The Spring Term was packed full of great learning experiences for the children here at Alderwood. In fact, it was hard to know what to include in this first Compass School Focus article! Please take a look below to see what we’ve been up to since January.
The Spring Term saw our children being immersed in the wonderful world of the ‘Mysteries of Harris Burdick’. We took this thought provoking text as our whole school project and produced artwork and stories to display in our hall. The children were really intrigued by the illustrations in the text and were completely absorbed in the mystery surrounding Mr Burdick himself.
We have been focusing on producing high quality outcomes throughout the foundation subjects and the Spring Term was no exception. Birch and Willow Classes made some fantastic creations during DT when they designed and made their own healthy snacks. There were some rather strange combinations and not all were as delicious as they could have been!
We are very proud to announce that we have obtained our Early Years Quality Mark award and will be sharing our great learning with you all in due course.
Oak Class visited the National Maritime Museum and participated in a ‘Meet the Vikings’ workshop. Did you know that the iconic Viking helmet is a myth and was probably burial treasure which was misunderstood by archaeologists?
Science has also been very hands-on, with two classes constructing and erupting their own volcanoes! We have also been taking full advantage of the fantastic resources available at the Environmental Centre. Four classes have visited recently and enjoyed every minute of it! Elm and Maple Classes braved the February cold snap, where Birch and Willow Classes enjoyed the outdoors on the first real day of summer!
We celebrated World Book Day as part of an entire week of book related fun. As usual, we held our World Book Day Character Parade and what a parade it was! We are passionate about reading for pleasure here at Alderwood and fully promote the connection between early reading and future life success.
Oak Class have linked up with UCL (University College London) for an inspiring set of meetings and workshops about life at a London university, the courses that are on offer and how to live away from home. The next phase of this inspirational programme, is a trip to the UCL campus to experience a day as a student.
We have also been extremely active during the Spring Term by participating in many sporting events. We participated in the annual SCWA Dance Show. Our children supported each other wonderfully and upheld our school values throughout the rehearsal and the production.
We were absolutely delighted to be invited to CAFC where two children showcased their poetry skills by reading aloud their very own work to the Manager. This is a real honour and takes an awful lot of courage.
We also supported Sport Relief in true Alderwood style with a range of activities. There was a dance workshop, a dodgeball tournament, football coaching, a gymnastic display and a park run! Phew!
Maple Class visited the indoor climbing centre at Sutcliffe Park and had an absolute blast challenging themselves, and each other, to climb higher and achieve more.
Everything is better with music
Music has also been very high profile at Alderwood with many ‘firsts’ happening last term. Our Choir participated in the huge Young Voices event at the O2. They sang alongside over seven and a half thousand other children at the iconic venue. We also participated in the Compass Concert hosted by Halley Academy. This was truly an inspiring event, which brought all seven schools in our partnership together.
We were also delighted to send a small group of children from Palm Class to a singing workshop hosted by Haimo Primary. This amazing opportunity was funded from ticket sales following the Greenwich Music Hub event last year. Secondary pupils from Plumstead Manor led the event and taught our children a very complex, acapella piece by the end of the afternoon.
Music doesn’t stop there! We are very excited to have secured a link with the Greenwich Music Hub to deliver specialist instrumental tuition here at school. Watch this space!