Last term, Class 5 pupils entered the BBC Radio Two 500 words, story writing competition. This is a national competition entered by hundreds of thousands of children each year. This year one of our pupils has been shortlisted into the top 5000 stories…What a fantastic achievement. The successful author is Imogen Wills. Her story ‘The Empty Bowl’ can be read below.
The Empty Bowl
By Imogen Wills
That morning my human left my food bowl empty, so I decided that I would have to tell my human to feed me… I began clambering and scrambling up the mighty staircase that I had experienced my human carry me up many times before. As I reached the top a sense of victory and pride overwhelmed me. I had conquered the staircase without human assistance! I walked forward with a renewed sense of confident bubbling up inside me. I swiftly slid into the bedroom through the door that my human had left open. Using my agile legs I sprung onto the bedside and went to claim my space on my humans ignorant, sleeping face Finally. my human woke up she didn’t seem to appreciate me being her furry alarm clock. But I needed to be fed. As she walked into the kitchen I was happy she was finally going to feed me but she didn’t. She walked past oblivious to the fact that my food bowl was empty. That night, my human invited more humans into my territory, this was the perfect time to wreak havoc on the house and the inhabitants. I squeezed through the open window on the first floor and jumped onto the dew covered lawn. I let out a long pitiful meow and to my joy they came.
Sadly, our entrance plan had been foiled by the humans shutting the window. So we decided to beg for entrance, we began scratching the window and making pitiful meows. Finally, one of the humans came and opened the window. Granting access to the house. We lunged into the house crashing through the open window, knocking everything off the windowsill. Our first victim was the pitiful human who opened the window for us, we decided to make her one of us. When she emerged from underneath the kitty pile she , she now possessed whiskers After the humans had just seen a stampede of kittens come flowing into the house they were undoubtedly shocked, let alone the fact that they had seen their friend be turned from human to feline.
My human sprinted up into the dreaded bathroom dragging her ice cube companion across the floor We all knew the bathroom, was a place of pure evil. It was the watery depths of hell. But we were determined to conquer the humans. We charged into the bathroom and saw the humans in the shower. The satanic shower. Some of our troops fainted in panic but we were ready to fight, to take a stand against the humans, to serve them revenge for not serving us our food. We pounced, lunging through the water…Everything went black for the humans… The girl woke up, covered in cold sweat. She realised it was a dream and swung her legs out of bed and walked to the kitchen. Just to be greeted with the sight of an empty food bowl…
Yesterday in Class 4, we investigated separating mixtures. We separated raisins and flour using a sieve. This worked because the raisins are larger than the holes in the sieve. The rice and paper-clips were separated by a magnet, as paperclips are magnetic. We decided to put the salt and water into an evaporating dish and left it over night. He are some photos of the results:
The water evaporated and left us with the salt.
On Thursday afternoon, we had a special visit from Mrs Prior’s daughter Grace and her friend Alison.
During the assembly, Grace shared with the children her experience as a volunteer for Mercy Ships. Grace spent three months in Guinea living on the ship which provides medical relief and free surgeries for people in Africa.
As part of Class 2’s music this term, we having been discussing the difference between listening to live and recorded music. Today Mrs Hartland kindly arranged for Mr Jandrell (our school guitar teacher) to visit and to bring in his guitar and a double bass.
We learnt the different parts of a double bass, the different sounds we can make and we all had a go at playing it. We also had an opportunity to listen to both the guitar and double bass live!
On Wednesday Class 2 spent the day at the Heritage area!
We didn’t let the horrible weather put us off!
We started off with a Spring hunt and even though it was pouring with rain we managed to find lots of signs of spring!
Next we went on a minibeast hunt – we found lots of worms and some woodlice!
We then completed the same plant hunt we had done when we visited in January. This time we found more flowers!
After a quick stop for lunch the rain stopped!!! We took our activity box to the meadows and children had free choice! They took part in bird watching, habitat hunting, creating wild art, more minibeast hunting and hill rolling/running!
We then had our traditional hot chocolate and cookies break followed by a little bit of puddle jumping, before starting our journey back to school.
Thank you again to everyone for sending the children in appropriate clothing – and sorry again for all the mud! We had a fantastic day!