, praised each other and asked challenging questions.

Mock Trial: The Case of Jonny Rotten

6A have had the most amazing opportunity today! We were granted access to Ipswich Crown Court to perform our very own mock trial. A very special and unique experience given many adults haven’t had the opportunity to see inside a real court before! 


With confidence, flare and imagination, 6A acted out their courtroom drama. Many of them had spent their own time editing their lines, thinking about props and producing impressive articles and drawings. Their effort was outstanding and they left the Judge very impressed (and with a high score and a chance of getting into the final of the competition)!
The children were incredible and a real credit to the school. They dressed in real gowns and wigs, sat where real criminals have sat and got to quiz a real Judge about his best, most interesting and most difficult cases.
Here are just a few of the things children said after their visit:

I can’t believe I was a judge! I sat where they sit; a memorable experience that I will treasure for a life-time, even though I’m not sure about horse-hair wigs!

It was a sensational performance that our class presented to a real judge. 

It was awesome that we were in a real courtroom and we heard some funny and some serious stories – especially the one about the pineapples!

It was a once in a lifetime experience and I’m very lucky to have had the opportunity. I can’t believe Jonny Rotten stole my bike!

It wasn’t what I had in mind, but it was amazing nonetheless. I loved it when we asked the judge about his favourite court case, and he told us the whole story.

Today, I felt the experience was amazing! I sat where a real usher would sit. Even though I felt very nervous, I enjoyed it very much.

It was extremely fun and I loved seeing everyone in their costumes. The courtroom was a lovely environment, and everyone there was kind and smiling, no matter how serious their jobs actually were.

It was a once in a lifetime experience. I couldn’t have wanted it any other way. I’m glad Jonny Rotten didn’t get away with the crime!

It was nothing like I expected. I thought it might be like the Houses of Parliament, but it was actually really modern inside. I loved every bit of the experience, even though I was found guilty.

It was an indescribable experience – one I will never forget.

The trip was breathtaking – the ability to sit in a real courtroom, and witness how a real trial would go down, was exhilarating.

*Although we are strictly not allowed to post any photos from court on the internet, there will be a small display of photos in the classroom 

6B in Court!

6B have had the most amazing opportunity today! We were granted access to Ipswich Crown Court to perform our very own mock trial. A very special and unique experience given many adults haven’t had the opportunity to see inside a real court before!

 With confidence, flare and imagination, 6B acted out their courtroom drama. Many of them had spent their own time editing their lines, thinking about props and producing impressive articles and drawings. Their effort was outstanding and they left the Judge very impressed (and with a high score and a chance of getting into the final of the competition)!
The children were incredible and a real credit to the school. They dressed in real gowns and wigs, sat where real criminals have sat and got to quiz a real Judge about his best, most interesting and most difficult cases.
Here are just a few of the things children said after their visit:

Walking through the doors took my breath away, seeing the whole room laid out as a proper court.

It was a phenomenal experience to be able to talk to a real judge and find out about all of the best cases he has presided over. 

It was a unique, once in a life time, experience that I would not normally be able to do. 

It was really exciting to try something really different to anything we have ever tried before! 

It was both nerve wracking and exciting to be in a courtroom, having to speak and lay out a case!

It was an incredible experience being able to watch our class each take on their characters and play out a courtroom drama

I felt uncomfortable, but official in a proper lawyers wig and gown! The reason they wore them was because they are tradition. They used to be fashionable and only the rich use to be able to afford them.

It was a wonderful experience seeing everyone dressed up in white wigs and shirts, feeling very important! 

*Although we are strictly not allowed to post any photos from court on the internet, there will be a small display of photos in the classroom for anyone who wants to take a peek!