To celebrate World Book Day, Ainslie Wood turned itself in to a magical book world full of wonderful characters. There was a mixture of fairy tale princesses, heroes, villains and even some animals. It was great to see so many amazing costumes and so much effort that had gone in to the day. Well done to all who participated!
World Book Day Production of 'Alice in Wonderland'
As part of our celebration of World Book Day, we were visited by Pendle Productions who put on a wonderful show of Alice in Wonderland. The children and adults were mesmerised by the colourful costumes. awesome acting and sensational songs. We hope the children left inspired to explore classic works of literature.
Safer Internet Day
On Tuesday 10th February, Ainslie Wood took part in Safer Internet Day. This is a yearly event which promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. The children of Ainslie Wood took part in exciting activities which covered aspects of cyber bullying, personal safety and social networking. There were interesting discussions across all year groups and children approached the subject with a mature and responsible attitude. All children attended an assembly which covered all aspects of e-safety and raised awareness of how to stay safe online.
Magnificent Milk with Journey Class
Journey Class were interactively taken to the farm where they met Farmer Graham. Farmer Graham welcomed the children to a dairy farm in Blackburn where the children learnt all about milk. Graham taught the children how milk is processed at the dairy farm and what different kinds of foods are made from milk. This was a great way for the children to experience the farm from their classroom. As a follow up from the online field trip, a journalist from The Chingford Times came to visit Mr Bethell and the children to find out more. He interviewed Mr Bethell and a photo was taken for the newspaper.
All Aboard HMS Belfast!
On a cold, cloudy Wednesday Year 3 visited HMS Belfast. Each class participated in a workshop about life on HMS Belfast experiencing different uniforms, morse code and everyday activities. The children found out that 900 sailors lived aboard HMS Belfast in the war. On board there were life sized wax models of a dentist and a surgeon. These were very realistic with the sounds and smells you would expect to experience on a working war ship. It was a very exciting day and a lot was learnt.
On Friday 16th January a selection of KS2 children had the opportunity to become animators for the day. Lead by a professional animator, the children storyboarded their scenes and made their own characters from special plasticine. All children worked hard towards the end product which will be called 'A Day In The Life Of Ainslie Wood'. This short animated film will give an insight in to a day at our school from the children's point of view. Stay tuned, the finish product will be posted soon. Coming to a website near you!
Year 3 Adventures at Whipsnade Zoo
After a quick trip down the M25 year 3 arrived at a very cold Whipsnade Zoo. On arrival we travelled into Africa to see the Chimpanzees having their breakfast. From here we headed into Mongolia where we spent time in a Mongolian Ger and made gifts for the Sloth bears. We then got on a bus and travelled into the Artic where we saw Reindeer grazing in the field. The tour guides then took us into a lovely warm room and taught us a song and dance about animals in the Artic, this warmed us all up nicely. We then hopped back on the bus and had a guided tour of the zoo seeing, Lions, Zebras, Giraffe, white Rhino, Flamingos, Mara and Wallabies. After that it was lunch time, once we had all filled up we went on a walk around the zoo guided by Mr Anderson. We saw the Sea Lions swimming around, the Tigers prowling their enclosure and the Elephants eating their lunch, even the new baby elephant, which got everybody excited. After this we all got back on the coach and headed home, everybody was exceptionally behaved and thoroughly enjoyed their day.
Our Whipsnade adventures!
Christmas Jumper Day
On Friday 12th December, Ainslie Wood took part in Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save The Children. There were many festive jumpers around including musical ones and jumpers that lit up. It was great to see so many children and adults support an important cause.
Fun at the Ainslie Wood Christmas Fayre!
On Friday 5th December we held our annual Christmas Fayre. There were a range of stalls including cupcakes, handmade gifts, biscuit decorating, sand craft and also a pocket money stall. Children had the chance to visit Santa in his Grotto and have a photo taken with the elves. It was great to see the Ainslie Wood community come together once again to celebrate the Christmas festivities.
Getting in to the Christmas Spirit at Ainslie Wood
To get in to the Christmas spirit we have put up several Christmas trees which have been decorated by the children. Every class has made their own decorations to hang on the trees. Christmas is definitely upon us!
Children in Need
At Ainslie Wood we got involved by asking everyone to donate £1 and come to school dressed up as their favourite Super Hero, or as someone who they think of as their own hero. There were some fantastic costumes around the school including the staff costumes! A lot of fun was had and all for a great cause.
Lest we forget
Ainslie Wood remembered the heroes of the war in a special Remembrance Assembly led by Mr Gregory. Mr Gregory shared stories of his Granddad's experience through some fascinating stories. At 11am all children participated in a minutes silence.
In the words of King George V, "the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead".
Fireworks night goes off with a BANG!
The Ainslie Wood community enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by Handel's Classical Fireworks Music. The night went off with a bang and ended with a sparkle.
Fireworks Night 2014
PGL Top Girl & PGL Top Boy
Following an eventful week at the Year 6 residential to PGL, there were special awards for two of our children who won the prize of Top PGL Girl and Top PGL Boy. The winners of these prizes were Zahra M and Kyle. There was also the much coveted prize for having the tidiest room throughout the week. This prize went to Room 79 and whose occupants were Rebecca, Sude, Carolina and Dionne. A big cheer for those girls and the tidiest room at PGL! Well done all.
Computing club were excited at the arrival of the ProBots in this weeks session. ProBots are programmable cars which are designed to follow commands. The children programmed the ProBots to move around the different ProBot maps. These included programming them to get from Edinburgh Castle to Stonehenge. Another group of children had the ProBots racing around the ProBot rally. It was a close call for a winner! It is safe to say that both the children and the ProBots are all programmed out for this weeks session!