Thursday, 9 October 2014

School Council Election Day...

On Thursday the twenty fifth of September, Fairlop had their school council elections. It was a tough job! Congratulations to the winning children who have succeeded to be a school councillor. From years two to years six children participated in the elections. Children handed out badges, leaflets, wrist bands, chocolates and even more sensational ideas. The school was filled with election fever. It was like Scotland all over again!
Here is a quote that one of our successful candidates wrote:
Megan 5S..
“I feel very proud of myself for what I have achieved. I feel that this is very important for not just this school but the whole environment. I feel that to make the school a better place I would like to… make the school dinner menus better and more divine, stop the bullying and have more fundraising events to make money for charity. I was inspired to be a school councillor by my sister who was once a school councillor herself.”

We made posters like these…

Congratulations to the following children who are our school councillors for 2014-2015:

World War I

On Thursday the 11th of September the whole of kS2 went down to the lower hall, to watch a play all about World War I.

 In the play two men acted out what happened during World War I, just after Christmas, up to 1915. They told us about the lives of the men who were at war, the way they ate, slept and about how hard it was to survive. We learned about the two allies’ tactics at war. We also heard all of the conversations they had.

 It was an amazing experience given into consideration that the whole of the school is learning about world war I. 
One of the magnificent things about it was when they sung. 
Over all, I personally think the play was extremely entertaining and if I was allowed to watch it again I would.

By Sancia Year 6

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Creative Writing Workshop

The author David Gatward came to Fairlop. 
We were very lucky to have been chosen to be part of his creative writing workshop along with children from other schools.  We started by writing down all our favourite books and words to describe them on a big sheet of paper, we then thought about what makes a story great and came up with some ideas such as cliff hangers, amazing characters and an exciting plot.

David then gave us some story dice with pictures on them, we rolled them and whichever pictures they landed on we had to make up a story and tell it to each other.

 He then taught us the four most important things when creating a story: Character, purpose, place and conflict. Finally using lots of ideas, the story dice and other props, we came up with our own ideas for a story – we had to write a three line blurb about it. Now all we have to do is write our stories but we have so me many ideas we can’t wait to get writing!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen, Author and Illustrator (The Dark) hosted a live webcast, in which children from Years 4, 5 & 6  listened to him talk about his love of picture books. 

Jon talked about his early career as an animator (which he disliked) and how he then went on to write and illustrate.

The children were transfixed as Jon read to them and then went on to demonstrate how he creates his quirky drawings.

The session ended with the children having a go themselves, producing some wonderful cartoon drawings.

Friday, 18 July 2014

'More able' Maths Day...

On Wednesday 9th July we had a day of Maths along with 3 other schools:
Redbridge Primary
South Park
Ray Lodge

Mr Pete Hall who is a teacher with 35 years experience (Headteacher for 5 years) led the problem solving day with 33 children.

The day was filled with a variety of fun mathematical puzzles which gave the children the opportunity to apply what they know to solve problems.

There was lots of talk, team work and success. A Fantastic Maths Day!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Dan Freedman Author visit...

On Tuesday 15th July we hosted an author event with
Dan Freedman, author of the Jamie Johnson series of books.

 The children took part in a video conference with 3 other Redbridge schools. 
A group of Year 4 Children also had a question and answer session with Dan.


(see more video on our school website - click here)

The day was rounded off with a book signing. 

Mr Judd, our Assistant Head said "It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to meet and talk with Dan Freedman". 
The Children were totally enthralled and have been inspired to read all of his books

A Great Day was had by everyone and a massive thank you to Dan Freedman!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Fruity Friday!

On Friday 13th June 2014, the whole school had Fruity Friday!
Here are some thoughts from Class 3H!

The children in Key Stage 1 enjoyed fruit in their classes and Key Stage 2 brought in yummy, juicy and delicious fruits to eat in class! We brought in some of our favourite fruits and some people tried fruits they had never had before or had not had for a long time. 

The fruits we tried were lychees and cherries and most of us thought they were scrumptious! 

We found out that some people had different taste buds! We enjoyed sharing the fruits with each other and talking about our favourite fruits. We learned that we should always try new things because maybe it will taste different to what you expect! We know fruit is important because it is healthy and has lots of vitamins.

 We would like more Fruity Fridays in the future and think that next time we should wear fruity themed clothes!

Redbridge Primary Maths Challenge

On Friday 13th June Maleeha, Seyon, Schreoshi and Keirthan attended the Redbridge Primary Mathematics Challenge at John Bramston Primary School.

We started off by having to design a boat to hold at least 1kg. However we had to buy our materials but only had a budget of five pounds. There was only 30 minutes to complete the boat and have it ready for testing. We came up with a creative plan that would give us a boat that held 3kg, unfortunately it came second, to a boat that held 3.5kg. 

After this we headed off to solve some maths problems. Some of these were very hard but others were easier. The puzzles included making an equilateral triangle form 4 separate pieces, number grid problems, and creating 3D cubes with all sides the same colour. 

In the afternoon we swapped teams and worked with children from different schools. We had to complete a more challenging problem about decorating biscuits. This was linked to ratio and common multiples. 
Schreoshi won a certificate as her team worked together the best.

Some comments from us:

Maleeha – “It was an exciting challenging day that made us use our brains.”

Seyon- “Making the boat was the best and we nearly won.”

Schreoshi- “I had a great day and it was really fun.”

Keirthan- “I had an enjoyable day, especially solving the maths problems.”

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Year 6 Visit WWII Museum

On the 20th May we went to the Ilford Museum. The trip was fun, first we went on the bus - the ride was around half an hour. Then we walked for a couple of minutes towards the library/museum. 
Inside we were kindly greeted by a jolly lady called Sandra. She took us upstairs to a room and introduced her staff.
The first thing we did there was a short quiz. Then, 6 of our class (6B) could pin-point the places that were at war in WWII. After that's Sandra explained some more about the war, then we were separated into 2 groups, my group stayed in the room and learnt more about rationing and the amount of food rationed in a week for 1 person. Then, she showed us the things someone had packed for evacuation.
Then we went to the second part where Sandra showed us a piece of shrapnel. It was heavier than I thought! There was even an Anderson Shelter that had been given to the museum by someone local that we were allowed to go in!
When we went upstairs , to the other group, we had a quiz using information from people's stories.
The day went by so quickly (time flies when your'e having fun!). I would love to do something like this again. The thing I liked most was the model house, it impressed me thoroughly - it was so real!

By Krishna Class 6B

Corporate Challenge

A group of employees from Associated British Ports (ABP) came to school on the 16th May to help in the Environmental Area. 
Their task was a very difficult one; to convert an ugly area on invasive weeds and shrubs into a beautiful edible forest. 

They first had to dig out all the weeds and shrubs then level the area. 

They then had to construct raised beds from 200ft of scaffolding boards.

 When this was completed they had to move 4 tons of topsoil in wheelbarrows and put it in the raised beds. 

Time was beginning to run out but they did manage to plant 2 apple trees, currants, gooseberries, rhubarb and garlic chives in the edible forest. 

The weather was scorching and they worked very hard but they stayed very positive all day. many thanks to the eight volunteers from ABP.