This week at pre-school the Jolly Postman has come to visit! He has brought his friends, the Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Great fun has been had reading the Jolly Christmas Postman, writing and delivering letters, riding bikes (like the Jolly Postman), baking gingerbread, making and decorating salt dough gingerbread men, decorating our Christmas tree, wrapping parcels, manning the post office and measuring out porridge for the Three Bears! What an exciting week!
Last night a whole host of intrepid families arrived at school over four evening sessions in order to be locked in! They were locked in the hall, with Mr Hawtree, and worked in family groups to solve historical puzzles. Each puzzle solved released part of a numerical code. Once all the digits in the code had been collected they needed to be rearranged into the correct order and shown to the gate keeper, who tried the combination in the lock. Only once the correct combination of the correct digits had been shown could families escape!
It was a great evening, enjoyed by all who came along. Mr Hawtree has a Horrible Geography Escape Room planned for January, so please sign up for that if you haven’t already done so.
So far the Escape Rooms Events have raised £50, which Mr Hawtree plans to spend on History and Geography resources. Thank you to Mr Hawtree for all his hard work preparing the puzzles and for being the game master on the night.
As part of their #WakeUpWednesday campaign, NOS have created a free online safety guide for schools to share with parents and carers about Twitch; an online gaming-focused live streaming service, owned by Amazon, which has over 15 million daily active users!
Describing itself as a ‘community of millions who come together to create their own unique, live, unpredictable, never-to-be-repeated entertainment’, Twitch is undeniably a popular platform for online gaming enthusiasts. With young children and teenagers frequenting the platform, it is important for parents and trusted adults to be aware of the associated risks, including, but is not limited to; uncensored material, unwanted contact from strangers, online bullying, live streaming and online payments.
Please read this poster from National Online Safety, highlighting the dangers of the live-streaming app LiveMe. Beneath the glitz and the glamour, the platform is heavily linked to online bullying and grooming and has a minimum sign up age of 17 years, despite advertising it as: “the live mobile broadcasting application for young people who love to share”.
Click to download a HD version of the guide: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/live-me-online-safety-guide-for-parents/
Thank you to everyone who helped out with this year’s shoebox appeal, whether by sending in a completed shoebox that you filled at home, or by sending in items for the shoeboxes that we made up in school, or by helping Mrs Barker at her after school shoebox filling session last week. With your help we have manged to take 201 shoeboxes to the warehouse this afternoon, which almost doubles our previous best!
As you know, Mrs Barker will be delivering our shoeboxes in person this year as part of the Romania delivery team. Year two helped in class, making up shoeboxes and decorating the plain boxes that had been donated to us. Take a look at how busy everyone has been:
At the warehouse, Bob and his team gave the children and staff lots of ideas for how we can make cheap, easy shoebox fillers for next year, lots of them made out of recycled materials, or by re-purposing old, unwanted things (like making a pencil case out of an old tie!)
This year’s Winter Walk took place on Saturday 17th November. After meeting at school at 1pm, Mrs Annis and Mrs Porter led us all on a lovely walk through the wetlands. The weather was beautiful and there were lovely additional opportunities for the children that enhanced their experiences: taking part in a nature scavenger hunt, putting down food for hedgehogs, feeding the ducks and swans, rolling down hills and even a chance to play some football. The walk was rounded off by fruit and drinks in the school hall. Thank you to any staff who came along to support the walk, and special thanks to Mrs Annis and Mrs Porter for organising and leading such a fantastic walk!
The culmination of the pupils’ classwork and understanding of the Great War was presented to parents on Friday 9th November 2018 at 2.00pm. The pupils showcased their ideas through music, dance and drama, alongside contributions from the school choir and band. Each class presented a facet of WW1 which explored the themes of poppies, life in the trenches, propaganda through music, the futility of war and, of course, the act of remembrance.
It was good to see so many ideas presented which ranged from the poignant and serious to vaguely comical – aspects of life which are very much apparent in war zones.
Below is a copy of the programme. Please look through and see the variety of ideas presented that Friday afternoon. It was a truly moving occasion, finishing with our own small act remembrance, including the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae, The Exhortation -‘They Shall Not Grow Old’, The Last Post and the Kohima Epitaph – ‘When You Go Home’. Thank you to all the pupils of the school for presenting Lest We Forget in this special year of remembrance.
19 Year 6 pupils sang their hearts out at the Lest We Forget national concert. This was a one-off concert commemorating the armistice of WW1. Along with over 2000 other school children and groups all around the country, our pupils sang popular songs from WW1. They have been learning these over the past 5 weeks in preparation for this event and for a school concert, taking place on 9th November. They arrived at 11.30am to commence rehearsals, spent the day practising songs, watching other groups perform and finally, taking part in the main concert which commenced at 6.00pm.There was a large audience of about 2500 people.
This large concert at the NEC also featured a double orchestra, the Sandwell Brass Band, Pipers and Drummers from Kings Lynne, the Leicester Show Choir, Birmingham Guitar Orchestra and many other groups. It was a marvellous and moving occasion and one from which the Year 6 pupils will have many memories. Again our Year 6 pupils were excellent ambassadors for the school.
This term the children in all classes, from pre-school to Year 6, have taken part in a whole school, cross-curricular topic focusing on at least one aspect of WWI. We have done this as a way of commemorating the Centenary of the cessation of fighting in the Great War. Each class has tackled the subject matter in different ways, from different perspectives and in a range of different curriculum areas, at a level appropriate for the age of the children. It has been a hugely inspiring topic that has really captured the interest of the children and it has led to some very deep and memorable learning.
Here is just a small insight into the learning that has gone on across the school in R.E., literacy, art and design technology. There will be more on show on Friday afternoon too, in our ‘Lest we Forget’ concert, where whole learning in music, dance and drama will also be showcased, alongside contributions from the school choir and band.