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The Year 5 and 6 pupils of Barningham CEVC Primary School have been reflecting on the Easter story in RE. They thought about the different ways in which we sin and fail to keep God’s commandments. At Easter we bring our failings and weaknesses to God to ask for forgiveness and the strength to change for the good.
The children have highlighted key issues and placed them on large purple crosses. These are going to form part of the display in the church.

  • Issues include:
  • fear
  • crimes
  • criticism
  • bad news
  • car crashes
  • being rejected
  • health
  • weather

What would you bring to Jesus?

Visit to St Catherine’s College, Cambridge

On Monday our Y6 children went to Cambridge. We walked along the ‘backs’, across Clare Bridge and then rested in front of the Senate House and King’s College Chapel. After a quick spot of science in the Fudge Shop (Do you know why they use marble as a table? – and a DT investigation of the Corpus Clock (How does it work? – we entered the gates of St Catharine’s College –

The sign on the door said ‘No visitors’ but we had, as one child proudly announced to the tourists at the gate, “VIP status!”.

The visit was designed to inspire our Y6 to wanting to consider going to university.
We were given a fascinating talk by Chris – a graduate of the college  – and then by a Vetinary Medicine student. Afterwards, Sam, a Medical student from Kent, took us on a tour of the college: chapel, cafe (bar), JCR (Junior Common Room), library (x 2), accomodation blocks, Sherlock courtyard…

At the beginning of the tour three pupils expressed an interest in going to university, but by the end everybody was excited! The children designed crests for their own colleges and quizzed the students about life as a university student. The children also got to try on black gowns.

Here are some of the comments expressed:

‘It was really interesting, because we got to look around the town’
‘It was one of the best experiences that I have ever had!’
‘I was fascinated about how much the students liked their college.’
‘I couldn’t believe how much history there was in Cambridge.’
‘I’m really excited to go to uni – I’d like to study to be a vet.’
‘It was a great chance for children to see how the university works – and it was really fun.’

On the way home we walked down the alleyways dripping with history and stories of inventions, research, questions and answers. We watched the punts bobbing on the cold river.

A fantastic day!

tomSquashed Tomato Challenge

On Friday 30 January, the Owl Class took part in the Squashed Tomato Challenge – part of the Suffolk Raising the Bar initiative. The children had to get into teams and discuss, plan, design, build and test a machine that would move tomatoes from the top of a ‘mountain’ to the ‘valley’ below.  This proved great fun and required team working, modifying designs, allocating jobs, resilience and lots of reflection.
Here are some of our thoughts:

  • I really enjoyed the ST Challenge. It was very exciting to try something new – building a transport machine for those in Nepal to put their tomatoes in and learning about teamwork!
  • Even though it was difficult, everyone had fun and enjoyed the day. I think that the whole class would love to do something like that again. It taught us teamwork and different things to what we normally practice in school.
  • It was really annoying when my friend threw three tomatoes in at once. It brought down most of our contraption to pieces … we came 3rd at least
  • It was brilliant because we got to learn about peoples’ jobs and what they do. For example a lady who works at the Sugar Beet factory told us about her job.
  • My favourite part of the challenge was that you could be as creative as you wanted to be and that everyone got to participate.

Roman banquet

This week in the owl class, we became Romans and ate at a Roman banquet. We researched what the Romans ate and the food that was available during the Roman period and put together recipes during instructional writing. As a class we had a vote for the Roman recipes we would like to try, create and taste ourselves and they were delicious! We made Roman burgers, Roman ricotta tarts and Roman pizza. Did you know that the Romans loved olives, bread, cured meats, cheeses (especially goat), honey, wild boar and much more?! Here are some photos of the photos from our Roman banquet afternoon, enjoy!

Term Dates

2021 - 2022
  • Summer Term 2: Tue, 7 June - Thu, 21 July
2022 - 2023
  • PD Days Thur, 1 Sept & Fri, 2 Sept 2022
  • Autumn Term 1: Mon, 5 Sept - Thur, 20 Oct
  • PD Day Friday, 21 October 2022
  • Autumn Term 2: Mon, 31 Oct - Fri, 16 Dec
  • PD Day Tuesday, 3 January 2023
  • Spring Term 1: Wed, 4 Jan 2023 - Fri, 10 Feb 2023
  • Spring Term 2: Mon, 20 Feb - Fri, 31 March
  • Summer Term 1: Mon, 17 Apr - Fri, 26 May
  • PD Day Monday, 5 June 2023
  • Summer Term 2: Tue, 6 June - Fri, 21 July 2023