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Happy Friday!

Today we have celebrated World Book Day. Some students went to WH Smith to use their book tokens and others went to Madelene Lindley’s.

They were all delighted with the books that they brought back to school. Our students now have some lovely books to bring home this afternoon.

Activities in school today have been making short stories, book making, making book marks and generally enjoying reading.

A shout out to Alfie who shared his funny story with me at lunch time. There was wonderful work already on display in Miss Crossley’s class when I popped in at lunchtime. Fantastic – to lose yourself in a book. I might try this over the weekend – why don’t you?

We’ve had some interesting characters in school today:

Wonder woman, two Sherlock Holmes, Gangsta Granny to name a few. The funniest reactions were the students – they didn’t bat an eyelid at these characters casually wandering around school!

Let’s see what the students got up to on World Book Day.

SBU8

SBU8 are looking at all things Shakespeare this half term – not easy, I’m sure you will agree. However, pupils were surprised to learn of the sheer volume of phrases the Bard of Avon coined which we still use today… Well, that and the Shakespearean insults! 

We have focused on unpicking the language with modern translations ahead of studying a play of their choice. Who knows, maybe there are some budding thespians amongst us – not sure they’ll be overly keen on wearing tights mind. 

Coupled with the above, we have also embraced World Book Day and I was genuinely astonished at their reaction when we walked into the local bookstore. I couldn’t get them out, in fact had if it not been for the prospect of missing their dinner, I think we’d still be in there now! An absolute pleasure to see them picking up books, reading blurbs and first few pages – making notes for future reference of titles that interested them. They even found the Shakespeare section which provided more food for thought. I have never known them so quiet… maybe I should take them in there every day! Further still, it gave pupils ideas for our own library here at SBU. 

We also spent the day out with Mr Hopkins on Thursday as part of the John Muir Award, details of which can be found elsewhere within the blog. 

As first weeks go, they have certainly set the standard for the rest of the term. 

Enjoy your weekend. 

SBU1

This week SBU1 celebrated World Book Day by taking the tram to Oldham Town Centre to browse a selection of books.

Remembering what Zone we travel in from our last trip on the tram, Codie bought our tickets for us!

We visited Waterstones and WHSmiths to spend our World Book Day vouchers – the lovely lady at Waterstones even gave us some decorations for our new library!

This week SBU1 celebrated World Book Day by taking the tram to Oldham Town Centre to browse a selection of books. Remembering what Zone we travel in from our last trip on the tram, Codie bought our tickets for us! We visited Waterstones and WHSmiths to spend our World Book Day vouchers – the lovely lady at Waterstones even gave us some decorations for our new library!

SBU1 read aloud a letter from the chairs; who said they were on strike after suffering mistreatment. We then read the book “The Day the Crayon’s Quit” and discussed each crayon’s reason for striking and the emotions that they were feeling. We each chose a colour to write an apology letter to, on Duncan’s  (the protagonist in the story) behalf.

We were able to apply our knowledge of how the crayons felt to how our chairs might be feeling –  noting what they may think, feel and say if they had human emotions. We used this information to write this collective letter to the chairs:

Dear the chairs,

 

We are sorry we farted on you. I know this made you feel disgusted. Next time I will go to the toilet to trump.

 

We are sorry for throwing and kicking you across the room. I know this made you feel sick. Next time I am angry I will ask Miss if I can scream into a pillow instead.

 

We are sorry for not tucking you under the tables when we are finished with you. I know this made my classmates unsafe. Next time I will tuck in my chair.

 

Please come back we have missed using you today and will promise to take care of you in the future.

 

Love from

SBU1

 

Thankfully the chairs obliged and were back in their rightful places by dinner time!

Kyle was amazed and felt overwhelmed at the trip he told me he’s never been to a library before! Really glad that all of your class enjoyed the experience Kyle.

Mr Hopkins (AKA Sherlock number 1) has been on his adventures again…

Some amazing photos here, not only do I love the one of Leshay sandwiched in between the rocks, the one of Bailey hiding is also great and of course the Robin. Over to Mr Hopkin’s blog.

Update from Mr Hopkins

For our first week back we had the year 9’s out for their John Muir Award.

With the older pupils we go out for a whole day to be able to travel a little further afield and explore more interesting and mysterious places that we wouldn’t be able to experience in our local area.

This week we went to Staffordshire to visit Luds Church which is a chasm in the ground caused by a landslip a long time ago.

The sunlight never reaches the bottom of the chasm which produces some amazing colours of vegetation and it truly feels like a different country as you scramble through the big opening in the ground.

Our pupils were constantly amazed by the size of the chasm and the amount of caves and strange ways in which trees and other vegetation had grown in such a damp enclosed space. The photos don’t really do it justice!

Our two groups behaved impeccably and respected other people visiting the ‘church’ and the natural environment around them. Well done everyone!
Mr Hopkins

So, with a blink of the eye we reflect on the week gone by. Some of us celebrated Shrove Tuesday and began the period of Lent this week. Let’s think then about 40 days of acts of kindness. What a lovely idea considering what is happening in the world.

Try it – one act of kindness this weekend…

Lose yourself in a book!

Miss Rodgers

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