All posts by Sally Foster

Community Cohesion with Yew Tree School

On 19th April, the children from Year 4 and 5 visited our friends at Yew Tree School in Aston. They enjoyed playing games in a get to know you session followed by a walk up to Aston Park. Following this they enjoyed a spicy samosa at ‘Classics’ before heading to the local Mosque where they learnt all about their culture.

Then on 26th April Yew Tree visited us, we took them into Henley where they had a big welcome in the Guild Hall Gardens by our Town Crier. They learnt about the history of Henley in the Guild Hall from the Court Leet followed by a tour of Henley to see our churches and market cross, then onto the Heritage Centre with a final stop at the famous Henley Ice Cream shop where they indulged in an ice cream. We finished the day by decorating some rocks #Henleyrocks.

Year 4 visit Avoncroft Museum

On a very bitterly cold, snowy Monday, 19th March, Year 4 visited the Avoncroft Museum as part of their Buildings Topic.

Avoncroft Museum was opened to the public following the rescue and reconstruction of a Medieval Town House from Bromsgrove town centre.   Avoncroft’s priority is to retain historic buildings in their original location. Over five decades, Avoncroft Museum has continued to rescue structures where this had not been achievable. The Museum now displays and cares for over 30 historic buildings and structures.

Some of the buildings they looked at were:  a Prefab Church, Toll house,  Anderson Shelter, Privy and Hill End Cottage as well as seeing examples of wattle and daub and herb/medicinal gardens.

They took part in a Construction workshop where the activities include wattle and daub, and hand-making bricks which children the took back to school!

 

Year 5 visit Cadbury World

On Friday, 16th March, Year 5 visited Cadbury World as part of their current Topic of all things Chocolate!

They learnt about the history of George Cadbury and the empire he built and got an insight in to the heritage of the nations favourite chocolate. They even got to taste it !

Year 5 you did the school proud with exemplary behaviour and manners, Well Done !

 

Mad Science Assembly

Today, 6th March, we had a Mad Sciene demonstration with Mad Scientist Georgia, for a new after school club starting soon.

The children were mesmerised with fire and air experiments and it’s got them very excited for Science week next week.

They saw experiments on how to make a fire ball using icing sugar and smoke rings using a wind turbine and smoke.

 

Space to Earth Challenge Day

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!

NSPCC Number Day 2018

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.

Well done Henley !!

Christmas Celebrations

The final week of term was full of Christmas spirit with Christingle at St Johns, Christmas dinner and the pantomime.

Well done to Year 5 for a beautiful Christingle Service.

Christingle at St Johns
Christingle at St Johns

 

A huge thank you to the Kitchen staff for a wonderful, scrumptious Christmas dinner.

The whole school then watched ‘Aladdin’, the children cheered, booed and sang songs as the story unfolded.

Aladdin on his Magic Carpet
Aladdin and the Genie
Princess Jasmine
Widow Twankey

 

Ned’s Christmas Discovery – Year 3 and 4

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.