School of Rock
The year 6 production was a great success. Many comments were made complementing our excellent dances and brilliant songs. The children and adults did a brilliant job of putting together the outstanding production in only two weeks !
Auditions were held and the suited parts were given to the most confident actors and actresses.After the parts were given we decided to watch the movie (School of Rock) .Once we had finished the film we practised scenes making sure they ran smoothly.
We had a special visitor from the West End who played a role in the musical called Cameron Sharp. He taught us one of the signature dances, stick it to the man. He also helped us to improve our acting and spent he spent some time working on some of the scenes.
Overall the production was an awesome experience and really helped us to improve our uacting,sing and dancing skills. This production helped to build our confidence and teamwork.
by Adela and Ella
This week the class have been writing recounts about their amazing experience in Woodlands.
Here are some snippets of their writing:
On Monday 16th April 2018, the whole of Year Six (Cherry and Silver Birch) from Fir Tree Junior School set off on our residential destination: Woodlands, the county of Powys, Wales. We were going there for a week to improve our independence and team work skills. So, waving goodbye to our parents, the coach filled with pupils and teachers set off. Four hours later, we arrived at our destination. It was such a beautiful old manor house. Did they not realise who would be staying here for five days? By Lottie
Arriving at the centre, the coach filled with a buzz of excitement as we didn't know who was in our room yet and the feeling of being away from our parents for a week was overwhelming. Over the course of the next few days we did activities such as: caving, high ropes and canoeing. These challenges improved our communication skills, perseverance, independence and team work. I'm really grateful for this trip and I feel it has made memories that will last forever. By Jess
On the third day (our last night at Woodlands) our activity was the High Ropes; climbing up the tree, my hand was shaking and my legs were like jelly. Trying to get to the top, each step was a challenge but I persevered and completed the task; I felt much more confident. By Saja
I had the best week of my life at Woodlands. I conquered my fears whilst becoming much more independent. Personally, I would definitely recommend it to any year 6. By Lucas
Welcome to Silver Birch Class. We are a class of 25 pupils with two teachers- Mrs Jackson and Mrs Downs and our Teaching Assistant Ms Hall.
Please find below information that you may find useful. We will also regularly update our class page with photos and work that we have done.
Our webpage will contain lots of information about things we are doing in Silver Birch. For a more child-based insight into the class, we have decided to publish a class blog that will run alongside this site but be updated by the children. To find the Silver Birch blog, visit the link below:
Please feel free to ask questions or make comments on the blog.
School Year 2016-2017
Welcome to Silver Birch class! We are a conscientious bunch and we love a challenge! Our teachers are Mrs Jackson and Mrs Downs and our class TA's are Ms Hall and Ms Smith. Together we make a great team! We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead, jam-packed with learning opportunities- watch this space to find out more!
Silver Birch are developing their music smart skills with a series of African drumming lessons. Our first lesson was a great hit ('scuse the pun) Luca said: I loved the drum lessons, we played games to learn rhythms and it was great fun! Miles reported: The drumming lesson was brilliant! I have never played the drums before and I can't wait til next week.
Silver Birch were lucky to have the opportunity to visit the Egyptian gallery at the Ashmolean museum in order for us to hear from experts about what life was like for the Ancient Egyptians. We became detectives when we examined a range of real life artefacts that were over 3000 years old! We learned about the importance of the river Nile for early settlers, walked around Taharqua's shrine and we saw a beautifully decorated sarcophagus. Everyone agreed it was a great start to our new topic and we are raring to find out more about the Ancient Egyptians.
What a great afternoon we had on Monday when we visited 'Le Manoir aux Quat' Saison' in Great Milton as part of our Take One Picture project. We explored the beautiful gardens and learnt all about the different herbs, fruit and vegetables grown in order to use in the kitchens of this two star Michelin restaurant. We taste tested many different types of herb and plant e.g. Vietnamese coriander, mouse melons, Stavia (sugar plant without calories) and many more. The afternoon finished with a meeting with Raymond Blanc himself. Silver Birch listened as Raymond Blanc talked about the qualities needed to succeed in life. He said: 'Talent alone is not enough, you need to work hard!'
Year 6 spent the morning at Wallingford School taking part in a variety of PE activities. Children had the opportunity to try bouldering, trampolining, invasion games, dance and the fitness station. It was great to work with children from other schools and to meet the PE teachers at Wallingford School.
Macbeth characters brought to life- textured collages using a range of media.
School Year 2015-2016
Welcome to Silver Birch class! We are an enthusiastic, hard-working team who thrive on a challenge. In our class we have two fantastic TA's, Mrs Atkins and Mrs Southon, who encourage us to do our best. Our teachers are Mrs Jackson and Mrs Downs.
Congratulations to Jack Wells and Evelyn Hansell who were voted in as Silver Birch Class Councillors. They will do a super job as they are such a conscientious and motivated pair. Well done to everyone who took part.
We were very lucky to have a Samba teacher in this morning. It was excellent fun and learnt so much. Here are some of the things we learnt during our session:
The children have been working hard this term to create their own computer programmes.
The children enjoyed a packed day at RAF Benson today where they experienced using science and mathematics in the work place. They carried out experiments, solved mathematical problems, learnt the importance of weather conditions and keeping fit.
Once back at school the children reflected on what they had learnt.
We had to think about the key elements that keep us alive such as food, water, air, our heart. We then made a stencil to represent the key elements and used printing techniques to create our whole class image as part of our 'Staying Alive' project.
We think it looks striking - do you agree?
Term 3 Wallingford Pancake Race
Thank you to everyone who came and cheered on our year 6's this morning as they took part in the annual Wallingford pancake race.
There was an excellent atmosphere as the children raced twice around the course. Looking fab in their Royalty themed fancy dress.
A special well done to Sophia and Topaz who won the girls race, and Harry who won the boys.
We started the year studying a painting called 'Man with a donkey' by the famous artist Horace Moore-Jones. As part of this study we visited the Donkey Sanctuary at Brightwell Cum-Sotwell where we found out about the amazing work that the volunteers do there to care for abandoned and mistreated animals. This led us to think about ways in which we can help. Watch out for our fund raising event that we will be holding in the near future to raise money to help look after the donkeys.
Silver Birch had a fun yet educational trip to the Donkey Sanctuary which prompted us to hold a fundraising day so that we can raise money to adopt a donkey. This was a great success and we raised enough money for every class to adopt their own donkey.