On Friday 2nd February, the school took part in the ‘NSPCC Number Day’. The day was all about having fun with numbers, so the children enjoyed a fun packed day of maths games and quizzes to raise money to help the NSPCC.
The NSPCC believes that all children deserve a childhood free from harm. They need our support, by raising money, to help fund vital such as ChildLine.
‘Number Day’ is a great way to promote a positive “can-do” attitude towards maths. The Reception children did maths based activities, Year 4 made 3d structures out of cocktail sticks and midget gems following their Buildings Topic, Year 2 did ‘Robot Monsters’ where they had to add up different body parts to find their robots height, Year 1 measured how far a car travelled using cubes, Year 5 measured and looked at the comparisons between the size of their fist and their heart and Year 6 made maths board games.
The children also had the opportunity to wear non-uniform with a number theme. There were lots of football shirts!
We raised a total of £151.75 for the NSPCC, which will go towards making a difference to children today and help change the lives of children tomorrow.
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.
Despite the snow, the show went on and what a show it was! The children performed ‘Christmas Eve Kerfuffle’ and its certainly a Christmas eve no one will ever forget!
“It’s Christmas Eve, and there’s excitement in the skies! The angels have heard rumours that children have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas… There’s only one thing for it – the angels hatch a last-minute mission to save Christmas! For the children, a quiet night’s sleep turns into hilarious chaos, as the angels send them a procession of unexpected visitors, including kings bearing gifts, a friendly donkey, and shepherds with a flock of hungry sheep! And they’re all talking about one thing – a very special baby boy…”
Well done to all of the Ks1 children and Nursery for such a wonderful play. They all learned their lines and songs superbly and thank you to the parents for the wonderful 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.
St Johns Church is holding the Christmas Tree Festival again this year with the school sewing club making beautiful pompoms and disco balls to decorate the tree. The church is decorated with over 30 trees supplied by local organisation and businesses. The creativity shown by the participating organisations work hard to provide eye catching, colourful and beautifully decorated trees which helps create a very special pre- Christmas atmosphere in our lovely Church.
“Adopt a Tree”
As part of the ‘adopt a tree’, where 60 trees along the High Street have been ‘bombed’, the children have been getting crafty decorating milk bottle lids to decorate our tree, which is situated outside ‘The Three Tuns’. The tree will be decorated on Saturday, 2nd December ready for the Christmas Lights switch on.
School Christmas Tree
The school came together on Thursday 30th November to decorate the Christmas tree ready for the Christmas fair.
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.’