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 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.
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.
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
Well the children were in for the surprise of their lives today, when ‘T Rex’ visited them. As you can see from the pictures
T Rex surprised them on the playground this morning. He was a naughty T Rex trying to eat his keepers hat and knocking him over with his tail. He had quite a roar too.
This visit organised by the PTA was all part of our ‘Natural History Week’. Each class have been busy learning about fossils, hunting dinosaurs and creating their own dinosaurs as well as lots of other exciting things.
On Monday 15th May, the children at Henley in Arden Primary school had an ‘out of this world’ experience.
They were visited by ‘Explorer Dome,’ an inflatable 3.5 metre planetarium. Once they had crawled inside the vast, igloo-like structure each class had an amazing 45 minute Science presentation about ‘Space’ or ‘Light’. Years 1, 2, 4 and 5 looked at extraordinary close-up photographs of the planets in our Solar System, as well as superb footage of the Sun.
They also watched intently as the night sky was projected onto the pitch black ceiling. Star-gazing without a cloud to spoil the view! In the afternoon, it was Reception and Years 3 and 6’s turn to study the wonder of ‘Light.’
A truly memorable experience was had by staff and pupils alike.