Junior Performance: The Keymaster
I have to say that the junior production of 'The Keymaster,' has to be one of my all-time favourites. I was so proud of the way in which all of the children performed so confidently on the stage, taking us on an emotional journey through history. Moments like this are so very precious and I do hope that the children look back on this time with such pride. In the words of the Keymaster, 'Today is the history of tomorrow,' and your children really did make history, showing what collaboration and hard work can achieve! Well done! Corinne Martin
Thomas Keble Speaking Competition
Well done to all the children who took part in the annual speaking competition. On Tuesday we welcomed Mr Breeze and pupils from Thomas Keble, who judged the competition. He was very impressed by the standard of presentations and said that their job was made very difficult as a result. Congratulations to Alex (Y6) and Emily (Y5) who go through to the final.
Well done to the children who ran a mile in aid of Sports Relief, raising over £1200 for this worthy cause. Thank you to everyone who participated and came along to support the children in their fun run.
Down's Syndrome Awareness Day
Thank you to Mrs Smith who led an assembly earlier this week informing us all of the great work being done to raise awareness of people with Downs Syndrome. It was fascinating to learn of the achievements of so many people with this condition. It was equally great to see so many children and staff help raise awareness by wearing different socks. See if you can spot your child's feet!
World Poetry Day
Wednesday was World Poetry Day and to prepare for this we booked a visit on Tuesday from the well-known children’s poet, John Foster. John performed selected poems to infants and then juniors. His timing and humour were wonderful. At the end of each session he took questions and commented on the quality of some of the questions. Finally, he spent an hour signing books for children. The sessions were interactive and engaging and he's already gained a few new fans. Meanwhile, other classes were engaging in poetry-related activities, notably Y3 who spent much of the day writing and recording videos of their performance poetry. Well done Y3!
World Book Day
Despite the cold weather and much anticipated snow, it was wonderful to see so many children (and staff) come to school dressed as their favourite character from a Traditional Story. The children enjoyed sharing a variety of traditional stories throughout the day and were hopefully inspired and reminded of what pleasure and enjoyment we can get out of reading.
Our Y6 Eco & School Council reps donned their high-viz jackets, hard hats and steel toe-capped boots for a tour of the new classrooms and kitchen. It is clear by their comments below that they were impressed with what they saw!
“It’s a lot more roomier than I thought it would be” – Caspar
“It looks small on the outside but big on the inside” – James
“Awesome” – Tommy
“It will be so much better for SATs” - James
Nativity - Reception
Nativity - Year 1
Nativity - Year 2
The children did a sterling job in our Harvest Festival. Each class took it in turns to share their thoughts and reflections on where our food comes from and the people who help bring it from “Farm to Fork”. Thank you to everyone who kindly provided donations for our Harvest display. The Year 6 children distributed some of our offerings to members of our immediate community, while all other remaining items were donated to Stroud Food Bank. Thank you to Mrs Shaylor, Mrs Lee and Mrs Lord for creating a most wonderful display of all the produce and to Puddleducks for the use of their display materials.
Monday was the first of our RE workshop days. The principle aim of these dedicated RE days is to explore what people believe and what difference that makes to how they live. YR explored outside and painted pictures to understand why god is special. Y1 and Y2 visited France Lynch church and took part in an orienteering exercise and later made stained glass windows. Y3 and Y4 looked at what the Creation story means for Christians, took photos outside of the Creation and took part in some drama with dressing up and musical instruments. In Y5 they learned what it is like to be a Muslim in Britain, and Y6 learned about Hinduism.