Look at all the fun we have been having in school! The events at the top of the page are the most recent.
Four girls from Year 5L were selected to take part in an Apprentice style challenge that was being held at Sutton Academy. They had to design a snack that could be sold to students that would not only be nutritious, but that would also allow the girls to make profit on an initial outlay of £10. Well done, girls!
This week, Willow Tree has been visited by a secret storyteller! He visited our Diary Room to read one of his own favourite stories - Mr Tickle! We'd like to thank Chris Milow for sharing the story with our children! Keep a look out for more secret storytellers in the coming weeks!
Key Stage 1 held a parents' morning on the 19th January. Lots of parents came in to share in the learning of their children, and to help them produce some beautiful artwork. The children all loved having you in, thank you very much to those who attended!
Several representatives from our school went to the Peace Light service during December. The Peace Light promotes peace among everybody across the world. Six members of the choir participated in a larger choir containing children from eight schools, and the head boy and head girl also were involved in the service. Rezija even did a reading! Everybody's behaviour, and attitude, was exemplary. Here are a few photos from the service:
We have been rehearsing for quite some time for our Super Sing Up event. Today was the event! We went to the Theatre Royal to sing with numerous other primary and secondary schools. We performed our songs: Can't Stop the Feeling, When I'm 64, Human, Feelin' Groovy, Beauty and the Beast, Belle and Gaston with great gusto! Well done to all of Year 4 for their hard work! (The harmonies sounded amazing altogether!)
Chestnut and Willow had a fantastic time at Knowsley Safari Park and they behaved impeccably. The animals we saw included lions, rhinos, camels, wolves, vultures, bats and sea lions and we even got to touch creatures from the Australian rainforest!
We had an assembly this morning from a local martial artist! He talked to us about the importance of showing respect to other people and to ourselves, and got Evan and Koren to do a short demonstration.
Most of our Year 4 children went on an amazing trip to Cadbury World! We travelled by coach, then went to the 4D cinema. We travelled in a very unusual lift! Following that, we got to see a great little film while our chairs moved - it made us feel like we were in the film! We had to wear 4D glasses so that it looked as if everyone was standing out from the screen. After that, we had our lunch and then were given a talk from a Cadbury World member of staff. They talked about the chocolate making process, showing us videos and letting us hold (and smell!) various chocolate making ingredients from different steps off the process. Our final trip was to the exhibition, which was very action packed - we got to see the beginnings of Cadbury World through some beautiful exhibits, then a projection of John Cadbury told us about his life and further information about the origins of Cadbury World in a very interactive way. We got to ride on a car ride, where we saw chocolate eggs climbing, swinging and having all sorts of fun! Before we left, we visited the shop to buy souvenirs of our day. It was a very long day, but we had an amazing time and the children behaved impeccably!
Year 5's class trip this year was to London. We got to go on the London Underground, and we visited 10 Downing Street. We were allowed to go through security, and we met Philip Hammond coming out of 11 Downing Street! We got to pose in front of Number 10, which was very cool! After that, we went to visit the Rainforest Café, which had a great atmosphere (and the food was lovely too)! That evening, we went to see Matilda the Musical. This was excellent with lots of singing and dancing (and very funny) - it was a great experience! The next day, we went in the House of Lords (but we weren't allowed to sit down!). We also got to meet our local MP, Marie Rimmer, who talked to us about how she got into parliament and gifted us a parliament teddy bear. We had an excellent time and everyone behaved wonderfully, well done Year 5.
We participated in a sponsored readathon, taking turns to read to people and listen to other people reading. When the horn blew, we had to change from listening to reading (or vice versa), and whenever the horn blew twice we moved along so that we could read to a different partner.
We have been participating in a program called Rock Kidz this week, where we have been learning important values through the medium of rock music! We celebrated being ourselves, looked at the message of saying no to bullying, considered the importance of always showing respect to others (respect is also one of our school values!), and the idea of remaining positive - all through our excellent singing! At the end of the week, we had a rock concert to share this with our parents, which was great fun!
This half term, we are going to be learning all about chocolate! We decided to kick-start our new topic with a morning of activities. Both Year 4 classes combined together, and we tasted different types of chocolate and experimented with combinations of chocolate and fruit. We also made golden tickets based on Willy Wonka’s, and made some delicious chocolate biscuits in true Great British Bake Off style!
Year 2 enjoyed their visit to Dunham Massey yesterday. We were servants in the morning and went around the mansion in the afternoon. Some other visitors said what a well behaved school we were. Well done!
Year 3 went up to Tesco on a school trip! Here are some photos of our day; for more, see the Year 3 class page.
Willow and Chestnut classes both visited Martin Mere together! They had an excellent time, pond dipping and examining sharp toothed otters. They also got to trek and to play on the playground equipment - there was even a zip wire! Here are just a few photographs of our trip. For more photographs, see the Chestnut and Willow class pages!
We had an excellent time on World Book Day, participating in lots of different activities! We had a parade early in the morning to show off our costumes - each class chose two winners for the best costumes who won a £5 book token each!
We had a Teacher vs Pupils book quiz, which is always excellent fun. Each class chose a representative to be on the children's team, and they were all excellent. The teachers retained the trophy, however!
In the afternoon, junior classes paired up with classes in the infants to share books together. It was lovely to see so many children reading together and sharing their love of books!
We have also been creating "Drop Everything and Read" signs and designing book tokens.
Some children in Year 5 and 6 participated in a speech competition. They chose a topic, researched it, and created a Powerpoint presentation to present to an audience of their parents and Year 4. Everybody worked extremely hard and did themselves proud - well done to everybody who participated! Our judge was Jackie Lowe, our chair of governors! The winners were:
1st Leon M (Y6)
2nd Leon P (Y6)
3rd Quinn W (Y5)
Several representatives from Year 5 went to the St Helens Chamber to compete in a competition against other schools across St Helens. The children were successful defeating other schools and have now won a class prize, which involves a visit to the QVC Production Factory in Knowsley. Well done, Year 5!
Y6 took part in an enterprise and innovation challenge, through St Helens Chamber. This year the chamber had partnered with Gulliver's theme parks. The challenge was to design new ideas for a new park - to be opened in Yorkshire, called Gulliver's Valley. The class worked collaboratively together and created four main themed areas: Dinoland, tunnel town, tea city and the Yorkshire dales. Alongside forming ideas for unique rides and attractions, the class also chose to create a prototype of the park, a presentation, an advert, a jingle and marketing materials. 6 children were chosen to represent our team ( Team Altitude ), at the finale event in Gulliver's World, Warrington. Those children represented the school brilliantly and additionally presented the ideas in a professional and engaging way. Our team came second out of 15 other schools!!! Well done Y6 and all the other schools that entered. We then get to visit Nerf Zone as our prize!
Key Stage 1 are all learning about Oceans and Seas for their topic lessons this term. We have been creating beautiful ocean dioramas - look how gorgeous they are! We have also done some other art work and we have a display showing off our wonderful creations to the whole school.
Here is our school mannequin challenge!
Chestnut, Willow and Oak classes worked very hard to put together an amazing Nativity performance for their friends and families! Everybody participated brilliantly, behaved well and sang their hearts out - well done, everybody! Look at us in our amazing costumes:
On 14th December, Year 4 visited Langtree Park to participate in a Sky Try session. We had lots of fun playing games such as stuck in the mud and enjoyed working with partners. We also had an extensive tour of the Saints ground, talked about the heritage of St Helens (and the Saints team itself) and learned about healthy eating. We even got to wear Saints shirts for some of the day! Our hosts were very welcoming and even included some players!
Christmas is a very busy time for Willow Tree choir as we get involved in a series of festive events. This year, we participated in the Bethlehem Peace Light service with several other schools to help spread the message of peace. We also participate in the Sutton Smile community initiative, where we go along and sing at a venue in front of an audience! We have also visited Manor Court, a local home for the elderly, and sang for the residents there - they really appreciated it! Well done, everybody!
This week is Anti-Bullying Week, and we've spend quite a lot of time thinking and talking about the issue. We've had discussions about what bullying is and how it affects people (including issues such as bystanders), what to do if you're being bullied, and made posters to advise people what bullying is. We've also made poems, raps, pledges and done lots of drama and script writing!
Both Year 4 classes held a Roman day to celebrate and explore our recent topic of the Romans. The children dressed up as Romans for the day, making themselves helmets/crowns and shields, learned how to march and get into the tortoise formation like a Roman soldier, made and tasted some Roman food and explored Roman numerals! It was great fun!
For more photographs, see the individual Year 4 class pages - here are just a select few:
Key Stage 1 (Chestnut, Willow and Oak classes) have been learning about the Great Fire of London and have made some beautiful and creative models! Thanks very much to parents for supporting with this task - we have made a lovely display taking up an entire corridor with our version of the Great Fire of London!
This year, we are really focusing on nurturing a love of reading with our children and as part of this we'd love to have more children reading at home! We have introduced a new "Strive for Five" initiative where children earn points for reading at home with an adult and can exchange those points for prizes! We invited parents into school where Mr Bell explained this new scheme, and parents also got to come briefly into classes to hear a story with their children. Thank you very much to all the parents who attended; it was great to see such a good turnout!
On Monday 19th September, the children in the infants had a very exciting Junior Chef Day. The next day, on 20th September, the juniors also joined in with the fun and their own Junior Chef Day! We learned facts about America and learned how to make a key lime pie. We worked really hard and listened well - it was delicious!