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Takeover Day November 2017

Clifton Park Museum

Well, what an amazing experience! On Friday 17th November, the Y4 children took over Clifton Park Museum with their Roman work and it was certainly a day to remember.  On the day, we had over 100 visitors and the children were fantastic at being tour guides. Members of the public commented on how confident, enthusiastic and knowledgeable the children were. All children excelled and shone like the Sitwell superstars that they are! The Roman work looked excellent on display and the quality of the work was commented upon numerous times.

The year 4 team are incredibly proud of the children and the work they have produced. It was an excellent opportunity and one the children will remember for a long time! Thank you for your support and attendance on the day.

Here are some quotes from the questionnaires and the visitor book.

  • “Amazing, informative, interesting”
  • “The children were enthusiastic and showed pride in their work”
  • “The young people made the museum come to life”
  • “A credit to your school, to Rotherham and to yourself”
  • “Very polite children”
  • “Amazed at how much the children have learnt”
  • “Really lovely to see the children engage with the public”
  • “Heart-warming and inspiring!”
Y4 Roman Express Day – November 2017

Y4 had a fantastic Roman day on Friday 10th November. We were very impressed with the children’s Roman attire; they looked incredibly smart! Thank you for providing them with their outfits.

Throughout the morning, they engaged in three different Roman-based activities:

  • Miss Ogden held a Roman Olympics where the children competed in three different events: 100m sprint, tennis ball shot putt and standing long jump. Miss Ogden was very impressed with the children’s attitude and their competitive spirit. Further, they showed relationships by cheering for their friends.
  • In Miss French’s class, children engaged in a problem solving maths activity. They were challenged to solve the Roman numeral hidden message by Julius Caesar. This activity certainly tested their Roman numeral and relationship skills as they had to work effectively with their partner whilst drawing on their maths knowledge. The winners, who solved the message in the fastest time, were Faheem and Erin (4JF), Sara and Misa (4G0) and Hope and Shabnam (4GT).
  • Miss Tunstall held an art session. The children created their own Roman puppets. The puppets were very artistic and they even climbed to the string at the top. The children used resilience when making sure that the string and puppets were cut out accurately.

In the afternoon, we held a Roman banquet which consisted of pitta bread, olive oil spread, breadsticks, grapes and carrot sticks. The children seemed to enjoy the Roman diet with some even asking for more! After our banquet, we held an awards ceremony for the winners of the Olympics and the maths competition. 4GO then took to the floor with their very impressive ‘square’ formation. Their shields looked amazing and they performed like real Roman soldiers. We look forward to seeing 4JF and 4GT’s demonstration this week.

Well done to all children for their engagement and effort in the day!

Beast Creator Exhibition – 25th October 2017

Sitwell Sculpture Park – 24th October 2017

Massive congratulations to all of the Year 3 children for putting on an excellent display of this half term’s work in the Sitwell Sculpture Park on 24th October 2017. It was very popular with parents and families and a large number of visitors attended. Thank you to all the visitors that came. Also, thank you to the parents and families for supporting our children through this first half term in Sitwell Junior School. Both the children and parents should be very proud.

Visitor comments:

“Brilliant effort by all”

“They’re all as good as Barbara Hepworth. I think it is absolutely wonderful”

“It was fantastic to see all the hard work the children and teachers have put into a great park”

“Well done. Amazing job”

“Really nice to come into school and be part of the learning”

Y4 Clifton Park Museum – 13th and 20th September

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their Engage Trip to Clifton Park Museum for their Romans topic. On the day, they took part in two different workshops as well as having a guided tour around the museum.

The first workshop was all about artefacts. Our guide explained how the artefacts, which were found in Rotherham, help us to learn about how the Romans lived. The children used their responsibility value when working with the artefacts as they had to handle them with care and attention. The children enjoyed sketching the artefacts and found it interesting that only the wealthy Romans wore perfume.

The second workshop focused on Roman soldiers in battle. The children certainly loved the goriness of learning all about how the Romans killed their enemies. A certain piece of equipment that the children found interesting was the pilum – it was very long and had a sharp, pyramid end. Another highlight was the children getting to touch the chainmail shirt. It was extremely heavy and Miss French almost dropped it!

During the guided tour, the children had to find the answer to a range of different questions. This task required the children to use their relationship skills. We loved exploring the museum and finding out a range of facts which will certainly help us during the rest of our topic.

Year 3 Visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park

All of the Year 3 children had a fantastic day at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Wednesday 21st September. Even though they were a little tired by the end, the children learnt a lot about the sculptures on display, the artists, and the materials used for creating sculptures. Throughout the day, all of the children showed outstanding behaviour – this was even commented on by other visitors to the park. Also, they developed many of the Sitwell 7 Values. When choosing their favourite sculpture, they were able to reflect on their choices and provide reasons. During the afternoon activity working as a team to build their sculptures, the children were resourceful and built relationships with others they had not worked with before. If their idea did not quite work, they were resilient and tried other ideas. The day was a memorable experience for all of the children and teachers too. The children really enjoyed the outdoor learning experience and the chance to work with an artist educator. Finally, a big thank you to the parents that came with us and helped out on the day.

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