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Year 5 and 6 Athletics, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 4:13pm

After another very exciting evening of athletics, our year 5 and 6 team came 2nd place in the large schools competition. It was a brilliant evening with excellent individual and team performances. Well done to all of the children who took part, you were a credit to yourselves and the school and we are very proud of your achievement. 

Year 3 Computing and Algorithms, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 4:13pm

This term year 3 have been investigating the term “Algorithm” in computing with Mr Williamson. We discovered that an Algorithm is a list of instructions that a computer can follow.

We started by discussing what instructions you would give to “your robot self” to ensure it gets ready for school in the morning. After our initial ideas, we discovered that missing even the smallest of instructions could me that your algorithm can end up broken. For example: Many children gave instructions to wake up in the morning at 7am. They then proceeded to brush there teeth. Which would be completely fine when giving instructions to a human but a computer would follow these instructions to the letter and would have failed to get out of bed, pick up a tooth brush and run the cold tap.

We then discussed the term “Debugging”. The process of fixing these small algorithm mistakes.

During our final session we used what we had learnt to write and program algorithms for the Beebot robots. including a race!

Pirate Day by Year 2, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 4:12pm

Shiver me timbers! What a brilliant day we have had sailing the scurvy seas. The children looked amazing and have had a full day climbing the rigging, walking the plank, designing pirates and making treasure maps. 

Stone Age by Year 3, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 4:10pm

The children in year 3 have really been enjoying their topic on the stone age. They had an exciting visit from Cresswell Crags and were able to handle bones, fur and other artefacts from

pre-historic times.

Some fabulous art work has also been undertaken as part of the topic. I think you’ll agree that their cave paintings and Stone Henge silhouettes are stunning.

Thorpe Cloud with Year 6, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 4:08pm

On Thursday 19th September, Year Six visited Thorpe Cloud.

We conducted a series of experiments into wind speed, wind direction and temperature. We then climbed the hill and repeated the experiments to observe how the conditions had changed.

Although it was a very tiring trip, the weather was brilliant and we had an excellent time.

Year 5 and 6 Football Tournament, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 4:07pm

On Thursday 26th September the Boys Football Team competed in a 6-a-side competition at Eyes Meadow in Duffield.

The team played extremely well; finishing second in their group and sixth overall. The team’s final record was three wins and two defeats.

Tresure Island by Year 2, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 4:07pm

Year 2 have loved learning about the Victorian story Treasure Island over the last couple of weeks. We are really getting into the pirate spirit after creating our own island in ScratchJr and programming our pirate cat around the island. Our work on adjectives this week has really helped us start to think about how we can describe our treasure and the other things that we can find on our island.

World War 2 Rationing, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 4:03pm

Today year 5 were very lucky as one of their pupils brought in some cakes. Now cake is always good but these were made using World War 2 recipes and featured the same rationed ingredients.

Everyone enjoyed finding out about how the cakes were made during this period and thank you for the generosity of our pupil for bringing them in!

Girls Football Competition, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 4:02pm

Girls 6-a side football competition
Our first competition of the year has taken place as the girls competed in a 6-a side football competition at Eyes Meadow in Duffield.

Wearing our newly branded sports kit, the girls performed extremely well and did the school and themselves very proud. They showed excellent teamwork and super skills both on and off the ball.

After finishing second in their league the girls went into a playoff league finishing 6th overall.

Well done girls.

Oi Frog! By Year 1, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 4:01pm

Year One have been reading Oi Frog, by Kes Gray and Jim Field in Literacy. It is a hilarious rhyming tale about a frog who discovers that all animals have their special places to sit – like frogs sit on logs, cats sit on mats, gophers sit on sofas and lions sit on irons.

We have had lots of fun looking at rhyming words and making our own frogs for the display. We have been writing simple sentences about the story characters and we also thought about things the frog might say when he sits on the log.

We passed a log around to help us think of lots of words to describe it and to give us ideas for the speech bubbles on our display.

Pupil First Aid Course, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 4:00pm

Last week, years 3,4,5 and 6 were fortunate enough to receive a morning with the St. John Ambulance, who gave the children a course in first aid, including the recovery position, seeking help, asthma and choking.

We are very proud of how all the classes handled this responsibly and thoughtfully, even when the teachers need a little help themselves.

Year 5 Visit to the Holocaust Centre, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 3:55pm

This week, the children of year 5 visited the Holocaust Centre in Laxton. The children had an exciting day out discovering more for the World War 2 topic.

The children learned a lot about the journey many Jewish people and children went through in World War 2, responding appropriately to what can be a very difficult subject.

The children had a busy day and where very tired on their return. However it seemed the day was not done with some of us yet. While Mrs. Ingram’s class returned on their coach without issue. Mr. Cartwright’s class had an adventure when their bus broke down.

However, the children dealt with this in their stride, and after finding a near safe field, had an impromptu ‘picnic’ and played games (though if asked, many of the children have a found suitably more… heroic retelling of this event).

Eventually though, all the children returned safely to school having a lot to think about from the day and how we can treat others in the world.

Reception's New Year, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 3:51pm

Our brand new Reception Classes have been super busy learning about ‘What makes me, me?’.

They have been creating funny faces using cutting and sticking skills, mark making to draw their lovely families and yesterday we went on a sensory walk to explore all our senses.

As you can see, they have already been extremely busy and this is only their second week full week in school!

This year our new reception children received a special ‘starting school’ buddy. They all adopted a small mouse to look after over the summer. The children have very kindly ensured that the mice are ready for school, by ensuring early bedtimes, healthy eating and bedtime stories. The Mice have all arrived in their best outfits and have little pouches to sleep in, in school.

We wanted to share some of the mice with you!

Welcome to the New School Year!, by Swanwick Primary School

Date: 27th Jul 2020 @ 3:07pm

Welcome to the new school year at Swanwick primary! Our children have been getting settled in well now and are enjoying a very active curriculum.

As With previous years, we have cleared the school blog to make way for exciting content for the year ahead. Already this week, years three to six have had first aid training from the St. John’s Ambulance Service and year three have spent an exciting morning investigating many pre-historical artefacts with visitors from Creswell Crags. Photos and blog posts will follow for these soon!

Swanwick Primary School

South Street, Swanwick,
Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1BZ

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