Children in Dolphin and Seal classes joined hundreds of Suffolk children who helped “raise the roof” during a singing project first conceived to mark the centenary of one of the county’s most famous composers, Benjamin Britten.
This year’s Big Sing, held at Snape Maltings brought together 800 children from 22 Suffolk schools to celebrate the fifth annual “Friday Afternoons” project, named after the collection of simple songs that Britten wrote for his brother’s school to sing every Friday.
The annual project champions the “joy of collective singing” and encourages as many young people as possible to join in. It also commissions new pieces of music written for children’s voices.
It was a most amazing setting and we learnt so much from so many talented, enthusiastic and inspiring singers.
Y6 Class Teacher & Maths Subject Leader
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On Friday 14th July some children from Years 4 to 6 visited Latitude.
Below are a selection of pictures from the day.
Match report: Ixworth Primary V Woolpit Primary – 12th June
A close and competitive contest was settled by a sharp catch, several big hits and some smart captaincy with Ixworth ultimately winning the match by 10 runs.
Having won the toss, Rebecca asked Woolpit to bat first: Eva took several early wickets and Oscar, fielding at square leg, moved quickly to take a brilliant catch. Despite bowling rather too many No Balls, we restricted the Woolpit batsmen to 33 runs in their 8 overs.
In our innings, opening batsman Olivia was again in great form, smashing 22 runs - including 2 sixes - in her two overs at the crease. Harrison and Harry also struck the ball well and Rebecca sensibly defended our lead in the last few overs.
Although we lost 4 wickets, our total of 43 runs was good enough to claim a second win in a row, and a place in the final round of this School Sports Partnership competition. It was another solid and disciplined team display – well played everyone!
Report by Harry, Jacob, Ethan and Rebecca
We were delighted to take delivery of our new football strip this week. Thanks to the generosity of our kit sponsors, Flaminia Ltd., owned by Trevor Anderson who lives locally and whose children attended Ixworth Primary a few years ago, we now have a smart kit, including rain jackets, to wear during team matches.
Everyone was so excited to try on the kit this afternoon for an official team photo. We think that the cyan and crimson stripes are spectacular and we chose these colours to complement our school uniform. Hopefully we will play as good as it looks!
We can’t wait to show off our new strip at the next football match.
Crumble Robotics 13/10/16
Seven children from year 5 and 6 attended a robotics taster day at BT headquarters in Martlesham. The children were divided into 3 teams and given the challenge of programming a small crumble robot. The aim was to progress along a line marked on the floor using the robots 2 sensors. Although our teams found this a difficult challenge they all managed to make some progress along the line.
Robocup jr 17/10/16
Eight children from year 5 and 6 attended a robocup jr taster day at BT headquarters in Martlesham. The children worked as 4 teams programming virtual robots to collect points. The day involved lots of tinkering with the program to collect the most points and avoid losing points on the traps. Our 4 teams all scored very well and were a credit to the school.
Most of our pictures will now be posted on class pages.
Our focus areas for Germany were: traditional foods; common words and phrases; old and new technology; virtual tour – five ‘must see’ places; famous German personality: Pope Benedict XVI; most popular sports in German schools.
Year 6 children were invited by Ixworth Royal British Legion to a ceremony commemorating the centenary of the start of The Battle of The Somme, which took place on Friday 1st July at the village’s war memorial. Some of the children recited poetry extracts that are based on Wilfred Owen’s poignant verse, ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’. These are published below.
ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH (extract)
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
September - October, 1917
Volunteers, that’s what they ask for,
And that’s exactly what they’ve got.
I remember the bullet that chased my life;
The bombs, the fire, the screams among voices,
That’s what I remember.
My horse Zappy has gone…lost in pieces.
My best friend’s dead, the gas running down
But the overall memory is those bells,
That’s what I heard.
Before it was all over and they just left me
Alone in the trenches.
One million on each side met their end:
Their deaths observed by living friends who
Sent families the news, knocked on their doors;
Depressing weeks went on, tears dripped on floors.
Deafening gunshots over the commanders’ yell,
Only bullets heard as another man fell.
Soldiers wondering when they might escape this hell
As weeks passed by, still no one could tell.
Those shelling bombardments, deadliest of all
As we climb over the banks, nerves take over!
Walking, running through the battlefield; will this ever stop?
Volunteers hiding against the mounds, clutching their guns tight
Trench-hoppers jumping the ditches like a race horse,
Four years seems an eternity.
Oh, when will this war ever end?
Ixworth fallen during the first Somme battle
No 14898 Private Percy R Gasking 8th Suffolk Regiment. Killed on 28/09/16 aged 20 years.
No 18848 Private Harry Plummer 7th Suffolk Regiment. Killed on 03/07/16 aged 21 years.
No 43550 Private Leslie Reeve 140 Coy. Killed on 14/09/16 aged 21 years.
No 18075 Private Charles Cotterell Royal West Kent Regiment. Killed 29/09/16 aged 20 years.
No not found C.S.M Alfred Arthur Howe Royal Lancaster Regiment. Killed 03/07/16 aged 27 years.
Below are some of the activities that the children were involved in during spring term