We reported live from the Northern beaches. The Viking ships were approaching and we had to interview a Saxon expert.
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 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Year 4 you were amazing, Well done !
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.’