At the beginning of the Autumn term we were visited by James Beevers who competed for Great Britain at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
James runs Little Musketeers, who will be running an after school club for our KS2 children.
Years 1 to 6 thoroughly enjoyed their fencing experience and James spoke about how your mind has to be switched on and concentrating to outwit your opponent! After learning the correct stance, the children got to try a skill game, where they had to catch a ring using a foil, before putting on the masks and challenging their opponent. The children worked in pairs to give feedback and support each other. The workshops were a great success!
Year 6 Theme Day 'You Are What You Eat'
Year 6 children and staff had a fantastic time producing, serving and entertaining through a delicious 3-course meal for parents. The children worked so hard and learnt so many important skills.
Here's what some of the parents said:
- It was a lovely afternoon. So nice to see how well they all worked together and how excited they all were. Thank you teachers and LSAs for everything they have done to organise today
- It’s really good - getting the children prepared for adult life/working etc.
- Thank you for a magical experience we will remember forever
- I was so proud of C and B and V, they were so polite and attentive. They stayed with us the whole time, we all had plenty of drinks. B was excellent at communicating to other waiters what we wanted.
Year 4 Theme Day 'Field to Fork'
During the Spring term, Year 4 held a 'Field to Fork' theme day. Not only did they learn all about local produce but they also had a visit from a local farm. Children had the opportunity to groom the ponies and to handle the sheep, the goats and even some three day old chicks. We also made bread and invited parents along in the afternoon to plant various crops which will be used later on in the year to make salads. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a lot about where our food comes from and why it is important to support local farmers.
Internet Safety Week 2019
Throughout Internet Safety Week children took part in various activities to develop their knowledge and awareness of internet safety. Parents were also invited to an e-safety presentation run by Gary Collard, an ex-Essex Police Officer now specialising as a Schools Officer. He has extensive knowledge of how children and young people are using technology and outlined some of the associated risks and preventative measures that can be taken.
As well as their workshops, our children also worked with their buddy class to create a school internet safety mascot. This was run as a competition and the children used the knowledge they had picked up from working with Gary and their teachers. Our overall winning mascot and the runners up are here for you to see!
Overall Winner 'Mike the Mouse' by
Louie S and Lewi H
Runner up 'Safebot' by
Abby A and Eliza T
Runner up 'I-Bear' by
Isla H and Eve B
Tai Chi Workshops
This term we were joined by Ron from Workshops for Schools who came to deliver Tai Chi tasters to each class. We chose Tai Chi to help promote healthy lifestyles and because it is an inclusive activity for everyone to take part in. Ron spoke about how Tai Chi is calming, relaxing, supports fitness and develops concentration. The workshop helped the children understand mindfulness and being aware of what they are doing. Some moves that we were taught included Bear, Deer, Tiger, Monkey and Crane. This coupled with a focus on breathing techniques led to very focused sessions. The children responded positively and enjoyed the experience.
"I felt calm and relaxed during the session. Some of the moves were tricky. We had to slow some of our movements right down." Denley
Year 3 Theme Day 'Ancient Greece'
This term, year 3 went back in time to ancient Greece. Throughout the day the children experienced the wonder of ancient Greece, bringing fifth century BC Athens to life. Children and staff dressed to the theme and as the hall became the Agora in Athens, they took on the roles of traders and craftsmen. The pupils also experienced being part of a Greek theatre and performed to their parents and peers in the afternoon. As well as taking part in lots of role-play activities throughout the day, the children also sampled some typical Greek food!