The school has been a hive of activity and excitement over the last week, and The Big Green Draw Day started with children and staff arriving in the most fabulous bird costumes. Peacocks, owls, blackbirds, robins, and a colourful array of exotic birds arrived with an army of bird spotters. Thank you to all the children and parents who clearly worked so hard on the costumes. Many congratulations to our competition winners: Alice D, Gabriel C-C, Lara G-W, Cameron D, Arthur B, Jessie M, Violet F, Georgia I, Hannah L, Mackenzie J and Miss Tuck!
As I entered the Science Lab this morning, Year 8 were already hard at work creating metal bird sculptures. They researched the shape of birds in flight and drew outlines. They learnt about the properties of wire and soon realised that even though wire is malleable, it’s still very tricky to bend it to form and hold the required shape. They considered how the air current changes over and under the wings so that a bird can change direction. The Bunsen burners came out and they oxidised copper foil for feather decorations. The results are absolutely splendid and they should be proud of the concentration and perseverance they displayed today.
For Year 7 the day was about bird migration, researching the unique behaviours of a specific bird. Laila explained to me how she had chosen to research swallows as they arrive every summer and nest in the barns where she lives. Using maps, shells, twigs, straw, pictures and enormous imagination, they created beautiful migration boxes that represent their bird’s annual journey.
I found Year 6 debating the use of language as they composed their own haiku poems. A group of boys explained to me how a haiku poem comprises of three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second and 5 in the third. As these are pretty tricky, several children opted for free writing poems.
Year 5 looked at composition, colour, contrast, flow, texture, focus and lighting in photography as they channelled their inner David Baileys and displayed some startling results. I say startling as these children are nine and ten years old, and the quality of photography, using only iPads and editing tools, is absolutely outstanding! Next time you happen to visit the dining hall, you will see some of the best work from today already framed and displayed on the walls.
Did you know that a Barn Owl has eyes nearly the size of its brain? Or that the European Eagle Owl is the largest and strongest owl on the planet and that it can fly as high as a jumbo jet? A Peregrine Falcon is faster than a cheetah, and although almost extinct in the 1960s, numbers of this beautiful bird are now back to post war numbers. Year 3 and Year 4 know all of this from the thoughtful and intelligent questions they asked today’s visitors, Wheatley Birds of Prey. They brought with them a variety of beautiful owls, hawks and peregrines. Each year group enjoyed an interactive session, seeing and in some cases holding these incredible birds.
Pre-prep had a busy and wonderfully messy day creating bird seed feeders, owl masks and hats, having owl stories in the woods and finding lots of objects outside that matched the colour charts they were given.
Mrs Brookes has helped the children to create the most incredible piece of artwork that covers a whole wall outside the hall. She ran workshops throughout the day where each year group decorated coloured paper feathers which have been mounted onto the wall to form a huge pair of wings with the caption “Your wings already exist, all you need to do is fly…’ Well done to everyone, you should be so proud. It really is splendid!