Mechanical Dragons

The children have just finished a project making moving dragons based on popular Victorian games called Automatons. They designed their dragon’s and then used cranks to turn circular motion into linear motion. They worked incredibly hard to make their moving dragon’s and we then shared them with Year 3 and did a question and answer session. The children were articulate and demonstrated their work exceedingly well. Here are some of their designs.

Follow this link to see an instructional video of how to make them.

https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/486155/flying-dragon

Art- Vincent Van Gogh

Over a series of lessons, Year 4 have made their own masterpieces inspired by the Artist Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘The Starry Night’. After learning about the life of the Artist and studying his painting, we tried out his method by drawing West Earlham Junior School from the back field. We then created our starry night backgrounds using acrylic paint and learnt about primary and secondary colours. We finished our works by creating a middle ground inspired by the Norwich Skyline. For this we used water colour pencils, pastels and chalks. When our foregrounds, midgrounds and backgrounds were finished we cut them out and arranged them together. Every finished piece looks so different and all fantastic, demonstrating a thorough exploration of an inspiring Artist’s work.

Science- Exploring Sound

Year 4 have been learning about sound, how sound travels in waves and how sound is made from vibrations. We conducted some experiments to show how sound travels better through a solid object and how pitch and volume can be varied by altering the material (such as tightening a ukulele string).

Whole School Assembly is back!

Finally after what seems a very long time our whole school assemblies are back and what an exciting way to begin with the Easter egg raffle! It is so important to us to get together as a whole school to celebrate events and whilst Zoom assemblies have kept us going it was great to be all together again. Year 4 won many eggs so we had lots of happy children.

Guest Visit

Year 6 were incredibly lucky this half term as we received a visit from Michael and Frances Holmes to learn more about the slums that used to exist in Norwich and what life was like for those living in them. We heard first hand experiences from residents through voice notes and videos and learnt about what life looked like. Some of our favourite facts were that people only used to bath once a week when they would wheel the bath tub in by the fire and that houses didn’t have their own toilets! They had to share with other households. The information we learnt has been very helpful with our topic this term, focusing on our local area and community.

Steve Skidmore!

Here in year 6, we were very lucky to receive a visit from our patron of reading, Steve Skidmore. Steve taught us about all the essential features of a good story and how to be better writers in his amazing masterclass and gave us a sneak preview of his upcoming books. He also joined us to help celebrate some of our best young readers this term with awards and even some signed books and our class librarians got to have lunch with him!

World Book Day 2022

For World book day 2022, we participated in an orienteering challenge on the field which we loved. Throughout the day, we also got to create book surprises and play a game of quidditch to celebrate this year’s theme of Harry Potter. We had huge participation from children dressed in an array of wonderful costumes and we even got to partake in a book themed quiz!

Roast Chicken, Quorn nuggets and bread rolls!

Year 4 have had a fun day cooking! We began with making the dough for the bread which involved careful measuring and then left it to rise. In that time we prepared two chickens for the oven. Then…back to the dough, each child then had a go at kneading the dough and then divided it into roughly 8 balls. By the time the chicken was ready (1.5hours later) the dough had risen and was ready for the oven. We talked about vegetarian alternatives and put the Quorn nuggets in too. The bread came out really well and was very popular, the chicken went down well and the Quorn too!

What is a university?

A group of students from the university came to visit year 5 and gave us an insight into the world of university!

West Earlham Junior School
Scarnell Road, Norwich NR5 8HT

Telephone: 01603 454569
Email: office@westearlhamjunior.norfolk.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Catrin Parry-Jones
School Business Manager: Mrs Beverley Savage