Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Author visit - year 2-6

The children from years 2, 3, 4 and 6 enjoyed a visit from inspirational local author H.G. Sansostri yesterday afternoon in a fun-packed assembly looking at his books and journey as an author.  What made this visit truly amazing was that Harry is just 16 years old having published his first book on his 12th birthday.  Here are some photos of the event.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Book Club - The Explorer

Katherine Rundell, an exciting new author whose name will replace the current Horowitz class, has given us another great read - ‘The Explorer’. Four children find themselves plunged into the Amazon Rainforest after their plane crashes. As the only survivors, only courage and determination will ensure their survival…

The Book Club members enjoyed listening to the first chapter, which hooks the reader in immediately with the crash. The children imagined themselves in the airplane before and after the engine cut out; it was interesting to hear the different thoughts going through their minds.

The group then carried out an extensive role play, in which they had to decide where to make a camp after the crash.  We then read an extract which highlighted some of the dangers faced by the book’s characters, and the children imaginatively role-played scenes of themselves in the jungle with various threats and dangers appearing. It was all very dramatic!

We finished off the session by reading an extract in which the characters eat some disgusting and dangerous foods, and mimed eating food that we might find in the jungle. This led to a lot of dying!! A really exciting Book Club today which had everyone’s imagination fired.

Mrs Barlow 

Thursday, 24 May 2018

PGL day 4

We have been very busy again today, testing ourselves and having lots of fun and the sun came out just at the right time so that groups 1, 2 and 3 could enjoy their afternoon kayaking on the lake. This will probably be our last blog as we have to pack up early before our final two activities tomorrow morning followed by lunch and the journey home.  We will keep you informed of our expected time of arrival through the office and parent mail.  Here are some photos of our penultimate day.

Year 5 trip to Edge Outdoor Activity Centre

On Wednesday 23rd May, Year 5 had a fantastic trip to Edge Outdoor Activity Centre at Westmill Farm.  The children were amazing, trying out some exciting and challenging activities.  The high ropes and mountain boarding were particular favourites.  Well done Year 5 for being brave and conquering some of your fears.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

A warmer night - thanks to extra bedding - combined with the children being so tired led to a much better sleep for them all last night.  Feeling refreshed, they have tackled all that has been thrown at them again today and several children have overcome their fears and achieved things that they didn't believe they could.  We are so proud of them all.

Here are some more photos of last night's games where they had to compete in teams in a series of 'wacky races' including chocolate bar naming, shoe tower building and longest line to win materials to protect two water balloons which were then thrown from the high ropes tower.  One team successfully managed to get one balloon down intact.

There are also a selection of activities from today for groups one and three.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Another action-packed day with the children learning to problem solve and work as a team.  It was good timing for some to get wet this afternoon as the temperatures rose again after lunch.  The children are telling us that they are having lots of fun, but of course they also miss home.

Here are some pictures of group 4 and also one of Mrs Sampford and Mrs D'Arcy enjoying the giant swing.

Lewis Class's Music Day - BBC Ten Pieces

Lewis Class were really creative in our response to Carl Orff's well-known piece of music ‘O Fortuna' from Carmina  Burana.  We drew images that the music conjured up in our imaginations - from dinosaurs fighting, to ships tossed on stormy seas, to wars on the battlefields.  We learned about the Roman goddess, Fortuna (goddess of fortune and luck) and thought about destiny and fate.  After drawing what we imagined Fortuna to look like, we came up with power poses we thought she might strike.  We opened our performance piece with these poses.  This was followed by choral singing in Latin and self-choreographed dance routines plus experimentation with pulse and pitch using our super collection of percussion and pitched instruments.  A very busy, energetic and creative day in Year 3 today!