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What a busy term!  On the first day back after Easter we had a Science experience day.  In class the children made chocolate rocks and an erupting volcano.  In the hall we were amazed by the Science Dome which taught the children about the earth, rocks, fossils and volcanoes.  To deepen our understanding about fossil formation we conducted a scientific experiment with sweets and bread so that we could see how mould fossils begin to form.

We learnt about life in Roman times by collaborating in different groups.  Some children were ‘experts’ and others were ‘investigators’.  The children learnt and taught each other about different aspects of Roman life.  After this we worked together to produce a ‘digital video clip’ in drama to show what the people could have been doing when Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed Pompeii.

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Wednesday 14th March

What an exciting day we had on Wednesday!  Falconry UK travelled all the way from Wales to show us some Bird of Prey as part of our Predators Topic. The children were excited to meet an African White Faced Owl and to hear lots of facts about her. She was imprinted which means she was born in captivity so thinks she’s human!

We then met a blue winged kookaburra which is camouflaged near water. The children enjoyed watching him fly onto the chair. Mrs Bayes took a wonderful selfie with him.

Next was Tas the Tawny Frogmouth. This creature acts like a Venus Fly Trap. Whilst sitting in a tree, it opens its mouth to reveal a yellow throat. The prey believe that it is lovely nectar and hop in, unable to escape once the bird’s beak is closed. The Tawny Frogmouth is completely camouflaged in trees as it can tighten its feathers and change shape to look like a branch.

The favourite bird of the day was the African Pygmy Falcon. This bird is so cute he likes his keeper to play with him. He lives inside the house as our climate is too cold for him. He has white dots on the back of his head which predators believe are eyes and deter them from eating him.

Verreaux’s Eagle Owl was a real delight; he had human-like eyelids. This was the biggest bird which we saw and he had a brilliant party trick. Isabelle enjoyed being his willing assistant.  It was wonderful to meet such unusual birds.


Everyone looked fantastic on this day and had made a real effort with their costumes. We wrote a short class story about Mr Hill entering our classroom which was a portal to a different land. ‘Candyland’ was a placed filled with cake, sweets, lollipops, and of course a gingerbread castle. Mr Hill was very brave and had to defeat the Candy Monster before returning back to school. We also learnt how to improve our sentences for the story Tuesday.  We used interesting verbs, adverbs, adjectives and alliteration to make our sentences more powerful. In the afternoon we completed fun activities relating to our favourite books.


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Main Contact

The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed is:

Miss Gemma Oakenfull,
Higham Ferrers Junior School,
Saffron Road,
Higham Ferrers,
Rushden, Northants.
NN10 8ED

Tel: 01933 312748
Fax: 01933 418703

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