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Matilda wrote: “I like the look of the Mr Kipling cake. It is beautifully decorated with corrugated icing. It’s quite fruity and very mouth-watering. The smell is quite citrusy. The cake feels springy and spongy. The look of the Morrisons cake is very appetising. It has a thick layer of marzipan which I think will be overpowering. It smells pungent. The aftertaste is very bitter. The Sainsbury’s cake looks gooey and nectarous. It smells quite nutty rather than fruity. Overall, I think that my favourite is Mr Kipling.”


Our Design Technology project this term is focussed around Christmas cakes. We will be baking our own Baked Bean Tin Christmas Cakes later on. However, we began by investigating products to collect ideas. We tasted three different brands of Christmas cakes: Mr Kipling Christmas Slices, Morrisons Iced Christmas Cake Bar and Sainsbury’s Iced Rich Fruit Cake. We used technical vocabulary to describe the sight, smell, touch and taste of these three different cakes.


We are in the local papers all over Somerset! It’s great that so many people will get to hear about our Remembrance Sunday experience because we were so proud to take part and fulfil such an important role. Thank you to the local residents (especially the ones with no links to the school) who have contacted us to let us know how much they have appreciated the special words we wrote in dedication to each of the soldiers. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us how touched you have been by our memorials.


In Term Two, our focus in art lessons is Tone. We looked at various portraits drawn by the artist Kathe Kollwitz. She was a German artist who was known for her portrait work and the clever use of tone she used to create them. We studied a range of her portraits before attempting to copy them, using the skills we thought she might have used. We discussed using our pencils in different ways to create different tones and also using hatching or cross-hatching as alternative techniques to create tones. In the picture, you can see Kollwitz’s portrait in the top left. The other two sketches were brilliant attempts by Luca in copying her work. He really did a superb job!


The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2018 was Choose Respect and it ran from the 12th to 16th November. In Year Six, we decided to focus on Cyberbullying and how we should behave respectfully towards other people when we are messaging them through our computers or mobile phones. We thought about what actions we should take if we felt we were the victim of cyberbullying. If you ever come across cyberbullying, here is our advice on how to tackle it: 1) Save any evidence of the bullying and show an adult. 2) Block the message or the person and do not respond to them in any way. 3) Log off the site where the cyberbullying is happening. 4) Talk to someone you trust about it. We made posters to show this advice. You can see Oscar’s here.


Thank you to everybody who visited our World War One Exhibition recently. We hope you enjoyed looking at our artwork. The Year Six Eagles were given the task of creating World War One pictures through using pencil. We were allowed to put one bit of colour onto our sketches. This wonderful picture was created (appropriately enough) by Poppy.


Our thanks to Mr Fiddes and everybody at The Royal British Legion in Timsbury for asking us to be part of this very special event. The Year Six Eagles are proud to have been given the role of laying wreaths for the seventeen Timsbury heroes on this 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. We will remember them.


Each of us in turn walked over to the War Memorial carrying our wreaths. We had spent a lot of time researching information about the soldiers who died and considering what we might want to write on the special tribute cards which are attached to each poppy wreath. Please visit the War Memorial in Timsbury to see our seventeen wreaths (alongside the others which were laid on Remembrance Sunday) and to read our tributes.


Well done to all of the Year Six Eagles who turned out today to play their part in Timsbury’s Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial in the village. Our role was to lay wreaths for each of the seventeen men from Timsbury who lost their lives during World War One. We have been very proud of the thoughtful and respectful manner in which the children from our school have approached this special task which we were asked to perform by The Royal British Legion.


In Art, we looked at images of Winston Churchill before creating our own pencil portraits of him. After that, we studied the work of Pierre Emmanuel Godet who uses single continuous lines to create faces of famous people. His work includes John Lennon, Michael Jackson and even Darth Vader! We had a go at our own one line drawings of Winston Churchill. Godet includes little images of subjects from the events of that person’s life in his portraits so we attempted to do that too.


Thank you to everybody who visited our World War One Exhibition in The Eyrie. We hope you enjoyed looking at our pencil sketch artwork and seeing the very thoughtful and poignant tributes we have written for the poppy wreaths. We hope that you can join us on Remembrance Sunday when we will be paying our respects to the seventeen Timsbury soldiers at the service at the War Memorial.


Our finished World War Two dance routine looked fantastic. After working on creating movements linked to key themes (e.g. the Blitz, evacuees, Dig for Victory, in the shelter, on the battlefield etc.), we paired up and synchronised our actions to create a visually more interesting performance. The range of different levels and speeds, the partner work and the use of space showed how well we had developed as dancers since the beginning of this unit of work. We were also able to demonstrate good musicality, matching our movements to the rhythm of the music track accompanying us, which was London Can Take It by Public Service Broadcasting.


We enjoyed going round looking at each other’s Learning Logs. This Home Challenge was on the topic of Eagles. Some super research had taken place to find out interesting facts about different species. Some children had made amazing models while others had presented their work through beautiful artwork, quizzes or even board games. Well done to everybody for your super projects!


Congratulations to our Term One Award Winners! Everybody in The Eyrie has made a superb start to Year Six but these were the six lucky children to be specially rewarded for their Citizenship, Curiosity, Responsibility, Enterprise, Determination and Friendship.


Our cookery task was a huge success. Everybody enjoyed tasting their pies and we evaluated our results, deciding what went well and making decisions about what we would do differently if we were going to make another Lord Woolton Pie in the future. Although the recipe was reasonably straightforward, each group had to make their own pastry which presented a challenge but our class has very talented cooks who coped with this brilliantly.


Lord Woolton promoted recipes that worked well with the rationing system. The most famous of these recipes was the Woolton Pie, which consisted of carrots, potatoes, parsnips and cauliflower with a pastry crust. This is what we made and the Eagle Chefs did an amazing job, with all the pies turning out spectacularly well. They looked amazing. Thank you to all parents for contributing the ingredients. We had a really fun day thanks to your help.


Welcome to the Eagle Kitchen! We ended our Battle of Britain project with a Fantastic Finale which involved cooking a World War Two recipe. During the war, food was really scarce and the British population were encouraged to grow their own vegetables. This was promoted through a campaign called Dig For Victory. In April 1940, Lord Woolton was appointed Minister of Food by Neville Chamberlain. Lord Woolton’s task was to oversee rationing during wartime shortages.


We walked to the War Memorial in Timsbury with Mr Fiddes from the Royal British Legion to see the names of the seventeen soldiers who lost their lives in World War One. We will be back here on Sunday 11th November to play a very important part in Timsbury’s Remembrance Day Service, with seventeen of our Year Six Eagles laying a poppy wreath for each of these local heroes. We also walked to the cemetery and paid our respects at the grave of Private Moxham, the only one of the seventeen to be buried in the village. We will meet at the War Memorial at 10.30am on Remembrance Day and our part in the service will be completed by 11.30am.


We have had a lot of fun making our Anderson Shelter models. We designed our models carefully, working out exactly how we wanted them to look. We gathered the resources and materials required to construct our structures. Then, we used tools, including saws, to create a framework to a carefully calculated design specification. Cardboard was then put over the framework and it was decorated to make it look like it would have done during World War Two. Did you know that people put soil over the top of them to grow their own vegetables in because food was so scarce?


The Year Six Eagles are very honoured to have been asked to play a very important part in this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations on November 11th. Seventeen children from our class will be paying tribute to the seventeen soldiers from Timsbury who lost their lives during World War One. We will be researching information about these local heroes before writing our own fitting tributes which we will then perform on the day, before laying seventeen poppy wreaths in their memory.


As part of our The Battle of Britain topic, we have been learning all about the Blitz and how people tried to keep themselves safe during this time. We have discovered how children were evacuated to the countryside away from the cities which were being bombed and we have researched how those who remained in the cities attempted to protect themselves, including carrying out blackout procedures and building Anderson shelters. In DT, we planned our designs for models of Anderson shelters and we have now started to build them. We researched their shape and size, how they were camouflaged in people’s gardens and what furniture would have been inside. We will show you our finished models when we have completed them.

PGL 2018

We had an amazing time at PGL in Osmington Bay in Dorset. We enjoyed lots of different experiences and all of our instructors were very impressed with us. It was a happy week of fun and challenging opportunities which will have helped to build our self-esteem and confidence. It was great to be a part of Team Eagles!


This is the Raft Building activity at PGL. This was our final activity of the week and one of our favourites. Each team built their own raft, tying the poles together and securing the barrels, before launching their vessels into Portland Harbour and paddling around. It was brilliant fun!


This is the Zip Wire activity at PGL. The zip wire was in an amazing location at the Osmington Bay site, on a hill overlooking the English Channel with wonderful views across to Weymouth and Portland Harbour. We all enjoyed our trip whizzing down to the bottom of the hill but not so much the walk to the top again, pulling the rope and harness back up with us!


This is the Low Level Ropes Course activity at PGL. Each person on the course had two teammates to support them with either their ‘Ninja Squirrel’ position to push them back on or their ‘Fist of Friendship’ to help them to balance. The course was tricky enough but then we had to get to the other end whilst holding a cup of water! Some groups managed this better than others!


This is the Aeroball activity at PGL. This game involves scoring points by throwing balls into your opponent’s hoop whilst bouncing on a trampoline. Each team consists of two players, with each individual aeroballer having their own sealed bouncing compartment. It was a fun but exhausting session!


This is the Climbing activity at PGL. The climbing wall goes a lot higher than you can see in the photo. The children at the bottom are belaying. This is a very important job we were taught. Belaying is very technical but we became very skilled at it. A belayer distributes the rope that the climber needs to climb higher but also exerts tension to keep the rope taught. Therefore, a falling climber would not fall very far at all.


This is the Tunnel Trail activity at PGL. We enjoyed playing lots of different games which involved scrambling through the underground tunnels. The tunnels had different diameters, meaning that you needed to adopt different crawling techniques to travel through them. It was a lot of fun!


This is the Kayaking activity at PGL. We left the Osmington Bay site and headed to Portland Harbour where the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is located. We changed into our wetsuits and then, after practising how to use the paddles correctly on land, we spent an hour kayaking around the harbour. We had a brilliant time!


This is the Giant Swing activity at PGL. Two people sat in the swing while the rest of us pulled the rope like a tug of war team to take the pair backwards and upwards as high as they wanted to go. Then, one of the pair pulled the release cord and they were launched forwards at speed, sending them high above the Osmington Bay centre. The views from up there were amazing. In the photo, you can see Portland in the background.


This is the Fencing activity at PGL. We learnt all about the safety equipment you have to wear when fencing and then spent time practising how to stand and then move in the correct positions. The swords we are using are called foils. Can you recognise who the Year Six Eagles are that are fencing in this photo?


This is the Abseil activity at PGL. We had to climb the ladders inside the tower to reach the top. Our harnesses were attached to the ropes and then we leaned back and walked down the outside of the tower to the ground. The tower was very high. Some of us pushed off with our feet as we descended and tried the jumping technique rather than walking. You feed the rope through the carabiner attached to your harness to control the speed of your descent. It was great fun!


This is the Trapeze activity at PGL. It involves climbing up the telegraph pole to the little wooden platform which you can see at the top. Then, if you make it that far, you have to launch yourself off the platform and try to touch the white ball. You then swing around for a bit before you are brought down. Everybody managed to gain a huge sense of achievement on this activity. Even if we didn’t make it to the top, when we thought we had reached the point where we didn’t want to go any higher, everybody encouraged us with shouts of “Two more!” We then found the courage to climb two more steps before being lowered to the ground. We were all so proud of everybody.


When we arrived at Osmington Bay, we walked down to the beach to have our lunch. We enjoyed searching for unusual pebbles on this beach and also looking at the amazing views across the English Channel towards Portland Harbour in the distance. We would be kayaking over there later in the week.


In Year Six, we have to be able to round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy. We rounded off our work on rounding by taking each other on in a series of challenges which required good rounding skills but also good tactical skills too! We had a lot of fun during this session. Some of us extended our learning by rounding decimal numbers to the nearest tenth.


As part of our current topic of The Battle of Britain, we are creating a World War Two dance performance. We scattered lots of books containing interesting photographs of different aspects of the conflict around the hall floor as inspiration for ideas. Our task was to create a range of dynamic movements based on how the people in the photographs might have been feeling. On the screen, you can see that we were playing the video for If War Should Come by Public Service Broadcasting at the same time, as the music for our performance and as a backdrop for our dance.


Our week of cycling activities, celebrating the Tour of Britain passing through our village, ended with our Tour de Timsbury event. Everybody brought their bikes to school (or scooters instead) and had great fun cycling around a specially designed course marked out on the school field. The whole school took part which made it quite an impressive peloton!


The Tour of Britain featured a team time trial for the first time this year. It took place on stage five in Cumbria, covering 14 kilometres from Cockermouth to Whinlatter Pass in the Lake District. We found out about the different equipment and different tactics used during this test against the clock. Afterwards, we went outside to carry out our own team time trial. Can you see how we stayed in lines, closely behind each other, to keep in the slipstream and become more aerodynamic?


We have been developing our knowledge of the United Kingdom this week through looking at where the stages of the Tour of Britain have been taking place. We researched where the start and finish was for each of the eight stages and placed coloured stickers on the map to locate these places. Although we had a good knowledge of where Bristol and London were, other places required some efficient atlas skills to plot them accurately, such as Pembrey Country Park and Whinlatter Pass. In the photo, you can see us working out where Cranbrook is.


The first day of the brand new school year saw the Tour of Britain cycle along North Road in Timsbury. Our whole school turned out to cheer loudly as the professional cyclists, including Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, passed by. It was an exciting and unique experience and one we will never forget. As we waited, police on motorbikes and people in team cars waved to us. Eventually, the race appeared, led by a breakaway group of four riders, with the peloton 54 seconds behind. They still had 47.2 kilometres to go before they would reach the finish line in Bristol.