On Monday 26th February we had the fortunate experience to take part in The Space to Earth Challenge.
The Space to Earth Challenge uses the training programme of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake to get schools excited about fitness and science. The project takes Tim’s astronaut training as its inspiration.
Children from years 1 – 6 took their fitness to new heights by attempting to collectively bike and run the distance to a satellite above the earth, a whopping 717km!
Through the event, pupils learnt about the exciting topic of Earth Observation. The ‘View from Space to Earth’ challenge is set by Team GB Paralympian Triathlete Lauren Steadman and glaciologist Dr Anna Hogg.
The Triathlon Trust provided all the equipment required to participate including bikes mounted on turbo trainers (to make them static) fitted with trip computers to log the distance travelled. For more information on trust please visit www.triathlontrust.org
The activity was fantastic fun and all the children and staff who took part gave it their all.
As a school we travelled a whopping 799km! Well done to everyone who took part! Smashing the target!
Despite the snow, the show went on with Year 3 and 4 performing their Christmas nativity in the heart warming story of Ned.
“After being asked to take part in a Christmas nativity play, Ned the donkey becomes inquisitive to discover the true meaning of Christmas. His search takes him on an entertaining road of discovery through the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen preparing Christmas dinner, a visit to a toy shop and an encounter with Santa and his reindeer. His search eventually leads him to a church door where a nativity play is being rehearsed, the one he’d been asked to take part in. As the timeless story of Christ’s birth unfolds through the play, Ned’s questions are answered, for now he has discovered the reason for the season: baby Jesus.”
Well done to all of Year 3 and 4 for a wonderful performance and to the parents for all the fabulous costumes.
Wow, as part of their India Topic, Year 4 have spent the day learning the art of Bhangra Dancing with Ruby and Katie from Starstruck Performing Arts. Bhangra is a traditional form of dance and music which originates from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.
Bhangra dances differ from region to region and still retain their own unique identities. The term Bhangra has come to incorporate a whole host of these dances. The dancers sing the chorus of the song whilst dancing around the drum, or dhol, which sets the unique beat of the dance.
At the end of the day they performed the dance to their parents and received a certificate.
We have been involved in World Kindness Day this week, it is celebrated nationally to promote kindness in all its forms. One of the activities was that the children have been keeping an eye out for others who have been kind to them or seen someone be kind. They then wrote them on a tag which was hung on our kindness tree in the entrance hall.
At the end of the week a child from every class went into Henley with Mrs Hopkins to spread a bit of kindness to the community by giving out free bookmarks that the children in Year 5 had made.
‘We walked into Henley and when we saw people we asked if they would like a bookmark, they then went in their pockets for money, but we said no there free and they were very happy to have one’ by Scarlet
Scarlet said ‘I felt proud and happy because they liked the bookmarks and were thankful for what we did.’
Today on the 10th November, the children from Year 6 led a Remembrance assembly to commemorate the fallen and wounded Soldiers from the ‘Two Great Wars’ and from wars since and on-going today. We then observed a 2 minute silence.
To finish our topic on the Anglo Saxons, Year 4 performed their class assembly to the school and their parents.
The assembly was full of fun and disgusting facts with a short extract from the poem ‘Beowulf’. They also performed a song called ‘The Saxons’ and got to show their brooches and weaving that they had designed and made in their DT lesson.
Starstruck After School Club performed their end of term show which was from The Sound of Music.
Anna took centre stage as Maria, whilst the other children took on the roles of the Von Trapp children. The singing, dance and drama skills these children have learnt has been exceptional.
Well done to everyone who showcased their talents, you should be very very proud of yourselves.
To end the term, awards were presented to the children:
The Triple Threat (Singing, Dancing and Drama) – Anna Wallace
Star of the Term – Lucy
Overall Achievement in Drama – Lexi Hong
Overall Achievement in Dance – Autumn Palmer-Gee
Fantastic Commitment – Sophie Beck
Biggest increase in Confidence – Eve Hamilton
Overall Excellence in Drama – Sati Hovhannisyan
Overall Excellence in Dance – Mia Williams