On Monday, some Year 6 children competed in an Athletics tournament. The children had to compete in a 75m sprint, a vortex throw, a 600m run and a long jump to get the highest score. IVJS where competing against two teams from Butlers Court, Stoke Poges, Gerrards Cross and one team from St Mary’s. IVJS ended up fourth out of the 8 teams which is a huge achievement!
Well done to all students and especially to Isabella and Nicole who picked up the Teamwork and Honesty awards respectively.
On Thursday this week, IVJS celebrated the third national Clean Air Day!
Our wonderful Eco Council presented an assembly to educate and inform us all of the importance of having clean air to breath and how we can all help by walking/cycling/scooting to school or even just by switching off our engines on the school drop off and pick up.
Later that day, 22 eco-friendly pupils took part in a project organised by our friends at Heathrow to create a dramatic and thought provoking artwork of a pair of lungs to make sure we always keep in mind why we are working so hard to clean up our atmosphere.
As part of their Science topic, Year 6 have been recording their lung capacity for a scientific investigation into the possible correlation between height and lung capacity. They also wrote pledges as to how they could play their part!
We are proud to announce that our Year 6 Reading Gladiators have been crowned the 'Overall Winner' in the latest mini-challenge about the book 'The Odyssey'.
Reading Gladiators were very impressed with the thought and creativity expressed in our entry.
The group of children were excited to win a set of books autographed by the authors.
On Thursday, children in Year 6 spent the day focusing on DT as part of this half term's DT topic: Global Food. During the day they took part in activities which allowed them to discuss and find out about ingredients from different parts of the world; learn about what makes a healthy and balanced diet and the nutritional values of food; and learning about rice as a staple food, including how to cook rice. There was even an opportunity for some maths to take place when the children did an activity linked to portion sizes, plus reading and understanding labels giving nutritional values on foods. As well as these activities, the children all had the opportunity to learn and apply a range of cooking skills and techniques as they made three Mexican dishes: Salsa, Guacamole and Quesadillas which they were then able to eat and evaluate at the end of the day. Later on this term we hope to focus on a different country as part of the topic.
On Thursday, our Year 3 classes set off for the lovely Collings Hanger Farm in Prestwood.
They spent the day learning about farming and why it is important to keep the animals well treated. Year 3 got to meet some very cute pigs, saw some fantastic cows and met the friendliest sheep anyone had ever met, Timmy! We are all convinced Timmy thought he was a puppy instead of a sheep himself!
The children also got to learn out the types of crops the farm grow and took a walking tour through the herb garden via the grape vines!
The children also got to learn about how wheat is milled into flour (and just how hard it is to turn a manual mill!) which led them to a fantastic use for all that flour, Pizza!
Year 3 got to push out their own dough, topping their pizzas of with their own toppings which made a great addition to their lunches, especially after running up all those hills all morning…
The day finished up with the children making bookmarks using the flowers they found in the fields, we had some very beautiful creations!
On Monday, a mixture of Year 5 and 6 girls competed in a girls only football tournament held at Burnham Grammar school. IVJS where drawn into a tough group against Gerrard's Cross, Burnham Grammar (Year 7 team), Lent Rise and Holtspur. IVJS beat Burnham Grammar and Lent Rise 1-0 and 3-0 respectively. This put IVJS into a 5th place play off against Farnham Common. IVJS unfortunately lost 2-1 in the play off, putting us 6th overall out of twelve schools. Well done to all who played but especially to Mysha who played like Messi all afternoon and to Millie who showed tremendous amounts of respect and sportsmanship to other schools and made us all very proud. Well done girls!
21 children from Year 5 attended Echoes 8 – Dare to Dream at the Royal Albert Hall which was a celebration of singing and musicianship featuring 1800 primary children from Buckinghamshire coming together with BMT musicians and partners.
Dare to Dream is a newly commissioned semi-staged opera composed by Hannah Conway, libretto written by Lucinda Jarrett and Chris Rawlence and directed by Karen Gillingham. This project is a partnership between Buckinghamshire Music Trust, Garsington Opera and Rosetta Life.
Echoes 8 was an exhilarating experience and a celebration of the joy of singing. Thank you to Miss Ghedia and Miss Naulls for all their hard work in making this happen!
Year 6 enjoyed a great - if rather wet - day out at Denham Country Park on Thursday. Although the weather wasn't particularly kind at the start of the day, it did improve as the day went on and they even saw a glimpse of the sun! During the day the children took part in three activities: River Dipping, River Dynamics and a Wild Walk. During River Dipping, they were able to find a variety of river life and look at them closely with magnifying glasses in order to identify them; during River Dynamics the children took part in scientific investigations to measure the width of the river, the depth of the river and the rate of flow of the river; and on the Wild Walk, they explored the park and visited the canal lock (this even included a game of Pooh Sticks!) A great day was had by all and we were very impressed with the children's behaviour and with how much they have learned so far from the Year 6 river topic!
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