November 2022

1st November 2022
Year 4,5 and 6 trip to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford
On Thursday 17th November 2022, Year 4,5 and 6 all had the incredible opportunity to go to the Ashmolean Museum. We formed into two groups of 4,5 and 6 and had the chance to take part in a workshop all about the Shang Dynasty- our new topic. This ancient civilisation were founded in China and we learnt about their culture through stories, artefacts and amazing art. Did you know that the writing we might see in the present can be traced back to the dynasties? Amazing oracle bones show us the ancient writing they used. 
We learnt a song that children in China would sing and had a go at joining in as well as moving around the museum to see lots of different exhibits including looking at the beautiful and intricate silk designs of the clothes people in China would wear. 
Luckily for us, the museum also had some artefacts that we could handle. We enjoyed looking closely at objects to determine what they could have been made out of, used for and who could have used them. 
In the other half of the day, we were able to look around the museum which included looking at the exhibits on Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. We were amazed with the Ancient Egyptian section as we had just studied this time period. It was amazing to see what we could spot including hieroglyphics and even some mummies! 
The children in Key Stage Two represented Ellwood brilliantly. They were respectful and so engaged in what we were able to learn from our wonderful workshop host. 
Anti Bullying Week 
We kickstarted anti bullying week by taking part in ‘Odd Socks Day’ to show how ‘odd’ and unique we all are and celebrate our differences with respect. Then we all joined the live national anti bullying assembly. We will take part in lots of activities this week, exploring how we can spread kindness and friendship. We know it is everyone’s responsibility to put a stop to bullying. 
Say hello to our Sports Leaders!
We are very lucky to have such organised and dedicated leaders who are taking their role very seriously! The girls have been working hard to promote kindness and friendship by teaching younger children playground games. They are showing responsibility by organising the play time shed and the games they are teaching the children. 
Well done girls! 
Goodrich Castle
Years 1, 2 and 3 had a brilliant trip to Goodrich castle to deepen their knowledge and understanding of castles and learn about local history. We were really impressed with their behaviour and enthusiasm and they demonstrated lots of our school values throughout the day. 
Fire Safety
In the lead up to bonfire night, the whole school learnt about fire safety. Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in the national Resus Ranger's Fireworks Safety Assembly. EYFS and years 1, 2 and 3, learnt about fire safety rules around fireworks, bonfires and sparklers. EYFS then applied their knowledge to safely enjoy a sparkler in their outside area! 
Healthy Eating and Cooking
Upper KS2 had a great time preparing and cooking a healthy spaghetti bolognaise. They included lots of vegetables and learnt how to chop them correctly and safely. They expanded their practical knowledge of how to make healthy food swaps, such as using wholemeal spaghetti. Yummy! 
Netball Club
KS1 are enjoying Fencing club this term!