Building a Fairground

This half term Swan Class were lucky enough to have three sessions at Eastpoint Academy in Lowestoft using the Lego computer programming software, Lego Wedo.  In the first session the children used a set of instructions to create either a Ferris Wheel or carousel that they could then program to move.  The second session challenged the children to then create their own moving Lego creation that they added sound and instructions to.  In the final session the children had a choice of either participating in a challenge to create a dodgem that could move the furthest when rolled down a ramp, or, they could use a more advanced software to program a car to move around the track.  Back at school, the children then used this knowledge to create their own carousel powered by an electric circuit.

Skipping Fund Raising

Well done to all the pupils that took part in the sponsored skipping event “The Jump Off” raising valuable funds for the British Heart Foundation! The children enjoyed practicing their skipping skills, being active and giving money towards a good cause!

Norwich Cathedral Day 16th October 2015

The children from Mallard and Swan Class attended the ‘Who is Jesus’ day at Norwich Cathedral on the 16th November.  The children were split into groups and participated in a number of workshops where they danced, sang, designed and listened to stories.  At the end of the day some of the children performed at the front of the Cathedral to the other children and we all took part in an act of Collective Worship.  The children were brilliantly behaved and were all keen to contribute to the sessions.

FA Skills Coaching Sessions with Mallards and Skylark Classes

This half term Mallard and Skylark classes have been working with Matt Potter, an FA Skills Coach, to improve their footballs skills. The children had great fun and really improved their fitness levels and skills! Well done everyone!

Gillingham takes London by storm!

On Friday the 19th June 2015 Miss Church and Mrs Amer had the pleasure of accompanying our Year 6 children to London.  Prior to the trip the children had planned what they wanted to see and do and also fundraised to cover the total cost of the trip.  We left Beccles Station bright and early and the children entertained many of the other passengers on the journey: so many adults commented what a delightful bunch of children they were.  On arrival at Liverpool Street Station we caught the Tube to the British Museum and visited a special exhibition entitled ‘Ancient Luves, New Discoveries.’  The exhibition contained a number of Egyptian mummies and explained how new technology was able to tell us more about the artefacts.

We then walked to Hamleys along the very busy Oxford Street, Spencer did not think he had seen so many people in the whole of his life before!  The children had a great time exploring the five floors of toys and games.  After spending a little too long shopping, we raced to Downing Street.  Eden had written a letter asking David Cameron whether he would like to visit our school and although he was unable to come, he did send an invite to the Year 6 children to give them special access to Downing Street.  We were met by some very jolly policemen who ran their important security checks before they deemed us fit to enter.  You can imagine our surprise when suddenly George Osbourne came walking along the road with his red budget case.  He spoke with the children and even allowed us to have our photograph taken with him outside Number 11.  He showed us the Prime Minister’s car which we were all very envious of – perhaps one day…..  The policemen were so kind and spent a long time with us telling us about the history of Downing Street and Number 10.  Then we walked across the Thames, passing the Houses of Parliament on the way.  After a quick ice cream and play in the park, we boarded the London Eye and saw many of London’s famous landmarks.

Our final destination was Chinatown – YUMMY!  We all had a special Chinese buffet and after filling our stomachs it was time to return home.  We finally arrived back in Beccles at 10.30 p.m.  Miss Church would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of the parents for supporting our fundraising and a special thank you to Mrs Amer who took the day off to help.  The children were an absolute credit to the school and it really was a perfect day out!

Team Spirit in the inter-school cross country tournament.

On the Friday 13th February, some children in Gold Class represented the school in the cluster cross-country tournament.  We were in awe of the children’s bravery and commitment to finishing this gruelling challenge.  Mrs Amer (a parent and spectator at the event) was kind enough to send us this message about the event…

Dear Mrs Brand
Not sure what you can do with my of course biased match report but……. I attended today’s cross country competition at Worlingham and had to write to express my pride at all of the Gilingham St Michael’s team. What a way to represent their school! Their team spirit, sheer determination and amazing sportsmanship were an absolute joy to see.  They all gave their absolute best, and weren’t even slightly daunted by the challenge, on an enormous muddy filed , with a cold wind that stole your breath, and with teams from numerous other schools.
 Watching them all come home , across the line, with every child picking up points for their team was a pleasure.  I was proud to stand with parents, teachers and pupils who had a such a collective sense of achievement. Friday the 13th was a lucky day for us!
Very very well done to all.
Lisa Amer

Inspiring Young Mathematicians

We were delighted to take 2 Yr5 pupils from Gillingham and 2 Yr 5 pupils from Ditchingham to represent us in an inter school maths competition held at Langley Prep school in Norwich on 12th February.  The children had to work in pairs on 6 different challenges that each lasted 8 minutes.  The pressure was fierce but our children were, as always, totally amazing.  They worked so collaboratively on challenges that most adults would find difficult and their levels of perserverance were astounding.  We are so lucky to have such dedicated students and we hope to return next year to show again that small schools can create wonderful mathematicians.