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Theme Days

At the start of each half term all the children enjoy participating in special theme days. These are days when the children spend the whole day learning about specific subjects and curriculum themes. They have great fun and can delve deeper into these subject areas. Here are some of the theme days for this year:

 

PSHE Theme Day

For our PSHE Theme day this term, we started some of our work on the Jigsaw units 'Relationships' and 'Changing Me'.  This included lots of discussion about what family, friends and community mean to us as well as how we can contribute positively to them.  Some year groups looked at parts of the human life cycle and others learnt about different animal life cycles.  We learnt that everything we learn contributes to how we change as we get older; not just the physical changes we experience.  The children have been keen to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns in these sessions which has enabled some excellent conversations and learning opportunities.

 

Understanding Christianity – Kingdom of God

 

After half term every class spent some time learning about the Kingdom of God. We heard lots of Bible stories and explored what God's Kingdom is to Christians. 

Betsy-Bo said, 'the Kingdom of God is a place where you can worship and be with God'.

Isabella added, 'it is a place where Christians want to be so they make the right choices to get there'.

Ella-Rae shared, 'it is not a physical place it is everywhere but only if you worship God and do not sin'.

 

World Book Day

 

Here are some of the quotes that the children shared with us on World Book Day

 

'Cleverness is often just a willingness to work hard.' (Katie, Jaqueline Wilson)

 

'You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.' (Winnie the Pooh)

 

'The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.' (Dr Seuss)
 
'A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.' (Roald Dahl, The Twits)
 
'You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.' (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)

 

'All you do is to look / At a page in this book / Because that's where we always will be. / No book ever ends / When it's full of your friends / The Giraffe and the Pelly and me.' (The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Roald Dahl)

 

'It is the quality of one's convictions that determines success, not the number of followers.' (Harry Potter, JK Rowling)
 
'Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.'  (Harry Potter, JK Rowling)
 
'Working hard is important but there is something that matters even more: believing in yourself.'  (Harry Potter, JK Rowling)

Online Safety

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 they read the story of Smartie the Penguin who was learning how to be safe on the internet. They then did some activities around the story such as a Smartie the Penguin tea party.

In Key Stage 2 the children created their own quizzes, posters and power points about how to stay safe online. They also played an online safety game in groups.

 

PSHE Theme Day - Healthy Me

 

This half term, all year groups focused on different ways to keep healthy. We looked at what we need to eat to maintain a healthy diet and different types of exercise that we can have fun taking part in.  We also thought about our mental health and how to manage different emotions. Safety is another important part of staying healthy so we discussed how we can keep ourselves safe in different situations. 

 

Written by Mrs Poole

 

 

Music theme day - Thursday 25th February 2021

 

For our music theme day just after half term each year group explored a different genre linking to their music topic this half term.

 

Nursery and Reception learnt some new nursery rhymes and created their own instruments to play.

 

Year 1 enjoyed exploring Latin music, learning how to dance to Latin music and even created their own fans to use when dancing!

 

Year 2 learnt about reggae music and learnt some super facts about Bob Marley.

 

Year 3 enjoyed immersing themselves in Chinese culture and music. They learnt about the history of Chinese music including dragon dancing and the traditional Chinese instruments then they even created their own piece of music!

         

Year 4 looked at gospel/soul music and focused on the songs ‘Ain’t no sunshine’ and ‘Say a little prayer’. They explored the pieces by creating their own artwork for the songs.

 

Year 5 explored hip hop music and South American music linking to their current theme!

 

The children at school and at home had the opportunity to explore their genre in a practical way and choose activities from the music menu!

 

Written by Miss Palmer

 

Salvation Day
At the beginning of this half term the whole school took part in Salvation day. In Nursery the adults and children looked at the story of Jesus. They discussed the different events that led to Jesus’ death and his resurrection, giving the meaning to new life. They created each event to show the cycle through a piece of art and some of the children challenged themselves with writing the event.
Each of the classes took part in different activities too and explored the Easter story and its meaning. Some children were learning at home but it was great to see the activities that they completed too!

Written by Miss Boers

        

 

EYFS & KS1 Sports Day

On Wednesday 24th February Key Worker Reception and KS1 children took part in a PE day at school. They played lots of team building games which included playing parachute games, passing balls and assault courses. Reception children spent the day playing lots of games in their outdoor area and played with different sized balls. Year One learned how to play hockey and Year Two made a dome out of a parachute and sat underneath it. It was really good fun. 

Written by Miss Beaver

 

PSHE Theme Day - January 5th 2021

 

Our PSHE theme this term is Dreams and Goals.  During our theme day, each year group took part in activities that revolved around motivation, challenges and resilience. Many children set themselves a goal or a target to complete over the half term.  We also thought about what it is like to work independently, with a partner or as part of a team, and the pros and cons of each.  We reminded ourselves about growth mindset and how we can adopt a positive attitude to help us when we are challenged.

 

Written by Mrs Poole

 

ART DAY

At the beginning of this half term all the children took part in Art Day. Some children completed their activities at home whilst others explored them in school.

Each year group learnt about a different artist and created their own pieces of artwork in the same style. Each year group used a different media and learnt different skills.

In the afternoon each class had one of our school values and completed a piece of art working linking to the value.

Written by Miss Kite

 

Gospel Day

 

During the first week of term the school explored the Gospel part of the Big Frieze. Some children completed their activities at home whilst others explored them in school. We all learnt about different parts of the Gospels which are made up by the books of the Bible by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and thought about the miracles that Jesus performed. 

 

Written by Miss Boers

 

Sports Enrichment Day - Friday 8th January 2021

 

During the Sports Enrichment Day this half term the children in school took part in hockey sessions. They learned how to hold, use and dribble with a hockey stick as well as learning to score goals. The children then had the opportunity to pretend they were a hockey player who was competing in the Olympics and wrote their diary entry. After watching some real-life hockey matches on the whiteboard, the children drew themselves as a hockey player! Later on in the day, the children put their instruction writing to the test and wrote a set of instructions of how to play their favourite sport. They then got to try each others. It was great fun! 

 

Written by Miss Beaver

 

Nursery support

‘Children in Need’ Day

 

The children all enjoyed our 'Children in Need' day. There were so many fun things to do from colouring in the dots on Pudsey bandana, making Pudsey headbands, bouncing balloons on the parachute and trying to catch the spots in the water tray. We had a discussion about how lots of children or families around the world can live differently to others and that the Children in Need charity helped to raise money in lots of different ways to help support families around the world. Well done everyone.

 

 

KS2 Business Week November 2020

 

 

Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 have been very busy running their own business to raise money for Children in Need. The children designed and created ‘Positivitea’ Packs, which included a hand decorated mug and a few other treats chosen by the children. The
packs were ordered by the KS2 parents and within their groups the children managed the orders, the designs, the packaging and the finances to ensure they made a profit. All together the KS2 children donated £125 to Children in Need and kept a small profit in their class fund to decide what they would like to buy.

Brilliant team work KS2!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computing Day

6th November 2020

For our computing day each class used a story book to reinforce online safety messages.

 

                      

 

 

                             

 

The children spent the rest of the day developing their computing skills including using the beebots, creating graphs on Purple Mash, researching facts on the internet and filming presentations. All of the children impressed us with their amazing knowledge!

 

Remembrance

On Remembrance Day (Wednesday 11th November) every class had the chance to watch the video of the Remembrance service that we put together and observed two minutes silence. Reverend Thorniley led the service and every child took part by placing a poppy on the altar table. Year 5 respectfully read the names of the fallen. If you would like to see the clip it is in the Parent Share section of the website.

In class, we learnt even more about Remembrance day - why we celebrate it and what people do to celebrate. Each class then created some work which we could display in school. 
In Year 5 we sewed some poppies. It was quite fiddly and a bit tricky but we showed great perseverance! Years 1,2, and 3 all completed some lovely art linked to poppies and poppy fields. In Year 3 they spent a lot of time thinking about depth perception. Year 4 created some fantastic hanging poppies. The children in Nursery also created some poppies, can you spot them displayed in their window?

 

 

 

Not forgotten!

Nursery children enjoyed making poppies to display in their nursery window. The adult talked about the brave men that lost their lives during the wars so that we have a better life today. Some nursery children took part in a slow remembrance walk to place their poppies on the altar. 

 

 

Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night

On Thursday 5th November we spent the day learning all about why we celebrate bonfire night! Each class found out all about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot. We found the story of Guy Fawkes fascinating - especially the punishments he endured! In Year 4 they had a big discussion about the story and found out the who, what, where, when and why's of the story. Reception class did some fantastic firework art work and in Year 2 and Year 3 they wrote some lovely poems and retold the story. Finally, Year 5 also did some poetry and firework art work and then retold the story of Guy Fawkes in their own words. We also discussed whether Guy Fawkes did the right thing and had some very interesting answers!

 

Sports Enrichment

On Wednesday 4th November Reception and KS1 participated in a Yoga-themed sports enrichment day. Children learned about different breathing techniques and practised balancing skills. It was really tricky standing on one foot! Corrin from Year 1 said, “That was so much fun!”.

 

 

 

Understanding Christianity day - People of God/Incarnation

On Tuesday 3rd November it was our Understanding Christianity day where we explore different parts of the 'Big Frieze' - the story of the Bible. We spent the day looking at the People of God section and the Incarnation section.

As part of our People of God learning in Year 2 the children took part in some Godly play in the hall and created parts of the story using Lego. Year 1 heard the story of David and Goliath and then wrote some fantastic character descriptions. Year 5 watched a video clip of the story of Moses and completed a character comparison of Moses and the Pharaoh.

When we were looking at Incarnation, Year 5 compared the Christmas story in the book of Matthew to the story in the book of Luke. We were very surprised to find how many differences there were!

 

PSHE Theme Day

For our PSHE theme day this term, our topic across the school was Celebrating Difference.  This involved thinking about ourselves as individuals and what makes each of us special and unique, as well as comparing similarities and differences between people.  Key Stage 2 classes also thought about how differences can sometimes lead to bullying, and what they should do if this occurs to themselves or someone else. Year 4's significant person this year is Anne Sullivan who taught Helen Keller (who was deaf-blind) to communicate.  To try to understand what it must be like for someone who is deaf or blind, the children learnt what it was like to communicate differently by using Braille and sign language.  Here is their display:

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Scarecrows - A Community Event

 

We asked the children to make scarecrows and then put these outside their homes for everyone to enjoy as they walk around during half term. We hope this is a way of making our community smile!

Here are some of the scarecrows:

 

 

            

 

  

 

    

 

    

 

    

 

    

 

         

 

   

 

 

Geography Day

On the 10th September the whole school took part in a Geography Day. The children were challenged to find out about their inspirational person. Nursery – David Attenborough, Reception- James Braidwood, Year 1- William Hillary, Year 2- Tom Moore, Year 3- Robert Peel, Year 4- Ann Sullivan and Year 5- Chico Mendez.

 

The children all found out where their inspirational person was born and tried to find the location on a map. Children in Key Stage Two looked into the location in more detail and identified some of the human and physical features,

 

A range of Geography based activities were enjoyed by all and lots of the work produced has been displayed on our classroom doors so that others can learn all about our inspirational people.

 

Written by Mrs Brown

 

Science Day

On Tuesday 8th September it was our whole school science day. The children carried out investigations and experiments to find out about the impact of global warming and what can be done to save our planet. The children used their investigation skills and worked hard to answer questions on what we can do to protect our future. “Global warming is destroying our planet and we must turn lights off and walk to school more to help.” Kara Year 2.

 

Written by Miss Kite

 

 

 

Creation and Fall Day

On Monday 7th September it was our Creation and Fall day. All of the children reminded themselves of the first two frieze panels and listened to the story of Creation. The children wrote prayers and discussed how our school values impact on our decisions. They also completed art work, drama and story retelling. Year 2 even took part in a 'Godly Play' session. Miss Kite told them the story using the resources and then they had the chance to create anything they liked to do with the Creation story. They loved having the freedom to make their own choices about their learning. Another great RE day! Well done to all.

 

Written by Miss Boers

 

 

Tanzania

On Monday 7th September each class spent some time looking at Tanzania and reminding ourselves of our link with Bishop Chitemo Primary School in Morogoro. Year 2, 3 and 5 completed some art work inspired by Tanzanian artists and animals to update our display. Year 4 are currently working on their pen pal letters replies! We also discussed some ideas for fundraising events which could take place this year. Ideas included bake sales, art galleries and lots more! The children in Tanzania have now returned to school. I have been told they are finding the distancing very tricky as they still have limited desk space. We hope that once the desks we fundraised for arrive this will help them out. We will continue to keep you updated with our link.

 

Written by Miss Boers      

 

 

 

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