On Thursday 6th February we went to King Alfred's to attend an athletics competition. Eight schools took part including Appleton. At the event there were many activities; standing long jump, triple jump, vertical jump, chest push and javelin are the field events. The track/running events are: 1 by 1, 2 by 2, 4 by 1 relay, paarluaf, the over under relay and obstacle relay. Out of the 8 schools we place 2nd. We were proud to come in a high position and were awarded with certificates.
By Freya & Heather in Year 6
This term in PE with Miss Jackson Thames Class have been working on their rhythmic gymnastic skills.
Today in Science we learnt about the components of blood, their functions and the different blood groups. We started the lesson by writing a sentence that defines blood, we revisited this at the end of the lesson and refined our definitions. To help us understand each component we made blood using Cheerios, red & yellow food colouring, marshmallows and porridge oats. First we dyed the Cheerios red and these represented the red blood cells. Next we added the marshmallows, which represented the white blood cells, and the oats which represented platelets. Before finally mixing yellow food colouring with water, which represented plasma, and adding this to the mixture.
We then went on to refine out definitions of blood before looking at microscopic images of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. We then used these images to work in groups to create paints and drawing of each component.
On Thursday 6th February children for Year 5 and 6 competed at the Vale Primary Sportshall Athletics competition at King Alfred’s School. The children competed in a variety of track and field events that included the obstacle relay, over under relay, vertical jump and standing triple jump to name just a few. The children were absolutely brilliant and every member of the team tried their best and cheered their team mates along, they were a real credit to Appleton School. Overall the team came a fantastic second place and will represent the Vale at the Oxfordshire School Games finals on Thursday 2nd April.
1st Long Furlong 504 points
2nd Appleton 420 points
3rd Wantage 416 point
4th Stanford 372 points
5th West Oxford 338 point
In PE last week we played a game called Dodge It. The aim of the game was to get three children in each of the opposite groups sitting down at once and to do this we had to hit them with a soft ball below the shoulder. If a you were hit by a ball you had to sit to down. However, if someone sat down catches a ball they could stand up again and if someone already standing catches a ball they could tag a member of their group who is sitting down and they can stand up again. The game was complete when three of the four groups have three children sat down at once.
The week as part of Evolution and Inheritance unit of work we thought about how some animals and plants are adapted survive in extreme environments before designing our own plants and animals for these types of environments. First we thought about the kinds of features that would ideally allow our animal and plant to survive successfully in a given environment before using a set of design questions to help us draw a technical illustration of our living things.
This term in Thames Class we are studying Rivers as part of our Geography. In our first lesson we learnt about the features of a river system. We discovered that a river can be divided into three stages, upper, middle and lower course and that each section has a different set of features. We then created annotated diagrams of a river from the source to the mouth.
On the 12th December we went to the New Theatre in Oxford to perform at the Oxfordshire Dance Festival. Our theme was Aladdin and the song we danced to was 'Friend Like Me'. There were 34 schools taking part including us. We got to watch some other schools perform and most of us had our make up done too! It was really fun and we had a great time.
Report written by Ella, Ellie and Isla
When we arrived we did a few short warm ups and then we received the news that we have changed group fro group A to C. We lost our first match 2-1 to Windmill. Then we won a match 2-0 and another match 2-1. In the end we got to the quarter finals and then got knocked out. By Charlie, Thomas and Harry.
Out of the Blue to perform at Appleton Primary School!
Mrs Barker is thrilled to announce that the Oxford University a capella group, Out of the Blue, will be performing at school for the children next Wednesday, 11th of December. Each KS2 class will have a singing workshop with the group, before the choir give a whole school performance at the end of the day.
We are particularly excited to welcome Out of the Blue to school as former pupil Rhys Surtees is a member of the choir. He was part of Mrs Barker's first class, back in 2007!
Everyone at Appleton Primary would like to thank the Appleton Trust for their kind donation to pay for this special event.
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