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25.11.15 - Year 1 had a great time on their trip to Eureka linked to their science topic 'My Body'. Eureka is a unique place for families and groups to visit, where children aged 0 to 11 are inspired to learn all about themselves and the world around them by playing, imagining, experimenting and – above all – having fun. Here is the evidence!!
November 2015 - Year 6 entered our second debate club at Heaton St Barnabus… and won! We debated the topic ‘Should footballers be paid more than surgeons’. Both sides put forward powerful arguments and listened well to each other, making it a really close score at the end. Thank you Heaton St Barnabus for Hosting and well done Saltaire Primary for being great competitors.
November 2015 - Year 2 have been doing a topic on the Great Fire of London. To start the topic we had a visit from some local firefighters to tell us about their job. We looked at how quickly a fire can spread and how quickly the firefighters can put out the fire now, compared to 400 years ago. Of course we had to have a go in the fire engine and use the fire hose. The siren was brilliant but very loud.
November 2015- Years Five and Six attended the Act of Remembrance service at the City of Bradford’s cenotaph. We joined lots of people from the city at the cenotaph at 11am on Friday the 11th November. As the clock struck eleven we thought about all the people who died during conflicts, including those from the Indian sub-continent and those who fought for the freedoms we have today. While there, we met the Lady Mayoress who chatted to us briefly and even had a photograph taken with her.
11.11.15 - We had lots of fun making clay Diva lights as part of our celebration of Diwali. It was very messy but as you can see we had lots of fun. We also coloured Rangoli patterns and added some sparkle with glitter. Ms Whelan said that she didn’t know the carpet was a Rangoli pattern that needed sparkle- it looked like there had been an explosion in the glitter factory. Fun and glitter- the sign of a good day!
October 2015 - The Department of Education has reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” At Rainbow Primary School, we provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own culture and have a clear understanding and appreciation of a wide range of cultural influences that have shaped modern Britain. During our British Culture and Values Day all classes in school were learning about British Values and how they impact on and affect our daily lives at school and in the wider community.
October 2015 - At Rainbow we have been lucky enough to be visited by a famous children author called Kate Pankhurst. One of the interesting things about Kate, is that when she writes a book, she doesn’t start with the words or text, but actually starts with the pictures first. We hae really enjoyed reading her ‘Mariella Mystery’ books.
On Friday 3rd July 2015, a quartet from the Bradford Music & Arts Service visited and performed many enjoyable pieces of music to the whole school as part of the music curriculum. Children were able to exted their knowledge of how instruments sound, how they work and how a group of individuals play together - whilst also enjoying the performance.
We are natural performers in Reception and KS1 at Rainbow! After learning about the Christmas story in RE, we performed a fantastic Nativity. We spoke with confidence and in clear voices and our singing was superb. We had a wonderful time performing for all of the parents and other children. Well done Key Stage 1 and Reception!
Christmas lunch was a lovely festive occasion, when staff and children came together to enjoy a meal. Crackers were pulled, the Christmas tree sparkled in the corner (our first real one) and a real feeling of happiness and good fun seemed to reign over the dining hall. The children had a fantastic time designing their festive place mats!
Reception and Key Stage 1 children were amazed to see Santa on Skype this year. He is a very busy man, but he found some time to talk to the children at Rainbow Primary. Santa knew all about what Year two had been learning so far this term. Santa even mentioned some children he was particularly proud of…and he told one of our teachers to stop eating so many chocolate biscuits [We all know who it is!]. The children were able to ask Santa some questions about himself and his life too. This was followed by some great class discussions and writing. What a unique meeting!
On the 17th-21st November, we joined in the national theme for Anti Bullying Week 'Let's stop bullying for all'. We started the week with a whole school assembly about what bullying is and why it’s important that we don’t tolerate it. Then throughout the week in our classes we learned about what we can do if we are being bullied or know someone who is. Here’s an example of one of the posters that Year 3 created…
On Saturday 15.11.14, pupils in Years 4 and 5 attended a session run by Clubs Complete on multi sport's skills and team building. They took part in team games, rounders and basket ball and were also given the opportunity to experience archery. Pupils participated well and had great fun at the same time. Well done to those pupils
22-10-14 Diwali is perhaps the most well-known of the Indian festivals. The word Diwali means "rows of lighted lamps" and the celebration is often referred to as the Festival of Lights because of the common practice of lighting small oil lamps (called divas) and placing them around the home, in courtyards and in gardens, as well as on roof-tops and outer walls. This year Rainbow Primary celebrated this festival with a Diwali Assembly, dance performance, art display and many other activities including making Diva lamps and Rangoli patterns. We especially enjoyed Diwali sweets! Many thanks to all parents who attended and well done to pupils and staff! Happy Diwali!
13.10.2014 - Thank you to everyone in Key Stage 2 who participated in out Black History assembly on Monday 13th October 2014. Children in Key Stage 2 shared some good facts and information about the lives of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Mary Seacole through power point presentations, time line display and fact files. Well done!
The school held an Eid assembly on Tuesday 7th October 2014. Key Stage 2 pupils provided pupils and parents with a very enjoyable, informative and interesting sequence of performances about this celebration. Year 6’s presentation was centred on Hajj, the reasons for it and how it is carried out, Year 5 gave us the story behind Eid and why it is celebrated, whilst Years 3 and 4 explained the ways in which Eid is celebrated today through poetry, a play and a power-point display. Many thanks to all parents who attended and well done to pupils and staff!
Earlier this year the Year 4 (now Year 5 class) entered a competition in which they had to design a school for a new website being developed by the bedding company Slumberdown. They had free choice of what the school looked like. We duly designed the school carefully, filled in the details on the back, posted them off and waited. And waited. And waited. To our surprise one day Ms Whelan received an email to say that one of the class, Arjun, had won one of the regional prizes and would go through to the national section of the competition. We voted, via Facebook, for the winning picture. There were only FOUR to choose from. Arjun had a good chance. We waited patiently for the closing date and the e-mail which would give us the good news. Unfortunately Arjun didn't win the national prize of his school being on the website (he came second). However, he did win for his entire class and the two teachers, new bedding for them all and a years pass for some of the major attractions in the country for himself and his parents. The quilts and pillows filled the classroom. Well done and thank you Arjun.