World Book Day
The children and staff alike made such an effort with costumes again this year and really enjoyed World Book Day. We had so many different characters from Mary Poppins to the Mad Hatter and the Hungry Caterpillar to Fantastic Mr Fox, not to mention The Crayons, Aliens Love Underpants, Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter characters! The children enjoyed class activities, exploring stories and some visited the book fair.
Years 2 and 3 enjoyed Cartoon Workshops this term, working with a professional animator who has created characters such as Dangermouse and Count Duckula. Both sessions were tailored to the year group requirements. Year 3 created their very own Mythical Greek creatures and Year 2 their own superheroes.
“It was really cool. We actually drew our own characters; a minotaur, cyclops and Medusa. My favourite was the cyclops!”
“My favourite character was the minotaur as it was more detailed. It was much harder than I thought it would be but I was pleased with the results.”
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