Category Archives: Learning Outside The Classroom

Year 8 Scholars’ Dragons Den Presentations

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The Year 8 Scholars have spent this term developing Pinewood branded products to present to the Pinewood Dragons (Mr Hoyland, Mrs Ranstead, Assistant Bursar, and Mrs Dalton, Finance Manager) for the opportunity to sell at the products at school to raise money for charity.

The children have had talks on marketing and setting up a business, as well as meeting with suppliers of possible products. The teams each chose a charity to support and did market research to help them determine the best products to present to the Dragons. They then created an advertising campaign for the panel to see, alongside their presentation.

The Dragons were very impressed with the teams’ presentations, the level of detail that had gone into choosing their product and a supplier, as well as their financial forecasts and marketing campaigns.

In the end the Dragons decided to invest in two groups again this year and will be supporting the following projects:

Rock Life (Lara S, Nora and Serena), who will be selling Pinewood rock sweets

Axon (Ollie, Sasha and Alicia), who will be selling leather notebooks, which will come in a choice of colours and will be embossed with the Pinewood logo.

The Scholars who were not chosen will be split between the two teams and help them in the promotion and selling of their products.

Thank you to the Dragons and everyone who has supported the Scholars so far, particularly the parents who completed the online market research questionnaires sent out by the Scholars.

For more photos from the event please go to the Photo Gallery.

New Books For The Libraries

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On World Book Day we ran a design a door competition around the theme of our favourite books. Form 3L won the competition and as their prize were able to choose £100 worth of new books for the school Libraries.

Well done 3L!

Shadowing The Kate Greenaway Medal

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The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually to a book of outstanding artistic quality, published over the last year. This term the Reading Group are shadowing the award. Every Thursday afternoon they will be reading one of the eight books shortlisted for the award and writing reviews which will be posted on Pinewood’s shadowing website. To follow their progress, you can log on to:

www.ckg.og.uk/shadowing

Then click on ‘P’ in the A-Z list of shadowing groups to find Pinewood’s page. Here you can read our blog and our reviews as well as vote in our poll and find out about our featured books and authors.

The winners will be announced on Monday 19th June, when we will find out if we agree with the team of expert judges!

 

Recycling Models Competition

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The theme for our PSHE studies this term has been recycling and to end the term each form in the Prep school took part in a competition to create its own model made out of recycled material.

The winning models were:

Lower School

1st Prize: Viking Ship (4S); Runner Up: Fish (3D)

Middle School

1st Prize: The Re-Cycle (6D); Runner Up: Donald Trump (6S)

Upper School

1st Prize: Elephant (7P); Runner Up: Pinewood School sign (7L)

The forms that will be going on the trip to the recycling centre on 21st March are 7P and 6D.

Please go to the Photo Gallery to view more photos of the models.

Pinewood Gold Programme

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Congratulations to Grace, who has been presented with her Bronze Award for the Gold Programme. To achieve this, Grace had to choose and complete three challenges from the Gold Programme challenge list.  Grace’s first challenge was to redesign the cover of two different fiction books of her choice. She researched existing published covers and then planned her own design for new front covers. She also had to write a synopsis of the story for each of her chosen books. For her second challenge, Grace completed a fantastic holiday diary over the Summer holidays. For her final challenge, she produced ten well designed bookmarks on different countries, with facts, information and pictures to give an overview of each country.

Well done, Grace!

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Narnia Week In The Boddington Library

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On entering the Library through the wardrobe, children find themselves in the magical world of Narnia. With snow covered trees and branches, icicles and snowflakes, there is a wintery feel.  The magnificent castle of Cair Paravel is there, as well as the lamppost!

The Reading Group have been working hard all term to decorate the Library for Narnia Week. The book comes to life through shoe boxes decorated to show different scenes from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The other books can be explored by the watercolour paintings behind the wardrobe doors on display. Children can try out an Aslan mask or if they prefer, the White Witch. There are two competitions running all week as well as colouring and word searches. No visit to the library this week would be complete without a taste of Turkish Delight, which is proving very popular!

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For more photos from the event please go to the Photo Gallery.

Year 1 Trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park

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On a bright October day, the Year One children went on their first ever school trip, to the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford. The excitement of a coach journey was overwhelming, with many children using words such as ‘awesome’ and ‘cool’ before we even got to the park. The children delighted in watching the penguins being fed and going into the Madagascar enclosure, with many lemurs basking in the sunshine and birds flying up above. The new additions to the Wildlife Park, three lion cubs, were adored by all, and the children were able to watch a giraffe eating hay from very close proximity. The train journey around the park allowed the children to see many of the animals as well as the opportunity to wave at the general public!  The children also had the opportunity to listen to a talk given by a Keeper on ‘owls’, learning about the significance of the colour of owl eyes. We are very lucky that Friends Of Pinewood sponsor some of the endangered species at the park, and we were able to see both the Humboldt penguins and the Morelets crocodile, two of the animals sponsored by FOP. A fun day was had by all!

For more photos from the trip please go to the Photo Gallery.

Year 6 at the Clifton College MFL Day

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Twelve pupils from Year 6 were invited to a special language day at Clifton College in Bristol on Monday. They had brief taster lessons in Russian, Mandarin and Spanish, as well as a French themed treasure hunt. Snacks and lunch were provided in the language café in the very smart languages building. It was a really interesting day out and the children were admirable in their enthusiasm to tackle some new languages. Russian was particularly hard! They really enjoyed writing Chinese characters and singing in Spanish. Clifton College really looked after us well and we were all very impressed with the facilities they had there.

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Pinewood Gold Award Programme

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Congratulations to Gracie Neilson who is the first to gain her Bronze Award for the Gold Programme. Gracie completed three challenges. The first challenge was to design an ‘eco house’ which she picked because of her interest in nature and in caring for the environment. She chose to design ten bookmarks on different countries of the world for her second challenge. Finally she completed a fantastic holiday diary of her summer holidays to get her Bronze Award. Gracie is now starting work towards her Silver.

The Gold Programme forms part of the Pinewood enrichment programme and its aim is to encourage children to explore new areas outside the normal curriculum, to develop intellectual curiosity and to cultivate skills for independent learning. As a voluntary programme, children can choose from 40 challenges all linked to a broad area of the curriculum. It is expected the majority of the work will be undertaken in children’s own time but progress in school will be monitored with regular meetings. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will be given at the completion of each level in the challenge. We hope this programme, for children from Years 5, 6 and 7, will be enjoyable and stimulating, giving them the satisfaction of thinking and learning for themselves and resulting in a record of their work and achievements.

If you would like to know more about the Gold Programme, please e-mail Mrs Matthews on library@pinewoodschool.co.uk

 

Year 5 Trip to @Bristol

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Year 5 visited @ Bristol to complement current teaching on the Earth, Sun and Moon.  On arrival the two working groups spent time either investigating the wide variety of installations in the science museum, or in a space workshop learning about what life has been like for Major Tim Peake in the International Space Station.  The children looked at how water is stored, built towers using robotic arms (similar to the Canada II arm on the ISS), built rockets and tested the effect of low pressure conditions on marshmallows and investigated how to exercise in space without the effects of gravity.

After lunch we enjoyed more time in the museum and watched an excellent 3D space show in the planetarium, visiting each planet in turn and learning about conditions on each before studying stars and moons in more detail. Here are some of the things particularly enjoyed by Year 5:

Tara, I enjoyed playing with the robots.

Grace H – I liked making animations

Poppy D – I enjoyed the bubbles

Toby – I enjoyed playing with the shadow machine

Poppy I – I enjoyed the 3D space show in the planetarium even though I felt sick after.

Hester- I enjoyed the human sized hamster wheel, even though it was quite hard to push.

Zac – I enjoyed all the exhibits- particularly the sports ones that recorded how fast you are or how high you can jump

Katya – the planetarium it was like I was in space,

Lilli  – Planetarium as I learnt what the planets are made of.

Poppy T – I loved playing with the iron filings and the magnets

Minnie – I enjoyed the parachute exhibit and being inside the womb

Emma – I enjoyed capturing my shadow in the tilted room

Raffy – I enjoyed the space workshop and learning what people had to do to go into space.

Caitlin – I loved the tilted room

Sam – I liked the light screen and colour filters that gave you 3 different coloured shadows

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