School News

We sadly said goodbye to our Year 6 children during their leavers assembly. All of the staff wish them all of the best for the future and hope they continue to build on the excellent progress that they have all made here at Witnesham.

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The school was recently awarded Suffolk's Silver Linguamarque for all of our work looking at different countries and for our efforts in learning a second language (French).

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The whole school enjoyed a fun packed Summer activity day. During the morning they split in their house teams for a kick rounders tournament. After break Classes 3 and 4 competed in some orienteering activities which involved them running to all corners of our beautiful grounds. In the afternoon the children completed a scavenger hunt before taking part in some water relays. Well done to the red (Gainsborough) who collected the most points over the day.

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Classes 1 and 2 enjoyed a trip to the beach. They had lots of fun building sandcastles and exploring the different areas to see what they could find.

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Year 5 and 6 children from Witnesham and Otley spent the week on a residential in Castleton, Derbyshire. They had lots of fun trying new activities such as abseiling, high ropes, raft building, canoeing on a lake, caving and walking up a small mountain. They were all brilliantly behaved and felt challenged by each of the activities. The week culminated in a talent show on the last night. The children had prepared some brilliant acts, the winner had written a brilliant poem about life in the classroom.

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Another brilliant Sports Day. Well done to Wolsey for winning overall! Thank you to everybody who came an supported the afternoon, to the sports leaders at Claydon who help run the different events and the WSA who provided refreshments.

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Year 5's spent the day learning how to be young leaders. In September they will plan and lead different lunchtime activities for children to take part in. Thank you to class 2 who were guinea pigs during the afternoon so the children could put into practice what they had learnt.

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Students studying different agricultural courses at Easton and Otley College came to the school to talk to children in Class 3 about local produce and their love of farming. The students very kindly presented a basket of local goods to the children at the end of their visit. The class decided that the hamper should go to FIND along with other items that the rest of the school are collecting for our Harvest assembly.

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Year 6 children spent the morning at Claydon High School taking part in numerous KS3 sports. They walked round with other children from our pyramid and played mini games of dodgeball, football, table tennis, badminton and high fives. They got to try out different equipment in the school’s gym, attempting to break records set by previous groups. Thank you to the Year 11 pupils who lead the sessions. The children really enjoyed themselves and responded well to your enthusiasm for the subject.

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Children celebrated languages day by wearing colours of their favourite country. They spent the day moving around the school learning about different cultures and traditions. In Class 1 the children made 'Apple Flappin' in groups and learnt about its Dutch origin. In Class 2 they leant an Indian Bollywood dance to 'Jai Ho', they also learnt how to play different samba instruments (Brazil). When the children were in Class 3 they pretended to be a Japanese artist; they recreated the famous 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' painting by Katsushika Hokusai using oil pastels. In Class 4 the children looked at numerous Gambian artefacts, they learnt how people are very clever with their hands and are able to make different items of clothing, carve instruments out of wood and recycle aluminium cans to make toys out of.

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The whole school split into their house teams to elect new captains and vice captains for the year. Year 6 children presented their speeches in front of their team before pupils carried out a democratic vote for who they would like to be their leader. Children wrote their chosen Year 6 person's name on a piece of paper to make it a anemones vote.  

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Welcome back to school for a new academic year.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Otley and Witnesham on winning Suffolk's Raising the Bar award for Excellence in Collaboration. We were presented the award to celebrate innovative partnership and collaborations between educational settings that have had real impact on the achievement of children and young people.