We’ve really enjoyed the end of term celebrations. Our children have particularly enjoyed performing in the nativities. The EYFS children were confident and sang beautifully. This really got us in the Christmas spirit.
When Miss Boyd first told the children in Onyx class that we would be putting on a christmas they were so excited. Some children remembered putting on a performance back when they were in Nursery!
We had to learn lots of new songs, and we had to practice singing every day! We have been trying so hard to remember all of the actions and the words.
Miss Boyd and Miss Deighton told the children that some children would be given speaking parts. We held special auditions in the hall, and those children who wanted to have speaking parts auditioned in front of everyone. Some of the children were very brave and confidently spoke in front of all the children and teachers in both classess!
The children had been rehearsing lots, practising our performance in the hall. Then the day finally arrived! It was time for the christmas performance! The hall…
In our school, the staff love to make learning fun and inspiring. We enjoy themed weeks and celebrations! This week, for example, the whole school have been baking cakes, buns and goodies raising money for a charity very dear to all our hearts: Macmillan Cancer Charity. Today, is the day we count up how much we have raised.
Yesterday, the Key Stage 2 staff arranged for the children to sign up for workshops around school. This meant that older brothers and sisters could sign up for the same activity as their younger brother or sister. We love to mix things up like that. Everyone enjoyed this way of working. The staff ensured that all the activities were linked to the modern foreign language we study in our school: French. For our oldest children, they have become quite fluent. They’ve been speaking French for three years or more. We are lucky in our school though, because we have Monsieur Jacques Barthelemy (who is native French speaker) and he teaches French to everyone, so he knows exactly what each child has learnt in the past.
The school was totally absorbed in everything French, from music workshops, to food tasting, bread baking and cycling. There were a wide range of activities that the children could sign up for, and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, learning lots of new skills and knowledge. Here is a selection of what they got up to…
Today, there is so much going on we just had to share it. Our children, across school are involved in so much today.
Our resident French teacher, Monsieur Barthelemy teaches all our KS2 pupils weekly. They are making excellent progress and today our Y5s were explaining what the weather was like in France.
Our pupils in our school learn to play the violin. The whole of Year 5 have just started to learn how to play and follow simple musical notation and some of our pupils have elected to study the violin for a second year and take part in a select group. Heather Cordwell is our resident music teacher.
Andy Messer (professional story teller and writer) spends a day in our school each week. He’ll be part of our school for the full year! We are so lucky to have our literacy sessions enriched with his skills and enthusiasm. Today he was working with y4 and he led the whole school assembly at the end of the day captivating every single one of us.
Many of our year groups have been baking for Macmillan Cancer Support today. Y2s have made flapjack and the Y6s baked vegan brownies! The school has smelt wonderful today. Not only are the children involved in fundraising, but the staff have been baking all week to raise money for this worthy cause.
Our Y3s have been learning about the Stone Age since they started this school year. They’ve been up to all sorts. Today, they went in to our Secret Garden working as archaeologists to discover hidden artefacts.
It was a treat to hear the Y2s play their recorders for me. EYFS heard it too on their search for sounds around school today! Loads of science is taking place in Y4 right now. Thanks for showing me extended writing in Topic Books and teaching me loads of scientific vocabulary like: saliva, oesophagus and intestines.
I read to the Y6s this afternoon and started a narrative version of Romeo and Juliet. It’s already very exciting, Romeo has just kissed Juliet at the Capulet’s party and the text gave us opportunities to discuss words like: despised, billowing and contemptuous.