On Wednesday 21st March, our Eco Council were invited to join in with an air quality survey being carried out, for South Bucks District Council, along Iver High Street. The monitoring team from Ricardo Energy and Environment explained how the equipment worked and answered questions from our pupils. Once the data has been analysed, Cerys Williams (Senior Environmental Protection Officer) at South Bucks District Council will return to IVJS to explain the results to us. Our pupils were commended by Ricardo E&E on the depth of their questioning – well done everyone!
What a blast today was! We celebrated World Book Day today here at The Iver Village Junior School and you should have seen our assembly! We have spent the day in our own fairy tale as we have spent time with many cats in hats, Alice dropped by on her way back to Wonderland and Willy Wonka entertained everyone with his stories of golden tickets, all under the watchful eye of Superman, ahem, I mean Clark Kent.
Each child received a free book to help really get them excited about reading, what did your child bring home?
We had a blast on Thursday afternoon wandering in our wellies! We could really see the creativity of the children in the school because we had some fantastic designs!
Thank you to everyone who took part, everyone who attended the walk and everyone who has donated. We are still accepting donations, please could all donations be handed in by next Wednesday for our Enterprise club to tally and add to our fundraising pot!
This week saw our British Values day of the term, this time, with a focus on Fairtrade. Our classes had the opportunity to explore what Fairtrade means, understand what the symbol means, where it comes from etc.
Children baked banana bread using only Fairtrade ingredients - it was delicious! Using an atlas, they located countries which produce the Fairtrade products that they used.
Other groups looked at the journey of the cocoa bean from tree to shop and designed a new Fairtrade chocolate bar wrapper for their favourite chocolate bars.
Year 6 enjoyed a great day visiting Denham Country Park where they took part in three activities: A wild walk, river dipping and river dynamics. On the wild walk the children had the opportunity to identify various wildlife, listen to the sounds around them, find out about Deep Lock on the canal and they even had a game of Pooh sticks whilst working out which part of the River Colne flowed fastest. During river dipping they learnt the best way to disturb the river bed in order to use nets to see what organisms they could catch. They were then able to use magnifying glasses and identification sheets to work out the names of the creatures they had caught. The river dynamics session had the children using science and maths techniques to measure the width, depth and flow of the river. They were really lucky with the weather and most managed to stay dry! The children can now use this information to enhance their understanding of our rivers topic.
This year at IVJS we are having a Reading Revolution and have invited all children at our school to participate. The overall aim of our Reading Revolution is to develop a love of reading in every child. We not only want to develop a lifelong love of reading in our learners for their enjoyment, but also realise that reading can broaden vocabulary, increase general knowledge and develop a better understanding of other cultures. We hope that by raising the profile of reading we can engage any reluctant readers and broaden the variety of books accessible to others who already have the ‘reading bug’. We have planned at least one reading event each month to ensure there is something for everyone.
Our first task at the end of the last academic year was to rejuvenate our library. We employed a fantastic children’s librarian to help us with this endeavour. Firstly, she audited our book stock and then advised us on which titles and authors would be most engaging for our young readers. We had a fantastic reopening ceremony and the children are much happier with their library now.
In September, our first event was to ensure that as many children as possible had access to local libraries. We were lucky enough to get the local library manager to come and sign children up one week before and after school. He also returned with the new library cards and issued them to the children who were excited to go and see what the library had to offer. Whilst he was here, he also handed out certificates to those children who participated in the summer reading challenge which we had promoted in July.
In October, we took on a fantastic new member of staff – Dudley the reading dog! Reading to dogs has been proven to help children develop literacy skills and build confidence. This comforting environment helps to nurture children's enthusiasm for reading and provides them with the confidence needed to read aloud.
In November, our event was called ‘Reading Rocks!’ The library was open one morning before school. Children and parents were invited to come and share some of their favourite books together with a cup of tea and a biscuit.
In December we had a very busy month with two events. The first was ‘PJs, Hot Chocolate and a Good Book!’ All the children returned to school in their pyjamas or onesies (not forgetting to bring their teddies) and had a wonderful evening reading to one another. The second event was ‘Books and Baking’ each class had the opportunity to bake and decorate some festive favourites. Once all the baking and decorating was completed they enjoyed their delicious creations whilst their teacher shared a story with them.
We are now very much looking forward to World Book Day which is always a fantastic, fulfilled day at IVJS.
We hope you enjoy our display which is a celebration of what our Reading Revolution has had to offer…so far.
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