‘Wow, I never knew maths could be so fun.’ ‘I wasn’t expecting this.’
This was the response of all the children who took part in the Magical Maths workshop at Canford School. Mr Sparks wowed us all with his magic tricks but also showed the children how they worked through algebra. The children were all engaged in trying to find out why a trick worked and they were pleasantly surprised in how maths was involved. It was a great introduction to algebra for many of the children but the only slight negative now is I am expected to do magic tricks in all my maths lessons. The children haven’t stopped putting their cards down since the day.
Thank you very much for the excellent workshop held by Mr Sparks.
Our trip to St. Swithuns
The people who had to be selected from Year 6 were very lucky because they got to go on a trip about creative writing and poetry. When we arrived, we had lunch and all was very nice. The excitement came as we went into a big room and listened to a sound clip which was about two children in a video who were in a panic because it seemed like someone was coming to get them but they had a letter that they needed to hide. We didn't know where the letter was or what it was about.
Then we went in a classroom and played a game. We had to imagine what a plumbing stick could be used for. After that, we had a talk about the letter; how old it was, what date it was and what it could be about. Then it was time to write the letter which had to be creative. I loved all of the ideas that everybody came up with, mine was about a potion. We could decorate the letter to make it look really old we could put it in a bottle or in a bag, scrunch it up but it had to be our creative ideas.
After we had done all of the writing we went and learnt about creative poetry. We used similes to sum up sentences. Milly and I wrote a poem together about fear. We spoke about how fear affects you and used adjectives and similes to create our poem. The teacher said that rhyming can sometimes ruin the poem which I found very interesting.
At the end of the day, we had lovely cakes and squash but sadly we had to go back to school. The trip to ST. Swithuns was really good fun and I really enjoyed it.
By Millie C-S
I loved the creative writing trip to St Swithuns. I’m very fond of English, and this just brought out my interest. It taught me how to really use my imagination and use different subjects and feelings to make my writing sound exiting.
If I could, I would definitely go back again. I now know that I don’t have to stick to the rules of writing, I can just use my own rules and go wild, or I could make sure nothing goes wrong, and get it all planned out first. It’s up to me.
We had two sessions. The first one we did a letter writing task, we had to use evidence to make a letter and finish the story. The second session we used inspiration to write our own poem about fear. It was so much fun.
Lily B-T and Milly A
For the next week or so we, as a pack, are going to be trying to earn the naturist badge.
Today a man called Jason from Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre came to talk about owls. The first owl he pulled out was a barn owl. Personally I thought it was amazing but when Jason showed us a few more owls, my mouth dropped even more.
And Jason told us a really interesting fact about the colors of their eyes, like if its black they hunt and pray at night and if they are yellow it’s a daytime hunter. But if its orange it means it is a late evening and early morning hunter. I found that fascinating.
We all laughed so much when the barn owl pooped on the floor and we all felt sorry for Mr. James for having to clean it up… Really, we all loved it.
Another fact we learned was that owls don’t see their prey, they hear it, and its quite interesting due to the fact that owls don’t have ears coming out of their heads. They have ears on the bottom left and top right of the eyes.
The one we stared at the most was either the really small owl or the massive owl.
I’m really glad that Jason came today. Hopefully in the future we can do something else like this. I am glad that I became a Cub as it has given me the chance to do really cool things. See a few pictures here.
by Alex Miller Year 6
On February 27, the sun came out, so I thought it would be fun to take the camera for a walk around the school and see what I could find…completely at random. ..Only two lesson with a few sports and boarding pictures at the end of the day to round it all off.
What fun it was to see the diverse and exciting activities around the school. Even the weather co-operated as we had a hail storm whilst visiting the reception class which is studying ‘Frozen Worlds’ along with the rest of pre prep.
On my ramble, I came across year 3 sampling food from WW1, years 5s learning a new song in their choir, year 4, 2 and 7 were working on ‘sums’, (including trying out Singapore Maths!), year 5 looked inside their bodies at x-rays of their bones. Another group of year 7 children were tackling an English assignment and the music block was filled with children having individual lessons. The year 8s were in a science class building molecules or in geography researching earthquakes, whilst the nursery children measured themselves against a giant penguin.
The hail storm caused a change of plan for games although some year 6 children enjoyed the fast melting snow. The riders were out in force and the weather turned again in their favour. In the midst of all this, the team photographs were being taken by Lemonade Studio so children were in their sports kit and sorting out timings. After school, while most children were in activities, a few boarders were relaxing in their rooms……and just as I was leaving, Lizzy returned from her scholarship day at Canford in time to display her day’s work.
Phew….and that was just a normal day! Click here to experience the whole day...what fun!
During Half term Henry Edge took part in the Portsmouth Music Festival.
He was adjudicated by one of the top brass musicians in the UK, Simon de Souza, who plays in several well-known music ensembles including BBC Now, The CBSO and The Bolshoi Ballet as well as in a number of London West End musicals.
Competition was fierce and Henry encountered some old rivals from previous competitions.
He did exceptionally well however to play stylishly and musically under pressure.
Although he narrowly missed out coming in as runner up in two of his four classes we are delighted to celebrate two first places for Henry. He marks these tremendous achievements with silverware as follows:
The Catherington Cup- for Classical Solo Grades 5-6 Level
The Harbour Vetinary Group Trophy- for Examination Music Grades 5-6
You can hear Henry on this website playing Rondino by Allan Street