Thursday, 28 February 2019

Year 6 Debating Group - Trip to St Matthew's School

Today, a group of fifteen Year 6 pupils went on the mini-bus with Mrs Wallace and Mr Smales to visit St Matthew's Church of England School in Tunbridge Wells. 

The purpose of the trip was to join up with some of the Year 6 pupils from St Matthew's school to participate in a debate. The topic of today's debate was, 'Should smoking be made illegal in the UK?'

Upon arrival to St Matthew's the children from both schools engaged in some activities to get to know each other and enjoy a late breakfast of croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit and orange juice. Afterwards they divided up into two groups; those against the idea and those who agree that smoking should be made illegal. The two groups then shared their research and agreed on what were the key points to support their point of view. 

After lunch the two groups came together and the debate took place in front of an audience of Year 6 pupils from St Matthew's School. One pupil from Bannockburn volunteered to act as the chairperson, ensuring that both groups presented their views in a professional and courteous manner. Four teachers from St Matthew's School were invited to act as judges and decide on which side made the strongest case.

The children had a great day and all the children involved behaved impeccably throughout. And if you look very carefully at the photos, you might spot Mrs Wallace enjoying herself out on the playground at lunchtime!

We have invited St Matthew's School to come over to Bannockburn (after the Year 6 SATs of course!) to engage in another debate.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Governor Open Afternoon - 14th February

On Thursday 14th February some of our school governors came to visit the Manor Way site. After enjoying a healthy school lunch in the hall with the children they toured some of the classes, from Nursery up to Year 6, to see what the children were learning. This day coincided with our French Day, which included French mime, sketching and debating about the pros/cons of France having secular laws.

House Assemblies - Emerald & Ochre

On Thursday 14th February the children from both Ochre and Emerald Houses came together at the High Street site for their house assemblies. The focus of the assemblies was 'fairness' which is our current School Value this month. 

Year 1 - Lime Class Mini Chef

We finished off the last half term by trying out our cooking skills with Mini Chef!

We chopped, peeled and made a lot of bundles of spaghetti until we created a delicious vegetable bolognese.

What a great success it was, selling out by the end of the day.
Thank you to all of those we bought our dish!

3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF!

Guess what we are learning about this term in Year 2 - SPACE!

Today, in Acer Class, we begun our learning sharing what we already knew about Space. Then we learnt to dance like astronauts and used crayons and paint to create our own space art work.

It was a fun day and we are looking forward to learning more!