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This morning, the Year 6 children and staff had a campus visit at Bradford College. We met up with Roy Ward and two student Ambassadors at The David Hockney Building.The aim of the visit was to have an overview of what coursSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESes SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESand career option are available for the children once they start college. Did you know that you don’t have to go to college five days a week? For a Teaching Assistant course, there are times when you might go to college once a week and you can either study at home or you just go on placement!!

After walking five flight of stairs (yes five flights!!), we had a short presentation and an ice-break activity. One  activity that we did was bit of an eye-opener where we were given four job titles and we all put our hands up for the career that would most suit us. However, throughout the activity other points were added for that job title. For example, Khadijah wanted to be a Chef. Later when she discovered that she might have to take the guts out of the fish and take their skin off, she changed her mind (I would as well!) The point of this activity (as well as others) was to always find out as much information as possible about your course/career option as they might not suit your needs.

We later had a tour of the campus and we also went into classrooms where lessons were being taught. In the pictures below, you will see our Year 6 children in these classrooms observing students’ work and doing activities with the students as well!! The classrooms we visited were science labs, the Art campus, the kitchen (where student chefs were cooking), the Textile classrooms and Early Years lessons (if you see closely, the Textile classroom is so different to our classrooms). I’m sure if you spoke to some of these children, they will share their experiences with you! Enjoy looking at the photos and please leave your comments and opinions/questions.

Many thanks…Mrs Wahid

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Mosaic Week 1 – Getting to know each other

Hello

So the new year has started, which means a new group of children for our Mosaic Programme. We have twelve children this year and a fantastic turnout of parents. The first session was brilliant – we all introduced ourselves (although the children did know each other, it was important for the parents to know who we all were). We also have two mentors Susan, who was a Pediatric Nurse and who has already mentored previously, (she loved working with Fagley so much that she decided to come back and mentor again!!!) and Nosheen, a Bradford University student who is studying a PhD in Cancer Research – two fantastic mentors supporting the Year 6 children at our school!! Below are pictures of our mentors and parents.

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Amna and her mum

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Ibrahim and his mum

Hasibah and her mum

 

 

 

 

Susan

Nosheen

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Waffley Frosty Day

It was a chilly start for Beech group this morning, so we were looking forward to lighting our campfire. Mayeda had kindly brought in some delicious strawberry marshmallows for us to toast and we also had waffles and hot chocolate to give us plenty of energy and keep us warm.Three children from Reception class joined Beech group in the woods and the older children helped them to safely toast their marshmallows and waffles. After extinguishing the fire, the older children decided to teach the younger ones some of their favourite woodland games including hide and seek and head honcho.

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter Arrives at Forest School

The weather took a decidely wintery turn today at Forest School. As we headed towards the woods, a light dusting of snow began to drift down, but then as if from nowhere, the wind began to howl. We paused at the edge of the woodland to assess the situation. We observed the branches of the trees whipping around wildly in the gusty blasts and the trunks swaying ominously. Whilst we knew we would benefit from the shelter of the trees if we ventured into the wood, we had to weigh this up against the risk of branches being dislodged and potentially causing injury to one of our group. On balance, we decided that the weather was to unpredictable to risk it. So we had two options left, head back to school or choose an alternative route to walk. We decided that we would follow the bridleway in the direction that would avoid the large trees and try to find a sheltered spot to enjoy the view and drink our hot chocolate.

The wind was certainly bracing and as we turned back towards school head on to the wind, the cold air bit at our cheeks prompting an outburst of song:


Jan 14th (1) from Fagley Primary Forest School on Vimeo.

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Holly Group to the Rescue

The new children in Holly Group have been having fun exploring the woodland. There are still lots of streams running through the wood following the recent floods. Some of the children decided they were part of a rescue team tasked with saving the city from flooding. Enlisting the help of Mrs McTell, they set about moving rocks and sticks to stem the flow of water running down the hill. They were suitably impressed with their efforts and were rewarded with a warming cup of chocolate.

 

Others in the group chose to use the magnifying glasses and trowels to hunt for woodland treasure on the forest floor and the binoculars to spot birds resting in the canopy above.

 

I Spy….

 

….the flood rescue team.

 

Have we found a precious rock?

 

Look, I can climb this tree.

 

 

 

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Slowing the Flow

We returned to school and Forest School this week after the Christmas break which brought unprecedented levels of flooding to the local area. Although our woodland escaped the worst of the flooding, there was evidence of the effects of the prolonged downpours. Fagley Beck had swelled and the sound of the water gushing  down the edge of the woodland could be heard as we approached. Our well trodden footpaths bubbled with water running off from the surrounding fields revealing the orange clay and sandstone beneath. Our observations led to discussions about global warming and how the warmer, wetter winters were affecting our environment. Many of the children had witnessed the news reports regarding the devastation the floods had caused to local communities and were keen to share their ideas on how the water could have been prevented from reaching people’s homes.

They decided they wanted to have a go at stopping the flow of water down one of the paths in the wood by creating a dam. They gathered together rocks, branches, soil and leaves and began constructing their dam. They succeeded in slowing the water down, but as it began to spill around the edges of their dam, they agreed that a series of dams would be required to slow the flow gradually and set about creating more further up the stream. Working together, they were able to effectively slow down, re-route and in some places, halt the flow of the water. As we headed back to school, we chatted about the different methods that have been used locally to try and with flooding from the high tech flood barriers in York to the more traditional methods of land management, tree planting, log dams and adopted in Pickering. You can read more about the Slowing the Flow project in Pickering here: Slowing the Flow

 

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Miriam Lord in the Woods

At Fagley Primary each child is

 assigned a house group named after a famous Bradfordian. Siblings are assigned the same house and children from Reception to Year 6 are represented in each group. Every half term, the groups take part in a house morning where they meet to take part in fun educational activities aimed at promoting collaborative learning. This term these have included circus skills, cooking, museum visits and of course Forest School. 

Miriam Lord group joined us in the woods, togged up for the very wet weather. This didn’t dampen their enthusiasm though. After wading through the flood water and muddy pathways, we began the session with a game of ‘Head Honcho’. The children picked up the rules of the game very quickly, but the teachers took a bit longer!


Next, the children were divided into four teams to hunt for woodland treasure. Each member of the team had to bring back the item being saught. The team leaders took it in turns to choose an item for the teams to hunt for (a stick as long as your finger, a brown leaf with no holes in, a stone you can fit in your hand) and the first team back each time scored a point. As well as the woodland treasure, there was other treasure to be found in the shape of chocolate coins. When the game was over, the coins were shared out among the players and were enjoyed with a a warming cup of hot chocolate (which gave us the boost we needed to negotiate the soggy walk back to school!)

 

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A Look Back at Autumn Term at Forest School

Almost 90 Forest School Sessions have taken place this term in sunshine, fog, wind and rain (but mostly rain!) with 65 children taking part each week and more than 270 miles walked!


The children have taken part in a whole range of experiences including:


Puddle splashing, leaf art, tree climbing, hunting for treasure, wide games slacklining, fire lighting, marshmallow toasting, berry painting, feeding the horses, making bird feeders, hill rolling, bug hunting, den building, kazoo making, den building, music making, shape spotting, nature murals, rope bridges, rope swings, fungi spotting, Nordic braiding, mudsliding, bird watching, foraging, Christmas crafting, circle games, animal tracking, sharing stories, pebble games, hammock swinging, coppicing, balsam bashing…


….phew we have been busy!


Next term, new groups of children will be exploring the wonder of the woodland.

 



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Mosaic – Week 9

Hello again

If I can apologise for not adding the previous four weeks work done by our Year 6 children in the Mosaic lessons.

Week 9 has come and gone. In this lesson the children and parents were sharing their experiences and thoughts of what we learned in the 9 weeks. Unfortunately, this is the last week for the children but the good news is, on the 15th of December, all who took part in Mosaic will be going to a Graduation ceremony at Leeds Trinity University!!! So keep an eye out for the pictures!!!

Five of our children will also be doing a presentation on the day of the Graduation – we are all very excited to take part and Graduate!!!

Below are some picture of our last week. However, a new session of Mosaic will start in January 2016 – keep watching (and commenting). Mrs Wahid

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Apprenticeship Assembly

On Monday 30th November, Year 6 parents were invited to an Apprenticeship assembly. We had two visitors from the Bradford Apprenticeship Hub (from Bradford Council) who gave us a presentation on how, if you want, in the future, can apply for apprenticeship. There are many options available for our children in the near future. An example that given by Richard was  how in about four to five years, both the train stations in Bradford will eventually merge into one big station like Leeds  – thus bringing many job opportunities for these children. Another fact we found out was Sir Alex Ferguson and Jamie Oliver started their first job as an apprentice!!!

The parents who came, later had an opportunity of asking questions –  coffee with nice chocolate biscuits was served!!

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