The Snowy Owls enjoyed a workshop run by Sally from Devon Waste Management. The children explored renewable and non-renewable materials and the impact of each on our environment. The Snowy Owls learnt actions to remind themselves and their families to 'Recycle, Reuse and Reduce!' The children were surprised to see how some materials have been reused for example old jeans made into pencils and nappies into roof tiles!
Barn Owls had a visit from Devon Wildlife Trust where they focused on mammals. They identified what makes an animal a mammal, what mammals would we find in the grounds of Bridestowe Primary School and how would we know they had been there? They then completed an activity ‘Poodunnit’ and had to match paw prints to photos of animals – two ways in which we could know if an animal had been near without seeing them.
They ended the session playing ‘Bat and Moth’ using the technique of a bat’s echo detection to help catch the moth.
Barn Owls looked at recycled materials and talked about the meanings renewable and non-renewable, infinite vs finite and matched raw materials with the end products. They also looked at different items and identified what recycled resources they were made from.
The Owlets had a visit from Pirate Pat who took them on a swashbuckling adventure to find marine animals that needed help. They learnt the important message of reduce, reuse and recycle and the impact it can have on our marine animals if we let rubbish into the oceans.
As part of Recycle Week, the Tawny Owls took part in an engaging workshop where they learnt about the properties of materials (linked to their Science topic) and how to recycle them. During the workshop, they sorted a variety of rubbish, created their own fridge magnets and did some role play. They thoroughly enjoyed the session and learnt a great deal!
The Tawny Owls painted some beautiful artwork ready for a whole school display. This art was based on the story, 'The Dot' which is about a little girls journey of surprise and self-discovery.
The year one children have been exploring their new classroom environment. They have particularly enjoyed their outdoor learning space!
As part of our PSHE, we explored democracy. Children presented a speech to the class as to why they should be elected for the various positions within our school. We are proud to have new School Councillors, Sport Councillors and Wildlife Champions. Children gave ambitious speeches and listened to one another with respect.
We talked about our school ethos ‘With Respect and Ambition we Flourish together’. The children came up with ideas of what they thought the 3 different words mean. We also created class rules and the children made links to our ethos with their ideas.
With so many children and staff leaving Bridestowe School on the last day of term, Barn Owls made sure it was a lovely day of celebration and fun.
It began with an impossible staff quiz, where KS2 pupils had to guess which staff members had done certain things, e.g.:
1) never lived anywhere other than Devon
2) had recently become a grandparent (Mrs Reid had to strenuously point out that, despite appearances, she was too young for this to be her!)
3) had ridden an elephant
4) had appeared as a 'supporting artist' in "Poldark"
5) own hundreds of records and a broken record player
6) had flown in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, etc.
Then Barn Owls went to the park for a play before Year Sixes enjoyed their final lunch at Bridestowe School.
After lunch was the Leavers' Service at the Chapel, including some absolutely beautiful singing by the children, orchestrated by Mr Arnold, and some farewells.
Rosa treated the class to her excellent violin-playing while the parents had tea and cakes in the playground (teas kindly supplied and provided by Mrs Floyd-Walker).
The parents and families joined us in the classroom for the Leavers' Video (which had refused to play with sound in the Chapel), and then it was time for Mrs Reid to wish everyone well, and say goodbyes.
Which staff member quiz answers:
1) Mrs Harris
2) Mrs Joliffe
3) Mrs Down
4) Mrs Reid
5) Mrs Houghton
6) Mrs Sharland
On the final Monday of term, parents and carers had the chance to view the brilliant work Miss Spooncer has been carrying out with her troop of cheerleaders at their after school club over the past months.
It was an impressive performance, and the level of challenge and attention to detail was evident. Many thanks to Miss Spooncer for all of her dedication to the pupils and their work.
With Mrs Lowden in the driving seat, Year 6 headed to Bude last Thursday, in thankfully good weather, for a trip to the beach.
After arrival, we met with Tamsyn, the RNLI Lifeguard, for a refresher on sea and swimming safety, and some useful information about Summerleaze Beach at Bude.
Izzy, Charlie's sister, had brought her volleyball, and her skills, so we played in the pool and on the beach. The lifeguards at the Sea Pool also lent us bodyboards to play with.
When everyone started to get cold, we returned to the beach to have lunch. After a good feed, we played in the sand, Arabella bearing the brunt. As well as more volleyball, we played a slightly overly-competitive game of rounders, which saw Mrs Lowden push the boundaries of sportsmanship.
Mrs Reid treated everyone to an ice cream on the way back to the minibus. Thanks to Miss Spooncer, we had a good singalong in both directions, depending on your definition of 'good' (see Y6 Leavers' Vid for more elaboration).
Thankyou to Mrs Lowden for skilful driving, photographing and organising, Miss Spooncer for all her fantastic support, effort and enthusiasm, and to Izzy for being brilliantly helpful.
Year Sixes enjoyed smores and relaxed and reflective conversation for their last Forest School session with Rob on Monday.
On the 26th June, Y4 & Y5 from across several MAT primaries met at Simmons Park to set off for their Menadue Residential (this also happened to be Miss Spooncer's, Mr Pearson's and Mrs Reid's daughter's birthdays).
After settling in to their tents and facilities, the children took part in a range of activities and events on the site, including songs around the bonfire.
The second day took us to Polzeath for a beach day and surfing lesson, which was hugely enjoyable. The dam-building to block the river was an impressive joint engineering undertaking.
Despite the variable weather, the trip was a chance to learn a lot and have some great fun, and the setting, overlooking Trebarwith and Tintagel, was spectacular.
The Year 6 leavers' assembly was a fabulous send off to all the Year 6 children, lots of laughter and tears and a wonderful way to end the term.
The whole school were treated to a circus workshop led by Circus in Schools. The children had the opportunity to experience a range of activities including juggling, plate spinning and stilt walking. Not only was the day a fun way to end the academic year but also an opportunity for children to develop co-ordination, confidence and self-esteem. The children showcased their skills to families at the end of the day.
We managed to find a break in the weather this week for Year 6s, who worked so hard towards their SATs tests, to have the treat of cakes that they had been promised. The dedication they've shown to their learning over the past two years has been hugely impressive, and the chance to celebrate it in some sunshine was a lovely way to mark the achievement. We were honoured to have Miss Shingleton with us as a guest.
Mrs Findlay came to work with Barn Owls this week on some extremely practical and useful strategies for dealing with challenging and stressful situations. In an engaging and informative session, Barn Owls had the chance to use musical instruments and even foam balls and straws to experience how each of us could feel when under stress, and then how we could alter our breathing to help us manage those times.
Mrs Findlay talked about the brain and the sorts of responses we could experience when we feel worried or uncomfortable. The children could identify and describe the responses they may have felt on different occasions.
It was a fun and varied session that gives all of us a wealth of ideas for future use when we may feel unsettled or overwhelmed. Many thanks to Mrs Findlay for giving her time for the class, and for the toys and activities provided.
Barn Owls were honoured with a visit to the class by Eden Houlberg from Tavistock College. For her EPQ project, Eden is working to reduce the stigma and to remove any shame associated with menstruation. She talked to Barn Owls about periods and menstruation in an extremely engaging and informative way, for which we are very grateful.
Barn Owls enjoyed their final PE lesson (and the last one ever for Years 6s) with Mr Pugh by playing an electric and very closely fought rounders match. Attentive fielding and accurate throwing made for a very competitive game.
The Owlets released 10 butterflies into the sensory garden. They enjoyed observing them fluttering from flower to flower.
Children came dressed in rainbow colours to celebrate inclusivity. During our assembly we explored the fact that we are all different and it is important to be kind to everyone.
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