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EYFS: Garden School

It has been a busy week in EYFS. We have been lucky enough to watch eggs hatch into ducklings as well as invite our parents and friends and parents from Tower Bridge to join us in our ‘Federation Garden School’.

 

When we arrived at the garden we made a large circle. We counted how many people were there before recalling how to stay safe at Garden School. After this, we invited our parents to join us in a trail around the garden. We were given a map and five special clues to read and follow. At each location we found out about plants from around the world.

 

Once we had completed the garden school challenge we spent time exploring the garden and joining in activities with our parents and friends. We created dishes in the mud kitchen, made sculptures from natural objects, painted still life, planted seeds, watered the garden, weaved ribbons, created fairy homes, investigated mini beasts, created observational drawings, whittled sticks, collected different amounts of objects, balanced on the P.E. equipment, communicated with our new and old friends as well as reading non-fiction books.

 

We all kept busy, had lots of fun and had a lovely morning in the sunshine. We would like to say thank you and well done to the parents who joined us to celebrate this special day. We hope that you didn’t get too muddy J!!

 

In the evening, we celebrated the Federation Garden School and EYFS with thirty plus teachers from Southwark. We took them to the garden, explored the classrooms and displays, looked at work in our beautiful folders and taught others how to use QR Codes to showcase what the children can do. All agreed that the Federation Garden School is an amazing resource to promote learning in an outside environment.

 

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Year 5: River Poetry

Year 5 have been writing poems about the river as part of their Literacy and Geography learning.

Here are a few of them…

Kyler:

The River

Slowly moving like a snail

Leaping and diving through the land.

Animals falling and drowning;

the poor river gets the blame but it’s not its fault.

 

The river cries but nobody can see its tears,

The poor river needs a friend.

Thunder storms are brewing,

thunderbolts strike!

The river begs for mercy;

The thunder storm is not forgiving.

 

Animals running for cover

The thunder hits the trees:

A baby flame appears

Suddenly, the flame grows,

The flame extends to other trees.

Burning trees collide with the river. 

 

Ella:

The River

When a gale blows, trees swish and sway

as I begin to make my way.

Over rocks and pebbles, I shiver and quiver

through the night-lit sky reflected in the river.

 

During winter I freeze to ice,

which is very cold and not that nice.

My beautiful waves gush and rush

as the freezing ice floes begin to crush.

 

As the leaves turn emerald green

the water starts to form a stream.

The river gurgles and burbles back to life

overcoming winter’s strife.

 

Summer enters with boiling heat

giving me a fantastic treat

Flowers and blossoms start blooming

as the wind once again starts brewing.

 

Trees full of auburn leaves,

leaves us with some autumn breeze

I fall asleep again

and that’s how my journey ends.

 

Adele:

I burn with curiosity when humans dive into my body.

Presumptuous, I laugh with joy as the sun shoots balls of flames at me.

My mood changes as the weather turns against me.

The currents I make flood the ground, as I sense fear and danger all around.

Swallowing islands overnight, the influence I have on people is intoxicating. 

As my fingers grab energy from other tributaries, I rampage everything I see or feel.

As I arrive to my destination, other currents rush me into the sea.

Drop, drop, drop.

I feel the rain pouring into me, like its haunting me.

 

Caitlin:

The Musical River

As the river conducts the trees, they dance by the river bank.

Badgers and deer wake up to the wonderful symphony of the rushing rapids.

The river plays the cymbals as it collides against the rocks.

People travel from afar to listen to the magic band.

Finally, the river meet its favourite audience: The sea.

 

Emmanuel:

The River Mouse

The river is birthed from the mountain.

Leaping down the valley.

Slithering like a serpent.

Through the trees, crawls and crawls while cubs hunt for fish.

Scurrying along like a mouse.

Fish dart through his throat.

In the winter, he catches a chill. 

Sick until Spring.

Blossoms bloom.

In Summer, sunlight shines.

In Autumn, leaves bedecked with flecks of brown and gold hue.

The end is near.

Now the river is free from its icy prison.

 

Aya:

River

The river is a hunter,

that hunts the sea.

It meanders and sways,

left to right,

with the fish swimming side by side.

 

The river is like a mirror,

reflecting the sun’s light,

gleaming and booming with delight,

as it moves on with flecks of silver and gold and blue.

 

Rushing, gushing, as quickly as it goes,

It stumbles upon swirls of mist and pebbly stones.

The peaceful melody of the river,

so clam and relaxing,

Animals  dance and hum along,

As the river reaches for the sea.

 

Athena:

When water reaches the earth, a small drop of life starts.

And it makes a splash into a puddle of rain which trickles down, very slowly into the cold, distant snow-capped mountains.

The rain starts to all, bit by bit and gradually, it starts to emerge into a great river stream.

It glows crystal blue, in the rain so delicate and new.

Although the soft melody of the sapphire blue water flows, flecks of silver, gold and blue shimmer as the sun regrows in the early morning dawn.

The sharp water invigorates as the rushing current sways. Dense patches of woodland snuggle up near by the river.

The swishing and swooshing from the river flutters away to the empty space far and wide. 

As the snaking river meanders from side to side, it resembles a little bird in the sky.

 

Adam:

Winter

When winter is here, the river stars to shiver and quiver. A thunder strikes. Dense patches of barren trees collide. Ice floes all over the crystal blue river.

 

Spring

Flowers bloom and start to roost in the flourishing trees. The river is ecstatic; snaking along its floor, hearing beautiful birds chirping. 

 

Summer

The sparkling river glints at the sun. Children and otters diving in and out splashing stunning showers of water onto the lovely bright green grass.

 

Autumn

When Autumn occurs, crackling leaves fall into the gorgeous river and makes it way to the sea just in time for tea.

 

Victoria:

A harmonious melody, a river symphony. 

The fingers of children caress the water, creating astonishing music.

The life of the river starts at the peak of a snow-capped mountain, then flowing, descending to a depth-less cave where it then takes its own path.

The music of the river lures in fish like a siren, calling men.

As the moon-lit sky glints with stars vitality expands within me.

As day appears, the sun-lit heavens reflect off the river, creating a magnificent illusion.

The river’s skin is soothed by the delicate touch of the leaves.

Once the moon awakens, the sun goes to sleep.

The shadow of the blue-bell appears on the surface of the river.

 

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Year 5: Science Museum

On Monday 27th March Year 5 went to the Science Museum. We saw the Legend of Apollo and it was about three astronauts landing on the moon which was a 3D simulator. It was my favourite. “A Beautiful Planet” is a 3D movie in the Imax theatre and was about astronauts living in the International Space Station.

We also explored the solar system exhibition. In the 3D simulator the chairs wobbled to make us feel as if we were really there. It was exciting.

By Irmak

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Year 5: The Business of Learning

 

 

Children across the federation have been out in the community to learn about jobs people do as part of Enterprise Week. We have even had some visit us. Here are some of the experiences we have enjoyed.

News UK

On Monday, Year 5 went to a building called News UK where The Times, The Sun and lots of other newspapers are written. The building had 17 floors and we went to the top one which had a spectacular view of London. A person called Phil came to talk to us about how newspapers are made and how they get sent to homes.

After 30 minutes another person, who came from The Sun floor, called Oliver came to talk about his job. Next, we went to the 12th floor, which was where the journalists of The sun worked. We took a tour of the entire floor. All of us got a copy of The Times and a copy of Pinocchio.

Adele and Alma, Year 5

 

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Co-op

On Thursday Year 5 went to the Co-op store on Tower Bridge Road. When we were there we met the deputy manager called Sam. He told us that the Co-op first opened in 1844 and was founded by 14 pioneers. Sam told us that the people who work there make sure nothing is out of date, nothing is out of stock and that the fridge is cold enough for the sandwiches and drinks. He also gave us a bag of Easter eggs to use as prizes for our stall at the Spring Fair. Thank you Sam!

Irmak, Year 5

 

An architect named Andrew visited our school to tell us about the first pedestrian and cyclist bridge. This bridge will be from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf. He said the public will have access to the bridge in around 4 years. The bridge will be a suspension bridge, which means it will open and close like Tower Bridge. It will be for cyclists and pedestrians only. It will encourage people to walk and cycle to where they need to go instead of using their cars. This bridge is designed so that people who live in Rotherhithe or Canary Wharf do not need to travel to Tower Bridge to cross the river.

Marcus, Luna and Emmanuel, Year 5

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Glow In The Dark Science Workshop

Members of King’s College came to work with Year 1 to Year 6 to investigate light.

On Monday, the whole school got a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to discover the world of “Glow In The Dark” science. During the science workshop, brain scientists explained to us that jelly-fish have a fluorescent protein that could be injected into a zebra fish, fruit flies and maggots. We also had the privilege of going to different stations and taking a look at what the Brain Scientists from King’s College were looking at. They’ve inspired many of us to take science at Secondary school and perhaps pursue a science career. Thank you, King’s College.
Victoria, Year 5

 

On Monday, we had to go to a Science workshop about Glow in the dark. We looked at fruit flies under a microscope. We got split into 5 groups and each group had a chance to go on all stations.

On our second station the brain scientist gave us glow sticks as wrist bands. We looked at a mouse’s brain in a camera. It had some weird objects on it and that was pretty much the whole workshop.

By Zach, Year 4

 

On Monday we went to a science workshop about Glow in the Dark. we got glow in the dark bracelets and got to look at amazing bees through a real microscope! We pretended to be a vet and pull out the bad bits of a rat’s brain! They use glow in the dark science to see nutrients in the brain!

Samuel, Year 4

 

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Books, Books, Books!

Last week we celebrated World Book Day across the federation.

All the children spent the day making their reading and book corners more inviting and engaging with the new books they had chosen. Thank you to our partner,  Norton Rose Fulbright for donating money towards this treat.

The employees of Norton Rose Fulbright will be voting for the best book corner transformations over the next few week, the winning classes will win a special prize.

Here are some of the things the children and staff had to say at Tower Bridge:

I had fun on World Book Day. We did lots of reading as this is what World Book Day is about. I dressed up as Batman! We got new books for our classroom. I felt so excited because there were books I hadn’t read and there were some I didn’t know. I took one home and shared it with my mum.

Leroy

Everyone’s costumes were stunning. I was Harry Potter. He’s my favourite character. I had so much fun.

Marwan

Last Friday everyone in school dressed up as their favourite book character. We had a chance to read spectacular new books. World Book Day is about celebrating all the memoires, novels, non-fiction and fiction books around the world having fun just while reading them. It is very important to read books because they can help you improve on your speech and writing during school and in life.

Hannah and Alexis

On World Book Day I was Mrs Twit and helped organise the book corner. We even got to make our own book marks which was so much fun. Then we coloured butterflies different colours and we got our new books. The books were delivered and wrapped up. We had Horrid Henry, Roald Dahl, Jeremy Strong and David Walliams. We all got to take a new book home to read.

Sharon

Children were happy to get new books. They were excited to put their own ideas into the class book corner.

Sarah Maugey

The children all looked fabulous! They enjoyed making their props to decorate the book corners.

Lisa Rowland

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It’s All Greek To Us!

As part of their learning and research into the Ancient Greeks, Year 5 went to the British Museum to study real artefacts for that era.

 

On Wednesday 22nd February, we went to the British Museum to learn about Ancient Greeks. We saw Greek Pottery; a coffin shaped as a bath tub; real golden coins and a few other artefacts. We had lots of fun and enjoyed looking at all the different artefacts in the museum.

Ella, Reanna and Zara, Year 5

 

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Roaming the Rainforest

Before half term, Year 3 had a busy week. They went to London Zoo and performed their class assembly.

 

The Zoo by Tomy

On my way to the zoo I went on a big scary long escalator then on a ultra-fast train. Finally I went off when I arrived I felt jubilant. Because I never went to the zoo the first animal that I saw was a small and cute penguin waddling in their roomy tank. Then I saw Bugs. The first bug I saw was a cockroach, well not exactly and a bunch more. My favourite bug was a tarantula. Then it was lunch time and I ate my delicious food. A few minutes later I saw a sloth and a bunch of vicious, tough looking piranhas with razor sharp teeth. My day at ZSL London Zoo has left me speechless.

 

The Zoo by Ilyes

At first we got out of school. We went to London Bridge station by walking. Nicole had tickets for us so we could go on the train. We went to the escalator. Everybody was so scared of the escalator, especially me. Then we finally arrived at the zoo. The weather was really cold and windy. Luckily I got to be in a group where some of my friends were in it. So we did a vote of who wanted to go to the Reptile House and who wanted to go to the Gorilla Kingdom. When Harry asked who wanted to go to the Gorilla Kingdom no-one put their hand up and when Harry asked who wanted to go to the Reptile House everyone put their hand up. My favourite animal was the crocodile. It was as still as a statue, it did not blink! It had really sharp and thick claws. Also it had really scaly and dark green skin which made it look menacing. We all had a lovely day at the Zoo.

The Zoo by Elisa

First of all we took a little walk to the train, then we went up the escalator and we felt so happy and excited that we were almost halfway to the zoo. So when we were on the train my friends and I talked a little bit until we arrived at the zoo! We were all happy and then we split up into groups. There were three groups so we went to the Rainforest place and there were so many exotic animals like snakes, sloths and much more! We saw African hunting dogs. They were so fast! Then we went to lunch and I liked my food but we had the chance to talk (so I did).

 

Our Assembly by Anna

Our assembly was awesome!

We told a story about The Great Kapok Tree. In the end the man learned that the rainforest was so important to the animals that live there. Everybody worked hard and our costumes looked real. We hope everyone enjoyed our assembly and learned a lot about the rainforest.

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Digital Leaders Lead Safer Internet Day

 

This week we celebrated Safer Internet Day. Classes took part in a range of activities to support the e-safety we already embed into our curriculum. We are very lucky to have 4 amazing pupils who support all the staff and children as their role as Digital Leaders. They planned questionnaires and tasks as part of a makewav.es badge that Year 5 and Year 6 completed. At the end of the day they lead a whole school assembly.

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Here is a blog from one of our brilliant digital leaders:

Safer Internet Day is all about how to be safe on the Internet. If we do not make safe decisions then people could be harmed. Many children around the world are affected by cyberbullying because some people do not care who they hurt. That’s why we celebrate Safer Internet Day – to teach everyone how to stay safe while using the Internet. Here at Tower Bridge, the digital leaders have performed an assembly to help teach our fellow school mates about the importance of Internet Safety. By Hannah, Year 5

Parents were invited to attend a workshop with PC Williams and our ICT Technician who helped advise on safer settings on devices in the home. Thank you to all the parents who came and asked lots of great questions.

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“I’m glad I attended the workshop. Lots of information that I can use to secure using internet. Thank you.”

If you were not able to attend and would like more information, please click on the links below:

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