Sarah from Devon Wildlife Trust took the Wildlife Champions litter picking around the village. They collected a range of different types of rubbish and recorded this on a tally chart. Look out for their posters about rubbish which will be coming soon.
The Snowy Owls performed a number of Christmas Carols to the residents of Springfields. They enjoyed singing and the residents enjoyed listening. A wonderful way for the children to be a key part of our wider community. The Snowy Owls were treated to cakes and biscuits after they had sang.
Thank you to our friends at Open the Book for sharing another Christian story from the Bible - this story was about the birth of Baby Jesus and the preparations which Christians make in the lead up to Christmas. Each child has been gifted a book from the Chapel which tells them more about the Christmas Story.
During Forest School, the Snowy Owls used slate and chalk to illustrate examples of different forces in action. The children shared their work with the rest of the group around the camp fire.
The Year 4 children supported the Year 3 children during computing. I was really impressed with their maturity and how well they took on the role of teacher. The Year 3's listened carefully to their peers.
It was great to be joined by so many families on the walking bus - not only was it a refreshing way to start the day but also helped ease congestion in the village.
The Snowy Owls discussed traffic in the village and the speed which motorists drive through the village. The children investigated the stopping distance of cars and the fact that the faster you travel the longer it takes you to stop!
The Red Team worked collaboratively to create a life sized, red Pudsey Bear. The older children were great role models to the younger children and everyone supported one another allowing the group to flourish.
It was great to welcome families into the classroom today to celebrate their child's learning. If you were not able to make the session but would like to look at your child's books then please do contact the class teacher.
We had the opportunity to experience lots of forces first hand in our Forest School session. We looked at evidence of friction on the trees where 2 branches had rubbed on each other. We also explored the meaning of compression and tension in the trees. We conducted our own experiment into pushing, frictional and gravitational forces and investigated ways of overcoming the forces to move a brick more easily.
This year the theme for Anti-Bullying Week is 'Make A Noise About Bullying' and will take place from Monday 13th to Friday 17th November. Today, we kicked off with Odd Socks Day where adults and children wore odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique.
Having regular sensory breaks really help with focus, attention and learning. One of this week’s sensory breaks was dancing while learning our times table facts while another involved us focusing on our breathing.
It was a fantastic afternoon at Simmons Park Cross Country with our friends from the Moorland Hub. A brilliant effort from all the children that represented us. We won both the year 3 and 4 and the 5 and 6 cups! Well done to all that took part and thank you to all the parents for your support!
The Snowy Owls enjoyed sharing their homework with their peers. They asked and answered questions confidently and were able to learn from one another.
As part of PSHE, the Snowy Owls explored the feelings thermometer. They discussed how it feels to be at each of the numbers and what they can do in each stage. The children discussed that if we find ourselves feeling a number 4 or 5 (flipping our lid) then we can try strategies such as reading a book, taking deep breaths, drawing a picture or asking for a hug. The children were very aware of their own and others' feelings.
Our friends from Open the Book told us a Christian story from the bible - the moral of the story was to be grateful for our family and friends. We were very proud of William who volunteered to take the role of Jesus in the story.
The children looked closely at Roman statues and buildings. They used their knowledge of different pencil types to add detail and shading.
The Snowy Owls were joined by children from Boasley Cross School to take part in a Tag Rugby Festival run by OCRA coaches. The children were able to develop their ball skills and take part in mini games - a great morning was had by all.
To mark the start of the new academic year, every child in the school read the book 'The Dot' and painted their own dot. The Dot, written by Peter Reynolds, is a wonderful picture book that encourages children to try new or challenging things, to explore their creativity and to have confidence in their abilities. A great book to spark discussions about our ambitions as individuals and a school for the coming year. We look forward to seeing all of the children flourish this year just like the character in the book.
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!
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.
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 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.
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