Thursday, 14 March 2019
In order to raise money for Comic Relief, Pupil Voice Council have decided to ask children to come into school wearing something red and also hold a cake sale. They have written to parents asking for donations of cakes and biscuits and worked with the catering staff to come up with some Comic Relief related treats. Throughout the day, each class will have the opportunity to buy the delicious creations. In class, children will be learning about Comic Relief and why we raise money for this cause.
As part of our computing curriculum, Edna G. Olds Academy has established links with Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology. The Year 6 children recently visited the campus to enjoy a robotics workshop led by one of the teachers and some A-Level students. The children were given the task of creating a robot to do a specific job and spent the first session exploring the software and robotic technology available to them. They are looking forward to continuing this project over the course of this year.
To celebrate World Book Day 2019, Pupil Voice Council planned a special day for children in school. Alongside dressing up as their favourite characters from books, Pupil Voice Council decided that each class should spend the morning using their creativity to create a character. Different media were used to bring the characters to life and they were then swapped with children in a partner class. Upon swapping characters, the children were then tasked with writing a story about the character they had been given. Some great stories were produced by the children and they particularly enjoyed sharing their work with the children who had created the character originally. Alongside this, a special book themed lunch was prepared by the catering team which included 'Golden Snitch Garlic Bread' and 'Willy Wonka's Chocolate Dessert'.
On the first day of this half-term, the children enjoyed a topic launch day related to their new science topics. A variety of exciting, hands-on, activities were planned across school which gave the children an insight into their new topics and inspired lots of questions which they are excited about answering this half-term. In Year 6, as part of the light and electricity topic, the children were set a challenge of using electrical components to create an alarm system in a house to alert the owner of any intruders. The children thoroughly enjoyed coming up with creative ways to solve this problem and showed true creativity in their solutions!
As part of World Book Day celebrations, each class visited Waterstones in town where they participated in a variety of reading related activities. A member of staff talked to the children about the books they could buy with their free book voucher and gave them a summary of the different stories. The children enjoyed having the opportunity to visit the shop to 'spend' their vouchers and had fun participating in the different activities.
As part of their science topic on space, the children in Year 5 welcomed a mobile planetarium-the space dome- into school. Almost filling the entire hall, the inflatable dome was used to project images of the stars and planets and some of the children said they felt like they were really in space! This learning opportunity has really inspired the children and was an amazing learning opportunity.
Over the last seven weeks, the children in Year 6 have been working in collaboration with Nottingham Playhouse and five other schools across Nottingham to stage a production of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Each school was responsible for a specific section of the play which were then put together to be performed in the main stage at Nottingham Playhouse last week. The children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions preparing their part with Dawn, the practitioner from Nottingham Playhouse and were excited to perform on such a large stage in front of a packed auditorium.