Year 5 enjoyed their various Bushcraft activities during their residential trip at the beginning of June. They made shelters, cooked on the fire, practised their first-aid skills and some even tried a famous delicacy on this trip: the salmon eyeball!
“Sleeping in the shelter was an amazing experience. I really enjoyed constructing it!”. Alfie M
“I was brave enough to taste the fish eye. It was disgusting!” Angus
“We really liked the plane crash simulation. It was scary and fun!” Ebba and Kathryn
“The highlight for me was to make my own burger!”. Alfie D
On Monday 18 March, Year 5 had a little geography trip to Cley Hill. They climbed to the top, braving the strong wind, to practise their map reading skills.
Mr Fothergill commented: “It was cold and windy but the children were fantastic, even when our maps were blown away! It was amazing to have such a great view of Warminster and use our map reading skills to locate places.”
“By using the map, I was able to locate Norridge Woods from the top of Cley Hill.” Alfie M
“It was so windy that you had to hold on to your maps. Some of my friends had to chase after theirs!“. Lewis
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.
We were lucky enough to have the Visit of the author Maz Evans at our Prep School.
After a wonderful assembly where she talked about her life as an author and how one “yes” can be life changing after years of “no”. Keep trying until you get that “yes”!
Pre-Prep used their imagination to work out what was behind the curtain!
Year 5 and 6 had a brilliant workshop and produced some excellent diary entries. They also asked Maz some great questions.
Maz Evans was inspiring. “We love your books!”
“I really enjoyed writing a diary and asking Maz questions!”, Amélie.
“We thought her assembly was really fun and interesting!”. Year 3
“Maz Evans was a real inspiration and really funny as well!”. Grace M
Classe 5 enjoyed the visit of our French friends from a Lycée in Cognac.
They asked lots of questions in French and had a good discussion about the differences between French and English school systems.
“It was really interesting to find out about their school life.” Elodie
“In France they start school age 6!”. Alfie
“They have very long days. Lessons start at 8am and finish at 6pm.” Angus
“We discovered that they like English food!”. George
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.
In the first match we played really well against Yateley Manor School. Our communication was great and so where our passes. But we needed to win a bit more. The score was 3-0 to them. The player of the match was Darcy.
Our second match was against Beaudesert Park School. We defended well but they got five goals past us. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any goals again. The player of the match was Grace.
Then our third match was against Port Regis. We defended so well that the score was 0-0. Our defending was great and so was our spacing for passes. The player of the match was Amelie.
The forth match was against Chafyn Grove School. This was the same as before good passing and good communication. But what we did much better was running up the pitch when somebody hit the ball. The player of the match was Millie.
Our fifth match was against Perrot Hill School. This game was just after lunch so we were raring to go. But it somehow took us longer to figure them out. The player of the match was Ella.
Then our sixth match was against Salisbury Cathedral School. In this match our spacing was great. Millie and I took turns in the 16-yard hits. I was the player of the match this time.
Our final match was against Richard Pate School. In this match for fifteen minutes it was 0-0. So, we went into a golden goal which means we have five minutes to score a goal the first team that does score wins. But it was still 0-0. So, we went into a penalty shoot. The three people that got volunteered to do that was me, Millie and Amelie. It was a tense moment, I tried to chip in the first goal but missed. Then Richard Pate School scored. Up next was Millie, her hit was straight to the gaolie who kicked it back, she then ran out of time score again. Richard Pate School manged to score their second goal which made them the winners. The player of the match was Ava.
The overall player of the whole day was Amelie.
This was a fantastic day, where we learnt loads of new hockey skills and tips and had so much fun.
Thank you to Mrs Bell and Mr Evans for taking us.
Sophie (Year 6)
On Monday 18th September, Year 5 went to Cornbury Park for a 3 day residential Bushcraft adventure. We set off at 9.00 that morning, it was a 2 hour trip. When we arrived the staff that were going to be with us for a few days showed us everything we needed to know about the camp. We had a man called Will and a woman called Chloe who were going to be with us for the next 3 days. We were going to sleep in bell tents or shelters. We did lots of really fun activities, in the evening we had a glass of hot chocolate and a brownie, and we would sing songs and say riddles around the campfire. We hardly slept a wink!! Then the next day we would get lovely breakfast. On the first morning we had a fully cooked English breakfast and then the rest of the day we did activities in our tribes and a swim in the freezing cold lake. Then we made the survival bracelets, watched Topsy and Edward eat the fish eyes, and play games like predator or sniper. In the evening we saw a fox. He stayed with us a long time, he was beautiful but because of the fox we were not allowed to sleep in the shelters that night. I really enjoyed Bushcraft because all the staff were really nice to us all and it was a great experience. I did lots of things out of my comfort zone and I will always remember how much fun I had and I will never forget the trip. On behalf of all of Year 5, I would like to thank Mr Fothergill and Mrs Manship for taking us.
By Amelie Mortimer Year 5