All the children have been remembering World War 1 this week with lots of different activities. There have been making poppies, creating poetry and producing lots of fantastic artwork. Year 6 have also been reading extracts from ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo and other classes have also looked at various books about World War 1.
The children’s work is being displayed in the entrance hall, please come in to have a look at their amazing work.
On Friday 28th June, Years five and six took part in our first ever careers morning.
It began with an inspirational talk from Mr Paul Holden, who taught us to’ dream big but plan in pencil.’
Then we entered the hall to be greeted by many people who had very different careers. We learnt so much from each and every career. Talking to the European database systems manager was really interesting; most of us thought he was a spy! The nail technician had some brilliant nail varnishes, even ones that changed colour with the heat!
The vet and the clinical scientist had brought lots of props which helped us understand more about their jobs.
To sum up, this was a great event, which helped us think about our futures and what careers we would like to do.
On Friday 18th May, to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, the whole school came dressed to impress, in blue, white and red clothing. They each had made a crown at home, which were fit for any king and queen.
During the afternoon, the children took part in the Royal games. They rode on toy horses, threw wellies and played croquet.
After all the fun, the children ate their royal picnics in the banquet hall, which looked fabulous, decorated with homemade bunting, placemats and table decorations.
A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon which was a great success!
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!
After studying how to read and write play scripts, Year 6 took to the stage for their own class performance. This year Year 6 took on the challenge of the ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’. All of the children had many lines to learn from the hefty script, including songs, spoken words and realistic non-verbal actions. The children were heavily involved in prop creating and performing our show.
A technical team ran the performance on the evening to a packed audience of 100 adults, family and friends. There were lots of great comments, including “That is the best performance I have ever seen a group of children perform!”
Some of the children in school are still talking about how they “absolutely loved the show!” We are all very proud of Year 6 for their fantastic acting, amazing costumes, beautiful singing (including several solos) and great performing skills! Watch out Broadway!
“Thank you for letting me attend the Y6 dress rehearsal this morning. You should be very proud of the achievements of your class. To put on such a lengthy play, whilst continuing to deliver the demanding Y6 curriculum is no small feat. It was a pleasure being able to see her perform with such confidence. She learned the script alone, without any help from us. She has really flourished at Henley. Thank you for your ongoing encouragement of her.”
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.