Orinoco Summer 2016

There are more than 1000 species of fish living in the Orinoco River. These species include the piranha, electric eel, and a species of catfish called the Laulao which can reach more than 200 pounds.
There are more than 1000 species of fish living in the Orinoco River. These species include the piranha, electric eel, and a species of catfish called the Laulao which can reach more than 200 pounds.

This week broadcast by Orinoco class (year 5) revolves around homelessness. The class read the book Way Home by Libby Hathorn and go on to discuss the book, their views and facts about homelessness in the UK. Ms Sawh, who volunteered at Crisis at Christmas talks about her experiences.

Also listen to the class talk politics as they discuss the upcoming election for the Mayor of London. And finally, the children interview each other about a skill or hobby they want to share with the class.

At the end you can hear Miss Saeed talking about her favourite artist.

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Music featured this week:
Can’t Find My Way Home – Blind Faith
Hobo Blues – John Lee Hooker
Streets of London – Ralph McTell
King of the Road – Roger Miller
They Also Mourn Who do Not Wear Black – Surfjan Stevens
Running From Home – Bert Jansch
Homeless – Paul Simon

Waikato Summer 2016

The Huka Falls of the Waikato river.
The Huka Falls of the Waikato river. Waikato means “flowing water” in the Maori language (native people of New Zealand).

This week you can hear a new feature about amazing facts about Lyndhurst – such as the gardening club and what children think of the new lunch hall.

We also talk about what children have been learning in class – place value and the human body and things you shouldn’t be afraid of. Finally, we made a story together titled “A Girl Called Molly” and played a quick game of 21 Questions – can you guess what the animal is?

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Featured music this week:
Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard
by Paul Simon
Ooh La La by Faces
Too Afraid to Love by The Black KeysWhite Keys by Chilly Gonzales
The Questions by Common

Rio Grande Spring 2016

Along the banks of the Rio Grande wildflower bloom each spring. The river has, since 1845, marked the boundary between Mexico and the United States from the twin cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, to the Gulf of Mexico. As such, it was across this river that Texan slaves fled when seeking their freedom, aided by Mexico's liberal colonization policies and abolitionist stance.
Along the banks of the Rio Grande wildflower bloom each spring. The river has, since 1845, marked the boundary between Mexico and the United States. As such, it was across this river that Texan slaves fled when seeking their freedom, when Mexico abolished slavery in 1828.

In this week’s broadcast Rio Grande talk about Autism Awareness Week, what it is and what children can do to help autistic children at school. The children also tell us some interesting facts about Ancient Egypt that they’ve been learning about and finally we celebrate St Patrick’s Day with limmericks and poems (you can read them here).

Last but not least, listen to the end to find out Miss Savvides song choice if she was stuck on a desert island.

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Featured music this week:
John, I’m Only Dancing  by David Bowie
King Tut  by Steve Martin & The Toot Uncommons
These Days by The Velvet Underground & Nico
I’m Shipping up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys

Yangtze Spring 2016

 The Yangtze River is the busiest river in the world with cruise ships, ferries and transport barges crisscrossing the river.
The Yangtze River is the busiest river in the world with cruise ships, ferries and transport barges crisscrossing the river.

This week Yangtze class (year 2) talk about their favourite books, healthy eating and how broccoli  and passion fruit grow. Later the class sings the Vegetable Rap during their assembly. Finally, they tell us what they’ve learnt about Sikh religion and God.

At the end Ms Matharu picks a song to listen to if she was stuck on a desert island.

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Music this week:
Vegetables – The Beach Boys
Joharu Sikhipincha – P Susheela

Volga Spring 2016

The word 'Volga' is derived from a Slavic word meaning 'moisture, wetness'
The word ‘Volga’ is derived from a Slavic word meaning ‘moisture, wetness’

This week’s broadcast is by Volga class (year 5) and it’s all about International Women’s Day. We watched the film Girl Rising, so you can hear the class talking about the film and women they admire. (You can watch the 12 minute film here)

We also talked about equality and women at work, after watching another short film called Celebrating Working Women (watch here).

Finally, the class chose to learn how to make onion tart and Mr Farrow gives his thoughts on International Women’s Day.

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Music featured this week:
Sugar Town – Nancy Sinatra
A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel) – Aretha Franklin
Madison – Jeremy Sams

Book Week

A special broadcast for World Book Week!
The whole school read Journey by Aaron Becker and you can listen to the children talking about the book and coming up with alternative endings and continuing the story.
You can also hear what the children dressed up as and which are their favourite books.

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Illustrations below by children in Hudson class.

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Thames Spring 2016

The Thames has featured in many books including ‘Three Men in a Boat’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘The Wind in the Willows’, and Dickens' novels, where the Thames is an unpleasant stinking sludge, the scene of many crimes.
The Thames has featured in many books including ‘Three Men in a Boat’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘The Wind in the Willows’, and Dickens’ novels, where the Thames is an unpleasant stinking sludge, the scene of many crimes.

Listen to this week’s broadcast by Thames class (reception) where they tell us what they like about Thames class and what they’ve learnt so far.

For World Book Week the children tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, talk about their favourite book and describe the story of Journey, a book which was read by the whole school. Finally, listen to Mrs Jarman’s favourite song!

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Featured music this week:
Yakety Yak by The Coasters
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies from The Nutcraker (by the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra)
On The Road Again by Canned Heat

Amazon Spring 2016

The Amazon River is in South America. It runs through Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. There are no bridges that cross the Amazon, mostly because there is no need, the majority of the Amazon River runs through rainforests rather than roads or cities.
The Amazon River is in South America. It runs through Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. There are no bridges that cross the Amazon, mostly because there is no need, the majority of the Amazon River runs through rainforests rather than roads or cities.

This week Amazon class (year 3) tell ust what they’ve learnt about Ancient Greece, their gods and myths. The children also talk about what one thing they would change in the world and about The Lone Robot, a short film they watched in class (you can see this lovely animation here: https://vimeo.com/24030911)

Listeners can try to guess which object the children are describing and have a go at the tounge twister Betty Botter. Last but not least, Mr Turner reveals his choice for our Desert Island feature.

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Music this week:
Hercules Theme
Change the World by Eric Clapton
Black Betty by Ram Jam
All By Myself by Eric Carmen

 

Mekong Spring 2016

The Mekong River flows through China, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. It is known by many names like Lancang Jiang (meaning Turbulent River in Chinese), Mae Nam Kong (meaning Mother Water) by the Lao and Thai, and Cuu Long (meaning Nine Dragons) by the Vietnamese.
The Mekong River flows through China, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. It is known by many names like Lancang Jiang (meaning Turbulent River in Chinese), Mae Nam Kong (meaning Mother Water) by the Lao and Thai, and Cuu Long (meaning Nine Dragons) by the Vietnamese.

This week we have Mekong class (year 1) talking about Jack Frost reading some poems inspired by Winter. We also have some “field recordings” of the children learning to make pancakes for Pancake Day!

And finally listen to the children talk about being resilient and Miss Sawh’s choice for our Desert Island Disc feature.

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Music this week:
Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
Mazurka in A Minor by W. Szpilman
Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard by Paul Simon