With all of the children working at home, we’re well aware that parents may want additional resources to call upon to entertain them. We’ll post links to useful websites on here.
This first one comes courtesy of Ian Addison (@ianaddison on Twitter) and is a list of people giving their time to share lessons and activities online.
Also, Mrs Collishaw has said…
Here’s a link to a singing focus lead by Gareth Malone – parents have to register an email address but then have access to rehearsals and opportunities to upload singing along the way – it’s a big national focus:
Also, Carol Vorderman’s website is offering free access to her website content for children age 4 – 11 until school reopen.
At the end of May, Year 3 and 4 had an exciting 3 days during their residential trip at a Wilderness Centre! They had amazing adventures including: archery, crate stacking, rock climbing, walks through a forest (making wishes through a wishing tree), problem solving and orienteering, abseiling and even wall climbing!
The children were enthusiastic and eager to take part in all those fantastic activities, without being afraid to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Bravo!
“I loved the tunnel of doom because it was scary and fun at the same time.” Caitlin
“I loved the rock climbing because I got to the top.” Max
“The breakfast was amazing: full English every day!” Alfie
On Thursday 9 May, Year 2 and 3 took their learning outside the classroom and had a lovely day exploring the coastal features in the sunshine at Lulworth Cove, as part of their geography topic. They enjoyed the scenery and learnt about the different rock types.
Mr Titley commented: “Year 2 and 3 benefitted from what
our great coastline has to offer. Whether it’s pirates, geological
features or sea shells, the Jurassic coast provides plenty of stimulation
for the young, enquiring mind. The children have enjoyed their field
trips: strengthening their understanding of this term’s topics and being out and about with their friends.”
Some pupils commented to Mrs Cross and Mrs Crinion that it was “the best school trip ever!“.
“We loved sketching the arch at Durdle Door!“, Hugo M.
“I really enjoyed finding crystals!“, Hugo B.
“I was so happy to bring back lots of shells!“, Sarah.
Year 3 and 4 pupils performed their amazing play “Treachery at Traitor’s Quay” twice, in front of a packed hall, in awe of their acting and singing. The whole school went back in time and followed evacuee children in their adventures.
The whole cast acted and sang brilliantly and they were all clearly enjoying themselves. Everybody left singing and dancing the jitterbug!
Mrs Sheppard commented: “I was so proud of the Year 3 and 4 pupils. They all got into character and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”
“I enjoyed performing in it because it was a funny play!” Ben
“It was hard to learn all our lines but we enjoyed the play because we all got on well!” Finlay
On Tuesday 5 March (Shrove Tuesday, “Mardi Gras”), Reception to Year 6 pupils had a very busy French Morning!
After an assembly led by Sixth Form pupils on the importance of learning a foreign language, the pupils were divided into groups and took part in 5 different activities led by our Year 8 pupils and some French pupils visiting from Cognac.
They had a French quiz on the weather, practised numbers, months of the year and birthdays, made pet masks for our Carnival and learnt all about the French traditions of “Mardi Gras”.
Our Samba Band accompanied the children to the dining hall where they danced with their masks for our Carnival procession. They then had a French lunch (see menu below) and some crêpes of course!
“I loved playing with the Samba Band for our Carnival procession!” Benjamin.
“J’adore les croissants!” Hugo
“I enjoyed learning about the traditions of French Mardi Gras!” Lucy
“J’ai adoré le matin français!” Elizabeth
“Merci classe 8. J’ai adoré toutes les activités!” Rebecca
“Mardi Gras was wonderful, I loved making the masks and learning about the French traditions.” Skyla et Tina
“We loved the food and singing the Robot Song!” Katherine et Alanna
“It was a pleasure playing in the Samba Band!“, Max
“I hope I am in France next year for Mardi Gras!“. Olly
“Merci aux élèves français de Cognac!“. Yode
On Thursday 14 February, 18 pupils from the Prep School (from Years 3 to 6) took part in the West Wilts Dance Festival, which took place at The Forum Theatre in Bath. The theme this year, given the date, was of course… love!
The group had developed a dance routine they had choreographed to (“What makes you beautiful”, from One Direction), with the help of Caroline, the Dance Lady, during their Street Dance after-school club.
We arrived at the theatre for an afternoon rehearsal slot and the children loved being on stage straight away. They were immaculately behaved backstage and enjoyed preparing for the show, putting on hair gel and make-up and inflating their guitars! They all supported each other and revelled in the buzz of the event, as they performed in front of several hundreds of people with energy, enthusiasm and big smiles on their faces.
We were extremely proud of them and enjoyed the show.
Year 3 celebrated this French tradition of serving a frangipane filled tart known as the ‘Galette des Rois’ this week. This is a tradition that dates back to the 14th century.
The festival takes place around Epiphany, the twelfth day of Christmas, when the wise men visited baby Jesus. According to tradition, the ‘Galette des Rois’, was to “draw the kings” to the Epiphany.
A ‘Fève‘ (originally a bean but now a small trinket or figurine) is baked inside the cake and the cake is shared around the table. Whoever receives the Fève is then crowned king or queen for the day and has the much coveted opportunity of bossing the rest of the family about! A pupil was crowned our ‘King’ but thankfully he didn’t get to rule for too long as it was the last lesson of the day.
Year 3 and 4 had a wonderful morning learning what an Egyptologist does, investigating lots of Egyptian artefacts and mummifying their friend!
” My highlights were painting the Egyptian pictures and writing Hieroglyphics.”, Freya, Year 3
” I loved finding new facts about the Egyptians.”, Caitlin, Year 4.
“I loved getting mummified!”, Ben, Year 4.
Classes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 et 7 ont fait une assemblée en français!
- stories (La Petite Poule Rousse and Les Trois Petits Cochons),
- a song (Mon Ane) and
- poems (L’éléphant and Escargot).
Bravo à tous!
“I felt nervous but once I started speaking French I felt confident.” Rebecca, classe 5.
“I felt happy performing in front of everybody!” Elizabeth, classe 5.
“It was really nice to see such a range of ages performing.” Maisie et Barnabé, classe 6.
Classes 2, 3, 4, 5 et 6 ont fait une assemblée en français! They performed stories, a song and a poem.
“On Monday the sixth of March year five and year seven did a French play together. We had been rehearsing it for quite a while, with only having had two full rehearsals on stage together we did really well. I really enjoyed doing it with the year seven. I would love to do another one.”
By Maisie, classe 5
“I enjoyed introducing the year 7 and 5 story of Petit Elephant!”
Barnaby, classe 5