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.
Well, I have to say that the children never cease to amaze me. Yet again the juniors gave a fabulous performance of this years play 'The Dreamgivers.' The team of writers (under the expert guidance of Miss Macleod) did a super job of bringing together their uniquely, creative ideas; with each and every junior child working collectively to realise their vision. The Dreamgivers truly gave everyone a chance to shine - be it dancing, singing or acting. Thank you to Mrs Henderson for choerographing the Y3 robot dance; to you as parents for once again providing the most wonderful costumes; to the junior staff for all their hard work in helping the children with rehearsals and of course the children for embracing such an opportunity. It was certainly one of the highlights of the year, of which everyone should be proud!
This week Adele from GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees & Asylum Seekers) came to talk to us about refugees and the challenges of having to leave your home suddenly. As well as that, we have been collecting coins to help people who have had to flee from their countries and their homes. Thank you to everyone who donated money and helped to cover the dove on the playground - together we raised around £160!
Sports day is one of those special highlights in the school calendar; a real opportunity for the whole school community to come together. It was definitely an action packed day, with all the children competing in a wide range of sporting activities. It was an absolute pleasure to see all of the children working in their teams to support each other in achieving their very best. I was particularly impressed by the pupils’ attitudes, determination and team work on display. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who ensured the smooth running of the activities and to all the parents who came along to support.
Our annual activities week is a firm favourite with so many children and this year was no exception. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who came along to support during the week, ensuring that our children experienced such a diverse range of activities. It was an absolute pleasure to see the children work in mixed aged groups supporting and encouraging each other.
Red Nose Day
Everyone made a super effort in supporting the school council's Wear Red and Crazy Hair Day in support of Red Nose Day, as you can see by the photographs. In total we raised £200 - all of the money raised will go towards funding projects, throughout the UK and Africa, addressing a range of issues, including homelessness and mental health to dementia and vulnerable young people. Thank you and well done!