School Life and Events
Topics in Year 6
Year 6 have been busy this half-term taking part in all sorts of activities to help their learning whilst having fun! Here are some pictures and words about what Rowan class have been up to.
"In our PE lesson based on electricity, we pretended to be electricity for our warm up and then needed to be creative and make up a dance where our group was a circuit with a battery, bulbs, wires and a switch." Lewis.
"I really enjoyed the maths ratio and proportion investigation because we got to work in groups and my group helped me." William
"In our online WaterAid assembly, we found out why having clean water and good toilet facilities are important and we learnt about WaterAid, an amazing charity which brings toilets to those who don't have them." Alina
"In music this term, we are learning how to play a jazz piece of music called Bacharach Anorak on glockenspiels. We started not very well but practised and got better. With hard work and not giving up, we are now masters!" Alex C.
Odd Socks Day
Monday 15th November marked the start of Anti-Bullying Week and the theme is ‘One Kind Word’. As a class, we have been discussing bullying and talking about how we can be kind to everyone and why this is important. The children were invited to join in with the Anti-Bullying Alliance to celebrate ‘Odd Socks Day’ so we can talk about what makes us all unique and celebrate our differences. This certainly was a fun start to the week and the children enjoyed discussing our differences and how we can celebrate them all!
I Wonder Space
During the week of the 8th November 2021, the children enjoyed their time with Sutton Schools Work who brought the 'I Wonder Space' to Robin Hood Junior School. It was a lovely chance for the children to relax and reflect. We talked about the people in our lives that we are thankful for, how important it is to let our light shine and were encouraged to be brave. The children thought about everything from how to be a good friend to their goals for the future. They even considered how to encourage themselves to try their best in what they do with some motivational artwork. Some of our children wrote a little piece about their experience:
"Some people came in and we did activities to do with love and helping. There was a tree you could write stuff on. We made five beaded bracelets and there was lots to do." Georgia, Rowan class
"In the I Wonder Space, we wrote about what makes us brave and we forgave people and shared our hopes and dreams." Alex S, Rowan class
"In the I Wonder Space, I enjoyed how calm it was and the activities. There were nine different activities altogether. My favourite ones were bracelet making and writing on a paper about someone that made us feel sad and we then threw that paper in the bin so that meant that we forgave them." Roland, Rowan class
Colours of the World
During a PSHE lesson earlier this week, Year 3 children made use of ‘Colours of the World’ colouring pencils which consist of 24 specially formulated colours and shades representing different skin tones among people of the world. The children were asked to draw pictures of their family and it was so lovely to see the children carefully selecting the shades and colours that they felt best represented them and their family. Here are some examples of their wonderful work.
European Languages Day 2021
On Monday 27th September, we held a European Day of Languages celebration with the theme of ‘We all belong!’ Pupils and staff were asked to come to school dressed in an outfit that either celebrates their heritage or represents a country that they would like to visit in the future. The children took part in lots of fun activities throughout the day, which included learning songs in a different language and performing these to a different year group.
The money we raised from this non-uniform day will now be used to revamp our Friendship Bench to be a welcoming, bright area where children can go to develop new friendships and feel supported.
‘I enjoyed the whole day! There were also lots of fun activities throughout the school day. For example we got to learn a Greek song all about colours which was hard but really really fun. I loved how the teachers had planned this special day for us especially and how it was also to raise money! I loved language day and can’t wait until we have another day like it!’
Mabel (Ash class)
Year 6 Trip to Bluebell Railway
On Friday 17th September, Year 6 went on an exciting visit to the Bluebell Railway as part of the World War II topic. They discovered what it was like to be evacuated; experience an air-raid; and enjoy a trip on a real steam train.
‘When we went to the Bluebell Railway I had an amazing time from as soon as I stepped off the coach. First we looked at what was advertised on the posters and it was mostly tobacco to whisky things that men would often use back then (as they were the main people who would be taking the train in those days). After that, we went on the train. The comfy old-fashioned carriages and seats were authentic and gave us the atmosphere of wartime. It was very exciting when they turned the lights off to pretend we were in a black-out. One of my favourite activities was being able to feel how it would have felt to be billeted by being picked out. That is what I enjoyed the most. I would definitely recommend the Bluebell Railway. Thank you to my school for taking the time to arrange it.’
Darcie (Cedar class)
‘Our final activity of the day was experiencing life in an air raid! The siren sounded and we had to go underground to the air raid shelter. The man in charge told us that sometimes the bombs would fall overnight and children would sing songs to keep them entertained. We didn't stay all night but we did sing Heads, shoulders, knees and toes.’
Shreya (Cedar class)
We are proud to present the Year 6 Production 2021 to all our families. We are extremely proud of our Year 6 children who have worked so hard alongside their Teachers and TAs to put together this show and we hope that the memories they have made with us during their last few weeks, and before, will stay with them beyond their years at RHJ.
You can watch the Production by clicking on this link: https://robinhoodjuniorsurrey.primarysite.media/
Or you can click on Parental Support along the top and scroll down to School Videos.
Year 5 enjoy Activity Week!
Lots of fun was had by all during Year 5 Activity Week, as these photos show!
Birds of Prey Display at Sutton High School
On Wednesday 30th June, Year 6 was invited to join the pupils of Sutton High School for a Birds of Prey display. They listened carefully to the handler as he talked about his birds and marvelled at them as he demonstrated their skills. It was amazing to be so close to the owls and hawks; the children were captivated! Needless to say, the staff of Sutton High commented very positively on our children's excellent behaviour. Well done Year 6, you were a credit to RHJ and your teachers loved to see you enjoying the awe and wonder of nature in the heart of Sutton!
Scarlett in Cedar class said:
The Birds of Prey display show was very cool to watch. From owls to hawks everything was so amazing. My personal favourite was the tawny owl as it was very fluffy and was only 8 weeks old. The man who was handling all of the birds tied a green rope to the owl's leg so he would know that the owl would come back and not fly free while it was learning. I now know that owls with black eyes hunt for food in the night, owls with orange eyes hunt both in day and at night, owls with yellow eyes hunt only in day.
He got the owls to fly over our heads. It was a bit scary but very cool! Another favourite of mine was an owl that walked really fast like a chicken. It was very cute and funny. We also learnt that an owl has its ears in different places: one, on the sides just above where the human ear would be, and the other one below the mouth. It was very interesting. The hawk was wonderful to watch. We saw how many crows and other birds gathered round to try to attack it when the man let it fly up on the roof. Luckily the hawk did not get hurt and he was our finishing bird.
We had a great time.
Virginia in Cedar class said:
On Wednesday 30th June, Year 6 walked to Sutton High School for Girls and were welcomed in through the front gates of the building. Once we had sat down on the school’s lawn, a man explained what he was going to do during his Birds of Prey show, I was thrilled!
Then, he took out a barn owl which was really pretty. He later moved on to a tawny owl and it was only 8 weeks old! He still had fluff on him seeing as he was a newborn and that made him really adorable! He also squeaked a lot which can be cute on one hand but annoying on the other. With this baby owl, he showed us the training methods he uses for his owls.
Next, the man brought out a horned owl. It was very majestic and royal-looking. He told us to close our eyes and made it silently swoop over our heads without us hearing it, which I was quite scared about at first but it gradually became really fun! The man also took out an owl which he said was his favourite even though - this part is a bit gross - it removed his whole nail and the man ended up in hospital after that!
The man also took a falcon out of his van. It was beautiful but sadly he didn’t fly it because he said it would never come back - they’re very independent birds. I remember the man took out a red kite, I think, and, if I remember correctly, she was called Maggie. She was one very graceful bird!
Overall, this display was fascinating. I learnt a lot and it was very entertaining, too. Well done to all of those elegant birds of prey for performing so well and thank you teachers for the amazing experience! :)
Year 4 Easter Production - March 2021
The Spring Term ended on a high note with the Easter Production, Good News, performed beautifully by the hugely talented children in Year 4. It was a delight to see the hall and stage in use again with singing and performing led by the Year 4 teachers and TA's who, along with the children, worked hard to put this production together, retelling the story of Easter through news reports! We are sorry we were not able to invite families into school to watch the production but do enjoy the photos below and we hope to see you in school again soon.