Saturday, 22 March 2014

Wellie Walk!

Yesterday's mile long Wellie Walk for Sport Relief raised a fantastic £84! Our thanks to all the parents who joined us.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Visit by Dr Dan Poulter MP

We were delighted to welcome our MP to school last Friday. Dr Poulter help plan a special elm tree that is part of the Great British Elm Experiment. This research project hopes to re-populate the country with elm trees to replace some of the 20 million that were lost to Dutch Elm Disease, using saplings propagated from those that showed resistance to the disease. The school will be monitoring the tree for the next twenty years or so!

Native American Indian Day

On Friday, Years 5 and 6 were able to experience some of what it was like for Native American Indians when they lost their land and were put on reservations. The children dressed up and were escorted off the spacious field to the school garden. This was particularly atmospheric in the morning mist. They did craft activities and cooked over a campfire before taking part in a discussion about the nature and importance of freedom. Our thanks to all the parents (and other adults) that gave up their time to help make this such a special day.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Indian Dancing

We had great fun today with JayaDance who taught each class bhangra dancing. The children even got to wear bindis and bells and to dance in traditional costumes.

At the end of the day, parents joined us for an assembly and even had a go at dancing!

Parents commented on how engaged and focused every single child was and how much they had enjoyed it.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Word Book Day

There were books, books, books everywhere in school today for World Book Day with staff and children bringing in their favourite books to share.

Children took part in activities in the morning that included writing book reviews on giant book worms and art in the style of various illustrators.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Orienteering - UPDATED!

As part of our drive to increase opportunities to try out different sports, Andrew Hamp came into school yesterday to lead the Year 5 and 6 children in orienteering exercises. They learnt the compass points, how to orientate a map, how to pace out and how to use a compass. They then had to use a map to find various locations around the school and collect a letter at each that spelt out a word.

After school, the teachers had their own training session (no photos, unfortunately!).

Today was Y3 & 4's turn.

A Trip to India

Children in Years 3 and 4 in Sycamore Tree Class flew to India yesterday! They had worked hard on their preparations - making their passports and  planning the route.

 They then headed to the airport.

Of course they had to go through passport control. Some children were very nearly refused entry at this point for irregularities in their passport photos.

Once on the plane, they watched the safety demo,

 and enjoyed in-flight Indian snacks.

  and trying on saris.

On their return, Mrs Abbott and greeted them at passport control with a sniffer dog!